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About The Postcards of Miss Geraldine Bigler

Posted: Feb. 1, 2013, 1:08 p.m. by Jason Champion in postcard

Many of the Ohio postcards in our collection from the 1900's and 1910's were sent to Geraldine Bigler and her family in Bluffton.

Postcard Addressed to Geraldine Bigler in Bluffton, OH

Our staff does not know the Bigler family, but here is what we were able to find out.

Geraldine Bigler was born to Otto and Elesa Dell Bigler on July 27th, 1903 in Bluffton, Ohio and died in Bluffton, Ohio on October 25th, 1938 at the age of 35. She was buried locally in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Geraldine had four younger siblings, Elmon Otto (1907-1997), Neva A. (1909-1975), Eugene E. (1912-?), and Carol Janet (1917-1996).

Her mother passed away in 1944 and her father in 1949.

The postcards in our collection that were addressed to Geraldine were sent to her on special occasions including birthdays, Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving from age 4 to age 14 (1908 to 1917). Many of these, especially the earlier, don't contain a message. Geraldine probably enjoyed receiving these postcards and encouraged friends and relatives to send them on any suitable occasion.

We also have some postcards in our collection that were addressed to Otto and Mrs. Otto Bigler (Elesa), Geraldine's brother Elmon, and her sister Neva.

These postcards were sent before the creation of postal zones or the ZIP code and before street addresses were in common use, so many of the addresses read "city" or just "Bluffton, Ohio"

Here is a list of the postcards addressed to Geraldine Bigler:

Easter 1908
Easter 1908 #2
Easter 1908 #3
Easter 1908 #4
Christmas 1908
Best Wishes 1909
Thanksgiving 1909
Christmas 1909
Easter 1910
Easter 1910 #2
Easter 1910 #3
Easter 1910 #4
Birthday 1910
Birthday 1910 #2
New Year 1910
Kitten and Puppy 1911
Valentine 1911
Easter 1911
Easter 1911 #2
Birthday 1911
Birthday 1911 #2
Thanksgiving 1911
Easter 1912
Easter 1912 #2
Christmas 1912
Christmas 1912 #2
Happy Greeting 1912
Valentine's Day 1913
Christmas 1913
Easter 1914
Thanksgiving 1914
New Year 1914
From California 1915
From Colorado 1916
From Florida 1917

Here is a list of the postcards addressed to Otto Bigler:

From Colorado 1910
Best Wishes 1911
From California 1912
Christmas 1913

Here is a list of the postcards addressed to Elesa (Mrs. Otto) Bigler:

From Louisiana 1909
From California 1909
Christmas 1910
From Ohio 1911
From Ohio 1911 #2
From Ohio 1912
From Georgia 1913

Here is a list of the postcards addressed to Elmon Bigler:

Thanksgiving 1910
Easter 1911
Easter 1911 #2
Thanksgiving 1911
Happy Days 1912

Here is a list of the postcards addressed to Neva Bigler:

Easter 1911
Easter 1912

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