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Regular, recurring feature columns.

December 28, 2016

Head north on Illinois to the northwest corner at Washington and back 104 years and this is approximately what you would see. Postmarked December 28, 1907 and reads: “All drunk & having a good time–Happy New Year” Were you to […]

Sunday Ads: Greetings for all Occasions

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November 20, 2016, 1 Comment

Business:  Stationers  Date of Ad:  March 11, 1956 Location:  Downtown, 38 North Pennsylvania Street Years of Operation: 1932-1997 Notable: Before ...

Sunday Ads: We’re All Nuts

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November 13, 2016, No comments

Business:  Morrow’s Nut House Date of Ad:  December 30, 1945 Location:  46 West Washington and various downtown locations Years of Operation: 193 ...

First Fridays- Art & History, the two tastes that go great together...

Friday Fave: Indy loves vets

November 11, 2016, No comments

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 v ...

  • Deja Vu Tuesday: A flood of first-time female voters
    November 8, 2016, No comments

    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 ...

  • Sunday Ads: Your Savings Store
    November 6, 2016, No comments

    Business:  S.S. Kresge and Company Date of Ad:  October 28, 1923 Location:  Downtown, at the southwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania Years of Operation: 1911- 1987 Notable: Founded by Sebastian Spering Kresge, the company began a ...

  • Sunday Ads: Goodbye City Life!
    October 30, 2016, 2 Comments

    Business:  Glendale Shopping Center Date of Ad:  December 2, 1958 Location:  Keystone Avenue and 62nd Street Years of Operation: 1958-present Notable: Even though it’s only Halloween, shoppers around the Circle City will notice Chr ...

  • Deja Vu Tuesday: The College Avenue War of 1903
    October 25, 2016, 3 Comments

    For Mrs. Lottie A. Kinsey, life on the corner of 15th and College Avenue was a lot like an AC/DC song. Although another eight decades would pass before the Australian rockers recorded their classic ballad, “You Shook Me All Night [&he ...

  • Sunday Ads: Nifty Needles!
    October 23, 2016, No comments

    Business:  G.C. Murphy and Company Date of Ad:  December 10, 1920 Location:  Downtown, 33 North Illinois Street Years of Operation: 1906- 2001 Notable: Before K-Mart, Wal-Mart and the plethora of big box retailers, there was G.C. Murphy ...

  • Sunday Ads: Be a Secret Agent and Win the Jackpot!
    October 16, 2016, 1 Comment

    Business:  Burger Chef Systems  Date of Ad:  April 6, 1966 Location:  1300 West 16th Street and across the nation Years of Operation: 1958-1996 Notable:  Over a dozen years before the Happy Meal, local fast food stalwart Burger Chef wa ...