This film negative was taken by David DeHarport (1921-2001) in 1963 in Silver Plume, Colorado. The photograph shows an entrance to a building, with four signs hanging in the windows. The sign on the far left says "These old buildings are not abandoned as you may think. I come by here several times every. I live 2 blocks away. If I come by and find you bothering you are sure in for trouble, I mean it (Owner)." The sign on the top in the middle says "Owner lives one block away and close friends watch these blgs. This street is patrolled if I find any [illegible] one door has booby trap [illegible]." The sign on the bottom in the middle says "Work shop, here every day don't be caught molesting owner lives close." The sign on the far right says "Nothing for sale." "Here every day" is written on the door frame.
David DeHarport (1921-2001) was a photographer, archaeologist, and anthropologist. Between 1937-2000, DeHarport photographed the southwestern United States, specifically focusing on Colorado and the Four Corners region. Much of his work focused on abandoned agricultural and mining towns in Colorado, as well as landscapes of the state's eastern plains. This photograph is part of the David DeHarport collection (Ph.00510).