• Posted in: At Your Leisure Out on the Town: An Evening at the Embers

    Mid-century Indianapolis may have had the reputation for being kind of a snooze; the era spawned the less-than-complementary terms of endearment such as India-no-place and nap-town. For fun, you could always participate in the bi-weekly...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Dr. David Tavel, Optometrist

    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...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Advert: H.P. Wasson

    I’m not ashamed to admit it – I love shoes.  In 1909, I would have probably frequented H.P. Wasson & Co., for not only were they centrally located on Washington Street near the city’s center,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Redfern Corsets

    When this ad ran in January 1910, corsets were the quintessential undergarment for fashionable women.  Redfern touted their whalebone corsets were “practically indestructible” and “the most advanced in style and accurate in design.”  (The Theatre:...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Echoes in Time, Indy Brand Names

    It’s hackneyed but true: “history repeats itself.” And when you’re plugged into a bit of then and a bit of now, you recognize the echoes in time, repetitions and continuations. Knowing there is currently a...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ad: Barney’s Jewelers, Lincoln Hotel

    If you missed Libby’s fascinating article of yesterday, take a look at the map that shows the jewelry store out in front of the Lincoln Hotel, at the point where Washington, Kentucky and Illinois Streets...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Landscape Architect

    One of the wonderful surprises of old city directories is finding adverts in the margins and below the regular listings. This one from 1940 advertises Indianapolis Landscape architect, Alembert W. Brayton, Jr. Not being from...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads 1910 Indianapolis Veterinarian

    Though its unknown exactly when the first veterinarian came to Indianapolis, it was interesting to chance upon this city directory advert. It makes sense, there would have to be someone to take care of the...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Mid-Century Modern Office

    The more things change, the more they stay the same, right? This advert for used office furniture and supplies looks much like the kind of thing you’d find at the IndySwag warehouse. Would love to...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: The Mass Ave Hotel that Was

    There was talk of a boutique hotel joining the Massachusetts Avenue scene where the Fire Department currently stands. While that particular plan wasn’t selected, the implementation of such an idea on the avenue would not...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Adverts: 1910 Southbend Comes to Indy

    Their first automobile was an electric car, introduced in 1902 and the first gasoline powered automobile in 1904. By 1910, Studebaker Brothers had an Indianapolis branch on Pennsylvania. Check out this 1910 Flanders ’20’ Coupe....

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: 1910 Indy Christmas

    Christmas ads of 1910 are all over the map. From milk to diamonds and well wishes from all forms of business… The L. E. Morrison & Co. was one of the many Washington Street businesses…...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Cafes of Mass Ave

    Who doesn’t miss this once prolific form of advertising? It seems at one time the Around the Corner Grille was in the same block where Black Market ad Indy Reads Books are today. One wonders...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Look for your name game

    Would have loved to visit “Benedict’s” on Monument Circle in the early 1900’s for a Neopolitan Ice Cream–probably owned by some 10th cousin 4 times removed I firmly believe that if people don’t see how...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: American Detective Agency

    Tomorrow, we welcome October to our 2012 calendar and October is known in some circles as Family History Month. For those of us who are seasoned researchers or genealogists at any level, we would not...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Graphophone, not iphone

    It’s hard to recall a time before you could record a voice message for yourself on your iphone. The dictaphone, evolved after this invention, credited to Alexander Graham Bell. Check out a real, live, in...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Herron-Morton Place Home Tour

    In honor of today’s Herron-Morton Place Home Tour, check out these two flyer advertisements from the 1970’s, when the neighborhood’s home tours first rolled out. Note the evolution in the neighborhood’s logo between 1977 and...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Want to Play Dress Up?

    We thank today’s sponsor, Margie’s Costumes on Illinois–if you need a costume, they are where to find one in the modern world ($5 off coupon follows). You know, it’s never to early too start thinking...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: What we did before google maps

    Hard to fathom today that there was a time before google maps, when we couldn’t pull up a street view, geographic topography or satellite views of a place. This advert for Thomas W. Palmer, “Topographical...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Patent This!

    From the 1890 City Directory, this quintessentially Victorian era drawing to denote, presumably, rampant creativity. One wonders how many patents were issued from Indianapolis each year in this time period. And how creative, innovative and...

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