• Posted in: Sunday Ads Your Savings Store

    S.S. Kresge and Company appeared in the newspaper October 28, 1923 touting the opening of their new building at 41 East Washington Street,  southwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania Though they spent their first few years in...

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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 Ads: Be a Good Sport!

    Business: Em-Roe Distributors Date of Ad:  July 29, 1906 Location: Downtown – 209-211 West Washington Street Years of Operation: 1913-2015 Notable: Em-Roe’s, incorporated in 1914 by Lee Emmelman, was the leading name in sporting goods...

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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: 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: WTH WTH: Vintage Retail Wreck

    A return to the egregious tortures of vintage retail/ commercial buildings. Street level frontage here suffers a serious beat-down. Bet this was gorgeous in its heyday. Between the bright awnings, obnoxiously large billboard and the...

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