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Tales from the Tread: Hidden treasure for incorporation day anniversary

This photo shows James H. Crawford in front of the office of the Steamboat Springs Company

If you go:

What: Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Brown Bag Lecture Series: “The Anniversary of the Incorporation of Steamboat Springs: 1900-2015”

When: Noon, Friday, July 17

Where: United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Eighth and Oak streets

Many of us have basements or attics or closets full of old "stuff." Most often these things are only meaningful to the owner and would be considered junk to anybody else. But occasionally a gem is revealed.

Such was the case when my sister, Nancy Rosi, came across a roll of old dog-eared pages with marginally readable handwriting on them. She had discovered the 1880s version of a photocopier machine. Called "Bushnell’s Perfect Letter Copying Book," it was manufactured in 1885 to allow the purchaser to copy any letter written in ink.