Jon Crispin's Notebook

Penguin Books

Posted in Animals, Dogs, Family by joncrispin on 31/05/2013

I’ve been thinking of my late parents quite a bit recently.  The photograph is of my father’s family.  They moved from Cornwall in the UK to Central City, Colorado where I believe this shot was taken.  Dad turned me on to the Scottish writer John Buchan, and I have a large collection of his books; mostly hardbacks, but a few in these lovely old Penguin editions.  These  beautiful art deco bookends are marked “Genuine Rocky Mountain Alabaster” and come from Kohlberg’s / Denver, which I assume is or was some sort of a shop.

Pearl had some pretty heavy duty surgery on Tuesday.  She had a large mast cell tumor on her side and it really needed to come off.  Our wonderful vet Deb Lichtenberg thought it was a good thing to do, and we are glad we went through with it.  The recovery has been going well so far.  Off to get the temporary drain removed this afternoon and then another ten days before the stitches come out.   I took this shot a few days before the operation.  We never let her up on the furniture until about a year ago, but hey, she’s 12 and we want her happy.

Mountain States Telephone

Posted in Buildings, Family by joncrispin on 05/05/2010

My Dad was born in Central City in 1917 and had two older sisters.  When they moved to Denver in the 1920s Shirley and Leora eventually got jobs with The Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company. Shirley died very young, but Aunt Lee worked for them her entire adult life.  I have some of her Bell System awards for long-time service, including a lovely gold bracelet with an inset diamond for 40 years.  Cris and I were walking on 14th near our hotel on Curtis and I looked up to see this sight.  The building is awesome.  There are murals both inside and outside that look to have been done sometime in the 2os.  I can imagine my Aunts walking in through the entrance on their way to work each day.

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