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…

1904 invitation envelope

1904 anniversary party

One of the older letters I have is this 1904 party invitation to the wedding anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. John Gray, who I don’t know. I wonder what kind of entertainment was planned for the party, which was to last from 7 pm to midnight. My great grandmother, who was still at home in…

1904 letter

1904 letters from Great-grandfather

These two letters were written in 1904 by my Great-grandfather, Clarence Preston Duck (1885-1957) to his future wife, Mary L. Kimmerly (1887-1975). They married in 1909. In 1904, Clarence was 19, and Mary was 17. It seems like these letters were written during some kind of break up between the couple. I wonder who Hazel…