• Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Mass Ave at Night

    Postmarked: INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – AUG 1-, 1913 – 6-PM Message: 230 South Illinois St. Indianapolis, Ind Hello Everything fine. will write in a few days. Am going to stay a few days Orrine (?) L...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Riverside Bathing Beach

    Postmarked: INDIANAPOLIS, IND., FEB 1911 – 12:30 PM Message: Dear Annie – Rec’d card after you were home I guess. Why didn’t you call us up. I would have broken my neck to go to...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Yuletide Joys

    Postmarked: IND., 1916 – 6 PM Message: My dear little Granddaughter, I have been wondering id you are going [to] hang up your stockings, like the little folks on this card & see what Santa...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: The Highest Building in Indianapolis

    …Well, at least in 1916! Postmarked: INDIANAPOLIS 2 IND., MAR 12, 1916 – 5:30 PM Message: Indpls, Ind. Mar 12 – 16 Dear Parents, I arrived here all OK. I got here at 3:55 this...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Henry Ford at the 500

    If Detroit is the car capital of the world and Indianapolis in the racing capital of the world, it is only natural that the man who brought the automobile to the masses had a hand...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: An Indianapolis Souvenir

    The Indianapolis News Souvenir Post Card Indiana Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument Das Deutsche Haus – Indianapolis, Ind. This past weekend the Athenaeum and the Rathskeller celebrated all things German culture with GermanFest. But when Indianapolis’...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Your Home City

    Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., MAR 15, 1909 – 5:30 PM Received: CAMPO, CAL., MAR 22, 1909 – AM Message: Dear Katie – Are spending a few days in Indianapolis so send you a card that will...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Circle Theatre, 1918

    Interior, Circle Theatre, Indianapolis, IND. When the Circle Theatre opened in 1916 on Monument Circle, it was a movie theater grand enough to write home about. Today, the Hilbert Circle Theater at 45 Monument Circle...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: WM Brommer Saloon

    The prohibition of alcohol in Indiana began with a 1790 – 1795 Northwest Territory law that prevented the sale of alcohol to soldiers or Native Americans. Over the next 118 years, the state legislature and...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Hugh J. McGowan’s Residence

    Hugh J. McGown’s Residence, Indianapolis, Ind. The turrets and spires of architect William LeBaron Jenney’s chateau made for one of the most grand homes that made up Indianapolis’ “Gold Coast” in the 1300 block of...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Write the letter to win the nickel

    Union Station, Indianapolis, IND. Indianapolis’ clock tower railway station, designed by Thomas Rodd, opened in 1888 at 39 Jackson Place. The tower section of the station still stands in the original location, today’s 350 South...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Indianapolis Orphan Home

    Indianapolis was home to three orphan asylums at the beginning of the 20th century, including the Indianapolis Orphan Asylum. When this Penny Post was mailed in 1909, the Indianapolis Orphan Asylum was located at 4107...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: St. Agnes Academy to Saw Lumber

    From 1893 until a 1970 merger with Ladywood, the St. Agnes Academy was an all-girls college preparatory high school operated by the Sisters of Providence. Six years later, the Sisters sold the Ladywood-St. Agnes property...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Everything’s Fine

    During the “Undivided Back” Postcard Era, personal messages were not permitted on the address side. Writers could pen short greetings around the image border or on top of the picture itself. Carl G. Ackerman inscribed...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: I Think of You Often

    Some are Hoosiers by birth; others become Hoosiers by choice. Indianapolis area residents would agree with this 1945 sentiment, we all “like it very much.” Postmarked: Noblesville, IND., NOV. 5, 1945 – 5:30 AM Message:...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: The First Lap into the North Turn

    Photo by F.M. Kirkpatrick Happy Race Week 2014, Indianapolis! Wilbur Shaw may have won his third race in four years during the 1940 Indy 500 on May 30, 1940, but “Mother’s” short Penny Post was...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Indianapolis, a pretty place

    Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., SEP 7, 1907, 11-AM Received: Buchel, KY., SEP 8, 1907, 11-AM Message: Indianapolis must be a pretty place judging from some of the cards I have gotten. I cannot tell, however, as...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: The Importance of Being Ernest

    I only stay in a city 3 or 4 days. Aqueduct, Indianapolis, Ind. Runners, bikers, and paddle boats are commonly spotted along Indianapolis’ Central Canal as it stretches from Broad Ripple to the downtown Canal...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: The Murat Temple from the State Fairgrounds

    Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND. SEP 6, 1951 4:30 PM Message: Hi Folks: – Having a fine time running around the fair grounds. Still have lots to see if it doesn’t rain again. Jack has been busy...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: The Riverside Bear Pit

    Forty years before Indianapolis Star columnist Lowell Nussbaum organized a fundraising drive for an Indianapolis Zoo, Riverside Park housed two bears, five foxes, two eagles, one monkey, 12 alligators, and eight deer. Built at the...

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