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B-M lawn mower

B-M lawn mower
Creator: B-M Mower Company
Date: between 1940 and 1957
Model VD 17 B-M Power Mower. The B-M Mower Company of Blue Mound, Kansas (Linn County), produced power mowers from the mid-1940s until 1957. The company promised customers that its aluminum-body mowers would save time, work, and money "and make mowing your lawn seem like child's play instead of hard labor."


Cleaning a sidewalk after a snow, Valley Falls, Kansas

Cleaning a sidewalk after a snow, Valley Falls, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1950 ?
View of a man cleaning a sidewalk after a snow, Valley Falls, Kansas.


Eames home, Delphos, Kansas

Eames home, Delphos, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1930
This is a photo of the Eames' home in Delphos, Kansas. There is an unidentified man in the photo who is digging into the ground.


Lawn sweeper

Lawn sweeper
Creator: Parker Sweeper Company
Date: between 1955 and 1959
Electric lawn sweeper for removing leaves and other debris from a yard. An electric motor drives brushes located within the housing. The brushes sweep waste into the canvas catcher. This model was manufactured in the late 1950s by the Parker Sweeper Company of Springfield, Ohio, under the model name Electro-Sweep. It was used by Elna Ridgway of Atwood in Rawlins County, Kansas.


"Little Mexico", Topeka, Kansas

"Little Mexico", Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Topeka Journal
Date: September 01, 1917
This newspaper illustration from the Topeka Journal shows a family gathered around their boxcar home in "Little Mexico" near the East Sixth Street viaduct in Topeka, Kansas.


Three women gardening, Rossville, Kansas

Three women gardening, Rossville, Kansas
Date: 1960
Three unidentified women hoe the flower bed at the triangle end of Main Street in Rossville, Kansas, in August of 1960. The triangle end of Main Street was located on the west side of Main Street north of the railroad tracks. The lady on the left could possibly be Winnie Stach. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


William C. Baylis home, Rossville, Kansas

William C. Baylis home, Rossville, Kansas
Date: Between 1880-1910
William C. Baylis cutting his lawn. Two women sit in rocking chairs on the front porch. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


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