• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Boncilla Cosmetics

    In 1896, John M. Price, born in 1872 in Washington County, Indiana, started the Crown Chemical Company, which originally produced household products such as laundry detergent.  In 1900, Price moved his growing company, and growing...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Granada Theatre

    On April 8, 1928, the Granada Theatre, owned and operated by Universal Pictures, opened in Fountain Square.    In 1932, it was the first Indianapolis theater to screen a foreign language film, an Italian picture...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: William B. Burford Printing Company

    In the 1860’s Miles W. Burford, a banker from Independence, Missouri, moved with his wife to Indianapolis to join his son-in-law, William Braden, in the printing business.  Miles and Braden operated the business together until...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: American Box Ball Company

    James I. Holcomb (the namesake of the J.I. Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium) and Jacob Frederick “Fred” Hoke met during a Jefferson, Kentucky, Sunday School class in 1894.  The two men could not have been more...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Wulschner-Stewart Music Company

    Scanned advertisement courtesy of Evan Finch Emil Wulschner, born in 1847 and a veteran of the Franco-Prussian War, immigrated to Indianapolis from Germany in 1875 after marrying Flora (Sullivan) Stewart, a livelong Indianapolis resident who...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Richcreek Bank

    In 1892, Seth M. Richcreek arrived in Indianapolis.  Before surfacing in the Circle City, he had been missing for 25 years.  Soon after his arrival, Richcreek opened a law office, but devoted much of his...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Acme-Evans Company

    Some may remember E-Z-Bake flour, as it was a grocery staple in the 1960’s.  By that time, part of the company that produced the popular baking product was over one hundred years old. In 1820,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: (Wheeler) Rescue Mission and Home

    While not for a business or a service, this postcard from around the turn of the 20th Century advertises another of Indianapolis’ long-standing organizations.  While not bearing its founder’s name yet, this advertisement indicates the...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Kahn Tailoring

    Henry Kahn, the founder of Kahn’s Tailoring, was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1860.  His father, Isaac, was one of the first Jewish settlers in Monroe County, immigrating from France in 1844.  The Kahn family...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: P.R. Mallory & Co.

    In 1916, Philip Rogers Mallory founded the P.R. Mallory & Co. in Port Chester, New York.  Mallory moved the company’s headquarters to Indianapolis in 1924, where it remained until 1978.  In 1960, Philip passed control...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Indianapolis Recorder

    Many of the businesses featured in this column met unfortunate ends, whether it be from the death of the founder, or economic circumstances.  The Indianapolis Recorder is not one of those – founded in 1895,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: G.P. McDougall & Son Kitchen Cabinets

    This advertisement, from April 1905, features one of the fine cabinets, for which many patents were issued, made by G.P. McDougall & Son. George P. McDougall, a lifelong Indianapolis resident, was born in 1844.  His...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Silent Waverley Electric Car

    Long before the Prius and the Volt, Indianapolis’ Waverley Company offered a line of “silent electric” cars.  This ad, likely from around 1913, features the Waverley Limousine Five, which sold for $3,500. At the time...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Lincoln Hotel

    From 1918 – 1973, the Hotel Lincoln occupied the location that is now the Hyatt Regency/PNC Center.  At the time this impressive flatiron building towered fourteen stories above Indianapolis, Kentucky Avenue intersected with Washington Street,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Turkey Dinner at Allen A.M.E.

    It’s no secret community turkey dinners to celebrate Thanksgiving have been around for some time.  This advertisement, from November 25, 1899, highlights such a dinner at the second-oldest African American church remaining in Indianapolis –...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Prest-o-lite

    What would become known as the Prest-o-lite Battery Company, Inc., in this 1941 advertisement began as the Concentrated Acetylene Company, a business venture between James Allison, Carl Fisher, and P.C. Avery.  The business originated in...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Knobby’s Drive-In

    Photo Courtesy of Evan Finch The matchbook above, likely from the 1950’s or 1960’s, advertises for Knobby’s Drive-In, a mainstay in Indianapolis’ mid-20th century drive-in scene.  The original Knobby’s, located at 52nd and Keystone, was...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Lilly Hardware Company

    This ad, from 1922, features an electric iron – a product available for almost forty years by that time.  What is more remarkable is the history of the local vendor of this iron – Lilly...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: C.A. Webb

    This ad, from 1903, is quite detailed compared to the other advertisements of its time, which mostly included text, or a simple drawing.  The story of the man behind the advertisement – Charles A. Webb...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Melody Inn

    Photo courtesy of Evan Finch. According to the current owners of the Melody Inn, known by many as a punk rock mecca of sorts, over 7000 bands have played at “The Mel” since 2001.  However,...

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