• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Franklin Mutual Life Insurance Company

    The Franklin Fire Insurance Company, featured in this September 1874 ad, was chartered in 1851 in nearby Franklin, Indiana, in Johnson County.  In 1871, the company reorganized and moved into Indianapolis, and eventually, in 1874,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Tucker Glove Company

    Graduation time is upon us – the time for caps, gowns, and in the early 1900’s, graduation gloves.  Tucker Glove Company had the slogan, “Go to a Glove Store for Gloves!” and was a premier...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Old Style Lager

    Spring’s here, and summer’s coming – and sometimes what’s better than a nice cold beer?  This beautiful full-color ad from the early 1950’s features Old Style Lager, brewed only (at the time) in La Crosse,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Nik-O-Lok Toilet Lock Company

    Ad Courtesy of Private Collection of Bradley Keen The Nik-O-Lok Company, which manufactures coin and token-operated toilet locks, was founded in Indianapolis in 1910 by Charles Van Cleave, a native of Crawfordsville, Indiana.  The company...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Encyclopedia Britannica

    Ad Courtesy of Private Collection of Bradley Keen Sixty years ago, before the days of Google and Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica was the utmost authority on all things from Aardvarks to Zebras.  It was also during...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Charles Mayer & Company

    Ad Courtesy of Private Collection of Bradley Keen In 1840, German immigrant Charles Mayer opened a small store at 29-31 West Washington Street.  Originally called “Charles Mayer”, it started as a grocery and general store....

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Tasti-Diet

    Ad Courtesy of Private Collection of Bradley Keen As bathing suit season neared in the 1950’s, many men and women turned to a new line of products called “Tasti-Diet.”  Marketed first in 1952 by Tillie...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

    By 1950, Fabien Sevitsky had led the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for thirteen years.  Under his direction, the symphony grew to the international prominence it still enjoys today.  To cultivate the public’s interest in the Indianapolis...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Advert: H.P. Wasson

    I’m not ashamed to admit it – I love shoes.  In 1909, I would have probably frequented H.P. Wasson & Co., for not only were they centrally located on Washington Street near the city’s center,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Redfern Corsets

    When this ad ran in January 1910, corsets were the quintessential undergarment for fashionable women.  Redfern touted their whalebone corsets were “practically indestructible” and “the most advanced in style and accurate in design.”  (The Theatre:...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Obed Foote, Atty at Law

    This week’s Sunday Advert comes to you from almost two hundred years ago, when Indianapolis was in its infancy.  The March 22, 1823, issue of the Indianapolis Gazette contained an ad from one of Indiana’s...

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

    This ad, from the 1880 City Directory, features the Remy Hotel, once located on the southwest quadrant of the Circle in downtown Indianapolis.  The hotel was built in 1875 by Allison C. Remy, who went...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: “The Favorite”

    In 1899, “The Favorite,” billed as a confectionery, sold ice cream soda, candies, and … oysters?  Oysters have been long regarded as aphrodisiacs, which may explain their juxtaposition with the sweets and perfumes offered at...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: A New Look at Lincoln

    Have you ever taken the “one tank trip” to Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home in southern Indiana, to see the log cabin where our sixteenth president grew up?  Do you remember dressing up in a stovepipe...

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