Item 1985.332.18 - "To My Dear Sister" Postard

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"To My Dear Sister" Postard

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CA DHM 322-1985.332.18

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  • 1917 (Creation)

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3.5" x 5.5"

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(1906-1994)

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Donated to the Daly House Museum by Phyllis Ricou in 1985.

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An embroidered postcard sent from France by First World War soldier, Laurie Smith to his sister. The front of the postcard is fashioned like a envelope and has "To My Dear Sister" is embroidered in blue. There is a small card inside the pocket (numbered separately as 1985.322.18b) with the phrase "Many Happy Returns" on its front.

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History: First World War veteran Laurence ("Laurie") Vinton Smith was born in 1891 in Southampton, England and came to Manitoba in 1905. He lived in Franklin and Russell before enlisting with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Winnipeg, 1916. He fought in France and was awarded the Military Cross for his service. After the war, he returned to Manitoba and settled in Brandon where he worked for Nation & Shewan Ltd. In 1929 he joined the Brandon Sun staff as their advertising manager. Smith retired in 1958 but remained an active member of the community. He was a member of the Army Navy Veterans, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Brandon General Hospital board, the Rotary Club, and St. Mary's Anglican Church. He was also involved with the Boy Scouts, the United Nations Association, the Red Cross, St. John's Ambulance, the YMCA, the Brandon Friendship Centre, and the United Nations Association. Smith passed away in 1974 and is buried at the Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

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Handwritten note on back: "On active service. France 11/10/17. Dear Bif, just another little card for you. Heaps of love & kisses. Yours, Laurie."

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