Boyle Racing Headquarters was located at 1701 Gent Avenue  (photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
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May 3, 2016

Reader’s Question: Can you provide the history of who owned the property at 1701 Gent Avenue and the businesses that occupied it over the years?  ~ Jeff C. HI’s Answer:  For readers who may not be familiar with its location, Gent Avenue […]

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April 26, 2016

In a rare display of bipartisanship during a campaign season otherwise marked by epic ugliness, Indiana’s two U.S. senators recently banded together to take on the entrenched bureaucracy in Washington’s all-powerful Government Publishing Office. Earlier this month, Sen. Dan Coats and Sen. […]

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April 12, 2016

In 1905, philosopher George Santayana penned the oft-repeated maxim, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” To which Indy native Kurt Vonnegut promptly retorted (some 80 years later), “I’ve got news for Mr. Santayana: we’re doomed to repeat […]

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April 7, 2016

While it’s no longer called Nathaniel Hawthorne School Number 50, it still serves students today. Now the Providence Cristo Rey High School, the school has been through a few changes through the years. At the corner of Germania and Ohio Streets. Sometimes […]

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April 5, 2016

Reader’s Question: My daughter-in-law recently became a member of St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild. Could you provide some history of the organization and its activities? ~ Carol C., Carmel     HI’s Answer: St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild is an Indianapolis area volunteer organization that is now into […]

722 Harrison Street
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April 1, 2016

There are so many special buildings and places to love in Fletcher Place, but this one is a standout, as it is so unusual compared to other homes in the area. The earliest listing for the property found in old […]

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30th Street and Bell Fountain Bridge (image: http://www.digitalindy.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/postcard/id/20/rec/5)

Penny Post: A Beauty From You!

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Postmark: INDIANAPOLIS, IND.      JUL 21, 1909     630 PM Message: Indianapolis, Ind 7/21/09 Dear Friend, Am almost ashamed to send this cheap li ...

Boyle Racing Headquarters was located at 1701 Gent Avenue  (photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

HI Mailbag: 1701 Gent Avenue

May 3, 2016, 2 Comments

Reader’s Question: Can you provide the history of who owned the property at 1701 Gent Avenue and the businesses that occupied it over the years ...

This 1916 ad advertises acreage in a new development called Rocky Ripple (Courtesy Indiana State Museum)

Sunday Ads: Another Ripple in the Stream

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Business:  American Town Lot Co. Date of Ad:  April 30, 1916 Location:  North Side, between the White River and the Central Canal between 51st and ...

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Penny Post: Was Pleased To Hear From You

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Postmark: INDIANAPOLIS, IND.     OCT 13, 1915     930 AM Message: 10-13-15 Dear Mrs. Seerley, Your car rec’d was pleased to hear from you &a ...

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Deja Vu Tuesday: Would a Hoosier by any other name smell as sweet?

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In a rare display of bipartisanship during a campaign season otherwise marked by epic ugliness, Indiana’s two U.S. senators recently banded tog ...

The Indianapolis Life Insurance Company was one of the largest Life Insurance providers in Indianapolis. (Courtesy Indiana State Library)

Sunday Ads: Life (Insurance) In Indianapolis

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Name of Business: Indianapolis Life Date of Advertisement: April 24, 1966 Neighborhood:  Midtown/ North Meridian Street Service Provided: Life Ins ...

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Penny Post: Please Excuse the Pencil…

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Postmark: INDIANAPOLIS, IND.       JUL 22, 1920 Message: Dear Aunt Julia, Please excuse pencil as the little boy where I am staying thinks he must ...

The Empire Theater as it appears today.

Sunday Ads: Sin From Last Century

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Name of Business: The Empire Theater Date of Ad: April 13, 1913 Date Established: 1892 Neighborhood: Downtown Notable: Promising a bevy of pretty and ...

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Deja Vu Tuesday: Celebrating 200 years of history repeating itself

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In 1905, philosopher George Santayana penned the oft-repeated maxim, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” To ...

Goodman Jewelers at 30 West Washington Street dabbled in "slenderizing" equipment in the 1950s (Courtesy Indiana State Library)

Sunday Ads: More Than Just Jewelry

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Business:  Goodman Jewelers Date of this Advertisement:  April 12, 1959 Location:  30 West Washington Street Neighborhood:  Downtown Goods:  Jewe ...

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Then & Now: Hawthorne School

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While it’s no longer called Nathaniel Hawthorne School Number 50, it still serves students today. Now the Providence Cristo Rey High School, t ...

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HI Mailbag: St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild

April 5, 2016, No comments

Reader’s Question: My daughter-in-law recently became a member of St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild. Could you provide some history of the ...