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Priests of Pallas, Flight of the Hours
Priests of Pallas, Flight of the Hours
TitlePriests of Pallas, Flight of the Hours
DescriptionPostcard of a float in the 1908 Priests of Pallas parade Flight of the Hours
Historical ArticleThe theme of the 1908 Priests of Pallas parade was Flight of the Hours, with each float representing a different time of the day in Kansas City.

A set of 15 post cards with backgrounds of turquoise blue pictured floats with such titles as Peep O' Day, bright smiling and gay for all in Kansas City, Morning with her brightest gems, dawns in Kansas City, Mid-Day, with its rays of sunshine rests on Kansas City, Afternoon, with its restful glow, brings peace in Kansas City, Night, in its somber hue, never grows dark in Kansas City, Starbeams are brightest and always alert in Kansas City. Each float was fancifully decorated and carried beautiful girls, gowned in chiffon.

The floats that year were built on street cars' bodies. It was Kansas City's 22nd Priests of Pallas parade and old-timers reminisced about parades of the past, when the floats were crude affairs with Studebaker wagons drawn by four or six mules, each mule led by a man in a domino costume, with a lighted flare in hand.

The rollicking spectators were not daunted by rain, mud and mules bolting in panic at the skyrockets and unseating the knights in armour, wrote a reporter for The Star about an earlier parade.

The float pictured on the old post card is a huge clock surrounded by maidens in pink and with headdresses of pink ostrich plumes. Instead of the usual figures on the face of the clock, the hours were marked by the letters and numerals that spelled Kansas City 08.

Souvenirs for the 1,000 invited guests at the ball that year were small desk clocks, set in mahogany frames and similar to the one pictured. They accompanied each invitation.

One of the old clocks is in the current display of P.O.P. souvenirs, costumes and other early Kansas City memorabilia at Crown Center. Attics have been ransacked to locate old items, and the P.O.P. souvenir display has silver fern dishes, silver clothes-brushes, cloisonné enameled trays and silver bud vases, each dated with the year it was given.

Elizabeth McKnight was queen in 1908 and Mrs. Georgia Brown was in charge of the Priests of Pallas ballet. Thomas T. Crittenden was the mayor.

Kansas City Times
September 27, 1975

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
LocationSC58
Local SubjectParades
Priests of Pallas Parade
Digital FormatJPEG
Barcode20000340
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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