A promotional post card put out by the Gayety Theater, a Kansas City burlesque house located on the southeast corner of 12th and Wyandotte (a site now occupied by the enlarged Radisson-Muehlebach Hotel), advertises a January billing. The year is about 1912.
The post card pictures six silk-stockinged beauties selected from the front-row line of Hurtig & Seamon’s Social Maids. They are from six different states, and the post card’s legend tells the reader to pick out the girl from Missouri and win a free orchestra seat.
Max Spiegel, representing the Columbia Amusement Company and the Kansas City Amusement Company, was in charge of the theater when it was built, according to a March 21, 1909, Kansas City Star story.
The two-story brick theater cost $115,000 and was built on the former site of the home of A.W. Armour, the packer. The theater’s seating capacity was 1,600. Stores and shops occupied the first-floor frontage, except for the two theater entrances. The main entrance was on 12th and the balcony entrance was on Wyandotte. Sixteen offices were located on the second floor.