Archive for January, 2015

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January 30, 2015

You won’t see any hotels advertising that “so-and-so died here.” When tragedies occur, though, the general public tends to have a long memory. Perhaps such distressing events contributed to the decline and eventual downfall of the Claypool Hotel. Beginning in 1943, a series of high-profile […]

Penny Post: A View of the Capitol

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January 28, 2015, No comments

Postmarked: ASHTABULA HARBOR, OH – AUG 9, 1909 – 7:30 PM Message: Dear Father, I received your kind and welcome letter this morning. We wi ...

Sunday Adverts: The Postcard From Nowhere

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January 25, 2015, 3 Comments

A Vintage Advertising Curiosity Researching old advertisements can bring on a serious case of the WhatTheHecks!? Take, for example, this early adverti ...

Indianapolis Collected: Paging Dr. Coe

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January 24, 2015, 5 Comments

Dr. Isaac Coe turned up unexpectedly in Oregon last month.  Not the actual Dr. Coe — he’s buried at Crown Hill cemetery — but an an ...

  • In the Park: Hawthorne Park
    January 24, 2015, 1 Comment

    The Near Westside neighborhood is one of Indianapolis’s oldest and most well-established communities.  In its early days, it was largely a rural area, separated from the “big city” of Indianapolis by the White River.  Afte ...

  • Penny Post: The Fairview Portion of the Canal
    January 21, 2015, No comments

    Postmarked: INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – NOV 11, 1925 – 9:30AM Message: — than there is here in Ind’polis. Here is a view of the former “Indiana Central Canal,” fed by White River north of town and empties into i ...

  • HI Mailbag: Boulders Alongside Fall Creek
    January 20, 2015, 13 Comments

    Reader’s Question: There once were two large boulders on the shore of Fall Creek, just west of College Avenue.  Bronze plaques were embedded in the boulders, commemorating two drowning victims.  Was there once a swimming beach at ...

  • Sunday Adverts: Bank On It
    January 18, 2015, 5 Comments

    Do You Remember Peoples Bank? The oldest state bank in Indianapolis, Peoples Bank & Trust Company, was founded by a professor, businessman, and politician. (They just happened to be the same man.) Felix Tony McWhirter was born in Lyn ...