• Posted in: General The Who and How of Indiana’s State Flag

    Mrs. John N. Carey was attending a convention of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) in Washington, D. C. when she noticed something: many states’ delegates represented within the organization...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Laundering Behind Old City Hall

    Local history buffs love to regale Circle City newbies with anecdotes of yesteryear about the city’s epicenter. A favorite story harkens to decades before the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument dwarfed nearby buildings. The original governor’s mansion...

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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: 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: Historic Miscellania New Life at Central State Part III: The 1899 Building

    The 1899 Building, formerly the Men’s Dining Hall for Central State Hospital. (Photo: 1899indy.com) When last RWAV headed west, we visited Central State Hospital’s Administration Building in the middle of its restoration and transformation into “Central...

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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: Friday Favorites Friday Fave: After 1890 State Fair, See This!

    Visitors from all over the state come to see and show at the Indiana State Fair. Check out the non-fair recommendations from the 1890 State Fair Visitor’s Guide–the last year before moving to its current location....

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Indiana State Fair & Expo

    Indiana State Fair and Exposition, 1873. Spanning Exposition Avenue (now 19th Street) between Hudson and Ogden (alleys immediately west and east of Alabama Street) Image: Indiana State Archives. The location, scale and wares have changed,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: We’re All Nuts

    Business: Morrow’s Nut House Date of Ad: December 30, 1945 Location: 50 North Pennsylvania Street, 46 West Washington and various downtown locations Years of Operation: 1933- 1989 Notable: If you grew up in Indianapolis in...

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  • Posted in: DeJa Vu Deja Vu Tuesday: Would a Hoosier by any other name smell as sweet?

    In a rare display of bipartisanship during a campaign season otherwise marked by epic ugliness, Indiana’s two U.S. senators recently banded together to take on the entrenched bureaucracy in Washington’s all-powerful Government Publishing Office. Earlier this month,...

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  • Posted in: DeJa Vu Deja Vu Tuesday: Celebrating 200 years of history repeating itself

    In 1905, philosopher George Santayana penned the oft-repeated maxim, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” To which Indy native Kurt Vonnegut promptly retorted (some 80 years later), “I’ve got news for Mr....

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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: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: On Tour

    The La Tour dining room in all of its swanky seventies glory. (Image: eBay) Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Many a couple enjoyed a romantic dinner downtown on the holiday of love. Wonder what...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: That’s the Spirit!

    It’s easy to pick out an out-of-towner at the grocery store on a Sunday. Often times he or she will walk confidently up to the cash register holding a six-pack of beer or a bottle of...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Indy’s Industrious, Illustrious Illustrators

    Let’s set the scene… Indianapolis in the 1890s: Due to recent technological advances in printing, Indianapolis newspapers are suddenly able to efficiently print cartoons and illustrations on every page. These become popular features for entertainment and...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Canterbury Park

    Passenger rail service was nearly eliminated by the late 1950s or early 1960s. (William H. Bass Photo Collection courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society) Welcome to Canterbury Park!  This picturesque 1.7-acre neighborhood park is east of Meridian-Kessler...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Forest Manor Park

    Welcome to Forest Manor Park, established in 1937 Welcome to Forest Manor Park on Indianapolis’s east side. This 18.8 acre neighborhood park was established in 1937, to meet the needs of families moving out of the...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: The Hoosier Grand Prix

    1965 Program (Image: eBay) This weekend, the month of May heats up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For the second straight year, fans will be treated to the Angie’s List Grand Prix as a precursor...

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  • Posted in: General Back to the When

    38 North Pennsylvania Street Years of Operation: 1932-1997 Notable: Before Office Depot or Staples there was a local leader in office supplies called Stationers. The Ober family-owned company opened in 1933 on North Pennsylvania. Two years...

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