This 1943 postmarked postcard states "I am dancing at the Indiana Roof, beautiful combination Night Club and Ballroom, where Indianapolis dances every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday." (courtesy ebay)
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October 31, 2014

The Indiana Theatre stands guard over west Washington Street, between Illinois Street and Capitol Avenue. Atop this historic former movie palace sits one of the most unique venues for special events in the city. Throngs of Indianapolitans have walked those […]

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October 30, 2014

In this circa 1906 photograph, the family of Frank and Emma Roehm stand in front of their home at 1320 Villa Street. This south side street was located in a German neighborhood just north of Pleasant Run and east of […]

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October 28, 2014

Reader’s Question: While doing Saturday morning errands at the hardware, grocery, and drugstore last weekend, I was amazed to see how commercial Halloween has become.  I was inundated with Halloween products everywhere I went.  It made me curious as to how the holiday […]

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October 27, 2014

Perusing the pages of early 1900′s Indianapolis newspapers, you will occasionally come across an announcement for a new suburb–plotted out, ostensibly, by some entrepreneurial soul. It frequently appears with an accompanying map, such as the following from May 1916. Though […]

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October 23, 2014

Thanks to local residents for submitting this historic photograph of their house, located just west of Shadeland Avenue at 625 N. Edmondson Avenue (formerly Rice Road) in Warren Township. The brick 1860s house  was part of the Askren dairy farm. […]

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October 18, 2014

In the fall of 2011, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. sparked a Facebook frenzy when it launched a contest to rename Georgia Street.  According to a spokesman for Mayor Greg Ballard, the goal of the proposed “re-branding” was to create a “signature” name […]

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This 1943 postmarked postcard states "I am dancing at the Indiana Roof, beautiful combination Night Club and Ballroom, where Indianapolis dances every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday." (courtesy ebay)

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In this circa 1906 photograph, the family of Frank and Emma Roehm stand in front of their home at 1320 Villa Street. This south side street was locate ...

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Penny Post: A Lucky Halloween

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  Ads from the 1914 Indiana Funeral Directors Convention, Indianapolis Star Funeral directors, morticians, undertakers… They get a bad rap. ...

Butler students clowning around on the stage of the newly completed Brown Theater in 1955 (Courtesy Butler University)

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Indianapolis Then and Now: Askren-Rice-Eichacker House, 625 N. Edmondson Avenue

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October 23, 2014, 3 Comments

Thanks to local residents for submitting this historic photograph of their house, located just west of Shadeland Avenue at 625 N. Edmondson Avenue (fo ...

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Penny Post: Circle Tower, “The Aristocrat”

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October 22, 2014, 1 Comment

Talk about conscientious architecture, worthy of a tourist’s visit: not only is the Circle Tower the Art Deco aristocrat of Monument Circle, but ...

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Sunday Adverts: Indy Soothsayers 100 Years Ago

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If doubt assails you, misfortune threatens you, ruin stares you in the face, danger besets you; if you would win the love of one without whom life wou ...

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Indianapolis Collected: A Road By Any Other Name

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October 18, 2014, 1 Comment

In the fall of 2011, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. sparked a Facebook frenzy when it launched a contest to rename Georgia Street.  According to a spokes ...