Cartoons (Commentary)

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Political Cartoon About Jesse Barrett and Lloyd Stark

Political cartoon and accompanying message urging support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Jesse Barrett.

Goat and Rabbit Cartoon

Clipping with a cartoon depicting a group of rabbits forcing a goat to run away. The rabbits represent the Kansas City Democratic faction controlled by Joe Shannon whereas the goat represents the faction controlled by Tom Pendergast. The caption states, "Since the primary, a goat no longer guards the entrance to the farm of "Doc" Johnson, a rabbit leader."

Equal Justice Under Tom's Law

Political cartoon entitled "Equal Justice Under Tom's Law," depicting Tom Pendergast with the Missouri Supreme Court in his pocket.

Citizens' League Bulletin, No. 653

Citizens' League Bulletin issue with the main article being a reproduction of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report and editorial on Kansas City corruption and vice. Other articles document exorbitant car insurance premiums in Kansas City, pervasive public gambling and prostitution, and the relationship between Tom Pendergast and John Lazia.

"When and If the City Takes Over the Street Car System"

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on February 1, 1931 showing city hall employees with free passes getting onto a street car driven by Henry F. McElroy. A "Ready Mixed" cart is being pulled behind the street car.

"What Experts Have Done to the Downtown District - - As the Merchants See It"

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on March 22, 1931 showing graves where street parking should be in downtown Kansas City.

"This Modern Age"

Editorial cartoon by S. J. Ray entitled "This Modern Age" (18th Amendment resubmission), no date. The drawing depicts the Missouri Republican Party casting off their shroud of 18th Amendment endorsement jumping into a pool of "resubmission". Source: Vivian Fredericks.

"There are 150 Men Filling Holes in the Streets Says Matt S. Murray, but Where Are They?"

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on May 3, 1931 showing motorists avoiding potholes with men sleeping in them. A pedestrian asks, "See anyone?" The caption states, "There are 150 Men filling holes in the streets says Matt S. Murray. -But where are they? ('Has anybody looked in the bottom of the holes?')."

"The Ring Master"

Cartoon from the Kansas City Journal-Post before the local election on March 25, 1930. The drawing depicts Tom Pendergast as a ringleader in a circus with his assistant Cas Welch by his side. Their pockets are stuffed with local infrastructure contracts. Spectators to the circus include Henry F. McElroy, Alfred N. Gossett, Charles H. Clark, Bryce B. Smith, Ruby D. Garrett, Elliott H. Jones, Byron Spencer, Frank M. Eviston, James B. Shoemaker, and Joseph B. Shannon.

"The Non Partisan Employment Emporium for Democrats"

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on February 15, 1931 showing Democrats eating around the "Water Main Job Counter" while Tom Pendergast says, "Those without letters from Democratic precinct captains eat at the second table, maybe." Those waiting to say "When do we eat?"

"The Kibitzer Has a Laugh, 'What More Do They Want?'"

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on February 15, 1931 showing Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, and Cas Welch enjoying Home Rule of the Kansas City Police Department while trading police action figures. The onlooking "Kibitzer" references a pseudonymous City Hall inside source for the Kansas City Star in the early 1930s.

"The Home Rule Bedtime Story As Told To Our Legislators By Judge McElroy"

Clipping from the Kansas City Star of Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, and Cas Welch dressed as old women and knitting while the Kansas City Police Department plays like children on the floor. The signs on the wall show, "God Bless Our Home", "Crime never pays", and "The way of the transgressor is hard".