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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.
Provenance Apparently hand-made by recent bride, Elizabeth McLean (neƩ 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
Material Cardboard/Ink
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People McLean, Elizabeth
Bishop, Ebenezer
Creasor, John
Anderson, George
Francis, John George
LePan, Henry
Tucker, William H.
Frost, Alfred J.
Brodie, George
Christie, David
Forhan, Michael
Buchan, James
Goodson, George (Reverend)
Subjects New Year cards
Visiting
Visiting cards
Autographs
Autographing
Search Terms Owen Sound
Victorian
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.