In 1940, after returning from service in WWII as a Captain in the US Air Force, Dr. David Tavel opened an optometry office in the Claypool Hotel Building, which was then located at the corner of Illinois and Washington Streets. Dr. Tavel was young when he started his practice – he was born around 1920, graduated from Shortridge High School (with former City County Council president Dr. Beurt R. Servaas) in 1937. One year before this ad from 1947, Dr. Tavel began offering one hour service, and that service is still offered at the nineteen central Indiana Dr. Tavel Family Eye Care Center locations that exist today. Dr. David Tavel passed away in March 2002, but there is still a Dr. Tavel on staff at the Dr. Tavel Family Eye Care Center in Zionsville!
About The Author
Jessica Ballard-Barnett is a lawyer by day, and an amateur historian by night. A lifelong Indianapolis resident, she has a passion for old houses with velvet wallpaper, graveyards with ominous markers, and religious relics.
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