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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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Jun 05

Selling Kansas in 1940

Posted to KGI Online Library Blog on June 5, 2017 at 9:24 AM by Bill Sowers


Published in 1940 this publication, available through the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library gives a summary of the accomplishments of the newly created Kansas Industrial Development Commission as well as a plug for all that Kansas has to offer the world. The booklet starts off:

"The Kansas Industrial Development Commission has been in existence only since May, 1939. It was created by a progressive State Legislature, inspired by the leadership of Gov. Payne Ratner and in response to a public demand that Kansas be fully equipped to meet the growing competition engendered by its ambitious sister states. This accounting seeks to tell modestly of the plans, hopes, objectives and whatever of accomplishment has been gained in less than a year and a half. Sincere appreciation is also herewith expressed for the cordial cooperation that has been rendered this Commission from a thousand sources"

The booklet gives an account of activities of the Commission including promotional projects and services provided by the Commission in 1939/1940. Some of the topics covered are:

Kansas Industrial Development Commission services to manufacturers
Milling Industry
Kansas apples
Dairy Month
Kansas potatoes
Dairy loans
Kansas pottery project
A new business code for Kansas
The need for an industrial survey for Kansas
Kansas editorial contest
State beautification project
Kansas and the national defense

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: