For those who find the fashion parade of the annual Academy Awards of interest, you know tonight is the night of the 84th Oscars. And for those of you with a rich dream life, perhaps you’ve considered how that event would be different if it were held in Indianapolis at this time of year…or maybe that’s just me.
This inspired the question: “What would be done in the event of cold weather?” Being far more earth conscious in 2012–at least among the glitterati–no doubt many would opt not to wear fur. Of course others certainly would.
With all that in mind, today’s Sunday Adverts show off a few former furriers from Indianapolis.
The 1898 version even recaps with a directory to advertisers at the back of the publication.
All the furriers mentioned in 1898 were off Washington Street (and as a side note: Pembroke Arcade had entrances on Virginia and East Washington Streets). Check this view looking west, with Pembroke Arcade’s rounded roof and entrance on the left/ south side of E. Washington
Nice to see, the Indiana Fur Company was still around in 1906, still installed at Pembroke Arcade…here’s another view, showing the Indiana Trust Company in front where Washington, Pennsylvania and Virginia all meet.
And quite curious if this is the same Indiana Fur Company in 1945, next to Vonnegut Hardware? (Mr. Helstein lived in the 2200 block of Meridian at the time of this advertisement)
Presumably, Anton Geiger’s fur shop was on one of the two southern corners of Meridian and the Circle, since there is no mention of English’s Hotel and we may safely rule out Christ Church Cathedral…(as an aside, at the time of this Geiger commuted from his home at 4114 North College Avenue.)
If you ever felt particularly carnivorous when dining at Bazbeaux (before it’s recent relocation across the street), perhaps the ghosts of occupants past were involved…and one wonders how “raw” they intend in this ad. Also: note how specific the advert is in directing you to the store– this Mass Ave photo appears to pre-date the furrier.
“Street” AND “Motor Wear…”
From an advertising perspective, interesting how there is less and less ‘copy’ to clutter the ad in a span of 8 years…
(and as a final aside, Reiner lived at 3149 North Broadway in 1913–now part of the burgeoning Mapleton-Fall Creek area).