Vintage Kansas City Stories
January 16, 2014
I chose this book, Vintage Kansas City Stories, because it looked interesting, and I was right, it is! It’s a collection of news stories, ads, and jokes from the Kansas City Journal 1907-1909. I read with interest one particular story about a statue of Venus brought from Florence, Italy in 1907 that was supposed to be donated to the Kansas City School Board but they rejected it. A school board member said, “The statue was too nude to be placed in the rotunda of the library.” I was curious about what happened to the statue so I went out on the Internet and found that it had ended up at the Grand Hotel in Kansas City. I then found a mention of it being in the Hall of Waters Spa & Water Bar in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Wondering if it was still there, I sent an email. The reply was that a local resident in Excelsior Springs purchased it in 1939 and donated it to the city, and it is indeed still there.
As I go through this book, I find myself looking up other items of interest as well. I’m enjoying the history, and I am entertained by the jokes and ads. It’s fun to look up old buildings to see if they are still there and the colorful characters in the days of old Kansas City.
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