Elda Loves the Radio – Toledo, Ohio (1929)

In early October of 1929, Elda reached Toledo “safe and sound”.

Toledo is an industrial center at the western tip of Lake Erie in northwest Ohio.


It seems that Elda took the train, as she was met at the station by Johnny and “another fellow”.

Elda learns that the other young man is Bill Ruggles.

To announce her safe arrival, Elda sent a postcard to her sister, Miss Helen Snyder of Juniata, PA.

Alas, there are eight communities in PA that have “Juniata” in their names.

Consulting a list of historical post offices, I believe that a community in Blair County of west-central PA (near Altoona) is the only one that meets the time-line of this postcard.


The face of the postcard is a hand-tinted photograph of the Inverness Country Club in Toledo.

The postcard photograph was published by the Toledo Post Card Company.

We don’t know if Elda was a golfer, but the Inverness Club has boasted a superior golf course for many years.


Elda does not report that she visited this place; it may be that she found the postcard an attractive memento to send to Helen.

In her message, Elda concludes by noting, “I am listening to the radio.  It is wonderful.”

One hopes that Helen was glad to hear from her sister, that Elda continued to enjoy her visit to Toledo, and that Elda might soon have a radio at home.


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