Anniversary celebration of local radio quiz show called ÒQuizzer
Baseball.Ó The show was broadcast by KFH radio station from the Civic
Theatre, located at 725 West Douglas Avenue. 1943
Public swimming pool located in South Riverside Park. Bathhouse in the
background. Popular features included the slides and the water wheel.
Night view of marquee for the Meadow Lark Drive In Theatre at 4445
East Harry. The motion pictures ÒFlame of ArabyÓ and ÒCattle DriveÓ
were released in 1951.
McConnell & Planeview, Planeview community (lower right) was built
under federal guidelines in 1943 to provide housing for defense
workers arriving to find employment in the aircraft companies. Hilltop
Manor and Beechwood were similar developments. In 1951, adjacent land
belonging to the Municipal Airport was converted into an Air Force
Base. The "tent city" (above left) provided early, temporary housing
for Air Force personnel.
Pan American Caf, four women peeling potatoes near the back door of the restaurant at 150 North Market. They were employed as waitresses and kitchen helpers. The restaurant was owned by a partnership of six Chinese men who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1920s.
Gage Brewer's Versatile Radio Orchestra. Group leader Gage Brewer is
standing at left of woman vocalist, circa 1940.
Farewell to Marines by the Semper Fidelis Club, St. Paul, MN. Photograph,
1942. Collection Minnesota Historical Society. Courtesy
Exterior, front view of ÒWichita House,Ó constructed near Wichita in Rose Hill, Kansas, in 1948. A 1948 Packard automobile is parked at right. The visionary design by R. Buckminster Fuller was based on his 1927 plan for a mass-produced house called the Dymaxion Dwelling Machine. Beech Aircraft Company constructed the house to demonstrate affordable, prefabricated housing that would take advantage of World War II surplus materials. The structure was made of aluminum and designed to withstand the elements, including a Kansas tornado. This model was one of only two prototypes ever produced. In 1991 the William Graham family donated it to the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
Interior of the West-Urn Grill with employees. Located at 715 West
Douglas, 1939-1958. Circa 1945
Walker Brothers Dry Goods Store, Interior view of department store
featuring a large crowd of women shoppers. Location, 129 North Main
Dockum Drug Store, ooking southeast in intersection of Douglas and
Broadway Avenues. Union National Bank Building houses Dockum Drug
Store Number 2 on the ground floor (301 East Douglas). Businesses
visible on the second floor include James E. Bennett & Company,
stockbrokers, and GoldieÕs Dress Salon. Circa 1955
Children standing outside a theater. Photograph, c. 1930. Collection
Minnesota Historical Society. Courtesy
Seven young Chinese men (all identified, on file) on an outing at
Santa Fe Lake, playing checkers. All were Chinese immigrants who came
to Wichita in the 1930s and were employed at the Pan American Caf.
Circa 1941, photo by M.S. Fong.
Men and women seated for a social evening at the Blue Moon, 3401 South
Oliver Street. Telephone book ad states ÒSouthwestÕs Swankiest Nite
Spot,Ó ÒDine & Dance to the strains of the NationÕs Leading
Orchestras.Ó A photographer circulated among the tables and snapped
souvenir photos such as this one for purchase.Circa 1945
Birdseye view looking northwest from the Broadview Hotel (101 North
Waco). Site of the Ackerman Island removal project, which was funded
by federal funds during the Great Depression. The island was removed
and displaced as lines of workmen hauled soil from the island in
wheelbarrows and dumped it as fill on the west bank of the river. The
Civil Works Administration, one of RooseveltÕs New Deal programs, paid
the men about $12.00 a week for 30 hours of work [Wichita Eagle,
11/21/1933]. Ackerman Island had been the site of Wonderland Amusement
Park and a baseball stadium. The bridges at center served the Missouri
Pacific Railroad. The tall smokestack in the background was at the
Kansas Gas and Electric Company plant. The Arkansas River winds
northwesterly through the view. Circa 1933
First home purchased by James and Arline Lew. The house, at 646 North
Battin, is typical of single-family homes that were built to
accommodate the growing population of the city during the defense work
of WWII. Mrs. Lew, seen seated on the porch with her son and another
child, was the first known Chinese American woman to live in the city.
After the war, many Chinese men living in Wichita were finally able to
bring their wives to the U.S. from China. 1944
Looking northwest from intersection of First Street and Lawrence (now
known as Broadway). Businesses visible include: White Castle
Hamburgers, Union Bus Depot, Tostwich Cafe, Butts New & Used Cars,
Edler School of Dancing. The automobile in the left foreground appears
to have an "Air Capital" emblem mounted on the grille.Circa 1931
Looking northwest at west side of North Volutsia Street. View of
newly-constructed homes typical during the housing boom of World War
II. Sometimes described as "American Vernacular" or "Minimal
Traditional" architecture. Many such neighborhoods accommodated the
influx of defense workers in Wichita.
Birdseye view looking east on Douglas Avenue from Broadview Hotel. The
street extends through downtown commercial buildings, past the
railroad overpass, and on to the Hillcrest Apartments building on the
horizon at Hillside Avenue. Circa 1930
Birdseye view looking east on Douglas Avenue from Broadview Hotel.
Skyline shows a cluster of tall commercial buildings in downtown
Wichita and the Wichita City Hall with clock tower. The image blurs
into the horizon at the barely visible Hillcrest Apartments building