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$190,235,814 For Dairy Products

$190,235,814 For Dairy Products
Date: 1917
This promotional brochure was designed as a talk to encourage the construction of good roads in the state of Kansas. It described comparable rural roads in Wisconsin that promote crop and dairy production.


365-day roads an investment, not a tax

365-day roads an investment, not a tax
Date: 1910-1919
Brochure promoting good roads as a investment comparable to other enhancements financed by the farmer and found on his individual land holding.


AT & SF Railway brochure

AT & SF Railway brochure
Date: 1917
Paper brochure advertising the Santa Fe Sheep Feeding barns at Emporia. Brochure was part of the Charles "Bud" Goebel collection, which was housed in the Burlingame Santa Fe depot from 1963 until its donation to the Kansas Museum of History in 1981.


Advertisement for Nicodemus, Kansas

Advertisement for Nicodemus, Kansas
Creator: Hill, W. R.
Date: April 16, 1877
This advertisement for Nicodemus, Graham County, Kansas, describes the location of the colony near the Solomon River and the town company's plans to build more houses, businesses, and other public buildings. The trustees were quick to note that they will not build any saloon or "houses of ill fame" during the first five years of settlement. Nicodemus was settled in 1878 and is the oldest surviving all-black settlement west of the Mississippi River founded by former slaves. Today the town is a National Parks Service site and is open to visitors.


Advertisement from the Hesston Manufacturing Company, Hesston, Kansas

Advertisement from the Hesston Manufacturing Company, Hesston, Kansas
Creator: Hesston Manufacturing Company
Date: May 12, 1958
An advertisement from the Hesston Manufacturing Company in Hesston, Kansas. The company was incorporated on May 12, 1958. The avertisemnet includes three stapled pages of typed information including publication, date, size, and kind of ad and costs for color, publication cost, and ad setup cost. This publication funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Advertising summary for the Hesston Manufacturing Company, Hesston, Kansas

Advertising summary for the Hesston Manufacturing Company, Hesston, Kansas
Creator: Hesston Manufacturing Company
Date: 1958
This is an advertising summary most likely for the Hesston Manufacturing Company in Hesston, Kansas. The monthly summary contains information for January, February, March, April, and May 1958. Sources include publications, fairs and shows, direct mail, and miscellaneous. Also included are advertising summary results for January 1 to June 1, 1958, listing publications, fairs and shows, direct mail and miscellaneous categories, as well as an alphabetical advertising key for 1958. This publication funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Akers, Logan & Company, Kansas Territory

Akers, Logan & Company, Kansas Territory
Creator: Akers, Logan & Co.
An advertisement for Akers, Logan & Company, describing the services it provided as a general land and real estate company in Leavenworth City and Lecompton, Kansas Territory.


Attorney General Bob Stephan, he's still the one

Attorney General Bob Stephan, he's still the one
Date: 1986
A 1986 campaign brochure that promotes the re-election of Kansas Attorney General Bob Stephan. The brochure features images of Stephan as the Republican candidate for Attornery General with brief statements about the legal and social issues he advocated for during his first and second term. Stephan went on to defeat Democratic challenger Dennis Moore in the November general election.


Bill Graves Governor of Kansas, Governor '98

Bill Graves Governor of Kansas, Governor '98
Date: August 04, 1998
This political brochure promotes Governor Bill Graves as the Republican candidate for the August 4, 1998 gubernatorial primary. The brochure features images, a brief biographical sketch and major accomplishments from his first administration. Graves also reminds voters to compare his political record to that of his challenger. Graves defeated David Miller, former Chairman of the Kansas Republican Party.


Citizens Alliance No. 41

Citizens Alliance No. 41
Creator: Zercher, Daniel C.,
Date: 1890s
A People's Party Citizens Alliance publication enumerating their political platform, resolution and by-laws.


Comparative Cost of Travel

Comparative Cost of Travel
Date: 1919
Promotional brochure exhorting the virtues of automobiles and trucks over team drive carriages in the hauling of agricultural products over good roads.


Cow, sow and hen train

Cow, sow and hen train
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: May 13, 1922
This circular, distributed by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, announces the arrival of the "Cow, Sow & Hen" demonstration train at Osage City. The flyer identifies the speakers and topics and especially invites women to attend. Demonstration trains such as this one represented an alliance between railroad companies, agricultural scientists, and manufacturers to promote settlement, improve farm management, and market commercial farm products. The railroad's Agricultural Development and Publicity Office managed the trains.


Elect Vern Miller, Democrat sheriff

Elect Vern Miller, Democrat sheriff
Date: June 17, 1962
A political advertisement for Vern Miller, who was the Democratic candidate for Sedgwick County Sheriff, Wichita, Kansas.


