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.

Comments

Number 2 was taken on the

Number 2 was taken on the Concourse at Gladstone and St. John for the Park Department. It was taken by the Photographic and View Company and the date we have on the photo, as well as several other similar game-type photos, is 1920.

I wanted to add, the building

I wanted to add, the building still stands at the corner of Blue Ridge and Gregory Blvd., and looks pretty much the same. The church had to close the school a few years ago, but the Raytown school district bought the building, refurbished it, and it opened this year as an early childhood center.

Grew up in Raytown, mother-in

Grew up in Raytown, mother-in-law lived right next door to the parish for 20 years. It is definitely Our Lady of Lourdes in Raytown on NE cornoer of Gregory & Blue Ridge Blvd.

Photo 5 Ford Model T with

Photo 5 Ford Model T with Touring body. Brass era radiator from 1909 to 1916. Full size front door rather than a cutout in body introduced in 1913. Last year for big boxy cowl lamps is 1914. Best guess makes this a 1913 or 1914. Someone more knowledgeable may be able to nail down exact year. This was fun.

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