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HENRY JACKSON PANORAMA OF COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, 1900
Jackson photograph #010426, Colorado Springs.
Triptych format published by Detroit Photographic Company.
Three panels mounted on linen (in 1900), allowing image to be
folded as if to fit into a “salesman’s sample album.”
Panorama dimensions: 38-1/2 inches by 12-1/2 inches; actual image
dimensions: 36 inches by 10 inches; dimensions of each panel: 12 inches by
10 inches. Each panel was
developed on coated printing-out paper.
Overall condition of panorama: very good plus; some light
scratching in various tiny areas; a light discoloration on the top margin
of the left-hand panel. Each
panel has strong tones and contrasts; however, the middle panel appears to
be a touch darker than the left and right.
MASSACRE, COLORADO Photo-postcard group, 1914
group of Ludlow Massacre photographic postcards showing scenes leading up
to and after April 20, 1914.
September 16, 1913, following earlier coal mine disasters in the Primero
and Starkville mines, the conflict began. The United Mine Workers (UMW)
presented a list of demands to coal mine owners that included enforcement
of existing safety laws, an eight-hour work day, a ten percent pay
increase, and union recognition. The demand for union recognition was
particularly contentious and tensions escalated until a week later eight
thousand miners walked away from their jobs. Mine owners, with the
Colorado Fuel & Iron Company (CF&I) acting as spokesperson,
attempted to reopen the mines with nonunion labor. The
miners vehemently opposed this action and Colorado Governor (Elias Ammons)
sent National Guard troops to the area.
Ammons appointed General John Chase, a veteran of earlier Cripple
Creek strikes, to lead the strike-breaking action. In
response to the National Guard deployment, strikers abandoned the mines
and formed nearby tent colonies, such as the one at Ludlow.
November 1913 and March 1914 nearly two hundred UMW members were harassed
and detained General Chase’s troops. Violence
erupted on April 20, 1914, when a detachment of National Guard troops
attacked the Ludlow Tent Colony and set it on fire. Catastrophically,
two women and eleven children died of smoke inhalation in a cellar below
one of the tents. This
incident, called the Ludlow Massacre, triggered a civil war that lasted
ten days. Over one thousand
armed miners fought skirmishes with the National Guard and destroyed
several mines. Eventually President Woodrow Wilson sent sixteen hundred
federal troops to assist in quelling the violence.
postcard scans for condition. 1)
Colorado National Guard Camp at Trinidad; not mailed. 2)
General Chase and Staff at Trinidad; mailed Sept. 2, 1914. 3)
March to free Mother Jones from jail; not mailed. 4)
Mounted National Guard troops breaking up the parade; mailed but no date
on card. 5) Mounted guardsmen
on sidewalk in front of the White Front Bar; not mailed. Handwritten note
on back says “Soldiers taking two women to jail. Notice the soldiers on
horses on the sidewalks clearing the streets. One of these women died in
jail.” 6) Camp Beshoar. UMW
of A Military Headquarters. Trinidad, Colorado; not mailed. Armed miners
in foreground. L. R. Dold photograph. Card has vertical creases.
7) Ludlow Tent Colony After Fire, showing the devastation caused by
the fire. 8) Empire Mine
Tipple After the Battle. L. R.
Dold photograph. 9) McNally
Mine, Walsenburg, Colorado. Shows damage from fire that erupted during a
battle between the National Guard and strikers. Two
CRIPPLE CREEK GOLD MINING DISTRICT, Summer 1891
card photograph: Early Fremont, Cripple Creek Gold Mining District, Summer
1891. Photograph by Horace S.
Poley, 713 N. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Image dimensions: 6-1/2 inches by 4-1/4 inches; mount dimensions: 7
inches by 5 inches. Gilt
around edges of mount. Albumen
photograph with very good tones and detailed contrasts.
Horace Poley’s emblem printed on back of mount.
Primitive and tent structures on George Carr’s Broken Box Ranch,
El Paso County, Colorado, before the rush to the area radically changed
the landscape. Near the first
gold mines discovered in Poverty Gulch in and around the area where Bob
Womack staked out his discovery claim, the El Paso Lode.
A very early photograph of the recently discovered Cripple Creek
Gold Mining District. Photograph
condition: near fine.
GILPIN PHOTOGRAVURE POSTCARDS – NAVAHO GROUP
of eight photogravure postcards from Laura Gilpin’s Navaho Series.
Printed by the Meriden Gravure Company and published by The Gilpin
Publishing Company of Colorado Springs, Colorado. For
more than 60 years, Gilpin earned her living as a photographer, making
photographs of the Southwest and its Native people. Her
long involvement with the Navajo began in l930, when she and her
companion, Elizabeth Forster, ran out of gasoline in a remote section of
the Navajo reservation. Gilpin’s
early Navajo pictures focused on particular individuals. Through these
portraits, she came to understand the difference between sentimentality
and sentiment; and created a compassionate record of traditional Navajo
life of the era. Gilpin’s
early Southwestern pictures reflect the influence of her training, placing
greater emphasis on the evocation of mood than on detail and favoring the
soft grays of platinum printing papers.
All postcards are in near fine condition or better and have not
been mailed. 1) Navaho
Silversmith. 2) Navaho Woman,
Child and Lambs. 3) Navaho
Weaver. 4) Navaho Indian
Woman. 5) Navaho Madonna. 6)
Navaho Girl. 7) Navahos by
Fire Light. 8) Navaho Summer
GILPIN PHOTOGRAVURE POSTCARDS – MESA VERDE
photogravure postcards from Laura Gilpin’s Mesa Verde Series. This
rare series was printed by the Meriden Gravure Company and published by
the Gilpin Publishing Company of Colorado Springs, Colorado. All
postcards are in near fine to very fine condition and have not been
mailed. 1) Cliff Palace.
2) Round Tower of Cliff Palace. 3)
Spruce Tree House. 4) Square
Tower House. 5) Sun Temple. 6)
Shiprock from Mesa Verde.