Taylor May Have News

Congress Hall, Philadelphia, PA.

Congress Hall, Philadelphia, PA.

Verso of Congress Hall, Philadelphia, PA.

Verso of Congress Hall, Philadelphia, PA.

postmark: 11.09.1922, 12:00 pm, Philadelphia, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, NY c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

Thursday 9:15 PM
Dear Virginia ;-
This is one of those times when I haven’t anything to write about. May have some news by Saturday. Will send you a special, to reach you Sunday am.
Ted
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Plot of Unknown Dead Containing 779 Unknown Bodies of Victims of the Johnstown Flood, May 31, 1889.

Plot of Unknown Dead Containing 779 Unknown Bodies of Victims of the Johnstown Flood, May 31, 1889. Over 2400 Lives Lost Out of Population of 30,000. Property Loss Millions of Dollars. Water Rose to the Height of 17 Feet on Main Street.

postmark: 11.13.1922, 4:30 pm, Johnstown, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

Dear Virginia ;-
We are here and on the job. Will write you tonight.
Ted
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Cambria Public Library, Johnstown, PA.

Cambria Public Library, Johnstown, PA.

postmark: 11.16.1922, 8:30 pm, Johnstown, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(1)
If I don’t see you this coming Saturday, I will try to next
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View of Cambria Steel Co. Johnstown, PA.

View of Cambria Steel Co. Johnstown, PA.

postmark: 11.16.1922, 8:30 pm, Johnstown, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(2)
It will be a shame if both of us are disappointed Saturday.
* * * * *

Bird's Eye View, Johnstown, PA.

Bird’s Eye View, Johnstown, PA.

postmark: 11.16.1922, 8:30 pm, Johnstown, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(3)
I am trying hard to avoid disappointing you Saturday
* * * * *

New Pennsylvania R. R. Depot, Johnstown, PA.

New Pennsylvania R. R. Depot, Johnstown, PA.

postmark: 11.16.1922, 8:30 pm, Johnstown, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(4)
I hope to see you Saturday.
* * * * *

Luzerne Street, Westmont, Johnstown, PA.

Luzerne Street, Westmont, Johnstown, PA.

postmark: 11.16.1922, 8:30 pm, Johnstown, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(5)
I’ll be disappointed if I don’t see you Saturday.
* * * * *

View of City Park, Showing First National Bank Building, Johnstown, PA.

View of City Park, Showing First National Bank Building, Johnstown, PA.

postmark: 11.16.1922, 8:30 pm, Johnstown, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(6)
Indications are that I shall see you Saturday
* * * * *

Bird's Eye View of Business Section, Looking West, Johnstown, PA.

Bird’s Eye View of Business Section, Looking West, Johnstown, PA.

postmark: 11.16.1922, 8:30 pm, Johnstown, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(7)
Am working hard with the view in mind of leaving here Friday night
* * * * *

Quemahoning Dam Near Johnstown, Largest Dam in Penna.

Quemahoning Dam Near Johnstown, Largest Dam in Penna.

postmark: 11.16.1922, 8:30 pm, Johnstown, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(8)
If I leave here Friday night, I will surely see you Saturday.
* * * * *

High School, Johnstown, PA.

High School, Johnstown, PA.

postmark: 11.16.1922, 8:30 pm, Johnstown, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(9)
I’ve made reservations to leave here Friday 10:32 PM.
* * * * *

Post Office and Mayer Building, Johnstown, PA.

Post Office and Mayer Building, Johnstown, PA.

postmark: 11.16.1922, 8:30 pm, Johnstown, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(10)
Expect me Saturday
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Business Section and Main Street, Johnstown, PA., From Fort Stanwix Hotel.

Business Section and Main Street, Johnstown, PA., From Fort Stanwix Hotel.

postmark: 11.16.1922, 8:30 pm, Johnstown, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(11)
Am arranging to arrive Penn. Sta 1 P.M. – Don’t hurry I’ll wait for you at Waiting room entrance.
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Fort Stanwix Hotel, 200 Rooms, 175 Baths. The Only Fire-Proof Hotel in Johnstown, PA.

Fort Stanwix Hotel, 200 Rooms, 175 Baths. The Only Fire-Proof Hotel in Johnstown, PA.

postmark: 11.16.1922, 8:30 pm, Johnstown, PA
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(12)
Say a little prayer for a pretty day Saturday.
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transcriptions of 14 postcards from Taylor to Virginia in November of 1922, courtesy of Taylor Duncan III (Tad’s son)

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  • Anyone want to guess as to the reason for this series? Nothing to write? Unused postcards and stamps? Pending wrath of a woman who didn’t receive sufficient correspondence?
  • This was toward the beginning of their courtship. They were married in 1925. What do you suppose was going to happen on Saturday once they saw each other?
  • What memories do these postcards jog? What can you add to the stories?
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