Postal Art and the Hope Diamond

Here’s an example of my Great Uncles’ correspondence during the early 1900s. The envelope below was posted at 2:15 pm on March 9, 1903 from London. It was from Matthew Deegan, aged 21 at the time, and addressed to his brother Ernest Deegan c/o Lord Francis Hope. Does that name sound familiar? Think diamond!  Continue reading “Postal Art and the Hope Diamond”

Matthew Deegan, Artist: Seeking Information

My grandmother’s brother, my grand or great uncle depending on who you ask, was an artist. He was born in London,¬†following his parents’ move from Dublin, Ireland, in 1882 or so as the 1901 census lists him as being 19. The firstborn of nine children, his name was Matthew Deegan, after his father, making himContinue reading “Matthew Deegan, Artist: Seeking Information”

Hand-drawn envelopes; works of art that probably wouldn’t be delivered today

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. HisContinue reading “Hand-drawn envelopes; works of art that probably wouldn’t be delivered today”

Mail art with updated history: Part two

Recently I posted about some mail art that my great uncle created while corresponding with his brother during the early 1900’s. One brother, Matthew, was an artist who painted or sketched lovely envelopes that he sent, along with a letter i assume, to his brother Ernest who was a much traveled valet, or Gentleman’s Gentleman.Continue reading “Mail art with updated history: Part two”

Mail art with updated history

Recently I posted about some mail art that my great uncle created while corresponding with his brother during the early 1900’s. One brother, Matthew, was an artist who painted or sketched lovely envelopes that he sent, along with a letter i assume, to his brother Ernest who was a much traveled valet, or Gentleman’s Gentleman.Continue reading “Mail art with updated history”