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Automobile Club of Wichita Year Book

Automobile Club of Wichita Year Book
Creator: Automobile Club of Wichita, Kansas
Date: 1909-1910
The Automobile Club of Wichita published this year book for the years 1909-1910. Its content reflects that automobile travel was a recent introduction to the lives of Kansans. It includes advertisements from automobile dealers, garages, and other businesses in Wichita, Hutchinson, Newton, Winfield, El Dorado, Dodge City, Yates Center, Iola, Independence, Topeka, Emporia, Garden City, and Lawrence. It also lists the officers and board of directors of the club, its constitution and bylaws, the Kansas law regulation the use of automobiles, two Wichita ordinances (#2875 and 3002) related to the use of cars, and rules of the road. The bulk of the yearbook provides driving routes to and from various cities and towns in Kansas, as well as Colorado and Oklahoma. An index to the routes and maps is on pages 22-23. These driving routes include specific directions and include references to many small towns and local landmarks, etc. The yearbook also lists Wichita residents that own automobiles, their license numbers and the type of automobile they own. The booklet concludes with a list of members of the automobile club.


Automobile on country road, Russell County, Kansas

Automobile on country road, Russell County, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: September 18, 1910
One side of a stereograph showing three people in a car traveling along a country road in Russell County, Kansas. Also visible in the background are a house, a windmill, farm buildings, open fields, groves of trees, and a long bridge that may cross the Smoky Hill River.


Banyan, Palace Square, Hawaii - Giant Tree

Banyan, Palace Square, Hawaii - Giant Tree
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1921
Captain Hughes took this picture of an automobile under a large banyan tree in Palace Square, Lahaina, Hawaii. It appears that his family is in the automobile. After Captain Hughes' assignment at Motor Transport School, Camp Holabird, Maryland, he had applied for a position in the Regular Army. He was accepted in September 1920 and assigned to a post at Ft. Lewis, Washington as a Battery Commander of the 13th Field Artillery. In October he was transferred to the Battery Commander Headquarters for the 13th Field Artillery at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Hughes and wife, Mabel, along with the children moved to Hawaii and remained there until September of 1923. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


California and the expositions.  Yellowstone National Park.  How to go and what to see

California and the expositions. Yellowstone National Park. How to go and what to see
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: Between 1914 and 1915
This pamphlet is a Union Pacific Railroad promotional advertisement for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California, between February 20, 1915-December 04, 1915, including a travel excursion to Yellowstone National Park in the Rocky Mountains and other areas of interest.


California calls you

California calls you
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1920s
This Union Pacific Railroad Company promotional advertisement describes the beauty and tourism features of California.


Centennial, 1776-1876:  Declaration of Principles

Centennial, 1776-1876: Declaration of Principles
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: 1876
This Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company advertisement promotes the railroad line in the context of the centennial celebration of the establishment of the United States. The poster's language mimics the Declaration of Independence.


Charlotte Hopper driving a Ford automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

Charlotte Hopper driving a Ford automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: June 7, 1913
Charlotte Hopper is in the driver's seat of a Ford convertible automobile in Dorrance, Kansas. Four people are seated in the automobile, and two young boys are shown seated upon its left front fender and left running board.


Colorado for the tourist

Colorado for the tourist
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1920s
This Union Pacific Railroad Company promotional advertisement describes the beautiful scenery provided to the tourist in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.


Colorado, its resorts and attractions to the pleasure-seeker, tourist and invalid

Colorado, its resorts and attractions to the pleasure-seeker, tourist and invalid
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: Reprinted 1873 (Original 1870)
This promotional pamphlet produced by the Kansas Pacific Railway promotes Colorado tourism and highlights resorts and attractions along the company's Colorado rail transportation line.


Compliments of the Great Rock Island Route

Compliments of the Great Rock Island Route
Creator: Rock Island Railroad Company
Date: 1890
This is a Rock Island Railroad promotional advertisement in the form of a monthly calendar detailing the various major routes of the line. The first image shows a photographic transparency of the poster taken in the 1960s when the poster was still in good condition. The second image shows a recent scan of the original poster and the resulting deterioration over the last forty years.


