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Oldsmobile Rhythmic ride!

Posted September 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm

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 as $923.75.” (“Coupe $850.00″ is handwritten in below) “Before you buy any car, be sure you drive this sensational new low priced Olds.” “Mr. Douglas – HA [Harrison]-2277″ is written below the KC Motor Co.’s address.

Knee-Action Wheels are a specific type of automotive

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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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    Larrapin Lou and the Babe

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    August 6, 2014

    George Herman “Babe” Ruth and “Larrapin” Lou Gehrig played in a barnstorming game on Oct. 15, 1927, at Muehlebach Field, Kansas City, Mo., to benefit Mercy Hospital.

    The promotional card shows both Gehrig and Ruth donating a new electric refrigerator with a “monitor top” to officials at Mercy Hospital.

    After the Yankees’ 1926 World Series win over the Cardinals, Ruth and Gehrig traveled as “Bustin Babes” and “Larrupin Lou’s” in

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    Horse Shoe Bend a thing of beauty

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    July 30, 2014

    This historic postcard was published by the South West News Company of Kansas City, Mo., and shows what was then referred to as “Horse Shoe Bend” on beautiful Cliff Drive.

    The card was mailed to Miss Alice Bursley of New Orleans, La. on January 23, 1907. Cliff Drive has long been known for its natural beauty and rugged splendor, limestone bluffs overlooking the East Bottoms. In 2000, Cliff Drive, which was designed by early Parks Architect

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    All aboard for railroad's Golden Age

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    July 23, 2014

    The old Union Depot went out with a wild party in the fall of 1914, when the new Union Station on Pershing Road opened for business.

    The heyday of Union Avenue had come to a close; the old depot built in the late 1870s had seen its last flood and its last train. After the great floods of 1903 and 1908 that had inundated the depot in close to 10 feet of water each time, city

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