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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?

 

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