Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

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Head and shoulders view of Kansas City Call editor and publisher Lucile Harris Bluford (1911-2003) from a high school senior picture.

This photograph of St. Vincent de Paul Academy was taken looking northwest on Flora Avenue just south of 31st Street. This building is adjacent to the St. Vincent de Paul Church.

This photograph of Douglass School was taken looking northeast at the intersection of 27th Street and Jarboe Street (also known as W. Prospect Pl. at this time). Douglass School was built in 1890 as a public school for African Americans.

This photograph was taken looking east at the southwest corner of 12th Street and The Paseo in Kansas City, Missouri. Castle Theater, O.K. Bargain Store, 12th Street Market, Crown Drugs, and Paseo Fashion Shop are pictured from left to right. Advertisements for Coca-Cola are found outside the Crown Drugstore.

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

Photograph of pioneering social worker Minnie Crosswaithe wearing a coat and hat.

An accreditation certificate for Wheatley-Provident Hospital Nursing School by the Missouri State Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Missouri.

Date: 
1931

Photograph of General Hospital #2, a hospital for African-Americans once located just north of the intersection of 22nd Street and McCoy Avenue (now Kenwood Avenue). This vantage point faces west towards the two main wings of the hospital. Captioned: "Old City Hospital, as the above building is best known, has been General Hospital No. 2, for the care of Negroes, since 1908. Previous to the building of General Hospital No. 1, it was the city's one hospital. In 1914 its personnel became Negro and it has continued to be operated by race professional men and nurses.

Date: 
February 1930

Photograph of the interior and exterior of the Kansas City Tuberculosis Hospital No. 2, built in 1928 as an annex to the Tuberculosis Hospital built in 1914. Captioned: "Kansas City Tuberculosis Hospital No. 2 is situated in the country, outside of the city limits, on high spot to the west of U. S. highway No. 40. It is a new building, constructed in accordance with the latest ideas on the treatment of tuberculosis, and has the most modern equipment. It is a free hospital, giving treatment until patient is discharged with disease arrested.

Date: 
February 28th 1930

Front and back side of Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) membership card for McKinley Neal. Issued through Paseo Department of Kansas City, Missouri. "Oct 1926" is stamped in upper left corner of front side. "Annual Dues $3.00" is written and 556 is stamped below date. "00000354" is written on the back right side.

Fifteen members of Chauncey Downs and His Rinkey Dinks are pictured on stage with instruments, circa 1920. Downs is pictured right of center standing in front of the piano. Iola Burton is standing behind and to the right of Downs. Written at the bottom: "The Original Rinkeydinks Swingcerely yours Chauncey L. Downs".

Date: 
circa ,1920

Half length view of William "Count" Basie with caption typed above: "Three years ago, William Basie was organist at a small Kansas City, Mo., theater, after a conservatory training at the University of Kansas. Followed a ten weeks' daily organ radio program, then played one of two pianos featured by Benny Moten's orchestra at the New Harlem (Kansas City), Unanimously elected to lead the band after Moten's death, his popularity skyrocketed.

Half length view of Count Basie.

This photograph of the East Side Business District was taken looking east on 10th Street just west of Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.

This photograph was taken looking north at the intersection of the Troost Avenue and 18th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Troost carlines, M&C Pharmacy, and a sign for 'veneered panels' are shown in the picture.

This photograph was taken looking south on the west side of Troost Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets in Kansas City, Missouri.

This photograph was taken looking south-southwest on the west side of the Troost Avenue and 17th Street intersection in Kansas City, Missouri. Advertisements for Benzo-Gas and Harris-Goar are shown on Merrit Outdoor Advertising Co. billboards. Troost Avenue carlines, City-Center Junk Co., and a sign for 'veneered panels' also shown.

This photograph was taken looking south-southeast on the west side of Troost Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets in Kansas City, Missouri. Advertisements for Creme Oil and the 1925 film "Wages for Wives" are shown on Merrit Outdoor Advertising Co. billboards.

Date: 
1926

This photograph was taken looking northeast at the intersection of the Prospect Avenue and 17th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Two billboards are pictured: the left illustrates two faces and the following text, "Pricilla Dean, Don Chanby, Outside the law, Liberty Marriage?"; the right illustrates two people with the words "Milky Way" printed below.

This photograph was taken looking east-southeast at the intersection of Brooklyn Avenue and 16th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Pictured are billboards for Crystal White Family Soap and the 1926 silent film "A Social Celebrity" starring Louise Brooks and Adolphe Menjou.

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