Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mabel Camfield Marsh, 27 Dec 1911

Windsor, Ont.
Dec 27th 1911

Dear Aunt Ann:

We received the apples today. The Express Co. sent me a notice and I went right down to the custom office to clear them. Then telephoned to the express office to get them and bring them up. The custom officer said on account of christmas he wouldn't charge me any duty. Many thanks for sending them they are fine. Vera ate ten as soon as she could. So many will last us a long time.

I received the tidy grandma sent and the booklet and doily for Vera. Vera thinks Santa brought them the work is lovely and we appreciate it very much. I am sure she does remarkable give her our love, and tell her I will write to her soon. I sent a box by mail did you get it?

We all had a merry christmas, had a tree and all the fixings. Wishing you all a Happy New Year, and again thanking you, I remain Lovingly, Mabel

I have never seen tidy used as a noun before. I believe it refered to some type of small storage container.

For more see:
Camfield Family Letters
Descendants of Sarah Ann Wisner
Sarah Ann Wisner Camfield, 1817-1912
Michael Camfield

Marsh, Mabel Camfield (Windsor, Ontario) to “Dear Aunt Ann”
[Sarah Ann Camfield Carlisle] Letter. 27 Dec 1911. Digital Image.
Privately held by Apple, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,]
Orlando, Florida. 2011.
[Carlisle Family, Box #1, Correspondence, 1910-1911,
Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. 2008.]


Nancy said...

Apple, in books about earlier times I've read the word "tidy" and never bothered to look it up because knowing its meaning didn't really impact the story. I didn't have the impression that it was a container, so your comment encouraged me to seek out the definition. The Free Dictionary at gives the (archaic) definition as "A decorative protective covering for the arms or headrest of a chair." I'm glad to learn that! And now we both know! Thanks for the prompt.

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...


Thank you so much! That makes perfect sense.

Joan said...

Delightful letter that harkened back to a lovely time when Christmas gifts seemed to be fewer but perhaps more meaningful. Thanks for sharing this bit of nostalgia.