George H. Kinnamon Poster Collection

Dates: 1958-1967, undated
Size: 4 linear feet; 127 posters (106 unique titles)
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: c00099
Provenance: Donated by Linda Kinnaman in 2018
Access: No restrictions.
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is, George H. Kinnamon Poster Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.
Processed by: Spenser Bailey, June 2019 ; Supervised by Michelle McCoy

Biographical Note

George Howard Kinnamon (1913-1983) was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Independence, Missouri. In 1942, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an airplane mechanic and was stationed in Italy and North Africa. After his World War II military service ended, Kinnaman returned to government service, this time as an economist in occupied Japan. He grew to love Japanese culture and married a Japanese woman. In 1952, Kinnamon moved to Chicago to seek post-war job opportunities and to study under the G.I. Bill. His last employment was as a union carpenter for the Chicago Board of Education where he was part of a work crew that installed mobile school classrooms for Chicago Public Schools during the 1960s. As he travelled across the city for these projects, he collected outdoor advertising posters posted along his routes that caught his eye. In the end, his collection included local and national political campaign posters, sports, and a range of entertainment posters spanning the late 1950s through the 1960s.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 106 unique posters (21 posters are duplicate copies), that were collected by the donor’s father, George H. Kinnamon, as he drove through Chicago for work. The majority of these posters date from the 1950s and 1960s. Displayed outdoors, the posters offer a glimpse of entertainment and politics in the city of Chicago and state of Illinois during that time period. The posters advertise ballet performances, benefits, choir performances, circuses, events, ice skating shows, movies, music and dances, opera, racing, sports, theater, and political campaigns for Illinois contests and candidates.

Arrangement Note

The posters are split into two series: Series 1: Entertainment Posters, 1959-1967, undated and Series 2: Political Posters, 1958-1963, undated.

Series 1: Entertainment Posters, 1959-1967, undated

Series 1 is arranged alphabetically by type of entertainment, and then alphabetically by poster title.

Series 2: Political Posters, 1958-1963, undated

Series 2 is arranged alphabetically by the last name of the candidate or poster title. In cases where multiple candidates are featured on a single poster, the poster is filed under the first name that appears.

Subject Headings/Subject Terms

  • Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America. Medinah Temple (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Chicago Auto Show
  • Circus posters
  • Concert posters
  • Daley, Richard J.
  • Dirksen, Everett McKinley
  • Douglas, Paul H. (Paul Howard)
  • Johnson, Lyndon B.
  • Studebaker Theater (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Opera House (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Orchestra Hall (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Political posters, American
  • Poster collections
  • Richter, Sviatoslav
  • Sports posters
  • Theatrical posters

