Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Image Gallery

July 29th 1927

Postcard showing the American Royal Building, located just to the north of the intersection of Wyoming Street and the 23rd Street Viaduct (now 23rd Street Trafficway) in the West Bottoms of Kansas

Portrait of Bill "Count" Basie, headshot, no date. Source: Duncan Scheidt.

1921

Photograph of a grain elevator by a railroad in the Argentine industrial district of Kansas City, Kansas. On the image "C.A Fellows Contractor Topeka, Kansas 1921" is written.

Exterior view of back entrance to Pla-Mor Ballroom, once located at 3142 Main Street, no date. Source: Art McClure/Jennie Bell Peters.

January 13th 1931

Executive committee at work in preparation of the Ten Year Plan in Kansas City.

October 8th 1933

An autochrome photograph of the University of Kansas City (now University of Missouri - Kansas City) Administrating Building, taken from the southeast.

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.

August 14th 1934

An autochrome photograph of John E. Horn's garage entrance from the estate court. Horn was secretary-treasurer of the Paragon Royalty Corporation.

April 21st 1922

Postcard showing the Kansas City, Missouri business district from atop Union Station. This elevated vantage point faces north, showing Main Street on the right and the H. D.

May 6th 1934

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

November 30th 1921

Postcard of the Kansas City Club Building at the northwest corner of 13th Street and Baltimore Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

1939

Dancers at the Pla-Mor Ballroom, taken by Tyler & Murphy Photographers, Kansas City, Missouri, ca. 1939. The Pla-Mor was located at 3142 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

July 26th 1935

An autochrome photograph of a woman with several others at a golf tee at Unity Farm (Unity Village).

June 26th 1940

Anonymous postcard accusing Kansas City officials of misdeeds.

1933

This picture was taken looking east-northeast on the Wornall Road bridge over Brush Creek, before the creek bottom was paved.

Band at Chauncey Down's Hall includes Herman Walder, Booker Washington, Walter Page, no date.

Photograph taken between 1935 and 1943 of an African American band rehearsing in a park in Kansas City, Kansas.

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 10th 1939

An autochrome photograph of Leslie T. Martin's house and tower on Briarcliff between present-day Route 9 and North Briarcliff Road. Martin was president of Martin Printing Company.

June 20th 1932

An autochrome photograph of Dr. Sam E. Roberts's garden, tea house, and home, taken from the southwest. Roberts was a Kansas City physician.

1930

Photograph of the fourth grade class of 1930 at the Holy Cross School. This vantage point faces east towards the southwest entrance to the Holy Cross Catholic Church.

1939

Publicity photo from the side of Count Basie playing piano while looking down and smiling. Basie is wearing a tuxedo.

1940's photograph of the St. John Bosco Center at the southwest corner of Missouri Avenue and Campbell Street.

This photograph was taken looking northeast on 12th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Washington Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.

May 31st 1934

An autochrome photograph of the Municipal Rose Garden (Loose Park Rose Garden) looking southeast.

May 14th 1931

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.

An autochrome photograph of hyacinths by the driveway of M. B. Nelson, taken in the evening and looking south-southeast. Nelson was president of the Long-Bell Lumber Company.

July 28th 1935

An autochrome photograph of Charles Fillmore seated at Unity Farm (Unity Village).

1920

Three men working at a rock quarry with steam shovel at Crestwood Drive and Locust Street.

1930

Photograph of opera singer Laurence Pierot, Holy Cross Pastor Rev. J. P. Prendergast, and Holy Cross Choir Director William Saeger standing outside the Holy Cross Catholic Church after Mass.

1937

KMBC reporter, Paul Henning (who later went to Hollywood and produced Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies) interviewing Bernice Claire; flanked by Ruth Warrick and Dick Berger at the Dow

May 6th 1934

An autochrome photograph of Othello M. Evans's residence with a spirea in front of its entrance. Evans was president and treasurer of the Enterprise Cabinet Company.

September 23rd 1932

An autochrome photograph of a "Chinese Orchestra", six statues located at the intersection of Mission Drive and Indian Lane in Mission Hills, Kansas.

June 15th 1941

Photograph of the St. Aloysius Corpus Christi Procession on June 15, 1941. This vantage point faces south-southeast from the northwest corner of 11th Street and Prospect Avenue.

August 24th 1932

An autochrome photograph of Isaac Katz's rose garden, taken from the southeast. Katz was co-owner and co-founder of Katz Drug Store.

April 1st 1923

This picture of the Country Club Plaza Garage was taken looking southwest on 46th Terrace between Mill Creek Parkway (now J C Nichols Parkway) and Wyandotte Street.

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