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news stories & adverts from one hundred years ago

Compiled by Steve Barnett
Ads & Illustrations clipped by Carl Bates

From The Indianapolis Times, Thursday, March 27, 1924:  Policewoman Anna Bruner says dancers have been getting away with improper actions under the eyes of dance hall matrons.  “Why, at times you couldn’t get a match between the dancers,” Bruner asserted as the modern sheik and sheba glide over dance hall floors, their cheeks plastered together, their arms around each other in a strangle-hold.  “The way the girls display their terpsichorean ability is an open invitation to male partners,” she said.  Police chief Herman Rikhoff defined the authorized dance position as partners facing each other, parallel and erect, looking over the right shoulder of the partner, the lady’s hand resting gently in the gentleman’s left hand, arm curved at elbow to upright position.  Gentleman’s right hand lightly placed below right shoulder blade; lady’s left hand rests gently on gentleman’s right shoulder.

“Age Certificates Should Be Part of Girls’ Costumes When They Attend Public Dances…,” The Indianapolis Times, 27 March 1924, p. 1:4

“Here’s How to Dance and Keep Policemen Away,” The Indianapolis Times, 28 March 1924, p. 8:2

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, March 16, 1924:  The Butler College Bulldogs won the national A. A. U. (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball tourney last night in Kansas City by defeating the defending champion Blue Diamonds of the Kansas City Athletic Club, 30 to 26, before 12,000 persons packed into the mammoth Convention Hall gymnasium.  With three minutes to play, the score tied 26 all, Bulldog sensational forward Bob Nipper dribbled through the Blue Diamond quintet, made a lightning pivot underneath the basket, dropping in a marker, putting Butler in the lead.  Then, like a flash after the tip-off, Bulldog center Hal Griggs received a swift pass enabling him to score.  The gun sounded shortly afterward and following what was one of the premier games in hardwood history Butler College clinched the national title and the A. A. U. gold medal.   


“Butler Captures National Court Tourney. 30 to 26,” The Indianapolis Star, 16 March 1924, Pt. 3, p. 1:8

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, March 13, 1924:  The increasing use of automobiles has seen the demand for paving alleys account for more than half of the street improvements according to Elmer Williams, of the Indianapolis board of works.  With many people having some kind of automobile, alleys are more than a place to keep ashcans. Motorists want a mudless, smooth, paved alley so they can put the car to bed at night in a garage.  Even carless property owners with a garage or an old stable on an alley want it paved so they are able to rent the space for an automobile at $5 (2023:  $91) a month.  Requests for paved alleys come from all quarters of the city and since paving is with cement, the cost is much less than in previous years when brick was used.

“Automobiles Raise Rating of Alley as Thoroughfare,” The Indianapolis Star, 13 March 1924, p. 20:3

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