Humpty Dumpty Drive-In (with car in front)
This photo is probably of the original Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive-In at 2776 North Speer Boulevard Denver, Colorado. After placing your order the person still needed to walk up to the window to pick it up. Inscription on back. ‘” Drive In 2776 North Speer Boulevard Denver, Colorado. C. 1932, View from the southeast Louis Ballast , creator of the cheeseburger. Leo Miller was the original owner of this building in 1930." C.1933 shortly after the addition, Louis Ballast, (cannot be seen in the photo but a flap hangs over the window. Louis Ballast was the creator of the cheeseburger. View from s.e. near Speer Blvd and Firth Court. Notes: See MSS.02595 Tom Noel and CIAPA file for Tom Noel for additional information.
This photograph is a digital scan of an original photograph lent for copying during the Italians of Colorado project. The original photograph is not owned by History Colorado. The digital scan was donated with permissions (see permissions in Registrar's file) and accessioned into the History Colorado collection.
In 2002, the Colorado Historical Society (now known as History Colorado) founded the Colorado Italian American Preservation Association (CIAPA). A volunteer organization, CIAPA’s mission is to work collaboratively with the Society and other organizations to develop, support and coordinate projects that preserve, promote and celebrate Italian American culture and heritage. Since 2002, CIAPA has carried out its mission by meeting with people from the Colorado Italian American community, recording their stories and creating an archive of research materials that includes oral histories, photographs, moving images, sound recordings and artifacts. To date, CIAPA has helped the Society acquire over 200 oral histories, 600 artifacts and nearly 6,000 photographs. Since 2002, CIAPA has developed over 4,000 research files, all of which document the history, culture and traditions of Italian American families in Colorado.
See MSS.02595 files for additional information and images.
See the record for MSS.02595 for full project details including how the documentation project came to be and a complete photography log of all photographs scanned during the project. This record also notes artifacts, files and oral histories collected during the project. Image and permissions given to HC by Tom Noel (see Tom Noel MSS.02595 file). NOTE Tom Noel obtained the image from David Ballast, who also gave HC permission.
Inscription: "Mile High City boosters claimed everything from air that has never been breathed before to the cheeseburger. Louis E. Ballast, who operated the Humpty Dumpty Drive Inn on Speer Boulevard, registered the cheeseburger, registered the trade mark "cheeseburger" in 1935./ Humpty Dumpty Barrel Drive In 2776 North Speer Boulevard Denver, Colorado. C1932, View from the southeast Louis Ballast, creator of the cheeseburger. Leo Miller was the original owner of this building in 1930./ 1931 Model A/ credit David Ballast/ Photo from the collection of David Ballast. Notes:See MSS.02595 Tom Noel and CIAPA file for additional information.