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February 28, 2014

A Pioneering Singer, Bandleader, Composer: Noble Lee Sissle Born in Indianapolis in July of 1889, Noble Sissle was destined to travel the world on his musical genius, which he came by honestly; his mother, Martha, was a school teacher who loved playing the piano. Propelled by […]

Indianapolis Then and Now: 500 Block of West Washington Street / Eiteljorg Museum

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February 27, 2014, 4 Comments

This week we share another 1953 photograph of Indianapolis taken by J. Parke Randall, a young architect/photographer charged with documenting potentia ...

Penny Post: A $1000 to See You in Indianapolis

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February 26, 2014, No comments

The front of the card says it all: It’s worth $1,000 to see you in Indianapolis, IND. This unpostmarked Penny Post was written from Indianapolis ...

The Devil in the Old Northside

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February 25, 2014, 1 Comment

As time passes, any city of size will accumulate ghosts of those who have passed through it, and Indianapolis is no different. Whether it be Teddy Roo ...

  • What’s in a Name: Barton Apartments
    February 24, 2014, 2 Comments

    Barton Apartments Location:  Downtown Mayor John Barton, 43rd Mayor of Indianapolis Barton was born in 1906 and graduated from Cathedral High School.  He earned an engineering degree from Purdue University.  He served in the U.S. N ...

  • Sunday Adverts: Granada Theatre
    February 23, 2014, No comments

      On April 8, 1928, the Granada Theatre, owned and operated by Universal Pictures, opened in Fountain Square.    In 1932, it was the first Indianapolis theater to screen a foreign language film, an Italian picture called, “Tier ...

  • In The Park: Riverside Amusement Park
    February 22, 2014, 5 Comments

    “In The Park” has visited Wonderland Amusement Park on the near east side and White City on Indy’s north side. The last stop on our tour of bygone Indianapolis amusement parks takes us to the near west side. For over […]

  • Friday Favorites: The Dubious Drs. Bye
    February 21, 2014, 3 Comments

    Home Grown Cancer Quacks Current issues of healthcare reform aside, if you’ve gotta be sick, this is probably the best time to be unwell in the history of mankind. New therapies and medicines are reported daily — and for the m ...

  • Penny Post: 515 Churches
    February 19, 2014, 3 Comments

    Have you ever heard the Rime of the Ancient Mariner? “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” The image of thirsty sailors surrounded by vast bodies of water may come to mind reading Jennie’s short 1949 post. Pos ...