• 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: General, Ladies Lounge A Local Place for Young Women: Y. W. C. A.

    Christian women, that is. And white. At least in the beginning. It was getting close to 1900 and many young ladies were making their way to the big city of Indianapolis in search of employment....

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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 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: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: We’ve Got Next

    Tonight the Indiana Fever will try to extend its quest for a second WNBA Championship. Although women’s team sports have struggled throughout history to gain traction, the winning ways and intense game day environment have helped the...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: In the Woods

    This postcard shows how the Pennsylvania Hotel would have looked shortly after opening. (Image: eBay) Why would anyone want to surround a beautiful historic building with a brick wall separating the occupants from the rest...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: All’s Fair

    August brings about a favorite tradition amongst Hoosiers. Every year nearly one million people descend on the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the capitol city to celebrate the agricultural spirit of the State of Indiana. If...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: History Paved Over

    Although it’s heartbreaking to think about the buildings and businesses that have been lost over the years in Indianapolis, it is still exciting to discover a long lost building for the first time. Interstate 65 looms...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Inn the Huddle

    The interior of a Huddle restaurant awaiting eager diners. (Image: Evan Finch) A twenty-four hour restaurant tends to bring out some of the more interesting examples of mankind, especially in the wee hours of the morning....

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: The Fading of the Orange Roof

    A postcard showing the grandeur of the downtown Howard Johnson’s. (Image: Amazon) We often look towards chain businesses with a bit of disdain. Large corporations sending profits out of state while serving up conveniences with...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: A Stay off of The Circle

    The Harrison Hotel located at Capitol and Market once featured a decorative limestone base and awning to protect guests from the afternoon sun. (Image: Amazon) The fate of a historic building dating back to 1928...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Summertime Cruisin’

    Happy May 1st! As spring heads into summer, we start thinking of how to take advantage of the warm weather. Some sixty years ago, area teenagers participated in a deeply-rooted cruising culture as way to...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: A Lost Roadside Beacon

    The big green sign could once be seen by drivers exiting turn one at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Image: eBay) For anyone who may have grown up from the sixties through the eighties, childhood trips...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: The Hotel Antlers

    The Scottish Rite Cathedral looms large on the northern fringes of downtown. Aside from the towering neo-Gothic architecture, a primary reason for its great presence is the existence of vast parking lots surrounding the building....

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: We Gotta Get Out of This Place

    On these colder-than-cold winter days, one’s mind tends to wander to locales with a more temperate climate. Hawaii, the Caribbean, or… Utah. Anywhere the sun is shining and the weather is above 70.  Although Indianapolis is...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Mass Ave at Night

    Postmarked: INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – AUG 1-, 1913 – 6-PM Message: 230 South Illinois St. Indianapolis, Ind Hello Everything fine. will write in a few days. Am going to stay a few days Orrine (?) L...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Key West Shrimp House

    The view driving down South Madison Avenue would never be mistaken for being particularly scenic. Acres of post-war housing yielded to many discount stores, payday loan outlets, and used car dealerships, and then, of course,...

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  • 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...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Riverside Bathing Beach

    Postmarked: INDIANAPOLIS, IND., FEB 1911 – 12:30 PM Message: Dear Annie – Rec’d card after you were home I guess. Why didn’t you call us up. I would have broken my neck to go to...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Yuletide Joys

    Postmarked: IND., 1916 – 6 PM Message: My dear little Granddaughter, I have been wondering id you are going [to] hang up your stockings, like the little folks on this card & see what Santa...

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