J.C. Wilson Envelope 'Soldiers of the Queen' Rudyard Kipling 1900
This envelope was produced by a canadian company J.C. Wilson in 1900. It is called 'Soldiers of the Queen' and there were 4 variations of this design. This one is the 2nd design that has a poem by Rudyard Kipling printed on the back. 'The Absent Minded Beggar' was written and distributed widely by Kipling to help raise funds for soldiers fighting in the boer war so that they could be provided with support upon return to civilian life.
The envelope is unused and is in very good ++ condition with a tiny tear to the top right. There are 2 or 3 foxing marks to the back panel. Overall this very fragile piece of ephemera is remarkably well preserved.
The firm didn't produce many of these designs and only a very small number have survived. The envelope would have been used by serving soldiers and would most likely have been given to them as free to use to correspond to family / loved ones. A scarce piece of Queen Victoria / Boer War ephemera.