Archive for August, 2014

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August 31, 2014

Why, you little rebel! Well since you’re here, read on… J.D. Adams, King of the Road In the mid- to late-nineteenth century, the state of Indiana’s roads was deplorable: bumpy, pitted, rutted and treacherous. Spring rains would hinder not only travel […]

College Football in the Circle City Derailed: The 1903 Purdue Wreck

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August 29, 2014, No comments

It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the summer months and heading straight into autumn. A telling sign of fall will come this weeken ...

Indianapolis Then and Now: Bird’s-Eye View North from Marion County Courthouse

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August 28, 2014, No comments

Photographs of Indianapolis buildings prior to the 1890s are difficult to find. Clients typically requested portraits, so most photograph galleries sp ...

Penny Post: The Sunken Gardens in Garfield Park

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August 27, 2014, 2 Comments

Although Garfield Park (originally called Southern Park) opened as Indianapolis’ first city park in 1876, the Sunken Gardens on this Penny Post ...

  • Misc. Monday: Map Your Way Home via Trolley or Bus
    August 25, 2014, 3 Comments

    1939 Indianapolis. Some of the streets have changed, but not the names–check out this map with street car, trackless trolley and bus stops in the epicenter of Indy. You could easily navigate from here to Broad Ripple or Mars Hill [&he ...

  • Sunday Adverts: The Nose Knows
    August 24, 2014, 3 Comments

      The Nose That Knows Kingan’s Meats! If you enjoy stories of a bygone time, there’s nothing better than losing yourself in an antique shop, at the library — or on eBay where this trade card was found. Trade cards we ...

  • Indianapolis Collected: Mission Accomplished
    August 23, 2014, 2 Comments

    The recent death of Lauren Bacall brought to mind the movie magic she made over the course of four films with Humphrey Bogart, her co-star and real-life husband. But while Bacall may have had Bogey’s love to herself when the cameras ...

  • In the Park: Douglass Park
    August 23, 2014, 3 Comments

    Indianapolis is a city rich in sports tradition.  We have the Indianapolis Indians, minor-league baseball’s second oldest team; the Indiana Fever, who won their first WNBA title in 2012; the Pacers, three-time American Basketball Ass ...

  • Out on the Town: An Evening at the Embers
    August 22, 2014, 1 Comment

    Don Draper probably wouldn’t have been impressed with mid-century Indianapolis. The era spawned the less-than-complementary terms of endearment such as India-no-place and nap-town. For fun one could always participate in the bi-weekly pig ...