Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021

Tipsy Tiger

Tipsy Tiger, 6000 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, 1975

Other signs and businesses include Hadley Music, Skelly Gas, Wild Bills, Empire Olds, Colfax National Bank and Chevron.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Blake's Auto Repair

Blake's Auto Repair, 15611 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colorado (undated photo courtesy of the Shorty Hanger collection and scanned by Todd Matuszewicz)

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Cozy Cafe

 

Cozy Cafe, 9742 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colorado (undated photo from the Shorty Hanger collection and scanned by Todd Matuszewicz)

Friday, March 5, 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Sly's Court

 

Sly's Court, 14715 East Colfax, Aurora, Colorado (undated photo courtesy of the Shorty Hanger collection and scanned by Todd Matuszewicz)

Sly's Court is listed under "Motels" in the 1954 Denver Yellow Pages. A mobile home community called Hillcrest Village now appears to be located near this spot.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Blue Sky Motel

 

Blue Sky Motel, 6205 West Colfax, Lakewood, Colorado, 1980s(?) (photo courtesy of Sophia Bozio and Maria Macke)

Pictured is motel owner Michael Bozio standing beneath the original Blue Sky Motel sign.

The Blue Sky Motel was demolished in March, an event that was mourned by fans of these vanishing vintage roadside fixtures. The sign was saved by Heritage Lakewood and is in storage awaiting display.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Aurora Fox Theater

Courtesy Save the Signs
 
Aurora Fox Theater, East Colfax, Aurora, Colorado, 1956

PHOTO CAPTION: Former manager Ralph Roe wishes Jack Flemming good luck as the new manager of the Fox-Aurora Theatre. Roe has been transferred to Laramie, Wyoming. Flemming, right, has represented Fox Inter-Mountain Theatres for the past ten years, having managed theatres in Denver, Las Vegas, New Mexico, and Walsenburg, Colorado. His Denver assignments were at the Rialto, Webber, Bluebird, Centre and comes to Aurora directly from the Ogden, where he has been manager for the past year.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Mammoth Garden

 

Mammoth Garden, 1510 Clarkson Street, Denver, CO

Known today as the Fillmore Auditorium concert venue, Mammoth Skating Rink first opened as a roller skating rink in 1907. It then went through several iterations, including as a manufacturing plant for Fritchle automobiles. From 1935 to the early 1960s, Mammoth Garden once again hosted roller skating (as well as ice skating, boxing and wrestling) and then eventually became a concert venue called Mammoth Gardens and later, the Fillmore.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Hanger Neon & Sign Co.

(undated photo courtesy of the Shorty Hanger collection and scanned by Todd Matuszewicz)

Hanger Neon & Sign Co, 1420 Kingston Street, Aurora, Colorado.
 
Hanger Neon later moved from 1495 Kingston St to 15225 East Colfax Avenue.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Blarney Castle

  

Blarney Castle, 3014 East Colfax Avenue, Denver

Originally located at 3015 East Colfax, newspaper articles indicate that Blarney Castle was granted permission to transfer the liquor license across the street to 3018 East Colfax in 1951. By the late 1950s, Blarney Castle was being listed at 3014 East Colfax.

In 1947, the owner of Blarney Castle was kidnapped and robbed. Fortunately, he survived and continued supplying libations to a thirty neighborhood.


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Executive Inn

  

Executive Inn, 3015 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, 1975

Other signs and businesses include Los Dos and Red Barn. There's also a Meadow Gold truck at the right edge of the photo
 
This motel was originally called Fountain Inn but the name was changed to Executive Inn in 1969.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Professional Arts Building

 

Professional Arts Building, 1245 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, 1969 & 1956.

According to a 1956 ad announcing the grand opening, this structure was "Denver's most modern office building." It was designed by architects Huntington & Brelsford, "exclusively for the medical and dental professions." The building still exists, but has been given a makeover that hides its mid-century features. It's now known as the Upper Colfax Business Center.
 

 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Altura Liquors

Altura Liquors, 14832 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colorado (undated photo from the Shorty Hanger Collection and scanned by Todd Matuszewicz)

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Friday, February 19, 2021

National Jewish Hospital

  

Birdseye View of the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives, at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Colorado Blvd.


