|Object ID #||1959.061.004|
|Object Name||List, Attendance|
|Title||Signatures of New Year's Day Callers|
|Date||January 1, 1863|
|Made||McLean (nee Blyth), Elizabeth|
|Place of Origin||Owen Sound, Grey County|
|Description||A signed item (various autographs) of New Year's Day callers who visited a recent bride, Elizabeth McLean (nee Blythe) at Owen Sound, Canada West, on January 1, 1863. Her own name "Mrs. McLean" is in a central rectangle. The signatures are in rectangular margin spaces that were hand drawn on an eight inch square cardboard piece that has clipped corners. It lists various merchants or professional men, including Henry and Frederick LePan, W. H. Carney, John G. Francis, James Buchan, E. W. Bishop, Michael Forhan, Mr. Pottenger, Jno. Tucker, Henry Macpherson, Alfred Frost, George Brodie, etc.|
Apparently hand-made by recent bride, Elizabeth McLean (neé Blyth), who had been married in October, 1862, in order to collect signatures of her callers on New Year's Day, January 1st, 1863.
After 1921, it was kept by Elizabeth's youngest daughter, Mary A. McLean of Owen Sound. In 1959, the piece was stapled to a cardboard display mount with a typescript label and a small bouquet of fabric flowers and a mauve ribbon bow.
|Collection||Holiday Decorations & Items Collection|
|Found||Owen Sound, Grey County|
Francis, John George
Tucker, William H.
Frost, Alfred J.
Goodson, George (Reverend)
New Year cards
|Function||It was a custom at the time for the men of the town to make calls on New Year's Day, while the women would receive guests.|