• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Beef Tea for Beefcake

    A beefy gentleman. Does anyone else find this 1901 Armour’s Vigoral advertisement a little… revealing? Perhaps you knew that Beef Tea was as popular as Darjeeling or Earl Grey in Indianapolis around the turn of...

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  • Posted in: Bicycles, Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Zig-Zag Cycling Club

    What Goes Around, Comes Around… The recent surge in bicycle popularity, designated traffic lanes for cyclists, and issues of “sharing the road,” are not new to Indianapolis. Indeed, this “new” phenomenon is a REsurgence — more than 100 years...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Advert: Manicures in the 1890s

    Today’s advert brought to you by Single. Women. Entrepreneurs. by Erin Albert  Check us out, Indianapolis, blazing a fashionable trail in the 1890’s! In the 1890, 1891 and 1892 Indianapolis city directories, it appears Indianapolis...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ad: the Model Clothing Store, 1895

    From 1895 is this advertisement for the Model Clothing store. How children’s fashions have changed! The Model was located at 41-49 East Washington Street and 2-22 South Pennsylvania Street in the late 1880s and 1890s....

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