• Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Reverend Mozel Sanders Park

    From Colonel Eli Lily to Mayor Thomas Taggart to basketball great Oscar Robertson, there is a lengthy list of people who have helped shape our city’s history.  Reverend Mozel Sanders left a particularly influential legacy...

    Read More 1 Comments
  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Final Four Fun in the Wholesale District

    Saint Elmo’s Steakhouse doesn’t look nearly as inviting covered in plywood and a tacky mansard roof during the very early nineties.  (Image: Library of Congress) The NCAA Final Four returns to Indianapolis this weekend in...

    Read More 2 Comments
  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Button It!

     Colonel Mustard… in the Library… with a Button Hook. Wait. What’s a button hook?  Long before the invention of spandex and Velcro, our ancestors wore a number of button-up garments, such as shoes, dresses and gloves....

    Read More 3 Comments
  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: 61st & Broadway Park

    Just west of College Avenue in Broad Ripple, you’ll find 61st & Broadway Park. This quaint 2.7-acre neighborhood park opened in 1928.  The park’s amenities include a playground, picnic shelter, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts,...

    Read More 1 Comments
  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Keeping Indianapolis Beautiful

    Let’s Face It Around the early 20th Century, there was a developing beauty industry in Indianapolis. And, as the whole country emerged from the ravages of WWI, there came a dramatic acceptance and use of cosmetics. The...

    Read More
  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: From Films to Film Festivals

    A 1940s view looking northwest on Virginia Avenue shows this recognizable building as the Granada Theatre. (Image: W. H. Bass Photo Company Collection courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society) With spring approaching, many are looking...

    Read More 7 Comments
  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Bethel Park

    Bethel Park opened in 1935 Welcome to Bethel Park!  This 14.5 acre community park on the city’s southeast side is located at 2850 Bethel Avenue, and features athletic fields, horseshoe pits, a running track, and...

    Read More 1 Comments
  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Beef Tea for Beefcake

    A beefy gentleman. Does anyone else find this 1901 Armour’s Vigoral advertisement a little… revealing? Perhaps you knew that Beef Tea was as popular as Darjeeling or Earl Grey in Indianapolis around the turn of...

    Read More
  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: A Baaaaa-a-a-d Idea Turned Good

      The Indianapolis Parks system history is filled with delightful stories of united communities, honored heroes, and family fun. But there are a few tales in our city’s annals that might also raise an eyebrow...

    Read More 1 Comments
  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: We’ve Got You Covered

    Do-It-Yourselfer… Prior to the 1840s, this is how the world worked:  If you wanted to mail something in an envelope, you had to make it yourself. It wasn’t until 1840 that a Brit by the...

    Read More 6 Comments
  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Fall Creek & 30th Park

    Welcome to Fall Creek & 30th Park! Welcome to Fall Creek & 30th Park!  This seven-acre neighborhood park is nestled into a quaint corner on the north side, where Fall Creek Parkway angles northeast.  It...

    Read More 1 Comments
  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Loveliest Logo – Dauner Coal

    Coal company logo: surfaced recently among a pile of materials in a Carmel, Indiana, antique store. Dauner Wholesale Coal and Coke Company Bituminous coal has been one of Indiana’s most valuable natural resources since its...

    Read More 4 Comments
  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Hawthorne Park

    The Near Westside neighborhood is one of Indianapolis’s oldest and most well-established communities.  In its early days, it was largely a rural area, separated from the “big city” of Indianapolis by the White River.  After the arrival...

    Read More 1 Comments
  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Bank On It

    A great little piece of advertising history: House-shaped coin bank form People’s State Bank, Indianapolis. The back says, “Prompt attention will be given mortgage applications.” The front says, “The Peoples State Bank Felix T. McWhirter,...

    Read More 7 Comments
  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Haag Drugs

      If you’ve lived in Indiana long (and you’re older than 20) you likely have fond memories of the late Haag Drug Stores. Within our lifetime, Haag’s was your average drug store — the kind of...

    Read More 21 Comments
  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

    On Monday, January 19, our nation will pause to commemorate the work of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Though Indianapolis is hundreds of miles from Montgomery, Alabama where Reverend King and his...

    Read More
  • 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...

    Read More 3 Comments
  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Geisendorff… Just Milling Around

    This postcard, found recently on eBay, was from Geisendorff & Co. woolens factory, a 19th century manufacturer once located on the near-west side of downtown Indianapolis on land that is now the White River State...

    Read More 1 Comments
  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Happy New Year 1915

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.” In exploring a local newspaper from 100 years ago, one thing seems obvious: not much has changed. Oh sure, the photographic and type styles are...

    Read More 5 Comments
  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Willard Park

    One mile east of downtown Indianapolis on Washington Street, you’ll find Willard Park.  The land of this eleven-acre park had many identities in its history, but has always played an important role in uniting the...

    Read More 9 Comments