• Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Fave: Indy Loves Veterans

    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 veteran, because you, dear Hoosier, may rightfully brag that...

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  • Posted in: DeJa Vu Deja Vu Tuesday: A flood of first-time female voters

    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...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Your Savings Store

    S.S. Kresge and Company appeared in the newspaper October 28, 1923 touting the opening of their new building at 41 East Washington Street,  southwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania Though they spent their first few years in...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Goodbye City Life!

    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 Christmas decorations...

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  • Posted in: DeJa Vu Deja Vu Tuesday: The College Avenue War of 1903

    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,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Be a Secret Agent and Win the Jackpot!

    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...

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  • Posted in: DeJa Vu Deja Vu Tuesday: 1835 letter sheds light on worst legislative fiasco in state history

    In an old Saturday Night Live sketch, a rugged frontiersman named “Johnny Canal” travels to the White House in 1820 to pitch his idea of connecting every city and town in the country by an...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Music to Your Ears

    Business:  Wilking Music Company Location:  120 East Ohio Street, near Massachusetts Avenue Years of Operation: 1922-1995 Notable: For over 70 years, Wilking Music Company was the place to go if you wanted that glamorous Steinway...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ad’s: Hook’s for Drugs

    Business: Hook’s Drugs Date of Ad: July 29, 1906 Location: Various Locations, Originally Prospect and East (demolished) Years of Operation: 1900-1994 Notable: A drugstore that became a household name across Indiana had humble roots. Started by a...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Downtown Prices, 1821

    Northwest corner of Delaware and Washington Streets, circa 2012 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?...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Be a Good Sport!

    Business: Em-Roe Distributors Date of Ad:  July 29, 1906 Location: Downtown – 209-211 West Washington Street Years of Operation: 1913-2015 Notable: Em-Roe’s, incorporated in 1914 by Lee Emmelman, was the leading name in sporting goods...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Laycock Manufacturing

    Recognize this view? If you frequent the canal, it will look familiar, as a view from Bugg’s Temple. Ever wonder what may have preceded the current shiny newer business buildings? For this site, it was...

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  • Posted in: DeJa Vu Deja Vu Tuesday: A Tree Falls in Indy

    Pioneer leader James Blake was a man of many firsts.  During the early years of the 19th century, he brought the first piano to Indianapolis, built the first plaster and frame house, opened the first mill,...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania New Life at Central State Part III: The 1899 Building

    The 1899 Building, formerly the Men’s Dining Hall for Central State Hospital. (Photo: 1899indy.com) When last RWAV headed west, we visited Central State Hospital’s Administration Building in the middle of its restoration and transformation into “Central...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Tip of the Hat

    This Sunday ad from 1966 targets the “back to school” crowd. Who doesn’t want to dress to impress for the new semester? (Image: Indiana State Library) Business: Harry Levinson Date of Ad: August 18, 1966 Location:...

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  • Posted in: DeJa Vu Deja Vu Tuesday: Dear Indy – Please tell us your real birthday

    In May 1920, The Indianapolis Star published a special edition commemorating the city’s Centennial celebration.  Then, in February 1936, The Indianapolis News came out with its own special edition in honor of the city’s 100th...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Refreshment Delivered

    Business: Robert’s Dairy  Date of Ad: September 2, 1956 Location: 4201 Millersville Road Years of Operation: 1877-1988 Notable: Do you remember home milk delivery? Or have you heard of it? Until refrigeration and supermarkets, most...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: It is Great Here

    Postmark: Indianapolis  Ind    May 12 1909   3:30PM Message: Say it is great here. Enjoying it fine. Addressee: Miss Laura Guess, Horton, Kans (Our) Post Script: It IS pretty great here, especially along this...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Weather Report, 100 Years Ago

    Postmark: Indianapolis Ind   Aug 22 1916  9:30PM   Message: My dear sister: Aug 22. 1916. This is ___and I never got a letter from home. Can you account for that? I can’t. Don’t let...

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  • Posted in: DeJa Vu Deja Vu Tuesday: The Know Nothing Party of Indiana

    Imagine for a moment that you’re living in a world where families are struggling to make ends meet. Where hard-working citizens are losing their jobs to technology and immigrants.  Where some of these immigrants are...

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