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Time Capsule: KC’s River Market in 1924

This photo from The Star’s historical photo archive is labeled “Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 1924.”
This photo from The Star’s historical photo archive is labeled “Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 1924.”

Thanksgiving Eve, November 1924

This photo from The Star’s historical photo archive is labeled “Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 1924.” About 1,100 miles to the east, New York City was preparing for the very first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that day.

The image was taken from Fifth and Walnut streets, looking northwest. The Hotel Oldham is visible in the lower right, and the building still looks much the same today. A University of Missouri extension office occupies its storefront now.

The sign for the Pompeii Restaurant is a mystery, as city directories from the period have no such name among the listings of mostly produce vendors along Walnut. (Union Celery Co. was at No. 419 — how’s that for a specialty?) It’s not the Pompeii Room Cocktail Lounge, which was at 4229 Main St. later in the century.

The Townley Metal & Hardware Co. building at 200 Walnut St., in the background here, has been turned into the Old Townley Lofts. Today its sign is still visible, though considerably faded.

Derek Donovan

Follow-up from last week’s Time Capsule: We asked for your guesses to when an undated photo of downtown was taken. The overwhelming reader consensus was that it had to be 1932, as it caught a car’s license plate showing that year on its tag. In those days, motorists got new plates every year, and multi-year registrations didn’t exist. There’s always a chance the picture caught the vehicle of a scofflaw, but 1932 seems pretty certain.

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