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AT & SF Railway brake club

AT & SF Railway brake club
Date: between 1910 and 1930
A wooden brake club was used to turn the brake wheel of a rail car with ease. This club was part of the Charles "Bud" Goebel collection, which was displayed at the Burlingame Santa Fe depot from 1963 until its donation to the Kansas Museum of History in 1981.


AT & SF Railway locomotive model

AT & SF Railway locomotive model
Creator: R. J. Schwab & Sons Company
Date: between 1900 and 1930
Iron model used to teach prospective engineers the operation of a steam locomotive. This was used in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Shops at Dodge City, Kansas. The model was later collected by Charles "Bud" Goebel, whose collection was house at the Santa Fe depot at Burlingame, Kansas from 1963 to 1981, at which time it was donated to the Kansas Museum of History.


AT & SF boilermakers inspection hammer

AT & SF boilermakers inspection hammer
Date: between 1935 and 1955
A boilermakers inspection hammer, with a steel head and wooden handle, used on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.


AT & SF packing tool

AT & SF packing tool
Date: between 1944 and 1964
Iron rod used on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on the Cyrus K. Holliday Locomotive #1 (restored ATSF #132.) It was used for packing driving box cellars on the axles of the locomotive.


AT & SF waste bucket

AT & SF waste bucket
Date: between 1944 and 1964
Galvanized metal bucket used for waste oil by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on the Cyrus K. Holliday Locomotive #1 (Restored ATSF #132.)


Adam and Fred Thielen and friends in an automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

Adam and Fred Thielen and friends in an automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: May 7, 1911
View of four people seated in the open 1908 Reo automobile, and three people posed next to the auto, in Russell County, Kansas. The two men seated in the automobile may be Adam and Fred Thielen. One of the young women is seated on an American motorcycle. The Reo auto was noted as a 2 cylinder, chain drive car, with two seats in front and a small jump seat on the back.


A gathering at Jonathan Erickson's home, Russell County, Kansas

A gathering at Jonathan Erickson's home, Russell County, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: June 12, 1913
View of people gathered at Jonathan Erickson's home in Russell County, Kansas. Also visible are a carriage and many automobiles parked in the front yard, and a large group of people standing either on the porch or in the yard.


Albin Kasper Longren's photograph album

Albin Kasper Longren's photograph album
Date: 1912-1921
This photograph album documents a number of airplanes (biplanes)designed, built and flown by Albin Kasper Longren. He built and flew Topeka's first aircraft on September 2, 1911. At two different times, Longren tried to establish an airplane factory in Topeka, Kansas. His second factory was in an abandoned woolen mill in Oakland, a neighborhood in Topeka, Kansas. The album contains photographs of the exterior and interior of this factory and numerous views of planes and plane parts. Longren's planes were well received, but his business failed because he had difficulty manufacturing numbers of planes. There are two images of a plane parked at the entrance to Gage Park in Topeka. Longren did exhibition flying at county fairs and other events in the region under the name Longren Aviators Exhibition Flyers. The album also has images of biplanes at Coffeyville, Anthony, Stockton, and other locations in Kansas as well as at least one image taken in the following states: Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas. Longren built a plane the was purchased by Phillip Billard, a Topeka aviator, and there are images of this plane in the album.


Amelia Earhart and Laura Ingalls

Amelia Earhart and Laura Ingalls
Date: August 19, 1935
This photograph shows Amelia Earhart Putnam and Laura Houghtaling Ingalls, descending from a TWA "Sky Chief" airplane that stopped briefly at the municipal airport in Wichita, Kansas. The two female aviators were headed for Los Angeles, California.


Annual report : Kansas Good Roads Association

Annual report : Kansas Good Roads Association
Creator: Kansas Good Roads Association
Date: 1918
Kansas Good Roads promotional publication claiming that it has achieved 480 miles of 365-day roads financed in the first year and now has 1,000 miles in sight for 1918.


