• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Indy’s Industrious, Illustrious Illustrators

    Let’s set the scene… Indianapolis in the 1890s: Due to recent technological advances in printing, Indianapolis newspapers are suddenly able to efficiently print cartoons and illustrations on every page. These become popular features for entertainment and...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Button It!

     Colonel Mustard… in the Library… with a Button Hook. Wait. What’s a button hook?  Long before the invention of spandex and Velcro, our ancestors wore a number of button-up garments, such as shoes, dresses and gloves....

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Keeping Indianapolis Beautiful

    Let’s Face It Around the early 20th Century, there was a developing beauty industry in Indianapolis. And, as the whole country emerged from the ravages of WWI, there came a dramatic acceptance and use of cosmetics. The...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Raggedy Indy

     A Sweet Little Raggedy Doll and a Sweet Little Raggedy House at 537 N. Tacoma Avenue Raggedy Ann Once again, eBay serves as the source of inspiration for historical discovery! Last week, a rare 1915...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Hot Product

    Advertising postcard recently offered on eBay. The circa 1905 rendering depicts the manufacturing plant of the Home Stove Company.  Located at 501-535 Kentucky Avenue, it was bounded by Henry, Aug, Merrill and Eckert (later, California) Streets....

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Beef Tea for Beefcake

    A beefy gentleman. Does anyone else find this 1901 Armour’s Vigoral advertisement a little… revealing? Perhaps you knew that Beef Tea was as popular as Darjeeling or Earl Grey in Indianapolis around the turn of...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Measure of Success

    Hundred-year-old medicine dosing glass advertising the Joseph T. Stokes Pharmacies, once in Indianapolis. Item recently sighted on eBay. The Joseph T. Stokes Pharmacies – 226 N. Meridian Street – 607 Hume-Mansur Building  As the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: We’ve Got You Covered

    Do-It-Yourselfer… Prior to the 1840s, this is how the world worked:  If you wanted to mail something in an envelope, you had to make it yourself. It wasn’t until 1840 that a Brit by the...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Loveliest Logo – Dauner Coal

    Coal company logo: surfaced recently among a pile of materials in a Carmel, Indiana, antique store. Dauner Wholesale Coal and Coke Company Bituminous coal has been one of Indiana’s most valuable natural resources since its...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Bank On It

    A great little piece of advertising history: House-shaped coin bank form People’s State Bank, Indianapolis. The back says, “Prompt attention will be given mortgage applications.” The front says, “The Peoples State Bank Felix T. McWhirter,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Haag Drugs

      If you’ve lived in Indiana long (and you’re older than 20) you likely have fond memories of the late Haag Drug Stores. Within our lifetime, Haag’s was your average drug store — the kind of...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Postcard From Nowhere

    A “Postcard from Nowhere,” side one: found in Indianapolis Marion County Public Library Digital Indy Collection A Vintage Advertising Curiosity Researching old advertisements can bring on a serious case of the “WhatTheHecks!?” Take, for example, this early...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Geisendorff… Just Milling Around

    This postcard, found recently on eBay, was from Geisendorff & Co. woolens factory, a 19th century manufacturer once located on the near-west side of downtown Indianapolis on land that is now the White River State...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Happy New Year 1915

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.” In exploring a local newspaper from 100 years ago, one thing seems obvious: not much has changed. Oh sure, the photographic and type styles are...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Iceman Cometh (with Coal for your Stocking)

    Coupon book recently for sale on Amazon.com Irvington Ice & Coal Company Icemen and coalmen made door-to-door deliveries by wagon or truck in the days when the Irvington Ice and Coal Company began its operation...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Long gone Regal Guitar Mfg. STILL has the perfect gift for you!

    I wonder what name they finally settled on! Advertisement from early 1901. Probably from a newspaper. eBay Regal Manufacturing Company was a division of the Wulschner-Stewart Music Company. Emil Wulschner (b. 1847)  immigrated to Indianapolis from...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Panacea for a Plethora of Problems

    Are your eyes (and waist) still bulging from your Thanksgiving feast? Put on a little weight? Caught a sniffle from the crew sitting at the kids’ table? Got a case of the holiday blues? 100...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Vittles Sunday Adverts: Thanksgiving Love and Lard

    Vintage Meat Recipe Book, 1946… an Adventure in Fat! There are some history enthusiasts who yearn to recreate the “good old days.” These intrepid time travelers long to capture the mindset of an ancestor… feel...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Black Friday 100 Years Ago

    Do you think “Black Friday” shopping fervor is a recent invention? Think Again! While the earliest known use of “Black Friday” (specifically referring to shopping on the day after Thanksgiving) dates to 1961, the term has...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: What Is It!?

    Here are your hints: – 100 years ago – Cold and flu season – Epidemics – Bugs – Funeral homes – Outhouses Answer: Behold the Formacone disinfectant and (peee-yoooo!) deodorizer. Very soon the windows must...

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