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A. D. Birch listening to a radio in Topeka, Kansas

A. D. Birch listening to a radio in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: King, Ernest V., 1874-1964
Date: Between 1925 and 1929
This photograph shows the A. D. Birch family and friends listening to a radio. Birch lived at 1109 Van Buren in Topeka, Kansas.


"A Movie" of the Story of Paw and Maw

"A Movie" of the Story of Paw and Maw
Creator: Brinkley, John Richard, 1885-1942
Date: 1939
The Story of Paw and Maw: "A Movie" is an illustration copied from Dr. Brinkley's Doctor Book. Dr. John R. Brinkley was an unothodox medical doctor and a pioneer in using the radio to publicize his views. This illustration refers to XERA, a radio station in Villa Acuna, Mexico.


After twenty-one years:  the success story of Dr. John R. Brinkley

After twenty-one years: the success story of Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Brinkley Hospitals
Date: 1930s
This booklet was published by the Brinkley Hospitals of Little Rock, Arkansas. Brinkley moved his hospital operations to Little Rock from Milford, Kansas, after his Kansas medical license was revoked. He changed the name of his radio station to XERA and it was located in Villa Acuna, Mexico, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas, where the Brinkley's had a home. The pamphlet is a revised version of an earlier Brinkley hospital publication titled Your Health (Kansas Memory item 210693). It includes illustrations to accompany the medical information.


Allen County fair exhibits, Allen County, Kansas

Allen County fair exhibits, Allen County, Kansas
Date: 1925
Here are several photographs of exhibits at the 1925 Allen County fair. Exhibits are for a music company, the Iola Creamery, Northrup Lumber Company, Krannich Battery Service (radios), Paul Klein, Lumber, and one unidentified business showing pianos and phonograph record players.


Amateur radio station KQWIA, Topeka, Kansas

Amateur radio station KQWIA, Topeka, Kansas
Date: November 1959
Ken Dugan and Dean Page, adjunctive therapists, are shown in front of the control board of KQWIA, an amateur radio station built and operated by patients of the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.


Arthur Capper

Arthur Capper
Date: 1945-1950
This photograph shows U.S. Senator Arthur Capper in front of a microphone with a script on the table near the end of his term as Senator which he held from 1919 to 1949 after being Kansas Governor from 1915 to 1919.


Arthur Capper broadcasting over Columbia Broadcasting System

Arthur Capper broadcasting over Columbia Broadcasting System
Creator: Harris & Ewing
Date: December 13, 1930
An informal portrait of Kansas Senator Arthur Capper, 1865-1951, broadcasting over Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) radio during a Grid Iron Dinner at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. Capper, a native of Garnett, Kansas, served Kansas as Governor, 1915-1919, and as U. S. Senator, 1919-1949.


Arthur Capper delivering an address on tuberculosis

Arthur Capper delivering an address on tuberculosis
Creator: Underwood & Underwood
Date: June 24, 1930
View of Kansas Senator Arthur Capper at a WMAL Radio microphone delivering an opening address in the world-wide campaign to stamp out tuberculosis. Doris Mead Gasque is standing behind him dressed in a white robe with red cross. Capper, 1865-1951, a native of Garnett, Kansas, served Kansas as Governor, 1915-1919, and U. S. Senator, 1919-1949.


A tribute to Dr. John R. Brinkley

A tribute to Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Parmer, David
Date: Between 1936 and 1937
As the title indicates, David Parmer wrote this item about Dr. John R. Brinkley. Mr. Parmer lived in Columbus, Georgia. In 1933, Parmer had traveled to Villa Acuna, Doahuilla, Mexico, to introduce some entertainers on Brinkley's radio station XERA. Shortly after he returned to Georgia, Parmer's mother died. Mr. Parmer wites that he composed the tribute to Dr. Brinkley because this man whom he had just met sent condolences and flowers to Mr. Parmer. Parmer refers to Brinkley as a "noble man." The contents of this booklet were delivered on XERA by Mr. Parmer on February 2, 1936.


Brinkley radio station and hospital, Milford, Kansas

Brinkley radio station and hospital, Milford, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
This photograph shows Dr. John R. Brinkley's radio station, KFKB, and hospital in Milford, Kansas.


