Mystery Images

Missouri Valley Special Collections frequently receives donations of historical photographs. Some arrive lacking any information to help precisely identify their subjects and time periods. This makes adding them to our digital image collections and making them available to the public very difficult.

The following is an assortment of unidentified images of school activities, group portraits, buildings, store interiors, and exterior scenes that we could use your help to identify. Please use the comments field at the bottom of this post to record any details that may help us learn more about these images.

1. Portrait of basketball team.

Portrait of basketball team.

2. Lines of students playing a game.

Lines of students playing a game.

3. Adult students in laboratory.

Adult students in laboratory.

4. Home Run in the Holey City sign.

Home Run in the Holey City sign.

5. Automobile portrait.

Possibly taken circa 1910, perhaps along Cliff Drive.

Automobile Portrait. Possibly taken circa 1910, perhaps along Cliff Drive.

6. Church exterior.

Church exterior.

7. Industrial building near railroad tracks.

Industrial building near railroad tracks.

8. Costume party.

Sign reads Bellvue Lodge No. 2, Kansas City, MO.

Costume party. Sign reads Bellvue Lodge No. 2, Kansas City, MO.

9. Interior group scene.

Sign above clock reads Observatory Time Hourly by W. U. Tel. Co.

Interior group scene. Sign above clock reads Observatory Time Hourly by W. U. Tel. Co.

10. Gift shop interior.

Gift shop interior.

11. Liquor store interior.

Liquor store interior.

12. Tobacco stand. Calendar reads 1951.

Tobacco stand. Calendar reads 1951.

13. Retail store interior.

Retail store interior.

14. Flood scene.

Flood scene.

About the Author

Michael Wells is a Special Collections Librarian in the Missouri Valley Special Collections.

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