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E. I. Buddy Thompson collection on rail travel safety, 1912-1915

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Author

Finding aid prepared by Desirae Carron

Title

E. I.

Buddy Thompson collection on rail travel safety

Date

1912-1915

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Collection is arranged by format.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2003av097: [identification of item], E. I. Buddy Thompson collection on rail travel safety, 1912-1915, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

0.5 Cubic feet

1 box, 130 items

Abstract

The E. I. Buddy Thompson collection on rail travel safety (dated 1912-1915; 0.5 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of Viopticon glass slide, handbills, and campaign pins. Buddy Thompson was an author and auctioneer in Lexington, Kentucky, who wrote a well known biography of Lexington madam Belle Brezing.

Biography/History

Elmer I. Buddy Thompson was born in Maysville, Kentucky, in 1920 and moved to Lexington, Kentucky, as a young boy. He married Mildred Peg Campbell; they had one son, Joseph Clay Thompson. In 1964, Thompson along with James L. Jim Riley established Thompson & Riley auction and realty company. Through his business, Thompson acquired many items pertaining to Lexington history. Thompson retired in 1982.

In addition to being an auctioneer, Thompson pursued several occupations. He served in World War II as an aerial photographer for the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater 1943-1945 and ran a flying service after the war. In 1985 Thompson finished an autobiography about his experiences in the war, A Soldier Boy’s Adventure. Thompson is best known for his book Madame Belle Brezing published in 1983, in which he describes the life of the Lexington prostitute Belle Brezing, who was thought to inspire the character Belle Watling in Gone With the Wind.

Throughout his lifetime, Thompson was very active in the Lexington civic affairs, serving as president of the Kentucky Civil War Round Table (1980-1989); founding member and past chairman of the Lexington-Fayette County Historical Commission; president of Big Brothers of Lexington; and a member of the Kentucky Historical Society, the Filson Historical Society, and the Lexington Cemetery Board. Thompson died in 1996.

Scope and Content

The E. I. Buddy Thompson collection on rail travel safety (dated 1912-1915; 0.5 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of Viopticon glass slide, handbills, and campaign pins. The collection is divided into series by format. The Handbills series, produced by the Kentucky Terminal and Traction Company, have drawings and text about trolley and street car safety. The Glass slides series mainly depict cartoons and images relating to trolley, cable car, streetcar, and train safety. Many show images of crashes, what passengers and pedestrians should not do, and various rail travel vehicles. Finally, the last series contains a box of Safety first educational campaign pins.

