Author: Ashley Haynes

Penny Post: Mass Ave at Night

Postmarked: INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – AUG 1-, 1913 – 6-PM Message: 230 South Illinois St. Indianapolis, Ind Hello Everything fine. will write in a few days. Am going to stay a few days Orrine (?) L Addressed to: Mrs. Joe Watkins Britton, Mich Lenawee Co. A penny for your thoughts … Share your favorite Mass Ave. night scene with us on...

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Penny Post: Riverside Bathing Beach

Postmarked: INDIANAPOLIS, IND., FEB 1911 – 12:30 PM Message: Dear Annie – Rec’d card after you were home I guess. Why didn’t you call us up. I would have broken my neck to go to train any way. Was too busy to get to Zabels before Fri. Had business to attend to and it was always too late for a call when I was there & anyway I had no idea of your going home so soon. Have you been busy getting ready to get settled? Love  Laura Should like to hear demo you & Herman. How about the...

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Penny Post: Yuletide Joys

Postmarked: IND., 1916 – 6 PM Message: My dear little Granddaughter, I have been wondering id you are going [to] hang up your stockings, like the little folks on this card & see what Santa will bring you. Of course he is not — to forget, little Elizabeth. We are coming up Christmas day if nothing happens to prevent. I wish you a —- happy time this Christmas. Much love, Grandmother   Addressed to: Miss Elizabeth Carr 63 N. Irvington Indianapolis,...

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Penny Post: The Highest Building in Indianapolis

…Well, at least in 1916! Postmarked: INDIANAPOLIS 2 IND., MAR 12, 1916 – 5:30 PM Message: Indpls, Ind. Mar 12 – 16 Dear Parents, I arrived here all OK. I got here at 3:55 this morning. It was 1 hr late at Paris. I am feeling so fine when arrived here. Ha! Will write soon. Your L.S. Fred   Addressed to: Mr. & Mrs. C.H.Surber Malden Missouri A penny for your thoughts … Built in 1909, Merchants National Bank Building (currently home to Barnes and Thornburg) is 17 stories (245 feet) tall. Today, the Chase Tower is Indianapolis’ tallest...

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Penny Post: Henry Ford at the 500

If Detroit is the car capital of the world and Indianapolis in the racing capital of the world, it is only natural that the man who brought the automobile to the masses had a hand in the success of both. An early sponsor of the Indianapolis 500, Henry Ford attended the fifth running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. An encounter with Ford is captured in a 1915 Penny Post. Postmarked: Chicago, ILL., JUN 1, 1915 – 2 PM Message: Chicago, Ill. 6/1/15 Dear Bro: – Only a word two tell you that I have not gotten over my...

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Penny Post: An Indianapolis Souvenir

The Indianapolis News Souvenir Post Card Indiana Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument Das Deutsche Haus – Indianapolis, Ind. This past weekend the Athenaeum and the Rathskeller celebrated all things German culture with GermanFest. But when Indianapolis’ German community formed the Sozialer Turnverein Aktiengesellschaft to construct a social, music, political and athletic clubhouse, Das Deutsche Haus (now the Athenaeum) it was home to gymnastic feats like those detailed in this 1905 Penny Post. Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., JUN 1905 – 2:30 PM REC’D: Cleveland, O., JUN 24, 1905 – 4 AM Message (front): Just got through jumping and running. jumped 17.6 Run in...

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Penny Post: Your Home City

Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., MAR 15, 1909 – 5:30 PM Received: CAMPO, CAL., MAR 22, 1909 – AM Message: Dear Katie – Are spending a few days in Indianapolis so send you a card that will remind you of your home city. This city is a beautiful one, I think and will have a population of 300,000 they say the next census. Lovingly, Marissa Addressed to: Mrs. A. H. Hollenbeck Campo, Cal. San Diego Co. A penny for your thoughts … According to the 1909 R.L. Polk Indianapolis City Directory, Indianapolis’ population was 240, 150. The 1910 City Directory reports...

