Archive for March, 2014

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March 31, 2014

Coleman Hospital Location: I.U.P.U.I Campus Named For: William Henry Coleman   In 1927, William H. Coleman endowed the hospital for women, in memory of his step-daughter who died from pregnancy complications. Coleman was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in […]

Sunday Adverts: The Freeman Newspaper

March 30, 2014, 1 Comment

In July 1888, Edward Elder Cooper, originally from Florida, founded The Freeman, the first illustrated African-American newspaper in the United States ...

Friday Favorites: The Battle of Irvington

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March 28, 2014, 5 Comments

Drama Teacher? By all accounts, Miss Lydia R. Putnam, school mistress, was no push-over. In the fall of 1877, the quiet and comparatively upscale com ...

Indianapolis Then and Now: Plaza Service Station, 121 E. Maryland Street

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March 27, 2014, No comments

Is that a government building or a gas station? Cartoonists of the 1920s often made light of the fact that service and filling stations were so ornate ...

  • Penny Post: I Am On Skates
    March 26, 2014, 2 Comments

    This Penny Post, sent from a young Indianapolitan on skates, features the newly constructed, soon-to-be dedicated “Masons Hall” and bespeaks of daily life of the city’s youngest residents. For 86 years, Mustard Hall was ho ...

  • What’s in a Name – H. Lauter Lofts
    March 24, 2014, No comments

    H. Lauter Lofts Location: West Washington and Harding Streets Named for Herman Lauter, Furniture manufactuer The former home of the H. Lauter Company is now condominiums on the city’s near westside. Herman Lauter was a successful furnitur ...

  • Sunday Adverts: Real Silk
    March 23, 2014, 5 Comments

      In 1922, brothers Jack and Lazure Goodman formed the Real Silk Hosiery Company, one of the first companies to sell women’s hosiery door-to-door.  At the height of their success in 1929, Real Silk sold over 12 million pairs of ...

  • In The Park: The Monon Rail-Trail
    March 22, 2014, 1 Comment

    Springtime brings blooming trees, March Madness, and longer days to Indianapolis.  It also means increased traffic at one of Indy’s most popular parks, the Monon Rail-Trail.  You may not think of the nearly 17-mile paved pedestrian thor ...

  • Friday Favorites: Frivolous Feats of Fancy
    March 21, 2014, 2 Comments

    March Madness is not the only kind of madness found in the history of Indianapolis! Hoosiers and Indianapolitans show no lack of quirk and whimsy. We come by that trait quite honestly, as our forefathers and mothers have certainly exhibit ...