Image: Indiana Historical Society, Bass Photo Collection Circa 1900 view of West Market Street, showing the Cyclorama and future site of the ITT 1890’s view of the future ITT site and Cyclorama, looking southeast from Capitol and Ohio. Occasionally, an article on light rail proposed for Indianapolis mentions that electric railroads are nothing new to Indy, being that a century ago there were streetcar lines throughout the city, and long-distance interurban routes to nearly all parts of the state. The interurbans were electric railroads, operating on streetcar tracks in city streets and on private rights-of-way in between cities. They...Read More
Month: July 2010
Summertime. In theory, a time to catch up on some relaxation and perhaps, some reading, should that be your particular cup of tea. Got me thinking about what books I love that offer something interesting on Indiana through history’s lens. Thought I’d start with a couple art-focused books I have enjoyed…An immediate favorite is SKIRTING THE ISSUE written by the uber-fabulous Judith Vale Newton and Carol Ann Weiss. Yes, it is large and heavy book–ok, so it’s not ideal for your at-the-gym reading. And yes, it is worth its weight in gold. The book is replete with stories of...Read More
Yes, step right up folks and take a gander at one of the most common offenses marring our fair city’s landscape–the retrofitted windows. I have just gotta say: “WTH?!” Recognize me? Conveniently located adjacent to one of my ALL-TIME Top 10 architectural (and financial!) WTH’s What imbecile cooked up this ubiquitous “solution”? I know Indiana Landmarks put Historic Windows on their 10 most endangered list this year, and easy to see why… (Unfortunately the Landmarks site doesn’t allow you to link directly to their articles, so just click on the far right side under quick links, where it says...Read More
We’ve all seen them by the basket/ box/ trunk load at auctions, antique malls and thrift havens–oodles of cabinet cards, postcards, pictures… Discarded and disparate particles of peoples’ past. Who are these people? How did this family ephemera end up here? And why–OH WHY–didn’t people write names on the back of these photos!!? I bought this one (stamped ‘Shoaff’ in the bottom right corner) because I love her dress and poise. Who is she? No bloody clue. Within my own family, I have a similar situation… This large picture is one of my unidentified great-great or great-great-great grandmothers, supposedly....Read More
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