Under the Turquoise Sky: 1930

As noted in the description of the 1928 edition of this booklet, Rock Island’s Colorado booklet has morphed over the years from one that is mostly text with some small photos to one that is mostly full-page photos with some text. In fact, not counting the title page or the page listing Rock Island agents, this edition only has nine pages of text, all of which also have at least one photo or a map, while it has 26 pages of photos with no text other than brief captions.

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Some of the places depicted in these photos are as remote today as they were in 1930. In fact, I suspect that many native Coloradans have only seen of few of these spectacular locations.


Under the Turquoise Sky: 1930 — 1 Comment

  1. This was written just before or just after the crash of October, 1929. The “younger generation of today, with its buoyant spirits and its love of life” was about to be told by “father” to get off their lazy butts, quit that worthless college, and get a job. Their “buoyant spirits” were about to get a lot less buoyant as dad’s stock market holdings took a pounding and reality intruded on their “love of life”.
    Every generation seems to think they’ve discovered something new about how to live, and this generation was about to learn there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Colorado vacations were going to be the last thing on their mind for the next 10 years or so.

    Regards, Jim

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