• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Postcard From Nowhere

    A “Postcard from Nowhere,” side one: found in Indianapolis Marion County Public Library Digital Indy Collection A Vintage Advertising Curiosity Researching old advertisements can bring on a serious case of the “WhatTheHecks!?” Take, for example, this early...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Black Friday 100 Years Ago

    Do you think “Black Friday” shopping fervor is a recent invention? Think Again! While the earliest known use of “Black Friday” (specifically referring to shopping on the day after Thanksgiving) dates to 1961, the term has...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Nose Knows

    The Nose That Knows Kingan’s Meats! If you enjoy stories of a bygone time, there’s nothing better than losing yourself in an antique shop, at the library — or on eBay where this trade card...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Hoosier Coal & Oil Co.

    Hoosier Coal & Oil, founded in 1917, used the above-pictured telephone index as an advertisement in the early 1960’s, and eventually copyrighted the  index in 1965.  The index included not only numerous references to Hoosier...

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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 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 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: 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: 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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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Unexpected Honeybees

    From the same booklet as yesterday’s map, the Dreher’s Simplex Street and House Number  Guide–not something you see every day in advertisements: supplies for beekeeper’s. I couldn’t resist featuring this, especially considering the current global...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Hoosier Kitchens, Cabinets, and Refrigerators in 1919

    I think most of us have heard of the Hoosier Kitchen Cabinet, right? (There is one on display at the President Benjamin Harrison Home, if I’m not mistaken.) Thumbing through Good Housekeeping from 1919, there...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Pluto Water

    Since Thomas Taggart was already fresh on my mind, his former hotel in French Lick seemed like good fodderr for today’s advert. The following two have been made into greeting cards. And if you haven’t been to...

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