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Other Name
TROUSERS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, DENIM, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19990055003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TROUSERS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOL, DENIM, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
110.0
Width
56.0
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL TROUSERS. THERE IS AN ANGLED WELT POCKET ON EACH SIDE. JUST BELOW EACH OF THESE POCKETS IS A VERTICAL LINE OF RED PIPING. THERE ARE ALSO TWO WELT POCKETS ON BACK OF PANTS. FRONT OPENING CLOSES WITH FOUR NAVY BLUE BUTTONS. THERE IS A SMALL FOB OR WATCH POCKET ON FRONT RIGHT SIDE OF PANTS. A WHITE TAG IS STAPLED TO LEFT FRONT; TAG READS "NEEDLECRAFT MILLS LTD. NAME G. MASSON NO. 5 ADDRESS LETHBRIDGE ALTA. BREAST 39 WAIST SLEEVE 19 LENGTH 29 WAIST 36 SEAT INS. LEG 30". WAISTBAND AND POCKETS ARE LINED WITH AN OFF-WHITE COTTON AND DENIM. THERE ARE 6 OFF-WHITE BUTTONS AROUND INSIDE OF WAISTBAND.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
SEE P19990055001-GA FOR HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19990055003
Acquisition Date
2000-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
TOOL APRON
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1944
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P20010014003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TOOL APRON
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1944
Materials
CANVAS
No. Pieces
1
Length
74.0
Width
38.0
Description
FULL APRON. DIRTY WHITE CANVAS. BOTTOM OF APRON IS FOLDED UP AND SEWN TO FORM A POUCH, DIVIDED INTO 3 SECTIONS. HAS A TIE ATTACHED TO TOP, TO GO AROUND NECK. HAS TWO TIES AT THE SIDES. ON FRONT READS "YATES LUMBER YARDS LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA" IN RED WITH BLACK OUTLINING, AND "PHONE 3516" IN BLACK. APRON HAS VARIOUS STAINS THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
YATES LUMBER YARDS OPERATED IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1925 TO 1944. APRON WAS USED IN THE RIVERVIEW GARAGE. RIVERVIEW GARAGE WAS OWNED BY DONOR'S FATHER-IN-LAW, JACK CARPENTER, FROM 1947/48 TO 1965. IT WAS LOCATED AT 616 4TH STREET, SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE. JOCK CARPENTER IS A LETHBRIDGE AUTHOR, WHO WROTE "$50 BRIDE" AND "BOOTLEGGER'S BRIDE", WHICH CONCENTRATE ON THE HISTORY OF THE FUR TRADE AND THE PROHIBITION LIQUOR TRADE IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20010014003
Acquisition Date
2001-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
TOOL APRON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P20010014004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TOOL APRON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
CANVAS
No. Pieces
1
Length
53.7
Width
42.5
Description
FULL APRON. MADE FROM WHITE CANVAS. BOTTOM IS FOLDED UPWARD AND SEWN TO FORM A POUCH, DIVIDED INTO TWO. THERE ARE TWO GROMMETS AT TOP OF APRON (NECK STRING IS MISSING), AND TWO GROMMETS AT SIDES OF APRON. ONE SIDE HAS A WHITE SHOELACE TIED TO IT, THE OTHER HAS A BLACK SHOELACE TIED TO IT. ON FRONT OF APRON READS "MURRAY BRANTFORD" IN BLACK. IN THE CENTER OF THE TWO WORDS IS A RED "M" AND BELOW THIS IS A GREY RECTANGLE, WITH TWO WHITE STRIPS IN THE CENTER. BOTTOM SEAM HAS BEEN REPAIRED A NUMBER OF TIMES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
USED IN RIVERVIEW GARAGE. GARAGE WAS OWNED BY DONOR'S FATHER-IN-LAW, JACK CARPENTER, FROM 1947/48 TO 1965. IT WAS LOCATED AT 616 4TH STREET, SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE. JOCK CARPENTER IS A LETHBRIDGE AUTHOR, WHO WROTE "$50 BRIDE" AND "BOOTLEGGER'S BRIDE", WHICH CONCENTRATE ON THE HISTORY OF THE FUR TRADE AND THE PROHIBITION LIQUOR TRADE IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING TWO APRONS DONATED BY JOCK CARPENTER. RUTHANN ATTEMPT TO CONTACT THE DONOR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL AND NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS AVAILABLE.
