This ad, from 1903, is quite detailed compared to the other advertisements of its time, which mostly included text, or a simple drawing.  The story of the man behind the advertisement – Charles A. Webb – is even more interesting.  Charles A. Webb was born into slavery in March 1841, in Buncombe County, North Carolina.  He arrived in Indianapolis at the end of the Civil War, in 1865.  He entered the business world in the 1870’s and his coal and steam business grew into one of the largest in the city.