Taylor’s “Wonderful Pal of Mine”

1 The Little Tower from Branford Court, New Haven, CT

The Little Tower from Branford Court, New Haven, CT

postmark: 08.14.1922, 7 am, New York, NY
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Ave, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

Monday 3
Dear Virginia
Wonderful two days. Been going since I saw you. Leaving now for Phila.
Hurridly
Tad [Taylor Albert Duncan]

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2 Horseshoe Curve, Penn'a R. R.

Horseshoe Curve, Penn’a R. R.

postmark: 08.14.1922, 10 pm, Pittsen RCM.PA 7CRMS.PA [sic]
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Ave, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

Monday – 9:30 pm
Dear Virginia ;-
On my way as you notice. The view of this curve about 7 pm was wonderful.
Tad

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3 Eden Park and Eaast Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, Ohio

Eden Park and Eaast Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, Ohio

postmark: 08.18.1922, 11:30 am, 4 Cincinnati, Ohio
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Ave, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

Cincinnati, Ohio
Tuesday 6:50 am
Dear Virginia :-
So far so good. Leaving soon as I can contract with a barber (8:15). Some pleasant experiences on the way of which I’ll write you from home. Who says I’m not prompt with statistics regarding my movements. Reporting to the boss (you)
Tad.

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4 Falls in Cherokee Park, Louisville, Ky.

Falls in Cherokee Park, Louisville, Ky.

postmark: 08.22.1922, 3:30 pm, Louisville, KY.
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Ave, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

Louisville, Ky.
8/22/22
Dear Friend :-
I am sweltering under a tropical sun otherwise having a pleasant vacation. Hope to get back to Philly Saturday morning.
Tad

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5 New K. and I. R. R. Bridge Between Louisville, KY. and New Albany, Ind.

New K. and I. R. R. Bridge Between Louisville, KY. and New Albany, Ind.

postmark: 08.23.1922, 9:00 am, Louisville, KY.
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Ave, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

Louisville, Ky. 8/23/22
Dear Virginia :-
Just received your wire and am answering. Anxious to see you but never dreamed of you coming. You sure are a “wonderful pal of mine”
Tad

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6 The Steps, Cherokee Park, Louisville, Ky.

The Steps, Cherokee Park, Louisville, Ky.

postmark: 08.24.1922, 1:30 pm, Louisville, KY.
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Ave, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

Just to show you one of our lover’s lanes.

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transcriptions of six postcards from Taylor to Virginia in August of 1922, courtesy of Taylor Duncan III (Tad’s son)

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  • Anyone want to guess as to the significance of Taylor’s post-salutation punctuation ( :- )? Early emoji?
  • Who can remember Virginia telling the story of her hopping a train to go visit Taylor while he was on vacation at “home” in Kentucky? Please tell us what you recall.
  • Anybody remember stories of Virginia working at Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co. when she was single? It was some sort of manufacturing / mechanical engineering company. I’ve found the name several times in court documents and in one history that included Stehlin passing the company on to his son. Other than that, nothing.
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4 thoughts on “Taylor’s “Wonderful Pal of Mine”

  1. Bertrand S.(Steve) Duncan

    Dad, Taylor Albert Duncan, always was a real Casanova. Perhaps he was inhibited by the open post cards, perhaps he was just inhibited. Did it pass on to his kids, (Post a comment) steve d.

  2. Virginia Kindberg-Gorman

    These are GREAT!!! Thanks, Trey, for thinking of giving them to Dawn. I love this!! I love it when Grandpa calls Grandma “boss” and they weren’t even married.
    Why does the address have c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co. Is that a work place?

  3. vgorman63

    I asked the question about the c/o before reading the questions that followed. One of them answered my question.

  4. vgorman63

    Actually, I don’t see my initial comments on here, so I guess they didn’t save…
    Thank you, Trey, for providing these to Dawn so we could all enjoy them! 🙂
    I wondered about the c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co. I was wondering if G-pa sent them to her work and then the questions following the pictures and transcriptions, answered my question.

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