• Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor." 

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Bluffton oil tank fire

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Here's perhaps the most frightening Bluffton post card of all time. The identification line on the right reads: The burning oil tanks Bluffton Ohio (publishinged by Sidney Hauenstein).

Sorry to say, we know nothing about this fire. The message side of the card does not clearly show the postmarked year. The message has nothing to do with the fire. It reads: Have forwarded box of fresh prunes from Santa Rosa, Ca. for yourself from Gwendolyn Lenore and Mary (?).

Sincerely,

Zoe [Hauenstein]

The card was maked to Mrs. F.A. Easly, Danville, Ohio (Knox County).

The post card was produced by Thomas & Company, Findlay, Ohio, and was postmarked from Lima.