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A Look Back

Images from Colorado Springs' past

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View of old Van Briggle Pottery building with bridge alongside. Sign reading “Pottery” is next to building. The image was taken in May 1947 by photographer H.R. Zelley. Established in 1899, Van Briggle Pottery & Tile is one of the oldest active art potteries in the United States. The Van Briggle studios, now located at 1024 S. Tejon St., still produce the early designs of its founders, Artus and Anne Van Briggle, as well as pieces created over the years that compliment their celebrated style. ZELLEY COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 217-6789

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This portrait of Lillian Bateman(1890-1985), a former teacher in District 11 schools from 1910 until 1956, was taken in 1950. The photographer is unknown. Bateman graduated from Colorado College in 1913, according to the Pikes Peak Library District. She was chairman of the English department at Colorado Springs High School, according to a story in the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph on June 6, 1971. MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 001-8575

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Two Colorado Springs firefighters with a hand line from a plug on a 16-inch main on East Colorado Avenue on April 10, 1956. They were fighting the Bates Building fire at 107 1/2 Pikes Peak Ave. from the roof of the Peak Theater in the “heart of the high value district.” The fire involved the Peak Theater, Bates Lunch Room, the Shoe Circle and several offices. A backdraft explosion at 107 1/2 E. Pikes Peak injured several firefighters. DELBERT G. GREEN PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTTRICT, 439-27

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An intense fire collapses the east wall of the auditorium at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind on March 22, 1950, in Colorado Springs. DELBERT G. GREEN PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 439-8

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An undated portrait of Rowena Dashwood Graves Arthur, wife of Mr. Chester A. Arthur II. She was born Rowena Dashwood, daughter of Richard and Annie Dashwood, both born in England. Her father worked as a miner at a gold mine. Rowena was divorced from Henry Graves, a Springs store owner. She married Chester A. Arthur II in 1934 in Colorado Springs. He was the son of Chester Alan Arthur, the 21st president of the United States. She worked as a stenographer for a real estate office and was a beauty queen in the 1920s. By the time she married Arthur, she was a divorced Colorado Springs business-women who campaigned for womens’ rights.

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The view down Pikes Peak Avenue toward Antlers Hotel in this photo dated August 1947. This was Antlers Hotel’s second building, built in 1901 after the first hotel, which was built in 1883, burned down in 1898. The second building was torn down in 1964 and replaced by the current structure in 1967. ZELLEY COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 217-6830

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This portrait of Fred Stewart Bartlett (1905-1988), former director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center from 1943 until 1971, is dated 1966-1967. The photographer is unknown. Bartlett’s tenure began during a period that was described in a Gazette article in 2011 as the center’s “golden age,” before standalone art schools began to fade compared to university art schools. MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 001-8570

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