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The Milnor sisters in 1909

Attics, storage trunks and second hand shops throughout Indianapolis and the world over have little gems like this awaiting discovery.

The provenance of and labels on old photos are key in determining where photo were taken. This photo once belonged to a young lady who attended Tudor Hall and lived on Delaware Street. Surprisingly, not at the home in the background of this photograph.

Finding the last names of various young ladies throughout the photo album who lived on Delaware Street, it made sense that some of the photos might have been snapped on Delaware Street.

After three trips up and down the street, I found the house above in the 1800 block of Delaware Street. Do you see how I was able to match this up?

Always captivating to ponder what life looked like in a time so long ago…

Delaware home

Same spot, 2013. Milnor sisters long gone…

11 responses to “Then & Now: 1841 N. Delaware Street”

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    Figured it out…excellent, TBB!

  2. Joe E says:

    Love solving history’s mysteries like this one!

  3. Norm Morford says:

    Thanks, Tiffany. Let’s have more pictures of people with houses and other structures!

  4. Kevin J. Brewer says:

    Tiffany, you sure were patient going up and down Delaware St. looking for a piece of architecture matching the picture.

  5. ken williams says:

    So cool you could find a home with the same bay windows.

  6. Sharon Butsch Freeland says:

    It must have been Irene Milnor (born August 1892) who attended Tudor Hall, as Jessie Milnor (born September 1893) appeared as a senior in the 1912 Shortridge High School Annual: http://tinyurl.com/l8u6tyy. I could not find Irene in the 1910 or 1911 Shortridge yearbook.

  7. ByVonda Bauer-Thomas says:

    I am always crusing the net about Delaware street. My Great grandmother and her sisters lived at 76 South Delaware Street. Their parents were from Germany and they lived above the family business Kaufman Saloon. I find it interesting they raised 4 daughters above a saloon. Hope someday I can find a vintage photo.

  8. Anonymous says:

    3.5

  9. Anonymous says:

    5

  10. Dwayne Marshall says:

    Hi Tiffany, my wife and I have lived here at 1841 N. Delaware since 2019. We would love to learn more about the history of our home. In addition to this photo, we’ve found an older document (1980s) that gives basic details about all of the homes in Herron-Morton. Any guidance or info you could provide would be warmly welcomed!

  11. Tiffany Benedict Browne says:

    Hi Dwayne, Lucky you! Might you be referring to the Herron-Morton Place “Green Book”? That is a great place to start research within that neighborhood! Most of the best resources to dig further into the people who may have lived in your home are at the Indiana State Library. I wish I had already completed making a tool to help people with this, but am tied up with writing a book right now.
    If you get really lucky, you may come across additional info elsewhere–like the Central library or the Indiana Historical Society, but in my experience, your best bet to find things is to try tracking down a living relative of a former resident. (See ISL advice above). Best of luck with your search!

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