• Posted in: General How the Claypool Hotel Began

    Early vintage luggage label from Claypool Hotel (Don’t forget–May is preservation month! Which is why we are revisiting some of the best of what we’ve lost. Let’s not do that again. Mmmmmk? ) Of all...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Wesley Hotel, 16th & Capitol

    Hard to believe how many buildings in Indianapolis have been razed under the guise of  “progress” or “enhancing” a neighborhood or block. All the harder to understand when a building fronts major thoroughfares with a constant stream of...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Your Savings Store

    S.S. Kresge and Company appeared in the newspaper October 28, 1923 touting the opening of their new building at 41 East Washington Street,  southwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania Though they spent their first few years in...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Goodbye City Life!

    Business:  Glendale Shopping Center Date of Ad:  December 2, 1958 Location:  Keystone Avenue and 62nd Street Years of Operation: 1958-present Notable: Even though it’s only Halloween, shoppers around the Circle City will notice Christmas decorations...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Be a Secret Agent and Win the Jackpot!

    Business:  Burger Chef Systems  Date of Ad:  April 6, 1966 Location:  1300 West 16th Street, and across the nation Years of Operation: 1958-1996 Notable:  Over a dozen years before the Happy Meal, local fast food...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Music to Your Ears

    Business:  Wilking Music Company Location:  120 East Ohio Street, near Massachusetts Avenue Years of Operation: 1922-1995 Notable: For over 70 years, Wilking Music Company was the place to go if you wanted that glamorous Steinway...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ad’s: Hook’s for Drugs

    Business: Hook’s Drugs Date of Ad: July 29, 1906 Location: Various Locations, Originally Prospect and East (demolished) Years of Operation: 1900-1994 Notable: A drugstore that became a household name across Indiana had humble roots. Started by a...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Be a Good Sport!

    Business: Em-Roe Distributors Date of Ad:  July 29, 1906 Location: Downtown – 209-211 West Washington Street Years of Operation: 1913-2015 Notable: Em-Roe’s, incorporated in 1914 by Lee Emmelman, was the leading name in sporting goods...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Tip of the Hat

    This Sunday ad from 1966 targets the “back to school” crowd. Who doesn’t want to dress to impress for the new semester? (Image: Indiana State Library) Business: Harry Levinson Date of Ad: August 18, 1966 Location:...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Refreshment Delivered

    Business: Robert’s Dairy  Date of Ad: September 2, 1956 Location: 4201 Millersville Road Years of Operation: 1877-1988 Notable: Do you remember home milk delivery? Or have you heard of it? Until refrigeration and supermarkets, most...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Burlesque at Empire

    Name of Business: The Empire Theater Date of Ad: April 13, 1913 Date Established: 1892 Neighborhood: Downtown Notable: Promising a bevy of pretty and sprightly girls, the star attraction, Zallah, featured her own company. A...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: More Than Just Jewelry

    Goodman Jewelers at 30 West Washington Street dabbled in “slenderizing” equipment back in the 1950s. (Image: Indiana State Library) Business: Goodman Jewelers Date of this Advertisement: April 12, 1959 Location: 30 West Washington Street Neighborhood:...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Saving for a Rainy Day

    Name of Business: Fidelity Trust Company Date of Advertisement: April 1, 1956 Neighborhood: Midtown Service Provided: Banking Notable:  The Fidelity Trust Company began banking in Indianapolis in 1909, with William Fogerty serving as the first...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Mad for Millinery

    Image: Indiana State Library Name of Business: African Ostrich Feather Company Date of this Advertisement: March 26, 1916 Location:  State Life Building, 15-23 East Washington Street, Fourth Floor Neighborhood: Downtown, Wholesale District Service Provided: Millinery, Makers of...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Shaping a Skyline

    The Pearson Piano Company in the Exchange block circa 1928 (Image: Bass Photo Company Collection, Indiana Historical Society) You can always count on being inundated by a small forest’s worth of furniture advertisements in the Sunday...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Barney’s at The Lincoln

    Ever wonder what Alexander Ralston might say if he strolled around downtown Indianapolis today? What was once a precisely planned city has been slowly butchered throughout time. The broad, diagonal streets that angled towards the Circle, giving...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Selig’s

    When considering Indy’s shopping legacy, many think of longtime institutions, L. S. Ayres, William. H. Block’s, or Wasson’s. While those venerable names are still remembered fondly by many, other retailers offered similar experiences and had...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Hamming it Up

    Indy natives believe that Shapiro’s is the first, last and only name in delicatessen dining. First timers may walk away disappointed, however, if they are craving a certain Hoosier-beloved ham sandwich. No Kosher deli worth its salt would...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Snack Time

    An unfortunate truth about downtown Indianapolis streetscapes is the “missing teeth” in what was once a picture-perfect urban smile. Suburbanization took its toll, particularly in the once-bustling retail districts. One stretch that remained noticeably neglected, even after...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Third Time’s a Charm?

    This is a patch that a Frisch’s carhop would have worn during the Fifties and Sixties. (Image: eBay) Some sizable restaurant news hit this past fall. The CEO of the Atlanta-based company that bought the...

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