Machine Politics, Organized Crime, and Reform

Image Gallery

Photograph of Harry S. Truman walking with unidentified men.

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

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

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

Portrait of Jean Helier posed behind glass filled with bullet holes. Photo is autographed as "To N.

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

Head and shoulders autographed portrait of Maurice M. Milligan, U.S. attorney who prosecuted Tom Pendergast.

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

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

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).

Political cartoon criticizing Casimir Welch for his corrupt practices.

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

Portrait of George H. Edwards, Mayor of Kansas City MO from 1916-1918. 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.