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Denver is loaded with old signage, especially along Colfax Avenue, the longest avenue in all of America. It hearkens back to the good old days of America, in the 40s and 50s, showing the lifestyle, architecture, and design on the times. For several years now I have been working on a side project to photograph and document it all, to capture it before it is all gone. Now and then I get odd looks, have gotten screamed at a few times, but once I tell them what I am doing, they usually are pretty taken back by how I am trying to document it all.

This sign is one of my all time favs, I last shot it 7 years ago, and have always wanted to get back to getting it again, I recently did.

Captured using my Sony a550 and a Minolta 18-200mm lens, in camera HDR +3, cross processing done through Lightroom and final touchup in PS CS5

I hope you all like it


retro, vintage, denver, americana, 50s, hdr, nostalgia, architecture, roadside

I am a photographer based in the beautiful state of Colorado who focuses on nature, retro and country lifestyle images on my wonderful state! I have been shooting since the middle 1980s and my adventures have taken me all over. I am grateful for where I live and consider myself fortunate.Join me on my photographic journey to show you that beauty still exists in the world.

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  • Dara Hurt
    Dara Hurtover 3 years ago

    Well done John!! Is that horse still on top of that one restaurant on Colfax? I recall there were rumblings of controversy at one point because someone said it was false advertising!!

  • Davie’d Chuckwagon? yes it sure is, that place is such a landmark, it will forever be there I think. That is one place that is REALLY awesome, I really want to get over there and do some night shots of it at some point or just before dawn and do some long exposures. They have a website Talk about sheer Americana!

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Dara Hurt
    Dara Hurtover 3 years ago

    That’s the place!! Cool!!! Thanks John!!!

  • :P You are welcome Dar!

    – John De Bord Photography

  • adriangeronimo
    adriangeronimoover 3 years ago

    that is super cool!!! i love that sign. i bet it’s a wicked place to be in.

  • Thanks Adrian, haven’t been in there myself but it does have me curious as to what the inside looks like

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Craig Bourke
    Craig Bourkeover 3 years ago

    Very nice, reminds of the drive in we go to!!

  • Daniel Sawyer
    Daniel Sawyerover 3 years ago

    Holy cow! I pulled this photo up because I thought it looked cool, and it does, but realized I’ve drank there before.

    Nice work and great idea about Colfax.

  • hey thanks, it is a project I have been working on for several years now..I was just looking at your work, you have some nice shots. Honestly though you look rather familiar, are you pretty active on the local rockabilly scene at all?

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Carolyn Bishop
    Carolyn Bishopover 3 years ago

    Nice work, John! Wow!

  • :) Thanks!

    – John De Bord Photography

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, amazing work and well deserved.

  • :) Well I appreciate that, thank you!

    – John De Bord Photography

  • Josie Eldred
    Josie Eldredover 3 years ago

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