Mostly Denver: 1950s-1980s. Most 8 x 10 inches, most with verso marks of the Denver Post and other newspapers and various editorial marks and descriptions. Nearly fine, uncommonly well preserved with excellent contrast. Near Fine. Item #List1207
This broad collection of protest photographs, from the collection of the Denver Post, provides a rare exhaustive glimpse of the intersection of local and national activism throughout a several decade period beginning with Coors-related protests in the 1950s and extending through the 1980s.
The bulk of the collection - 300 photographs - show events in the 70s and 80s, when issues such as abortion, immigration and U.S. overseas intervention brought protests from across the social and political spectrum.
Some of the issues covered in the protests include national level events such as the Vietnam and Gulf wars, as well as pictures of protestors on both sides of the Roe vs. Wade decision. Also shown are protests around a range of hyper-local issues: accessibility for the subway system, an unsafe intersection, a man in a gorilla costume appealing a zoning decision while advertising a haunted house.
The juxtaposition of not just the issues and viewpoints but the scope and breadth of the issues is what makes the collection interesting, and provides opportunity for scholarship of social activism during this period, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s when the bulk of the photos were taken.
Overall an exceedingly well preserved collection of images, documenting a range of social issues, with a particular local focus on immigration, land-use and agriculture, nuclear power, and U.S. military interventions abroad during the 1970s and 1980s.