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Re: When Downtown KC was a powerhouse - A must see for all

Postby FangKC » Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:43 pm

Union Station lobby at Christmas. No date given.

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North Hall and Clock. Photo: 1932.

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South lobby. Photo: 1935

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Postby warwickland » Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:55 pm

KCKev wrote:Image


This picture is rather mindblowing. If someone were to have me guess the arcades location, I would say "somewhere in NYC." This is the sort of place (or more precisely, places pieced together with stuff from places like this) that is popular in hipster ghettos like Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Postby bbqboy » Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:03 am

Wonderland was great. My friend Chris Lockwood and I made a record on the machine pictured in those photos.Image

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Postby FangKC » Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:07 am

I miss video arcades.

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Postby warwickland » Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:12 am

It seems clear to me why a good portion of the last generation to experience unique places like this in Midwestern downtowns...ended up leaving as the old city crumbled.

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Postby bbqboy » Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:34 am

warwickland wrote:It seems clear to me why a good portion of the last generation to experience unique places like this in Midwestern downtowns...ended up leaving as the old city crumbled.
Don't know whether you are addressing that to me specifically, but you are spot on.

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Postby towncow » Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:48 pm

Some of us are still here, by choice.

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Re: When Downtown KC was a powerhouse - A must see for all

Postby blujdude87 » Tue May 27, 2008 12:52 pm

Does anyone have a bunch of digital copies of photos from around the nelson, liberty memorial, or union station that I could use for a project I'm working on?

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Postby medleyj » Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:52 pm

ignatius wrote:Waiting for streetcars.
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Not waiting for the streetcar. This is the same photo shown on page 194 of the Star's book "Kansas City." This is a group of spectators who have gathered to watch flagpole sitter Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly. Kelly stayed up there for 146 hours despite temperatures as cold as 17 degrees as a publicity stunt for local advertisers. I'm guessing that's why there are signs all over the front of the hotel that are not seen in other photos of the Westgate. In the Star's copy of the photo it's easier to see that those signs are advertisements. If you look carefully, you can just make out the figure on top of the flagpole.

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Postby taxi » Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:05 am

medleyj wrote:Not waiting for the streetcar. This is the same photo shown on page 194 of the Star's book "Kansas City." This is a group of spectators who have gathered to watch flagpole sitter Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly. Kelly stayed up there for 146 hours despite temperatures as cold as 17 degrees as a publicity stunt for local advertisers. I'm guessing that's why there are signs all over the front of the hotel that are not seen in other photos of the Westgate. In the Star's copy of the photo it's easier to see that those signs are advertisements. If you look carefully, you can just make out the figure on top of the flagpole.

I am not calling you a liar, and I'm too lazy to do the research, but how is that possible? That's more than six days? Besides eating, how did he shit and piss?
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Postby shinatoo » Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:38 am

Daniel Baraniuk, an out-of-work 27-year-old from Gdansk, Poland set the world record for pole-sitting by sitting at the top of a 8-foot, 2 1/2 inch pole for 196 days and nights. In doing so he won the World Pole-Sitting Championship and nearly $23,000 in prize money.

All the competitors mounted their poles on May 15, 2002 and were only allowed to leave their 16 by 24 inch platform for 10 minutes every two hours. While his nearest competitor fell off the pole in October, Baraniuk finally gave up on November 26, 2002.

http://www.distant.ca/UselessFacts/fact.asp?ID=166

I'm guessing it was something akin to this.
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Postby taxi » Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:40 pm

Thanks for the clarification. I think I might have a new calling.
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Postby medleyj » Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:31 pm

taxi wrote:I am not calling you a liar, and I'm too lazy to do the research, but how is that possible? That's more than six days? Besides eating, how did he shit and piss?


I'm just repeating what's in the KC star book. I gave the page number. Check it out yourself. I think there might be a copy at the KC Public Library.

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Re: When Downtown KC was a powerhouse - A must see for all

Postby voltopt » Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:33 am

ignatius wrote:KC disasters...





W Bottoms of course.  This guy was dealing with the building below.  Apparently shooting a can for a string to carry a hose up.
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That building was called the New Nelson Building and was located at the SE corner of Missouri Avenue and Main Street.  Now it is a grassy buffer adjacent to the access road for I-70 in the north loop area of the river market.

Here are a couple other photos of it...

http://www.kchistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/19th&CISOPTR=275&CISOBOX=1&REC=18

http://www.kchistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/Montgomery&CISOPTR=7041&CISOBOX=1&REC=16
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Re: When Downtown KC was a powerhouse - A must see for all

Postby warwickland » Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:09 pm

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I love the scale of the density here...3-4 story streetwalls with many outliers like the westgate. Reminds me of certain streets of downtown Philly (Sansome is an example).

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Re: When Downtown KC was a powerhouse - A must see for all

Postby mlind » Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:31 pm

ignatius wrote:From the KC library...

"Queens" of the Priests of Pallas festivals (1887-1924) were disguised and
their identity never disclosed during the festival events. It was later revealed
that the "queens" were, in fact, men. At the time, it was felt the parade and
other activities would be too strenuous for a woman.  Drawing cross-dressers
from the region, many burlesque performers at cabaret clubs during
the jazz era were actually men.



Yes, the library claims these are men at least in the first 2 pics.  
Could the term 'queen' be taken any more literally?

1896.  Check out the goth dude.
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1905
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Early 30's.  All girls hotel known as 'lesbos inn'.  Opened years before
San Francisco's first lesbian bar.
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1890s?  Strike a pose.  She snaps her head back, "I'm better than you bitch"
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And while on topic.... Bank building, now a lesbian bar.
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It may have not been a lesbian place to live.  It was very common for cities to have women-only hotels.  They could be safe there.  The most famous was the Barbizon Hotel in Manhattan.  They used to advertise in the New Yorker.  That's where all the girls from the east coast women's colleges stayed when they went to NYC.

http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/pwwmh/ny25.htm

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Postby aknowledgeableperson » Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:38 pm

mlind wrote:It may have not been a lesbian place to live.  It was very common for cities to have women-only hotels. 


It was also quite common for employers who had many single women working for them to have residences for those women, in particular hospitals.
I may be right.  I may be wrong.  But there is a lot of gray area in-between.

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Postby KC Sporting Life » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:54 pm

Ignatius, GREAT photos.  I'd love to get prints of many of these if possible.  I can see that a lot of them are archived at the Public Library, how can I get copies?

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Re: When Downtown KC was a powerhouse - A must see for all

Postby Highlander » Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:54 pm

warwickland wrote:Image

I love the scale of the density here...3-4 story streetwalls with many outliers like the westgate. Reminds me of certain streets of downtown Philly (Sansome is an example).


My favorite all time street scene in KC.  I would love go back in time and preserve this.  Does Bahua have a time machine we can use?  This forum has everything doesn't it?

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Re: When Downtown KC was a powerhouse - A must see for all

Postby NDTeve » Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:58 pm

hot tube time machine?  :lol:
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