The 1927 Ritz Theatre has stood vacant for decades and begs to be restored  (2014 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)
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November 25, 2014

Reader’s Question: I’m interested in knowing what the building used to be that is located on the northwest corner of Illinois and 34th Streets.  I look forward to seeing what you discover. Thank you. ~ Mark M., Indianapolis  HI’s Answer: […]

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November 24, 2014

Guest Author: Mary Jane Teeters-Eichacher For seventy years, from 1922 to 1992, the place to celebrate holiday traditions in Indianapolis was L. S. Ayres & Co. Animated window displays drew crowds of fascinated onlookers to L. S. Ayres & Co.’s […]

Historic photograph courtesy of the Indiana Album: loaned by Evan Finch. / Modern photograph courtesy of MacNiven's Restaurant  & Bar
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November 20, 2014

For every Ayres or Vonnegut or Lilly, there were hundreds of business owners in Indianapolis who set up shop but just did not have the longevity to be remembered today. Some failed due to poor business sense or economic downturns, […]

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November 19, 2014

Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., OCT 25, 1905 – 1 PM Received: Detroit, MI., OCT 26, 1906 – 9 AM Message: Indianapolis, Ind. Oct. 25, 1905. Dearest Mother & Sister – I shall send a money order sometime this week and want […]

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November 17, 2014

As a respite from the seemingly constant negative news about education and schools, we reflect, if only briefly, to our city’s early success as a place with beloved and highly regarded schools. Since Howe High School was the last of […]

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November 14, 2014

Today’s visitors to the Circle City have a wide array of lodging options when looking for a place to spend the night. The downtown area boasts thousands of modern hotel rooms that attract celebrities, athletes and politicians. While Indy may […]

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The 1927 Ritz Theatre has stood vacant for decades and begs to be restored  (2014 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)

HI Mailbag: Northwest Corner of Illinois and 34th Streets

November 25, 2014, 3 Comments

Reader’s Question: I’m interested in knowing what the building used to be that is located on the northwest corner of Illinois and 34th Streets ...

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Misc. Monday: Reminisces of an Ayres Christmas

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November 24, 2014, 1 Comment

Guest Author: Mary Jane Teeters-Eichacher For seventy years, from 1922 to 1992, the place to celebrate holiday traditions in Indianapolis was L. S. Ay ...

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Sunday Adverts: Thanksgiving Love and Lard

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November 23, 2014, 4 Comments

Vintage Meat Recipe Book, 1946… an Adventure in Fat! There are some history enthusiasts who yearn to recreate the “good old days.” T ...

The Indianapolis Checkers laced up between 1939 and 1952 (courtesy ebay)

At Your Leisure: Fire on Ice. A Look at Pro Hockey

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November 21, 2014, No comments

The puck has dropped on Indy’s next chapter of professional hockey after a decade hiatus. The Indy Fuel have started their inaugural season at the r ...

Historic photograph courtesy of the Indiana Album: loaned by Evan Finch. / Modern photograph courtesy of MacNiven's Restaurant  & Bar

Indianapolis Then and Now: Criswell Mercantile Company/MacNiven’s Restaurant & Bar, 337-339 Massachusetts Avenue

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November 20, 2014, 7 Comments

For every Ayres or Vonnegut or Lilly, there were hundreds of business owners in Indianapolis who set up shop but just did not have the longevity to be ...

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Penny Post: Money Order to Detroit, 1905

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November 19, 2014, No comments

Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., OCT 25, 1905 – 1 PM Received: Detroit, MI., OCT 26, 1906 – 9 AM Message: Indianapolis, Ind. Oct. 25, 1905. ...

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Misc. Monday: Early Indy High Schools

November 17, 2014, 2 Comments

As a respite from the seemingly constant negative news about education and schools, we reflect, if only briefly, to our city’s early success as ...

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Sunday Adverts: Black Friday 100 Years Ago

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November 16, 2014, No comments

Do you think “Black Friday” shopping fervor is a recent invention? Think Again! While the earliest known use of “Black Friday” ...

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In the Park: Skiles Test Nature Park

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November 15, 2014, 1 Comment

Just across the street from Woollens Garden you’ll find another of the city’s most primitive parks, Skiles Test Nature Park.  There’s no better ...

An early postcard showing the Marott Hotel and Meridian Street Bridge (courtesy ebay)

At Your Leisure: Rubbing Elbows with Indy’s Elite at The Marott Hotel

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November 14, 2014, 2 Comments

Today’s visitors to the Circle City have a wide array of lodging options when looking for a place to spend the night. The downtown area boasts t ...

Playing football in what became Finch Park, ca. 1915 (The Indiana Album: Loaned by Elizabeth Laslie)

Indianapolis Then and Now: Finch Park and the 1700 Block of Fletcher Avenue

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November 13, 2014, 2 Comments

Finch Park, originally located on S. State Avenue between Spann and Fletcher Avenues, has long served the Fountain Square neighborhood as a playground ...

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Penny Post: Henry Ford at the 500

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November 12, 2014, No comments

If Detroit is the car capital of the world and Indianapolis in the racing capital of the world, it is only natural that the man who brought the automo ...