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Once Upon a Time…05.17.2019

Posted on March 25th, 2020 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church by email at

JMM 2003.53.92

Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: May 17, 2019

PastPerfect Accession #: 2003.053.092

Status: Do you recognize this adorable cherub? She is related in one way or another to the Kraus family, c. 1900.

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Traveling With Grace: Colorado Springs

Posted on March 24th, 2020 by

This week’s entry for our #TravelTuesday series: Traveling with Grace moves from Denver to Colorado Springs. To read more of Grace’s travels, click here. 

U.S. Mint, Denver, Colorado. Photo from the Detroit Publishing Company, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Thursday, August 14, 1947

Denver, Colorado

Weather: Clear

After lunching at the hotel, we went to the mint which is open for inspection. Guides take parties thru every few minutes. Then to the beautiful municipal and County bldg. on the 4th floor of which is housed the Denver Art Gallery and Public Library. Besides a fine collection of American and French painters (modern and semi-modern) there is a beautiful room of [bester] ware, snuff-boxes, French furniture, Chinese and Japanese ceramics, Oriental bronzes and religious art, the most interesting and complete a collection of Indian arts and crafts representing most of the N. American tribes that I’ve ever seen. Weaving of cloth and basketry, sand painting, garments of hide embroidered with quills, shells and beads, masks of wood and of fur, bone and shell implements, jewelry, toys, all marked with explanatory cards. Afterward we went to Perrenoud Apts. to try to trace the Salmon[?] family but without success.         

View of the Denver Public Library at Colfax Avenue and Bannock Street in the Civic Center neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. Courtesy of the Denver Public Library, X-27938.

Tonight, I called Aunt Blanche and Uncle Eli. We had dinner at a French-Italian restaurant, Boggio’s, which was very good, and they rode out to Washington Park, a pretty residential section. They have a lovely apartment-hotel here called the Park Lane. In Washington Park we saw a lovely old-fashioned dance given under the auspices of the Denver Dept. of Education. They have an orchestra and a caller who gives all the cues and they dance the old square dances, reels, etc., the girls dressed in the fashion of Civil War days (they make their own dresses of printed cottons, voile, and organdy with full flounced skirts, lace berthas, and some have pantaloons lace-edged. They look very pretty, and their escorts have on bright colored satin shirts and cowboy boots. They dance on a wooden floor beneath the trees and the whole thing looks just like a musical comedy stage setting. We talked to some of the couples and they told us they learn these old dances in the schools as children and keep them up by going to dances once a week (for which they pay 50 cents). During the summer they are held in different parks every night and they are really experts.

Vintage postcard, State Capitol Building, Denver, CO., 1940s. Via.

Friday, August 15, 1947

Denver to Colorado Springs

Weather: Partly rainy

This morning we visited the state capitol building very interesting, saw both chambers, house and senate, stained glass windows with portraits of Colorado’s elder statesmen and beautiful murals depicting the development of the country’s resources with appropriate verses by a local poet. Then we rode through one of Denver’s outstandingly beautiful suburbs, Crestmore. Most of the homes are bungalows with beautiful gardens and the windows are very large admitting a maximum of air and light. The centers of the streets are banked and well landscaped and continually watered as are all the lawns and parks in Denver to keep them green as the moisture dries out very quickly in this climate.

We started for Colorado Springs about 1 and not far from the city we saw the cutest place called The Country Kitchen where I was anxious to eat lunch but they only served evening dinners so we went a little further and ate at a lunch counter further up the road. The ride into Colorado Springs was pretty but not unusual and we had a storm on the way. It is very cool here.

Vintage postcard, Blue Spruce restaurant, Colorado Springs. Via.

We went to the Blue Spruce restaurant for dinner and then to Hansen’s Landis Terrace where Helen was deluged with mail as tomorrow is her birthday. We have two cabins here, each with its own roof garden canopies and furnished with table and chairs. Colorado Springs seems to be quite a large town and it runs right into Manitou where we are located. They serve breakfast in our cabin.

View to the Antlers Hotel, c. 1948. Photo by Victor Albert Grigas, courtesy of Wikimedia.

Saturday, August 16, 1947

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Weather: Rainy

We stayed in all day and I read my prayers and rested. We went to dinner at the Antlers Hotel and when we came out the rain had about stopped. We went to the Colorado Springs annual rodeo (it was the last night) in a huge stadium in back of the Broadmoor Hotel and had very good seats. The show lasted until 11:30. It was very exciting. Trick and fancy riding (gorgeous horses), steer roping, bucking horses, bull riding, clowning, cutting horse contests, and racing (a girl named Edna McKinnly[?] winning all races in a field of men. [Some jockey.?]

Colorado Springs Rodeo 1947 brochure. Via.

Sunday, August 17, 1947

Colorado Springs

Weather: Fine

We took a grand trip today via Penrose and Florence, and once part of the boundary line between Mexico and the U.S. Cañon City to the Royal Gorge and one of the highlights of our trip. In riding thru Cañon City we passed the Penitentiary situated across from the city park and a band of music was on an upper balcony giving a concert while the townspeople say in the park to listen and some of the inmates were sitting in the barred windows.

Grand Canyon, Royal Gorge, looking west. Photo by J. Thurlow, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

When we reached the Gorge ($1.50 per person) we rode over the highest suspension bridge (opened Dec. 8, 1929) in the world, 880 feet or ¼ mile long and the car can stop anywhere along the bridge. We look down into the depths of the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River 1,053 feet below. The railroad along the riverbank looks like a toy from here and we watched the train as it circled around and disappeared under a bridge far below. Then we went up a high road on the side of the gorge to a look-out pavilion where we got out for another magnificent view.

Upper Station Incline Railway at the Royal Gorge, c. 1930-1945. The Tichnor Brothers Collection, Boston Public Library.

On our way back we went down on the Otis Equipped Scenic Incline which runs on a 45-degree angle to the bottom of the gorge 1550 feet below. It was a real thrill to look down into the depths as the cage-like car descends, and again from the bottom to look up 1/5 of a mile to the bridge above. On the way back to Canyon City we took a road called the Phantom Skyline from which the view is different from any we have seen before and very beautiful. On one side are mountains bare save for some scrub oak and sage brush while on the other stretches a veritable garden of Eden, so lush and green and fertile.

Vintage postcard, Colorado’s first Capitol Building. Via.

On our way back we passed Camp Carson, a large U.S. Military reservation where they had a prisoner of war camp, the bldgs. still standing. We saw the original capitol building standing in the Broadmoor area. It is a log cabin with an extra painted wooden front (congress made Colorado, a territory on Feb. 28, 1861. We saw some beautiful country estates around here. We had dinner at the Broadmoor Hotel and afterward walked thru the beautiful lobby, terrace overlooking a large swimming pool. The Tavern is attractive with electrified wine bottles as lights.

Thanks for reading “Traveling with Grace,” a series where we’re sharing (and annotating) posts from the travel diaries of Grace Amelia Hecht, native Baltimorean, b. 1897 and d. 1955. As mentioned in my introductory post transcription errors sometimes occur and I’ve made my best guesses where possible, denoted by [brackets]. – Rachel Kassman, marketing manager


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Once Upon a Time…05.10.2019

Posted on March 18th, 2020 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church by email at

JMM 2002.73.40

Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: May 10, 2019

PastPerfect Accession #: 2002.073.040

Status: Uncertain – this fashionable young woman may be Julia Kres Goldstein, mother of Bennet Gold… or she may not be. Circa 1920. What do you think?

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