Undated linen postcard of the Meadowbrook Diner (The Indiana Album: Loaned by Joan Hostetler)
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With three operating traditional diners and the recent explosion of food trucks zipping around town, Indianapolis is enjoying a diner revival with a nostalgic cult following among roadside architecture fans. Purists define a diner as a prefabricated building constructed specifically […]

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September 17, 2014

Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND. May 26, 1911 11:30 AM Message: Don’t remember wether I sent you a card or not but will send one now to be sure. How is every body? I sent my best to all. Estella 230 N. […]

The Indianapolis Masonic Temple at 525 N. Illinois Street is home to twelve different lodges  (2014 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)
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September 16, 2014

Reader’s Question: In a couple of obituaries I’ve read, the people were listed as having been members of the Pentalpha Club.  What was the significance and history of the group?    Was it connected with the Columbia Club?  Only for business women? ~ […]

Circa 1876 stereoview looking south on Pennsylvania Street from Market Street (The Indiana Album: Loaned by Joan Hostetler)
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September 11, 2014

Merely a decade after the end of the Civil War, photographer John W. Pendergast placed his camera on a tripod at the intersection of East Market and North Pennsylvania Streets, then dirt streets traveled by horse-drawn carriages and streetcars,  positioned […]

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September 10, 2014

Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., JUN 5, 1911 – 11:30 PM Message: June 3 – ’11 Hello: — I am living with my Grandmother now in Indianapolis. Write me. Lovingly, Mirtle S. 31 Adler St. Addressed to: Mrs. Flora Miller Tremont City […]

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September 7, 2014

History on the Hearth: Will translating A 90-year-old Van Camp’s cookbook into the modern day kitchen cause contemporary cooks some heartburn? Today’s cook has many ways of finding a recipe — books, magazines, web sites, television, packaging labels and, of course, […]

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Undated linen postcard of the Meadowbrook Diner (The Indiana Album: Loaned by Joan Hostetler)

Indianapolis Then and Now: Meadowbrook Diner, 5151 E. 38th Street

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With three operating traditional diners and the recent explosion of food trucks zipping around town, Indianapolis is enjoying a diner revival with a n ...

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Penny Post: The Monument Northeast from Market Street

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Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND. May 26, 1911 11:30 AM Message: Don’t remember wether I sent you a card or not but will send one now to be sure. How i ...

The Indianapolis Masonic Temple at 525 N. Illinois Street is home to twelve different lodges  (2014 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)

HI Mailbag: Pentalpha Lodge

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Reader’s Question: In a couple of obituaries I’ve read, the people were listed as having been members of the Pentalpha Club.  What was t ...

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Sunday Adverts: Norways for Nerves

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Concierge Doctoring… In the second half of the 19th century, organic and psychological causes of mental illness began to be identified. This led ...

The newer marquee covers the mural in 1968. The businesses adjacent to the entrance are Dr. David Tavel and Gillman Salon Shoes (courtesy Indiana State Library)

At Your Leisure: More than a Night at the Symphony

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September 12, 2014, 4 Comments

On September 14, 2014,  The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will hold its opening night gala at the Hilbert Circle Theater. It looks to be a fantasti ...

Circa 1876 stereoview looking south on Pennsylvania Street from Market Street (The Indiana Album: Loaned by Joan Hostetler)

Indianapolis Then and Now: Southeast Corner of Pennsylvania and Market Streets

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Merely a decade after the end of the Civil War, photographer John W. Pendergast placed his camera on a tripod at the intersection of East Market and N ...

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Penny Post: Moving to the White River

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Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., JUN 5, 1911 – 11:30 PM Message: June 3 – ’11 Hello: — I am living with my Grandmother now in I ...

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Sunday Adverts: Van Camp’s Cookin’ Up Some History

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September 7, 2014, No comments

History on the Hearth: Will translating A 90-year-old Van Camp’s cookbook into the modern day kitchen cause contemporary cooks some heartburn? T ...

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Indianapolis Collected: Where Everyone Knows your Name

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September 6, 2014, 9 Comments

When he was 12 years old, Michael Hanrahan decided to run away.  For two weeks during the summer of 1907, he survived by selling newspapers on the st ...

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In the Park: Brookside Park

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September 6, 2014, 3 Comments

One of my favorite things about Indianapolis is that the city has something for everyone.  Whether you’re looking for unique cuisine, world-class a ...

A panorama from atop the boat ride (courtesy Indiana State Library)

A Day in The Park: White City Amusement Park

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September 5, 2014, No comments

As Labor Day 2014 is now in the history books, we all start reflecting on what we did this summer. Many Indy residents may have taken a day trip to on ...

Prospect 1117, Police Precinct Station 4, 1912, IHS Bass 27561

Indianapolis Then and Now: Fountain Square Police Station No. 4 / Radio Radio, 1117-1119 Prospect

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September 4, 2014, 2 Comments

  As Indianapolis expanded, it was necessary for the Indianapolis Police Department to move into the neighborhoods and by 1912 four substations h ...