Machine Politics, Organized Crime, and Reform

Image Gallery

Photograph portrait of Bryce B. Smith. mayor of Kansas City from 1930 to 1939.

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

Photograph of the Boyle-Pryor Construction Company Building near the southeastern city limits at that time.

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

Portrait of Bryce B. Smith, Mayor of Kansas City MO from 1930-1940. Source: Kansas City Museum (George Fuller Green Collection).

Portrait of Sam B. Strother, Mayor of Kansas City MO in 1922. Source: Kansas City Museum (George Fuller Green Collection).

Clipping with a cartoon depicting a group of rabbits forcing a goat to run away.

Portrait of George H. Edwards, Mayor of Kansas City MO from 1916-1918. Source: Kansas City Museum (George Fuller Green Collection).

Political cartoon criticizing Casimir Welch for his corrupt practices.

Photograph of Harry S. Truman walking with unidentified men.

Soup line during the Depression; Casimir J. Welch with woman in lower inset photo, no date.

Portrait of Charles S. Keith, Mayor of Kansas City MO in 1940. Source: Kansas City Museum (George Fuller Green Collection).

Two sets of mugshots of Joseph "Scarface" DiGiovanni.

Photograph of the Jackson County Courthouse, Kansas City, Missouri, ca. 1930s.

Portrait of James Cowgill, Mayor of Kansas City MO from 1918-1922. Source: Kansas City Museum (George Fuller Green Collection).

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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.