Thursday, May 7, 2009

Petticoat Lane, Then

One of Kansas City's well-known scenes is that of Petticoat Lane, a portion of 11th Street. The most common vantage point was shot looking east from Main Street, which graced many postcards.

Shortly after Harzfeld's took its place on the famous street in 1913 (far right in top two scenes), it marketed and trademarked the Petticoat Lane name. It became one of their labels for clothing and perfume. An illustration of a view similar to the later views from above was used on ads, packaging and handkerchiefs.

We'll soon post an image of what Petticoat Lane looks like today.

Dates on illustration are approximate.

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