Elias Clark to Samuel N. Wood

Elias Clark to Samuel N. Wood
Creator: Clark, Elias
Date: May 4, 1860
Perhaps in response to a question by Wood about an advertisement for agents, Elias Clark of St. Louis, Missouri, writes that a prospective agent could buy a machine for $35 retail and test it out before trying to represent the product to others. He states his confidence in the "Raymond Double Threaded Family Sewing Machine," and reports it had been getting good reports from agents in Illinois. Clark's letter to Wood was written on the back of printed "rules for agents" and additional information about the sewing machine business.


Farm auction in Milo, Kansas

Farm auction in Milo, Kansas
Date: March 16, 1917
An advertisement for a farm auction on the Howard W. Wright farm 1 1/2 miles north of Milo, Kansas and 4 1/2 miles east of Barnard, Kansas. The 920 acres of land would be auctioned off into ten small farms by the Middle West Land Auction company from Salina, Kansas. During the sale, a free noon meal would be served and entertainment provided.


Free Texas land excursion tickets

Free Texas land excursion tickets
Creator: Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway Company
Date: 1881
This broadside promotes settlement in Texas and passage there through the Missouri Pacific Railway. It also promotes the landscape of the Indian territory as a scenic route, and addresses Texas land laws, the people of Texas, and the climate. The agent is listed as C. E. Styles, Sixth Street Depot, Atchison, Kansas. This item demonstrates the considerable involvement of railroad companies in immigration and land settlement in the American West, and the promotion of the West as a tourist destination.


Good Roads Help Farmers

Good Roads Help Farmers
Date: 1919
Promotional brochure designed as a talk to encourage road construction to enhance agricultural productivity and rural community development.


Grand Mass Convention

Grand Mass Convention
Creator: Topeka Council of Safety
Date: June 9, 1856
This printed circular calls for a "grand mass convention" to be held by the Free State Party on July 3, 1856, to discuss the "perils of the times." It is signed by several Topekans and others involved in the free state cause.


Graves, Frahm, Governor '94

Graves, Frahm, Governor '94
Date: 1994
This political brochure promotes Governor Bill Graves and Sheila Frahm as the Republican candidates for Kansas Governor and Lt. Governor. The brochure features images, a brief biographical sketch, and quotes from leaders within the Republican Party endorsing the candidates' leadership skills. In the November general election Graves and Frahm defeated Democratic challenger Jim Slattery and his running mate Carol Sader.


Handbill for Shaw Speedster

Handbill for Shaw Speedster
Creator: Shaw Manufacturing Company
Date: 1924
Mailer advertising a Christmas sale on a kit to build the new 1925 Model 5C Shaw Speedster from the Shaw Manufacturing Company of Galesburg, Kansas. The Shaw Manufacturing Company was established by lifelong Galesburg native Stanley Wilbur Shaw (1881-1981) in 1903 and manufactured gasoline engines to convert bicycles to motorcycles. The company soon expanded to also manufacture motorcycles, cars, farm equipment, and Du-All small tractors. Shaw retired in 1962, selling the company to Bush Hog.


Ho! For Kansas!!

Ho! For Kansas!!
Creator: Wood, Bradford R.
Date: May 20, 1856
This circular by the New York State Kansas Committee announces the departure of another party to Kansas Territory. It describes how the emigrants would be traveling and provides information about how to join the party.


Ho! For Kansas! Eldridge Brothers' Express & Daily Post Coach Line

Ho! For Kansas! Eldridge Brothers' Express & Daily Post Coach Line
Creator: Eldridge Brothers' Express & Daily Post Coach Line
This printed notice for the Eldridge Brothers' coach line advertised the fare to Lawrence as $3.50. The coach line had routes from Kansas City to Lecompton, Lawrence to Osawatomie, and Lawrence to Leavenworth City. The notice includes information about the coaches, food, and changes of horses.


Jim Pearson, U.S. Senator

Jim Pearson, U.S. Senator
Date: 1962
This campaign brochure is from James B. Pearson's first United States Senate race. He informs Kansas voters of his political and professional accomplishments and the responsibilities he will accept if elected to the senate. On November 6, 1962, Pearson defeated Democratic challenger Paul L. Aylward in a special election to fill the vacancy created by the death of Andrew F. Schoeppel.


John Carlin for Governor

John Carlin for Governor
Date: 1978
This political campaign brochure shows John Carlin as the Democratic candidate for Kansas Governor. The brochure includes images of Carlin as a candidate with brief political retorts against Governor Robert Bennett. Carlin's political strategy paid off when he was elected the fortieth governor of Kansas.


Kansas People To "Travel on Gravel"

Kansas People To "Travel on Gravel"
Date: 1919
This Kansas Good Roads Association promotional literature highlights the construction of durable and beneficial roads for southeastern Kansas.


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