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Scotchman Restaurant. Denver
MENU DISPLAY - Scotchman Motor Restaurant Drive-In. Denver: Scotchman Restaurant. Approx. 22" by 12" Pictorial full color plastic menu display from the Scotchman Drive-In, Matted and unframed.
Famous for its Horrible Burgers, Kilted Tacos, Hollywood Cokes and Sloppy Malts, the Scotchman Motor restaurant served the Denver area from 1949 to 1977. Carhops and '50's music set the stage for this popular teen hangout at 4960 Federal Blvd. It became THE place for cruisers to show off their rides. Street Rods and restored classics filled the lot for nearly 30 years.
Cruising put the Scotchman on the map. "People would drive all night" says former carhop Linda Conner. "They'd go down 16th street and then come up to the Scotchman. Then they'd go back down 16th street and then come up to the Scotchman. When they found a parking spot they'd have a coke and maybe a burger and then go right back down 16th street." Their orbit might also take them out to Colfax or South Broadway, but the Scotchman always drew them back. Traffic would be lined up for blocks vying for one of the 28 parking slots. "The prime spot was number 28, because if you parked facing south you could see all the cars coming through," recalls Conner.
Carl Cerveney took over the restaurant in 1953 and geared it toward the younger crowd by using his unique humor. The Scotchman's lighted street sign read "OPEN 11 A.M. until EXHAUSTED!" Posters and menus boasted:
"Our food is horrible, so is the service."
"Our food is not touched by human hands. Our chef is a monkey."
"The only place in town where the customer is always wrong."
"The final resting place of all Centennial race horses."
"If you think our food is horrible, you ought to see our proprietor."
Emil A. Krause. Unpublished
Three Sketch Books. Unpublished. Three pocket sized sketch books containing numerous pencil sketches by Emil A. Krause.
Axel/Emil Kraus or Krause (1871-1945) was a watercolour artist who lived in Birkdale, Southport in 1891. He also lived in North Wales. Exhibited works at the Royal Cambrian Academy, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and Manchester Cith Art Gallery.
"Emil Axel Krause came initially from Germany before coming to Southport in northern England before 1891 with his artist father Franz, going to Wales and then coming back to Southport. He is particularly well known for his scenic watercolours of the North of England and Scotland. He began painting in the southern counties and Wales, gradually moving north with greater frequency, falling in love with the English Lakes and then, to a greater extent, Scotland. At the time of the First World War, in 1916, he anglicised his name to his mother's maiden name of stock." - online art sites.
David Heath (Photographer). Boulder
[Art & Design]. Heath, David. A Dialogue With Solitude. New York: The Community Press, 1965. First Edition. Tall quarto. Grey cloth over boards with pictorial dust jacket. Unpaginated but 92pp. With the photographer's signed inscription to the title page. Dear Marilyn- / to share with you this small / measure of my life's / meaning / /with affection / Dave / May Day 1968.
Very good condition throughout. Dust jacket shows some distress with closed tears to edges and small loss to bottom of spine along with some discoloration.
"A Dialogue With Solitude, an incomparable book that James Borcoman, curator of photography at the National Gallery of Canada, has described as the most important book by a photographer to appear in the 1960’s. A Dialogue With Solitude was the product of more than a decade of personal exploration in photographic self-expression and the resolution of Heath’s creative search to enunciate his statement in the visually poetic form of sequence." - Museum of Contemporary Photography.
Ulvis Alberts. Hollywood: Angel City Books, 1981.
[Recreation & Leisure]. Alberts, Ulvis. Poker Face. Hollywood: Angel City Books, 1981. Limited Edition. Special edition number 80 of 500 boldly signed by Alberts. Large square quarto hardcover. Gilt stamped green cloth with matching slip case. Book in very good condition with a little rubbing to spine. Slip case mottled and partially split on two edges.
In the 1970's, there was only one tournament game the professional gamblers waited for all year and that was the "World Series of Poker" at Binion's Horseshoe casino in downtown Las Vegas. Alberts photographs of these events and his candid pictures of legendary players, including Johnny Moss, "Amarillo Slim" Preston, Stu Unger, Jack "Treetop" Strauss, Doyle Brunson, Benny Binion and many others, form the story of those iconic early years.