Archive for November, 2013

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November 30, 2013

When my great grandfather, Alfred M. Glossbrenner, died on November 13, 1938, at the age of 69, The Indianapolis Star ran his obituary the very next day. The obit was on the front page, above the fold, right next to a […]

Friday Favorite: Artistry of Cole Noble

November 29, 2013, 3 Comments

Indianapolis and its neighborhoods are a lot like an old family scrap quilt– colorful, unique connected pieces, (in various states of wear and r ...

Indianapolis Then and Now: The Circus comes to the 200 Block of Massachusetts Ave.

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November 28, 2013, 2 Comments

This charming photograph of the circus coming to town has long intrigued me, but the records of photographer Frank M. Hohenberger did not include the ...

WTH: Vile Vinyl

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November 27, 2013, 3 Comments

WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Location: South side Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself how far has this strayed from ...

  • Christian Theological Seminary
    November 26, 2013, 1 Comment

    With a not-so-subtle tie-in to this week’s What’s in a Name, we travel up Michigan Road, across the street from the north gates of the Indianapolis Museum of Art for a quick stop at the Christian Theological Seminary. As the [&h ...

  • HI Mailbag: Indy Parks & Recreation
    November 26, 2013, 5 Comments

    Reader’s Question: I saw that Indy Parks may privatize our city’s parks, which makes me wonder about the history of the park system.  Can you tell me the who, what, why, when, where, and how of Indianapolis’ parks?  ~ Je ...

  • What’s in a Name: Michigan Road
    November 25, 2013, 1 Comment

    Michigan Rd. Lake Michigan Built in the 1830s as one of Indiana’s first major highways, the Michigan Road was the original pioneer trail connecting central Indiana with Lake Michigan to the north and Madison to the south. In the 1820s, [& ...

  • Sunday Adverts: Turkey Dinner at Allen A.M.E.
    November 24, 2013, 2 Comments

    It’s no secret community turkey dinners to celebrate Thanksgiving have been around for some time.  This advertisement, from November 25, 1899, highlights such a dinner at the second-oldest African American church remaining in Indiana ...

  • Vintage VIttles: Civil War Nectar
    November 23, 2013, No comments

    A bit unbelievable that Thanksgiving is upon us already. I’m sure your family, like mine, has many recipes included in your November meal that have been passed down from family elders. I’d love if you would leave some of those [ ...

  • Friday Favorites: Mischief, Murder and Miscellany
    November 22, 2013, 1 Comment

      In the earliest days of our fair city, before organized law enforcement efforts came into being, “keeping the wolf from your front door,” (both literally and figuratively) was a real and daily effort. Though dead-serious ...