Catalogue Number
P20010014004
Acquisition Date
2001-09
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
RAIN CAPE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RUBBER, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19990055001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RAIN CAPE
Date
1932
Materials
RUBBER, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
78.2
Width
74
Description
BLACK RUBBER RAIN CAPE. HAS A TURNED DOWN COLLAR WHICH IS TRIMMED WITH RED PIPING. FRONT CLOSES WITH FOUR STEEL LATCHES, THAT ARE PAINTED BLACK. INSIDE OF CAPE IS LINED WITH A STIFF YELLOWISH MATERIAL. INSIDE EACH SIDE OF CAPE IS A RUBBER STRAP THAT IS HELD IN PLACE WITH A BLACK METAL SNAP. STAMPED INSIDE RIGHT OF CAPE IS "C.P.O. 1932". ABOVE THE STAMP THE MATERIAL IS WORN AND DISCOLOURED. WRITTEN INSIDE BACK OF NECK IS "M4 GM MAY 1932 M".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
CAPE WAS USED BY CANADIAN POSTAL WORKERS TO HANG OVER SHOULDER, THEREBY COVERING MAILBAGS. CAPE BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, GEORGE MASSON, WHO WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SIX POSTAL WORKERS IN LETHBRIDGE. GEORGE CAME TO CANADA FROM SCOTLAND IN 1910 (HIS PARENTS HAD SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE SHORTLY BEFORE). HE WORKED FOR THE C.P.R. AND IN CONSTRUCTION, AND WHEN POSTAL JOB CAME UP HE GOT IT. GEORGE WORKED FOR HIGINBOTHAM BEGINNING IN 1913 AND DELIVERED MAIL UNTIL THE OUTBREAK OF WWI. GEORGE WAS AMONG THE FOUR POSTMEN WHO WENT OVERSEAS (OTHER THREE WERE HIS BROTHER ALEC, BILLY BRENNAN, AND ANOTHER UNKNOWN). GEORGE AND HIS BROTHER ALEC SERVED WITH THE 39TH FIELD BATTERY, RCA. GEORGE SERVED WITH THE MILITIA BETWEEN THE WARS, AND WENT BACK TO POST OFFICE. IN WWII HE JOINED UP WITH THE 20TH ANTI-TANK BATTERY, BUT HAD TO GIVE IT UP DUE TO AGE; COULDN'T GO OVERSEAS SO HE WENT INTO ADMINISTRATION AND INSTRUCTION. AFTER THE WAR HE WENT BACK TO THE POST OFFICE UNTIL 1952, WHEN HE WAS ADVISED BY HIS DOCTORS TO TAKE AN EARLY RETIREMENT (AT AGE 62). ACCORDING TO DONOR, THE POSTAL SERVICE AND THE MILITARY WERE GEORGE'S TWO GREAT LOVES IN HIS LIFE. DONOR WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LETHBRIDGE; WENT TO FLEETWOOD-BAWDEN SCHOOL BEGINNING IN 1934. HAS LIVED AND WORKED IN CITY UNTIL RECENT MOVE TO COALDALE. DONOR ALSO HAS A LOT OF FAMILY THAT LIVE IN LETHBRIDGE.
Catalogue Number
P19990055001
Acquisition Date
2000-02
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
EVENING DRESS
Date Range From
1880
Date Range To
1890
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILK, LACE, GLASS BEADS
Catalogue Number
P19870046001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
EVENING DRESS
Date Range From
1880
Date Range To
1890
Materials
SILK, LACE, GLASS BEADS
No. Pieces
1
Length
133.3
Width
43.5
Description
SILK & LACE DRESS WITH GLASS BEADS AT NECK & WRISTS. LACE OVERLAY, SILK SASHTRIM AT WAIST. SILK BODY. FRAYED AT UNDERARMS, SOME STAINS. SILK IS WEIGHTEDWITH METALLIC SALTS. OVERALL BLUE COLORATION. TEAR ON TOP OF LEFT SHOULDER,RIGHT UNDERARM IS FRAYING BADLY. SOME STAINS ON SKIRT & BODICE. CUFFS ARESAGGING UNDER WEIGHT OF DRESS. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
