• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Benjamin A. Osborne, Chiropractor

    This art deco ad from the August 30, 1930, issue of the Indianapolis Recorder advertises the chiropractic services of Benjamin A. Osborne.  However, Osborne’s career as a chiropractor is just a small part of his...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Holly Hock Hill Restaurant

    1950’s Era Matchbook Courtesy of the Private Collection of Evan Finch. In 1928, V.D. Vincent, the Cafe Manager for the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, started serving “special dinners” in their country cottage, located in what...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Van Sickle Radio Supply Company

    I. Eugene Van Sickle, the owner of the Van Sickle Radio Supply Company, was born in Illinois in 1907.  He arrived in Indianapolis sometime later, and graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1925.  Before...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: City Cigar Store

    This advertisement, from the 1859 Indianapolis City Directory, features the City Cigar Store, whose proprietor was Charles M. Raschig.  Mr. Raschig was a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was born in 1836.  He came...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Hoosier Coal & Oil Co.

    Hoosier Coal & Oil, founded in 1917, used the above-pictured telephone index as an advertisement in the early 1960’s, and eventually copyrighted the  index in 1965.  The index included not only numerous references to Hoosier...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Marmon Motor Car Co.

    The Marmon Motor Car Company, featured here in a HI article from 2012, began as a manufacturer of millworking equipment in 1851.  In 1851, the company was named the Nordyke, Ham, and Company and was...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Sutton-Garten Co.

    In 1916, Ray Garten met Charles R. Sutton in Chicago, Illinois, when Garten was transferred from Indianapolis to Chicago after Union Carbide bought Indianapolis-based Prestolite.  Owned by prominent Indianapolis residents James Allison and Carl Fisher,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: W.F. Rupp & Co. Merchant Tailors

    William F. Rupp was born in 1829, and entered the tailoring business in 1861.  In 1872, Gustav Rosberg, who arrived in the United States from Sweden just a few years earlier in 1869, began his...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Leon Tailoring

    In 1905, Leo Ettinger immigrated from Austria to Indiana and opened Leon Tailoring.  This ad, from 1944, features suits and frocks for the dapper men and women of Indianapolis.  Leon Tailoring Company still exists today,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Don Massa Electronics Store

    Not too long ago, in the days before there was a television on every smartphone, it was a rarity for a household to have more than one television.  This advertisement, from 1953, encourages the consumer...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Dr. David Tavel, Optometrist

    In 1940, after returning from service in WWII as a Captain in the US Air Force, Dr. David Tavel opened an optometry office in the Claypool Hotel Building, which was then located at the corner...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Stokely Brothers & Co.

    By the time William Burnett Stokely, Jr. moved his family’s canning plant to Indianapolis in 1933, Stokely Brothers & Co., started by William’s mother, Anna, had been in existence for thirty-five years and was likely...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Killinger Bar Fixtures

    In 1890, at the corner of Market and Missouri, which is now the State Government Center North, George Killinger ran his Bar Fixture and Refrigerator production and sales business. Founded in 1881, Killinger’s designs were...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Kingan & Co.

    These days, bacon is everywhere – on sandwiches, in omelettes, and in cupcake icing.  Back in the 1920’s, when this ad appeared, Kingan’s Bacon was “reliable.” Kingan & Co., featured in this Indianapolis Collected article,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: W.W. Gates, DDS

    In the days before veneered celebrities were the norm, Dr. W.W. Gates DDS operated a dental practice in Indianapolis, on the northeast corner of Washington and Pennsylvania Streets, approximately where the Pita Pit is now...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Max Katz Bag Company

    According to the Company History for the Max Katz Bag Co., Max Katz spoke not english when he came to the United States from Russia.  He spent some time in New York in the butcher...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Indiana National Bank of Indianapolis

    Courtesy of the Private Collection of Bradley Keen Before the days of online banking and tooth fairies who pay $1.00 or more per tooth, local banks like The Indiana National Bank of Indianapolis passed out...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Indianapolis Engraving Company

    The Indianapolis Engraving Company, featured here in a Chamber of Commerce advertisement from 1933, was founded in 1894 by H.W. Ballard and Ernest C. Ropkey as the Indianapolis Engraving and Electrotyping Company.  Ropkey was originally...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Bryant Heating and Cooling

    Though not founded in Indianapolis, Bryant Heating and Cooling has a rich and long-standing history with the area.  Charles Lester Bryant formed the National Gas Regulator Company in 1904 in Cleveland, Ohio.  In 1908, he...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Sommers Store

    The Sommers Store, heralded in this advertisement from 1910 as “The Largest, Exceptional, Most Capable Home Furnishing Store in Indiana” was owned by Charles B. Sommers, who, a few years after this advertisement, bought the...

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