Old Photos: Independence Missouri

This weekend’s old photo posts are dedicated to the Midtown Miscreant’s new hometown. This is how it looked back in 1945.

A welcoming sign to Independence Missouri, attracts tourists by advertising the towns significance with Harry S. Truman.

A welcoming sign to Independence Missouri, attracts tourists by advertising the towns significance with Harry S. Truman. ©Time Inc.Alfred Eisenstaedt

Street scene (from photo essay re Harry Truman's Missouri).

Street scene (from photo essay re Harry Truman's Missouri).©Time Inc.Alfred Eisenstaedt

Street scene (from photo essay re Harry Truman's Missouri).

Street scene (from photo essay re Harry Truman's Missouri).©Time Inc.Alfred Eisenstaedt

Grandview Baptist Church about a mile from the Truman family farm (from photo essay re Harry Trumans Missouri).

Grandview Baptist Church about a mile from the Truman family farm (from photo essay re Harry Trumans Missouri).©Time Inc.Alfred Eisenstaedt

Grandview Baptist Church about a mile from the Truman family farm (from photo essay re Harry Truman's Missouri).

Grandview Baptist Church about a mile from the Truman family farm (from photo essay re Harry Truman's Missouri).©Time Inc.Alfred Eisenstaedt

Everett Earp and his father Walter have both been local peace officers for fifty years (from photo essay re Harry Truman's Missouri).

Everett Earp and his father Walter have both been local peace officers for fifty years (Lamar, MO).©Time Inc.Alfred Eisenstaedt

Grave of blacksmith Samuel Weston who died in1846 is marked by iron ox-cart tail resting on two plowshares from his shop (from photo essay re Harry Truman's Missouri).

Grave of blacksmith Samuel Weston who died in1846 is marked by iron ox-cart tail resting on two plowshares from his shop (from photo essay re Harry Truman's Missouri).©Time Inc.Alfred Eisenstaedt

Confederate monument with Stars and Bars dedicated to the memory of the soldiers of the Confederacy, in Woodlawn Cemetery (from photo essay re Harry Truman's Missouri).

Confederate monument with Stars and Bars dedicated to the memory of the soldiers of the Confederacy, in Woodlawn Cemetery (from photo essay re Harry Truman's Missouri).©Time Inc.Alfred Eisenstaedt

And lastly,this is what MM would have looked like while blogging in 1945:

Lawyer Sam Van Poll in his office (Lamar, MO).

Lawyer Sam Van Poll in his office (Lamar, MO).©Time Inc.Alfred Eisenstaedt

Harry Truman’s Missouri.

  • Absolutely great! You gotta love those cars.

  • I travel for JOOLS

    I kept thinking you’d show how same streets look today.

  • I am not that familiar with Independence to know what streets these are and it’s a 40 minute drive to take the “now” photos. I have more of the old ones like Truman’s daughter’s wedding and more.

  • If it had been up to me, the cars would never have been crushed, but taken to the country for future parts and as reminders of the past. Great collection.

  • Bill

    Those street scenes don’t look like Independence.

    • These photos are tagged this way by the Life Magazine. If you click on each photo, they are linked to the Life Archives where you can see the original verbiage. Other than that I didn’t go to Independence to verify if they are correct. If you know where it is, you can let me know and I’ll get this corrected. Thanks.

    • Bob Stewart

      Boy, you must not know Independence… These views take me right back to the good old Square… the cornerstone to life in that town in the ’40’s, 50’s, 60’s!