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34-star American flag playing cards

34-star American flag playing cards
Date: between 1861 and 1863
This deck of thirty-five glossed paper cards depicts two 34 star American flags on the back. The reverse contains the suits with no numbers in the corners. Kansas is the 34th State admitted to the Union (in 1861), which dates these to the early Civil War between 1861 and 1863. Prior to 1880 playing cards typically did not have numbers in the corners.


Baseball card game

Baseball card game
Creator: Aydelott's Baseball Cards Company
Date: 1910
This game contains cards with various playing situations, games pieces to act as base runners, a score sheet and instruction sheet. The game was made by Aydelott's Baseball Cards Company. Jake Aydelott played professional baseball as a pitcher with the Indianapolis Hoosiers in 1884 and the Philadelphia Athletics in 1886.


Brist boomerang

Brist boomerang
Creator: Brist Manufacturing Company
Date: between 1902 and 1920
Wooden Brist boomerang. The boomerang is a component of Brist, a game in which a racket is used to catch boomerangs. It was invented by Sam Bristow and manufactured by the Brist Manufacturing Company in Topeka, Kansas, from 1904 to 1924. In 1915, the company employed between 30 and 35 people. The game sets sold for between $3 and $15.


Canton, Kansas

Canton, Kansas
Creator: Lomax, Hugh
Date: 1929
This film presents silent footage of Canton, Kansas. Beginning with a steam engine pulling into a railroad depot, the film features many street scenes, people, schools and other small town scenes. It shows many people entering and leaving the post office or general store. It also shows many school children playing games on the playground and mothers with infants.


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.


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.


Croquet game, Greeley County, Kansas

Croquet game, Greeley County, Kansas
Date: around 1910
Children play croquet in Greeley County, Kansas. A wagon and a barn are visible in the background.


Croquet match at Rogler Ranch

Croquet match at Rogler Ranch
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
This black and white photograph shows a croquet match at the Rogler Ranch in Chase County, Kansas. L to R: Hired men watching Wayne, Irene, Helen, Roy Golden (?) Beth Rogler (?).


Dice from the Martin Farmstead, 14RP322

Dice from the Martin Farmstead, 14RP322
Date: 1900-1947
This blue plastic dice was recovered from the Martin Farmstead in Republic County. The site was the location of an archeological salvage project in 1992, due to impending highway construction, and is representative of the lifestyle of rural Kansans and Americans of the late 19th- to early 20th-centuries.


Dominos and Dice from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Dominos and Dice from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: Unknown
Leisure time activities are well represented at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove by these two dice, possibly from a board game, and the four dominos. All four of the dominos appear to be handmade. All of these artifacts were recovered during the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program at the Last Chance Store. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Game of Kansas history cards

Game of Kansas history cards
Creator: Frank A. Root & Son
Date: 1894
Each of these 84 paper playing cards from 1894 consist of a category title, important names or events, and a brief history. The categories are: Kansas Pioneer Women, Pioneer Kansas Editors, Pioneer Kansas Newspapers, Kansas Writers, Kansas Missions, Kansas Forts, Historical, Kansas Massacres, Kansas Battles, State Governors, Kansas Officers and Institutions, Chief Justices of Kansas, Kansas Congressman, U.S. Senators, and Miscellaneous. They were made by Frank A. Root & Son in Topeka, Kansas. In his life Root worked as a postmaster, author, and newspaper owner.


Game of the Telegraph Boy

Game of the Telegraph Boy
Creator: McLoughlin Bros.
Date: between 1888 and 1910
Game board for the Game of the Telegraph Boy, copyrighted in 1888 by McLoughlin Brothers of New York. Players move around the board, trying to rise from the rank of messanger boy to president of the telegraph company. The Game of the Telegraph Boy was alternately titled Merit Rewarded. It came in a wooden box and included four painted lead messanger boy pieces and a spinner.


Gavitt's Stock Exchange card game

Gavitt's Stock Exchange card game
Creator: W.W. Gavitt Printing and Publishing Co.
Date: 1904
Game of Gavitt's Stock Exchange with box, instructions, and two promotional leaflets. The deck of 33 cards includes four sets of railroad stocks, each consisting of eight identical cards, plus one Fatal Telegram card. Pubished by the Gavitt Printing and Publishing Company of Topeka in 1904. Harry Gavitt first developed the Gavitt's Stock Exchange game as a free promotional item to help advertise his family's patent medicine company. The game quickly gained popularity, however, and Gavitt soon began marketing the game as its own product. The game was first published by the Gavitt Printing and Publishing Company in 1903. By 1904, Gavitt had sold a partial interest in his game to Parker Brothers, allowing them to refine and publish the game of Pit while he retained the rights to Gavitt Stock Exchange.


