Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression
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Political cartoon entitled "Equal Justice Under Tom's Law," depicting Tom Pendergast with the Missouri Supreme Court in his pocket.

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1938

Political cartoon and accompanying message urging support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Jesse Barrett.

Date: 
1936

Political cartoon and statement criticizing Lloyd Stark, Democratic candidate for Missouri Governor over the party's alleged theft of pension funds.

Date: 
1936

Editorial cartoon by S. J. Ray entitled "This Modern Age" (18th Amendment resubmission), no date. The drawing depicts the Missouri Republican Party casting off their shroud of 18th Amendment endorsement jumping into a pool of "resubmission". Source: Vivian Fredericks.

Editorial cartoon by S. J. Ray entitled "Somehow I Don't Feel Too Hopeful", no date. The drawing shows depictions of "ghost votes" and "protected crime" looking at a depiction of "election and police board appointments". Source: Vivian Fredericks.

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May 22nd 1941

Editorial cartoon by S. J. Ray entitled "It Sometimes Looks Like We Hadn't Come Very Far", no date. The drawing shows depictions of gangsters, "disregard for law", kidnappers, crime, murder, and racketeers abuse civilization as prehistoric life watches. Source: Vivian Fredericks.

Editorial cartoon by S. J. Ray entitled "After Her Sponsor Thought It Was in the Bag", no date. The drawing shows a depiction of "Hatch Law" stopping "Della Gates" and her sponsor "Government Jobholders" from joining other winning delegates in the 1940 National Convention. Source: Vivian Fredericks.

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July 24th 1939

Editorial cartoon by S. J. Ray entitled "Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire", no date. The drawing shows a depiction of "little business" falling out of the frying pan of New Deal economics and into the fire of "priorities and allocations". Source: Vivian Fredericks.

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October 25th 1941

Editorial cartoon by S. J. Ray entitled "And Such Nice New Buildings, Too", no date. The drawing shows a depiction of "organized crime" hanging out to dry on clotheslines between the Kansas City City Hall and the Kansas City Court House. Source: Vivian Fredericks.

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May 12th 1939

Editorial cartoon by S. J. Ray entitled "Armistice Day, or Just Nov 11", no date. The drawing depicts "Nov 11" as a cluster of bombs falling toward an anthropomorphic Earth as it takes cover in a bomb shelter. Source: Vivian Fredericks.

Date: 
November 11th 1937

Political cartoon criticizing Casimir Welch for his corrupt practices. The drawing depicts Cas receiving with his right hand money from cement graft, water meters, lime and coal, policy wheels, cafe and corn whisky, gambling dens at 1228 Oak St. and 15th & Virginia, and "Judicial" decisions, all while holding a classic weight balance (symbol of justice) with his left hand. The background includes a bust of Lady Justice blushing. The caption reads, "Left Handed Justice as Dealt Out by Casimir John Joseph Welsh."

Political cartoon by Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick depicting what appear to be dead bodies outside a door labeled "Senate Crime Committee," referring to the Kefauver Committee's investigation into organized crime.

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September 29th 1950

Cartoon from the Kansas City Star after the local election on March 25, 1930. The drawing depicts James P. Aylward driving a street sweeper with Bryce B. Smith, Henry F. McElroy, Alfred N. Gossett, Thomas J. Pendergast, Joseph B. Shannon, and Casimir J. Welch. The caption reads, "The Democratic Machine makes a clean sweep in our recent municipal election."

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March 30th 1930

Cartoon from the Kansas City Journal-Post on the eve of the local election on March 25, 1930. The drawing depicts Thomas J. Pendergast, Henry F. McElroy, and Casimir J. Welch considering a "cigaret tax" in order to extort more money from the "K.C. Taxpayer".

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March 24th 1930

Cartoon from the Kansas City Journal-Post before the local election on March 25, 1930. The drawing depicts Tom Pendergast as a ringleader in a circus with his assistant Cas Welch by his side. Their pockets are stuffed with local infrastructure contracts. Spectators to the circus include Henry F. McElroy, Alfred N. Gossett, Charles H. Clark, Bryce B. Smith, Ruby D. Garrett, Elliott H. Jones, Byron Spencer, Frank M. Eviston, James B. Shoemaker, and Joseph B. Shannon.

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March 20th 1930

Unknown Republican publication without volume or issue identification with excerpts from several St. Louis newspapers about the corrupting influence of Tom Pendergast in Kansas City, including the accusation that he chose the Democratic nominee for Governor. Crimes committed by Johnny Lazia and others are also described. The Republican ticket for Missouri is included on page 3.

Date: 
1932

Unknown Republican publication without volume or issue identification with excerpts from several St. Louis newspapers about the corrupting influence of Tom Pendergast in Kansas City, including the accusation that he chose the Democratic nominee for Governor. Crimes committed by Johnny Lazia and others are also described. The last page is titled "Pendergast Gang is Strictly 'Business'" [this portion could not be scanned due to adhesive].

Date: 
1932

Political cartoon in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on March 25, 1933 depicting Thomas J. Pendergast's firm control of Jefferson City and his grasp for control in St. Louis.

Date: 
March 25th 1933

Political advertisement that urges St. Louisans to vote against Bernard F. Dickmann, William Stone Madden, and Pendergast Machine at the April 4, 1933 election in order to mainstain low taxes and safeguard against, "a breakdown of its government such as we have witnessed at Jefferson City under a 'new deal.'" The document encourages support for Republicans Walter J. G. Neun and Louis Nolte.

Date: 
1933

Political cartoon in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on March 25, 1933 depicting Thomas J. Pendergast's hand reaching to control politics in St. Louis.

Date: 
April 1st 1933

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