Have you discovered Weird Photo Wednesday yet? Conceived by James Rogers, senior librarian in the Western History & Genealogy department at Denver Public Library, it's a deep dive into DPL's amazing (and frequently strange) digital collection.
See sample oddities below, complete with DPL text. Click on the links to check out the original items (they feature zooming tools and more) and like the Western History department's Facebook page, so you can be the first to know about the latest weirdness.
"You sure this isn't the drive-thru?
"I was following the directional drive through arrows, and then I guess I kind of got lost? Oh wait, I guess we didn't have drive thru windows, Starbucks, or even McDonald's during the early 19th century!" -- February 6, 2013
"I wouldn't ride them if I were you!
"An ostrich can be a mean bird. They don't like to be ridden and can be a bit temperamental. These birds are on an ostrich farm, so they eventually will be turned into feathers and/or meat. So I guess I'd be temperamental as well." -- February 13, 2013
"Welcome to the Land of Giants!
"Even this small girl looks big in this Tiny Town! With a new movie about 'Jack and the Beanstalk' coming out in theaters soon, we thought that this photograph would be in character with big people, little things. -- February 20, 2013
"Aren't you supposed to ride the horse when you're shooting?
"It looks like someone didn't get the memo. I guess you can shoot better when the horse is not moving. The description of this photograph doesn't say whether the horse is dead or not and it's hard to tell from the photo. Let's hope it is, especially since it's an act in the Buffalo Bill Wild West show." -- February 27, 2013
"In the drunktank!
"Not all of our weird photographs are pretty, witty or funny! Some of our photographs show the gritty side of life, the good and the bad, even the sad. Here are some bad boys that seem to have had a little wee bit too much to drink." -- March 20, 2103
"Don't break a sweat!
"You wonder, why even exercise? The bulky clothes that these women are wearing make you want to lie down under a cool shaded tree, sipping lemonade and reading a book, not swinging around a gym. And you wonder what material their clothes were made of? Heaven forbid it's wool! Exercise then and now has sure changed. We now wear skimpy outfits and you never see anyone wearing what they wore back then." -- March 27, 2013
"The Martians are coming, the Martians are coming!
"Talk about a weird photograph in our Digital Collections! This parhelion, or Sun dog is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun. But to us it looks like a weird space ship, at least in this photo. What do you think? And is the city underneath Denver?" -- April 24, 2013
"The big question: Was the fire put out?
"We don't know the full story about this fire truck and how it overturned. Was it on its way to a fire? Were the fire men showing off? If there was a fire, did someone else put it out? For today's Weird Photo Wednesday we have a wrecked fire truck surrounded by a bunch of curious onlookers. We're sure this doesn't happen everyday!" -- May 22, 2013
"Cats and steam don't mix!
"You would think that these cats might find something else to climb on, other than a steam locomotive. The locomotive probably had a cold boiler, or otherwise, you'd see cats on a hot tin roof, or in this case, hot tin smokebox!" -- June 5, 2013
"Someone got carried away with the paint!
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"The question for today...what was the painter thinking? "Whoa boy" not only works for the donkey, but also the person with the paint can! Maybe you can think of a unique caption for this photograph, we'd love to hear some." -- June 26, 2013