Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

American Jazz Museum

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Photographs

Photograph of Chester A. Franklin standing by the door of the Kansas City Call Building. The vantage point faces west on the south side of 18th Street with Lucille's Tavern in the background.

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Correspondence

Letter from Alma Henderson and Dorothy H. Davis, co-chairmen of The Call's Club Greeting Committee, to members of local clubs regarding the possibility of placing Christmas greetings and other messages in the paper during the holiday season.

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Photographs

Photograph of men standing outside of the Kansas City Call Building. This vantage point faces south from 18th Street between Woodland Avenue and Highland Avenue.

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Photographs

Photograph of VeEssa Spivey, owner of Black Hawk Barbecue, posing with her restaurant delivery scooter.

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Photographs

Portrait of St. Stephen's Baptist Church pastor Rev. Raymond J. Jordan, whose home and work addresses and phone numbers are listed. Jordan also served as president of the General Baptist Convention of Missouri and Kansas.

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Photographs

Circa 1931 photograph of the Bennie Moten Orchestra posed in front of the Fairyland Park stage at the southeast corner of Prospect Avenue and 75th Street. Pictured in bottom row are Count Basie, Hot Lips Page, Ed Lewis, Eddie Durham, Woodie Walder, Leroy Berry, Harlan Leonard, and Jack Washington (second, third fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and twelfth from left, respectively). Top row, from left are Bennie Moten, Bus Moten, and James Rushing.

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Photographs

Full-length portrait photograph of jazz trumpet player Lammar Wright Sr. (1907-1973) in a tuxedo. Wright played in Bennie Moten's band starting in 1923 before relocating to New York City in 1927.

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Ephemera

Crown Drugstore lunch counter menu from the 1930s listing drinks, ice cream, sandwiches, and other items.

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Photographs

Photograph of Bennie Moten, standing in second row at right, and his band pose with their tour bus in front of a music shop.

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Photographs

Exterior photograph of the Black Hawk Barbecue restaurant advertising meals and delivery. This vantage point faces northwest near the south sidewalk of 14th Street between Lydia Avenue and The Paseo.

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Ephemera

Invitation to a Kansas City Playboys Social Club event, including a listing of officers and members of the Club, and instructing people to "Get hip to the jive with the Playboys of K.C."

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Photographs

Cityscape photograph of 18th Street from atop the Kansas City Call Building, looking northwest with downtown Kansas City in the background. The intersection of 18th Street and Highland Avenue is pictured to the left.

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