Robert Kisken Photograph Collection
Scope and Contents
Images of "ghost signs," faded, painted signs, often 50-100 years old. The signs are located on exterior walls of buildings and herald obsolete products, outdated trademarks or clues to a building's occupancy. Views from Denver, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Most images are identified, though only a few are dated.
Also included are images of historic hotels in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska, South Dakota, Alaska, Nevada, and Idaho.
- 1989-2017, undated
- Kisken, Bob. (Person)
Language of Materials
Material is in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.
Biographical / Historical
Bob Kisken was born in Tarrytown, New York. He received a B.A. in mathematics from Rockford College (Rockford, Ill.), and pursued graduate studies in government at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). He worked as a public school teacher in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from 1965-1994. After his retirement Mr. Kisken has devoted more time to his interest in photography. As of 2018, he lived in Denver, Colorado.
7 photo boxes
3 oversize folios
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift; Bob Kisken; 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2018.
Three books transferred to the Western History collection: C. L. Haas, Ghost Signs of Arkansas (1997). W. Stage, Ghost Signs: Brick Wall Signs in America (1989). W.G. Simmonds, Advertising Barns (2004).
The photographs are in good condition. Many of the photographs are mounted on mat board.
Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.
The donor would like to note that this collection was donated in memory of Nate Kisken (1968-2003), who was murdered in Denver, Colorado.
- Advertising, Outdoor -- Pictorial works. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Black-and-white photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Color photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Signs and signboards -- Pictorial works. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Language of description
- Script of description
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