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Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's famous passengers

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's famous passengers
Creator: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between May 17, 1937 and May 18, 1937
This black and white photographs shows actor and radio personality Edgar Bergen with his ventriloquist Charlie McCarthy inside the cab of a 6,000 horsepower Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's diesel-electric engine.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's famous passengers

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's famous passengers
Creator: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between May 17, 1937 and May 18, 1937
This black and white photograph shows actor and radio personality Edgar Bergen with his ventriloquist Mortimer Snerd in the cab of a 6,000 horsepower Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's diesel electric engine.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's famous passengers--Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's famous passengers--Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
Creator: Erb, Don
Date: Between January 1956 and February 1956
This black and white photograph shows actress and comedian Lucille Ball and her husband actor and musician Desi Arnaz holding a heart shaped wreath. The couple were promoting their movie "Forever Darling" with a cross country tour, by way of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Super Chief, to major U.S. cities.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's famous passengers--Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's famous passengers--Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
Creator: Erb, Don
Date: Between January 1956 and February 1956
This black and white photograph shows actress and comedian Lucille Ball and her husband actor and musician Desi Arnaz talking to a porter from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company. The couple were promoting their movie "Forever Darling" with a cross country tour, by way of the Santa Fe's Super Chief, to major U.S. cities.


Cordts sisters

Cordts sisters
Date: 1930s
A poster announcing the Cordts Sisters Big Indoor Circus.


Eva Jessye

Eva Jessye
Creator: Kalmbach, Bob
Date: Between 1960 and 1969
Eva Jessye singing at the University of Michigan. Jessye, a Coffeyville native, was the first chorale director of stage shows such as Porgy and Bess, and of the first black musical motion picture Hallelujah. As founder of the Eva Jessye Choir, she became the female dean of black music in America.


Eva Jessye

Eva Jessye
Date: Between 1940 and 1950
Five views of Eva Jessye in costume. Jessye, a Coffeyville native, was the first choral director of stage shows such as Porgy and Bess, and of the first black musical motion picture Hallelujah. As founder of the Eva Jessye Choir, she became the female dean of black music in America.


Eva Jessye and Eleanor Roosevelt

Eva Jessye and Eleanor Roosevelt
Date: Between 1940 and 1945
Eleanor Roosevelt shaking hands with Eva Jessye.


Fred Andrew Stone with a circus group

Fred Andrew Stone with a circus group
Date: Between 1885 and 1895
Fred Andrew Stone, 1873-1959, actor and author, with a group of circus performers, copied from Rolling Stone by Fred Stone. He performed in vaudeville, stage musicals, and movies. He was known especially for his acrobatic dancing and engaging onstage personality. Stone was raised in Topeka, Kansas, and made his stage debut there at age 11.


Fred Andrew and Eddie Stone

Fred Andrew and Eddie Stone
Date: Between 1885 and 1895
Fred Andrew Stone, 1873-1959, actor and author, with his brother Eddie (d.1903), copied from Rolling Stone. The photograph is captiioned "Under the Big Top 'My little brother was top mounter.'" Fred and Eddie Stone performed in vaudeville, stage musicals, and movies. They were known especially for their acrobatic dancing and engaging onstage personality. The Stones were raised in Topeka, Kansas, and they made their stage debut as young children.


Jean, Kathleen and Margery Cordts

Jean, Kathleen and Margery Cordts
Date: 1930s
A portrait showing three members of the Cordt sisters, Jean, Kathleen & Margery, performing an acrobatic routine. They were from Wamego, Kansas.


June, Kathleen, Margery and Jean Cordts

June, Kathleen, Margery and Jean Cordts
Date: 1930s
Portrait of June, Kathleen, Margery and Jean Cordts who were dancers, singers and acrobats from Wamego, Kansas, and performed around the state with the Wiziarde Circus.


Legless Andrews to Seat of G.A.R.

Legless Andrews to Seat of G.A.R.
Creator: Andrews, Legless
Date: May 22, 1914
Legless Andrews of Kansas City, Missouri, writes to the Kansas Department of the Grand Army of the Republic of Topeka, Kansas, concerning free attractions to be provided at the dedication ceremony of the Soldiers' Memorial Building in Topeka, May 27, 1914. Mr. Andrews describes himself as a legless airnaut [sic] and proposes to perform three balloon ascensions and parachute leaps for fifty dollars. He claims to be the only legless acrobat conducting such performances. This letter is significant for its documentation of the social history of disabled persons in the early twentieth century.


