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Albin Kasper Longren's photograph album

Albin Kasper Longren's photograph album
Date: 1912-1921
This photograph album documents a number of airplanes (biplanes)designed, built and flown by Albin Kasper Longren. He built and flew Topeka's first aircraft on September 2, 1911. At two different times, Longren tried to establish an airplane factory in Topeka, Kansas. His second factory was in an abandoned woolen mill in Oakland, a neighborhood in Topeka, Kansas. The album contains photographs of the exterior and interior of this factory and numerous views of planes and plane parts. Longren's planes were well received, but his business failed because he had difficulty manufacturing numbers of planes. There are two images of a plane parked at the entrance to Gage Park in Topeka. Longren did exhibition flying at county fairs and other events in the region under the name Longren Aviators Exhibition Flyers. The album also has images of biplanes at Coffeyville, Anthony, Stockton, and other locations in Kansas as well as at least one image taken in the following states: Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas. Longren built a plane the was purchased by Phillip Billard, a Topeka aviator, and there are images of this plane in the album.


Arkansas River flowing through Wichita, Kansas

Arkansas River flowing through Wichita, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This photograph is either looking upriver (east) from the Woodman Bridge (on Nims Street) or upriver (north) from the Murdock Avenue Bridge, in Wichita, Kansas.


Bird's eye view of Lawrence, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Lawrence, Kansas
Creator: Morse, D. D
Date: 1880
This colored lithograph presents a bird's eye view of Lawrence, Kansas. The Kansas River runs through the fore ground of the image. Street names are easily visible. The lithograph has two legends. The one on the left is titled "The New" and the one on the right is "The Old." The "new" legend identifies churches, businesses, manufacturing,railroad depots, schools, and "Kansas State University," which is actually the University of Kansas. The "old" legend includes the first house in Lawrence and homes of early settlers, structures related to the New England Emigrant Aid Society, newspapers, hotels, churches, and other early structures. An inset in the lower right corner depicts Lawrence in 1855. Bismarck Grove, a park and fair ground, is in the lower left insert on the image. The bird's eye view was drawn by D. D. Morse and published by Wm. Zeuch & Co., Chicago, Illinois.


Bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park, Salina, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park, Salina, Kansas
Creator: Ramsey, Millett & Hudson Lith., Kansas City, MO.
Date: 1879
Artist Augustus Koch drew this bird's eye view of Oak Dale Park in Salina, Kansas, in the 1870s and Ramsey, Millett & Hudsen, lithographers of Kansas City, Missouri, created this print in 1879. The print shows the park confined within a bow of the Smoky Hill River outside of Salina. W. R. Geis owned the property and was secretary and manager of the Kansas State Tournament which was held at the park from October 7 - 11, 1879. Besides Geis, tournament organizers included L. C. Wasson, Ottawa; C. J. Kendall, Osage City; J. D. Patterson, Lawrence; Willis Kesler, Salina; D. R. Wagstaff, Salina; W. S. Stambaugh, Abilene. The park included a Swiss cottage (park hotel), a bowling alley, an exposition hall, a flying dutchman merry-go-round, a grand stand and half-mile track, a judge's stand, Vahn's greenhouse, training stables, a ticket office, bird traps and shooting stand, and a river boat steamer called the "Belle of Salina." Since 1977 the park has been home to the annual Smoky Hill River Festival arts fair.


California calls you

California calls you
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1920s
This Union Pacific Railroad Company promotional advertisement describes the beauty and tourism features of California.


Central Park in McPherson, Kansas

Central Park in McPherson, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1929
This is a postcard showing Central Park in McPherson, 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 on seesaws (teeter totters) at a play center, Kansas City, Kansas. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration.


Children playing, Wichita, Kansas

Children playing, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
these African American children are playing shuffleboard at a recreation center in Wichita, Kansas. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration.


