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Rare postcards show city's early growth

Posted April 15, 2014 at 11:00 pm

By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
Northeast News
April 16, 2014

This panoramic post card of downtown Kansas City, MO. looking east from Broadway, was copyrighted by G.H. Otto in 1899, just a year after picture post cards became legal for personal use.

Strict postal regulations had formerly prevented the issue of private postcards to protect the sales of government cards, legalized in 1873. An act of Congress on May 4, 1898, legalized the use of personal post cards and allowed the same message privileges and rates as the government ones. They were to be approximately the same size, quality and weight and were to be inscribed “Private Mailing Card.”

Otto’s cards were labeled “Greetings From Kansas City.” They were artist’s sketches lithographed in black and white with red highlights on

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    Missouri’s Home-State Railroad

    Posted May 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    May 29, 2013

     

     

    Published by the Missouri Pacific & Iron Mountain Railroad by Buxton & Skinner Litho, St. Louis. This promotional postcard bears the heading: “The Missouri Pacific between St. Louis, Kansas City and Colorado, the Highway

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    Martin king of exaggerated postcards

    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    May 22, 2013

     

     

     

    William H. “Dad” Martin of Ottawa, Kan., is considered to be the father of the exaggerated postcard. Some of his better work featured huge ears of corn, giant apples and peaches, stalks of

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    Lake Hiwassee now a distant memory

    Posted May 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm

     

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    May 15, 2013

    The great Kansas City real estate developer J.C. Nichols is not known to blunder often, especially in matters of real estate. His two man-made lakes in the Country Club District lends

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    “Great” Pepper Building fire

    Posted May 7, 2013 at 11:00 pm

     

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    May 1, 2013

    Wednesday, May 7, a regular day: The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4, the Chicago Cubs beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, Tommy Burns beat Jack O’Brien in 20 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title,

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    Airport makes way for B.O.P. plant

    Posted April 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    May 1, 2013

    This 1942 Max Bernstein linen postcard depicts the Aircraft Assembly Plant, Fairfax Industrial District, Kansas City, Kan.

    Sent on Feb. 11, 1942, to Mr. Jack Reddan, 3369 Grand Ave., Omaha, Neb., the message reads, “Dear

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