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Indianapolis in 1916

Ben Ross :: Monday, April 11th, 2011


The two videos linked below were produced by the Ford Motor Company and give a rare glimpse into life in Indianapolis in 1916. These show a bustling, modern, mass-transit-dependent city, with tall buildings, urban neighborhoods with manicured lawns and well-maintained houses, monumental public buildings, City Beautiful bridges, and extensive parks.  A time-lapse segment shows Washington Street sidewalks overwhelmed by pedestrians (historic photographs indicate that this was normal, daily traffic).  

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