Large Snapshot Collection of Drag Shows and Drinking at a Denver Gay Bar
[Denver]: np, [1990s]. 150 color photographs, including 19 Polaroids. Several prints with holograph notation in unknown hand, and several stamped to verso with date. All very good to near fine. Item #6315
A substantial snapshot archive that provides extensive documentation of Denver’s gay social life in the mid-1990’s, centered around the country-music themed gay bar Mike’s. A significant document of gay regional history, this collection attests to the forms of gay sociality that developed outside the centers of finance and media.
Several of the snapshots are annotated, but most are presented without comment. These include the spectacular and the everyday - joyous photos of posed and candid drag performers, and patrons drinking and cruising.
Large vernacular photography collection documenting performances and playfulness by a crew of Denverites of the early ‘90s, diverse in race and gender presentation, including a Black drag performer, cowboys, hippies, fake Rastafarians, leather boys, and more at this bar just south of Capitol Hill in Baker. Overall, a heartwarming collection and a wonderful little archive of queer life in the early ‘90s.