Old Photos: Kansas City 1945

Life Magazine photographer Hans Wild traveled through Kansas City in 1945, while collecting materials for the article about the Missouri Valley. These images didn’t get published.

Busy area surrounding a memorial building. © Time Inc.Hans Wild

People in waiting room at Union Station.© Time Inc.Hans Wild

People patronizing busy downtown area.© Time Inc.Hans Wild

Aerial view of industrial area surrounding the railroad tracks.© Time Inc.Hans Wild

Aerial view of the city from atop a hotel building.© Time Inc.Hans Wild

The wharf at Kansas City, a pumping plant of an electric company in the right foreground.© Time Inc.Hans Wild

Only a few cattle are utilizing the virtually empty stockyards.© Time Inc.Hans Wild

Sign on window advertising prices for various liquors.© Time Inc.Hans Wild

Sign on window advertising drinks and patriotism.© Time Inc.Hans Wild

Judge James W. Broaddus holding a court session.© Time Inc.Hans Wild

Sign on window advertising drinks and dancing.© Time Inc.Hans Wild

Sign on window advertising a variety of services available.© Time Inc.Hans Wild

People attending a shriner's picnic.© Time Inc.Hans Wild

Bonus: An advertisement for the Fred Harvey Restaurants published in 1945 featuring the Union Station.

Few of these images were previously used in my post about window shopping.