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Being the holidays, this column breaks from the usual then and now format to share views of Indianapolis at Christmas through the years. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a year full of bliss and historic moments!

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Louise Carpenter Stanfield Collection

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Louise Carpenter Stanfield Collection

Amateur photographer Walter Carpenter documented his family’s mantle and Christmas stockings in 1905 at their home at 926 West Drive in Woodruff Place.

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Mary Lyon Taylor Collection

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Mary Lyon Taylor Collection

Heber Taylor plays with his new train beneath the Christmas tree in his home in the Herron-Morton Neighborhood at 1941 N. Pennsylvania Street. Photograph by his mother, Mary Lyon Taylor, circa 1908.

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, W. H. Bass Photo Company Collection

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, W. H. Bass Photo Company Collection

The Edison Building, home of the Indianapolis Light & Heat Co., lit up for Christmas at 46-48 Monument Circle in 1926.

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, L. S. Ayres Tea Room Christmas display, 1943

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Bretzman Collection

L. S. Ayres Tea Room Christmas display, December 8, 1943

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Bretzman Collection

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Bretzman Collection

L. S. Ayres Christmas window display, December 16, 1948

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, W. H. Bass Photo Company Collection

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, W. H. Bass Photo Company Collection

Santa Colossal, a giant singing Santa made of styrofoam, was the highlight of the Indianapolis Industrial Exposition in 1949. Learn more about his short existence here.

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Recorder Collection

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Recorder Collection

Women of the Social Hour Club with their tree at the house of the Indiana State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, January 11, 1958.

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, L. S. Ayres Records

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, L. S. Ayres Records

The Santa Claus Express at L. S. Ayres, circa 1960s.

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, W. H. Bass Photo Company Collection

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, W. H. Bass Photo Company Collection

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument decorated for Christmas in 1968.

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Recorder Collection

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Recorder Collection

Santa Claus with happy children at the Barbwood School, December 24, 1983

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Recorder Collection

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Recorder Collection

Lights at the Indianapolis Zoo, December 19, 1984

Crowds celebrated the 50th anniversary of the lighting of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on November 23, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

2 responses to “Indianapolis Then and Now: A Hodgepodge of Indianapolis Christmas Scenes”

  1. Susan Fallowfield says:

    This was fun to look at!

  2. Bitsy Taggart Fitzsimmons says:

    Still have my Poosh-em-Up game, shown on the far right in the first photo! My grandchildren, mostly grown now, continue to love it and play with it as much as I did when I received it for Christmas in 1949 from MY grandparents.

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