• 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 Ad’s: Hook’s for Drugs

    Business: Hook’s Drugs Date of Ad: July 29, 1906 Location: Various Locations, Originally Prospect and East (demolished) Years of Operation: 1900-1994 Notable: A drugstore that became a household name across Indiana had humble roots. Started by a...

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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: Tip of the Hat

    This Sunday ad from 1966 targets the “back to school” crowd. Who doesn’t want to dress to impress for the new semester? (Image: Indiana State Library) Business: Harry Levinson Date of Ad: August 18, 1966 Location:...

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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: General Back to the When

    38 North Pennsylvania Street Years of Operation: 1932-1997 Notable: Before Office Depot or Staples there was a local leader in office supplies called Stationers. The Ober family-owned company opened in 1933 on North Pennsylvania. Two years...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Indianapolis Tent and Awning Company

    Business: Indianapolis Tent and Awning Co. Year of this Advertisement: 1900 Location:  20 S. Alabama Street Neighborhood: Downtown What they did: Manufactured and sold tents and related items Years of operation: 1890 – early 1950’s Notable: The company’s trademark was...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Polk’s Milk

    Photo courtesy of Evan Finch Business: Polk’s Milk Year of this Advertisement: pre-1950 Address: 1100 E. 15th St. Neighborhood: Downtown What they did: Milk production and delivery Years of operation: 1872-1950’s Notable: Legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery once worked at Polk’s Milk...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Indianapolis Light and Heat Company

    Image Courtesy of IMCPL Digital Collections From 1904 – 1926, the company now known as the Indianapolis Power and Light Company was the Indianapolis Light and Heat Company, as indicated in this advertisement from the...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: George William Hoffman Co. (Bar-Keepers’ Friend)

    In 1883, George William Hoffman, an Indianapolis chemist and owner of the George William Hoffman Company, used a powder he concocted to clean rhubarb from a metal pan.  He later sold the new cleaning powder...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Metropolitan Theater

    Earlier this week, Historic Indianapolis featured the Metropolitan Theater in “A Room with a View,” Metropolitan Hall: Indianapolis’ First Theater. The theater’s proprietor, Valentine Butsch, is a forebear of Historic Indianapolis’ own contributor, Sharon Butsch Freeland, and...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Ad. Hereth & Co.

    In 1852, John C. Hereth, a German immigrant who came to Indianapolis via Jefferson County, Indiana, opened a shop in downtown Indianapolis which sold anything needed to maintain a horse – at that time the...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Hibben, Hollweg & Co.

    This 1920 advertisement, showcases a product sold at Hibben, Hollweg, & Co., a dry goods store in Indianapolis, which was located in a prominent building that still stands near the corner of Georgia and Meridian...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Freeman Newspaper

    In July 1888, Edward Elder Cooper, originally from Florida, founded The Freeman, the first illustrated African-American newspaper in the United States.  Cooper was born in 1859, and arrived in Indianapolis at age nineteen.  He was...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Real Silk

    In 1922, brothers Jack and Lazure Goodman formed the Real Silk Hosiery Company, one of the first companies to sell women’s hosiery door-to-door.  At the height of their success in 1929, Real Silk sold over...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: The Pink Poodle

    Image courtesy of personal collection of Evan Finch. In the early 1960’s an up and coming star named Aretha Franklin asked for some R-E-S-P-E-C-T from Indianapolis audiences when she performed at the Pink Poodle, a...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Boncilla Cosmetics

    In 1896, John M. Price, born in 1872 in Washington County, Indiana, started the Crown Chemical Company, which originally produced household products such as laundry detergent.  In 1900, Price moved his growing company, and growing...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: William B. Burford Printing Company

    In the 1860’s Miles W. Burford, a banker from Independence, Missouri, moved with his wife to Indianapolis to join his son-in-law, William Braden, in the printing business.  Miles and Braden operated the business together until...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: American Box Ball Company

    James I. Holcomb (the namesake of the J.I. Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium) and Jacob Frederick “Fred” Hoke met during a Jefferson, Kentucky, Sunday School class in 1894.  The two men could not have been more...

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