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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Pike's Peak: 1901

Pike's Peak: 1901

Colorado circa 1901. "Station and hotel, summit of Pike's Peak." 8x10 inch glass transparency, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Awesome!!!!

Dave: this "stone-by-stone" colorized version is definitely one of the best I've seen on Shorpy. Some piece of work you did here. Thanks and congrats, pal!

[I didn't colorize it. As noted below, the image is a Photochrom print. - Dave]

Serendipity

This photo appeared on the same day I first found this site devoted to the PP Cog Railway on a family newsletter from folks who live nearby in CO. It has some videos and a pair of web cams.

Photo op

Check out the "other" photographer reclining and reading next to his camera/tripod setup.

+106

Below is the same view from June of 2007.

Pikes Peak in color

An example of the Photochrom prints that were made from these glass negatives. They were used for postcards and also for larger artwork that you might hang in your parlor. Click to enlarge.

Isn't it amazing

that the Pikes Peak summit station and hotel were built only 110 years ago? That is so relatively recent in the exploration and history of the U.S. I like the three "Mary Poppins" dressed ladies who seem out of place in a rough and unfinished construction zone. I bet they're looking for the Ladies Room. This is a unique photo, very interesting.

 
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