Aspen History: April Fools Day in the 1890s |

Aspen History: April Fools Day in the 1890s

Aspen Historical Society
One 5" x 7" b/w glass plate negative of Hyman Avenue and Galena Street at the turn of the century. Some girls are crossing the street on Galena Street. The Aspen Block, Wheeler Opera House, Kobey building and Aspen Drug are pictured. The Carbon Filamant street lights are visible. See also the horse drawn carriage, wagon in the background. 1900-
Bowman; John

“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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