• Posted in: Historic Miscellania Curb Cooties and Their Moveable Porches

    Ever wonder about the history and folklore of cooties?  Around 1950, these mysterious critters evolved into a fictitious bug or imaginary microbe infesting American elementary school playgrounds.  Getting cured had nothing to do with proper medical...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: House of Carts

    House of Carts… Carriages… Cars… If you’ve followed HI articles in the past few weeks, you already know that HI just celebrated it’s 5th birthday at the newly-renovated Parry Mansion in the Golden Hill neighborhood. HI...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Indianapolis’ Early Automotive Roots

    Carl G. Fisher, Photo courtesy LHA/University of Michigan The story of Indianapolis’ early automotive heritage begins a little over 120 years ago.  It actually started with bicycling. In the summer of 1890, 16 year-old Carl...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Made in Indianapolis

    1912 American Scout Perhaps the most frequent question about the city’s auto history is: “How many cars were made in Indianapolis?”  Before answering that question, a word of caution about automotive lists: Compiling lists about the automotive...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Park it Like It’s Hot

    A couple of months ago, one of the current and most oft quoted Hoosiers I’m aware of, “The Urbanophile” directed his attention to a banal new parking garage soon to be foisted upon the people...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Indianapolis Then and Now: Plaza Service Station 121 E. Maryland Street

    These 1925 photographs show one of Vonnegut, Mueller, & Bohn’s less-remembered architectural designs: the Plaza Service Station at 121 E. Maryland Street. During the 1920s people grew leery of shoddy gasoline shacks and movers of...

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