Building John R. Brinkley's radio tower, Villa Acuna, Mexico

Building John R. Brinkley's radio tower, Villa Acuna, Mexico
Date: Between 1935 and 1936
Men building the tower for John R. Brinkley's XERA radio station in Villa Acuna, Mexico. After losing his medical license and radio station in Milford, Kansas, Brinkley shifted his headquarters of operation to Del Rio, Texas, and built radio station XERA just over the border in Villa Acuna, Mexico.


Colored directory:  information, history, facts, also buyer's guide of the best business places appreciating your patronage

Colored directory: information, history, facts, also buyer's guide of the best business places appreciating your patronage
Date: April 1928
This directory primarily deals with African Americans living in Topeka, Kansas, but it also contains listing for Alma, Burlingame, Council Grove, Dunlap, Eskridge, Osage City, Oskaloosa, Paxico, Perry and rural Shawnee County. Listings of the residents of the smaller communities include name and occupation. The address is included only if it is rural with the RFD numbers. The listings for Topeka include name, occupation or place of employment, and home address. The Topeka portion includes a listing of churches with some sketches, colored schools, lodges, biographical sketches of some community members, article about the police and fire departments, the Kansas Vocational School in Topeka, and "Some Topeka Institutions" (African American organizations and businesses). The publication includes a listing of call letters for radio stations, driving distances in Kansas, and railroad rates from Topeka to various locations for the railroad lines through Topeka. The directory also includes a number of advertisements.


Cowboy hat

Cowboy hat
Creator: John B. Stetson Hat Company
Date: between 1935 and 1950
Beige wool felt Stetson cowboy hat. Belonged to Roy Faulkner (1911-1981), the "Lonesome Cowboy." He sang and played guitar, violin, musical saw, and harmonica on radio stations throughout the Midwest, including WIBW in Topeka. Faulkner also worked at KFKB in Milford, Kansas, a station owned by John R. Brinkley, the infamous "Goat Gland Doctor." In addition to radio performances, Faulkner also toured the U.S. with the Purple Sage Riders (not Gene Autry's Riders of the Purple Sage). He retired from show business in 1950, at which time he retired to Topeka. Purchaed in Denver at the Stockman-Farmer Supply Company, a business where Faulkner occasionally performed.


Delma Fraser, Santa Fe Chief Courier Nurse

Delma Fraser, Santa Fe Chief Courier Nurse
Creator: KASTAN
Date: Between 1940 and 1949
These two black and white photographs show Santa Fe courier nurse Delma Fraser and radio personality Uncle Don from W.O.R. in New York City. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company assigned registered nurses, known as couriers, to their passenger trains from the 1930s to the 1960s to attend to the medical needs of passengers. During their cross country travels the nurses ,also, assisted with certain administrative duties and errands that required attention.


Dr. Brinkley's doctor book

Dr. Brinkley's doctor book
Creator: Brinkley Hospitals
Date: 1936
This booklet was published by the Brinkley Hospitals of Little Rock, Arkansas. Brinkley moved his hospital operations to Little Rock from Milford, Kansas, after his Kansas medical license was revoked. The cover of the booklet indicated that the Brinkley Hospitals are "for the treatment of enlarged and infected prostate glands, rectal and colonic diseases, varicose veins, hernia, or rupture." He changed the name of his radio station to XERA and it was located in Villa Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas, where the Brinkley's had a home. This volume claims that XERA is the most powerful radio station in the world. The pamphlet is a revised version of an earlier Brinkley hospital publication titled Your Health (Kansas Memory item 210693). It includes illustrations to accompany the medical information. There are some editing marks so this copy may have been used to plan a revision. It is an expansion of the information contained in "After Twenty One Years" (Kansas Memory item 213226).


