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A Look Back

Images from Colorado Springs' past

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Crowds gather around three hot air balloons in Colorado Springs in this Aug. 29, 1912, photo. Balloons still provide end-of-summer fun in the area. The Labor Day Lift Off and Balloon Glow continues through Monday at Memorial Park. The Labor Day Lift Off is the successor to the Colorado Balloon Classic, which ended a few years ago after decades of aerial entertainment. For more information, go to coloradospringslabordayliftoff.com/. PHOTO BY STEWARTS COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 013-10460

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High school basketball players in Manitou Springs pose in this 1906 photo. They are identified as, front row from left: Dave Smiley, Art Douglass, Bert Hitt and Homer Jones. Back row from left: Frank Smith, Professor Maize and Rupert Northrup. RAY TURNER PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 487-20

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Artus Van Briggle is seen in this 1900 portrait. Van Briggle, who gained lasting fame for his art nouveau designs before dying in 1904 at the age of 35, founded Van Briggle Pottery in 1899, the year he arrived in Colorado Springs. He previously had established himself as a world-class painter in Europe, according to a history on Van Briggle Pottery’s website. The Van Briggle Pottery Festival and Tour is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, with tours every 20 minutes, at the Van Briggle Building, 1125 Glen Ave. Cost is $12. For more information, go to colorado college.edu/other/ wes/events.html. MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION , COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 001-359

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Two-year-old Frances Robine Webb is seen in this 1910 studio portrait. Frances was a great-grandchild of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. She was the daughter of Dr. Gerald Bertram Webb, an Englishman who came to Colorado Springs in the late 1800s in search of a tuberculosis cure for his first wife, and Varina Howell Davis Hayes, Davis’ granddaughter. MARGARETTA M. BOAS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRADY DISTRICT, 001-5283

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The exterior of the Stewart Brothers’ store at 17 N. Tejon St. in downtown Colorado Springs in 1930. Ben H. and Orrie W. Stewart came to Colorado from Kansas as boys, attended public schools in Colorado Springs and later studied chemistry at Colorado College, according to a history posted online by the Pikes Peak Library District. They opened their first Stewart Brothers store in Manitou Springs in 1906. In 1912, they opened a much larger store in Colorado Springs. Their business grew to include a photo craft shop, a warehouse and an engraving plant. RAY TURNER PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION , COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 487-54

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Clarence Coil seems to smell a handful of weeds in this 1930 photo. It was one of 11 photographs mounted on a scrapbook page. Coil and his family moved from Missouri to Colorado around 1916, and he lived there for the rest of his life, according to the the Mineralogical Record. By 1930, Coil was working as a printer in a photo-graph shop in Colorado Springs, and he spent the rest of his professional career as a commercial photographer. For example, he took the aerial photos that were used to determine the site for the Air Force Academy. Coil died in Colorado Springs in January 1978. RAY TURNER PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 487-32

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Anne Van Briggle is seen in this undated photo. Anne and Artus Van Briggle married in 1902 on a mesa on Cheyenne Mountain, according to a history posted online by Colorado College. Artus Van Briggle, who gained lasting fame for his Art Nouveau designs, had founded Van Briggle Pottery a few years earlier. With Artus Van Briggle ill with tuberculosis, Anne Van Briggle assumed steadily increasing responsibility for the business and took over much of the designing, the CC history states. Artus Van Briggle died in 1904. PHOTO BY KNUTSON-BOWERS PHOTOGRAPHY, COURTESY OF PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT, 001-5271

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