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Disappointed

Lewistown Narrows on WM. Penn Highway, Lewistown, PA.

Lewistown Narrows on WM. Penn Highway, Lewistown, PA.

postmark: 02.05.1923, 8:30 am, Lewistown
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, NY c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

know that I am thinking about you. You were disappointed about the week-end weren’t you. So was I but it couldn’t be helped this time. Let’s hope for better week next time.
Ted

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Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada. - 24.

Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada. – 24.

address: Dr. H

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transcriptions of two postcards, one from Taylor to Virginia in February of 1923, courtesy of Taylor Duncan III (Tad’s son)

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  • Who do you suppose Dr. H was?
  • Does anyway recall a trip to Canada that would have been the opportunity to purchase the Casa Loma postcard?

Bonus:

101 Park Ave, 10.20.2015, courtesy of Heidi Duncan. In 1922 and 1923 when Virginia receives these postcards, she's working at 103 Park Ave, which is now inside 101 Park

101 Park Ave, 10.20.2015, courtesy of Heidi Duncan. In 1922 and 1923 when Virginia receives these postcards, she’s working at 103 Park Ave, which is now inside 101 Park.

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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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?

One Never Can Tell

Standard Steel Works, Burnham, Near Lewistown, PA.

Standard Steel Works, Burnham, Near Lewistown, PA.

postmark: 10.05.1922, [time unclear], NY & Pittsburg
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Ave, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

Lewistown, Pa. 10/5
Your wire just received and I will be governed accordingly.
Ted

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New Y. M. C. A. Building, Lewistown, PA.

New Y. M. C. A. Building, Lewistown, PA.

postmark: [date unclear], [time unclear], New York
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(1)
Lewistown, Pa.
Oct. 9, 1922
Dear Virginia ;-
Was on the job at 10 am after a good night’s sleep. Found everything going nicely. It has rained almost all day, and now I wish for my raincoat.
Just finished a fried chicken dinner and feel ready to pop. Worked

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First Presbyterian Church, Lewistown, PA.

First Presbyterian Church, Lewistown, PA.

postmark: Oct 9, 19[date unclear], [time unclear], New York &
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(2)
until 7 P.M. to avoid going to dinner in a hard rain at 5 oclock [sic], also to get through as quickly as possible.
Made the station last night in plenty of time and had to wait for the train. Then upon arriving at Penns. Sta & had a cup of coffee and an eclaire [sic] just for luck and then lay in my berth and read until 1 am. Was asleep when the train pulled out but awakened

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Juniata River Near Lewistown, PA.

Juniata River Near Lewistown, PA.

postmark: Oct 9, 19[date unclear], [time unclear], New York & P
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(3)
shortly thereafter for just a moment. Don’t remember arriving at nor leaving from Philly, but do remember looking at my watch and being surprised to find that it was 6:30. The dressing room was vacant except for one man, but before I got out there was a “run on the house” and about twenty men tried to get in all at once. Had young ladies all around me last night – in other berths of course, but I could hear them talking before I

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Mann's Narrows and Trolley Bridge, Near Lewistown, PA.

Mann’s Narrows and Trolley Bridge, Near Lewistown, PA.

postmark: Oct 9, 1922, [time unclear], New York
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(4)
went to sleep and saw them upon arising. Also had breakfast in Harrisburg with two of them, that is in the same dining room, but their sweeties were with them. However I was all business this morning and didn’t feel in a mood for even paying attention to the extent of noticing the ladies. There was just one lady that I thought of when indeed [a tiny, three-petal flower is drawn as the dot of the “i” in indeed] I thought of anything aside from my job and I’ll admit

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Monument Square, Lewistown, PA.

Monument Square, Lewistown, PA.

postmark: Oct 9, 19[date unclear], [time unclear], New York &
address: Miss Virginia M White, 103 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. c/o Stehlin, Miller, Hines Co.

(5)
that my mind wasn’t on my job all the time either.
This leaves me feeling fine, I having finished the chicken dinner previously referred to and a good cigar also.
Mr. Esert says his wife is coming next time he comes – maybe she won’t be alone, one never can tell.
Must leave you now, will write you a letter tomorrow night.
Lovingly,
Ted

Verso Monument Square, Lewistown, PA.

Verso Monument Square, Lewistown, PA., notice the 1 cent stamp

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

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  • Do you know what Grandpa Taylor was doing for work in Lewistown? Can you tell us your guesses?
  • In transcribing this second series, I’ve convinced myself that he’s signing the cards “Ted,” rather than “Tad.” Can anyone confirm that Grandpa Taylor referred to himself that way or that Virginia called him that? Do you recall what Birdie called him? Elsa?
  • Do you remember Grandpa Taylor smoking cigars? Did he do so occasionally? Regularly? What kind of cigars did he prefer?
  • Anybody recall him dotting his “i”s with flowers in other letters or circumstances? Was there a significance to the three-petal construction? Did he continue this habit in other letters to Virginia?
  • What memories do these postcards jog? What can you add to the stories?

 

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.

Family Reunion | Chicago | May 27 – 30, 2016

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Taylor Duncan Descendants Family Reunion

Family Reunion 1986, courtesy of Colin Duncan

Family Reunion 1986, courtesy of Colin Duncan

Fri, May 27 – Mon, May 30, 2016

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Music, Language, and the Inventive Streak

Betty, Taylor, Virginia, Wally, Harley perhaps, 06.12.1965, courtesy of Colin DuncanThe music that we see in Jules or in T.J., the music comes through Dad, I think. My mother really wasn’t musical at all.

[Marcia]: But she, the inventive streak that so many of you have must have come through her side of the family because wasn’t it her, one of her relatives that invented the coupler for the train cars?

Yes. I think it was Choate.

[Marcia]: Choate.

It was a Choate who invented the. . . . I think it was Choate. He never was able to patent it, but he saw that the trains were held together by chains when he was a young kid. And he would sit by the trains as they were going by and often they would break. He invented that and never got it patented.

There’s Virginia Lee [showing picture].

We were told by my mother and she had gotten it by. . . .

[Heidi]: I’m going to tell my kids I invented Post-It Notes. [Laughter] It got stolen from me.

[T.J.]: People with magical minds, much like Grandpa had, your father, many of them are also musically inclined.

Yeah.

[Heidi]: And linguistically inclined.

If we get a chance tomorrow and we go by a piano, we can maybe get him to sit down and just play a little bit of Beethoven. The last time. . . .

[Kathy]: I wish we still had a piano here.

[Eric]: The Townsend Building has one.

There’s a piano and we can just sit down and let him. He hasn’t done it in a year, but he is . . . I’m very proud to be related to this guy. And he’s very skilled in the piano.

story told by Steve to the family reunion gathering on January 10, 2014; recorded and transcribed by Dawn [Steve’s daughter]; see also William Choate Gets No Credit for His Coupler Design

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  • What do you remember of Mother/Grandma/Virginia’s musical ability?
  • Steve/Dad, can you tell the story of Grandma taking apart the piano because it was out of tune?
  • Did Grandpa Taylor play an instrument? Did he sing in the choir? At home?