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50th anniversary of Kansas

50th anniversary of Kansas
Date: 1911
This postcard shows the ornate work of the Fetter pillow honoring the Fiftieth Anniversary of statehood in Kansas.


Anderson County fair

Anderson County fair
Creator: Richmond Lithograph Company
Date: September 04, 1894-September 07, 1894
Baskets of crops and produce surround three children in this poster for the Anderson County, Kansas, fair. At the bottom, it lists R.T. Stokes, President, and M.L. White, Secretary, of the fair.


A sunflower of Kansas

A sunflower of Kansas
Creator: Allsley
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This colored postcard shows a sunflower with a woman's face illustrated in the center of the flower.


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.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1913 and 1915
This colored postcard illustrates the capitol in Topeka, Kansas along with the state flower and the state seal. A poem describes how nature has blessed the state with an abundance of crops. In the lower left of the card, an image of George Brinton Ross, President of the State Board of Agriculture and State Grain Inspector, has been inserted.


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.


Daily Capital flower automobile, Topeka, Kansas

Daily Capital flower automobile, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This sepia colored photograph shows a group of people standing beside an automobile filled with bouquets of flowers and a banner reading "Daily Capital Flower Automobile".


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.


Dr. C. F. and Flo V. Menninger in their peony garden

Dr. C. F. and Flo V. Menninger in their peony garden
Date: 1922
This is a photograph of Dr. C. F. and Flo V. Menninger in their peony garden at 17th and Plass in Topeka, Kansas.


Fair bulletin

Fair bulletin
Creator: Miami County Agricultural and Mechanical Association
Date: September 1896
This fair bulletin lists the entertainment, activities, and exhibits that will be available at the Miami County fair in Paola, Kansas. Attractions include a mechanical department, a ladies' department, livestock exhibit, horse races, a poultry exhibit, live music, and fruit, floral, and vegetable displays. Fair officers are J. F. Donahoe, president, and G. P. Leavitt, secretary.


Fourth annual Sumner County fair, Wellington, Kansas

Fourth annual Sumner County fair, Wellington, Kansas
Date: September 17 - 20, 1894
This poster advertises the fourth annual Sumner County fair to be held at Wellington, Kansas. Highlights include livestock, agricultural crops, horse racing, and musical entertainment events. Fair officers are H. C. St. Clair, president, and I. N. King, secretary.


Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas

Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Steen, G. B.
Date: 1912
This is a photograph made from a glass plate negative, showing a gazebo and flowers at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas.


Golden Charles Dresher photograph collection

Golden Charles Dresher photograph collection
Creator: Dresher, G. C.
Date: Between 1870 and 1940
This collection consists of 326 photographs taken by G. C. (Golden Charles) Dresher of Canton, McPherson County, Kansas. The photos mostly concern the Dresher family, their friends and the surrounding area. Photographs of McPherson College students and the flooding of Cow Creek are also included. Dorothy May (Dresher) Richards, the daughter of G. C. Dresher, donated the original glass plate negatives to the Kansas Historical Society in 1999.


Greenhouse and gardens at the Menninger Clinic

Greenhouse and gardens at the Menninger Clinic
Date: 1994
These four black and white photographs show John Zimmerman and Jim Ollison working to beautify the Menninger campus in Topeka, Kansas. This was considered an important part of the milieu therapy for promoting mental wellness.


Greenhouse and gardens, Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas

Greenhouse and gardens, Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1994
These black and white photographs show John Zimmerman and Jim Olliso working to beautify the Menninger campus. This is considered an important part of the milieu therapy for promoting mental wellness.


Henry L. Denison to Joseph Denison

Henry L. Denison to Joseph Denison
Creator: Denison, Henry
Date: May 11, 1859
Henry Denison wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to his uncle, Joseph Denison, who was traveling away from home. Henry reported that the cornerstone of Bluemont College had been laid the day before, and described the festivities, including speeches and the planting of a kind of time capsule behind the cornerstone. He added that crops had sprouted and were growing beautifully; emigrants continued to pass through on their way to Pikes Peak.


John Wesley McManigal photographs

John Wesley McManigal photographs
Creator: McManigal, John Wesley
Date: Between 1934 and 1949
This is a collection of agricultural photographs taken in northeast Kansas by photographer John Wesley McManigal.


Kansas calling you

Kansas calling you
Creator: Seward, C. A. (Coy Avon), 1884-1939
Date: Between 1911 and 1912
This colored postcard shows an allegorical figure embracing a bouquet of sunflowers while holding a mirror in her hand. At her feet fruits and vegetables have been arranged around the Great Seal of Kansas. In the background scenes of industrial and agricultural opportunities are illustrated.


Kansas sunflowers

Kansas sunflowers
Creator: Jones, Horace
Date: 1961
Sunflowers in a field of wheat.


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.


Mrs. H. E. Pendelton, Kansas

Mrs. H. E. Pendelton, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
The photograph shows Mrs. H. E. Pendelton wearing a dress and sitting in a chair, in Kansas.


Plant Operations staff at Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas

Plant Operations staff at Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1984
The Plant Operations staff kept Menninger Clinic patients and staff buildings comfortable, with working utilities, and attractive grounds. They reflected the Menninger philosophy that mental illness could be treated with an integrated medical, psychodynamic, and developmental approach for the total health of patients.


State capitol and sunflower

State capitol and sunflower
Creator: Williamson-Haffner Co. (Denver, Colo.)
Date: 1936
This colored postcard shows the capitol in Topeka, Kansas along with the state flower and seal. A poem has been inserted describing how nature has blessed the state with a abundance of crops.


State capitol and sunflower

State capitol and sunflower
Creator: Valentine-Souvenir Co., New York
Date: 1936
This colored postcard shows the capitol in Topeka, Kansas along with the state flower and seal. A poem has been inserted describing how nature has blessed the state with a abundance of crops.


Sunflower

Sunflower
Creator: Ruff, Del
Date: Between 1980 and 1985
This is a slide of a sunflower taken in the late afternoon near Sterling, Kansas.


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