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Old Photos: Cruising Downtown Kansas City With Ike

Someone pointed out that finding these photos is not that hard, anyone can go the Life photo archives, try different keywords and voilà. Why do you think I keep posting them?

These photos were taken when the future President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited Kansas City in 1952. During the visit his cortege rode through the city encountering an outpouring of support, as well as a protest. The photographs reflect the look of downtown, full of life and commerce and windows that were actually made to be opened.

I realize most of these photos look alike, but each iteration shows slightly different store signs and window displays.

In Kansas City picketed general as he rode through the city.They refused to tell reporters whether they were paid or not.© Time Inc. Joe Scherschel

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©Time Inc. Joe Scherschel

©Time Inc. Joe Scherschel

©Time Inc. Joe Scherschel

©Time Inc. Joe Scherschel

Bonus: Prehistoric teleprompter.

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