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Toledo Day, 1958

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Print features Blade original photo of "silhouettes of Luanne Blessman, Sue Schlageter, Shirley Tanner, and Joyce Splittgerber appear in this photo originally published on Tuesday, May 20, 1958 for Toledo Day, which in this iteration would be Thursday, May 22." The print includes digitized authentic Blade nameplate from the day and caption text contextualizing the event. (Customization available.)

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Toledo Day, 1958
THE BLADE/BRUCE SINNER

The silhouettes of Luanne Blessman, Sue Schlageter, Shirley Tanner, and Joyce Splittgerber appear in this photo originally published on Tuesday, May 20, 1958 for Toledo Day, which in this iteration would be Thursday, May 22.

The four women were purposefully backlit to mask their identity because they were to function on Toledo Day as secret shoppers carrying free gifts.

The first ever Toledo Day was Thursday, November 6, 1930 and was started as a semiannual event to stimulate downtown business in the wake of the stock market crash of 1929. The pseudo holiday fell out of rotation by the late 70s, but the celebration of all things Toledo was independently reprised anew as “419 Day” in 2012, happening now annually on the calendar date corresponding to Toledo’s area code, April 19.