Related Collections

Container List

Series 1: Entertainment, 1959-1967, undated

Box 1 Folder 7 Ballet. The Leningrad Kirov Ballet, Arie Crown Theatre at McCormick Place, undated
Box 1 Folder 7 Ballet. Swan Lake, American Ballet Theatre, Opera House, undated
Box 1 Folder 13 Benefit. Dance, Monday, Oct. 12th, 1959, 10th Annual Yom Kippur Nite, Dick Elliot and his Orchestra, Hotel Sherman, for Cancer Research, 1959
Box 1 Folder 13 Benefit. Dinner-dance, Meat Industry Lodge B’nai B’rith, George Jessel, Saturday, June 1, 1963, Sheraton-Chicago Hotel, 1963
Box 1 Folder 13 Benefit. Salvation Army Doughnut Day, undated
Box 1 Folder 7 Choir. Vienna Choir Boys, Opera House and Orchestra Hall, undated
Box 1 Folder 1 Circus. Medinah Shrine Circus, Medinah Temple, Wed. Mar. 4 thru Sun. Mar. 22, Produced by Polack Bros., 1964
Box 1 Folder 1 Circus. Medinah Shrine Circus, Medinah Temple, Wed. Mar. 17 thru Sun. Apr. 4, Produced by Polack Bros., 1965
Box 1 Folder 1 Circus. Medinah Shrine Circus, Medinah Temple, Thurs. Mar. 1 thru Sunday Mar. 8, undated
Box 1 Folder 6 Events. Chicago Auto Show, McCormick Place, undated
Box 1 Folder 6 Events. Chicago Auto Show, McCormick Place, undated
Box 1 Folder 13 Events. Illinois State Fair, Springfield, undated
Box 1 Folder 6 Events. International Livestock Exposition and Horse Show, Chicago International Amphitheatre, undated
Box 1 Folder 6 Events. International Livestock Exposition and Horse Show, Chicago International Amphitheatre, undated
Box 1 Folder 6 Events. International Livestock Exposition and Horse Show, Chicago International Amphitheatre, undated
Box 1 Folder 13 Events. Sun-Times Harvest Moon Festival, Chicago Stadium, undated
Box 1 Folder 3 Ice Skating. Ice Capades, Chicago Stadium, undated
Box 1 Folder 3 Ice Skating. Ice Follies, Shipstads & Johnson, Chicago Stadium, undated
Box 1 Folder 3 Ice Skating. New Ice Follies, Shipstads & Johnson, Chicago Stadium (2 copies), undated
Box 1 Folder 13 Motion picture. Spartacus, McVickers Theatre, undated
Box 1 Folder 9 Music. Dancing, Dan Belloc and his Orchestra, Taylor Jousters S.A.C., Sat. Jan. 17, 1959, Marine Ballroom, 1959
Box 1 Folder 9 Music. The Dells, Amanda Love, Jimmie Johnson and the Lucky Hearts, Golden Peacock, undated
Box 1 Folder 9 Music. Li’l Wally and the Lucky Harmony Boys, Mustangs S.C., Sat. Sept. 30, 1961, Lions Ballroom, 1961
Box 1 Folder 9 Music. Ramsey Lewis, Christmas Day Concert, Orchestra Hall, Sunday, December 25, 1966, 1966
Box 1 Folder 9 Music. Stan Kenton, Jean Turner, Boulevard Ballroom, undated
Box 1 Folder 9 Music. Sviatoslav Richter, Orchestra Hall, circa 1960
Box 1 Folder 2 Opera. The Land of Smiles, Opera House, undated
Box 1 Folder 2 Opera. Lyric Opera, Opera House, 1963 Tenth Season, Oct. 4-Nov. 29 (2 copies), [1963]
Box 1 Folder 8 Racing, automobile. Union Grove Drag Strip, undated
Box 1 Folder 8 Racing, horse. Hawthorne Race Track, undated
Box 1 Folder 8 Racing, horse. Hawthorne Race Track, undated
Box 1 Folder 8 Racing, horse. Night Racing, Suburban Downs at Maywood Park, undated
Box 1 Folder 8 Racing, horse. Night Racing, Sportsman’s Park, undated
Box 1 Folder 8 Racing, horse. Night Racing, Washington Park, undated
Box 1 Folder 8 Racing, horse. Sportsman’s Park, undated
Box 1 Folder 4 Sports. Annual World Series, College All-Americans vs. Harlem Globetrotters, Chicago Stadium, undated
Box 1 Folder 5 Sports. Chicago’s Annual Championship Football Game, December 1, 1962, Soldier Field, Public vs. Catholic, [1962]
Box 1 Folder 4 Sports. Chicago Majors, American Basketball League, Chicago Stadium, circa 1961-1962
Box 1 Folder 4 Sports. Chicago Majors, American Basketball League, Chicago Stadium, circa 1961-1962
Box 1 Folder 4 Sports. Chicago Majors, American Basketball League, Chicago Stadium (2 copies), [1962]
Box 1 Folder 5 Sports. Chicago Spurs, National Professional Soccer League, 1967
Box 1 Folder 5 Sports. International League Professional, Soldier Field, [soccer] undated
Box 1 Folder 10 Theater. A Majority of One, Erlanger Theater, undated
Box 1 Folder 10 Theater. Black Nativity, Langston Hughes, Civic Theater (2 copies), undated
Box 1 Folder 10 Theater. The Fantasticks, Studebaker Theater, undated
Box 1 Folder 11 Theater. Half a Sixpence, McVickers Theatre, undated
Box 1 Folder 11 Theater. Hostile Witness, Studebaker Theater, undated
Box 1 Folder 11 Theater. La plume de ma tante, New McVickers Theatre (2 copies), undated
Box 1 Folder 11 Theater. Leave It to Jane, The Prudential Building Auditorium, undated
Box 1 Folder 12 Theater. Pajama Tops, Blackstone Theater (2 copies), undated
Box 1 Folder 12 Theater. Seidman and Son, Studebaker Theater, undated
Box 1 Folder 12 Theater. Show Business, Erlanger Theater, undated
Box 1 Folder 12 Theater. That Summer - That Fall, Civic Theater, undated

