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August 24, 2016

Postmark: Indianapolis Ind   Aug 22 1916  9:30PM   Message: My dear sister: Aug 22. 1916. This is ___and I never got a letter from home. Can you account for that? I can’t. Don’t let it happen again. My “ground […]

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August 23, 2016

Imagine for a moment that you’re living in a world where families are struggling to make ends meet. Where hard-working citizens are losing their jobs to technology and immigrants.  Where some of these immigrants are criminals, many are indigent, and […]

Indianapolis Attractions According to the 1890 State Fair Guide
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August 19, 2016

Visitors from all over the state come to see and show at the Indiana State Fair. Check out the non-fair recommendations from the 1890 State Fair Visitor’s Guide–the last year before moving to its current location. “Visitors to the State Fair […]

State Fair Cropped
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August 18, 2016

The location, scale and wares have changed, but the premise remains the same: gather Indiana’s best art, agriculture, science and industry for concentrated display and consumption. The State Fair is a coveted Hoosier tradition begun in 1852 in Military Park. The […]

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August 17, 2016

Message on front: I am located across the street from here. Address here: 1441 Fairfield Ave. Indianapolis Postmark: INDIANAPOLIS, IND   MAY 2 1944    3PM and Osborn Ohio   May 3 1944   7AM Message on back: Dear Mom, […]

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August 8, 2016

Think about what it was like to attend the Indiana State Fair and Exposition before electricity was invented. Enjoy a couple of highlights, excerpted from an 1874 Indianapolis newspaper. “The center figure in W.L. Woods display is a most elegant […]

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What was 38th Street like back when...

Penny Post: Weather Report, 100 Years Ago

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Postmark: Indianapolis Ind   Aug 22 1916  9:30PM   Message: My dear sister: Aug 22. 1916. This is ___and I never got a letter from home. Can yo ...

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Deja Vu Tuesday: The Know Nothing Party of Indiana

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August 23, 2016, No comments

Imagine for a moment that you’re living in a world where families are struggling to make ends meet. Where hard-working citizens are losing their ...

This 1920 ad offered assistance on how to serve the exotic grapefruit. (Courtesy Indiana State Library)

Sunday Ads: The Start of One Stop Shopping?

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August 21, 2016, 1 Comment

Business:  Wm. H. Block and Company Date of Ad:  August 15, 1926 Location:  Block’s Department Store, Southwest corner of Market and Illinois, do ...

Indianapolis Attractions According to the 1890 State Fair Guide

Friday Fave: After 1890 State Fair, See This!

August 19, 2016, 2 Comments

Visitors from all over the state come to see and show at the Indiana State Fair. Check out the non-fair recommendations from the 1890 State Fair Visi ...

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Then & Now: Indiana State Fair & Expo

August 18, 2016, 3 Comments

The location, scale and wares have changed, but the premise remains the same: gather Indiana’s best art, agriculture, science and industry for conce ...

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Penny Post- Across the Street

August 17, 2016, No comments

Message on front: I am located across the street from here. Address here: 1441 Fairfield Ave. Indianapolis Postmark: INDIANAPOLIS, IND   MAY 2 1944 ...

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Sunday Ads: State Fair: September 17-22, 1888

August 14, 2016, 1 Comment

A few ads and other info from the State Fair program from the 1888 State Fair. Hotel English–before it consumed the entire northwest quadrant o ...

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Friday Fave: State Fair Souvenirs

August 12, 2016, No comments

Some people must have a tangible memento of places visited, others prefer photos, and still others are content to make memories. While memories may wa ...

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Penny Post: August 1916

August 10, 2016, No comments

Postmark: INDIANAPOLIS, IND   AUG 3 1916   10:30PM Message: Indianapolis, INd.  Aug. 3. 16. Dear Mother: am on the road now. Will come home as soon ...

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Misc. Monday: State Fair, 1874

August 8, 2016, 2 Comments

Think about what it was like to attend the Indiana State Fair and Exposition before electricity was invented. Enjoy a couple of highlights, excerpted ...

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Sunday Ads: Antiseptic Refrigeration? A National Craze

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August 7, 2016, No comments

  Business:  National Furniture Company Date of Ad: August 6, 1916 Location:  335-343 West Washington Street, downtown Indianapolis Years of O ...

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Building a Network, 1906 style

August 3, 2016, 1 Comment

Today, you can interface with any number of people through various social media channels, but 100+ years ago, you might have used…a post card. P ...