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Abilene Ikes baseball team, Abilene, Kansas

Abilene Ikes baseball team, Abilene, Kansas
Date: 1949
This photograph features the 1949 Abilene Ikes, the team that won the pennant in the Amateur Baseball League of America with a record of 28-20. The ABLA, which was established in 1947 as a successor to the Central Division of the Kansas Ban Johnson League, consisted of five teams in 1949, including Abilene, Beloit, Clay Center, Junction City, and Manhattan. Standing in the photo are (l to r): Jim Schlesener, Lonnie Golden, Leo Christopher, Tex Seymour, Chick Gordon, Gus Carmack, Clyde Girrens, Wayne Platz, and Mike Gulino. Seated are (l to r): William Bell, Jack Sullivan, Carrol Bryant, Sonny Hancks, Von Price (manager), Dale Hatfield, Bob Stewart, Bob Tomchak, and Neale Henderson. The photo appeared in the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle on August 9, 1949. Digital reproduction of the photograph was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


Aerial Sprayer plane, Liberal, Kansas

Aerial Sprayer plane, Liberal, Kansas
Date: September 22, 1949
This black and white photograph shows a field being sprayed for noxious weeds by an aerial spray play using 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic near Liberal, Kansas. 2,4-D, as it was commonly called, was a pesticide/herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds.


Aero Spray King plane, Manhattan, Kansas

Aero Spray King plane, Manhattan, Kansas
Date: February 24, 1949
This black and white photographshows the Aero Spray King plane and the 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid tank from the Ong Aircraft Corporation in Manhattan, Kansas. 2,4-D, as it was commonly called, was a pesticide/herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds.


An early exhibit about the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas

An early exhibit about the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1949
This exhibit was for the 90th Kansas Medical Society meeting in May, 1949. Dr. C.F. Menninger and his sons, Dr. Karl and Dr. Will, formed a group psychiatry practice in 1919. The Menninger Clinic as a sanitarium was established in 1925 with the purchase of a farm house and admittance of 12 patients. The philosophy was that mental illness could be treated with an integrated medical, psychodynamic, and developmental approach for the total health of patients. The Menninger Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to treatment, training and research in mental illness. It was established in Topeka and moved to Houston, Texas in June 2003.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's clock maintainer checking a clock

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's clock maintainer checking a clock
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: February 9, 1949
This is a photograph showing an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway clock maintainer checking clock #29, which was running two minutes fast.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's miniature train and the engineer Merle A. Benson

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's miniature train and the engineer Merle A. Benson
Date: 1927-1964
Here are photographs and newspaper articles about Merle A. Benson, engineer, on Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's miniature train. He was at the throttle of the little parade train for 37 years before retiring on December 31, 1963. Benson traveled thousands of miles to participate in parades, expositions, celebrations, and other events. The original miniature freight train, which was headed by an engine designed after the old steam locomotives, was built in 1926 at the Topeka shops. In 1927, a miniature passenger train was built as a companion. The power source for both trains was Model-T Ford motors and transmissions. In 1937, the steam locomotive design was replaced by a diesel-type jacket over the same power source. Use of the passenger train was discontinued in 1942 and it was finally scrapped in 1951. Before the passenger train was retired, it consisted of three Pullman cars, a buffet-library car and a dining car. The freight train consisted of the locomotive plus a coal car, refrigerator car, boxcar, stock car, tank car and caboose. During the off-season he would provide maintenance on the miniature trains and get them ready for the next season. Benson was born in Greeley, Kansas in 1896, and he moved to Topeka in 1923. He started to work in the Santa Fe shops as a car man helper and in 1924, he became a machinist.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Chief, Shoemaker Canyon, New Mexico

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Chief, Shoemaker Canyon, New Mexico
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: October 28, 1949
This black and white photograph shows a rear view of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's stainless steel observation car with 'The Chief' drum head. This train was an all Pullman streamliner, which ran from Los Angeles, California, to Chicago, Illinois. The photograph was taken in Shoemaker Canyon, New Mexico.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's advertisement

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's advertisement
Creator: Villa, Hernando Gonzallo, 1881-1952
Date: Between 1948 and 1949
This photograph shows a Native American greeting a steam locomotive. The illustration is a preliminary sketch created by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company for an advertisement poster called "The Meeting of the Chiefs". In the 1949 poster a diesel locomotive is featured instead of a steam locomotive.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's commissary building, Chicago, Illinois

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's commissary building, Chicago, Illinois
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: Between 1945 and 1949
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's commissary building, at Eighteenth Street and Coach Yards, in Chicago, Illinois. In the foreground dinning cars can be seen on the loading platforms.


Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Company's piggy-back trailers

Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Company's piggy-back trailers
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1948 and 1960
This photograph shows a side view of highway equipment used in the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Company piggy-back service. This type of combined transportation service is generally referred to as TOFC, or trailer-on-flat-car, in the railroad industry. It is also known as intermodal transport--involving more than one form of transportation.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's roundhouse, Los Angeles, California

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's roundhouse, Los Angeles, California
Date: Between 1949 and 1959
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's 6000 horsepower diesel F-17 at the roundhouse in Los Angeles, California. The train was receiving service after making its first transcontinental run with the No. 7.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's roundhouse, Needles, California

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's roundhouse, Needles, California
Date: Between 1949 and 1959
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company roundhouse and turntable in Needles California.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's steam locomotive #2926

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's steam locomotive #2926
Creator: Goebel, Charles, 1898-1987
Date: May 22, 1949
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's steam locomotive #2926 at San Diego, Calif.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway freight station, Wilmington, California

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway freight station, Wilmington, California
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: October 25, 1949
A black and white photograph of the Atchison,Topeka & Santa Fe Railway freight station at Wilmington, California.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway ice plant, Bakersfield, California

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway ice plant, Bakersfield, California
Date: August 3, 1949
An interior view of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway ice plant and it's equipment showing a push button control for an ice machine on a 1200 ft. dock in Bakersfield, CA.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe miniature train

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe miniature train
Date: 1949-1955
Here are four photographs of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway miniature train. One of the parade photographs was taken in Chicago, Illinois, but the locations of the other photographs are unknown. The driver of the train was Merle Benson, who worked for the Railway and lived in Topeka, Kansas. The original miniature freight train, which was headed by an engine designed after the old steam locomotives, was built in 1926 at the Topeka shops. In 1927, a miniature passenger train was built as a companion. The power source for both trains was Model-T Ford motors and transmissions. In 1937, the steam locomotive design was replaced by a diesel-type jacket over the same power source. Use of the passenger train was discontinued in 1942 and it was finally scrapped in 1951. Before the passenger train was retired, it consisted of three Pullman cars, a buffet-library car and a dining car. The freight train consisted of the locomotive plus a coal car, refrigerator car, boxcar, stock car, tank car and caboose. During the off-season Merle Benson would provide maintenance on the miniature trains and get them ready for the next season. Benson was born in Greeley, Kansas in 1896, and he moved to Topeka in 1923. He started to work in the Santa Fe shops as a car man helper and in 1924, he became a machinist.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's diesel shop, Chicago, Illinois

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's diesel shop, Chicago, Illinois
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1945 and 1950
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's diesel shop at 21st and Purple Streets in Chicago, Illinois. The shop was equipped to make all repairs to diesel-electric locomotives.


Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Encinitas, California

Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Encinitas, California
Date: August 23, 1949
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Encinitas, California. The pitch-roofed structure served as a passenger station and later a freight depot before being moved in the 1970s to U. S. Highway 101 in Leucadia, California. Today, it houses a coffee shop and art gallery.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Santa Ana, California

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Santa Ana, California
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: Between 1939 and 1949
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Santa Ana, California. The Spanish Revival depot, built in 1939, featured whitewashed walls and a red tile roof. The depot provided passenger service until it closed in the 1980s. A fire damaged the structure resulting in its demolition.


Atchison, Topeka and  Santa Fe Railway Company shed depot, Grover, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company shed depot, Grover, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: November 1949
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company shed depot in Grover, Kansas. The structure and tracks were part of the Eastern Lines, Eastern Division, First District at milepost 41.2.


Barbara Thiele's diary

Barbara Thiele's diary
Creator: Thiele, Barbara R.
Date: January 13, 1949-December 31, 1949
This is a diary belonging to Barbara Thiele. In the diary, she writes about her first year of marriage to John Thiele, setting up a home, cooking, and attending classes the University of Kansas.


Boswell Junior High School basketball team, Topeka, Kansas

Boswell Junior High School basketball team, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolfe, Harold B., 1898-1966
Date: 1949
A photograph of the Boswell Junior High School basketball team, Topeka, Kansas.


Boswell Junior High School cheerleaders, Topeka, Kansas

Boswell Junior High School cheerleaders, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolfe's Camera and Photo Shop
Date: 1949
These young women are Boswell Junior High School cheerleaders, Topeka, Kansas. The cheerleaders are identified as: Jane Henry, Janis Brown, Bob Grogger, Jackie Mills, Nancy Huffman, and Jack Greenwood.


Butterfly illustration

Butterfly illustration
Creator: Howe, William H.
Date: 1949
Preliminary scientific butterfly illustration drawn by Ottawa artist William H. Howe (1928-2009), who spent a lifetime drawing butterflies. Howe's interest in insects surfaced as a boy in California, when he witnessed the metamorphosis of several caterpillars brought home by his entomologist father. Howe then assisted his father in collecting butterflies on scientific expeditions. After graduating from Ottawa University with a degree in biology in 1952, Howe attended the Kansas City Art Institute. Howe illustrated two books and displayed his art at libraries and art centers in Lawrence, Topeka, and Ottawa. According to Howe, this sketch shows his shift away from the inclusion of background, and a return to careful delineation of the butterflies themselves.


Combination classroom and auditorium at Walker School in Johnson County, Kansas

Combination classroom and auditorium at Walker School in Johnson County, Kansas
Date: 1949
This is a photograph showing the combination classroom and auditorium at Walker School in Johnson County, Kansas. The photograph was used in the plaintiff's exhibit in Webb v USD 90. It was removed from KS Appellate Court Case file 37,427.


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