Aspen History: April Fools Day in the 1890s
“Practical jokers and joked have a splendid time,” announced the Aspen Tribune on April 2, 1896. “All Fool’s Day was generally observed in this city and the small boy and practical joker had what is termed a barrel of fun. No one was exempt from their pranks. There were no really new jokes, but the time worn and bewhiskered ones did splendid service. The soap caramel and sawdust chocolate were numerous. Colored water in whiskey bottles fooled many a toper. The heated silver coin was in evidence and the pocket book and string was worked. An inveterate policy player was rich and happy for an hour, the returns having been fixed for him. Then for the remainder of the day he was angry. Constables Combs and Trainor were put in motion by telephone messages announcing that a free-for-all fight was in progress in a certain saloon, and so it went. Everybody had fun, the fooled and the foolers.” This image shows Hyman Avenue and Galena Street, circa 1900.
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