NEW YORK (CP) – Christmas envelopes from the early 1900s are coming to life thanks to a man who shared his love for them with the CBC News Network.
David Smith spent over 40 years on the postal line delivering envelopes to thousands of people in Ontario and beyond.
He was a regular mail carrier in the area, so when he died, his remains were sent to his family for burial.
Since then, the original mailboxes and boxes have been converted into envelopes.
“We were able to get hold of them and they were very unique and very cool looking,” said Smith.
“And people were going to these people’s homes, and they had these beautiful red envelopes with the words ‘Santa Claus,’ ‘Christmas Eve,’ and it was the best thing I’ve ever seen.”
So we’re just excited about getting these back on the mail.
And if they’re still available, we’re going to be able to give them to the community,” said CBC News reporter David Smith.
Smith said he is so thankful to have the original envelopes and boxes back on display.”
They’re beautiful, they’re beautiful and they’re so special.
Smith’s wife was also able to have her original box donated to the city of Toronto in the past.””
I’ve had my own envelope for over 40, 40 years, and I’ve had the same one for over 100 years.”
Smith’s wife was also able to have her original box donated to the city of Toronto in the past.
“I think it’s amazing.
It’s a little bit special, and it’s a lot of fun to look at,” said his wife, Mary.
“We had the envelope, but we didn’t want to take it with us.”
Smith is now a postmaster and plans to donate it to the Canadian Museum of History, which will display it for years to come.
Smith is not the only person to donate a box to the museum.
He has donated over 500 envelopes over the years.
Smith has also donated envelopes of his own.
He is currently donating his mailboxes to charities such as the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Zoo.