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600 and 700 block of South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas

600 and 700 block of South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolfe, Harold B., 1898-1966
Date: December 23, 1934
This panoramic view shows the west side of the 600 and 700 blocks of South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas. Businesses visible in the photograph are: Palace Clothing Company, Central National Bank, F. W. Woolworth Company 5-10 and 15 Cent Store, Hall Printing and Stationery, and S.S. Kresge Company. The buildings and light poles are decorated for Christmas and there are automobiles parked on the street.


800 block on South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas

800 block on South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolfe, Harold B., 1898-1966
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
A panoramic view showing the west side of the 800 block on South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas. Businesses visible in the photograph are: Rose Shoppe, Grayce Hosiery Shoppe, The W.W. Mills Company, Bakery Green's Grocery, House of Tromp Cigars, Virginia Dare Dresses, Helzberg's Diamond Shop, Ray Beers, Moore Stationery Company, Reklites Candy Shop, and United Cigar Store.


Business directory, Coronado, Kansas

Business directory, Coronado, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1889
This image shows a photographic business directory titled, "Coronado, the Railroad Town of Wichita County, Kansas." There are 25 photographs of business buildings with a list of the businesses below the pictures. Business number 2 (pictured on the top row, second from the left) is listed as "A. J. Wright Drugs, Stationery, Perfumes, Holiday articles." Other businesses listed include a bank, hardware stores, grocery stores, general merchandise stores, a church, livery barns, a contractor, a barber shop, lumber yards, a law office, a hotel, a meat market, and a blacksmith.


Businesses in Ellsworth, Kansas

Businesses in Ellsworth, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
This is a photograph showing businesses on the northeast corner of First and Douglas in Ellsworth, Kansas. Parked in front of the businesses is a horse drawn wagon.


Cloud County Drug and Book Store, and Iron-Clad Boots and Shoes; Concordia, Kansas

Cloud County Drug and Book Store, and Iron-Clad Boots and Shoes; Concordia, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1890
This photograph shows an exterior view of two merchandising stores in Concordia, Kansas: Cloud County Drug and Book Store, and Iron-Clad Boots and Shoes. Several men are visible standing in front of the stores on a wooden boardwalk. Some items are partially visible in the window display of the Cloud County Drug and Book Store.


Disabled American Veteran's charity drive, Topeka, Kansas

Disabled American Veteran's charity drive, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Boeger Studio
Date: 1923
This photograph shows the first charity Christmas drive of Topeka's Chapter #5 Disabled American Veterans group of World War I. The men have been identified from left to right as: John Doane, Arthur Henry, William H. Trefry, Terrill, George Jacques, Ed Hanlon, and Paul R. Parrish. The businesses in the background are the Boone Book Shop and the New Cafeteria. The Ford truck used to collect the donations was provided by Trefry Motor Company.


Drug store, Valley Center, Kansas

Drug store, Valley Center, Kansas
Date: 1907
This photograph shows an exterior view of a drug store in Valley Center, Kansas. Besides the large signs advertising "Drugs," there are several other advertising signs. The sign to the right of the corner door reads, "Drugs, books, paints, oils, and glass. Wall paper. Prescriptions a specialty." Another sign advertises Keen Cigars, while another reads, "Agency, Hammar Paint, Guaranteed 5 years." There is a sign advertising "Faust," and a price of five cents. Visible outside of the store are a horse and buggy, and telephone poles. The item served as a new year's greeting to customers.


Hall's Book and Stationary Store

Hall's Book and Stationary Store
Date: Between 1900 and 1940
This is a photograph of the interior of Hall's Book and Stationery Store in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, showing a long narrow showroom with several employees at the counters.


Hall's Company store, Topeka, Kansas

Hall's Company store, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1935 and 1939
A photograph showing fountain pen salesmen at Hall's Company store located at 623 Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas. It was reported that the store carried the largest and most complete stock of Parker, Sheaffer, Waterman, and Wahl pens in the state. The salesmen are idenitfied as: Steve Smith, Herbert Kendall, Omar Romary, Sam Crow, Ray Becker,and Jack Crow, manager.


