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Country Club Plaza, Christmas
Country Club Plaza, Christmas
TitleCountry Club Plaza, Christmas
DescriptionPostcard of the Country Club Plaza lights at Christmas 1937.
Date1938
Historical ArticleChristmas 1937, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Mo. is the title of a promotional photographic night scene post card made by Jack Hinton and mailed with a 1-cent green postage stamp to Mrs. W. Houts, 44 E. Concord Avenue, Kansas City, Mo.

The first Christmas lights at the Plaza were those put up in 1925 when there were only five buildings there. A string of colored lights was fastened over the door of one of the buildings, the Mill Creek Building by Charles Pitrat, who was a maintenance man for the buildings.

By Christmas, 1930, all buildings and towers in the Plaza were being outlined with lights and there were many special electrical pieces, such as the great stars over Chandler's Landscaping and Floral Company (at left in the picture); Wolferman's Grocery at the right, and Edward Tanner's and the Boller Brothers' new Plaza Theater, which had won an award given by the Architectural League for best architectural design completed in Kansas City in 1928.

Today's lights on the buildings of a changed and expanded Plaza require six months' time for installation and removal and about 45 miles of electric wire. Installation of wires is begun in September and they are not removed until spring.

Kansas City Star
December 25, 1976

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
NotesThe postcard has a copyright date of 1938 although it depicts the 1937 Christmas season.
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
LocationSC58
SubjectHolidays
Christmas decorations
Christmas decoration stores
Lighting
Local SubjectCountry Club District
Country Club Plaza
Christmas
Digital Formattiff imported as jpg2000
Barcode20001001
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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