To mark the upcoming launch of the “With Love to All” digital exhibition, the Goulbourn Museum is celebrating the art of hand-written correspondence by giving away pre-stamped postcards!
The front of the postcard features writing from the letters of Private Sefton Stewart of Richmond, Ontario. Sefton served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force from 1916 to 1918 and, during that time, he regularly wrote letters home. His handwritten closing remark “With Love to All” is in the forefront of the design. The back resembles a vintage postcard and features a stamp with a portrait of Sefton himself.
The free postcards can be picked up at the Museum. They are in a mailbox that is located directly outside the building’s red front door. Feel free to come at any time but please follow the honour system and only take the amount you need.
If you are a teacher or part of an organization and would like a package of postcards, please email the museum at: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options for making this happen.
It is hoped that these postcards will be sent to family and friends across Canada, rekindling the joy of sending and receiving handwritten mail.
At the same time, Museum staff invite you to step back in time and follow the story of a young man and his family as they experience the uncertainty of the Great War. The Museum is releasing Private Sefton Stewart’s letters on the date they were originally written, recreating the anticipation of news from the front. They will appear on the Museum’s social media as well as the website created for this initiative: www.withlovetoall.ca.
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