August 20, 2018
Canadian Pte. Martin John Suter would spend an entire day’s pay on a single silk postcard for his sweetheart, Florence Reid, who was waiting for him an ocean away. Over the three years Suter spent overseas during the First World War, Reid would receive more than 150 of the precious deliveries.
The young couple relied on letters and postcards as their only means of reminding each other of their mutual love, and to share news about her life at home in Galt, Ont., and his life in the trenches of France.
Suter would scribble a quick note in his poor handwriting and bad spelling to proclaim his love, then cover the rest of the postcard in dozens of kisses and hugs, expressed as x’s and o’s.