• Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: The Monument at Night

    Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument (at night), Indianapolis, Ind. In 1916, the moonlight appeared to reflect off Victory’s gleaming bronze torch, lit as bright as the full moon. But, the image on this Penny Post would...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: I Am On Skates

    This real photographic postcard features the Broad Ripple Masonic Temple on Guilford Avenue in 1908. Postcard courtesy of Tom Keesling, Hoosier Recollections. This Penny Post, sent from a young Indianapolitan on skates, features the newly...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Interurban Station

    The Interurban Station in Martinsville, IND. was located at 110 N. Main Street. Postcard courtesy of Tom Keesling, Hoosier Recollections. The Indianapolis and Martinsville Rapid Transit Company was incorporated April 24, 1901. The City of...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Time is Money

    Busy Tourist’s Correspondence Card: Public Library from War Memorial Plaza, Indianapolis, IND. Too busy to hand write a hello? Anxious to avoid writer’s cramp? The Busy Tourist’s Correspondence Card series (printed by postcard publishers around...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: The Old Marion County Courthouse

    When Charles Bookwalter began his second term as Mayor of Indianapolis in 1906, he made it a priority to build Indianapolis a City Hall. For the previous 30 years, the second Marion County Courthouse was...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: A $1000 to See You in Indianapolis

    The front of the card says it all: It’s worth $1,000 to see you in Indianapolis, IND. This unpostmarked Penny Post was written from Indianapolis in December 1916. Presumably, the novelty, applique card was hand...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: 515 Churches

    Cadle Tabernacle, Indianapolis, IND. Have you ever heard the Rime of the Ancient Mariner? “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” The image of thirsty sailors surrounded by vast bodies of water may come...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: St. Catherine of Siena Church

    Reader’s Question: Hi, HI.  Last weekend, I bought an old postcard of an Indianapolis church.  Can you please tell me if the building pictured on the postcard is still standing today, and if it is, where it is located? ...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Loved and Lost

    Image courtesy of the Indianapolis Public Library Digital Collection, copyright 2009. Over the course the postcard design evolution, vintage Valentines may be some of the most intricate and ornate. From intricate art deco cherubs to...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: In the Good Old Winter Time

    In the Good Old Winter Time at Riverside, Indianapolis, Indiana Image courtesy of Tom Keesling, Hoosier Recollections. January 2014 will go on record as one of the coldest months in Indianapolis’ history. Pipes burst, the...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Indianapolis, Quite a Town

    State Capitol, Indianapolis, IND. Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND. DEC 26, 1932 6:30 PM Message: Hello All – Nice trip so far. Quite a town, arrived around 6. Staying tonight. Population around 500,000. Out window shopping –...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Educational Meeting for Embalmers

    Indiana World War Memorial and Plaza, Indianapolis, IND. Many shows, events, and conferences are held in Indianapolis on an annual basis, ranging from the Indiana State Fair to Gen Con. Out of town visitors would...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Shortridge High School

    Thumbing through stacks of postcards, on the hunt for pictures and stories from a particular town … in a particular time frame, I’ve discovered that it’s inevitable to find duplicates. Imagine the postcard rack in...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Be a winner at Camp Dick Runyan

    The many, many … many inches of snow and the record cold temperatures have me dreaming of a warmer time and place – summer camp, July 1941. Charles Overly mailed the following postcard to his...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: A Happy New Year, 1911!

    Postcard images from cardcow.com. Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND. Dec. 26, 1910 7-PM Message: 1216 Cornell Indianapolis Ind. Dec 26 Dear Friends, so glad to get the lovely remembrances many thanks, all are well, and had a...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: A Merry Weihnachten to You!

    Postmarked: 1 Indianapolis, IND. Dec 20, 1922 9:30 PM Message: Written in German Addressed to: M E Ehrensperger 1723 Broadway City A penny for your thoughts … As an elementary teacher, I can decipher just...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Greetings from Indianapolis, Indiana

    Greetings from Indianapolis, Indiana! Welcome to our new feature, Penny Post. Every Wednesday I will share a vintage postcard Indianapolis residents or visitors once sent to family and friends around the country. The historic buildings...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites The Consolidated Building (aka Lemcke Annex)

    When you see a stately old building in a vintage postcard, do you wonder (with furrowed brow) if the building still stands? This venerable old brick and terra cotta edifice, née the Lemcke Annex, was an addition...

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  • Posted in: Indianapolis Collected Indianapolis Collected: Miracle on Washington Street

    Long before Ralphie told a bearded man in a red suit about his secret desire to own a Red Ryder BB Gun, American children have been sharing their Christmas lists with department store Santas. The...

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