Margery & Kathleen Cordts

Margery & Kathleen Cordts
Date: 1930s
A portrait of Margery & Kathleen Cordts from Wamego, Kansas, performing an acrobatic routine.


Paola fair

Paola fair
Creator: Seip Brothers, Printing
Date: September 24, 1895-September 27, 1895
Professor Frank A. Squires, assisted by Mlle Corrine, are the featured performers on this advertising poster for the Paola fair in Paola, Kansas. The stunt they perform is to ascend in a hot air balloon and then fall back to earth with just a parachute.


Professor F. T. Nash famous running combination, Paola, Kansas, fair

Professor F. T. Nash famous running combination, Paola, Kansas, fair
Date: September 30, 1896-October 02, 1896
Professor F.T. Nash holds an exhibition in Paola, Kansas, on horse racing featuring Bell Star, a championship female rider and driver. Also featured is the riderless horse race, the Roman standing hippodrome race, the skeleton wagon race and hurdle races. Other performers include S.C. Renolds, Flo Lockwood, G.S. Gibson, and Maud Daniels.


Reb Russell photo collection

Reb Russell photo collection
Date: 1930-1940
Lafayette H. Russell was born May 31, 1905, in Osawatomie and died March 16, 1978, in Coffeyville. He later changed his name to Reb Russell. Russell was an All American football player for Northwestern and was one of the original Philadelphia Eagles in the team's first year of existence. In 1932, Russell went to Hollywood to appear in "The All-American" where he met Tom Mix. In 1933, Reb Russell made a string of movies. After his short film career he joined the Russell Brothers Circus and later (1937) he performed with the Downie Brothers Circus. He later purchased a ranch which extended from southeast Kansas into northeast Oklahoma. Russell is remembered for his innovative Hi-Goal Agriculture, a plan to help small farmers increase productivity and profits without government aid. Russell also ran against Joe Skubitz for the Fifth Congressional District.


T.V. has nothing on Old Doc's medicine show, Hutchinson, Kansas

T.V. has nothing on Old Doc's medicine show, Hutchinson, Kansas
Creator: Hutchinson News-Herald
Date: December 30, 1951
This newspaper article describes the strange entertainment activities that accompanied the sales of medical remedies at medicine shows, particularly the show of "Dr. Corn." The article describes Dr. Corn's downfall after accepting Ish Rock as a partner in entertainment, and their activity selling tickets to view a fake animal called a pollimazuke.


Walter and Annabel Cordts

Walter and Annabel Cordts
Date: 1930s
Portrait of Walter "Sonny" and Annabel Cordts, brother and sister tap dancing team, part of the Cordts family performers from Wamego, Kansas.


William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody

William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody
Creator: Braithwaite, C. H.
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
Portrait of William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody. During the Civil War, he served in the 7th Kansas Cavalry Regiment. Later, Cody was chief of scouts for the Third Cavalry during the Indian Wars. He claimed to have worked many jobs, but he became world famous for his Wild West show. He got his nickname for supplying Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with bison meat.


William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody

William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody
Date: Between 1880 and 1917
William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody, a soldier, buffalo hunter, and entertainer. During the civil war, he served as a Union scout in campaigns against the Kiowa and Comanche and was a member of the 7th Kansas Cavalry. He earned the name "Buffalo Bill" for supplying buffalo meat to construction crews of the Kansas Pacific Railroad. His skills of bravery and accurate marksmanship entertained audiences in the Wild West show.


William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody

William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody
Date: Between 1860 and 1880
William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody was a soldier, buffalo hunter, and entertainer. He served as a Union scout in campaigns against the Kiowa and Comanche and was a member of the 7th Kansas Cavalry. He earned the name "Buffalo Bill" for supplying buffalo meat to construction crews of the Kansas Pacific Railroad. His skills of bravery and accurate marksmanship entertained audiences in the Wild West Show.


Wiziarde Novelty Circus

Wiziarde Novelty Circus
Date: 1930s
A poster announcing the arrival of the Wiziarde Novelty Circus and Trained Animal Show.


Wiziarde Novelty Circus

Wiziarde Novelty Circus
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
A poster announcing the Wiziarde Novelty Circus.


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