Interior, Palace Billiard Hall, 300 Missouri Street, Alma, Kansas

Interior, Palace Billiard Hall, 300 Missouri Street, Alma, Kansas
Date: Between 1895 and 1910
This is the interior of the Palace Billiard Hall, 300 Missouri Street, Alma, Kansas. It offered pool, billiards, cards, and drinks to Alma men. Conrad Mueller owned this building as well as his hardware store next door at 304 Missouri Street. The photo shows tin ceiling tiles, spittoons, billiard tables as well several people playing pool. There are four other people around a table in the back. Plants are on both end of the bar at the back of the right side of the image. Geo Schroeder is second from the right and Cricket Schroeder is third from right.


Mechanical baseball game

Mechanical baseball game
Creator: Frantz Manufacturing Company
Date: between 1925 and 1930
A mechanical baseball game produced in the 1920's. The game is composed of a metal lithograph scene of a baseball game on a stained wooden frame. In pencil a previous owner wrote the names of players such as Lavagetto, Durocher, DiMaggio, Wyatt, and Phelps. The Frantz Company, a garage hardware manufacturer, produced this baseball game as well as a very similar football game. The Company was founded in Sterling, Illinois in 1907 and, into the present day, has been producing various inventions composed of metal, wood, and other materials. The toys produced by the Frantz Company were often sold in major department stores around the country.


Mechanical football game

Mechanical football game
Creator: Frantz Manufacturing Company
Date: between 1920 and 1930
A mechanical football game produced in the 1920's. The game is composed of a tin lithograph with a colorful football field scene and a stained wooden frame. The Frantz Company, a garage hardware manufacturer, produced this football game as well as a very similar baseball game. The Company was founded in Sterling, Illinois in 1907 and, into the present day, has been producing various inventions composed of metal, wood, and other materials. The toys produced by the Frantz Company were often sold in major department stores around the country.


Mechanical shooting gallery

Mechanical shooting gallery
Creator: All Metal Products Company
Date: between 1936 and 1957
Tin wind up shooting gallery with lithographic printing. This duck shooting gallery is made of tin with a lithographic print. It was made by the All Metal Products Company, under the brand Wyandotte Toys, between 1936 and 1957. The toy was wound at the front by a key allowing the target to rotate and the tin ducks to file past. The gallery would originally have come with a pistol and rubber tipped darts to shoot the ducks.


Ouija set

Ouija set
Date: between 1900 and 1909
Maple Ouija Board and planchette with black stencilling. Light-colored wood board with clipped corners. From the home of Lena Hamilton Casebier, in North Topeka. In 1854, Leonard Wendell took a land grant in North Topeka. His granddaughter, Lena Hamilton Casebier, lived on that homestead until the 1970s.


Parcheesi set

Parcheesi set
Date: between 1918 and 1930
Parcheesi, Popular Edition. First trademarked by the Selchow & Righter Co. of New York in 1874, and registered in 1890 and 1918. Includes a folding game board as well as small box containing instructions, four dice cups, four pairs of dice, and four sets of four game tokens each. Parcheesi is a trademarked version of the traditional Indian game Pachisi.


Pit card game

Pit card game
Creator: Pit Publishing Company
Date: 1903
Game of Pit with box and instructions. The deck of 65 cards includes eight sets of stocks, each consisting of eight identical cards, plus one Panic card. Pit is a stock-trading card game very similar to Gavitt's Stock Exchange, a game developed by Harry Gavitt of Topeka and first published by the Gavitt Printing and Publishing Company in 1903. Newspapers advertisements for Pit begin appearing about the same time as Gavitt began heavily promoting his game, although the legal relationship between those early versions of Pit and Gavitt's game are unclear. This particular version of Pit was published in 1903 by the Pit Publishing Company of Topeka, which was chartered on July 8 of that year specifically to produce the game. By 1904, Gavitt had sold a partial interest in his game to Parker Brothers, allowing them to refine and publish Pit while he retained the rights to Gavitt Stock Exchange.


Playing cards, Mount Hope, Kansas

Playing cards, Mount Hope, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1909
This black and white photograph shows two men at a table playing cards in Mount Hope, Kansas.


Playing horseshoes, Lawrence, Kansas

Playing horseshoes, Lawrence, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Soldiers and civilians playing horseshoes at a recreation center for servicemen and factory workers, Lawrence, Kansas. The recreation center was part of the Works Progress Administration.


Poker game, Olpe, Kansas

Poker game, Olpe, Kansas
Date: 1908
This black and white photograph shows a group of men gathered around a table playing a game of poker in Olpe, Kansas. A dog can be seen underneath the table looking on.


Recreation center, Lawrence, Kansas

Recreation center, Lawrence, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Sailors playing darts at a recreation center for servicemen and factory workers in Lawrence, Kansas. The recreation center was part of the Works Progress Administration.


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