Kansas City: Paris of the Plains

Kansas City: Paris of the Plains
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17162
Building: 
Current Location: 
Study room 416
Floor: 
4th
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a poster by artist Bill McDevitt that recognizes Kansas City as the "Paris of the Plains".
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
19 inches
Width: 
1 inches
Height: 
27 inches
Description: 

This is a poster that reads "Kansas City / Paris of the Plains / 1928-1938" across an almost water-marked image of a woman dressed in popular flapper attire. Her striking pose seems to suggest the appeal that the rising urban area had despite the economic depression ravaging the rest of the country. Due to looser laws surrounding prohibition, the city's nightlife boomed and was spared economically as well. Kansas City has long been called the "Paris of the Plains" due to its system of boulevards, many water fountains, and strong cultural engagement. For the United States in the decade listed, this city might have been a source of pride in conversation with European counterparts. Text and image come together in this poster as an advertisement for prosperity, accentuated by the unique design of the black-spotted silver frame.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes