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Title: Poetry Card - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Identifier: 2005.4.131
Donor: Barbara Larson
Item Date: 1933
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A poetry card distributed to clients by a financial company as a token of thanks for business. The printed image is 19.6 x 13.6 cm, in shades of red and blue, black and gold. There is a border of curlicues around all 4 sides. At the top, there is an image of 3 ships. The centre ship is under full sail, with a red hull, decorated sails, and pennants. The side ships are in the distance, with similar designs and colours. At the centre, there is a poem in fancy black lettering. The poem was written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. The card is dated January 1933. History: According to Barbara, this card was part of a scrapbook that used to exist at Benares. "Ella Wheeler was born in 1855 on a farm in Wisconsin, the youngest of four children. Her childhood and youth were meager in physical comforts, and rich in mental, emotional, and spiritual satisfactions. She started writing poetry at a very early age, and was well known as a poet in her own state by the time she graduated from high school. When about 28 years of age, she married Robert Wilcox. They had one child , a son, who died shortly after birth." ( Items donated by Barbara Sayers Larson. Barbara Larson is the daughter of Annie Harris (1882-1986) and Beverly Sayers (1883-1976) and granddaughter of Arthur (1843-1932) and Mary (1859-1954) Harris. Barbara was born January 27, 1920 and was the youngest of three children. Barbara and her siblings, Geoffrey Sayers (1907-1997) and Dora Sayers Caro (1915-2004) donated Benares to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1968 after inheriting it from their aunt, Naomi Harris (1883-1968). Many of the items donated by Barbara originally belonged to her mother or Aunt Naomi and came from Benares. Barbara lived in a log cabin originally given to her mother by her grandparents at 1723 Birchwood Drive. She still maintains a close tie with Benares and is now living in Kelowna, British Columbia, with her daughter.
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