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'Post-war Kansas'

May 25

"To The Stars" magazine, 1945-1951

Posted to KGI Online Library Blog on May 25, 2021 at 1:34 PM by Bill Sowers

A throw-back KGI Blog from 2015 about the magazine, "To The Stars," published by the Kansas Industrial Development Commission, which promoted all that Kansas had to offer businesses, industry and visitors. 1945-1951 issues are available online at the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library. Read the Blog article by Jason Ackermann and look through the issues highlighting the Sunflower State's journey to the stars...

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Oct 20

At the Close of WWII Kansas Goes "To the Stars"

Posted to KGI Online Library Blog on October 20, 2015 at 2:10 PM by Jason Ackermann

Just as World War II was ending, the Kansas government began a new, concerted effort to attract business and industrialists to the state.  To the Stars was a magazine meant to highlight Kansas, its natural resources, and its people to investors.   Filled with pictures, news, and short stories about the state, To the Stars was part informational circular, part advertisement tool, and part tourist guide.

Cartoon image from To The Stars
(Taken from To the Stars, November 1946, (2:1) p. 1)

This collection gives us a unique and detailed look at life in the state during the late 1940s and early 1950s, capturing the optimism and growth of a country finally emerging from economic depression and global war.

View the collection at KGI here: