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American Royal Building
American Royal Building
TitleAmerican Royal Building
DescriptionPostcard of American Royal building interior
Historical ArticleAn early-day horse show is pictured in color on this Max Bernstein postcard. It was photographed in the newly completed American Royal Live Stock Building at 23rd and Wyoming streets, erected in 1922.

American flags decorate ceiling and supporting posts of each seating section. Many people are seated in the boxes and general admission seats, but hundreds line the railing of the arena to watch as the judging begins.

Loula Long will be seen flashing by with her fast horses and stylish vehicles, and the crowd will roar approval as she speeds around and around the arena.

A carpeted center of the floor houses loud speakers and the tables of the judges, brought from top animal husbandry departments of universities nationwide. Ribbons will be awarded to horses. Riders stand at the heads of each horse. They have already shown their confirmation, style and disposition circling the arena before judges and spectators.

The American Royal Horse Show, according to the late Russell Sage Sr., architect for the Kansas City Stock Yards Co., began in 1899.

A first board of directors of the American Royal is to be found in the minutes of a meeting March 2, 1904, when the following officers were elected: C.A. Standard, Emporia, Kansas, president; T.J. Wornall ( a shorthorn cattle breeder), Liberty, Mo., secretary; C.R. Thomas, Kansas City, general manager; H.W. Elliot, Estil, Mo., E.P. Weld, Ovid, Mo. And M.H. Gentry, Sedalia, Mo., vice presidents, and Allen Thompson, Nasua, Mo., superintendent. (The late Allen Thompson was the father of Mrs. Jay Dillingham).

This year's horse show will be held in the Kemper Arena, and live stock judging in the old American Royal building, as pictured.

Kansas City Times
October 28, 1988

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectBuildings
American Royal
American Royal Building
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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