1931 Composition Book

How I spent Labour Day

This is one of my favourite pieces from my genealogy collection – my grandfather’s composition book. I’ve shared this particular essay numerous times in the past, but this is the first time on this blog. Near the end of the book I found something written in May 1932, so it must have been fall 1931…

1934 letter

Raining buckets in 1934

I have quite a collection of letters from the 1930s, and this one is interesting. It was written by 18-year-old Helene, my great aunt. Her brother (my Grandpa, Donald Edgar Duck) would have been 14. It was a 10 page letter, addressed to her mother (my great grandmother Mary (Kimmerly) Duck), who was visiting relatives…

Antique photo of pets

Famous pets of the 1910s

My great great uncle and his wife had a lot of photographs of their pets from the 1900s (these three from 1915-1919). They lived in “The Old House” close to “The Shed”, which was very close to where my childhood house was. The house was still standing when I was a very young child, and…