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July 25, 2015

Charlotte Jane Anderson died 17 years ago.  A life-long Indianapolis resident, she left behind a cousin, a house, and a diary that chronicled every day of her life from January 1, 1947 to December 31, 1951. About a year ago, […]

This 1960s era postcard promises a country style meal served by the Sloan family (courtesy Amazon)
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July 17, 2015

A once popular way to make your business stand out from the competition was to build a structure to look like the theme represented. Folks around Indy have seen these examples throughout the years — from a seafood restaurant built […]

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July 11, 2015

Daisy McKay was only 16 years old when her parents broke ground on a fine brick mansion at the corner of 13th and Broadway. The new Statehouse was under construction at the time, and her father purchased quarter-sawn oak woodwork from the same firm […]

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July 6, 2015

Dos Equis might have “The Most Interesting Man in the World” doing beer ads today.  But in 1904, a colorful contender for that title came to the U.S. from Russia.  Are you ready for a glimpse into one of Indianapolis’s […]

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June 27, 2015

“In my opinion the way to beautify Indianapolis is to make its people happier,” Mrs. Albert Metzger told The Indianapolis Star in 1911, when asked for her ideas on city beautification. If you lived in Indianapolis at the time and […]

The interior of a Huddle restaurant awaiting eager diners (Courtesy Evan Finch)
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June 26, 2015

A twenty-four hour restaurant tends to bring out some of the more interesting examples of mankind — especially in the wee hours of the morning. A mix of shift workers, college procrastinators, and weekend revelers trying to sober up on […]

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Crown Hill — America’s third-largest public cemetery — has a few hundred thousand stories to tell.  One of its more extraordinary b ...

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At Your Leisure: This week in Indianapolis 1965

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July 31, 2015, 1 Comment

What was that I just saw? This will be a common reaction from many downtown residents and workers through the weekend. The 48th annual Gen Con kicks ...

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Penny Post: Having a Great Time!

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Postmark: July 24th 1963 Message: We plan to leave for Mich. early mañana.  Having a great time. Joe Mike Address: Mrs. Mary C. Devine Box 217 La ...

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Misc Monday: Women Take to the Skies in Jazz Age Indy

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July 27, 2015, 2 Comments

“You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.”  That was Amelia Earhart’s verdict on rising up to ...

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Indianapolis Collected: The Secret in the Old Diary

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July 25, 2015, 6 Comments

Charlotte Jane Anderson died 17 years ago.  A life-long Indianapolis resident, she left behind a cousin, a house, and a diary that chronicled every d ...

This 1961 postcard shows  the Graylynn and the Blue Room restaurant. The parking on the right is where the Butler-Jameson mansion stood (Courtesy eBay)

At Your Leisure: History Paved Over

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July 24, 2015, 2 Comments

Although it’s heartbreaking to think about the buildings and businesses that have been lost over the years in Indianapolis, it is still exciting to ...

Shoot the Chutes, 1906

Misc Monday: Moses in Wonderland

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July 20, 2015, 3 Comments

One amazing local business coming to the rescue in the midst of the “food desert” of Indy’s East Washington Street corridor is Tlaol ...

This 1960s era postcard promises a country style meal served by the Sloan family (courtesy Amazon)

At Your Leisure: Beware of the Witch

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July 17, 2015, 1 Comment

A once popular way to make your business stand out from the competition was to build a structure to look like the theme represented. Folks around Indy ...

Kossuth, Southworth & Hawes circa 1851

Misc Monday: On Liberty and Whiskers

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July 13, 2015, 6 Comments

The list of famous visitors to Indianapolis would probably surprise you.  Oscar Wilde came in 1882.  Mark Twain came four times.  Sergei Rachmanino ...

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Indianapolis Collected: The Mystery of the Missing Mantels

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July 11, 2015, 2 Comments

Daisy McKay was only 16 years old when her parents broke ground on a fine brick mansion at the corner of 13th and Broadway. The new Statehouse was ...

This ticket advertises a two-for-one deal for the Shadeland Drive-in (Courtesy eBay)

At Your Leisure: At the Drive-in

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July 10, 2015, 7 Comments

For those who grew up in the 1950s through the 1980s, a summer rite of passage always included a few nights at the local drive-in theater. Whether you ...

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Misc Monday: The Russian Connection

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July 6, 2015, No comments

Dos Equis might have “The Most Interesting Man in the World” doing beer ads today.  But in 1904, a colorful contender for that title came ...