Series 2: Political, 1958-1963, undated

Box 2 Folder 1 Adesko, Thaddeus V. Vote Democratic; Elect Thaddeus V. Adesko County Judge (2 copies), undated
Box 2 Folder 1 Adesko, Thaddeus V. Retain Experience and Integrity in the County Court; Re-elect Thaddeus V. Adesko, County Judge; Vote Democratic; Tues., Nov. 6, 1962, 1962
Box 2 Folder 1 Adesko, Thaddeus V. and Daniel P. Ward. Vote Democratic; Thaddeus V. Adesko for County Judge; Daniel P. Ward, State’s Attorney, undated
Box 2 Folder 1 Barrett, Edward J. Retain Edward J. Barrett, County Clerk; Democratic, undated
Box 2 Folder 2 Berg, Raymond Knute. Elect Raymond Knute Berg; Associate Judge of the Circuit Court; Vote Democratic, undated
Box 2 Folder 2 Brundage, William F. Vote For Wm F. “Bill” Brundage, Republican Candidate for State Representative, 26th District, undated
Box 2 Folder 2 Byrne, [Emmett F.] Return Byrne to Congress, Republican, [1958]
Box 2 Folder 2 Byrne, Emmet. Return Emmet Byrne, Republican, Congressman 3rd District, an Able Representative, [1958]
Box 2 Folder 2 Connell, Francis. Support Adamowski…Elect Good Judges! Francis Connell for County Judge; Vote Straight Republican! (2 copies), undated
Box 2 Folder 3 Daley, Richard J. For a Dynamic Chicago, Re-elect Richard J. Daley, Mayor; Vote Democratic, undated
Box 2 Folder 3 Daley, Richard J. For a Dynamic Chicago, Richard J. Daley, Mayor; Vote Democratic, undated
Box 2 Folder 3 Dirksen, Everett McKinley. Re-Elect Everett McKinley Dirksen, U.S. Senator; Vote Republican (2 copies), undated
Box 2 Folder 3 Downes, John P. Retain John P. Downes, State Representative 26th District; Democratic, undated
Box 2 Folder 4 Douglas, Paul H. Re-Elect Paul H. Douglas; The People’s Senator; Vote Democratic; Tues. Nov. 8th, 1966, 1966
Box 2 Folder 4 Douglas, Paul H. Re-Elect Paul H. Douglas; The People’s Senator; Vote Democratic (2 copies), undated
Box 2 Folder 4 Garrity, Vincent P. For Trustees Sanitary District; Vincent P. Garrity, Walter S. Baltis, Christopher Wimbish; Democratic, undated
Box 2 Folder 4 Goldberg, Mayer. On His Record, Re-elect Mayer Goldberg, Alderman 42nd Ward; Non-Partisan Election; Tuesday, February 28th, 1967 [bumper sticker that reads Herman, 42nd Ward Alderman is placed over Goldberg’s photo], 1967
Box 2 Folder 5 Guild, William L. William L. Guild for Attorney General of Illinois; Republican [double-sided], undated
Box 2 Folder 5 Higgins, George A. Elect George A. Higgins for County Clerk; Vote Republican, undated
Box 2 Folder 5 Huppert, Jerome. Ability - Integrity - Experience; Re-Elect Jerome Huppert, County Commissioner; Vote Democratic, undated
Box 2 Folder 5 Johnson, [Lyndon B.] Welcome President Johnson (2 copies), undated
Box 2 Folder 6 Keane, George M. Elect George M. Keane and James C. Spangler For Members of the Board of Appeals; Vote Democratic, undated
Box 2 Folder 6 Kelly, Thomas J. Chicago Truck Drivers, Chauffeurs and Helpers Union of Chicago and Vicinity; Independent, Elect Thomas K. Kelly for Office of Secretary; Election Sunday, December 1, 1963; A Rank & File Candidate - Union Driver 22 Years, 1963
Box 2 Folder 6 Kennedy, [John F.] Now is the Time for Greatness; Win with Kennedy, [1960]
Box 2 Folder 6 Kerner, Otto. Join the Jewish National Fund to Salute the Man of the Year, Governor Otto Kerner; Wed. Apr. 11 1962, Terrace Casino, Morrison Hotel, For Reservations Call HA 7-1838, 1962
Box 2 Folder 6 Kerner, Otto. Vote Democratic; Otto Kerner for Governor; Theodore A. Swinarski Clerk of the Superior Court; Election Day Tuesday November 8th, undated
Box 2 Folder 6 Kluczynski, [John C.] Vote Democratic; Kluczynski for Congress, undated
