A documentarian of life in Old Colorado City in the early 20th Century, Ira Current was born in Colorado Springs October 30, 1910. He developed a keen interest in photography when he was 16 years old which would soon land him a job with Stewart Brothers photo finishing in Colorado Springs. In 1928, shortly after his graduation from Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer High School) he used the salary he earned at Stewart’s ($5 a week) to purchase a Cine Kodak, the first amateur motion picture film camera produced, for $25, a tripod for $25 and two hundred feet of film for $5 and produced his first film, “Four Wheels” (above), a chronicle of soap box style races, inspired by the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, near the Garden of the Gods.

Current went on to study Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1930 and earned a degree that led to a career in photochemistry in Rochester, NY.

Here are two more of Current’s films, one chronicling everday life of Westside Colorado Springs in the 1930s (including golfing near 32nd st., smoking pipes and cigarettes in Red Rock Canyon & more soap box derby action) and one about his 1929 journey to Cripple Creek on the Midland Railroad, which includes an interview with Mr. Current, himself:

Many thanks, as always, to the Pikes Peak Library District for posting these great videos.



4 Responses to Old Colorado City Time Machine – 1930

  1. Ms. Lin says:

    thanks for this…I always enjoy these peeks back in time

  2. elizabeth osborne says:

    thanks for the neat stories

  3. Mary Ellen Davis says:

    Speeding down Ridge Road, it appears, in a go cart, w/ no helmet (no sun screen) —how did they survive? How much fun was that?

  4. Louise says:

    Eagle feather harvest? Omigod. Looks like at least 6 eagles killed for their feathers. No wonder there are so few around nowadays.


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