Dear Elsie

Postcards to my Grandmother

Anzac Day 2015

Today along with 40,000 other Wellingtonians I attended the dawn ceremony at the recently opened Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.  As always I thought of my grandfathers, one of whom fought … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Christmas letter

There was one last item tucked inside Elsie’s album but it wasn’t put there by her so I left it out of the series of items from the album. It … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Telegram 304

Front Printed stationery headed: Greetings Telegram. The background is a sky blue colour. The top right corner has a drawing of foliage, a palm tree and the Southern Alps in … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 4 Comments

Envelope 303

Passed by censor No. 8745. Front Front of a brown envelope which bears both the YMCA logo and the words: On active service. It contains two stamps. A shield which … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Postcard 302

And on this Birthday Morning,  Joy circle you around. Front Image of a glass or crystal vase filled with pink roses and violets. Below the image is a verse: Many … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Postcard 301

Could this be two of Elsie and Michael’s children? Front Studio portrait of two young children, possibly a boy and a girl. They are playing with wooden ABC blocks using a … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Postcard 300

Highest marks in English. Front A man in a military uniform sits on a horse. He looks back and raises his right hand. The lower margin reads: “Halt” Officer, 1st … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment