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Photo Essay

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Treasures from the Land of Enchantment’s interactive encyclopedia

By Sam Adams

D.K.B. Sellers in front of the Nob Hill sign, circa 1940. Sellers created the Nob Hill Shopping Center at Central and Carlisle in 1946.
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D.K.B. Sellers in front of the Nob Hill sign, circa 1940. Sellers created the Nob Hill Shopping Center at Central and Carlisle in 1946.
If Wikipedia and Flickr got together in the Southwest and had a love child, it would probably look something like Celebrating New Mexico Statehood. The vastly comprehensive online historical archive is a collaboration between about a dozen institutions, spearheaded by UNM's Center for Southwest Research. Its director, Mike Kelly, says the site boasts about 50,000 photos, some of them dating back to prestatehood in the late 19th century.

Included are images of Pancho Villa; Cecil B. DeMille; and the Duke and Duchess of Alburquerque, Spain, arriving at the Albuquerque Municipal Airport for the "Enchantarama" celebration in 1956. Kelly calls the sitewhich also has video, music and an array of documentsan "interactive way that everybody in New Mexico can join in a discussion about New Mexico history." He adds that it serves both as a fun tool for looking into the state's past and as a place where students and educators can post and discuss academic papers and topics.

Kelly launched the site about half a year ago in anticipation of the 2012 100th anniversary celebration. "What we wanted to do was have all these resources for folks as they're developing their centennial year projects," he says. Here are some standout images from the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History’s collection, curated by photo archivist Glenn Fye. See the whole project at nmstatehood.unm.edu

The Albuquerque Indian School football team, circa 1927
Photo by The Brooks Studio
The Albuquerque Indian School football team, circa 1927

A South Valley farm, circa 1916
Photo by The Alabama Milner Studio
A South Valley farm, circa 1916

A radio performance for KOB, circa 1930
Photo by The Brooks Studio
A radio performance for KOB, circa 1930

“Our Gang,” aka Hal Roach’s Little Rascals, in Albuquerque, circa 1930
Photo by The Brooks Studio
“Our Gang,” aka Hal Roach’s Little Rascals, in Albuquerque, circa 1930

Backed by Gov. Clyde Tingley and the WPA, the Albuquerque Municipal Airport opened in 1939. It had two runways. Pictured behind the plane, in 1950, is a Pueblo-style terminal designed by Ernest Blumenthal.
Photo by Harvey Caplin
Backed by Gov. Clyde Tingley and the WPA, the Albuquerque Municipal Airport opened in 1939. It had two runways. Pictured behind the plane, in 1950, is a Pueblo-style terminal designed by Ernest Blumenthal.

 
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