HANDMADE IN ENGLAND, PRIOR TO 1900, DONOR BELIEVES ABOUT 1887. BELONGED TO DONOR'S MOTHER SARAH RACHAEL DUNN (NEE ROFEN) B. BESSARABIA, FATHER B. KIEV. MARRIED IN ENGLAND LATE 1800'S, MOVED TO CANADA & ESTABLISHED TAILOR SHOP AT EDMONTON. DONOR & FAMILY MOVED MID 50'S TO LETHBRIDGE, ESTABLISHED MAYFAIRVOGUE CLOTHING SHOP WITH PARTNERS, THE GOODMANS. NOW RETIRED. METALLIC SALTS ARE USED TO GIVE SILK WEIGHT & "RUSTLE". SEE P19870046002 MATCHING PURSE. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A DRESS DONATED BY ETHEL RODIN. RUTHANN ATTEMPT TO CONTACT THE DONOR'S FAMILY FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND SPOKE WITH ETHEL'S NIECE, DEBORAH GREEN. SHE WAS UNABLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, BUT DID PROVIDE A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DUNN FAMILY. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND RESEARCH FROM THE ALBERTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, EDMONTON BRANCH. ETHEL RODIN (NEE DUNN) WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 4, 1907 IN LONDON, ENGLAND, THE DAUGHTER OF MORRIS DUNN AND SARAH RACHAEL DUNN (NEE ROFEN). SHE MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO CANADA, WHERE THEY SETTLED IN EDMONTON. SHE REMAINED IN EDMONTON, UNTIL HER MARRIAGE TO DAVE RODIN. THE COUPLE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1929 WHERE DAVE OPERATED THE BUY-RITE GROCERY STORE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. ETHEL PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 82 ON JULY 9, 1990. DAVE RODIN WAS BORN IN RUSSIA AND MOVED TO EDMONTON IN THE 1920S. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 74 ON SEPTEMBER 3, 1977. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON JULY 29, 1976 MARKED DAVE’S RETIREMENT: “IN 1929, DAVE RODIN, A RUSSIAN IMMIGRANT, CAME TO LETHBRIDGE AND OPENED A FRUIT AND GROCERY STORY ON THE CORNER OF 4TH AVENUE AND 5TH STREET S. AFTER 47 SUCCESSFUL YEARS OF BUSINESS IN THE CITY, MR. RODIN HAS RETIRED AT 73 … BY BUYING CAREFULLY AND SHOPPING AROUND MR. RODIN WAS ABLE TO SELL FRUIT AND VEGETABLES CHEAPER THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE CITY … IN 1939 HE JOINED FORCES WITH ELMER GOODMAN, A LETHBRIDGE BUSINESSMAN, IN A PARTNERSHIP THAT WAS TO LAST 37 YEARS. … MR. RODIN, WITH MR. GOODMAN’S BACKING, OPENED BUY-RITE MEN’S WEAR WHERE THE LETHBRIDGE CENTRE THEATRES ARE TODAY. HE CATERED TO THE FARM POPULATION, CARRYING THE BIGGER SIZES OF CLOTHING.” ETHEL’S PARENTS ARE BOTH BURIED IN THE EDMONTON HEBREW CEMETERY. MORRIS DUNN WAS BORN IN 1863 AND PASSED AWAY MAY 4, 1954. SARAH RACHAEL DUNN PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 12, 1951 AT THE AGE OF 80. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND RESEARCH FROM THE ALBERTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, EDMONTON BRANCH. SEE FILE FOR A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE MORRIS AND SARAH DUNN FAMILY, WHILE SARAH IS WEARING THIS DRESS.
