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A couple pose near the Yuba, Continental dredge on the Blue River

A man and woman, probably Carl and Esther Kaiser, stand in front of a gold dredge. Signs and notices on the dredge warn "No Admittance" and "Danger No Trespassing". Handwritten caption on the front: "Gold dredge managed by Carl Kaiser 1933-1938". The Yuba, Continental dredge (No. 9) operated on the Blue River from 1917 to 1938, when it was dismantled and moved to Fairplay, Colorado. It was the last of the nine dredges operating around Breckenridge.


A couple take a break from skiing on a ski run at Breckenridge ski area

Two skiers take a break from skiing on a ski run on Peak 8 at the Breckenridge ski area in Colorado. The man wears a striped sweater over a white turtleneck, tan ski pants and no hat. Standing upslope from him is a woman dressed in a red jacket and black ski pants. Her blonde hair is loose and covered with a light blue headband. She wears dark framed sunglasses even though the sky is overcast and cloudy.

Topolnicki Sr., John A.

A family poses outside a two story house with a picket fence, probably in Breckenridge

A family poses outside a house, probably in Breckenridge, Colorado. A woman sits upright in a hammock strung between the corner of the house where it meets a one story addition. Next to her a man wearing a bowler or derby hat sits in a chair. Two young boys, one wearing a straw boater hat, stand nearby. A picket fence borders the two story side gable clapboard house. Circa 1890s.


A man and dog outside the remains of a snow tunnel on Main Street, Breckenridge during the Big Snow of 1899

Melting snow exposes one of the tunnels that had been used to access businesses on Main Street, Breckenridge, during the "Big Snow" winter of 1898-1899. A man reaches to hold the paw of a dog sitting with both front legs raised up off the ground. In the background are false front buildings and a side gable structure. "April 14th, '99" is handwritten on the reverse.


A man at his desk in the office of the Colorado Telephone Company in Breckenridge

A man sits in a chair facing away from his desk inside the Colorado Telephone Company in Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa 1899-1920s. On the desk are books, stacks of papers, inkwells and a candlestick telephone (also known as upright desk stands). The carpeted office is also furnished with typewriter desk with a typewriter on top, a wood secretary filled with books, and a bookstand. Taxidermy, two framed "State of Colorado Certificate of Authority" documents, and a hand crank telephone (or telegraph) hang on the wallpapered wall. The company began providing service to Breckenridge in 1899.


A man outside the extensive mill operations at the Wellington Mine, near Breckenridge

A man dressed in a suit coat and hat, and wearing pants tucked into tall, laced boots, stands on the dirt road outside the Wellington Mine and Mill operations in French Gulch, east of Breckenridge, Colorado. Behind him is a large stack of lumber and finished mine timbers. Smoke fills the view in the background. Circa June 1913.


A man plays piano on stage in a restaurant in Breckenridge

A man plays piano on stage in the dimly lit lounge of a restaurant or bar in Breckenridge, Colorado. The rustic interior has hardwood floor and is clad in wood paneling. Beams run across the pitched or vaulted ceiling. A woman sits on the rustic log railing that borders the stage. In the foreground a large wooden wagon wheel leans against the wall.

Topolnicki Sr., John A.

A man sits at a desk in the offices of the Gold Pan Mining Company in Breckenridge

A man sits at a desk in the offices of the Gold Pan Mining Company on South Ridge Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. A half wall lined with drawers, shelving and teller windows separates the office from the public space. Hanging on the wall behind him is a row of clipboards and more file drawers, and a clock. Circa early 1900s.


A man sits on a hill overlooking dredge piles and the town of Breckenridge

A hippie holding a rock sits on a hill overlooking the dredge piles and the town of Breckenridge, Colorado. Looking east from Shock Hill with Bald Mountain in the background. The man has a shoulder length dark hair, a full beard and mustache, and is dressed in jeans, boots and a leather sleeveless vest or tunic over a striped collared shirt.

Topolnicki Sr., John A.

A man stops to look at the view as he ascends a snowy mountain slope near Montezuma, Colorado

A man with snowshoes or skis stops to view something in the distance as he ascends through the trees on a mountain slope. He wears a beret, overcoat with scarf and mittens, and pants tucked into high boots. Snowy mountain range in the background. Probably Montezuma or Peru Creek area in Summit County, Colorado.

Sayre Sr., Robert H.

A skier at Arapahoe Basin ski area in Colorado

Postcard, "Colorado Photography" by John Topolnicki. Scalloped edges. Caption on the reverse includes the four (4) b's Breckenridge logo: "Arapahoe Basin; Colorful Colorado; 68 miles west of Denver - US-6 Off I-70; 11 miles east of Dillon and I-70 Interchange" and "Sun, fun and powder snow. One of Ski Country's major ski areas. Spring snow conditions are best in late April and May. Undulating open slopes above timberline - protected from the prevailing west winds by a natural bowl and steep west wall."

Topolnicki Sr., John A.

A woman unrolls a scroll in a restaurant in Breckenridge

From her seat at a table in a dimly lit restaurant in Breckenridge, Colorado, a woman unrolls scroll with a handwritten menu beginning with the words: "The Ullr [?] of this Kingdom of Breckenridge..." The menu lists a selection of dishes, including soup du jour (soup of the day), beef tenderloin, king crab legs, and more. Probably a special dinner offer in celebration of Breckenridge's Ullr Dag Winter Festival. The man on her left looks over her shoulder, and the couple across the table listen as she reads the document aloud.

Topolnicki Sr., John A.

Agnes and Charline Finding pose with friends and dogs at the Silverthorn's house on Main Street, Breckenridge

Well-dressed young women and one young man pose with dogs on the covered front porch of Judge Marshall and Agnes (Ralston) Silverthorn's house on Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa 1910s. The two women sitting on the porch's lower steps may be the Silverthorn's granddaughters, Agnes Eleanor Finding (left, in a contrasting vertical stripe dress and cradling a small dog) and her sister Charline Antoinette (right, wearing a dark dress with white paneled front and a large brimmed hat with white plumes). Between them, sitting on the top step, is a girl holding a puppy on her lap and a large dog. Another woman sits on a chair by the front door, her gloved hands folded across her lap. A bicycle leans against a chair in the lawn.


An elderly man with a cane outside a storefront on Main Street, Breckenridge, circa after 1912

An elderly man wearing a beret leans on his cane outside a store on Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa after 1912, when the wooden sidewalks were replaced by concrete. The storefront windows advertise "Cigars - Tobacco & Candles - Newsstand". Inside the doorway, a tall glass tabletop cabinet with a curved glass front displays merchandise. More items are displayed in the windows, including card mount photographs on easels.


Band members outside Fireman's Hall on Main Street, Breckenridge

Band members pose for a group portrait in front of Fireman's Hall on Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado. Circa 1900s. They wear uniforms buttoned up the front with shoulder epaulettes; some of the men are dressed in dark suits and necktie. Behind them, parked in front of the large open bay is a convertible automobile decorated with a flag. To the left is the Livery and Feed Store. People are gathered on the wooden sidewalk, including a woman with a baby carriage.


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