"The Activities of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce" provides an intriguing glimpse of the city during the period of time between the two world wars. Although the primary focus of the newsletter was local business, the interests of the Chamber extended far beyond the business community. They actively promoted the fine and performing arts, considering music to be essential to the health of the city. They campaigned for road improvements, urban beautification, the Indianapolis Indians, Riley Hospital, fire prevention, and a hospital for veterans. They were boosters of the newly emerging aviation industry, documenting the arrival of airmail and passenger services, and the use of the infield at Speedway as a landing strip. They even championed the role of women in business and community life.
These pages include numerous photographs of Indianapolis landmarks, places, and people. Pictures of Marmon and Stutz automobiles, Bush Stadium (or Perry Stadium, as it was originally known), Union Station, Weir Cook (Harvey Weir Cook), Booth Tarkington, the Indiana War Memorial Plaza, and the Indianapolis 500 race are among the many images included in this collection. And don’t forget to browse the advertisements for Hoosier favorites such as Haag’s Drugs, Velvet Ice Cream, Prest-O-Lite, Taggart Baking Company, and Kingan’s Reliable Meats.
Made possible by The Library Fund, a fund of the The Indianapolis Foundation and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.