Gems from the darkroom: Part 2 |

Gems from the darkroom: Part 2

Can you recall when square dancing in the middle of Lincoln Avenue was the biggest thing going on in Steamboat Springs, outside of skiing?

On the first Sunday of May, the newspaper staff brings its readers the second installment of “Gems from the darkroom,” with historic black-and-white photos that recall some of the most civic-minded and notable residents of Routt County. You’ll also find images of community institutions, the appearance of which, have changed significantly over the decades.

Most of the photographs were captured in an era when Steamboat Pilot & Today photographers developed Kodak Tri-X film in the darkroom and waited for the film to dry before making quick work prints.

Late Pilot Editor Dee Richards was known to avoid having to develop film by toting a big Speed Graphic camera with bellows to everything from rodeos to business features. The camera was fitted with a Polaroid back that allowed Richards to avoid darkroom work.

See if you can spot a couple of those images in this collection.


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