boathouse postcard 1924

1924 postcard from Muskoka

This 1924 postcard was sent to my Great grandmother from her nephew, Tom Kimmerly – a cousin to my grandfather, Donald Duck. The families were very close, and often visited and wrote to each other. I grew up in Ontario too, and we visited the Muskoka region. The place I went to summer camp, near…

1928 letter

1928 letter: Measles or flu?

This short, unfinished letter from 1928 was written by my grandfather’s sister, Helene, then 11 and a half years old, to her Aunt in Windsor. Sounds like being sick in January was a household tradition. In a 1937 letter, she refers to their house, Hillcrest Cottage, as a “barn” of a house. It seems it…

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90-year-old letter

This letter was written by my eight-year-old Great Aunt about my Grandpa Donald (then 4) and my Great Grandmother. It’s just a simple day-in-the-life of a rural family, 3 generations before my own children (age 6 and 5). It was written exactly 90 years ago. This letter, never sent, was probably just an assignment by…

antique Sir Wilfred Laurier postcard

Postcard of Sir Wilfred Laurier

Happy Canada Day! I thought this postcard would be an appropriate one to share today: Canadians will recognize this face from our five dollar bill: Wilfred Laurier. At first glance, this postcard is similar to the kind of flyer we might receive today from a political candidate. However it appears that it was signed by…