Denver is Strange

A HISTORY THING

Denver sometime in March 1922….

Students at Sherman Elementary School show off their costumes for a school program. Below all of the children dressed as birds sit two kids in bunny costumes.

(Photo via Denver Public Library Western History Collection)

Due to personal issues and general busyness, Denver is Strange is taking sort of a break in March — there are a few posts planned, but not the usual volume. More to come in April, I promise!

Denver sometime in March 1922….

Students at Sherman Elementary School show off their costumes for a school program. Below all of the children dressed as birds sit two kids in bunny costumes.

(Photo via Denver Public Library Western History Collection)

Due to personal issues and general busyness, Denver is Strange is taking sort of a break in March — there are a few posts planned, but not the usual volume. More to come in April, I promise!

From 1998 to 2010, I lived in places that were not Denver, but I still flew through DIA fairly frequently. My friend S. and I had a ritual that we undertook each time we went through the airport: searching all the available gift shops for the most useless postcard of Denver we could find. As vintage postcards go, this souvenir folder from the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center (now the University of Colorado Hospital) seems fairly useless — one hospital postcard is probably okay (“Hi! I’m in the hospital!” or “Greetings from my new post!”) but a whole packet of souvenir views seems excessive. S. and I would have totally sent this to one another had we found it for sale in the airport.
Denver sometime in February 1921: 

Lights at the American Furniture Company at 16th and Lawrence in downtown. Yes, this eventually became that American Furniture Company. The Tabor Center sits here now.

(Photo via Denver Public Library Western History Collection)
Denver sometime in February 1978:

Students pose in front of the metal “M” sculpture at Manual High School.

(Photo via Denver Public Library Western History Collection)
Denver on February 26, 1947:

Two model homes made by students at Steele Elementary School. “The home on the right is supposed of the children to be childless. The home on the left provision has been made for play on the roof of the garage and a sand box is provided at its foot.”

(Photo via Denver Public Library Western History Collection)

The Denver Eye takes on the history of the DeVille Motel, at Colfax and Galapago. The architectural drawing above of the DeVille is pretty amazing. The building is still there, but it is a pale shadow of what it once was. Now, it just sits empty.