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March 31, 2016

How lucky Indianapolis is that such detailed and well-crafted buildings still stand today–an unapologetic and ornate vestige of  yesteryear. This one, a magnificent red brick and limestone building started life as the clubhouse for the Independent Turnverein, on the northwest corner of […]

Penny Post: It was something grand!

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March 30, 2016, 2 Comments

Postmark: INDIANAPOLIS, IND.     SEP 24, 1908     6:30 PM Message:   Camp B. Harrison, Indianapolis Indiana Dear Brother, This is the grand Monum ...

Sunday Adverts: For that Easter Bonnet

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March 27, 2016, 1 Comment

Name of Business: African Ostrich Feather Company Date of this Advertisement: March 26, 1916 Location:  State Life Building, Fourth Floor Neighborh ...

Friday Favorite: Herman Lieber House, Lockerbie Square

March 25, 2016, No comments

Indianapolis has so many fabulous neighborhoods, and much to love in each. Most Fridays, we will point to a favorite place in an Indy neighborhood, so ...

  • Penny Post: Am very busy
    March 23, 2016, 1 Comment

    Postmark: INDIANAPOLIS, IND.       MAR 19, 1909       6-30 PM DAYTON, OH       MAR 20      5-30 AM Message: If not busy meet train (Penna.) which arrives in Day- ton about 11 o’clock Sunday.  Am very busy.  Ge ...

  • HI Mailbag: Indianapolis Public Library
    March 22, 2016, 26 Comments

    Reader’s Question: I heard that the CEO of the Indianapolis Public Library was conducting tours of IPL facilities all around the city. I’m curious to know when Indianapolis first opened a public library and where the early lib ...

  • Misc Monday: Gunned Down Grocer
    March 21, 2016, 1 Comment

    As a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, during the “golden age of fraternalism” (circa 1860-1920), for one “brother” to shoot another sounds unlikely. All the more when the organization was founded to pr ...

  • Sunday Ads: Shaping a Skyline
    March 20, 2016, 1 Comment

    You can always count on being inundated by a small forest’s worth of furniture advertisements in the Sunday newspaper. These days, acquiring that perfect furnishing may involve driving to a sea of strip malls in all four corners of t ...

  • Then & Now: South Meridian Synogogue
    March 17, 2016, 2 Comments

    Merrill Street didn’t always dead end into Meridian Street. The unassuming lot dabbed in trees today betrays no hint of its bustling former life. Merrill Street continued east, all the way to Noble (Noble later became College). That& ...

  • Penny Post: Suppose you are enjoying life
    March 16, 2016, 1 Comment

    Postmark: INDIANAPOLIS, IND       JUNE 7, 1913       5:30 PM Message: Hello Ethel, I suppose you think I am a long time answering your card.  Suppose you are enjoying life.  I am coming over soon.  Am2. […]