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Texas Tommies in posed shot on stage at Submarine Ballroom, May 15, 1936. Phil Baxter shown standing third from right. The Submarine Ballroom was located in the Bright Building at the southeast corner of 31st Street and Prospect Avenue. Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Date: 
May 15th 1926

Undated, autographed publicity portrait of Phil Baxter and his Texas Tommies from the Music Corporation of America (MCA). Baxter writes, "To my Friend and Pal, Cliff Vocalbury, yours, Phil B."

Group photograph of Phil Baxter's El Torreon Orchestra, taken by Anderson Photo Company, Kansas City, Missouri. The El Torreon Ballroom was located at the southeast corner of 31st Street and Gillham Plaza. Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Portrait of Phil Baxter taken by Bert Studios, Kansas City, Missouri, ca. 1927-28. Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Date: 
1927

The Happy Holler Band posed with instruments, from KMBC radio newsletter, no date. Caption reads, "By Jinger, Now Don't That Beat The Band. I thought you was playin' this dern piece over here all the time, well now let's try another one and this time even if we cain't git off togther let's aim to hitch up an whoa t'once.

Sheet music cover for A Faded Summer Love, a fox trot ballad, with words and music by Phil Baxter and featuring Ziegfeld star, Ruth Etting. Autographed by Phil Baxter. Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Date: 
1931

Sheet music cover for Kiss Me, My Sweetheart, written and autographed by Phil Baxter. Baxter writes, "For Clifford, Thanks for the many favors tendered me during my vacation. Phil B (St. Joseph Hospital 2-11-30-8:05PM)." Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Date: 
1930

Sheet music cover for Hi-Diddle-Diddle, a novelty fox trot song with ukulele accompaniment. Written by Carleton A. Coon, Coon-Sanders Orchestra, and Hal Keidel. Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Date: 
1926

Business card of Professor Adolph von Blitzen's “Little German Band,” no date. The card describes the band as "Radio Artists - Old Time Music." The back of the card reads, "Wanted -- A girl with good reputation who can cook frog legs and who can stand a little future fun at parties and frolicking without getting sick. Make application to holder." Source: Kansas City Museum Association.

Advertising artwork for El Torreon opening, Dec. 15, 1927. The advertisement reads, "Dance Premier Opening Tonight! With the Original Coon Sanders Victor Recording Orchestra also Phil Baxter Directing El Torreon Orchestra. Ladies-50¢, Gentlemen-75¢. Doors Open 8pm." The El Torreon Ballroom was located at the southeast corner of 31st Street and Gillham Road (now Gillham Plaza). Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Date: 
December 15th 1927

Advertisement for Beta Alpha Tau's '3 Band' Mid-Winter Stagger, featuring Phil Baxter's El Torreon Band, Missouri Quad, and the Egyptian Serenaders, admission: $1.25. The event took place at the El Torreon Ball Room from 9pm-1am on December 30th, year unknown. The El Torreon Ballroom was located at the southeast corner of 31st Street and Gillham Road (now Gillham Plaza). Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Dance event advertisement for Davy Jones' Musical Pirates under the direction of Phil Baxter at the Submarine Ballroom. The Submarine Ballroom was located in the Bright Building at the southeast corner of 31st Street and Prospect Avenue. Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Front page of El Torreon News, Vol. 2, No. 20, Saturday, February 9, 1929. This issue advertises a Valentine Party on Thursday, February 14 and a Mystery Trunk Dance on Saturday, February 16. The El Torreon Ballroom was located at the southeast corner of 31st Street and Gillham Road (now Gillham Plaza). Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Date: 
February 9th 1929

Front page of El Torreon News, Vol. 2, No. 8, Saturday, November 3, 1928. This issue advertises a performance from "Red" Nichols on Sunday, November 4 and an Election Dance on Tuesday, November 6. The El Torreon Ballroom was located at the southeast corner of 31st Street and Gillham Road (now Gillham Plaza). Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Date: 
November 3rd 1928

Dance event advertisement for Davy Jones the 2nd and his 9 Musical Pirates under the direction of Phil Baxter at the Submarine Ballroom. The Submarine Ballroom was located in the Bright Building at the southeast corner of 31st Street and Prospect Avenue. Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Advertisement for a ladies choice program at the El Torreon, "Where the Clouds Roll By." The El Torreon Ballroom was located at the southeast corner of 31st Street and Gillham Road (now Gillham Plaza). Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Exterior view of back entrance to Pla-Mor Ballroom, once located at 3142 Main Street, no date. Source: Art McClure/Jennie Bell Peters.

Advertisement in the El Torreon News for Fletcher Henderson Orchestra at the Pla-Mor Ballroom, starting Thursday, September 5, 1929. Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Date: 
1929

Full length group photograph of three of the Blue Devils, taken by Bert Studios, Kansas City, (left to right): Ernie Williams, George Hudson, Lester Young, ca. 1932. Source: Jimmy Jewel.

Date: 
1932

Full length group photograph of three of the Blue Devils, taken by Bert Studios, Kansas City, (left to right): Theo Ross, Lester Young, and Buster Smith, ca. 1932. Source: Jimmy Jewel.

Date: 
1932

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