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Christmas Card: Traditionally Dressed Man and Woman
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Title: Christmas Card: Traditionally Dressed Man and Woman
Identifier: 2004.6.150
Donor: Barbara Sayers Larson
Item Date: 1956
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A Christmas card with an illustration that appears to be an original pen and ink drawing of a man and woman in traditional dress. The woman is holding a fan and flowers. Parts of the picture are coloured. The message is in decorative script reading: "As Christmas carols fill the air with heavenly peace and cheer, May each note bring you happiness that will last throughout the year." A handwritten message is written from Lee Bong Suk that reads: "Thank you very much indeed for your kind supporting gift, care package, which was delivered me on the 4th of December 1956. Please continue your favours towards us, our miserable children."

Letters and ephemera are part of a bundle from Korea regarding charitable donations by Annie Sayers to charities in Korea. Through CARE Canada, during the years 1958 to 1975, Annie Harris contributed to the support of orphanages in Korea. The collection houses letters from the Directors of different orphanages, photos of children and caregivers, Christmas cards, and small gifts such as embroidered handkerchiefs sent to her in appreciation of her continuing help. Annie's support included welcomed items such as a sewing machine, a knitting machine, and wool as well as food and cash. The Directors faithfully wrote expressing their gratitude and keeping Annie up to date on their crops, the school, their floods, and celebrations.
Annie Harris Sayers (1882-1986) was born to Arthur and Mary Harris (née Magrath), of Benares. Annie and her younger sister Naomi were raised in an atmosphere of upper middle class comfort. Annie Harris married Beverly Sayers in 1906, and together they built a house on the southern part of the Benares Estate, given to them by Annie's parents. After their marriage ended in 1925, Annie continued to live in the 'Log Bungalow', raising their three children, Geoffrey, (1907-1998); Dora, (1915-2004); and Barbara, (1920-) alone. Annie was known as a very creative, generous, and sweet woman. She celebrated her 100th birthday in 1982 with a large party at Benares. She lived to be 104, dying in 1986. She is buried at Spring Creek Cemetery in Clarkson.
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