Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Commerce Building

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Photographs

Circa 1928 photograph with frontal and side view of the Commerce Trust Company, located at the northwest corner of 10th Street and Walnut Street.

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Postcards

Postcard of traffic on Walnut Street looking north from just north 10th Street. The Commerce Building is picture to the far left.

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Photographs

Photograph looking northeast from atop the Baltimore Hotel. The intersection of Petticoat Lane and Main Street is pictured center.

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Clippings
Photographs

Clipping entitled "Getting Their Pay" from the Kansas City Journal-Post on October 18, 1937 with caption stating, "Scores of Ford assembly plant employes were in line today at window No. 9, Commerce Trust company, to receive wages following the closing of the Ford assembly plant here. Some employes turned in their badges and tool receipts, receiving $3 deposit, while others kept their badges and receipts."

Object Type: 
Photographs

Photograph of a Douglas DC-2-112 airplane owned by Transcontinental & Western Air flying south over downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces north-northwest with the Commerce Building at the northwest corner of Walnut Street and 10th Street (white building, right-foreground).

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Advertisements
Clippings

Clipping from the Independence Examiner on February 18, 1932 that advertises Kansas City lawyer Charles M. Howell as candidate for the U.S. Senate. The advertisement provides his qualifications, platform, party service, and availability.

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Correspondence

Letter from Floyd E. Jacobs regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Jacobs writes that he is concerned Higgins "received a heavier sentence than others who at least were equally guilty," believes he deserves credit for his service in the World War, and thinks his family is in great need of his support. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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Correspondence

Letter from James P. Aylward to Sam M. Wear in which Aylward invites Wear to a Democratic National Committee meeting of Missouri Democrats at Kansas City on October 1, 1940.

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Ephemera

Business card of "James M. Pendergast, Attorney at Law, 1209 Commerce Bldg., Kansas City Missouri. Phone Harrison 5166."

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Correspondence

A letter from James M. Pendergast to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Pendergast requests information from Truman pertaining to a rumored rationing of radios and radio equipment due to the war effort. Pendergast seeks this information because he has "some friends here engaged in the wholesale radio distribution business."

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Correspondence

Letter from William T. Kemper, Sr. of the Commerce Trust Company to Harry S. Truman congratulating him on his Democratic nomination for Judge of Jackson County, Missouri.

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Correspondence

Photocopy of a letter from James M. Pendergast to his wife Kathleen Pendergast in Lexington, Virginia. James explains the circumstances of John Lazia's death and mentions being there with him as he died in the hospital. James then updates her on other personal details. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum does not hold the original document.

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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.