Box 2 Folder 7 Lorenz, [Francis S.] Lorenz for County Treasurer; Trustworthy, Capable, Best Qualified; Vote Democratic, undated
Box 2 Folder 7 Miller, Peter J. Retain Peter J. Miller, State Representative, 15th District, Vote Democratic, “A Legislative Dynamo - Excellent Record” - Robert Howard, Tribune Legislative Correspondent, undated
Box 2 Folder 7 Murphy, [William T.] Democratic; Experienced Legislator; Murphy for Congress, 3rd Dist., undated
Box 2 Folder 7 Owens, Jesse. A Super-Champion in 1936 - He Will Make a Super-Public Official in 1958! Elect Jesse Owens, 1936 Olympic Champion, County Commissioner; Vote Republican, undated
Box 2 Folder 7 Percy, Charles H. A Strong New Voice for Illinois. Charles H. Percy for U.S. Senator; Vote Republican, undated
Box 2 Folder 8 Phelps, Craig. Elect Craig Phelps, State Senator; Republican, undated
Oversize Folder 1   Polling Place. Primary Election, Tuesday April 12th, 1960, Polling Place, Polls Open From 6 O’Clock A. M. to 6 O’Clock P. M. [damaged, poster in 2 pieces], 1960 
Box 2 Folder 8 Pucinski, Roman. Elect Roman Pucinski; Your Congressman; Vote Democratic, undated
Box 2 Folder 8 Ryan, Daniel. Vote Democratic; Re-Elect Daniel Ryan, President County Board of Commissioners; Election Nov. 4th, 1958, 1958
Box 2 Folder 8 Ryan, Daniel. Re-Elect Daniel Ryan; President Board of County Commissioners; Vote Democratic, undated
Box 2 Folder 9 Sain, Frank G. Experienced…Capable… Honest; On His Record Elect Warden Frank G. Sain, for Sheriff; Tuesday, November 4; Vote Democratic, undated
Box 2 Folder 9 Sandquist Jr., Elroy C. Vote for Elroy C. Sandquist Jr, Republican Candidate for County Judge; Clean up Elections! Stop Illegal Tax Rates! A Fighting, Unshackled County Judge Can Do Both! General Election: November 6, 1962 (2 copies), 1962
Box 2 Folder 9 Scranton, [William]. Scranton, Bill Will Win in ’64 for President, 1964
Box 2 Folder 10 Smith, [?]. Republican; Smith, State Auditor (4 copies), undated
Box 2 Folder 10 Sheehan, Timothy P. Re-Elect Congressman Timothy P. Sheehan, 11th District, Experienced, Unbossed; Republican (2 copies), undated
Box 2 Folder 11 Stastny, [George F.] Re-Elect Stastny to the General Assembly, undated
Box 2 Folder 11 Stastny, George F. Defeat A State Income Tax! Re-Elect George F. Stastny, State Representative, 26th District, Vote Republican (2 copies), undated
Box 2 Folder 11 Toman, Andrew J. A Doctor for Coroner; Elect Andrew J. Toman, M.D.; Vote Democratic; Tues., Nov. 8th, undated
Oversize Folder 1   Voter Registration. Place of Registration; Tuesday, October 9, 1962, Hours - 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.; Thaddeus V. Adesko, County Judge. Sidney T. Holzman, Marie H. Suthers, John P. Daly, Board of Election Commissioners, 1962
Box 2 Folder 12 Waner, [John L.] Chicago’s Opportunity; Elect Waner, Mayor; Republican, [1967]
Box 2 Folder 12 Ward, Daniel P. Endorsed by the Chicago Bar Association; Elect Daniel P. Ward State’s Attorney; Federal Prosecutor, University Law School Dean; Vote Democratic; Election-November 8, 1960 (2 copies), 1960
Box 2 Folder 12 Ward, Daniel P. Daniel P. Ward; Restore Responsibility to the State’s Attorneys Office; For State’s Attorney; Vote Democratic; Election-November 8, 1960, 1960
Box 2 Folder 13 Minor K. Wilson. Lawyer, Crime Fighter; Elect Minor K. Wilson Sheriff; Vote Democratic (2 copies), undated
Box 2 Folder 13 Witwer, Samuel W. Vote For Samuel W. Witwer, Republican Candidate for United States Senator; He Gets Things Done; Vote Republican (3 copies), [1960]
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