• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Ballard Ice Cream Company

    It’s Christmas in July! Business: Ballard Ice Cream Company Year of this Advertisement: 1921 Location:  Originally on North Delaware Street; at the time of this ad, located at 315 N. Alabama Street Neighborhood: Downtown What they did: Sold...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Indianapolis Tent and Awning Company

    Business: Indianapolis Tent and Awning Co. Year of this Advertisement: 1900 Location:  20 S. Alabama Street Neighborhood: Downtown What they did: Manufactured and sold tents and related items Years of operation: 1890 – early 1950’s Notable: The company’s trademark was...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Pink’s Pharmacy

    Business: Pink’s Pharmacy Year of this Advertisement: 1907 Location:  550 Indiana Avenue Neighborhood: Downtown, Indiana Avenue What they did:  Pharmacy and soda fountain Years of operation: 1896? – 1916 Notable: Herman Pink, the owner of Pink’s Pharmacy, was a Prussian...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: American Hominy Company

    Business: American Hominy Company (formerly Cerealine Manufacturing Company) Year of this Advertisement: 1907 Location:  18th Street and Gent Avenue (near 16th Street and Harding Street) Neighborhood: Northwest side What they did: Manufactured food stuffs Years of operation: 1867 –...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: J. I. Holcomb Manufacturing Company

    Business: J. I. Holcomb Manufacturing Company Year of this Advertisement: 1939 Location:  Barth Avenue and Palmer Street, former home of the Leedy Manufacturing Company (located there from 1903-1930) Neighborhood: Bates-Hendricks Neighborhood What they did: Developed and sold cleaning products...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Marott Hotel

    Image courtesy of Evan Finch Business:  The Marott Hotel Year of this Advertisement:  Based on the fashions, circa 1960? Location:  2625 North Meridian Street Neighborhood:  Mapleton-Fall Creek What they did:  Hotel/ Apartments Years of operation:  November...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Fendrick’s Restaurant

    Matchbook scan courtesy of Evan Finch. Business: Fendrick’s Restaurants Year of this Advertisement: 1950’s Location:  110 N. Illinois Street and 231 s. Illinois – the two restaurants were four blocks apart and catered to travelers passing through...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Polk’s Milk

    Photo courtesy of Evan Finch Business: Polk’s Milk Year of this Advertisement: pre-1950 Address: 1100 E. 15th St. Neighborhood: Downtown What they did: Milk production and delivery Years of operation: 1872-1950’s Notable: Legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery once worked at Polk’s Milk...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Claypool Shop

    Business: The Claypool Shop of L.Strauss & Co. Year of this Advertisement: 1920 Address: 116 W. Washington Street Neighborhood: Downtown What they did: Sold ladies’ hats Years of operation: c. 1917 – 1920 (under the...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Indianapolis Light and Heat Company

    Image Courtesy of IMCPL Digital Collections From 1904 – 1926, the company now known as the Indianapolis Power and Light Company was the Indianapolis Light and Heat Company, as indicated in this advertisement from the...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: George William Hoffman Co. (Bar-Keepers’ Friend)

    In 1883, George William Hoffman, an Indianapolis chemist and owner of the George William Hoffman Company, used a powder he concocted to clean rhubarb from a metal pan.  He later sold the new cleaning powder...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Metropolitan Theater

    Earlier this week, Historic Indianapolis featured the Metropolitan Theater in “A Room with a View,” Metropolitan Hall: Indianapolis’ First Theater. The theater’s proprietor, Valentine Butsch, is a forebear of Historic Indianapolis’ own contributor, Sharon Butsch Freeland, and...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Ad. Hereth & Co.

    In 1852, John C. Hereth, a German immigrant who came to Indianapolis via Jefferson County, Indiana, opened a shop in downtown Indianapolis which sold anything needed to maintain a horse – at that time the...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Freeman Newspaper

    In July 1888, Edward Elder Cooper, originally from Florida, founded The Freeman, the first illustrated African-American newspaper in the United States.  Cooper was born in 1859, and arrived in Indianapolis at age nineteen.  He was...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Real Silk

    In 1922, brothers Jack and Lazure Goodman formed the Real Silk Hosiery Company, one of the first companies to sell women’s hosiery door-to-door.  At the height of their success in 1929, Real Silk sold over...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Pink Poodle

    Image courtesy of personal collection of Evan Finch. In the early 1960’s an up and coming star named Aretha Franklin asked for some R-E-S-P-E-C-T from Indianapolis audiences when she performed at the Pink Poodle, a...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Boncilla Cosmetics

    In 1896, John M. Price, born in 1872 in Washington County, Indiana, started the Crown Chemical Company, which originally produced household products such as laundry detergent.  In 1900, Price moved his growing company, and growing...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Granada Theatre

    On April 8, 1928, the Granada Theatre, owned and operated by Universal Pictures, opened in Fountain Square.    In 1932, it was the first Indianapolis theater to screen a foreign language film, an Italian picture...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: William B. Burford Printing Company

    In the 1860’s Miles W. Burford, a banker from Independence, Missouri, moved with his wife to Indianapolis to join his son-in-law, William Braden, in the printing business.  Miles and Braden operated the business together until...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: American Box Ball Company

    James I. Holcomb (the namesake of the J.I. Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium) and Jacob Frederick “Fred” Hoke met during a Jefferson, Kentucky, Sunday School class in 1894.  The two men could not have been more...

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