Some years ago, an aunt gave me a number of family artifacts she thought, as the eldest of the next generation, I should have. One of these treasures was a piece of folded, waxed cardboard containing a bronze medallion.
This Real Photo Postcard (RPPC) is one of a series acquired by CWM Volunteer and postal historian, Gordon McDermid featuring Matron Edith Campbell and it is interesting from a number of perspectives.
RPPCs evolved around 1900 and were the result of developing a negative onto photo paper with a pre-printed postcard backing. Photo postcards were a replacement for cabinet cards and probably were limited in numbers due to production costs, until the mass production of such cards and expanded commercialization in the 1930s. Thus, it is suspected that only a very small number were actually sent through the mail, with the majority held and given as presentations in the same manner as other private photographs and cards in the early 1900s.
Roland Merritt was a gunner with the 40th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. The artifacts below have been provided by his grand-daughter, Anne, whose father, Robert, Roland's son, explained, “At the end of the war my father was given the choice -‘ wait for the medal presentation by the king – or take the next ship home’. He took the next ship home. He was a member of the 40th Battery, Can. Field Artillery – and was noted as being the fastest runner and strongest man in the battery. He came home as Acting Sergeant and never talked very much about the war except to his old comrades.”
Personal Treasure of Bernice Richmond (Nee Crane) & Douglas Crane: Among our family's most prized possessions is a sepia-toned photograph of our father, Andrew Thompson Crane, in the uniform of the Simcoe Forresters Regiment, standing proudly to attention with his Ross rifle at the shoulder arms position.