Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Image Gallery

Jay McShann at piano with his orchestra posed around, no date. Source: Charles Goodwin.

Portrait of Leroy "Buster" Berry with his banjo.

People in Klan costume posing with a Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad car. The railroad was one of the largest employers of KCK Klan members during the 1920s.

September 22nd 1922

Postcard of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Building, located at the northwest corner of 11th and Oak Streets in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

November 17th 1927

Postcard showing the Grand Court at Electric Park, once located between The Paseo and Woodland Avenue, south of 45th Street, in Kansas City, Missouri.

August 11th 1925

Postcard showing the Swope Park Shelter House Number 1, located to the southeast of the main entrance to Swope Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

February 8th 1929

Group portrait of men and women in wedding attire at a Donnelly Garment Company Valentine's Day Party, February 8, 1929.

September 1924

Completed construction of Southwest High School at 65th Street and Wornall Road.

May 31st 1935

An autochrome photograph of Miss Susan Stewart's pink "American Beauty" roses on her garage, taken from the north.

1939

Publicity photo of the Boogie-Woogie Boys featuring Pete Johnson, Meade "Lux" Lewis, Joe Turner, and Albert Ammons.

Six members of the Chauncey Downs Orchestra performing with drums, three saxophones, a trumpet and an upright bass.

A color glass plate positive photograph of a group of people at a picnic in Swope Park.

Photograph of the entrance to Jacob L. Loose Memorial Park, Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces south-southwest from the intersection of 51st Street and Wornall Road.

July 1936

Photograph with caption, describing Thomas J. Pendergast Jr., his wife, Mary Louise Weyer Pendergast, and James M. Pendergast traveling to New York to see Thomas J.

June 3rd 1941

Photograph of Katz Drugstore officials at a South Central Business Association luncheon at the Blue Bird Cafeteria at 3215 Troost Avenue.

1936

Photograph of the board of trustees for the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. The members are Rev. John Vasiliades, President Elias S.

1920's photograph of a portion of the cattle pens at the Kansas City Stockyards in Kansas City, Missouri.

1923

View of Arbor Villa Park. Homes, cherubs, trees, a tennis court, and playground equipment all visible in background.

Postcard showing the Liberty Memorial, dedicated on November 11, 1926 by President Coolidge (pictured) "in honor of those who served in the world war in defense of liberty and our country.&quo

1933

Photograph of Bus Moten, Leroy "Buster" Berry, and Jimmy Rushing in Kansas City, circa 1933.

Alto saxophone owned and played by Henry Franklin "Buster" Smith. Smith played with the Blue Devils before co-founding the Buster Smith-Count Basie Band of Rhythm.

Mid-1920s photograph of the Eblon Theater Orchestra with drummer Samuel "Baby" Lovett (far left) and musical director & ragtime composer James Scott (second from right).

Group portrait of Donnelly Garment Company employees at company Christmas party at the Donnelly Clubhouse.

October 11th 1936

Postcard showing Ward Parkway and a pond between the southbound and northbound lanes of Ward Parkway between 61st Terrace and 62nd Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

Photograph of two Douglas DC-3 and two Douglas DC-3B airplanes parked outside of the Transcontinental & Western Air hangar at Municipal Airport.

July 13th 1935

An autochrome photograph of Waldo Rickert Fillmore at his home at Unity Farm (Unity Village).

October 10th 1933

An autochrome photograph of the University of Kansas City (now University of Missouri - Kansas City) Administrating Building, taken from the northwest.

February 9th 1934

Photograph of the Beau Brummel Club's 15th anniversary celebration at the Elk's Place Restaurant.

October 13th 1936

Photograph of the interior of Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City during President Franklin Roosevelt's address, October 13, 1936.

August 26th 1940

Photograph of the Paseo Baptist Church congregation posed in celebration of the church's fifty-sixth anniversary.

1939

Ed Flynn, wearing a light suit and tie, and Benny Carter, wearing a tuxedo, seated on a couch. Dave Dexter is crouched next to Carter wearing a pinstripe suite and smiling.

1920

This picture was taken looking west in the Marie Antoinette Shop, once located at 6231 Brookside Boulevard in the Brookside Shopping District.

August 30th 1931

Photograph of members of Boy Scouts Troop 80. Pictured, back row: Jack Day, Joe O'Connor, Howard Whalen, Donald Dunn; front row: Bud Spaeth, Nick Thoennes, Robert Reed.

This photograph was taken looking north on Broadway Boulevard just north of 25th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

1937

A Donnelly Garment Company designer showing a sewing machine operator how to work with her original design.

June 10th 1935

An autochrome photograph of Helen H. Miller standing by "Paul's Scarlet" climbing roses on her property. Her husband, George J. Miller, was a lawyer and proprietor of George J.

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