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Stanley L. Payne had a long career as a photographer for the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, from 1947 to 1976. Payne’s photographic legacy, nearly 50,000 negatives housed in the Special Collections department of the Pikes Peak Library District, offers the most comprehensive visual record of Colorado Springs people, news and culture during the 1950s and 1960s. Payne was a Colorado native, born in La Junta in 1914 to Emmanuel and Ethel Payne. His father was a Baptist minister, originally from Wales, and the family moved around to different parts of the state between 1914 and 1930. Payne attended Scottsbluff Junior College, in western Nebraska in the early 1930s then received a journalism degree from the University of Colorado in 1935. His first newspaper job was with the Florence Citizen, in Florence, Colorado. Afterwards, he began work as a wire service editor, then managing editor, for the Ponca City News in Oklahoma. It was there he married Alta Jackson on June 13, 1937. He joined the staff of the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph as a reporter in 1944, moved into photography at the newspaper in 1947, and became chief photographer in 1957. Payne moved out of the photography department of the Gazette Telegraph in 1976 and became credit manager for the paper. He retired, after 38 years with the newspaper, December 31, 1982. He died less than one year later on November 27, 1983.


 
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