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1941: Can’t hide from the camera

In celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Aspen Times, we are printing a story or two from each year the newspaper has existed – 125 historical selections in 125 days. This series is in conjunction with the Aspen Historical Society. Since 1881 The Times has been printing news stories and local items about the people who live in this community. Now for the first time efforts are being made to print pictures of our local people as well as stories about them.Beginning next week, it is a plan of the publisher to run one or more pictures each week of people of this community along with a sort of biographical sketch of each one. The pictures may also be used in other ways.Readers are urged to watch the next issue to see whose likeness will appear first. Several pictures have been made into cuts and a flip of a coin will determine who will be the first one to be used. The editor, who has dabbled a little in photography the past few years, is taking the pictures as he makes his rounds and if you see him coming with a camera it won’t do a bit of good to run because he will catch you some other time when you are not looking. (March 20)Big Bon Fire Will Burn Xmas TreesEvery indication now is there will be a hot time in the old town next Monday night when a large community bonfire will be built at the city park location on Main Street for the purpose of disposing of unwanted Christmas trees and decorations.Those who can are urged to take their trees to the park sometime before Monday evening and provisions are made to bring trees for those who cannot conveniently take their own. George and Glen Brand, who make it their business to collect discarded trees all over town every year anyway, have agreed to put their local Rinky Dink gang on the job gathering up the trees and if the thorough way those kids have handled the job in the past years is any criterion, there will be plenty of material on hand Monday evening to roast all the weenies in the country.The celebration, which will officially bring the holiday season to an end, is scheduled for early in the evening, with Mayor Willoughby applying a match to the collection at 6:30 o’clock and the affair will be finished in time for everyone to attend the show.Ralph MacDonald has promised his school band will be on hand with the very latest musical classics and there might even be a little singing too. Of course the weather is always to be reckoned with and should it be too stormy the musicians cannot be expected to appear.On the surface, the whole thing may appear a bit foolish, but at least it is a perfectly harmless idea, and it should be a lot of fun. It has its practical side, too. City officials believe it will be well worth while from a fire prevention viewpoint alone, to say nothing of improved appearance of the town by having discarded trees disposed of in this way rather than piled out in the alley till spring.Another thing pointed out by those back of this novel idea is there will be one more chance for Aspenites to see and hear their school band in action. This is considered a treat well worth while anytime. It is believed the evenings outing will prove a lark for every kid in town. Kids like to get out at night and raise cain a little anyway, and here is a chance for them to do that very thing, and have a light to go by besides.If your tree has not been picked up by noon Monday call The Times and every effort will be made to get it in the time for the bonfire.This event is planned as a community affair and everyone is urged to come and see the fun. (Jan. 2)


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