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Ok, I’ll admit it: I haven’t a clue about the whole 500 thing, other than stories I’ve found on the founders or this old 1911 postcard I love:

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Hard to wrap my head around what innovation it took back in 1911–to conceptualize this car racing thing, when people still had horses and buggies and all…

I was fortunate to have been allowed to borrow and copy some personal photos taken by the Mueller-Kinney family and they illustrate how the well-to-do dressed for the 500 a couple years into it. (The not-so-well-to-do probably donned their Sunday best as well…) Of course, in those days, it didn’t matter what you were doing, you dressed to the hilt. And for a giant bowl of dust stirred around by racing cars, this was no exception.

Here’s how they ‘rolled’ to the Indy500 in 1913–high style, all the way. It seems flip-flops, bra-less tank-tops (or no tops, thanks fella with swollen belly) is how it’s done in 2011. Must be why the skirt and heels I donned to check out “Pole Day” elicited shocked stares. BUt I digress.

This is in the 2000 block of Meridian. Seems the driver was still used to a saddle…

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Also from the collection of the Kinney- Mueller family who lived in the 2000 block of North Meridian.

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Imagine wearing all this finery to the 500!…later this week, we’ll show the couple of photos the family took at the 1913 Indy500.

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And how I chose to represent 2011 fashion–anyone else with me on this? No?

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