Fonds MG 296 - Mary Taylor Postcard Collection

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Mary Taylor Postcard Collection

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MG 296

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  • 1902-1915, predominant 1903-1905 (Creation)

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403 postcards

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Mary Bramford of Sheffield, England, married Harcourt Taylor, a railroad engineer in [1906]. Harcourt emigrated to Canada in 1911. He was joined the next year by Mary and their son, Alwyn, and homesteaded south of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In 1931 Alwyn moved to Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan, where he farmed his own quarter section. Harcourt Taylor died in 1936, and Mary moved to Turtle Lake to join her son. She remained there for the rest of her life, except for a period between 1937-1948, when she returned to England to care for her mother and could not return to Canada for the duration of the war. Mary died in Turtle Lake in 1955.

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This postcard album, compiled by Mary Taylor, remained in her possession throughout her life. Following her death it was owned by her son, Alwyn Taylor, who bequeathed it to family friend Grace Wright. Grace Wright donated it to the University Archives in 2003.

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403 English postcards, dating primarily from 1903-1905, in the original postcard album. Most of the postcards were sent [presumably] by members of the Bramford family and are stamped and annotated. Included are several series, such as "Daddy," "Please, Miss, Give Me Heaven," "The Anchor's Weigh'd," "The Sailor's Lass," artist Parsons Norman, etc.

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