Priests of Pallas bring about Autumn

PC-love bug.jpg

By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
Northeast News
October 2, 2013

In the late 1880s, Kansas City was awash with excitement that it, too, would soon have its own “harvest festival.” An up-and-coming group of Kansas Citians had just started what would last almost 40 years in its first incarnation; the Priests of Pallas festival was born.

The first year, a great parade was held, and President Grover Cleveland and his young bride attended the first Priests of Pallas festivities. From their place of honor on a second-floor balcony of the Coates House Hotel, they viewed magnificent floats accompanied by torch-bearing members of the Flambeau Club marching along Broadway. The theme changed annually after the first two years. The theme for 1887 and 1888 was “Grecian Myths.”

Souvenirs of every shape and size were created to commemorate the festival, including Private Mailing Cards, later to be known simply as postcards. This card is entitled “Love Bug” and is from 1910 when the Priests of Pallas theme was aerial transportation. In 1909, the theme was “A Trip to Mars.”

Hotels throughout the city were jammed for the week-long celebration. The festival died out in the early 1920s for lack of interest. Kansas City’s wide-open style at the time meant a festival in the nature of Priests of Pallas could be found in most every speakeasy throughout the city. A civic group attempted a resurrection of the festival in 1928, but it didn’t garner the interest it once had. This card from the 1910 collection of 15 cards has never been mailed. It is said that the 1910 set of cards is the rarest of the “P.O.P” postcard sets.

Comments are closed.

  • ‘One of the greatest playgrounds in America’

    April 26th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News The description inside this vintage 1930s Curt Teich linen postcard folder of the Lake of the Ozarks reads, “Lake of the Ozarks is formed by a huge dam


    Those were some postcards! (And that’s no exaggeration)

    April 19th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News William H. “Dad” Martin of Ottawa, Kan., is considered to be the father of the exaggerated postcard.


    We all went fishin’ with Harold

    April 12th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News “Gone fishin, instead of just a wishin.” Those once-obscure lyrics became Harold Easley’s theme song as he ventured weekly to various outdoor spots throughout the world to spotlight


    Sharp Building stood downtown

    April 5th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News This week’s postcard, published by the South West News Company of Kansas City, Mo., features a Real Photo postcard view of the Sharp Building on Petticoat Lane.


    Union Station image adorned with swastikas didn’t symbolize Nazis

    March 29th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News This week we feature a souvenir postcard published by long-time postcard publisher Max Bernstein in 1921.


  • Come on, ride this train

    March 22nd, 2016
    by

    Northeast News This week’s postcard collage shows the Kansas City Southern Lines Southern Belle – Sweetheart of American Trains.


    Sweet sound of St. Pat’s

    March 15th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News Postcards such as the one above have long been used to convey greetings to friends and relatives afar. The man who became St.


    Whizzo the clown, that’s who

    March 9th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News “Who’s always smiling, never sad? It’s Whizzo!/ Who makes the boys and girls so glad, Whizzo./ He’s a merry fellow with a big red shiny nose,/ dressed in


    West Terrace one of Kessler’s first works

    March 1st, 2016
    by

    Northeast News West Terrace Park was one of Kansas City’s first parks originally proposed by Landscape Architect George Kessler in his plan to develop a “city within a park” in


    Corby legend lives on in St. Joseph

    February 24th, 2016
    by

    Northeast News When John Corby passed through the trading post area of Joseph Robidoux on the Missouri River in 1843, he noted that the location would be an excellent place


  • Local Weather

  • What’s Happening

    Community earns plaudits at Independence and Benton groundbreaking

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News May 2, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Kansas City stakeholders and local dignitaries alike wore […]

    Sons and Daughters of Columbus host dinner on May 1

    Northeast News May 1, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – On Sunday, May 1, the American Sons and Daughters of Columbus […]

    Children’s Day Celebration at 9th and Van Brunt

    Northeast News April 30, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Area residents flocked to the 9th and Van Brunt athletics fields […]