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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.

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.

Photograph of Mary Downs, wife of Chauncey L. Downs, in blouse and skirt holding a purse.

Portrait photograph of Winston and Addie Holmes taken by the Williams Photo Studio, 1808 Vine Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Winston Holmes was a Kansas City producer and promoter in the 1920's and owner of Meritt records.

Portrait photograph of Dr. Solomon H. Thompson, who began a “Black Hospital Movement” in the Kansas City area that began to address the health concerns of non-white communities. Along with Kansas City, Missouri, physician Thomas C. Unthank, Dr. Thompson founded Douglass Hospital and Training School for Nurses in Kansas City, Kansas.

Photograph of Jimmy Keith posed with his tenor saxophone and his band in silhouette behind him. This Christie studio photograph was likely taken in the late 1930s or early 1940s.

Portrait photograph of jazz singer Myra Taylor, taken by the Studna-Sims-Millard photo studio in the late 1930s or early 1940s.

Composite photograph showing the various talents of musician, dancer, and singer L.C. “Speedy” Huggins. This photograph was likely taken in the late 1930s or early 1940s.

Ruth E. Johnson

Photograph of Ruth E. Johnson (10/27/1898 - 06/15/1970), a beautician in Kansas City, Missouri. Her obituary describes her professional life as follows: "She came to Kansas City about 1917, and attended Beauty school. She worked with Mrs. L. Haley Thompson and Mrs. Ruthelle Winkfield in a beauty shop venture in the old Street’s Hotel. She later bought the Peacock Beauty Shop and, because of her talent, made a successful shop on east 12th street. She was an early specialist in finger-waving and taught the art to many."

Date: 
1940

Photograph of Preston Allen, Jr. in uniform, taken by Ronson Studio.

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