Dennis Kindsvator interview, Kinsley, Kansas

Dennis Kindsvator interview, Kinsley, Kansas
Creator: Kindsvater, Dennis Stinson
Date: March 03, 2011
This transcript of an interview with Dennis Kindsvater is part of an oral history project entitled "Patterns of Change, Edwards County, Kansas 1950-1970" conducted by the Kinsley Public Library. The project was supported by a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant. Kindsvator talks of his family, education, and his memories of the Edwards County community.


E. S. Hopper driving a Ford automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

E. S. Hopper driving a Ford automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: May 30, 1913
View of E. S. Hopper driving a Ford automobile decorated with U. S. flags, Dorrance, Kan. There are three people in the automobile, three children standing on the running board, and a woman standing next to the automobile.


Enoch Graf, Dorrance, Kansas

Enoch Graf, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: November 3, 1910
View of Enoch Graf, the driver, and an unidentified man seated in a coupe convertible automobile parked in front of Lindenmeyers General Merchandise store in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas. Also visible are men standing on the sidewalk, business advertisements, several horse-drawn wagons, and a man seated on a wagon at the right side of the photograph.


F. W. Jordan and Leo Sterns in an automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

F. W. Jordan and Leo Sterns in an automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: November 7, 1911
View of F. W. Jordan and Leo Sterns seated in a convertible automobile parked in front of Weber & Peirano's vehicles and implements store in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas. Also visible are a large wood-framed barn with advertisements for John Deere and Sharples Cream Separators, two saw horses to the right of the Weber & Peirano store, and a grain elevator in the distance.


Family camping, Uniontown, Kansas

Family camping, Uniontown, Kansas
Date: Between 1880s and 1890s
This black and white photograph shows a family in a covered wagon with the caption "We are camping near Uniontown, Kansas". In the background a tent has been pitched for camping.


Family camping, Uniontown, Kansas

Family camping, Uniontown, Kansas
Date: April 12, 1914
This black and white photograph shows a family in front of their tent during a camping trip, near Uniontown, Kansas.


Family picnic, Gray County, Kansas

Family picnic, Gray County, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1910
This photograph shows a family picnicking while on a camping trip, Gray County, Kansas. Several jars of canned foods are visible on the table. Tents are visible in the background as well.


First steam plow in Garden City, Finney County, Kansas

First steam plow in Garden City, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: 1892
The photograph shows a group of people around the first steam plow in Garden City, Finney County, Kansas. Also in the background of the photograph there are some tents, buggies, wagons, and a horse.


Fishing in Colorado and Wyoming

Fishing in Colorado and Wyoming
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1912
This Union Pacific Railroad Company promotional advertisement describes the beautiful and rustic scenery enjoyed in camp life and fishing as experienced in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Wyoming.


Fred Major and family in automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

Fred Major and family in automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: September 21, 1910
An informal portrait of Fred Major, his wife, and their two young daughters seated in their convertible automobile in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas. Also visible in the background are a windmill, farmhouse, and a stone post and wire fence.


Fred Major and family in automobile, Russell County, Kansas

Fred Major and family in automobile, Russell County, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: September 21, 1910
View of Fred Major, his wife, and two young daughters seated in a large convertible automobile near Dorrance in Russell County, Kansas. Also visible are utility poles and farm buildings in the background.


From the river to the mountains via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad

From the river to the mountains via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
Date: 1876
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad promotional advertisement encouraging travel on its western line to the Rocky Mountains from the east. Includes timetable and illustrations by Topeka artist Henry Worrall.


G. P. Thielen and his automobile, Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas

G. P. Thielen and his automobile, Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: June 12, 1910
View of G. P. Thielen and four unidentified people seated in a Reo automobile, Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas.


G. P. Thielen seated in his Reo automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

G. P. Thielen seated in his Reo automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: June 5, 1910
An informal portrait of G. P. Thielen seated in his large Reo convertible automobile on a street in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas.


Glidden auto tour, Dorrance, Kansas

Glidden auto tour, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: July 29, 1909
View of three automobiles, the first of which is identified as number 52, competing in a Glidden auto tour, on a street in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas. The Glidden auto tours were timed, long distance road rallies organized from 1902-1913 throughout the United States by the American Automobile Association (AAA) as a means of encouraging automotive travel and the development of safe roads. Also visible in the photograph are spectators, horse-drawn wagons and a carriage in front of Lindenmeyer's General Merchandise store, utility poles and power lines, windmills, and the buildings and businesses along the city street.


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