Kansas City in postcards


     After the Great War  (WW I), the United States entered the world as an acknowledged global player. This was the beginning of the “American century” and the 1920′s heralded a time of unparalleled and heady prosperity. This was the birth of modern consumerism and of consumer debt, of Prohibition and of women’s right to vote, of jazz – the great American music form. This was the first “modern era”.

The following therefore is a chronicle of Kansas City’s developing urban landscape during this crucial formative period. In many ways, building upon the earlier explosive growth of the previous half century, this might be considered the city’s “golden age”.


“I can’t think of another piece of landscape of similar size where so many things have happened that have been of significance in the story of America.”
--David McCullough

Paris of the Plains