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Penny Post: Circle Theatre, 1918

Interior, Circle Theatre, Indianapolis, IND. When the Circle Theatre opened in 1916 on Monument Circle, it was a movie theater grand enough to write home about. Today, the Hilbert Circle Theater at 45 Monument Circle is home to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., May 15 – 3 PM Message: May 15, 1918 Wed. Dear Mother, This is where we would shine. Fred and I were here twice and it was great. I think we will stay here for a little while. I like it real well. We are still at Hotel Severin. Will change tonight. Will go...

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Penny Post: WM Brommer Saloon

The prohibition of alcohol in Indiana began with a 1790 – 1795 Northwest Territory law that prevented the sale of alcohol to soldiers or Native Americans. Over the next 118 years, the state legislature and local authorities implemented and repealed a variety of alcohol related regulations. In 1908, ten years before the entire state of Indiana went dry, a local option was established, allowing individual counties to vote on the issue. Marion County and Indianapolis did not “go dry,” prompting Frank Naegele to send a teasing Penny Post to his friend in dry Grant County, encouraging him to come...

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Penny Post: Hugh J. McGowan’s Residence

Hugh J. McGown’s Residence, Indianapolis, Ind. The turrets and spires of architect William LeBaron Jenney’s chateau made for one of the most grand homes that made up Indianapolis’ “Gold Coast” in the 1300 block of Delaware. When this Penny Post was penned, 1305 N. Delaware was the home of the “Traction King,” Hugh J. McGowan, President of the Indianapolis Traction and Terminal Co. Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., AUG. 20, 1908 – 2 PM Message: Many thanks for you postal it is very interesting as well as pretty. This is the home of the President of the traction & terminal Co....

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Penny Post: Write the letter to win the nickel

Union Station, Indianapolis, IND. Indianapolis’ clock tower railway station, designed by Thomas Rodd, opened in 1888 at 39 Jackson Place. The tower section of the station still stands in the original location, today’s 350 South Illinois Street. Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND – FEB. 22, 1923 – 4 PM Message: Indianapolis, Ind. 2-21-23 Dear Folks: Rec’d your card. Glad you both escaped the flue; so have we this winter – Mother not well but keeps going. We can’t keep her still. I am still gaining strength and weight too. We did not know about Sam Burford’s stroke. We may go over...

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Penny Post: Indianapolis Orphan Home

Indianapolis was home to three orphan asylums at the beginning of the 20th century, including the Indianapolis Orphan Asylum. When this Penny Post was mailed in 1909, the Indianapolis Orphan Asylum was located at 4107 E. Washington until it merged with the German General Protestant Orphans and the Evangelical Lutheran Orphans homes in 1941. Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., AUG 16, 1909 – 2 PM Message: Aug. 15th This shows only a small portion of the “Home.” Cottages back. My Division is marked with X. With love LMC Addressed to: Miss Myrta Ware Belleville West Va A penny for your thoughts …...

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Penny Post: St. Agnes Academy to Saw Lumber

From 1893 until a 1970 merger with Ladywood, the St. Agnes Academy was an all-girls college preparatory high school operated by the Sisters of Providence. Six years later, the Sisters sold the Ladywood-St. Agnes property to Cathedral High School under the condition that the new school would be co-ed. How did this week’s Penny Post early-1900 image of this prominent Indianapolis Catholic girl’s school find its way from Missouri to West Virginia? Postmarked: MAR 6, 1911, Flaxton, W. VA., 6-AM Message on Front: Elizabeth got the hare barrets (or bands), likes it well From dad 1911 Message on Back:...

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Penny Post: Everything’s Fine

During the “Undivided Back” Postcard Era, personal messages were not permitted on the address side. Writers could pen short greetings around the image border or on top of the picture itself. Carl G. Ackerman inscribed his short message in the State Capitol’s blue sky. Postmarked: MAR 8, 1907 Indianapolis, IND., 1-PM Received: MAR 9, 1907 San Antonio, 10-AM Message: Dear friend. Everything’s fine. I wish I could see you and Chris at the SS Convention at Piqua? Good Bye Carl G Ackerman Addressed to: Mrs. Chris Voge Fort San Houston Texas A penny for your thoughts … Like the tweet...