Hall Stationery Company, Topeka, Kansas

Hall Stationery Company, Topeka, Kansas
Date: December 23, 1954
A photograph showing the interior of Hall Stationery Company's store located at 623 Kansas, Topeka, Kansas.


Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas

Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolfe Commercial Photo Service
Date: Between 1930s and 1940s
This is a black and white photograph looking north from Seventh Street along Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas. From left to right the following store fronts are visible: S.S. Kresge Company, F.W. Woolworth Company, Printing Hall Stationery and Montgomery Ward.


Kasson Drug Store, Howard, Kansas

Kasson Drug Store, Howard, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1920
This photograph shows an exterior view of the Kirby Building in Howard, Kansas, with the Kasson Drug Store in the building. A grocery store is partially visible to the left, and a store for school books, supplies, paints, oils, wallpaper, window glass putty, varnish, and jewelry is visible on the right. Several men and a boy are seen posing for the photograph in front of the stores. The Kirby building later burned.


Main Street, Ottawa, Kansas

Main Street, Ottawa, Kansas
Date: 1898
This photograph shows the store of Brown the Live Druggist on Main Street, between 1st and 2nd streets in Ottawa, Kansas. Signs on the drug store advertise wall paper, cigars, school book exchange, picture framing, Tarrant's Aperient Seltzer, and Garfield Tea Fig Syrup. Other businesses visible include Peter Schuttler Wagons, a store, a restaurant, and E. W. Dowd Furniture and Undertaking. A few horse-drawn wagons and carriages are visible along the street.


Main Street, Sedan, Kansas

Main Street, Sedan, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1889
This photograph shows a drug store on Main Street in Sedan, Kansas. Other business buildings are visible along the street including the J. J. Crouse Emporium and the Hall and ___ Grocery. Horse-drawn carriages are visible along the street.


Milford Drug Store, Milford, Kansas

Milford Drug Store, Milford, Kansas
Date: Between 1897 and 1910
This photograph shows an exterior view of the Milford Drug Store in Milford, Kansas. Clyde T. Beard was the proprietor. The building has a sign reading "I. O. O. F. 1897" at the top of the façade. The other signs read "Drug Store," "Pure Drugs," and "Wall paper, Jewelry and Stationery, Window shades."


Moulton and Rose Rochford Kleckner photographs

Moulton and Rose Rochford Kleckner photographs
Creator: Kleckner, M. A.
Date: 1910-1914
Here are photographs of Osborne, Kansas taken by Moulton A. and Rose (Rochford) Kleckner.


Pettit Cleaners, Winfield, Kansas

Pettit Cleaners, Winfield, Kansas
Date: unknown
A view of the original Pettit Cleaners commercial building in downtown Winfield, Kansas. At the time of this photo, the building houses the Imagine coffee shop and book store.


S. M. Fox book store in Manhattan, Kansas

S. M. Fox book store in Manhattan, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1893
An interior view of S. M. Fox's book store located at 317 Poyntz in Manhattan, Kansas.


Souvenir of Larned and Pawnee County, Kansas

Souvenir of Larned and Pawnee County, Kansas
Creator: Larned Chronoscope
Date: 1908 ?
This souvenir history of Larned and Pawnee County, Kansas, includes brief historical sketches with many photos of farms, homes, and businesses.


Stephen Hurd Smith family photograph albums, Topeka, Kansas

Stephen Hurd Smith family photograph albums, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1915 and 1984
These are three albums with photographs, letters and newspaper clippings documenting the life of Stephen Hurd Smith and his family. Smith was born in Grantville, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen E. Smith. After the death of his wife, Dr. Smith moved the family to Topeka where Stephen Hurd Smith graduated from Topeka High School. He began his career working at Hall Lithographing Inc. selling cameras, and later started his own successful business Steve Smith Audio-Visuals Inc., Topeka, Kansas. In addition to his audio-visual business, he produced films on fire safety and training that were widely used throughout the United States. Smith married Ruth Royer in 1920 and they had two daughters and one son.


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