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Connie Zeigler

Historic black and white photograph of a cultural exposition.
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Backtrack: Indy’s First Black Expo

From that first weekend to the 11-day extravaganza it is today, Black Expo has blossomed.

Historic black and white photo of a wedding day.
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Backtrack: Before Jonestown

The details of Jim Jones’s wedding to Marceline Baldwin belied the bizarre twists their life together would take.

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Backtrack: Indianapolis Soap Box Derby

For these boys and girls, the most important car race of the year isn’t the Indianapolis 500; it’s the Soap Box Derby.

Photograph of two elderly people sitting on a couch together.
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Xenia Simons Miller: Modern Woman

The female “Miller” behind Miller House & Garden.

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Backtrack: Dora Atkins

How a top Indianapolis florist planted the seeds of her own destiny.

A group of boys playing pool in 1907.
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Backtrack: Boys’ Town

As the name implies, these clubs were for boys only.

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Backtrack: Helen McKay

“Steele’s page, on the other hand, was considered both beautiful and educational, teaching young readers tolerance and important topics of the day.”

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Backtrack: Norman Norell

The first designer to win the Coty Award, fashion’s equivalent of the Oscars, when it was introduced in 1943.

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Backtrack: Thanksgiving Parade

Lined up for a Thanksgiving parade, the neatly attired Station K newsboys in this photograph look like fresh-faced youngsters straight out of central casting.

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Backtrack: William E. English

An officer and a gentleman.

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Backtrack: Diving In

Indy’s first public pool made quite a splash.

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Season On The Rink

The years 1978 to 1985 were downtown Indy’s own Ice Age.

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Backtrack: Drunk History

What stock-market crash? Young architects boozily ushered in the New Year.

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Backtrack: Queen For A Day

For days, word had gone out about an event at Eastgate Shopping Mall: At an annual art festival, the renowned German-born sculptor Adolph Wolter would give a demonstration with a live model. The model for Wolter’s rendering of ancient Egyptian royalty was to be reigning 500 Festival Princess Kay Sims. But alas for Sims, she […]

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Backtrack: Drags to Riches

In 1981, Coby Palmer, Ed Walsh, and Gary Johnson found out that the big Halloween bash they always attended wouldn’t be held that year. So they decided to have their own fun in costume, organizing a group of 70 or so men on three chartered buses for the first “Bag Lady Bus Tour,” a crawl […]

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