Old Photos: More From 1938 Kansas City

Continuing from my previous post, more photos of 1938 Kansas City made by William Vandivert. Most or all of these are previously unpublished; I could not find a corresponding issue of the Life Magazine from 1938. At the end of the post there are a few vintage burlesque show photos, they are hardly NSFW but be careful scrolling all the way to the bottom if someone is looking over your shoulder.

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

“If sin continues to flourish in our City, what then!”

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

© Time Inc. William Vandivert

  • Melaniemonty

    More great pics of the hometown! Thank you!

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/tacit.kc tacitus

    The last few photos are topless — were these actually published in the Life magazine, I wonder?

    Also, great picture of the stockyards – I have early memories of driving to Kansas City to sell livestock there.

    • http://kcmeesha.com kcmeesha

      I highly doubt topless photos were published in the 1930’s. As a matter of fact I searched the actual Life Magazine archives for 1938 on Google Books and didn’t find any articles using these. The only article with photos by the same author was a story about cockfighting in KC. However, these are not the only topless photos from the Life Photo Archives – I posted some before http://www.kcmeesha.com/2009/04/04/art-and-me-may-be-nsfw-only-if-your-employer-hates-art

      • http://www.google.com/profiles/tacit.kc tacitus

        Aah, nice catch. You probably already know this, but the WPA commissioned photographers to document American life during this time period (Depression through WW-II). There are rural photos from the area, as well as Kansas City.

        http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/fsaallquery.html

        • http://kcmeesha.com kcmeesha

          What makes the Life photos different is their resolution and level of visible detail. All the photos on my blog are about 60% of the original, you can click on each photo for even larger size. All the other sources provide smaller photos and not as easy to link. Hopefully they won’t change their mind about providing the access to the archives.

          • http://www.google.com/profiles/tacit.kc tacitus

            This is true; the pictures available on the library of congress site are pretty low res. I think I understand why: if you download the tiff source, the tiff header data shows it was created back in 1995 (when scanner technology wasn’t so great). However, if the negatives are still available, they could be scanned in at 8-12 megapixels (again, depending on what film was used).

          • Anonymous

            Tacitus, that is precisely the reason the LoC photos are so low-res. They were so early in the digitization game that standards were very low, compared to today. Their more recent projects are much better, they probably scan 2 or 3 times the resolution of American Memory.

    • gnatelee

      It is odd that the women in the picture are not only topless, I couldn’t see any clothes, whatsoever on them.
      I would surely like to know, while viewing these photos, the location and a bit of description on each photo. I grew up here and am now 60 years old. I am on a quest to find pictures of Old Leawood homes. What the neighborhood looked like in 1938 which is the year our home was built, and what it looked like in the early 1960’s. Thank you for all of the archived pictures that you are able to share with the public. Our house was located at 8100 High Drive, Leawood, KS

  • Anonymous

    Photo #7 was taken looking east along 14th street between Charlotte and Campbell. This is now part of the I-70 / 670 interchange.

  • http://www.evrtstudio.com/ Brian Everett

    These are great, thanks for sharing. This made me start digging through Library of Congress images and I found this gem: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/pan.6a28119/

    • http://kcmeesha.com kcmeesha

      I think I saw a photo like this inside the Link between the Union Station and the Crown Center. Pretty nice panorama.