• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Hoosiery

    Smooth Moves, Real Silk! Ladies (and gentlemen, too)… imagine an item of clothing so important… so luxurious… that a personal, to-your-door representative would arrive at your home to consult with you on the latest trends,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: When Indy put the “Fun” in Funeral

      Ads from the 1914 Indiana Funeral Directors Convention, Indianapolis Star Funeral directors, morticians, undertakers… They get a bad rap. Admit it. You might cringe or giggle when you meet one at a cocktail party....

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Indy Soothsayers 100 Years Ago

    If doubt assails you, misfortune threatens you, ruin stares you in the face, danger besets you; if you would win the love of one without whom life would be a blank, if you wish a...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Hoosierdini

    This advertisement promoting the famous Harry Houdini’s performances at B.F. Keith’s Theater (March 1910) was recently found Ebay. Indy was Wild about Harry Though born Erich Weisz on March 24, 1874 in Hungary, the man...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Death as a Salesman

    Death adorns a poster distributed by the Indiana Board of Health in the early part of the 20th century, advertising the abandonment of “unhealthy” practices. You can find many such gems online. The Indiana Public...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Symphony on the Prairie (Literally)

    Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, photo Fabien Sevitzky, vintage booking Ad, 1938 Culture Comes to the Capital… While the roots of Indianapolis’s musical heritage trace back to the region’s earliest inhabitants, there is no question that performing...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Nuts for Holcomb and Hoke

    Holcomb and Hoke made a fortune selling Popcorn machines from the 19-teens through the 1930s. Many of the machines had a peanut toasting attachment. Vintage peanut bag, ca 1920, eBay Just a Couple of Nuts…...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Norways for Nerves

    Advertisement: eBay Concierge Doctoring… In the second half of the 19th century, organic and psychological causes of mental illness began to be identified. This led to an increase, nationwide, in the number of institutions dedicated...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Van Camp’s Cookin’ Up Some History

    History on the Hearth: Will translating A 90-year-old Van Camp’s cookbook into the modern day kitchen cause contemporary cooks some heartburn? Today’s cook has many ways of finding a recipe — books, magazines, web sites,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Don’t Read This

    Why, you little rebel! Well since you’re here, read on… J.D. Adams, King of the Road In the mid- to late-nineteenth century, the state of Indiana’s roads was deplorable: bumpy, pitted, rutted and treacherous. Spring rains...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Nose Knows

    The Nose That Knows Kingan’s Meats! If you enjoy stories of a bygone time, there’s nothing better than losing yourself in an antique shop, at the library — or on eBay where this trade card...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Did You Like Ike?

    Lego-saurus Rex? Do you remember KangarIke, Ike Hopper, the Ikerville Flyer, Crockod-ike, Ikasaur, and Schmike from your childhood? Introduced in the late 1920s by the Knapp Electric and Novelty Company (1895-1940s), Krazy Ikes were a...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: It’s in the Cards…

    A classic 7.5 by 3.5″ advertising trade card from an 1880s-era boot & shoe store on the Historic National Road in Indianapolis. Image credit: Ebay Trade cards: Predecessor to the business card, the trading card...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: House of Carts

    House of Carts… Carriages… Cars… If you’ve followed HI articles in the past few weeks, you already know that HI just celebrated it’s 5th birthday at the newly-renovated Parry Mansion in the Golden Hill neighborhood. HI...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Service, Unsung

    Is this what you think of when you think of the DAR? You’re only about 1/10th correct… but NOT for the reason you probably think! Image credit: Larry Gottheim MythBusters: Tell me what you think...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Sweet Caroline

    How Do You Not Know This Woman? Not just “Benjamin Harrison’s wife,” she was accomplished and elegant. She was a deft leader among women at a time when the idea of women’s rights was just beginning to gain...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Grave Concerns

    Is that Cemetery Cymbal-ism? A walk through any graveyard will draw the eye and the imagination to the most unique monuments. Many of these memorials would have plenty to reveal about their plot’s occupant —  if only...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Raggedy Ann and Indy

      Happy Independence Day, Indy! Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and … Raggedy Ann. It’s hard to find anything more “Americana” than the perpetually-perky little red, white, and blue doll. Were you aware that she has...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: History… Taking It Personally

    What Is History? It’s a right and wonderful thing to save a venerable old building from the wrecking ball of “progress.” It gives great pleasure to saunter down halls provided by the craftsmanship and industry of our...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Tech History Heroes

    The Arsenal Technical High School Centennial Museum at 1500 East Michigan Street It’s part of the Historic Indianapolis ethos… helping Indy fall in love with its own rich and fascinating history, and applauding those who lovingly, and...

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