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Petticoat Lane: 1906

Petticoat Lane: 1906

Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906. "Petticoat Lane." And Denture Alley. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Everything's up to date

They've taken it about as far as it can go.

I feel a song coming on!

Ev'rythin's up to date in Kansas City
They've gone about as fur as they c'n go!
They went and built a skyscraper seven stories high
About as high as a buildin' oughta grow
Ev'rythin's like a dream in Kansas City
It's better than a magic lantern show!
Y' c'n turn the radiator on whenever you want some heat
With ev'ry kind o' comfort ev'ry house is all complete
You c'n walk to privies in the rain and never wet your feet!
They've gone about as fur as they c'n go.

Painless Extraction

If only the "painless extraction" available in 1906 was available 104 years later!

Perilous planks

Work being done above the street and always amazing to see what kind of walkways workers lay out for themselves. This great photo catches so much street activity. Might be a block or two over from the steet car lines.

Conveniently Located

I like the awning for the Chocolate Shop, tucked right in the middle of Dentist Row.

Looking east.

This is looking east along 11th Street from Main. It seems to have been a popular place to take photos from for postcards. All of the buildings in this photo are long gone, replaced with modern structures.

The Emery, Bird, Thayer Dry Goods store on the left was torn down in 1971.

Beware the Vitalized Air

This was a mixture of nitrous oxide and chloroform. Which was not without its hazards.

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