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13th Officers Bridge Club, Hawaii

13th Officers Bridge Club, Hawaii
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: June 6, 1922
Captain Hughes' photos from the time he was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii provides a lens into the life of an officer. This photo taken June 6, 1922, is of the 13th Field Artillery Officers' Bridge Club. Notice the formality of both the men's uniforms and women's dresses. After Captain Hughes' assignment at Motor Transport School, Camp Holabird, Maryland, he had applied for a position in the Regular Army. He was accepted in September 1920 and assigned to a post at Ft. Lewis, Washington as a Battery Commander of the 13th Field Artillery. In October he was transferred to the Battery Commander Headquarters for the 13th Field Artillery at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Hughes and wife, Mabel, along with the children moved to Hawaii and remained there until September of 1923. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


African American men playing horseshoes, Kansas City, Kansas

African American men playing horseshoes, Kansas City, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Men playing horseshoes at a recreation center for servicemen and factory personnel in Kansas City, Kansas. This recreation center was part of the Works Progress Administration.


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

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's passenger terminal, Los Angeles, California
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1939 and 1945
This black and white photograph shows service men playing cards and pinball at a USO room in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's passenger terminal in Los Angeles, California. Also visible are art posters on the walls, a woman seated at a desk with an American flag, and a woman offering a basket of loose cigarettes and stick matches to one of the card players.


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

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's passenger terminal, Los Angeles, California
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1939 and 1945
This black and white photograph shows U. S. service men playing pinball, listening to music, and enjoying other activities at a United Service Organizations (USO) inside the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Union Passenger Terminal at Los Angeles, California.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company train

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company train
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: between 1939 and 1945
This black and white photograph shows four soldiers playing cards on a Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company train.


Brist racket

Brist racket
Creator: Brist Manufacturing Company
Date: between 1902 and 1920
Wooden Brist rakah (racket) with white net. The racket is a component of Brist, a game in which a racket is used to catch boomerangs. It was invented by Sam Bristow and manufactured by the Brist Manufacturing Company in Topeka, Kansas, from 1904 to 1924. In 1915, the company employed between 30 and 35 people. The game sets sold for between $3 and $15


Card game, Mount Hope, Kansas

Card game, Mount Hope, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This black and white photograph shows a group of men playing cards around a table in Mount Hope, Kansas.


Children, Salina, Kansas

Children, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This photograph shows a group of children gathered for a possible party in Salina, Kansas.


Children playing, Kansas City, Kansas

Children playing, Kansas City, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
These children are playing on a wooden slide in Kansas City, Kansas. The playground slide was built as part of a Works Progress Administration project.


Children playing, Kansas City, Kansas

Children playing, Kansas City, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
These children are on seesaws (teeter totters) at a play center, Kansas City, Kansas. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration.


Children swinging, Kansas City, Kansas

Children swinging, Kansas City, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
These children are on swings in Kansas City, Kansas. This was part of the Works Progress Administration activities.


Croquet Game, Clay Center Kansas

Croquet Game, Clay Center Kansas
Date: Between 1890s and 1900s
This black and white photograph shows a croquet game at Clay Center, Kansas. In the background two individuals can be seen playing musical instruments.


Croquet game, Greeley County, Kansas

Croquet game, Greeley County, Kansas
Date: around 1910
Children play croquet in Greeley County, Kansas. A wagon and a barn are visible in the background.


Gavitt's Stock Exchange card game

Gavitt's Stock Exchange card game
Creator: W.W. Gavitt Printing and Publishing Co.
Date: 1904
Game of Gavitt's Stock Exchange with box, instructions, and two promotional leaflets. The deck of 33 cards includes four sets of railroad stocks, each consisting of eight identical cards, plus one Fatal Telegram card. Pubished by the Gavitt Printing and Publishing Company of Topeka in 1904. Harry Gavitt first developed the Gavitt's Stock Exchange game as a free promotional item to help advertise his family's patent medicine company. The game quickly gained popularity, however, and Gavitt soon began marketing the game as its own product. The game was first published by the Gavitt Printing and Publishing Company in 1903. By 1904, Gavitt had sold a partial interest in his game to Parker Brothers, allowing them to refine and publish the game of Pit while he retained the rights to Gavitt Stock Exchange.


Independence Day celebration in Walton, Kansas

Independence Day celebration in Walton, Kansas
Date: July 04, 1912
This poster or broadside advertises a Fourth of July celebration in Walton, Kansas. The day's program and hotel and restaurant accommodations are printed on it. Festivities included a baseball game against Hillsboro, a baby show, a ladies nail driving contest, greased pole climbing, and fireworks. Honorable L. C. Kelley of Newton gave the day's address while John D. Marshall presided as Officer of the Day.


