Friday, July 29, 2016

Lake Steam Baths

Let us melt your pains and cares away at Lake Steam Russian and Turkish Baths. Offering spa services, sauna, and massage. Call today: 303-825-2995.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Longhorn Bar

The Longhorn Bar at 3014 E. Colfax Avenue is long gone. Today it's the Southside Bar and Kitchen.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Ruth Handler, Inventor of the Barbie Doll

Colfax Avenue's East High School graduate Ruth Handler had noted that her daughter Barbara, who was becoming a pre-teen, preferred playing with her infant paper dolls and giving them adult roles. She wanted to produce a plastic doll with an adult body but her husband thought it wouldn't sell. But when the Handlers were on a European trip, Ruth Handler saw the German Bild Lilli doll (which was not meant for children at all; rather a gag gift for adults) in a Swiss shop and bought it. Back home she reworked the design of the doll and re-named her Barbie after her daughter. Barbie debuted at the New York toy fair on March 9, 1959. Barbie became an instant success, rocketing the Handlers and their toy company toward fame. Later, they would add a boyfriend for Barbie named Ken, after Handler's son as well any many more other "friends and family" for Barbie's world.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Immaculate Conception

This painting is hanging on the hallowed walls of the Nob Hill Inn. I'm calling this depiction of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral (across the street from the bar) "Immaculate Conception". (photo by Jonny B)