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Memory Bank: 125 grand pianos at Butler Fieldhouse

At the time, it was considered the world’s largest piano recital—8,250 fingers on 825 pianists who played 125 grand pianos that were lined up inside Butler Fieldhouse (now known as Hinkle Fieldhouse) to open National Music Week in 1936.

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Memory Bank: Donut and a movie in the 1950s

A theater stood at 150 N. Illinois St. from 1915, when it opened as Keystone Theatre, through 1924 when it became the Alamo Theatre (and charged 10 cents per ticket), until it closed in 1959, about 15 years after it was renamed Rodeo Theatre.

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Memory Bank: Printing papers, binding books

William Mitchell founded Mitchell Printing Co. in 1856 in Greenfield. It initially printed the Greenfield Sentinel newspaper and, starting in 1859, the Hancock Democrat, as well as other brochures, books and journals.

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Memory Bank: Apartment project rises in 1926

The Shelton apartment building went up at 825 N. Delaware St. in 1925 and 1926 and was developed by F. Rolland Buck and the Foster Engineering Co.—both of which had previously worked with famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Memory Bank: 94 years before IBJ moved in

This photo shows the the southeast quadrant of Monument Circle in 1925, shortly after the Continental Bank building—later expanded and renovated into the IPL building—was constructed.

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Memory Bank: Sewing custom suits

Henry Kahn founded Kahn Tailoring in 1903 and employed hundreds of Jewish immigrants, providing benefits that were not offered by many other employers at the time. This photo was taken in 1907, before the company moved to a new building.

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