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Catalog Number 1992.56.1
Object Name Card, Christmas
Title Christmas Card, Compliments of Mercury Carrier Boy
Date 1915
Year Range from 1915
Year Range to 1915
Description Christmas Card. On front, the white rectangular card is framed with a 1cm border of two red and two blue lines. Inside the border are two flags crossed in the middle - one flag is the Union Jack - the other is that of Canada or Ontario (??). Printed in red and blue is: "CHRISTMAS GREETINGS 1915 / COMPLIMENTS OF THE MERCURY CARRIER BOY." On opening the card, the left side is blank and the right side, printed in black, is a four stanza verse which describes the situation of World War One.
"In closing up another year
Of running round my route,
I stop to wish you Christmas cheer,
And off again I scoot.

We live in sad and dreary times -
A time of frightful war -
And tolling bells, instead of chimes,
Are more in keeping, far.

But happier days are still in store
For all the human race.
God speed the day when wars no more
Will this great world disgrace.

I've brought you all the awful wires,
You'd think they'd never cease;
And when we win the Mercury criers
Will gladly shout of peace."
Search Terms Guelph Mercury
Dimensions 15 x 10 cm. - L x W