Aspirin wrapper

Aspirin wrapper
Date: between 1941 and 1945
Brown paper wrapper with the word "Aspirin" handwritten on one side. Colonel James C. Hughes acquired the aspirin while being held as a Japanese Prisoner of War during World War II. Born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, Hughes served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. During the latter conflict, he commanded a Philippine regiment (Filipino soldiers led by American officers), which surrendered in 1942 on the Bataan peninsula. Hughes spent the next 41 months in various Japanese P.O.W. camps. He was liberated by Russian forces at Camp Hoten, Manchuria, in 1945. Hughes died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's military train

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's military train
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: between 1939 and 1945
This black and white photograph shows cooks preparing meals for soldiers on an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's military train.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Skyway aircraft

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Skyway aircraft
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1948 and 1952
This black and white photograph shows the chief pilot's seat inside the cockpit of a Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe's reconverted DC-4. The plane was equipped with four Pratt & Whitney engines, each capable of generating 1450 horsepower at takeoff. Radio and flight equipment included automatic direction finder units, two-way high frequency communications and two-way very high frequency communications and two-way very high frequency transmission and receiving units, and auxiliary range receiver used in conjunction with a fixed loop antenna for antistatic purposes and a glide path and runway localizer receivers of high frequency.


Automobile in a grove of trees, Russell County, Kansas

Automobile in a grove of trees, Russell County, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: September 18, 1910
A stereograph view of three men seated in an open automobile parked in a grove of trees in Russell County, Kansas.


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.


Baby carriage

Baby carriage
Date: 1811
This baby carriage was made in 1811 for George Geiger from a design drawn by his father, John, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. John Geiger had been apprenticed to a carriage maker as a youth but was a merchant when his son was born. John designed the baby carriage in the style of early 19th century coaches, with a heavy body and a canvas-covered top. Most of the work was done by an carriage maker, but John made the wheels. George Geiger moved to Ohio in 1831, then to Kansas in 1867. He remained in the state until his death in 1885.


Bicycle

Bicycle
Creator: Montgomery Ward
Date: 1934
Large red steel bicycle with an aluminum basket on the front and a rack attached to the rear. This is a Montgomery Ward Hawthorne bicycle purchased by Hiram Dickson in 1934 for $34. Dickson raised the money from the sale of pigs he had raised for 4-H projects. He used the bicycle to ride to the Admire High School in Kansas. Dickson later married and moved his family to Topeka where his two sons used the bicycle to deliver the Topeka Journal in 1954. Welding on the pedals was done at the Admire Blacksmith Shop.


Bishop car-coupler

Bishop car-coupler
Creator: M. M. Buck & Company
Date: between 1881 and 1884
The Bishop Car-Coupler was a special steel blade with a wood handle used by railroad brakemen and switchmen for coupling and uncoupling cars with particular couplers. The original patent for this device was obtained by Goodwin O. Bishop of Hannibal, Mo. On December 6, 1881. J.B. Sheehan used this one while he worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1884.


Boeing B-47 Stratojet

Boeing B-47 Stratojet
Date: Unknown
A view of a B-47 Stratojet subsonic jet bomber built by the Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas.


Bottle of turkey red wheat

Bottle of turkey red wheat
Date: 1974
Glass bottle containing turkey red variety of wheat seed. Charles Goebbel, of Burlingame, Kansas, purchased this bottle in 1974. That year residents of Goessel, Kansas, sold these bottles to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the introduction of turkey red wheat in Kansas. According to legend, German Mennonites emigrating from Russia first planted hard winter wheat in Goessell in 1874. Turkey red proved highly adaptable to the Kansas climate and provided greater yields than any previous variety.


Box part

Box part
Date: between 1942 and 1945
Part of a cardboard box that once held rations sent by the American Red Cross to Prisoners of War. Colonel James C. Hughes acquired this ration box while being held as a Prisoner of War (POW) by the Japanese during World War II. Born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, Hughes served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. In 1942, he was captured by the Japanese on the Bataan peninsula and spent the next 41 months in various Japanese POW camps. He was liberated by Russian forces at Camp Hoten, Manchuria, in 1945. Hughes died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Brown's Garage, Dorrance, Kansas

Brown's Garage, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: August 29, 1911
View of three men in the Brown Garage in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas. One man is leaning against a work bench, another is seated on an Indian motorcycle, and a third is seated in an open convertible automobile.


Buffalo hunter's home, Sheridan, Kansas

Buffalo hunter's home, Sheridan, Kansas
Creator: Benecke, R.
Date: 1870
This is a photograph of a buffalo hunter's home on the Kansas Pacific Railway, Sheridan, Kansas. It is part of Benecke's series "On The Kansas Pacific Railway."


Buick automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

Buick automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: September 8, 1910
View of a Buick coupe automobile parked on a street in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas. Also visible are houses, barns, windmills, a church and steeple, and stone post and wire fences along the city street.


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.


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