Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Image Gallery

August 11th 1926

Postcard showing the Thomas H. Swope Memorial in Swope Park, Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces northeast towards the memorial.

1923

Portrait of James M. Kemper, Chairman of the Board of Commerce Trust Company.

1927

1927 photograph of the Lincoln Theatre exterior, with staff posed in front. Advertisements for "The Strange Case of Captain Ramper" are displayed on the front of the theatre.

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

May 12th 1939

Editorial cartoon by S. J. Ray entitled "And Such Nice New Buildings, Too", no date.

June 6th 1932

An autochrome photograph of Walter G. Basinger's house from the East, A. I. A. Medal Award of 1931. Basinger was director of the J. C. Nichols Company.

June 21st 1920

Postcard showing Sweeney Automobile and Tractor School at the southwest corner of Pershing Road and Wyandotte Street (now Kessler Road) in Kansas City, Missouri.

June 24th 1932

An autochrome photograph of the grandchildren of James Neal Foster in his garden.

1938

Circa 1938 photograph of majorettes marching west at 18th Street and The Paseo in Black Elks parade. Source: Black Economic Union.

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

September 24th 1934

An autochrome photograph of "Else Paulson" roses blooming in September at the Nelson Gallery of Art (now known as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art).

March 20th 1935

Dust Bowl period photograph of Union Station during a dust storm on March 20, 1925. This vantage point faces west towards Union Station from just east of Main Street.

Mug shot of Frank Nash, used as an exhibit against the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti.

This photograph was taken looking west-southwest near the south entrance of Benton Boulevard just north of Swope Parkway.

December 20th 1935

Photograph of The Donnelly Garment Company 1935 Christmas Party, hosted by Nell Donnelly Reed.

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.

1934

Photograph of a cafe/delicatessen at 5824 Swope Parkway, taken in connection with Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood.

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

March 30th 1933

An autochrome photograph of the first flowers of Spring, 1933 in the front yard of Clarence E. Shepard, architect.

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

April 29th 1934

An autochrome photograph of tulips at the entrance to the Rose Hill Cemetery.

1938

Around the corner view of a neighborhood found in the then-new Fairway housing development. The name was chosen because of the development's proximity to three golf courses.

June 27th 1935

An autochrome photograph of lilies growing along Gregory Boulevard by the property of George W. McClelland, lawyer.

Photograph of an unidentified band onstage at the College Inn on 12th Street.

December 12th 1927

Downtown Kansas City as shown from an aerial view before the 1928 Republican National Convention begins on June 12 at Convention Hall.

June 30th 1932

An autochrome photograph looking east over Lake Hiwassee in the Indian Hills subdivision.

June 29th 1935

An autochrome photograph of swimmers at the northeast corner pool at Unity Farm (Unity Village). This photograph was taken from the west.

September 25th 1934

An autochrome photograph of rose beds on the property of Robert L. Hawkins, Treasurer, Emery, Bird, Thayer Co. (dry goods).

Photograph of the residence of J. H. Bryant, once located at 2316 Highland Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces west on Highland Avenue between 23rd Street and 24th Street.

October 24th 1939

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

This photograph was taken looking east-northeast on 12th Street just west of Pennsylvania Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.

1923

This picture of the Suydam Building was taken in the Country Club Plaza looking west-southwest on Mill Creek Parkway (now J C Nichols Parkway) just north of 47th Street.

August 9th 1932

An autochrome photograph of R. Bryson Jones's residence, taken from the northeast. Jones was an executive at R. B. Jones & Sons (insurance).

September 8th 1928

Mugshot of Tony Laptino, Inmate #30647. Laptino was sentenced to time in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of violating the Prohibition Act.

May 29th 1939

Mugshot of Pendergast tax fraud accomplice Robert Emmett O'Malley, Inmate #55296, taken at U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas.

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.

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