• 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: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Ballard Ice Cream Company

    It’s Christmas in July! Business: Ballard Ice Cream Company Year of this Advertisement: 1921 Location:  Originally on North Delaware Street; at the time of this ad, located at 315 N. Alabama Street Neighborhood: Downtown What they did: Sold...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Indianapolis Tent and Awning Company

    Business: Indianapolis Tent and Awning Co. Year of this Advertisement: 1900 Location:  20 S. Alabama Street Neighborhood: Downtown What they did: Manufactured and sold tents and related items Years of operation: 1890 – early 1950’s Notable: The company’s trademark was...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Pink’s Pharmacy

    Business: Pink’s Pharmacy Year of this Advertisement: 1907 Location:  550 Indiana Avenue Neighborhood: Downtown, Indiana Avenue What they did:  Pharmacy and soda fountain Years of operation: 1896? – 1916 Notable: Herman Pink, the owner of Pink’s Pharmacy, was a Prussian...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: American Hominy Company

    Business: American Hominy Company (formerly Cerealine Manufacturing Company) Year of this Advertisement: 1907 Location:  18th Street and Gent Avenue (near 16th Street and Harding Street) Neighborhood: Northwest side What they did: Manufactured food stuffs Years of operation: 1867 –...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: J. I. Holcomb Manufacturing Company

    Business: J. I. Holcomb Manufacturing Company Year of this Advertisement: 1939 Location:  Barth Avenue and Palmer Street, former home of the Leedy Manufacturing Company (located there from 1903-1930) Neighborhood: Bates-Hendricks Neighborhood What they did: Developed and sold cleaning products...

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

    Image courtesy of Evan Finch Business:  The Marott Hotel Year of this Advertisement:  Based on the fashions, circa 1960? Location:  2625 North Meridian Street Neighborhood:  Mapleton-Fall Creek What they did:  Hotel/ Apartments Years of operation:  November...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Fendrick’s Restaurant

    Matchbook scan courtesy of Evan Finch. Business: Fendrick’s Restaurants Year of this Advertisement: 1950’s Location:  110 N. Illinois Street and 231 s. Illinois – the two restaurants were four blocks apart and catered to travelers passing through...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: William F. Piel & Co. (National Starch and Chemical Company)

    Trade card in public domain; scanned by the Boston Public Library Business: William F. Piel & Co. Year of this Advertisement: late 1800’s, between 1873 – 1899 Location:  1050 W. Raymond Street Neighborhood: South What they did: Starch production...

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