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Merry Christmas Wishes

Christmas Card

Christmas card from the GSR Christmas Card exhibit, December 2015

I have a soft spot for old greeting cards. The simplicity of their designs and the cheerful and simple messages make them reminders of an age, where people actually wrote letters and recipients anxiously awaited for the arrival of the mail each day. There was always something special about receiving a letter or card in the mail from a loved one.

Xmas Display 2015

GSR Christmas Card exhibit – December 2015

Currently, we have a display of old Christmas cards in the Grace Schmidt Room and there’s one that has always struck me as particularly charming. Although it is missing a ‘personal’ message, the simple formality of the design and wording drew me to it.

Faber Christmas card, 1928

Christmas card from Mr. & Mrs. C.A. Faber, Kitchener from the GSR Christmas Card exhibit

I did a bit of digging to find “Mr. & Mrs. C.A. Faber” of 361 Wellington Street, Kitchener. From the city directories, I was able to find that Clarence Andrew Faber and his wife, Ruth Marguerite (nee Robson), lived at this address 1928-1929. The 1929 directory lists another Wellington Street address for them – making this card likely from Christmas 1928.

Clarence was born 11 January 1904 in Berlin, Ontario. He and Ruth were married on 27 May 1926 in Kitchener. According to the city directory of 1928-1929, Clarence worked as a clerk at George Faber’s grocery store at 108 Weber Street West. By 1935, the Fabers had moved to Brantford.  Ruth passed away in 1981 and Clarence died in 1986. They are buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Brantford.

From all of us in the Grace Schmidt Room, we wish you a very “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays”.  May 2016 bring peace, health and happiness to you.

Cheers, K.


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