Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Machine Politics, Organized Crime, and Reform

Image Gallery

Portrait of John B. Gage, Mayor of Kansas City MO from 1940-1946. Source: Kansas City Museum (George Fuller Green Collection).

Kansas City Police Department mugshot of Charles Binaggio.

Clipping showing James M. Pendergast, Bennett Champ Clark, and Joe Shannon (left to right) conversing to together.

Photograph of the old Jackson County Courthouse in Independence, Missouri, prior to renovations in 1933. Later known as the Truman Courthouse.

Photograph of Bryce B. Smith standing, facing left in the new City Hall at the northeast corner of 12th Street and Oak Street, ca. 1937-39.

Portrait of Albert I. Beach, Mayor of Kansas City MO from 1924-1930. Source: Kansas City Museum (George Fuller Green Collection).

John B. Gage, Kansas City mayor from 1940 to 1946, in city council chambers.

Architectural rendering of the Jackson County Courthouse in Independence, Missouri, after renovations in 1933.

Photograph of the exterior of the Wyandotte County Jail in Kansas City, Kansas, circa 1930, located at the southeast corner of 7th Street and State

John B. Gage, Kansas City mayor from 1940 to 1946, in city council chambers.

Photograph of Kansas City organized crime figure Giovanni "John" Blando.

Photograph of City Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, which opened on October 25, 1937.

Mug shot of Hymie Ballew, Inmate No. 42199 at the Missouri State Penitentiary.

Henry F. McElroy, Kansas City's first city manager and proponent of the Ten Year Plan.

Photograph of Harry S. Truman walking with unidentified men.

Editorial cartoon by S. J. Ray entitled "It Sometimes Looks Like We Hadn't Come Very Far", no date.

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