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Trailer Haven

 

Trailer Haven, 12900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colorado (undated photo from the Shorty Hanger collection and scanned by Todd Matuszewicz)

Trailer Haven first appeared in the Denver phone book in 1948. It was originally listed at 12800 East Colfax. Starting in 1953 the address was listed as 12850 East 14th and starting in 1957 the address was listed as 13396 East Colfax.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Tiny's Pizzeria

 

Tiny's Pizzeria, 9512 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colorado (undated photo from the Shorty Hanger collection and scanned by Todd Matuszewicz)

It doesn't look like Tiny's Pizza lasted very long. The Denver Yellow Pages only listed the business from 1955 to 1957.
 

 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Elaine Motel

 
Elaine Motel, 12037 East Colfax, Aurora, Colorado (undated photo from the Shorty Hanger collection and scanned by Todd Matuszewicz)


Sunday, February 14, 2021

West Colfax & Delaware St, Denver, 1973

Courtesy Save the Signs

West Colfax & Delaware St, Denver, 1973

Signs and businesses include Chicken Unlimited, Zook Apartments & Hotel, Centennial Industrial Bank and McDonald's.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Friday, February 12, 2021

Aurora Optical

 Aurora Optical, 9650 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colorado.

Other signs and businesses include JD Hardware and Holli's Used Furniture & Antiques. 9650 East Colfax is now home to La Morena Restaurant.
(undated photo from the collection of Shorty Hanger and scanned by Todd Matuszewicz)

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Aladdin Rexall Drugs

Courtesy Save the Signs
Aladdin Rexall Drugs, 2032 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, 1974. Other signs and businesses include the Aladdin Theater, Conoco, Sinclair, Baskin-Robbins, Exxon and IHOP.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Original Aurora Parade

 

Parade on East Colfax Avenue in Original Aurora. Anyone have a guess as to the year?

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

East Colfax and Krameria Street

 1974 photo showing the intersection of East Colfax and Krameria Street

Signs in this photo include Pizza Oven, House of Wu, Tipsy Tiger and the Paragon Motel.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Handy Store Groceries & Soda Fountain


The Handy Store Groceries & Soda Fountain, 10722 East Colfax, Aurora, Colorado (undated photo from the collection of Shorty Hanger and scanned by Todd Matuszewicz)

Friday, February 5, 2021

Colfax Avenue 1954

Courtesy Save the Signs

 Colfax Avenue, Denver, 1954
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The lone sign in this photo is the Sinclair Gasoline sign at the corner of Colfax and 14th Street.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

East Colfax Avenue, 1971

East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colorado, 1971
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In this picture, the Band of the Rockies from Lowry Airforce Base is seen marching down Colfax Avenue in the annual Gateway to the Rockies Parade.

Signs and businesses include Lehrer's Flowers, Jester Lounge, Goodyear, Taylor's Liquors, Coach Light Restaurant, Silver State Bank and BF Goodrich.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Pace Setter Motel

 

Pacesetter Motel, 14291 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colorado (undated photo from the Shorty Hanger collection and scanned by Todd Matuszewicz)

Sunday, January 31, 2021

McDonald's Grand Opening

 

Courtesy Save the Signs


McDonald's Grand Opening, 11025 E Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colorado, 1960

Saturday, January 30, 2021

West Colfax Avenue and Federal Blvd.





These photos are from West Colfax Avenue and Federal Blvd. before the Colfax-Federal Cloverleaf was built in 1960.



Friday, January 29, 2021

Radiant Motel


 Radiant Motel, 10950 East Colfax Ave., Aurora Colorado, 1957 (courtesy Save the Signs)

The caption below this photo reads, "This happy quintet of Aurora visitors are shown above enjoying the new swimming pool at the Radiant Motel. Getting ready to play another game of water polo are, from left to right, Mr. and Mrs. Don Lux, Jerry Schulte, Mrs. and Mr. Richard Stenzel. Jim Prather, owner of the motel, installed the 40' x 15' pool recently and it has been attracting a great number of tourists during these hot days."

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Miles Plaza and Altura Drugs


Miles Plaza Superette and Altura Drugs, 15751 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colorado (undated photo courtesy of Bob Endersen)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Trigg Realty

Trigg Realty and Radiant Motel, 11090 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colorado (undated photo from the collection of Shorty Hanger and scanned by Todd Matuszewicz)

Monday, January 25, 2021

White Mule Tavern

 

West Colfax Avenue near Glenarm Place, Denver, 1956.
 
Signs and businesses include White Mule Tavern (500 W Colfax), Standard Motor Co (455 W Colfax) and Walter's Downtown Chevron (515 W Colfax). (courtesy Save the Signs)