• 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: Historic Miscellania The World League for a Sane Christmas

    Indianapolis News, July 18, 1911. Oh, tired Christmas shoppers!  Burned out on commercial Christmases?  So were people back in 1911, when a league that sought to call a halt to unfettered Christmas gift-giving established its national...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Die Weihnachtseinkäufe

    Die Weihnachtszeit ist nahe.  Christmas time is near. That’s not an ad from overseas.  At the turn of the 20th century, Indianapolis had a thriving German-speaking population. The major local German newspaper in 1900, the...

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  • 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...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: When Black Friday Comes!

    Happy Black Friday! After stuffing ourselves on the most thankful of holidays, many will trek out today to find that sought-after deal of the century with nearly every other Indy area resident. This typically leads...

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  • Posted in: Misc Mondays Misc. Monday: Reminisces of an Ayres Christmas

    Guest Author: Mary Jane Teeters-Eichacher For seventy years, from 1922 to 1992, the place to celebrate holiday traditions in Indianapolis was L. S. Ayres & Co. Animated window displays drew crowds of fascinated onlookers to...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Rink’s Store

    It’s funny how circular life on this planet appears over a series of years; Indianapolis, is no exception to coming full circle. As a note of possible interest to the those munching popcorn in the...

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  • Posted in: Indianapolis Collected Indianapolis Collected: To Market, To Market

    It was a sad day for Indianapolis when Mrs. Herd threw in the trowel. “North Meridian May Lose Its Only Truck Garden,” the Star headline read on September 27, 1953. “Mrs. Emma Becker Herd, 3947...

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  • Posted in: Ladies Lounge Introducing the “Ladies’ Lounge”

    Advertised to upscale local ladies in 1916: fine clothing. Of course, some of the upper class traveled as far as Europe and beyond to secure unique and fashionable wardrobes. Others perhaps made a bi-annual pilgrimage to...

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