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Title Postcard of Criswell Mercantile Company, Indianapolis, Indiana, ca. 1908
Description Postcard showing a man and woman standing outside Criswell Mercantile Company. The displays in front include wash buckets, pails, and dishware.

The store, owned by Fred F. Criswell, specialized in wholesale tin and galvanized ware, hardware specialties, wire goods, and other metal products, many available for less than ten cents. Criswell, previously from Terre Haute, first opened his store at 108 S. Meridian Street in about 1907 before moving into the Baker Apartments building by March 1908. The building, a brick L-shaped structure, had facades facing both Massachusetts Avenue and Alabama Street. By 1941 it had been renamed the Massala Building. Criswell, possibly the man posing in the doorway, soon gave up the hardware business and became manager of the Vaudette Theatre in about 1910-1912. He appears to have lived in Indianapolis for only a short time as his name does not appear in later city directories.
Place 337-339 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Center Township, Marion County, Indiana, United States
Date 1908, ca.
Year Range Begin 1907
Year Range End 1910
Subjects Mercantile facilities
Merchandise displays
Stores & shops
Indianapolis (Ind.)
Marion County (Ind.)
Process Gelatin silver prints
Format Postcards
Collection Name Evan Finch Collection
Object ID ia-0021-0002
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