Wednesday, July 13, 2011

You've Got Mail

       I took this photograph at Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta. What caught my eye was the arrangement of lines and shapes as well as the textures of old paper. These envelopes have Canadian postage stamps and one is postmarked as far back as 1913. It makes you wonder who wrote these different letters, what did they write about, what were their lives like?
       If you look close, one of the letters is addressed to a Mr. Slocum Howland, Catskill N.Y.  The Glenbow Museum Archives website speaks of a Slocum Howland born in Catskill, who lived from 1870-1952. In 1910 he traveled to Alberta to invest in coal mining and oil. Around 1941 he returned to the U.S. and became director of the Catskill National Bank.
     The article says, that while in Alberta, Slocum was president of both Alberta Associated Oilfields Ltd. and the Red Deer Valley Coal Co. Upon closer inspection, two other envelopes in my image have the letterhead 'Red Deer Valley Coal Co.'
     Is the envelope addressed to Slocum Howland in my image the same Slocum Howland mentioned in the Glenbow Museum Archive page of their website?  I don't know.........but it's kind of neat to wonder.

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting story Andrew, really enjoyed reading it. Glad you shared that with us.