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Harper's Weekly 1890 Cover
This is an enlarged poster of a drawing of a downtown Kansas City block by Charles Graham. Beneath the image reads "NINTH STREET, KANSAS CITY, LOOKING WEST FROM WALNUT STREET-Drawn by Charles Graham- [SEE PAGE 451]." One gets a sense of what the artist may have seen while looking in this direction: a bustling city street alive with streetcars, patrons, and businesses. The buildings that extend the edge of the frame emphasize their verticality and provide a view contemplating the health and progression of the city. An American flag flies in the sky above, ensuring a sense of hope and pride characteristic of the blossoming country it represents.