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A study made of 719 rural rehabilitation families relative to their standard of living

A study made of 719 rural rehabilitation families relative to their standard of living
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: 1935
This study was compiled by Conie Foote, supervisor of home economics, and her county home advisers. The report includes an introductory note from Foote, who states that the goal of this study is to provide the rural rehabilitation program with essential information about the needs of relief clients during the Dust Bowl years. The study addresses several questions, including: "What is the present standard of living of the families making application for rural rehabilitation loans? Is there a standard below which a family cannot live and maintain health and efficiency?" To answer these questions, the report includes statistics, such as charts documenting housing conditions, the number of applicants in each household, the items of household equipment required by relief families, and the number of persons needing medical care.


Baking rolls and pies

Baking rolls and pies
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Women baking dinner rolls and pies using a gas stove. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration's domestic science and foods program.


Belle Jones Dresher

Belle Jones Dresher
Creator: Dresher, G. C.
Date: August, 1907
An informal portrait of Belle Jones Dresher, kneeling before the open oven of her new stove. Also visible are two pie pans, a match holder on the door frame behind the stove, the stove's flue and gas line, a teakettle, a throw rug, patterned wallpaper and linoleum, and a pair of slippers that have been placed along the baseboard to the right of the stove.


Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens
Date: 1955
This is the cover from Better Homes and Gardens magazine, February 1955.


Churning butter

Churning butter
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
A woman seated in a kitchen churning butter. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration's adult and worker education program. Visible in the background is a stove.


Coleman Gasoline Iron from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372

Coleman Gasoline Iron from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372
Date: 1929-1948
This Iron was collected from the Plowboy site in Shawnee County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2017. The Plowboy site was home to the Kansa, the Potawatomi, and Euro-Americans. At various times, the site contained a farm, a trading post, and a post office with nearby military trails, Mormon routes, a railroad and the California-Oregon trail. This iron, manufactured by the Coleman Company, dates to a later occupation of the site. It is similar to Coleman's Instant-Lite Model 4A, with a blue enamel body, a blue wooden handle and a clean-out lever in the fuel valve. Irons such as this one could run on gasoline, alcohol, carbide-acetylene, kerosene, or natural gas, making ironing a dangerous job!


Ed Marling furniture and appliances store in Topeka, Kansas

Ed Marling furniture and appliances store in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1952
This is a photograph of the Ed Marling furniture and appliances store at 901 N. Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas. The Marling family opened a hardware business in this building in 1950. A year later, the store's inventory was destroyed by a flood. The family cleaned up the store, reopened, and offered free storage and cleaning of appliances to flood victims.


Ed Marling furniture and appliances store in Topeka, Kansas

Ed Marling furniture and appliances store in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1957 and 1960
This is a photograph of the Ed Marling appliances, televisions, and furniture store in Holiday Square Shopping Center, 29th and South Topeka Boulevard, in Topeka, Kansas. In 1956-1957, Charles Marling and John Dibble developed the Holliday Square shopping center.


Ed Marling furniture and appliance store in Lawrence, Kansas

Ed Marling furniture and appliance store in Lawrence, Kansas
Date: Between 1972 and 1975
This is a photograph of the Ed Marling furniture, television, and appliance store located at 825 Massachusetts in Lawrence, Kansas.


Ed Marling super value store in Topeka, Kansas

Ed Marling super value store in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1952
This is a photograph of the Ed Marling super value store at 901 N. Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas. The Marling family opened a hardware business in this building in 1950. A year later, the store's inventory was destroyed by a flood. The family cleaned up the store, reopened, and offered free storage and cleaning of appliances to flood victims.


Excerpts from taped interviews with John Stadler

Excerpts from taped interviews with John Stadler
Creator: Stadler, John
Date: 1979
This oral history interview with John Stadler, Stevens County, describes his experiences during the dust bowl of the 1930s. He devotes much of the interview to reminiscing about how these dust storms interrupted the daily routines of those living in western Kansas. Stadler worked for the local gas company, and he also supervised the drilling of 443 wells near Hugoton. Copied from Dust Storms as Remembered by Hugoton Citizens.


Isabella Call

Isabella Call
Creator: Lawrence Studio
Date: Between 1900s and 1920s
This photograph from a glass plate negative shows Isabella Call ironing clothing.


Maytag washer, Marysville, Kansas

Maytag washer, Marysville, Kansas
Creator: Hawkins, Omar F. (Omar Finlay), 1890-1967
Date: April 10, 1928
This is a view of salesman Andrews and a young boy standing inside of a new Maytag aluminum washing machine in front of the Haar Electric appliance store at 910 Broadway Street in Marysville, Kansas. A second boy is shown seated on the washing machine's drain shelf.


Maytag washers, Marysville, Kansas

Maytag washers, Marysville, Kansas
Creator: Hawkins, Omar F. (Omar Finlay), 1890-1967
Date: April 10, 1928
This is a photograph of two men, salesman Andrews and owner Fred Haar, standing with new Maytag aluminum washing machines in front of the Haar Electric appliance store at 910 Broadway Street in Marysville, Kansas.


New Frigidaire thrifty pair

New Frigidaire thrifty pair
Date: 1955
New Frigidaire Thrifty Pair : Washer and Electric Dryer; Better Homes and Gardens, February 1955, pg.22


Sad Iron from the Thomas Johnson/Henry Williams Dugout Site, 14GH102

Sad Iron from the Thomas Johnson/Henry Williams Dugout Site, 14GH102
Date: 1877-1910
This sad iron, also called a flat iron or smoothing iron, was recovered during the excavations of the 2007 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school at the Thomas Johnson/Henry Williams Dugout Site. Sad irons have been in use since the Middle Ages and would have been held with some type of padding around the handle when hot. They needed to be kept clean and rust-free, unlike this example. This domestic site was related to the settlement of Nicodemus, Kansas, an all black community in western Kansas.


Sad Irons from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372

Sad Irons from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372
Date: 1844-1930
Shown are two sad irons that were collected from the Plowboy site in Shawnee County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2017. Sad irons have been used since the Middle Ages and would have been held with some type of padding around the handle when hot. One of these irons still has a detachable wooden handle. The other iron handle was not detachable and has lost its wooden covering. The sad irons needed to be kept clean and rust-free, unlike these examples. The Plowboy site was home to the Kansa, the Potawatomi, and Euro-Americans. At various times, the site contained a farm, a trading post, and a post office with nearby military trails, Mormon routes, a railroad and the California-Oregon trail.


Salesmen, Russell, Kansas

Salesmen, Russell, Kansas
Date: 1900
These nine black and white photograph are prints from glass plate negatives that were donated in 1965 from the Russell County Historical Society in Russell, Kansas. The images show a group of salesman with their carrying cases and their samples at the J. H. Hill store in Russell, Kansas.


Washing laundry, Kansas City, Kansas

Washing laundry, Kansas City, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Housekeeping aides washing clothes using a wringer washer in Kansas City, Kansas. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration's domestic science and foods program.


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