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July 2016

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A PRODUCT OF ITS TIME

A PRODUCT OF ITS TIME


There are few things which can so readily and accessibly provide insight into day-to-day life in the past as advertising. Take the distinguished gentleman above: while the notion of placing a stylish salad bowl on one’s head in a valiant (if futile) attempt to quite literally suck new hair out of one’s scalp may seem absurd or even whimsical, the underlying scourge of hair loss remains something a great many men (and a few women) can relate to. This familiarity allows us to instantly recognize why such a device would be brought to market, even if we also immediately understand how ridiculous it is.  Read more.
SAWS OUT! - AWKWARD PHOTO WEDNESDAY

SAWS OUT! - AWKWARD PHOTO WEDNESDAY


Welcome to hand saw lesson day at the old Park Hill Elementary School! We're guessing that this isn't something that's still done, but maybe it should be. (And clearly the young lady in this photo definitely needs to work on her saw handling skills.) Regardless, it's a charming picture and great way to let everyone know about a wonderful exhibit titled, Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibition, that's opening at the History Colorado Center on June 18  Read more.

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IT'S CALLED "COLORFUL COLORADO FOR A REASON: CHECK OUT COLORADO'S STATE PARKS FOR FREE

IT’S CALLED “COLORFUL COLORADO” FOR A REASON: CHECK OUT COLORADO’S STATE PARKS FOR FREE

Colorado has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to our scenic state parks. Now, through a partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Department of Education State Library, you can now check out a free seven day pass to any of Colorado’s 42 state parks.

“An adventure backpack, filled with park information and educational activities goes with the pass,” said CPW Director Bob Broscheid. “It’s everything you need to explore and enjoy Colorado’s parks on your own or with friends and family.”

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HERNDON DAVIS: JOURNALIST AND PAINTER EXHIBIT

HERNDON DAVIS: JOURNALIST AND PAINTER EXHIBIT


This exhibit includes elections from the rich Herndon Davis (1901-1962) collection found in the Western History and Genealogy Department collections. Most of the paintings are watercolors of Denver's historic buildings as well as a couple from elsewhere in the state. Davis created portraits and storyboard drawings for newspapers making him not only an artist but a journalist as well. Exhibit continues through August 31, at the Central Library, Floor 5, Western History and Genealogy Art Gallery.

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MANUAL HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS - 1907-2005

Manual High School Yearbooks - 1907-2005

Manual High School (Manual) is located in the Whittier neighborhood on the east side of Denver, Colorado. It is one of the oldest high schools in the area. It opened its doors in 1896, an institution deeply connected to the community. In 2006, Manual was closed after several failed attempts to fix problems. With heavy advocacy and support, Manual reopened in the fall of 2006 and has made enormous strides in turning the school around. Manual serves a diverse student population in Denver, Colorado.

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