Portrait of Mike Helm

Portrait of Mike Helm
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17577
Building: 
Current Location: 
Storage Room 303
Floor: 
Lower Level/Vault
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Dates: 
1884-1982
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a sepia-toned reproduction photograph print of Mike Helm.
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
25 inches
Width: 
1 inches
Height: 
31 inches
Description: 

Mike Heim, along with his brothers Ferdinand Jr. and Joseph Heim, founded two of the world's first full-time amusement parts, both named Electric Park, in Kansas City, Missouri in 1899. The first Electric Park was built in land adjacent to the Heim Brothers Brewery (at the time the largest brewery in the world) in East Bottoms in 1899. The second was built in 1907 and remained in operation until the end of the 1925 season. Animator and entrepreneur Walt Disney cited the second Kansas City Electric Park as his primary inspiration for the design of the first modern theme park, Disneyland. Heim appears in this traditionally posed portrait wearing a suit and woven fedora. His calm expression contrasts the chaos of graphic lines etched into the space around his head and shoulders. Hixon likely applied these lines chemically in the development process of the photograph.

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