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Anthony "Boosters", Harper County, Kansas

Anthony "Boosters", Harper County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1909
These four black and white photographs show members of the Anthony Booster Club during an automobile trip through Barber County and northern Oklahoma.


Automobile Club of Wichita Year Book

Automobile Club of Wichita Year Book
Creator: Automobile Club of Wichita, Kansas
Date: 1909-1910
The Automobile Club of Wichita published this year book for the years 1909-1910. Its content reflects that automobile travel was a recent introduction to the lives of Kansans. It includes advertisements from automobile dealers, garages, and other businesses in Wichita, Hutchinson, Newton, Winfield, El Dorado, Dodge City, Yates Center, Iola, Independence, Topeka, Emporia, Garden City, and Lawrence. It also lists the officers and board of directors of the club, its constitution and bylaws, the Kansas law regulation the use of automobiles, two Wichita ordinances (#2875 and 3002) related to the use of cars, and rules of the road. The bulk of the yearbook provides driving routes to and from various cities and towns in Kansas, as well as Colorado and Oklahoma. An index to the routes and maps is on pages 22-23. These driving routes include specific directions and include references to many small towns and local landmarks, etc. The yearbook also lists Wichita residents that own automobiles, their license numbers and the type of automobile they own. The booklet concludes with a list of members of the automobile club.


Automobile on country road, Russell County, Kansas

Automobile on country road, Russell County, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: September 18, 1910
One side of a stereograph showing three people in a car traveling along a country road in Russell County, Kansas. Also visible in the background are a house, a windmill, farm buildings, open fields, groves of trees, and a long bridge that may cross the Smoky Hill River.


California and the expositions.  Yellowstone National Park.  How to go and what to see

California and the expositions. Yellowstone National Park. How to go and what to see
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: Between 1914 and 1915
This pamphlet is a Union Pacific Railroad promotional advertisement for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California, between February 20, 1915-December 04, 1915, including a travel excursion to Yellowstone National Park in the Rocky Mountains and other areas of interest.


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.


Centennial, 1776-1876:  Declaration of Principles

Centennial, 1776-1876: Declaration of Principles
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: 1876
This Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company advertisement promotes the railroad line in the context of the centennial celebration of the establishment of the United States. The poster's language mimics the Declaration of Independence.


Charlotte Hopper driving a Ford automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

Charlotte Hopper driving a Ford automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: June 7, 1913
Charlotte Hopper is in the driver's seat of a Ford convertible automobile in Dorrance, Kansas. Four people are seated in the automobile, and two young boys are shown seated upon its left front fender and left running board.


Clason's Kansas green guide with road and railway maps

Clason's Kansas green guide with road and railway maps
Date: [between 1925 and 1929?]
Clason's Kansas Green Guide lists town and county populations, state colleges, railroads, and other basic information about the state.


Colorado, Kansas road sign

Colorado, Kansas road sign
Date: 1925
This black and white photograph shows a road sign informing travelers that Kansas City, Kansas was 492 miles and Omaha, Nebraska was 405 miles. The wooden sign may have been the first highway marker associated with U.S. Highway 36. The highway, which is still in use today, passes through thirteen Kansas counties that share their borders with the state of Nebraska.


Compliments of the Great Rock Island Route

Compliments of the Great Rock Island Route
Creator: Rock Island Railroad Company
Date: 1890
This is a Rock Island Railroad promotional advertisement in the form of a monthly calendar detailing the various major routes of the line. The first image shows a photographic transparency of the poster taken in the 1960s when the poster was still in good condition. The second image shows a recent scan of the original poster and the resulting deterioration over the last forty years.


E. S. Hopper driving a Ford automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

E. S. Hopper driving a Ford automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: May 30, 1913
View of E. S. Hopper driving a Ford automobile decorated with U. S. flags, Dorrance, Kan. There are three people in the automobile, three children standing on the running board, and a woman standing next to the automobile.


Edward B. Smythe to Hiram Hill

Edward B. Smythe to Hiram Hill
Creator: Smythe, Edward B.
Date: August 31, 1857
Edward Smythe wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts, regarding his experiences in Manhattan. Smythe described his journey West and his newly established lumber business. He found the people of Manhattan to be enjoyable and prosperous. Smythe illustrated their character by describing the ladies' festival planned for the coming week, in which funds will be raised to defray the expenses of constructing a beautiful new schoolhouse. He added that he would now begin his search for a "better half".


"El Capitan" train, Raton, New Mexico

"El Capitan" train, Raton, New Mexico
Date: 1959
View of skiers disembarking from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's hi-level "El Capitan" train in Raton, New Mexico, for a ski adventure at Taos Ski Valley.


Elmo Mahoney in a Reo automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

Elmo Mahoney in a Reo automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: April 24, 1910
View of a couple looking at a toddler, Elmo Mahoney, seated in an open Reo automobile in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas. Also visible are a garage or barn built with corrugated metal siding and door, a wooden picket fence, a tree, and a house in the background.


Enoch Graf, Dorrance, Kansas

Enoch Graf, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: November 3, 1910
View of Enoch Graf, the driver, and an unidentified man seated in a coupe convertible automobile parked in front of Lindenmeyers General Merchandise store in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas. Also visible are men standing on the sidewalk, business advertisements, several horse-drawn wagons, and a man seated on a wagon at the right side of the photograph.


Enoch Graf in automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

Enoch Graf in automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: November 3, 1910
View of Enoch Graf seated in his automobile. He is parked in front of Lindenmeyers General Merchandise store, Dorrance, Russell County, Kan.


F. W. Jordan and Leo Sterns in an automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

F. W. Jordan and Leo Sterns in an automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: November 7, 1911
View of F. W. Jordan and Leo Sterns seated in a convertible automobile parked in front of Weber & Peirano's vehicles and implements store in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas. Also visible are a large wood-framed barn with advertisements for John Deere and Sharples Cream Separators, two saw horses to the right of the Weber & Peirano store, and a grain elevator in the distance.


Fishing in Colorado and Wyoming

Fishing in Colorado and Wyoming
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1912
This Union Pacific Railroad Company promotional advertisement describes the beautiful and rustic scenery enjoyed in camp life and fishing as experienced in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Wyoming.


Folks who live in Kansas present this booklet and guide so that you may see their wonderful state . . .

Folks who live in Kansas present this booklet and guide so that you may see their wonderful state . . .
Creator: Kansas Motor Club
Date: Between 1950 and 1960
A brochure created by the Kansas Motor Club advertising the state of Kansas and its hospitality. The brochure has several maps that focus on different areas of Kansas. Along with these maps are pictures of Kansas and brief descriptions of the state's many attractions.


Fred Major and family in automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

Fred Major and family in automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: September 21, 1910
An informal portrait of Fred Major, his wife, and their two young daughters seated in their convertible automobile in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas. Also visible in the background are a windmill, farmhouse, and a stone post and wire fence.


Fred Major and family in automobile, Russell County, Kansas

Fred Major and family in automobile, Russell County, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: September 21, 1910
View of Fred Major, his wife, and two young daughters seated in a large convertible automobile near Dorrance in Russell County, Kansas. Also visible are utility poles and farm buildings in the background.


From the river to the mountains via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad

From the river to the mountains via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
Date: 1876
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad promotional advertisement encouraging travel on its western line to the Rocky Mountains from the east. Includes timetable and illustrations by Topeka artist Henry Worrall.


G. P. Thielen and his automobile, Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas

G. P. Thielen and his automobile, Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: June 12, 1910
View of G. P. Thielen and four unidentified people seated in a Reo automobile, Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas.


G. P. Thielen seated in his Reo automobile, Dorrance, Kansas

G. P. Thielen seated in his Reo automobile, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: June 5, 1910
An informal portrait of G. P. Thielen seated in his large Reo convertible automobile on a street in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas.


Glidden auto tour, Dorrance, Kansas

Glidden auto tour, Dorrance, Kansas
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: July 29, 1909
View of three automobiles, the first of which is identified as number 52, competing in a Glidden auto tour, on a street in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas. The Glidden auto tours were timed, long distance road rallies organized from 1902-1913 throughout the United States by the American Automobile Association (AAA) as a means of encouraging automotive travel and the development of safe roads. Also visible in the photograph are spectators, horse-drawn wagons and a carriage in front of Lindenmeyer's General Merchandise store, utility poles and power lines, windmills, and the buildings and businesses along the city street.


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