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Littleton, N.H.: B.W. Kilburn, 1877/90.. Seventeen cards measure 3 1/2 x 7 inches; the final two cards listed measure 4 1/4 x 7 inches. Penultimate card on the list cropped at top upper edge (dimensions listed below), else the group is unblemished. Some of the images are slightly faded. Very good. A fine group of rare stereocards showing scenes in Colorado towns and forests, including several photographs of Denver and Glenwood Springs, early pictures of Pueblo and Aspen, and several views of the Rocky Mountains. They offer interesting views of street scenes and cityscapes of growing Colorado towns, as well as scenic views of the Rocky Mountains. Two are especially noteworthy for showing the interiors of churches, one a Methodist Episcopal church featuring a huge pipe organ, the other the more modest interior of a Catholic church. The cards were produced by the B.W. Kilburn company of Littleton, New Hampshire, a prominent stereocard producer in the later 19th century. Edward and Benjamin West Kilburn began operation in the 1860s as suppliers of views of New Hampshire scenes, especially the White Mountains. Their business expanded, and in the late 1870s they began offering views of natural wonders in the West, including the Colorado Rockies and Yellowstone. Such 19th-century stereocards of scenes in Colorado towns and the Rocky Mountains are quite rare. The web site of the photographic collection at the Denver Public Library lists thirty-six stereocards of Colorado by the Kilburn Company, five of which match the images in the present group. OCLC records only one listing for Colorado stereo views by the Kilburn Company, a group of five views dated 1890, located at the Bancroft Library at the University of California. A comparison with those views, however, shows that they are different than any of the cards in the present group. The final two cards in the group bear copyright dates of 1877 and are early photographs of Pike's Peak and the "Garden of the Gods." Nine of the cards are dated 1890, and the other nine cards, similar in format and numbering pattern, were also likely produced around 1890. Each card is numbered beside the caption, and that number is recorded in parentheses in each listing below. Two of the cards are duplicates (items 1 and 2 below). 1) "Court House, Denver, Col. U.S.A." (5645) A nice view of the massive courthouse in downtown Denver. A man stands in profile in front of the building, and a telegraph pole is also visible. 2) "Court House, Denver, Col. U.S.A." (5645) A duplicate of the previous card. 3) "Interior of the Trinity M.E. Church, Showing the Great Organ, Denver Col." (5650) The church's huge pipe organ is clearly depicted. 4) "Interior of Catholic Chapel, Denver, Col. U.S.A." (5651) 5) "Bird's-eye view of Denver, Col., U.S.A." (5654) A nice view of downtown Denver, showing many multi-story buildings and a few steeples. 6) "Bird's- eye view of Denver, Col., U.S.A." (5655) Another view of downtown Denver, from a different perspective, showing a sizeable church with a steeple and large rose window, as well as many large homes and other buildings. 7) "Denver, from the Tower of the North Denver High School. Col. U.S.A." (5662) Taken from the outskirts of the city, looking toward downtown. 8) "The Boys Day, Glenwood Springs, Col. U.S.A." (5623) Shows a group of boys playing in a large pool, with a huge fountain in the center of it. 9) "D. & R. G. R. R., Tunnel, Glenwood Springs, Col. U.S.A." (5626) A view of a Denver & Rio Grande Railroad tunnel cut into the side of a large mountain. 10) "Our little picnic at Glenwood Springs, Col. U.S.A." (5628) Shows a man and a woman, their son, daughter, and family dog, with mountains in the distance. The young daughter sits on a horse. 11) "Canyon City, from the Cliffs, Col. U.S.A." (5603) Depicts a group of day- trippers on the side of a hill with Canyon City down below. 12) "The Pride of Pueblo from the Bridge, Col. U.S.A." (5599) Shows a bustling main street in downtown Pueblo, with many buildings, people, carriages, and telegraph lines. 13) "Don't be frightened, old Jenny is true Aspen, Col., U.S.A." (5577) Shows two young children sitting on a donkey perched on a perilous hillside. The future resort town of Aspen, quite large even in 1890, is clearly visible in the background. 14) "The Sentinel, Garden of the Gods, Manitou, Col., U.S.A." (5560) An interesting rock formation which appears to be precariously balanced. 15) "Father Abraham and Uncompahgre Canyon, Col., U.S.A." (5517) A mountain scene. 16) "Our Trip to the Mines, Ouray, Col." (5496) Shows two men on horseback. 17) "The storm, Canyon of the Rio De Las Animas, D. & R. G. R. R., U.S.A." (5611) 18) "Manitou and Pike's Peak, Colorado." (9) This card was originally 4 1/4 x 7 inches, but has had its upper edge trimmed off, and the dimensions are now 3 1/4 x 7 inches. Shows the small town of Manitou, nestled in the foothills of Pike's Peak. 19) "The Gateway, Garden of the Gods, Colorado." (6) A nice image showing three men in a carriage drawn by two horses passing through this distinctive rock formation. OCLC 34275783 (ref).
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