In the 1930s, sending a telegram by Western Union was a common method of communication. The paper messages were hand-carried to the recipient. Ted W. Carlson, Sr., shown in this photograph, delivered many local telegrams sent in the 1920s-30s. The image was snapped circa 1930 near the corner of Washington and Lafayette Streets in downtown South Bend. In the background is the original First Presbyterian Church. Donated by Stephen Carlson.