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Christmas cards

(December 16, 1999, Gazette)

By Bert Riggs

John G. “Jack” Higgins (1891-1963): b. St. John’s; Rhodes Scholar, Merton College, Oxford, 1909; Oxford Canadians Ice Hockey Team, 1910-1911; called to Newfoundland Bar, 1913; served in World War I, 1916-1918; practised law in St. John’s 1919-1959; leading member of the Responsible Government League, 1947-1949; first Leader of the Opposition after Confederation, 1949-1951; first Progressive Conservative from Newfoundland appointed to Canadian Senate.
Jack Higgins was a collector. He seldom threw anything away, as it might have some value in the future. We are very fortunate that he had this trait. Included in his personal papers on deposit in the archives are a small collection of Christmas cards, many dating back to the turn of the century. We have reproduced a selection showing the themes, form and artwork to be found in these cards. The one in the top left corner is made of plastic. Almost all are in colour. These and other Christmas cards from the Higgins’ collection may be viewed at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies Archives.