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Cartoon drawing

Cartoon drawing
Creator: Maguire, Gregory
Date: 2010
Drawing of the character Elphaba (a.k.a., The Wicked Witch of the West) rendered by Gregory Maguire. Elphaba appears in the novel entitled "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West," which was written by Maguire. He created this drawing in September 2010. That year, a member of the Library/Archives staff contacted the author to see if he would donate materials from the book or musical to the Kansas Historical Society. Maguire believed he had nothing of interest to donate, so he created this drawing of Elphaba, the main character of his novel, specifically for the society.

Island Home

Island Home
Creator: Campbell, George, 1848-
Date: 1894
A Populist inspired account of a fictitious island government that has transgressed from its original, democratic, ideals to the deplorable values exhibited by the corrupt Democratic and Republican parties.

Last follies

Last follies
Creator: Maskoff, George
Date: 1890
Last Follies, written by George Maskoff, is a play that focuses on Maskoff's non-partisan study of the effects prohibition law had on the public. The events and actors of the drama are set in an imaginary republic adjoining the United States but were placed under the same set of circumstances that real people and places were facing at the time.

Newspaper clipping of illustration by Myron A. Waterman

Newspaper clipping of illustration by Myron A. Waterman
Creator: Waterman, Myron A.
Date: between 1890 and 1906
Newspaper clipping of an illustration by Myron A. Waterman (1855-1937). One man is sitting up in a coffin and gesturing with his hands and is talking two a second man. The second man, who strongly resembles G.C. Clemens, is smoking while reclining in a side chair with his feet up on a small pillow. The reverse includes a portion of the story being illustrated, which involves a reporter working on a story about accidental live burials while sitting vigil at the wake of a friend named Phil. Waterman first gained recognition as a political cartoonist and illustrator in the early 1890s while working as the editor of the Fort Scott Lantern. He held a number of other occupations throughout his life including working in the drug store business and serving as a deputy state bank commissioner of Kansas from 1894 to 1901. Waterman was a staunch prohibitionist and a member of the First Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas, moving there from Fort Scott in 1893. In 1901 or 1902 he relocated to Kansas City, Kansas.

Oztoberfest banner

Oztoberfest banner
Creator: Little Apple Toyota
Date: 2005
This vinyl banner advertised the first annual Oztoberfest in Wamego, Kansas in 2005. Oztoberfest is an annual community festival sponsored by the Oz Museum in Wamego. The festival celebrates the story of the "Wizard of Oz."

The Gods Hate Kansas

The Gods Hate Kansas
Creator: Thurston, Jack
Date: 1964
Paperback book titled "The Gods Hate Kansas." The pulp science fiction novel was published in 1964 by Monarch Books. The plot centers around aliens who invade Kansas, or "a startling story of science at war with alien life-forms." Monarch was in operation in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They published many books with film tie-ins. "The Gods Hate Kansas" was the inspiration for the movie "They Came From Beyond Space".

The Merchant of Venice (Populist version)

The Merchant of Venice (Populist version)
Creator: Bertram, George Webb, 1847-
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This is a Peoples' Party program under the guise of the Merchant of Venice literary play, It warns against the special moneyed interests as a representative arm of the Republican Party.

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