Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Image Gallery

November 3rd 1936

Clipping entitled "Large Ballot Unwieldy" from the Kansas City Journal-Post on November 3, 1936 showing Kansas Citians voting at various polling locations on General Election Day.

This photograph was taken looking southwest at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Pershing Road.

A color glass plate positive photograph of four men playing golf at the second hole of the Swope Memorial Golf Course.

Three-page excerpt from William T. Kemper, Sr.'s passport. Included is a portrait photograph and details on physical description, date and place of birth, and profession.

July 6th 1935

An autochrome photograph of the Unity Farm (Unity Village) Club House, taken from the east.

September 25th 1933

An autochrome photograph of the Pioneer Mother, a statue by A. Thimister Proctor, located in Penn Valley Park.

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


Photograph of the St. Aloysius Band, W. H. Ragan, director. This vantage point faces east on Prospect Avenue just south of 11th Street.

Photograph of three boys receiving eyecare at the medical office at the Boys Hotel at the southeast corner of Admiral Boulevard and Flora Avenue.

An autochrome photograph of four people dressed up for the Country Club Plaza Fiesta. They are standing at the entrance to the Balcony Building in the Country Club Plaza.

A group photograph of the KMBC Texas Rangers.

June 3rd 1939

Postcard of The Ambassador Hotel, an "exclusive residential and transient hotel", located at Broadway Boulevard and 36th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

September 3rd 1936

Postcard showing the Kansas City, Missouri skyline with The Scout Statue in the foreground, located in Penn Valley Park between Penn Drive and Summit Street.

August 25th 1935

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on August 25, 1935 showing photographs from Kansas City Mayor Bryce B.


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

June 21st 1938

An autochrome photograph of an unidentified woman and child in Arno Leslie Roach's memorial garden at his retirement home in present-day Lake Tapawingo, Missouri.

Photograph of boys attending a Sunday morning service in the auditorium of the Boys Hotel Club Memorial Building on Admiral Boulevard between Flora Avenue and Highland Avenue.

June 13th 1930

Clipping from the Pendergast-controlled newspaper The Missouri Democrat on June 13, 1930. This excerpt includes photographs of Thomas J. Pendergast, Thomas J. Pendergast, Jr., James M.

Photograph entitled "Wading Time" in which children play in the water near Camp Bo-Ho-Ca, located on the east side of Blue River Road near 121st Street.

Grand Avenue During a Dust Storm
March 21st 1935

Dust Bowl period photograph of Grand Avenue from 10th Street in Kansas City during a dust storm at noon on March 21, 1935.

June 17th 1932

An autochrome photograph of Brush Creek, taken looking north on the east side of the Kansas City Country Club.


Photograph of the cafeteria at The Donnelly Garment Company in the Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri. The employees are provided food there "at a minimum cost."

October 1st 1933

An autochrome photograph of the Nelson Gallery of Art (now known as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art) as seen from the University of Kansas City (University of Missouri - Kansas City).

Photograph of James A. Reed and Nell Donnelly Reed's living room in their home at 5236 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

September 14th 1932

An autochrome photograph of Charles R. Cook's residence with ivy on the facade, taken from the east. Cook was founder and president of Cook Paint & Varnish Company.

May 3rd 1919

Returning to Kansas City for reception and parade after World War I. From an album of Lorain H. Cunningham, who served in the 129th Field Artillery during World War I and was a friend of Harry S.

October 11th 1924

Kansas City Monarchs standing side by side on field with fans in stands behind team at the opening game Negro Leagues' first Colored World Series in Kansas City, Missouri.

June 15th 1935

An autochrome photograph of Brush Creek before it feeds into Lake Hiwassee.

June 19th 1933

An autochrome photograph of an unidentified woman standing in the doorway on the property of Don A. Davis. Davis was president of Western Auto.

September 22nd 1934

This picture of the Plaza Dog Mart was taken looking west-northwest from atop the J. C. Nichols Company Building.

Photograph of the bridge over the Blue River at 63rd Street, which provided access to the Jackson County road system.

June 21st 1935

An autochrome photograph of the cloisters and arches of the Unity Farm (Unity Village) administrative building, as seen from the north.

October 3rd 1921

Photograph of the Boys Hotel Club Memorial Building (also known as the Boys Hotel Annex) under construction by Fogel Construction Company.


Studio portrait of George E. Lee Singing Novelty Orchestra posed playing instruments, ca. 1926.

Interior of speakeasy/nightclub Dante's Inferno, once located at 1104 Independence Avenue. This photograph was taken circa 1934 by Kaufman Photo Studio, Kansas City, Missouri.

This photograph was taken looking east-southeast on 12th Street near Virginia Avenue.