Father Fox's broacasting station, Valley Falls, Kansas

Father Fox's broacasting station, Valley Falls, Kansas
Creator: Irwin, Dale
Date: Between 1931 and 1934
These two black and white photographs show the radio equipment used in Father Fox's broadcasting station in Valley Falls, Kansas.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, public radio

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, public radio
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to songs, singers and advertisements played on Kansas public radio. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Harmonica

Harmonica
Creator: M. Horner, Inc.
Date: between 1928 and 1935
Hohner Chromatic harmonica with box. Belonged to Roy Faulkner (1911-1981), the "Lonesome Cowboy." He sang and played guitar, violin, musical saw, and harmonica on radio stations throughout the Midwest, including WIBW in Topeka. Faulkner also worked at KFKB in Milford, Kansas, a station owned by John R. Brinkley, the infamous "Goat Gland Doctor." In addition to radio performances, Faulkner also toured the U.S. with the Purple Sage Riders (not Gene Autry's Riders of the Purple Sage). He retired from show business in 1950, at which time he retired to Topeka.


Harold Ensley

Harold Ensley
Date: Between 1960 and 1961
This is an autographed photograph of Harold Ensley, a radio and television personality best known for his television program The Sportsman's Friend. His innovative, nationally syndicated program was one of the first to feature fishing and hunting. It ran nonstop for 48 years. The photograph was taken as a promotional and advertising product for Ford dealers. There is a stamp on the back for Osage County Motors, Inc., 5th & Market Street, Osage City, Kansas.


John Brinkley's Sunday evening talk: beware of propaganda and the war in Europe

John Brinkley's Sunday evening talk: beware of propaganda and the war in Europe
Creator: Brinkley, John Richard, 1885-1942
Date: March 10, 1940
This is an audio recording of John Brinkley's Sunday evening radio broadcast from Little Rock, Arkansas. In part one he talks about his childhood in North Carolina, government propaganda and the war in Europe. Brinkley discusses the suffering inflicted by war and the moral courage it takes to denounce war. In part two Brinkley discusses the need for a wholesome environment and the importance of morals. Brinkley asks people to acquaint themselves with the truths of the Bible. He promotes Publicity Newspaper, a patriotic newspaper published by Mr. Garner, Wichita, Kansas. The newspaper reprinted Brinkley's Sunday Evening Talk program. Brinkley announces that he has discontinued his anti-war discussions since the nation was considering entering the war. At the end of the broadcast, he talks about medical issues and encourages people to come to the Brinkley Hospital in Little Rock.


John R. Brinkley

John R. Brinkley
Date: Between 1920 and 1930
John R. Brinkley participating in a ground breaking ceremony at Del Rio, Texas for a future radio station. Mrs. Minnie (John R.) Brinkley and son, Johnny Boy, are standing beside him.


John R. Brinkley correspondence and political material

John R. Brinkley correspondence and political material
Date: 1925-1976
Correspondence pertaining to John R. Brinkley. These letters contain information on Brinkley's political, medical, and business affairs. There are a number of letters dealing with his two radio stations, KFKB in Kansas and XERA in Mexico.


John R. Brinkley to Minnie Brinkley

John R. Brinkley to Minnie Brinkley
Creator: Brinkley, John Richard, 1885-1942
Date: May 6, 1942
A letter written by Dr. John R. Brinkley to his wife Minnie Brinkley on Mother's Day. He asks her to remember the good times, care for their son, and never falter when faced with persecution and disappointment. This letter was written from San Antonio, Texas where he later died of heart failure on May 26, 1942.


John R. Brinkley to Minnie Brinkley

John R. Brinkley to Minnie Brinkley
Creator: Brinkley, John Richard, 1885-1942
Date: July 21, 1941
A letter written by Dr. John R. Brinkley to Minnie Brinkley. It was written on stationery from the Hotel Bellerive in Kansas City, Missouri. In the letter, he writes about the razing of XERA radio tower and refers to it as "The Sunshine Station between the nations is gone". Also, Brinkley mentions KFKB his radio station in Milford, Kansas.


John R. Brinkley to Wallace Davis

John R. Brinkley to Wallace Davis
Creator: Brinkley, John Richard, 1885-1942
Date: January 10, 1942
A letter written by Dr. John R. Brinkley to Wallace Davis, attorney. In this letter to his attorney, Brinkley outlines the difficulties he and Minnie Brinkley are experiencing. He discusses the razing of XERA radio station, bankruptcy, his declining health, and the federal indictment.


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