BHA.2015.1.1 - Photograph

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Catalog Number BHA.2015.1.1
Object Name Photograph
Title Mail carriers on wooden skis, winter of the Big Snow, Main Street, Breckenridge (Colo.)--1899
Description Photograph by Otto Westerman shows two men carry the mail by "snowshoe" (wooden skis) on Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado, during the winter of the Big Snow of 1898-1899. One of the men is Justen G. "Jess" Oakley, the other is Eli Fletcher. They each hold a long wooden pole used for balance and to brake on descent. A dog sits in the deep snow nearby. In the background can be seen the false-front buildings that line the west side of the street, including the Denver Hotel with its ornate portico almost buried by snow. Handwritten on the reverse: "US mail via snow shoe winter of the 78 day blockade".
Collection Agnes Miner Collection
Date 1899
Photographer Westerman, Otto
Event Big Snow of 1898-1899
Place Breckenridge (Colo.)
People Fletcher, Eli
Oakley, Justen G.
Search Terms Denver Hotel
Subjects Buildings
Dogs
Men
People
Postal service
Postal service employees
Skiing
Snow
Snowshoeing
Towns
Web Rights http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/

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