Friday Christmas Card; Lord Leverhulme in 1920

Following on from last week’s post, here we have the card that Leverhulme sent out for the Christmas of 1920.  On the cover there is a picture of him in May of the same year, about to embark on a plane journey from London to Paris.  The length of flight is recorded as 2 hours 15 minutes and is clearly meant as a tribute to progress.

However inside there is a poem which seems to hint at those who stand in the way of ‘progress’.  The poem speaks of those who ‘like the gloom, and the discord of strain and stress.’  It is not a big stretch to imagine that he is referring to inhabitants of Lewis, who carried out land raids in Tong, Coll and Gress in response to the Government’s reneged promise of land for veterans.

The critical poem  is a great change from his poem of 1918, where he praised both the island and the people and it is fair to say it is not really your typical Christmas card message!

We are a lot more cheerful here in the Tasglann office, particularly in light of the fact we are off from today!  So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us three, and we will hopefully see you in 2011!

About David Powell

Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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One Response to Friday Christmas Card; Lord Leverhulme in 1920

  1. Happy New Year to you too. May 2011 be a busy and satisfying year for you all!