Month: November 2016

Sunday Ads: The Paper House that Felled a Landmark

Business:  Stationers Incorporated Date of Ad:  March 11, 1956 Location:  Downtown, 38 North Pennsylvania Street Years of Operation: 1932-1997 Notable: Before Office Depot or Staples there was a local leader in office supplies called Stationers. The Ober family-owned company opened in 1933 on North Pennsylvania. Two years after its founding, the store moved across the street to the When Building where it remained for nearly its entire existence. The company grew in the post-war era and had eight area locations by the early 1980’s. The company sold to a Dutch firm in 1995 and quickly began losing its market. The...

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Friday Fave: Indy Loves Veterans

Hoosiers will never be said to lack in appreciation for the veterans and heroes who have served our nation. Beam with pride wherever you encounter a veteran, because you, dear Hoosier, may rightfully brag that Indianapolis is second only to Washington D.C. in acreage and number of monuments dedicated to honoring veterans. Well kept green spaces dotted with monuments, statues, sculptures and fountains in the heart of our beloved “Circle City” may not be taken for granted on a day we reflect on, honor and respect those who have fought for the freedoms we Americans enjoy. With that in...

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Deja Vu Tuesday: A flood of first-time female voters

107 years ago yesterday, a 70-year-old woman from Indianapolis named Mary E. Nicholson made history as one of the first females – if not the first female — elected to public office in the state of Indiana.  A former teacher and administrator in the Indianapolis Public Schools, Nicholson beat four well-respected male business leaders to win a seat on the IPS school board. Nicholson’s landmark election was orchestrated by an army of well-heeled women who established a city-wide political organization with workers in each ward who walked door-to-door in support of her campaign. Female volunteers were also recruited to stand at the...

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Sunday Ads: Your Savings Store

Business:  S.S. Kresge and Company Date of Ad:  October 28, 1923 Location:  Downtown, 41 East Washington Street, at the southwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania Years of Operation: 1911- 1987 Notable: Founded by Sebastian Spering Kresge, the company began as a five and dime in Detroit Michigan in 1911. In fifty years, the company would grow to over 750 stores putting them in third place behind Woolworth and Grant’s in the variety store segment. Despite the large portfolio of stores, the company remained primarily an east coast and Midwestern operation. This would all change in 1962. The company began...

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