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Title
Illustrated envelopes from Joseph Dennis McNeil, to his fiancée, Ellen Josephine Redding, circa 1925-1933 [ephemera]
Creator
Joseph Dennis McNeil
Ellen Josephine Redding
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1925-1933
Publication Information
Marin County Free Library. Anne T. Kent California Room
Contributing Institution
Marin County Free Library
Collection
Illustrated Envelopes from Joseph McNeil to Ellen Redding, c. 1925-1933
Rights Information
copyrighted
Copyright, Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library
Description
The 46 illustrated envelopes presented here were hand-colored by Joseph Dennis McNeil, and sent, with a few exceptions, to his fiancée, Ellen Josephine Redding, who was living in Nicasio and San Rafael during their courtship. This collection spans the years 1925 to about 1933. At this time, Joseph was working for Schmidt Lithograph Company in San Francisco and then in Los Angeles. Joe and Ellen had met as youngsters in Nicasio. They were married on August 9, 1928, at St. Mary's Church in Nicasio, the same church where her own parents were married, and in which she was baptized. Joe and Ellen raised their family in Los Angeles. Included here are: an envelope addressed to Joseph's future father-in-law (also named Joseph), whom he calls "Pa Redding," and references to the births of the couple's two oldest children, Joseph and Lawrence. Joe and Ellen were married for 47 years before Joe passed away on August 8, 1975. Shortly afterwards, Ellen relocated from Los Angeles to the family property in Nicasio with one of her daughters, Martha. On June 13, 1987, Ellen died at the age of 87. She was survived by two sons, Joseph and Lawrence, and two daughters, Mary Ellen and Martha; her brother George; and nine grandchildren. Read and listen to Ellen Redding McNeil's oral history interview from July 15, 1980: http://contentdm.marinlibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/ohp/id/691
Type
image
Format
collection of envelopes hand-illustrated in color
Identifier
McNeil envelopes_1925
McNeil envelopes
http://contentdm.marinlibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/redding/id/8
Language
English
Subject
Pictorial envelopes
McNeil, Joseph Dennis (1898-1975)
McNeil, Ellen Redding (1899-1987)
Place
Nicasio (Calif.)
San Rafael (Calif.)
Relation
http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/kt0q2nc5z2
http://marinlibrary.org/californiaroom

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