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November 11, 2016

Hoosiers will never be said to lack in appreciation for the veterans and heroes who have served our nation. Beam with pride wherever you encounter a veteran, because you, dear Hoosier, may rightfully brag that Indianapolis is second only to […]

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November 8, 2016

107 years ago yesterday, a 70-year-old woman from Indianapolis named Mary E. Nicholson made history as one of the first females – if not the first female — elected to public office in the state of Indiana.  A former teacher and administrator in […]

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October 25, 2016

For Mrs. Lottie A. Kinsey, life on the corner of 15th and College Avenue was a lot like an AC/DC song. Although another eight decades would pass before the Australian rockers recorded their classic ballad, “You Shook Me All Night […]

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October 11, 2016

In an old Saturday Night Live sketch, a rugged frontiersman named “Johnny Canal” travels to the White House in 1820 to pitch his idea of connecting every city and town in the country by an elaborate system of canals.  A […]

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October 6, 2016

In the 1900 block of Herron-Morton Place: This was once home to a man who served as Corporation Council for the City of Indianapolis (from 1918-1922), Samuel Ashby and his family. They were next door neighbors to the William H. […]

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September 22, 2016

Recognize this view? If you frequent the canal, it will look familiar, as a view from Bugg’s Temple. Ever wonder what may have preceded the current shiny newer business buildings? For this site, it was once “The Industrial Building”, built […]

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By the time this photo was taken in 1979, the Ober Building had been stripped of its details and was showing signs of neglect. The Fletcher Trust building seen in the upper right sat vacant in the early 90's and a lack of parking was blamed for its lack of tenants. This spelled doom for the Ober Building. (Courtesy IUPUI Library)

Sunday Ads: Greetings for all Occasions

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November 20, 2016, 1 Comment

Business:  Stationers  Date of Ad:  March 11, 1956 Location:  Downtown, 38 North Pennsylvania Street Years of Operation: 1932-1997 Notable: Before ...

This building was demolished in 1964 and replaced with a modern two story office building. Morrow's moved south to 4 South Pennsylvania. (Courtesy Bass Photo Company Collection, Indiana Historical Society)

Sunday Ads: We’re All Nuts

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Business:  Morrow’s Nut House Date of Ad:  December 30, 1945 Location:  46 West Washington and various downtown locations Years of Operation: 193 ...

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Friday Fave: Indy loves vets

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Hoosiers will never be said to lack in appreciation for the veterans and heroes who have served our nation. Beam with pride wherever you encounter a v ...

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Deja Vu Tuesday: A flood of first-time female voters

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107 years ago yesterday, a 70-year-old woman from Indianapolis named Mary E. Nicholson made history as one of the first females – if not the fir ...

This company postcard demonstrates what a suburban Kresge variety store would look like in the days before K-Mart. (Courtesy eBay)

Sunday Ads: Your Savings Store

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November 6, 2016, No comments

Business:  S.S. Kresge and Company Date of Ad:  October 28, 1923 Location:  Downtown, at the southwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania Years ...

The inside of Glendale in the 1970's. In 1969 Glendale enclosed its courtyard to remain competitive with the Lafayette Square Mall which had recently opened on the northwest side. (Courtesy of Evan Finch)

Sunday Ads: Goodbye City Life!

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October 30, 2016, 2 Comments

Business:  Glendale Shopping Center Date of Ad:  December 2, 1958 Location:  Keystone Avenue and 62nd Street Years of Operation: 1958-present Notab ...

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Deja Vu Tuesday: The College Avenue War of 1903

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October 25, 2016, 2 Comments

For Mrs. Lottie A. Kinsey, life on the corner of 15th and College Avenue was a lot like an AC/DC song. Although another eight decades would pass befor ...

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Sunday Ads: Nifty Needles!

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Business:  G.C. Murphy and Company Date of Ad:  December 10, 1920 Location:  Downtown, 33 North Illinois Street Years of Operation: 1906- 2001 Nota ...

These A frame buildings were commonplace in the 1960's. The television series Mad Men featured a fully restored building of this type in a recent season. (Courtesy eBay)

Sunday Ads: Be a Secret Agent and Win the Jackpot!

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October 16, 2016, 1 Comment

Business:  Burger Chef Systems  Date of Ad:  April 6, 1966 Location:  1300 West 16th Street and across the nation Years of Operation: 1958-1996 No ...

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Deja Vu Tuesday: 1835 letter sheds light on worst legislative fiasco in state history

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October 11, 2016, 1 Comment

In an old Saturday Night Live sketch, a rugged frontiersman named “Johnny Canal” travels to the White House in 1820 to pitch his idea of c ...

The Wilking Music Company moved to new digs along Pennsylvania Street in 1946. The facade from the long-demolished Vajen Block was saved and incorporated into Circle Centre Mall along  south Meridian. (Courtesy Library of Congress)

Sunday Ads: Music to Your Ears

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October 9, 2016, No comments

Business:  Wilking Music Company  Date of Ad:  October 13th, 1940 Location:  120 East Ohio Street, near Massachusetts Avenue Years of Operation: 1 ...

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Then and Now: 1924 North Delaware Street

October 6, 2016, 1 Comment

In the 1900 block of Herron-Morton Place: This was once home to a man who served as Corporation Council for the City of Indianapolis (from 1918-1922), ...