Memory Bank: The L.S. Ayres Christmas candle

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Beginning in 1926, L.S. Ayres and Co. decorated the entrance of its downtown store at the corner of Washington and Meridian streets with a five-story Christmas candle. It wished visitors “Merry Christmas” until 1961, when the candle was replaced with a giant wreath. For many years after that, Ayres continued to use images of the Christmas candle in its holiday advertising. 

Source: Indiana Historical Society


Credit: This photo is courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Bretzman Collection. More images are available

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