Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Image Gallery

June 23rd 1932

An autochrome photograph of C. H. Tinsley's residence, taken from the northeast. Tinsley was a Kansas City insurance agent.

March 17th 1937

Photograph of protestors intimidating garment employees at a demonstration on March 17, 1937 by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

December 5th 1920

Photograph of the Norris Grain Company Grain Elevator at the northeast corner of Gardner Avenue and Topping Avenue in the East Bottoms of Kansas City, Missouri.


The Indian Lane ford over Brush Creek in Mission Hills, Nichols children in the center, Harriet Smith on the left.

August 14th 1922

Postcard of Baltimore Hotel, located at the northeast corner of Baltimore Avenue and 12th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Photograph of men, identified as William H. Spivey (left) and J. Jones (right), posing with the Black Hawk Barbecue delivery scooter.

A portrait of Walt Disney.

Photograph of a man using the Kansas City Call's linotype machine.

Photograph of the Ministers Congress in Kansas City, posed inside of an unidentified church.

May 24th 1927

Postcard of the Hospital Hill on 23rd Street in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces southeast from near the intersection of Gillham Road and 22nd Street.

August 30th 1931

Photograph of members of Boy Scouts Troop 80, taken during Bishop Hogan's Knights of Columbus Council, a picnic at Fairyland Park on August 30, 1931.

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.


Photograph of Visitation graduating class of 1932 outside of the entrance to Visitation Church.

September 22nd 1938

Postcard of the Orchestra Promenade inside the Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri. Today, this space is better known as the lobby outside the Municipal Auditorium Music Hall.

June 1936

In June 1936, the J. C. Nichols Company built this home at 6505 State Line Road for W. Edwin Bixby, president of the Kansas City Life Insurance Company.

May 11th 1924

Postcard showing the bathing pool and bathhouse at The Grove, located at Benton Boulevard and 15th Street (now Truman Road) in Kansas City, Missouri.

September 22nd 1933

An autochrome photograph of the Sunken Garden, located in the median of The Paseo between 12th Street and 13th Street.

September 16th 1932

An autochrome photograph of John E. Horn's gazebo with pom-pon zinnias growing by it. This vantage point faces north towards the entrance to Horn's residence.

Photograph of the doctors of General Hospital #2, a hospital for African-Americans once located just north of the intersection of 22nd Street and McCoy Avenue (now Kenwood Avenue).

Photograph of the altar of St. Peter & Paul Church, once located at the southwest corner of 9th Street and McGee Street.


An employee of The Donnelly Garment Company using a shirring machine in the Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri.

September 23rd 1933

An autochrome photograph of the Colonnade, located in North Terrace Park (now Kessler Park) at the intersection of St. John Avenue and Gladstone Boulevard.


An employee of The Donnelly Garment Company creating embroidery on a Singer embroidery machine in the Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut, 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.

April 11th 1927

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


Thamon Hayes’ Rockets on stage at Fairyland Park, ca. 1930. Fairyland Park was located at the southeast corner of Prospect Avenue and 75th Street.

December 13th 1932

An autochrome photograph of a Santa Claus Chirstmas decoration at the corner of Alameda Road (now Nichols Road) and Central Street in the Country Club Plaza.

May 31st 1935

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

June 9th 1920

Postcard of the west end of Cliff Drive in Kansas City, Missouri.

March 23rd 1921

Postcard of the lake in Penn Valley Park in Kansas City, Missouri. The back of the postcard includes a short letter.

June 17th 1933

Photograph of a damaged Chevrolet, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. FBI Agent R. J.

July 20th 1940

A color glass plate positive photograph of a crowd watching Bob Busler and Bob Willits playing golf at hole #5 at the Mission Hills Country Club.

September 22nd 1933

An autochrome photograph of the northeast figure of a set of four sculptures at the intersection of Tomahawk Road and Ensley Lane in Mission Hills, Kansas.


This picture was taken looking north from atop the J. C. Nichols Building, between Broadway and Central Street, Alameda Road and Ward Parkway.

May 29th 1933

An autochrome photograph of Helen H. McDermand's house, taken from the southwest. The picture shows urns placed by the house entrance. Her deceased husband, Frank R.

This photograph of the Southeast Side Business District was taken looking southeast from the intersection of Prospect Avenue and 18th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.