Now that Thanksgiving has passed (hopefully with loads of delicious food and time spent with loved ones) it’s time to think about holiday gifts. Do you know lots of Colorado history buffs? Or are you just looking for that perfect gift for someone special? Prints from the History Colorado collection are a unique and thoughtful gift for anyone on your list!
Denverites might enjoy this historic look at the Colorado State Capitol building with its original copper dome and view of distinctly not-busy Colfax Avenue. Photo by William Henry Jackson circa 1895 (86.200.20086). Or perhaps this look at bustling 16th Street in the 1940s by Fred Mazzulla is more your speed (99.270.4553).
Our collection contains millions of photographs, maps and posters ranging from the very first photographs taken of Colorado to tourist maps of Colorado’s parks to posters advertising the very first Stock Shows. History Colorado has been collecting all aspects of Colorado history since 1879, so we have many options to choose from.
Have a look for yourself by browsing or searching the History Colorado Online Collection: h-co.org/collection. If searching for something specific, you can narrow your search results by including the format in the search terms. For example, searching for “railroad map” will return results for maps related to railroads. Or, a search for “Denver Union Station negative” results in images of Union Station from early glass plate negatives, while a search for “Denver Union Station photograph” will only show images from photographic prints.
Fans of Colorado's beautiful outdoors might enjoy seeing these photos of Rocky Mountain National Park by Fred Payne Clatworthy on their walls all year round. Left: Estes Park circa 1910s (99.164.373); Right: Gem Lake and Twin Sisters circa 1900s (99.164.39).
Didn’t find what you’re looking for online? That’s only a portion of the entire collection! Our friendly Library & Research Center staff are happy to take a closer look at what hasn’t yet been digitized. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can find.
Map enthusiasts will find a vast array in our collection, such as this rich hand-drawn bird's-eye map of Cripple Creek from 1896 (Left; G4314.C9A3 1896 .P4). University of Denver alumni or University Park neighborhood residents might enjoy this map from 1892 (Right; G4314.D4:3U5 1892).
Prints start at just $16 for a 5x7. You can review our print pricing online, or email us to receive a price quote for larger or custom prints. Already know exactly what you want? Fill out a copy of our photo order inquiry form and we’ll start the order right away. Order by December 10 and we’ll have your prints ready to pick up at the History Colorado Center or on their way to your door within a week.
This holiday season, give unique gifts and support History Colorado’s mission to preserve Colorado’s past for future generations.
Our extensive collection of posters meets the tastes of craft beer and beer history buffs, railroad enthusiasts, and everyone in between. Left: Advertising poster for Tivoli Brewing Co. circa 1965 (83.484.239). Right: Poster for the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Company (83.484.11).
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Stephen H. Hart Library and Research Center
History Colorado Center
Denver, CO 80203