Penny Post: Please Excuse the Pencil…

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND.       JUL 22, 1920

Emrichsville Bridge (photo:

Emrichsville Bridge (photo courtesy


Dear Aunt Julia,

Please excuse pencil as the little boy where I am staying thinks he must have whatever I happen to have.  We are afraid to let him have a pen so this is my reason for writing in pencil. I am having  a fine time.  Will be back Sunday July 25th.  Hoping to see you soon and with lots of love, Irma L.

Postmarked July 22nd, 1920

Postmarked July 22, 1920


Mrs. Edwin Markley

820 Laurel St.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Penny for your thoughts: Are you looking forward to doing any traveling this summer?  Where are you going, or where do you WISH you could go?

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2 Comments on "Penny Post: Please Excuse the Pencil…"

  1. Marian Ely Ward April 20, 2016 at 12:49 pm · Reply

    Where was the Emrichsville Bridge? What a gorgeous structure!!

    • Sharon Butsch Freeland April 20, 2016 at 7:29 pm · Reply

      The Emrichsville Bridge crossed over White River on what is now West 16th Street. The bridge was west of the former Victory Field/Bush Stadium/Stadium Flats and east of the corner where Lafayette Road goes northwest. A 2013 Historic Indianapolis article about a nearby house included other images of the bridge:

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