Saturday, July 12, 2014

Blanche's Beauty Salon

After graduating from Broad Ripple High School, my grandmother Blanche O'Brien later opened her own beauty shop. I suspect this was a rare achievement for a woman in 1930s Indianapolis. Advertisements for the shop appear in the Riparian yearbook in 1937, 1939 and 1940.
Via IMCPL Digital Collection
1939 Riparian yearbook, IMCPL Digital Collection
1940 Broad Ripple Riparian, page 51
Back in July 2012, I wrote about Blanche in the 1940 US Census. Her shop was located at 801 East 63rd Street in Broad Ripple, right next to her residence in 1940 at 811 1/2 63rd Street.

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