In 1940, the Kansas City Southern Lines introduced the Southern Belle passenger train that traveled between Kansas City and New Orleans. It also traveled to Baton Rouge and Lake Charles in Louisiana. In Texas, it traveled to Port Arthur and Beaumont. To advertise the train, they published a song by Cecil Taylor titled Southern Belle for which the lyrics and sheet music can be read on the lower quadrants of the print. The cover page of the sheet music takes up the upper left quadrant where the title "Southern Belle" is scripted across the top above a young woman.
Southern Belle Train Advertising
Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk: Chaos in Kansas City
"Chaos in Kansas City" was the title of a twenty page comic that was a 1982 supplement of The Kansas City Star. This graphic insert promoted clothing lines carried by the Jones Store. Brands such as Farah, Jordache, London Fog, and Lee were advertised. The cover depicts The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and Kraven the Hunter battling it out in front of the historic Jones Store, located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The scene also contains 9 bystanders fleeing from this epic fight. This scene is awash with high and low saturated color.
St. Peter's Dome Replica
This is a decorative model of a bell tower derived from the well-known Renaissance design of St. Peter's Dome. While not an exact replica of the dome, its interesting design puts it in the realm of imaginary architecture. In this sculpture, wooden beams replace the spire and painted coffers of the original dome. A hinge attached below the dome converts it into a lid that covers the cylindrical chamber below. The chamber, formed by a colonnade, encloses a spiraling staircase and rests on a weighted base. The wood used in the sculpture is oak and handcrafted with a French distressed finish.
Terrarvm Orbis Geographica AC Hydrographic Tabvla Glass Bowl
This glass bowl is adorned with cartographic collage images. Three layers of concentric circles, comprised of maps from antiquity, cover the surface of this ornamental bowl. The text, "Terrarvm Orbis Geographica AC Hydrographic Tabvla," is centered at the bottom and top of the bowl. Mythical figures and map representations predominate the outer and secondary circular areas. The inner circle depicts map images only. The entire surface of the bowl is illuminated with rich color, apart from eight smaller areas of the collage, that are rendered in black and white.
The Commerical Club of Kansas City Banner
Leaders in Kansas City business have been involved in their city's larger civic life since the first settlers came here in the 1820s. The first formal organization, though, dates from 1856 when a small group of local businessmen established the first commercial organization of Kansas City for the purposes of general public improvement.
This poster presents the United States Capitol Building dome at sunset which bathes the building in warm light that causes it to glow. An architectural cutaway superimposes half of the original photograph of the building, revealing its interior design and structural elements. A third layer of the graphic lines a row of six notable Congressional Representatives from various eras along the bottom of the building, of whom is George Henry White (1852-1918) and Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973).
The Kansas City Stockyards Depiction
A black and white reproduction of a nineteenth century historic map of the Kansas City Stockyards, by C.F. Morse. The original work was published by L. H. Everts and Co. in 1887, for the Kansas State Atlas. Additional text on the piece includes "KANSAS CITY STOCK YARDS, KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, C.F. MORSE GENERAL MANAGER, H.P. CHILD SUPT, E.E. RICHARDSON TREAS & SEC."
The Library's First Bookcase
This antique Victorian style wooden bookcase was the first to be purchased for the Kansas City Public Library. It has five shelves and two lower drawers. Access to the shelving cabinet is gained through two doors comprised of glass and wood that swing outward. Each door contains four panes of glass. The base of the bookcase contains two drawers, each drawer is accessed by two wooden knobs, located to the right and left of each compartment. The bookcase has three locks, one for the shelving compartment and one for each drawer.
The Priest of Pallas Ball Athena
An original promotional poster for the Priests of Pallas Masquerade Ball held on 21 October 2006 at the Kansas City Union Station. This poster depicts a seated figure, the representation of the Goddess Athena. This figure is resplendently dressed wearing a highly stylized floral print Victorian gown in different hues of gold, and blue. A many plumed helmet, the symbol of wisdom and strategy, accentuates the figures head. The plumage of the headpiece is depicted in an array of colors, including blue, brown, pink and purple.
The Priests of Pallas Ball (i)
An original promotional poster for the Priests of Pallas Masquerade Ball held on October 14th, 2005 at the Kansas City Union Station. The middle left of the print portrays an image of Minerva the Roman goddess of wisdom, strategic warfare, sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy. Surrounding the head of Minerva are descriptive text "MINERVA" and "ROMANA" that identify the persona of the figure. Below Minerva is an owl, a symbol associated with this Goddess to represent knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity and erudition.
The Umbilicus Clock
Tempered glass clock with artistic silk screen printing acknowledges the work of the great artistic master of antiquity, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. The major misperception of the pavement of the "Piazza del Campidoglio" is that this square is a simple geometric or ornamental motif. Michelangelo had the intention of reconnecting with his Etruscan and Roman ancestry, and therefore established in the center of Piazza Campidoglio what he named "the umbilicus" or navel of the world; and he did this by defining his challenging and intriguing oval design.
This is a custom built Renaissance Revival walnut cabinet. The front exterior is primarily encompassed by two large front doors that swing outward. In the interior there are ten narrow shelves with a drawer separating the fifth and sixth shelf. The shelves are each lined with red velvet. The drawer includes a fold-out desk with nine compartments, five of which contain smaller drawers. Two smaller doors, flanking the left and right of side of the main cabinet, open to reveal three shelves. Small drawers are positioned below both of the side doors.
Warehouses for W. J. Smith, Esq, KCMO
In this drawing the architect W.C. Root renders a warehouse for W.J. Smith, ESQ in a popular style with architects at the time. The first floor of the building has large windows in threes punctuated with entry doors. The windows continue in pairs to the second and third stories with layered trapezoidal keystones over each. The fourth-floor windows break the pattern with a series of lunette-shaped archways over each window series. The windows get smaller with the subsequent fifth and sixth floors, quickening the pace of the windows with each.