All posts in Misc Mondays

A grab-bag of subjects from Indy history

Earliest Indianapolis Real Estate prices
September 26, 2016

You already knew that Indianapolis became the capital of Indiana back in 1821. Any guesses as to how much dinero downtown real estate fetched back then? Picture this: October 1821, and this forested and muddy brand-spanking-new capital city needed to […]

Misc. Monday: State Fair, 1874

August 8, 2016, 2 Comments

Think about what it was like to attend the Indiana State Fair and Exposition before electricity was invented. Enjoy a couple of highlights, excerpted ...

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 “brotherR ...

Misc Monday: Architect for Theaters

February 29, 2016, 4 Comments

It would be fair to say many an architect or architectural firm gets known for designing a predominant genre of building, and that appears to have bee ...

  • Misc Monday: The World League for a Sane Christmas
    December 14, 2015, No comments

    Oh, tired Christmas shoppers!  Burned out on commercial Christmases?  So were people back in 1911, when a league that sought to call a halt to unfettered Christmas gift-giving established its national headquarters in Indianapolis. If the ...

  • Misc Monday: Die Weihnachtseinkäufe
    December 7, 2015, 1 Comment

    Die Weihnachtszeit ist nahe.  Christmas time is near. That’s not an ad from overseas.  At the turn of the 20th century, Indianapolis had a thriving German-speaking population. The major local German newspaper in 1900, the Indiana Tr ...

  • Misc Monday: The Rise and Fall of the Billy Goat Beer
    November 2, 2015, 2 Comments

    If you strolled down the streets of Indianapolis in 1900, you would have needed a bale of cotton stuffed in your ears not to hear a conversation or two auf Deutsch. Thanks to Germany’s turbulent 19th-century history, many Germans had ...

  • Misc Monday: Keep Your Sauerkraut Away From My Bicycles
    October 26, 2015, 1 Comment

    In 1896, readers of the Christmas Eve edition of Cycling Life, a trade magazine for America’s exploding bicycle industry, might have noticed this clever ad.  Probably drawn by an illustrator at an advertising house in Chicago, where ...