Indoor recreation, Studley, Kansas

Indoor recreation, Studley, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1920
Frank Brandram (on right), an English settler and local actor in Studley, Kansas, and an unidentified man pretend to play cards in a studio-posed photograph.


Jewell City fair

Jewell City fair
Creator: Jewell District Society
Date: September 24 - 26, 1884
This poster announces the fifth annual fair of the Jewell District Society to be held at Jewell City, Kansas. Highlights of the fair include $1,500 in premiums, prize bicycle tournaments, and games of athletic sport.


Kansas Emergency Relief Committee accomplishments movie

Kansas Emergency Relief Committee accomplishments movie
Creator: Kansas. Emergency Relief Commission
Date: 1936
This motion picture film documents the various work projects completed in Kansas during President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. It begins with an introduction to the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee personnel, starting with the executive director, John G. Stutz. It then shows the various projects across the state, including the construction of farm ponds and lakes as part of the Water Conservation Program, the renovation and construction of courthouses, schools, libraries, and other public buildings, and the weaving and sewing rooms that produced clothing for needy Kansans. It also includes footage of rabbit drives, dust storms, and women sweeping piles of dust out of their homes. Click on the thumbnails below to play each clip. Click on Text Version for a detailed description of each chapter.


Kansas Girls Industrial School. Graduating into society

Kansas Girls Industrial School. Graduating into society
Date: 1938
This silent film documents the State Industrial School for Girls in Beloit, Kansas, and depicts every aspect of the school's educational, vocational, and boarding programs. The Women's Christian Temperance Union established the school in 1889 and it was later acquired by the state. The purpose of the school was to reform economically or socially disadvantaged girls between twelve and sixteen years old. The school taught sewing, weaving, cooking, gardening and horticulture, wood carving, clay modeling, and the general duties of the household. The film showcases the following programs and activities: healthcare and hospital, housework, laundry, sewing, bakery, cooking, religious instruction, student government, dancing, table tennis, roller skating, Independence Day parade, flag drill, folk dance, track and field, and patriotic instruction. At the time the film was made the school included seven housing units (or cottages), a schoolhouse and farm buildings on 200 acres. Directed by Grace A. Miles. Photographed by Joseph A. Thompson.


L. W. Halbe collection

L. W. Halbe collection
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: 1908-1912
The L. W. (Leslie Winfield) Halbe photo collection consists of 1500 glass plate negatives produced by Halbe during his teenage years. Halbe lived in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas, and began taking photographs of the region with an inexpensive Sears and Roebuck camera when he was fifteen years old.


Mabel - Double exposure, Hawaii

Mabel - Double exposure, Hawaii
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1922
Captain Hughes photographed his wife playing cards with herself in this image entitled "Mabel-Double Exposure, Hawaii", 1922. This example of "trick photography" shows Hughes talent with his camera. After Captain Hughes' assignment at Motor Transport School, Camp Holabird, Maryland, he had applied for a position in the Regular Army. He was accepted in September 1920 and assigned to a post at Ft. Lewis, Washington as a Battery Commander of the 13th Field Artillery. In October he was transferred to the Battery Commander Headquarters for the 13th Field Artillery at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Hughes and wife, Mabel, along with the children moved to Hawaii and remained there until September of 1923. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


Marble from the Quindaro Townsite, 14WY314

Marble from the Quindaro Townsite, 14WY314
Date: 1857-1863
This unglazed German hand-painted procelain marble was recovered from the surface of the remains of the Wyandot House Hotel at the Quindaro Townsite in Wyandotte County. Black double lines circle the shooter, which additionally has a red and blue floral pattern. Marbles such as these were manufactured from the mid 1840s to 1870. The brief occupation of the Quindaro Townsite and the rapid sealing of archeological deposits help today's Archeologists to see a snapshot in time.


Men playing chess and cards

Men playing chess and cards
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Men playing chess and cards at a recreation center in either Kansas City or Emporia, Kansas. The recreation center was part of the Works Progress Administration.


Men playing dominoes

Men playing dominoes
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Men playing dominoes at a recreation center for soldiers and factory personnel, Kansas City, Kansas. The recreation center was part of the Works Progress Administration.


Men playing horseshoes

Men playing horseshoes
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Men playing horseshoes in Kensington Park, Kansas City, Kansas. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration.


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