• Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Prest-o-lite

    What would become known as the Prest-o-lite Battery Company, Inc., in this 1941 advertisement began as the Concentrated Acetylene Company, a business venture between James Allison, Carl Fisher, and P.C. Avery.  The business originated in...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Leon Tailoring

    In 1905, Leo Ettinger immigrated from Austria to Indiana and opened Leon Tailoring.  This ad, from 1944, features suits and frocks for the dapper men and women of Indianapolis.  Leon Tailoring Company still exists today,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Kingan & Co.

    These days, bacon is everywhere – on sandwiches, in omelettes, and in cupcake icing.  Back in the 1920’s, when this ad appeared, Kingan’s Bacon was “reliable.” Kingan & Co., featured in this Indianapolis Collected article,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Adverts: 1910 Southbend Comes to Indy

    Their first automobile was an electric car, introduced in 1902 and the first gasoline powered automobile in 1904. By 1910, Studebaker Brothers had an Indianapolis branch on Pennsylvania. Check out this 1910 Flanders ’20’ Coupe....

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Advert: Riley’s Bowen Merrill

    In acknowledgment of Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley’s birthday (Occtober 7, 1849), it seemed fitting to share this advert from 1898. Howard Chandler Christy is the best known of Riley book illustrators, but this advert...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: L. E. Morrison & Co

    “TRUNKS.  BEE HIVE TRUNK FACTORY.  GOODYEAR’S RUBBER GOODS. RUBBER”  lined the top of the window at 27 West Washington Street. This L. E. Morrison & Co. advertising postcard, circa 1910, shows a wide variety of...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: School 23rd & Alabama

    The year was 1924 and there was a college at 23rd  & Alabama Streets? How fascinating that this was what qualified a person to become a teacher and look at these disciplines.  My how times...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Advertising, 1911 Mad Men

    This ad from the Star in April 1911 reminded me of Don Draper’s notorious diatribe against cigarettes published in the New York Times. Since tonight marks the Season Finale of the beloved show (at least...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Treat and Warren

    With all of Indianapolis aflutter in anticipation of the Indy 500, it gets me thinking about its earliest days and the early days of automobiles. With that in mind, check out a 1913 advert for...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Advert: Indiana Workforce, 1965

    Normally at HI, the goal is to keep subject matter at least 50 years old. (Hey, if it’s good enough benchmark  for the National Register of Historic Places, it’s good enough for us). However, considering...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Advert: Manicures in the 1890s

    Today’s advert brought to you by Single. Women. Entrepreneurs. by Erin Albert  Check us out, Indianapolis, blazing a fashionable trail in the 1890’s! In the 1890, 1891 and 1892 Indianapolis city directories, it appears Indianapolis...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: 150 Years Ago of Boots, Groceries and Promotional Posters

    Of course, it’s we know we needed food and foot coverage 150 years ago, but you don’t necessarily think of event fliers. Then again, those “Wanted: Dead or Alive” posters of the Wild, Wild West...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Imperial Roofing Tiles in Meridian Kessler

    This was a nifty find–and advert for Imperial Roofing Tiles, offices in Chicago and New York, featuring the home of E. E. Crane of Indianapolis, George & McLucas, Architects. So much the niftier that the...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: A full page of Fountain Square

    Can’t recall when I found this and don’t know the exact date, but clearly, it’s around Thanksgiving 1922.  Which stand out most to you? The next time you’re in Fountain Square, look in the window...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Citizen’s Gas 1928

    Nothing is constant but change, the saying goes- so Citizen’s Gas is no exception. If you live In Indianapolis, as am I, you undoubtedly have surely started receiving your Citizen’s Water bill as of last...

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