File 58 - King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Kathleen Thomas.

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King, William Lyon Mackenzie to Kathleen Thomas.

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  • December 24, 1942 (Creation)
    King, William Lyon Mackenzie

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"William Lyon Mackenzie King had a long political career. He was leader of the Liberal Party for 29 eventful years through the buoyant expansion of the 1920s, the depression of the 1930s, the shock of World War II, and then the post-war reconstruction, and for 21 of these years he was Canada’s prime minister. His decisions during this time contributed significantly to the shaping of Canada and to its development as an influential middle power in world affairs. During his lifetime his achievements were sometimes obscured by a style notable for its compromises. After his death his political career was sometimes overshadowed by the revelation of his unsuspected personal idiosyncrasies."

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Engraved calling card: "Mr. W.L. Mackenzie King, Laurier House, Ottawa, Canada," inscribed in King's handwriting to Miss Kathleen M. Thomas on December 24, 1942: "So many thanks for your beautiful card of Christmas greetings. My very best of wishes to you for the New Year. So kind of you to have had me in your thoughts at this season. Again, my very best of wishes to you. WLMK 24-Dec-42."

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Donated by John English in 2019.


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  • English

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1 calling card ; 4 x 8 cm in unmarked envelope 5 x 9 cm = envelope 10 x 12 cm
Envelope 10 x 12 cm: flap, embossed “Office of the Prime Minister Canada” and arms of Canada, all in black. Envelope front is postmarked Ottawa, Dec 29 1942, is stamped “Free” in top right corner. The bottom left corner is embossed “Prime Minister” in black. Envelope is addressed to Miss Kathleen M. Thomas, 56-22nd Avenue, New Toronto, Ont.

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Described May 2019 by JSB.

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