Catalogue Number
P19870046001
Acquisition Date
1987-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RUBBER, BAKELITE
Catalogue Number
P19990055002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
RUBBER, BAKELITE
No. Pieces
1
Length
125.5
Width
49.5
Description
LONG, BLACK RUBBER RAINCOAT. THERE ARE FOUR LARGE, BLACK BUTTONS DOWN FRONT OPENING (ONE IS MISSING). THERE IS ALSO A SMALL BLACK BUTTON ON LAPEL. THERE IS A THIN LINE OF RED PIPING AROUND COLLAR. THERE ARE ALSO 2 SMALL BLACK BUTTONS ON EACH CUFF; ONE ON LEFT CUFF IS BROKEN IN HALF. INSIDE OF COAT IS A DARK YELLOW COLOUR. STAMPED ON INSIDE BACK OF COAT IS "40". ABOVE THIS IS "G. MASSON" (FADING). STAMPED INSIDE RIGHT SIDE CUFF IS "260434". THERE ARE TWO FLAPPED HIP POCKETS. RUBBER IS CRACKED AND WORN, PARTICULARLY ON RIGHT ARM.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, GEORGE MASSON, WHO WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SIX POSTAL WORKERS IN LETHBRIDGE. GEORGE'S NUMBER, ISSUED TO ALL POSTMEN, IS STAMPED INSIDE COAT. HE CAME TO CANADA FROM SCOTLAND IN 1910 (HIS PARENTS HAD SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE SHORTLY BEFORE). HE WORKED FOR THE C.P.R. AND IN CONSTRUCTION; WHEN MAIL JOB CAME UP HE GOT IT. HE WORKED FOR HIGINBOTHAM BEGINNING 1913, AND DELIVERED MAIL UNTIL THE OUTBREAK OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR. GEORGE WAS AMONG FOUR POSTMEN WHO WENT OVERSEAS (OTHER THREE WERE HIS BROTHER ALEC, BILLY BRENNAN, AND ANOTHER UNKNOWN MAN). GEORGE SERVED WITH THE 39TH FIELD BATTERY, RCA (AS DID BROTHER ALEC). HE SERVED WITH THE MILITIA BETWEEN THE WARS, AND WENT BACK TO THE POST OFFICE. IN WWII HE JOINED UP WITH THE 20TH ANTI-TANK BATTERY, BUT HAD TO GIVE IT UP DUE TO AGE; HE COULDN'T GO OVERSEAS, SO WENT INTO ADMINISTRATION AND INSTRUCTION. AFTER THE WAR, HE WENT BACK TO THE POST OFFICE UNTIL 1952, WHEN HE WAS TOLD BY DOCTORS HE SHOULD TAKE EARLY RETIREMENT (AT AGE 62). THE MILITARY AND THE POSTAL SERVICE, ACCORDING TO DONOR, WERE GEORGE'S TWO GREAT LOVES IN LIFE. DONOR WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LETHBRIDGE; WENT TO FLEETWOOD-BAWDEN SCHOOL, BEGINNING IN 1934. HAS LIVED & WORKED IN CITY UNTIL RECENT MOVE TO COALDALE. DONOR ALSO HAS A LOT OF FAMILY IN CITY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A RAINCOAT DONATED BY DON MASSON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. GEORGE “GEORDIE” MASSON WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 13, 1889 IN EASTERTON, PETERHEAD, SCOTLAND AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1910. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ON JANUARY 8, 1952, GEORGE’S BROTHER WAS ALREADY LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE: “A BROTHER, WILLIAM, NOW BAGGAGE-MASTER FOR THE C.P.R. HERE, WAS IN THE CITY AT THE TIME AND INVITED HIS BROTHER TO COME OUT. ‘GEORDIE’ FIRST WORKED IN THE FREIGHT SHEDS FOR A WHILE AND THE FOLLOWING YEAR JOINED THE POST OFFICE.” DETAILS OF GEORGE’S CAREER APPEARED IN AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON JULY 28, 1965: “HE BEGAN HIS 41-YEAR CAREER AS A MAILMAN APRIL 1, 1911. AT THAT TIME HE WAS PAID 75 CENTS A DAY PLUS $15 A MONTH ‘WESTERN ALLOWANCE’ GRANTED TO POSTMEN WEST OF THE GREAT LEAKS.” IN THE JANUARY 8, 1952 ARTICLE, THE ORIGINAL SIX POSTAL CARRIERS ARE NAMED: GEORGE MASSON, HIS BROTHER ALEX MASSON, ALEX LOTHIAN, WILLIAM GILSON, WILLIAM “BILLY” BRENNAN, AND E.C. COOPER. THIS ARTICLE ALSO INDICATES THAT THE FOUR POSTMEN WHO SERVED