Missouri Valley Special Collections
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Advertising Cards Advertising Cards
Victorian trade cards, one of the more picturesque collections in the Missouri Valley Room, provide not only a rich resource for researching the history of printing, advertising, medicine, fashions, late nineteenth-century culture, etc., but also Kansas City companies. The cards reached their height of popularity in the 1880s and 1890s.
Autochromes Autochromes
During the early 1930s Frank Lauder employed the autochrome process to photograph homes, gardens, and landmarks throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. These 1200 unique color images provide a truly captivating and one-of-a-kind view of Kansas City's past. Many of the images are close-ups of individual plants and flowers, but also include many exterior views of residences. The autochrome, introduced in 1907 by the Lumiere brothers, was the first viable color photograph process.
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra
Joe Sanders and Carleton Coon co-founded the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks orchestra that gained fame during the 1920s. This digital collection includes many photographs of the orchestra and other performers as well as photographs from Fred Edmiston, author of The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks, and the Harvey Rettberg papers. Rettberg and Clyde Hahn established the Coon-Sanders Nighthawk Fan Club in 1959.
Music-Dance-Theater Music-Dance-Theater
Portrait and group shots of musicians, dancers, and actors comprise this digital collection. The following special collections are included: Dory DeAngelo; Charles Johnson; Felice Lyne; Miracle Scrapbook; Helen Seibert Thomes; Youth Symphony; and Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra Scrapbooks.