Machine Politics, Organized Crime, and Reform

Image Gallery

Photograph showing Dwight Brown, former Governor Guy Park, and Herbert T. Hilscher at unidentified South Central Business Association function.

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.

Portrait of James A. Reed with finger in the air.

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

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

Photograph of a daytime rally for Alfred E. Smith and Joe Robinson during the 1928 presidential campaign.

Photograph of Ben Bernie, radio star and musician, with Frank Cromwell and Mayor Bryce Smith and other unidentified men at unidentified location wi

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

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

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

Photograph of civic leader Conrad Mann and others seated in a room.

Photograph of six men in suits and hats standing in a lot.

Photograph of Mary McElroy who was kidnapped in 1933 at 25 years old and held for ransom.

Photograph of James Balestrere, Kansas City organized crime figure who was involved in bootleg efforts during Prohibition and later owner of the Wh

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