Archive for February, 2013

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February 28, 2013

This week I showcase two lantern slides that I purchased on eBay of the Progress Laundry Company. Lantern slides were an early form of slides projected onto a wall or screen to an audience. Since many of the fifty or […]

WTH: Stone Cold (Whiskey Tango) Fox…

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February 27, 2013, 3 Comments

Vinyl on top, stone on the bottom? The porch alterations look like tiny toothpick ‘columns’ shoved into a large stone boot … But the ...

A Room with a View – Municipal Gardens Park

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February 26, 2013, 12 Comments

  This week’s A Room with a View is really more of an Area with a View, in two parts. After scoping out the Lohrmann House at 16th and Whi ...

HI Mailbag: House at 75th and College Avenue

February 26, 2013, 12 Comments

Reader’s Question: Do you have any history on the house on the SW Corner of 75th and College?  ~  Ed Alexander, Indianapolis HI’s Answe ...

  • Carl G. Fisher
    Indianapolis’ Early Automotive Roots
    February 25, 2013, 4 Comments

    The story of Indianapolis’ early automotive heritage begins a little over 120 years ago.  It actually started with bicycling. In the summer of 1890, 16 year-old Carl G. Fisher and a dozen or so like-minded young cycling enthusiasts forme ...

  • Sunday Prayers: 430 N. Walcott
    February 24, 2013, 10 Comments

    Lloyd D. Hammond was a working man. He was a travel agent for at least a decade, servicing the citizens of Indianapolis from the late 1800s through the 1910s. He was a junior manager, too. A man of position at […]

  • Sunday Adverts: C. F. Rafert, Contractor
    February 24, 2013, No comments

    One of our regular readers’ is a grandson of Christopher Rafert, one time/early contractor and builder in Indianapolis. This ad reflects the same information as found in a family business card, we featured along with his former home o ...

  • Family Tree: No Love Sincerer
    February 23, 2013, 1 Comment

    “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ~ George Bernard Shaw As I recreate the stories of my ancestors I often wonder how they approached the topic of food. Did they have favorite family recipes? Did they […]

  • Flats Saved: North Pennsylvania Street
    February 23, 2013, 5 Comments

    What’s your favorite apartment building on Pennsylvania Street? Many flats, including the Sylvania and Glencoe, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places Apartments & Flats and are also included in the NRHP St. Joseph ...

  • Friday Favorite: Saving Old Housing Stock
    February 22, 2013, 9 Comments

    For those of us who are both sentimental and care for the aesthetics of Indianapolis, we’d be hard-pressed to consider buying anything but an older home. Older homes get a bad rap—deemed ‘hard to care for,’ ‘require lots of main ...