Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Image Gallery

Photograph of boys reading books and newspapers in the lobby of the Boys Hotel at the southeast corner of Admiral Boulevard and Flora Avenue.

May 15th 1926

Texas Tommies in posed shot on stage at Submarine Ballroom, May 15, 1936. Phil Baxter shown standing third from right.

January 29th 1922

Photograph of Kansas City Mayor Sam B. Strother visiting the Boys Hotel at the southeast corner of Admiral Boulevard and Flora Avenue.


Photographs and quotes from Tony Gizzo, Kansas City mafia figure, during his testimony before the U.S.

January 6th 1931

Harry S. Truman is being sworn in as a judge of the county court of Jackson County, 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.

August 23rd 1932

An autochrome photograph of an interior patio with movable skylight in the residence of Mack B. Nelson. Nelson was president of the Long-Bell Lumber Company.

Photograph of "Eddie Spitz" Osadchey (left) and his wife Vearl seated at a nightclub table with two other unidentified men.

Portrait photograph of Conrad H. Mann, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and architect of the Ten Year Plan.

June 1st 1939

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

May 1933

Directors and sponsors of the 1933 Country Club District Community Field Day, held on Southwest High School campus. Shown are John L. Shouse, George D. Melcher, J. C. Nichols, Miles C.

September 22nd 1932

An autochrome photograph of James A. Reed's residence, taken from the southeast. Reed was a lawyer, county prosecutor, and mayor of Kansas City.

Photograph of two men on horseback touring the Kansas City Stockyards

Photograph of unidentified nurses at The Willows Maternity Hospital, along with an unidentified man.

October 21st 1928

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on October 21, 1928 showing Missouri Governor Alfred E. Smith on his presidential campaign in Sedalia, Missouri. Also pictured are Charles M.


This picture was taken looking northeast on the Ward Parkway just east of Pennsylvania Avenue.


Interior of the Spanish-inspired Country Club Plaza Theater. The theater is bounded by 47th Street and the Alameda Road (now Nichols Road), Wyandotte Street, and Central Street.

Municipal Airport at night with a crowd gathered outside the main terminal building and a Ford Tri-Motor airplane on the runway.

July 2nd 1935

An autochrome photograph of Thomas L. Luzier's swimming pool, taken from the west. Luzier was founder of Luzier Personalized Cosmetics.

January 25th 1930

Program for the third annual dinner of the Fifteenth Ward Regular Democratic Club, a Joe Shannon "Rabbit" faction organization.

Photograph of Preston Allen, Jr. in uniform, taken by Ronson Studio.

May 31st 1934

An autochrome photograph of the Municipal Rose Garden (Loose Park Rose Garden) looking northeast toward The Walnuts apartments.

1937-1938 photograph of Willetta Anthony, youngest sister of LeRoy Anthony, standing by an unidentified young boy [Eddo?].

Photograph of Vivian Mathias, Vernon C. Miller's girlfriend. This photograph was used as an exhibit against the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti.

Photograph of Henley L. Cox, principal of Wendell Phillips School from 1916 until his death in 1947.

May 10th 1937

An autochrome photograph of lilacs and a gate by the farm house of Thornton W. Sanborn, executive at J. W. Sanborn (wholesale lumber).


This picture of John S. Watkins at the Brookside Shopping District was taken looking northeast at the intersection of Brookside Boulevard and 63rd Street.

This photograph was taken looking south-southwest at the intersection of 18th Street and The Paseo.

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.

An autochrome photograph of a women seated in a French garden on the property of Fletcher Cowherd.

Photograph of the Gem Theater, labeled 1912-1923. This vantage point faces south on 18th Street between Vine Street and Highland Avenue.

November 1st 1921

Postcard of General Jacques, General Diaz, Marshal Foch, General Pershing, and Admiral Beatty at the Liberty Memorial dedication ceremony on November 1st, 1921.

June 14th 1935

An autochrome photograph of an unidentified woman standing next to roses growing on the upper terrace at Unity Farm (Unity Village).


Photograph of Electric Park at night, once located at 46th Street and The Paseo.

Photograph of the Lincoln High School Class of 1933 posed outside of the main entrance to the school.