My maternal grandmother’s brother, which I believe makes him my Great Uncle, Earnest Deegan, was a well traveled man. During the early part of the last century he was what was then known as a “Gentleman’s Gentleman” – a butler or valet. This profession took him to places far and wide, exotic and remote. His brother Matthew Deegan was a skilled artist and draughtsman. The two brothers kept in contact by mail (email and texting were still about a century off). Matthew was fond of using his skills when addressing envelopes. Below are several examples.
This one was delivered in Cairo c/o photographer H. Guttmann (misspelled on the envelope) for whom Earnest was working.
This one was sent to him when he was working in New York.
In Paris c/o W. Slater at Morgan and Harjes bank.
This letter sent to Stockholm has the address written in the sand, and upside down. Yet it was delivered, I can’t imagine modern postal services taking the time to work that out!
Finally a sketch of a man in kilt lugging soemone’s belongings up a steep crag in Aberdeen-shire.