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Majestic hours once lived on Armour Blvd

Posted October 14, 2014 at 11:00 pm

This postcard published by the Elite Postcard Company of Kansas City doubles as an advertising postcard for the Jenkins Music Company, also of Kansas City.

The view on the front shows the stately mansions of The Paseo looking north from the intersection of Armour Boulevard, formerly known as Commonwealth Avenue. Like most postcards of that era, it was hand-painted and lithographed in Leipzig, Germany because of the Germans' superior printing and lithographing abilities at the time.

On the back is an advertisement for the Jenkins Music Company, located at 1013 Walnut Ave., showing Victor Talking machines and the trademark “Nipper” logo. Jenkins Music Company was founded in 1878 as J. W. Jenkins & Sons by John Woodward Jenkins. Jenkins' stores grew exponentially throughout

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    Parade's a downtown tradition

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    October 8, 2014

    This week’s historic postcard is a Real Photo postcard that shows a shot of the Shrine Parade in Kansas City in 1924.

    No publisher’s information exists on the card, and there is no written message on its reverse. Huge crowds gathered to watch the spectacle as it proceeded down Baltimore Avenue. Shown here are the Shriners passing in front of the Orpheum Theater between 12th and 13th Streets. Huge banners were hung from guy-wires above downtown

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    It’s American Royal time again!

    By Michael Bushnell
    Northeast News
    October 1, 2014

    About two years after the opening of the “new” Hannibal Bridge over the Missouri River, Kansas City’s first Livestock Exchange building was constructed.

    But prior to that time, the Stockyards were essentially large stock pens on five acres of open land on the East bank of the Kansas River about where 12th street would cross if it went through. The stock was watered at the river for convenience. At that time, a market was established here

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    Oldsmobile Rhythmic ride!

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    September 24, 2014

    This marketing postcard was produced by the Oldsmobile Motor Company for Kansas City Motor Company located at 17th and McGee.

    It was mailed to Miss Marian L. Carr of 4201 Holmes St. here in town. The card proclaimed all the benefits of driving a new Olds “60″ sedan: “The Olds ’60′ sedan shown here… featuring Oldsmobile’s Rhythmic Ride, based on Quadri-Coil Springing with 4-Way Stabilization and Knee Action Wheels… can be delivered to you for as little

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    Brush Creek synonymous with Plaza living

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    September 17, 2014

    This Kodachrome postcard published in the late 1950s shows the numerous apartment buildings built on the south side of Brush Creek near the Country Club Plaza. The bridge shown in the card was deemed obsolete following the tragic flood of 1977, which killed 25 people and caused over $100 million in damages to businesses along the banks of the normally placid creek.

    A new bridge was erected in 1980-81 that allowed for a more freely flowing

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    Grand Old Opera house

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    September 10, 2014

    The Grand Opera House located at Seventh and Walnut is this week’s historic postcard, made in Germany and a wonderful example of a hand-colored card of the day.

    The message on the back is barely legible in spots but can still be made out. It reads: “Dear Gunnild, How are you? We are fine and dandy. Thank you for the nice postal cards you sent me. You must come over Sunday, ask your mother if you

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    Living Flag

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    September 3, 2014

    This extremely rare, hand-colored postcard depicts the Living Flag presentation done under the auspices of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) at the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Reunion in Fairmount Park on Aug. 31, 1916. The WCTU was, and still is, a tradition based group that is headquartered in Evanston, Ill. Founded in 1874 by a group of concerned women who campaigned heavily against the ravages of alcohol in society, they picketed local saloons in New York and Ohio and petitioned

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    The American factory circa 1909

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    August 27, 2014

    This week we honor the American worker with a glimpse inside the old Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company in the West Bottoms area of Kansas City, Mo.

    This advertising postcard, number five in a series of 30 views inside the Loose-Wiles Biscuit factory, shows a plant worker standing next to one of the Sweet Cake Machines. The card was sent to the store of Mr. H. A. Hale in Wheaton, Kan. The message on the reverse side of

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    Sweeney Army Motor Mechanics School

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    August 20, 2014

    With school days on the horizon and the summer break drawing to a close, we take a look at an early vocational technical training school in old Kansas City, Mo.

    Sweeney’s Army Motor Mechanics School is shown on this Real Photo postcard dated Aug. 18, 1918. The school was housed in the Willys-Overland building located on 25th Street, between Grand Boulevard and McGee Street. The building was built in 1918 and actually housed a military detachment during

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    TWA Star Stream: the luxury standard

    By Michael Bushnell
    Northeast News

    Trans World Airlines launched its first jet service on Jan. 25, 1959, between New York-Idlewild and San Fransisco.

    The route was chosen by TWA’s then President Howard Hughes to compete with American Airlines new jet service between New York-Idlewild and Los Angeles. Hughes pushed TWA’s finances to the limit to enter the jet age by ordering eight new Boeing 707-120′s in February 1956. TWA dubbed the new jet service “Star Stream” and even gave it its own set

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