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Penny Post: I Think of You Often

Some are Hoosiers by birth; others become Hoosiers by choice. Indianapolis area residents would agree with this 1945 sentiment, we all “like it very much.” Postmarked: Noblesville, IND., NOV. 5, 1945 – 5:30 AM Message: Dear friends – I think of you often and wish we could have one of our old-time “chats” in the backyard. We moved down here 3 weeks ago, & so far like it very much. Hope to get to Hartford during the holiday season & have a good night. Best Wishes – Gordon & Ina Davey Addressed to: Mr. & Mrs. H.U. Amidon Grand...

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Penny Post: The First Lap into the North Turn

Photo by F.M. Kirkpatrick Happy Race Week 2014, Indianapolis! Wilbur Shaw may have won his third race in four years during the 1940 Indy 500 on May 30, 1940, but “Mother’s” short Penny Post was about the weather. Postmarked: Seymour, IND. May 31, 1940 1 PM Message: We had a nice trip but got a lot of rain Mother Addressed to: Leonard A Smith 4121 Scotten Detroit, Mich. A penny for your thoughts … If you’re headed out to the Speedway this weekend, take a look at the north turn. How has it changed from this late 1930s view...

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Penny Post: Indianapolis, a pretty place

Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., SEP 7, 1907, 11-AM Received: Buchel, KY., SEP 8, 1907, 11-AM Message: Indianapolis must be a pretty place judging from some of the cards I have gotten. I cannot tell, however, as I have not left the Claypool since my arrival, and I arrived at about 11:45 P.M. so you know I did not see much. Will probably leave on the 3:55 for Louisville this afternoon. Tell Bernard hello. Addressed to: Mrs. B.W. Connor R.F.D. #10 Buechels, KY A penny for your thoughts … If you aren’t from here, when was your first trip to Indianapolis?...

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Penny Post: The Importance of Being Ernest

I only stay in a city 3 or 4 days. Aqueduct, Indianapolis, Ind. Runners, bikers, and paddle boats are commonly spotted along Indianapolis’ Central Canal as it stretches from Broad Ripple to the downtown Canal Walk. A stretch of the canal that is infrequently seen by towpath is the aqueduct that allows the waterway to cross Fall Creek, between Bursdal Parkway and 16th Street. A view of the Indianapolis aqueduct is captured along with Ernest’s request for Mrs. Adin Haverly not to write him … yet. Postmarked: MAY –, Indianapolis, IND. – 5:30 PM Message: Dear Adis. If you...

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Penny Post: The Murat Temple from the State Fairgrounds

Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND. SEP 6, 1951 4:30 PM Message: Hi Folks: – Having a fine time running around the fair grounds. Still have lots to see if it doesn’t rain again. Jack has been busy working & hasn’t seen too much of the fair. Have seen good many Htgton people. Are staying over the weekend at Beech Grove. C.U. when we get back The Jacksons Addressed to: Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Overly E Tipton St. Huntington Ind. A penny for your thoughts … The 1951 Indiana State Fair ran eight days, from Thursday, August 30 – Friday, September 7....

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Penny Post: The Riverside Bear Pit

Forty years before Indianapolis Star columnist Lowell Nussbaum organized a fundraising drive for an Indianapolis Zoo, Riverside Park housed two bears, five foxes, two eagles, one monkey, 12 alligators, and eight deer. Built at the turn of the century, a November 9, 1910 photograph of the circular Bear Pit became an postcard iconic image. Here are two looks into the lives of Indianapolians from July 1911. Postcard #1 Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND. JUL 31, 1911 7:30 PM Message: Dear Annie, Hope you are well and will let me know when you are coming up to Indpls to see us. As...

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