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Yard of Downing Coal Company, circa 1935

Identifier: B409.02.00005


Building and yard of Downing's with three people in front: from left to right are Carl Harrison, Ken Trujillo, and Sam Bloom. On left of the photographs is a truck with bags of feed and on the right of the photograph there are three Downing coal trucks with one loaded with coal. There are large stacks of logs in back of the building. Signs on and around the building include "Coal Feed and Ice," "Poultry Supplies," "Purina Chows, Checkerboard bags," "Horses Cows, Poultry, Hogs," and "Producer Mixed Feed." On side of building is "Colorado Coal Co." and "Wood." Interior of the Downing's Hardware store on Downing street. Standing in the store are left to right, Ida Bloom, Pizer Bloom, unidentified employee, Sam Bloom, and Fern Bloom. Pictured are paints and Celsior paint samples on shelves at the right of the image, a ladder, roll of packaging paper, different sizes of wire, scale with a scoop, watering can, and shelves filled with unkown same size materials. Sam Bloom was born in Denver, Colorado in 1911. His parents were Pizer and Ida Strait Bloom. Pizer was born in Poland in 1885 and Ida was born in New York City in 1894. The couple opened Downing Coal and Feed store in Denver, Colorado which became Downing's Hardware Store.


  • circa 1935


2 Megabytes

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The collection contains a memoir by Barbara A. Bloom and five digitized photographs of the Bloom family and Downing's stores. The memoir contains transcipts of oral history interviews.


Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

2150 East Evans Avenue
Denver CO 80208
(303) 871-3428