MISSOURI COLLECTION: Ilasco Collection – “Gypsy Family” (1900-1915)

  ILASCO, MO – Pictured here is a gypsy family who has parked its wagon and set up a tent near Ilasco, Mo. Gypsies had negative reputations and were seldom welcome in a community so this family probably moved on after a few days. As towns went, Ilasco was slightly more accommodating than nearby Hannibal. […]

MISSOURI COLLECTION: “Slovak Funeral of John Bosani Viglasky”

Ilasco, MO. This is the funeral of John Bosani, Viglasky, one of the founders of the Dr. Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church, where this funeral was held. John had immigrated to Ilasco in 1907, joined in 1908 by his wife Susie and their two children, Paul and Anna.

MISSOURI COLLECTION: “Gypsy Family at Ilasco, MO.” (1910-15)

Gypsy Family at Ilasco, MO. Pictured here is a gypsy family who has parked its wagon and set up a tent near Ilasco, Mo. Gypsies had negative reputations and were seldom welcome in a community so this family probably moved on after a few days. As towns went, Ilasco was slightly more accommodating than nearby […]

MISSOURI COLLECTION: "Bear Creek Baptism"

HANNIBAL, MO – A hole has been cut into the ice on Bear Creek in order to perform the baptism of an unidentified man. His family, friends, and fellow parishioners observe this solemn occasion. Just imagine how cold the water must have been.

FSA: ARTHUR ROTHSTEIN – New Madrid County, Missouri, January, 1939

Evicted sharecroppers along Highway 60, New Madrid County, Missouri. January, 1939 New Madrid County is a county located in the Bootheel of Southeast Missouri in the United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the county’s population was 19,760. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 17,589. The largest city and county seat […]

DOCUMERICA: Photographer – Kenneth Paik, Kansas City, Missouri, USA (1975)

SANDY WATKINS LEFT, AND SISTER, DIANE, ENJOY THE PORCH AND SWING AT THEIR NEW HOME. THE FAMILY WAS FORCED TO MOVE WHEN THEIR HOUSE IN THE MULKEY SQUARE AREA OF KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, (ACROSS TOWN) WAS CONDEMNED AS A PART OF AN INTERSTATE HIGHWAY PROJECT THE WATKINS ARE HAPPY WITH THEIR NEW HOME BECAUSE THE […]

DOCUMERICA (1971-1977): Photographer – Kenneth Paik, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

ERNEST WATKINS, A BISCUIT COMPANY EMPLOYEE, AND SON, KEVIN STAND OUTSIDE THE HOME HIS FAMILY HAS JUST RENTED. THE FAMILY MOVED FROM THE MULKEY SQUARE AREA OF KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, ACROSS TOWN THEIR PREVIOUS HOME HAD BEEN CONDEMNED AS A PART OF AN INTERSTATE HIGHWAY PROJECT. THE WATKINS SPENT TWO MONTHS SEARCHING FOR RENTAL HOUSING […]