Cinquinteniere

Cinquinteniere
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1919
Arcade du Cinquantenaire is a monumental triple arch in the center of the Cinquantenaire park in Brussels,Belguim. Captain Hughes photographed the triple arch while in Brussels with the Army of Occupation, 1919. James C. Hughes, as part of the 35th Division, left Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he boarded the troop ship "Ceramic" on May 18, 1918. Hughes arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 1, 1918 and then landed at Le Havre, France, on June 9, 1918. Hughes fought in the battles of St. Michael and the Meuse-Argonne. He was at Verdun on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. He took no photos of the actual fighting. He did take many photographs after the war as part of the Army of Occupation until he left France on July 18, 1919. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


City Park, Lawrence, Kansas

City Park, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: 1906
A postcard showing South Park, Lawrence, Kansas. The gazebo or bandstand is visible in the photograph.


City Park, Wamego, Kansas

City Park, Wamego, Kansas
Date: 1913
A postcard showing the bandstand in City Park, Wamego, Kansas.


City Park in Topeka, Kansas

City Park in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolcott, J.C.
Date: Between 1905 and 1910
This is a postcard showing City Park in Topeka, Kansas. Visible in the postcard is a bandstand and children playing on the lawn.


City park, Randolph, Kansas

City park, Randolph, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A photograph of the bandstand in city park, Randolph, Kansas. Visible around the park are horse drawn wagons and carriages.


City park in Burlington, Kansas

City park in Burlington, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This is a postcard showing a city park in Burlington, Kansas.


City park in Peabody, Kansas

City park in Peabody, Kansas
Creator: Coons
Date: Between 1906 and 1908
This is a postcard showing City Park in Peabody, Kansas.


Colorado for the tourist

Colorado for the tourist
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1920s
This Union Pacific Railroad Company promotional advertisement describes the beautiful scenery provided to the tourist in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.


Coronado Heights, Saline County, Kansas

Coronado Heights, Saline County, Kansas
Date: Between 1932 and 1936
Eleven photographs show Coronado Heights, located in the southern part of Saline County, Kansas. The castle at Coronado Heights was constructed by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. It is alleged to be near the place where Francisco Vasquez de Coronado gave up his search for the seven cities of gold and turned around to return to Mexico.


Cottonwood River flood, Marion, Kansas

Cottonwood River flood, Marion, Kansas
Creator: Ogden
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows a group of men and boys gathered around a fountain in a park in Marion in Marion County, Kansas, during a flood of the Cottonwood River.


Doran lily pool at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas

Doran lily pool at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curteich
Date: 1948
This is a color postcard showing the Doran lily pool at the Reinisch Memorial Rose Garden at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas.


Finnup Park swimming pool

Finnup Park swimming pool
Date: Between 1920 and 1940
This black and white photograph shows a view of a sticker promoting the largest municipal swimming pool in the United States in Garden City, Kansas.


Foot bridge, Marion, Kansas

Foot bridge, Marion, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
These three photographs show a foot bridge across a creek in a wooded park in Marion, Marion County, Kansas. Two were taken after a flood.


Foot bridge during Cottonwood River flood, Marion, Marion County, Kansas

Foot bridge during Cottonwood River flood, Marion, Marion County, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows the location of a foot bridge, which was submerged during a flood on the Cottonwood River in Marion, Marion County, Kansas.


Fountain at City Park in Eureka, Kansas

Fountain at City Park in Eureka, Kansas
Creator: Woolverton Press
Date: Between 1905 and 1910
This is a postcard showing a fountain at City Park in Eureka, Kansas.


Fountain in the city park in Wamego, Kansas

Fountain in the city park in Wamego, Kansas
Date: 1912
This postcard features a rock fountain which had been recently completed in the city park in Wamego, Kansas. According to a brief article published in Municipal Journal, the fountain's dimensions included a 126-foot circumference at the base and a height of 35 feet. At its top was a large bronze stork. The postcard was mailed to Wiley Taylor, of Louisville, Kansas, who at the time was a pitcher for the Austin Senators baseball team of the Texas League. In addition to playing for several minor league teams, Taylor also pitched in 27 major league games, most of them with the St. Louis Browns. Wiley Taylor was a life-long resident of Pottawatomie County, where he farmed and served four terms as the county sheriff (1925-28 and 1945-48).


Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas

Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Valentine-Souvenir Co., New York
Date: Between 1915 and 1920
This is a postcard showing people by a pond at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas.


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