Letters from Normal School: May 15, 1940

23 McKenzie Ave., May 15, 1940 Dear Folks, — Well, nothing much has happened this week except one word – rain, rain and more rain. It rained every night up till to-day and then it broke down and wept all this afternoon. Well, I had quite a trip on Sunday. I suppose you knew that…

Letters from Normal School: 1940

23 McKenzie Ave. Jan. 12, 1940 Dear Folks, — Just a line to let you know that we are beginning to get back to the old grind again. As you can see by the above, I am still a year behind. It doesn’t seem possible that January is nearly half gone already. We had sort…

Ontario Blank Drawing Book 1939

1939 Collection of Weeds

I’ve had this old scrapbook in my old papers collection for a few years, its pages showing all kinds of great textures and nuances for collage art. Each page is labelled with the name of a plant, and here are traces of tape where my great aunt’s weed collection was once displayed. I found references…

Letter home: September 21, 1939

This letter was tucked in the same envelope as the previous one. It continues the inside joke of “Ike” – interesting. It sounds like Helene was having a lot of trouble getting the books she needed, and maybe feeling a little behind as she started college. I found a photo of the address where she…

London Normal School

London Normal School

Seventy-five years ago, my grandfather’s sister, Helene Duck, embarked on an adventure. She left her comfortable rural community of Morpeth, Ontario, and ventured to the nearby city of London to attend “Normal School” – which was where teachers were trained. I’m going to be sharing a series of her letters home, so I thought it…