Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Image Gallery

August 19th 1932

An autochrome photograph of Hunter L. Gary's residence, taken from the southeast. Gary was president of the Theodore Gary and Co. (investments).

An autochrome photograph of Dr. Ernest F. Robinson's house and rock garden, taken from the south. Robinson was a Kansas City surgeon.

Portrait of Carlton Coon and Joe Sanders of the Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra, taken by Bert Studio, K.C.. Source: John Coon.

Photograph of the Alpha Lyra Glee Club, under the direction of Mrs. D. A. Holmes.


Halloween decorations on the Plaza, showing the shack of the Plaza Witch who would read your future for free.

Postcard showing Winwood Beach in Kansas City, Missouri, describing it as the "Atlantic City of the West".

April 11th 1933

An autochrome photograph of the Nelson Gallery of Art (now known as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art), taken from the southwest as the first flowers appear on the new grounds.

May 6th 1934

An autochrome photograph of "Gesneriana" tulips, a pool, and a pergola in the garden of Minnie Long Sloan.


The first snowstorm of winter 1925 came earlier than expected, and the J. C. Nichols Company snow plows were out immediately, working in three relays throughout the night.

September 16th 1938

An autochrome photograph of an unidentified woman standing under a banana tree on the property of T. T. Hurley, Operator, Kansas City Water Department.


Studio portrait of George E. Kessler. Kessler was instrumental in developing Kansas City's unique park and boulevard system.

July 19th 1941

A color glass plate positive photograph of Laura Conyers Smith (wife of Clifford B. Smith) sitting amongst a group of yellow water lily flowers at their property at Lake Quivira.

May 24th 1935

An autochrome photograph of a woman and child looking at an eagle statue on Ward Parkway at 67th Street, taken looking east-northeast.

September 23rd 1933

An autochrome photograph of Cliff Drive near the home of R. A. Long.

An autochrome photograph of H. B. Thompson's residence, taken from the northeast. Thompson was President & General Manager of American Sand Company.

August 28th 1934

An autochrome photograph of Assumption Church (now known as St. Anthony's), taken looking northeast from the intersection of Benton Boulevard and Lexington Avenue.

October 4th 1933

An autochrome photograph of Liberty Memorial as seen from the south, looking north with downtown Kansas City, Missouri in the background.

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

Photograph of men standing in front of the Kansas City Call Building on 18th Street.

May 1940

A color glass plate positive photograph of two unidentified woman standing in front of Sid J. Hare's residence. Hare was a Kansas City landscape architect.

Exterior photograph of the Black Hawk Barbecue restaurant advertising meals and delivery.

May 7th 1934

An autochrome photograph of to the west entrance of R. A. Long's residence. Long was co-founder of Long-Bell Lumber Company.

September 29th 1918

Street photograph of the Wheatley-Provident Hospital Dedication Parade at the intersection of 18th Street and The Paseo on September 29, 1918.

October 8th 1933

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


Photograph of the bundling department at The Donnelly Garment Company in the Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri.

May 15th 1934

An autochrome photograph of Laura Coates Reed standing under her virgilia tree. Her husband, Homer Reed, was the founder of the Homer Reed Investment Company.

Photograph of an audience watching a baseball game at Muehlebach Field in Kansas City, MO.


A young boy with his bike and dog photographed in front of a Slow - Children street sign erected by the Westwood Homes Association at Westwood Road and Mercier.

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.

May 1919

Soldiers returning from Europe at the end of World War I march down Grand Avenue (now Grand Boulevard) in Kansas City, Missouri, as people toss flowers into the street. From: Mrs. D. S.

May 1926

Negative of postmaster congratulating pilot on first airmail run, May 1926. This photograph was taken by R. S. Knowlson at Richards Field and also includes Ford Harvey, George Conner and L. H.


Photograph of Bennie Moten’s Orchestra at Pearl Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, 1931.

April 13th 1938

Postcard of the Kansas City Power and Light Company Building at night, located at the corner of 14th Street and Baltimore Avenue.

October 1927

This picture was taken looking southwest at the intersection of Troost Avenue and 63rd Street. The pictured shopping center opened in October 1927.

May 2nd 1933

An autochrome photograph of Bryce B. Smith's residence, taken while the spirea flowers were in bloom and looking north-northeast. Smith was mayor of Kansas City from 1930 to 1938.

This photograph was taken looking south-southeast on Main Street just south of 16th Street.