All posts tagged architecture

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November 20, 2016

Business:  Stationers  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. The family owned company opened in 1933. Two […]

Sunday Ads: From Fidelity to Infidelity

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July 24, 2016, No comments

Business:  Aetna Insurance Company Date of Ad:  July 26, 1862 Location:  Downtown, 21 North Pennsylvania Street Years of Operation: 1859-2011 Notab ...

Sunday Ads: Sin From Last Century

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April 17, 2016, No comments

Name of Business: The Empire Theater Date of Ad: April 13, 1913 Date Established: 1892 Neighborhood: Downtown Notable: Promising a bevy of pretty and ...

Sunday Ads: More Than Just Jewelry

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April 10, 2016, 1 Comment

Business:  Goodman Jewelers Date of this Advertisement:  April 12, 1959 Location:  30 West Washington Street Neighborhood:  Downtown Goods:  Jewe ...

  • Sunday Adverts: For that Easter Bonnet
    March 27, 2016, 1 Comment

    Name of Business: African Ostrich Feather Company Date of this Advertisement: March 26, 1916 Location:  State Life Building, Fourth Floor Neighborhood: Downtown, Wholesale District 15-23 East Washington Street Service Provided: Millinery ...

  • Sunday Ads: Shaping a Skyline
    March 20, 2016, 1 Comment

    You can always count on being inundated by a small forest’s worth of furniture advertisements in the Sunday newspaper. These days, acquiring that perfect furnishing may involve driving to a sea of strip malls in all four corners of t ...

  • Sunday Ads: Barney’s at The Lincoln
    March 6, 2016, No comments

    Ever wonder what Alexander Ralston would say if he strolled around downtown Indianapolis today? What was once a precisely planned city has been slowly butchered throughout time. The broad, diagonal streets that angled towards the Circle, ...

  • Sunday Ads: Selig’s
    February 28, 2016, 6 Comments

    When thinking of Indy’s shopping legacy, many often think of longtime Indy institutions L. S. Ayres, William. H. Block, or Wasson’s. While those venerable names are still remembered fondly by many today, other retailers offered simi ...

  • At Your Leisure: On Tour
    February 19, 2016, 3 Comments

    Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Many a couple enjoyed a romantic dinner downtown on the holiday of love. Wonder what options you might have had in years past? In the Seventies, you had several options for skyscraper dining, including [ ...

  • At Your Leisure: Snack Time
    January 22, 2016, 5 Comments

    An unfortunate fact about downtown Indianapolis streetscapes is the “missing teeth” in what was once a picture-perfect urban smile. Suburbanization took its toll, particularly in the once bustling retail districts. One stretch that rem ...