Subjects

  • Photographs
  • Thompson, Buddy
  • Railroads--Kentucky--History.
  • Railroads--Photographs.
  • Railroads--Safety measures
  • Street-railroads--Kentucky.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Handbills, 1912
A Costly Game, 1912
[Box: 1, Folder: 1, Item: 1]
Stick to the Ground, It's Safer, 1912
[Box: 1, Folder: 1, Item: 2]
The Car Jumper, 1912
[Box: 1, Folder: 1, Item: 3]
Who Is to Blame, 1912
[Box: 1, Folder: 1, Item: 4]
Warnings Against Accidents, 1912
[Box: 1, Folder: 1, Item: 5]
Series II. Glass slides, undated
He followed the ball, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 1]
The Heedless Milkman, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 2]
He touched a live wire, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 3]
Always stop, look, and listen, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 4]
The Stolen Ride, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 5]
They were playing upon the streets, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 6]
He jumped off a moving car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 7]
This might happen to you, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 8]
After the accident, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 9]
He hooked a ride, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 10]
He tried to pass between two cars, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 11]
Maimed boy watching other boys play, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 12]
Crowd of injured people, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 13]
Man with a cast on his arm, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 14]
Illustration of train car and wagon collision, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 15]
Illustration of an accident, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 16]
Illustration of an accident, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 17]
Illustration of an accident, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 18]
Man stepping on a nail, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 19]
Children and woman waiting to cross the street, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 20]
Woman hanging up laundy, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 21]
Illustration of geese attacking boy, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 22]
Illustration of geese sharing pretzel, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 23]
Boy falling into boiling water, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 24]
Woman pulling boy out of pot, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 25]
Geese carrying boy by ears, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 26]
Geese dropping boy into chimney, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 27]
Boy harassing geese, holding pretzel, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 28]
Geese attacking boy, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 29]
Boy attacking geese, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 30]
Boy taunting geese with pretzel, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 31]
Woman giving boy pretzel, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 32]
Elephant blowing water on person, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 33]
Elephant throwing person on cactus, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 34]
Elephant carrying person by pants, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 35]
Prson covered in cactus needles, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 36]
Elephant grabbing person's ear, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 37]
Elephant running after person, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 38]
Elephant throwing person in water, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 39]
Elephant feeding person to alligator, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 40]
Person shooting arrow into elephant, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 41]
Elephant pulling on person's ear, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 42]
Elephant shooting water into mouth, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 43]
Elephant, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 44]
Boys hooking ride on street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 45]
Woman pushing baby carriage in front of street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 46]
Vehicle next to a street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 47]
Over-turned carriage and injured person next to street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 48]
Woman on crutches, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 49]
Woman examining face of child, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 50]
Two women holding hands, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 51]
Vehicles driving, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 52]
Two parked vehicles, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 53]
Street car and people waiting, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 54]
Boys looking at wire on the ground, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 55]
Boys possibly wearing prosthetic legs, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 56]
Women walking on tracks, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 57]
Man walking on tracks, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 58]
People gathered around injured boy, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 59]
Vehicle in front of street car, crowd of people, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 60]
Man handling wire as people look on, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 61]
Injured man on ground with people gathered around, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 62]
People walknig next to car on road, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 63]
Horse and buggy in front of street car on tracks, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 64]
Boy hanging on back of street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 65]
Boy on ground in front of street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 66]
Woman on ground next to street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 67]
Stopped street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 68]
Boys waving or throwing something at street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 69]
Men waiting for street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 70]
Car in front of street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 71]
Car in front of street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 72]
Injured or deceased woman being wrapped up on ground, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 73]
Boy holding gun, woman bent over boy laying on the ground, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 74]
People running across street in front of car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 75]
Children playing near street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 76]
Person being placed in ambulance, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 77]
Boy sitting on steps of street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 78]
People exiting street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 79]
Girls standing near street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 80]
Injured person being carried away, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 81]
Man hit by street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 82]
Children next to street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 83]
Woman walking in front of street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 84]
Man on ground in front of car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 85]
Boy holding gun and girl playing with it, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 86]
Woman on ground after buggy was hit by a street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 87]
People standing in front of street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 88]
People with horse and buggy stopping at a rail crossing, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 89]
Car and horse and buggy, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 90]
Person on crutches, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 91]
People gathered around, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 92]
People waving to a street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 93]
People gathered around man on ground, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 94]
School children walking on tracks, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 95]
Boys playing in the street, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 96]
People tending to injured man, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 97]
Boys standing next to a street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 98]
People next to track, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 99]
Horse and buggy next to street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 100]
Horse and buggy next to street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 101]
Man pulling another man back from street car track, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 102]
Horse and buggy next to street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 103]
Horse and buggy passing in front of street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 104]
Horse and buggy passing in front of street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 105]
Boy with eye patch, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 106]
Woman exiting street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 107]
Woman exiting street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 108]
Street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 109]
Children playing around street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 110]
Person riding bicycle in front of street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 111]
Car next to street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 112]
Street cars side by side, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 113]
Street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 114]
Injured person under street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 115]
Children on bicycles in front of street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 116]
Injured person, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 117]
People near horse and buggy, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 118]
Wagon in front of street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 119]
Bicyclist holding onto street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 120]
Child on a stretcher, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 121]
Children next to street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 122]
Men waiting for street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 123]
Man hanging onto street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 124]
Woman exiting street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 125]
Children playing near street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 126]
Injured man on ground, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 127]
People near street car, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 128]
Series III. Safety first educational campaign pins, 1915
[Box: 1]