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
Years of operation: 1896-1964 (purchased for $10 million by Premier Industrial Corporation)
Notable: J.I. Holcomb was also part owner of Holcomb & Hoke, and vice president of the Board of Trustees for Butler University.
Additionally: In 1953, J.I. Holcomb and his wife donated $250,000 to Butler University to build an observatory, which is still a popular Indianapolis destination. Have you ever been to the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium?
Holcomb & Hoke are also famous for the Butter-Kist Popcorn Machine, featured in the HI Article “Indianapolis Collected: Antique Ad Show Brings Back Indy’s Wonder Years.”