Title/Object Name: Butts Motor Company
Creator: Edgar B. Smith
Date Original: 1947
Physical Details: 8 x 10 inches
Description: Looking northeast at Butts Motor Company, 1520-24 and 1600 East Douglas. The photograph may have been staged to advertise the sale of cars with special controls to disabled people such as the men with the crutches. During the 1940s the Oldsmobile Company developed the first fully automatic transmission and promoted the “Hydra-Matic” to injured veterans returning from World War II. Each vehicle was equipped with controls determined by an individual’s specific needs. Other businesses in view include The Ferndale Café, Kansas Press, and Orpheum Cleaners.
Keywords: Wichita, business and industry, people, street scenes, transportation, automobiles, Cadillac, cars, crutches, military, service men, WW II.
Subject: Wichita (Kan.) -- Pictorial works
Date Digital: 2003