Relive the 50s + 60s in Western Colorado with These Old-Timey Photos
Here's another gallery of Robert Grant photos featuring residents of Grand Junction, Colorado going about their daily lives. These were selected at random from a box marked "People Identified."
I do this from time to time: put together galleries featuring Grand Junction area people doing random things. Most of these photos are from the 1950s and 60s, with the most recent being from 1983.
Random People Doing Random Things In Grand Junction Colorado
This gallery includes images of people sailing, taking a fitness class, scuba diving in Moyer Pool at Lincoln Park, ice fishing, and more.
What's a little unique about these photos would be the information provided. In almost all cases, my grandpa, Robert Grant, would neglect to write information on the prints. The result: I have hundreds of thousands of prints and negatives with little to no information to go with them.
The Difference With These Grand Junction Colorado Photos
These images were pulled at random from a box of Robert Grant photos labeled "People Identified.' That might be a bit of an exaggeration. While several of the images included the names of those pictured, almost none included the identity of all those in the image. In some cases, his handwriting was so bad it was almost impossible to make out the names.
This Is Something We Used to Argue About
I can remember my grandmother, Dorothy, yelling at my grandpa over this. She always warned him this day would come. She tried to convince him if he didn't provide information about those pictured, a day would come when the photographs would no longer be of value. My mother used to argue with her dad about the same thing.
Looking back, I can recall arguing with Bob Grant over this. A photograph without info, while still great, lacks information that might be of value to future viewers. Of course, I mean absolutely no disrespect to my grandpa. He and I were the best of buds.
This is Where Grand Junction Colorado in the Year 2022 Comes In
I have countless thousands of Robert Grant photos and negatives. It's going to take the rest of my life and then some to sort through them. Robert Grant passed away in November 2000. His daughter, Gloria, my mother, died two years ago. Bob's son-in-law, Arlie, my dad, had been working diligently on this project. Sadly, he died in 2019.
So, it's down to me. I'm getting as many of these as possible in front of people's eyes. Keep in mind, these are not the prints that ran in the Daily Sentinel. Those are the property of the Daily Sentinel and are not mine to use. These images are those that didn't make the cut. In other words, these images didn't run in the newspaper, and for the most part, wound up on the darkroom floor.
Take a Close Look at These Grand Junction Colorado Faces
Please look closely at these images. If you've been around Grand Junction for long, there's a chance you'll see someone you recognize. You might see yourself. It has happened. On more than a few occasions I've been contacted by people who had seen a photo of themselves. If you see a face you recognize, please reach out to me at waylon.jordan @townsquaremedia.com