Photographer Charles Lillybridge was active in Denver in the early 1900s, capturing images of regular Denverites during that time. Though History Colorado and the Denver Public Library’s Western History collections hold nearly 2,000 of Lillybridge’s images, his work is characterized by local researcher Randal Metz as “less known.”
“It’s probable,” wrote Metz for the Denver Public Library, that many of Lillybridge’s photos “were never printed, sitting in boxed obscurity for a 100 years, and that these faces are being seen for the first time in a century.”
Lillybridge’s work shows scenes from the city’s early life. Kids and adults on the way to work, people being baptized in the South Platte, and posing for portraits. A post by History Colorado points out that Denver’s affinity for biking to work began much earlier than expected, and is revealed in Lillybridge’s documentation.
[img size=”full” attachment=”20089″ alt=”Nighttime view, facing west, of Stout Street in Denver, Colorado. Illuminated signs include: "A. T. Lewis & S[on]". Other signs read: "The Dutch Mill" and "The M[ay]". Between 1910 and 1920. (Charles Lillybridge/History Colorado/90.152.529 DPLY) history colorado; historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite” width=”1000″ height=”788″ /] Nighttime view, facing west, of Stout Street in Denver, Colorado. Illuminated signs include: “A. T. Lewis & S[on]”. Other signs read: “The Dutch Mill” and “The M[ay]”. Between 1910 and 1920. (Charles Lillybridge/History Colorado/90.152.529 DPLY)