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An autochrome photograph of the Unity Farm (Unity Village) Amphitheater as seen looking northeast atop Unity Tower.

Date: 
July 3rd 1935

An autochrome photograph of the gardens at The Walnuts, taken looking northeast from inside the apartment building.

Date: 
July 22nd 1936

An autochrome photograph of the center of the gardens at The Walnuts, taken from the south atop the apartment building.

Date: 
July 2nd 1936

An autochrome photograph of the gardens at The Walnuts, taken from the southeast outside of a window in the apartment building.

Date: 
July 24th 1936

A color glass plate positive photograph of the view looking north-northwest towards downtown Kansas City, Missouri from the tower of the Swope Park Shelter House (now the Battle of Westport Visitor Center).

A color glass plate positive photograph of the view looking southeast across the Swope Park gardens near the Shelter House (now the Battle of Westport Visitor Center).

A black and white glass plate positive photograph of the Kansas City Zoo entrance from an aerial view.

Aerial view of Kansas City's Municipal Airport with the Missouri River and downtown Kansas City, Missouri in the background.

Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, dedicated in 1914. This vantage point faces north-northeast from Liberty Memorial and shows downtown Kansas City, Missouri in the background.

Postcard showing the Swope Park swimming pool, located on Riverside Drive in the northeast corner of Swope Park in Kansas City, Missouri. The back of the postcard includes a brief description copied from the K.C. Star about the swimming pool.

First issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes a statement on the newspaper's objective, maintaining that the newspaper is not against any certain political party or vice, but that it is simply for "good government". Featured articles include: “Council Passes Cab Ordinance” (pp. 2 & 4) discussing councilman Frank H. Backstrom’s reaction to the ordinance and detailing other ordinances appropriating bond funds.; "Adult Education--A Fine Work" (pp.

Date: 
January 11th 1935

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes an article, continued on page 8, discussing aspects of democracy and good government, and suggesting problems and solutions for clean elections. Other featured articles include: "Health and Politics" (pp.

Date: 
January 18th 1935

Book containing text and photographs of the history, facilties, art, and architecture of the courthouses of Jackson County, Missouri. The document also includes portrait photographs of the public servants that aided in the creation of the new Jackson County Courthouse and a list of county judges of Jackson County from 1827 to 1933.

Date: 
1935

An oil on canvas painting by Fred Bergere of downtown Kansas City in the winter.
This representational painting was created as part of the New Deal Public Works of Art Project for Missouri. The original dimensions are 21 1/8 x 26 1/8 in. (53.6 x 66.2 cm).

Date: 
1934

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view of Inland Aviation Company, also known as Inland Aircraft Company, once located at the southeast corner of Fairfax Road (presently Fairfax Trafficway) and Funston Road in Kansas City, Kansas. The Inland Sport was the first plane built and one of the fastest personal planes of the period. The Depression caused the company, in business only 22 months, to go bankrupt. It was known for its racers.

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view of the Corn Products Refining Company near the intersection of 10th Avenue and Bedford Avenue in North Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces southeast and shows the Missouri River (background) and the Kansas City Car Company (left foreground).

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view looking east and showing a largely residential section of northeast Kansas City, Kansas; Fairfax; Missouri River; and North Kansas City, Missouri. Quindaro Boulevard is prominently shown diagonally in the photograph.

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view looking north showing West Bottoms and stockyard area. Kansas River and bridges in view. Missouri River in distance on top and 12th Street Viaduct is visible.

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view of the Kansas River looking north and showing the neighborhoods Argentine (left), Armourdale (right), Kensington (left background), and Riverview (right background). The Proctor and Gamble plant is also pictured.

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view looking northeast at the intersection of Ward Parkway and State Line Road, showing the campus of Pembroke Country Day School and Brush Creek.

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.