OVERSEAS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR WERE GEORGE, HIS BROTHER ALEX, BILLY BRENNAN, AND WILLIAM GILSON. ACCORDING TO THIS ARTICLE, BOTH BRENNAN AND GILSON WERE KILLED OVERSEAS. DETAILS OF GEORGE’S WORK AS A POSTMAN ARE FOUND IN THE JANUARY 1952 ARTICLE: “FROM SIX LETTER CARRIERS AND 12 ‘INSIDE’ MEN IN 1911, THE POST OFFICE STAFF HERE HAS GROWN TO 20 CARRIERS AND 35 OTHER EMPLOYEES. THE CITY’S POPULATION HAS NEARLY TREBLED FROM THE 8,000-ODD WHO LIVED HERE WHEN ‘GEORDIE’ MASSON, AS HE IS KNOWN TO HIS NUMEROUS FRIENDS, BEGAN DELIVERING MAIL. … OFTEN HE HAD TO CARRY UP TO 100 POUNDS OF MAIL TO BE DELIVERED IN A SINGLE DAY. HE USED TO START FOR NORTH LETHBRIDGE, OR THE NORTH WARD AS IT WAS THEN KNOWN, WITH PACKAGES STRAPPED TO HIS BACK AND MORE PARCELS ON HIS CHEST.” AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE HERALD ON JULY 3, 1962 PROVIDES MORE DETAILS ABOUT HIS WORK: “WHEN THE SERVICE BEGAN, STREETS WERE NAMED AND HOUSES HAD NO NUMBERS. A LETTER CARRIER HAD TO ASK HIS WAY THROUGH UNTIL HE KNEW BY HEART WHERE HIS ‘CLIENTS’ WERE RESIDING. IT TOOK MR. MASSON 11 HOURS, FROM 8 A.M. TO 7 P.M. TO DELIVER HIS FIRST BAG OF MAIL. … MR. MASSON’S ROUTE WAS NOT SMALL BY ANY MEANS. HE COVERED THE NORTH SIDE FROM 1ST AVE TO 7TH AVE N BETWEEN 12TH AND 20TH ST. AND THE SOUTH SIDE BETWEEN 1ST AVE. AND 4TH AVE. IN THE 1300 BLOCK. IN THE AFTERNOON MR. MASSON DELIVERED MAIL TO STORES ON 13TH ST. N.” IN NOVEMBER 1914 GEORGE WAS MARRIED TO LILLIAN “LILY” KEITH MACKIE. LILY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 91 ON NOVEMBER 15, 1985. GEORGE MASSON PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 76 IN JULY 1965. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19990055002
Acquisition Date
2000-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2001
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P20190010009
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2001
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Length
68.1
Width
51
Description
HAIRDRESSER APRON IN YELLOW, PINK, BLUE, AND WHITE PAISLEY PATTERN; APRON IS MACHINE-STITCHED WITH OPEN BACK, PALE YELLOW TIE STRAPS AT THE TOP OF THE NECK, AND TWO LONG TIE STRAPS AT THE WAIST. FRONT OF THE APRON HAS TWO WIDE, DEEP POCKETS THAT MEET IN THE MIDDLE AND ARE STITCHED TOGETHER. APRON HAS PALE YELLOW TRIM AT NECKLINE, AROUND THE ARM-HOLES, AND AT TOPS OF THE POCKETS. APRON HAS MINOR THREAD FRAYING INSIDE AND AT BOTTOM HEM; TIE STRAPS HAVE MINOR THREAD FRAYING AT ENDS; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
ON JUNE 5, 2019, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CAROL DARMODY REGARDING HER DONATION OF OBJECTS RELATED TO HER PARENTS, IRENE (NEE NAGY) AND JOHN FROUWS. ON HER MOTHER’S HAIRDRESSING, DARMODY RECALLED, “SHE TOOK THE HAIRDRESSING COURSE, I THINK IT WAS 1937, IN CALGARY, AND SHE REALLY LOVED HAIRDRESSING. SHE DID VOLUNTEER HAIRDRESSING FOR YEARS AT EDITH CAVELL, EVEN LATER IN LIFE. SHE TOOK IT VERY SERIOUSLY, AND LOVED DOING IT. SHE DID [HAIR FOR] NEIGHBOURS, FRIENDS, RELATIVES, BOYFRIENDS, GIRLFRIENDS, DAD…IT WAS ALWAYS A BIG PART OF HER LIFE…NOT REALLY FOR MONEY, JUST THE BARTERING THING, LIKE MAYBE SOMEONE WOULD MAKE HER COOKIES...” “[MOM] DIDN’T DO IT EVERY DAY, BECAUSE [HER AND MY DAD] WERE BUSY—AND THEY WOULD BABYSIT. [MY PARENTS] NEVER HAD GRANDKIDS, SO THEY BABYSAT ALL THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS ON NORMANDY…IT WASN’T LIKE A COMMERCIAL OPERATION…AN AUNT WOULD PHONE, ‘I NEED MY HAIR CUT.’ ‘COME ON OVER.’ OR, SHE WOULD GO OVER THERE. AND, MY MOM ALWAYS DROVE, SO SHE WOULD GET AROUND.” “[DURING THE WAR, MOM WAS] HAIRDRESSING, AND WORKING FOR TCA, PREPARING FOOD FOR THE PILOTS.” “IT WOULDN’T BE A LOT [OF MONEY THAT SHE MADE]…BECAUSE PEOPLE WOULDN’T BE SPLURGING TO HAVE THEIR HAIR DONE [DURING THE 1930S AND 1940S]…MOM DOES REMEMBER DOING THE MADAME’S [HAIR]…I DON’T KNOW THE ONE…[THAT WAS WHEN] PROSTITUTES AND MADAMES WERE ALLOWED TO SHOP IN LETHBRIDGE [THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE DISCRIMINATION TOWARD PROSTITUTES AT THE TIME. FOR A TIME, PROSTITUTES WERE ALLOWED TO SHOP IN LETHBRIDGE ONLY ONE DAY PER WEEK], BUT SHE DID HAVE A MADAME FOR SURE…MOM CONSIDERED HERSELF A GOOD HAIRDRESSER. MY FRIENDS MIGHT DISAGREE, BUT…SHE DID HAVE A FEW INTERESTING CLIENTS, FOR SURE, WHEN SHE STARTED…[IN THE] LATE ‘30S, DURING THE WAR…IT SHOULD BE NOTED WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME, MOM DIDN’T KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST HAIR STYLES. WHEN I BECAME A YOUNG ADULT, I OFTEN REFUSED TO LET HER CUT OR STYLE MY HAIR.” ON WHERE HER MOTHER DID HAIR, DARMODY SHARED, “I CAN’T REMEMBER HOW THAT WORKED…THERE IS NO PICTURE OF MOM IN A SHOP, SO I’M NOT SURE. THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN HAIRDRESSING PLACES…THE MADAME MIGHT HAVE COME TO THE HOUSE. MOM WOULD HAVE HAD AN APARTMENT.” DARMODY ELABORATED ON HER MOTHER’S PASSION FOR HAIRDRESSING, NOTING, “SHE NEVER STOPPED [DOING HAIR]. WELL, WHEN SHE GOT ALZHEIMER’S, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DANGEROUS FOR HER TO HAVE SCISSORS, SO SHE PROBABLY STOPPED LATE…CLOSE TO 2000…SHE LOVED IT…EVEN JUST TO CUT DAD’S HAIR, AND THE ODD NEIGHBOR’S HAIR. SHE USED A RULER [TO MEASURE THE LENGTH TO BE CUT] WITH MINE. I DON’T THINK I LET HER [CUT MY HAIR WHEN I BECAME AN ADULT]…IN THE EARLY ‘90S, SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN VOLUNTEERING A LOT AT EDITH CAVELL, AND IT’S KIND OF IRONIC, BECAUSE IT BOTHERED HER, GOING TO THE NURSING HOME, BECAUSE SHE KNEW ALL THESE PEOPLE [SHE OFTEN WOULD BE UPSET TO SEE PEOPLE SHE KNEW FROM THE PAST SUFFERING FROM ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND NEGLECT]…SHE WOULD MAKE THEM FEEL HAPPY [BY DOING THEIR HAIR]…IT WAS FREE…SHE DIDN’T DO IT FOR MONEY. THEN, SHE ENDS UP IN A SIMILAR SITUATION [BEING PLACE IN CARE FACILITY IN 2001, BECAUSE SHE HAD ALZHEIMER’S], BUT DAD DEALT WITH HER HAIR. HE WOULD JUST CUT IT STRAIGHT, BUT IT SUITED HER.” “SHE WAS A BIT MORE EXTROVERTED THAN DAD, AND JUST THAT CLOSE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE, AND MAKING SOMEONE FEEL HAPPY, WHOEVER THAT PERSON WAS. AND, IF THAT PERSON DIDN’T HAVE MONEY, IT DIDN’T MATTER – JUST MAKING THEM FEEL BETTER.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20190010001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190010009
Acquisition Date
2019-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LAWYER'S GOWN/ROBE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19860137000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LAWYER'S GOWN/ROBE
Date
1901
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
131.0
Description
BLACK COTTON W/ NO LABEL. EACH SLEEVE HAS 9 WORN CLOTH COVERED BUTTONS. GATHERED STITCHING AROUND SHOULDERS WITH PLEATING ON SLEEVES. TORN BELOW COLLAR ON BACK. SOME SEAMS HAVE COME APART. STIFFENING AROUND SHOULDERS & NECK IS DISINTEGRATING. STIFFENING IS A CROSS-HATCH OF COURSE FABRIC. STAINS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
BELONGED TO W.C.(BILLY) IVES AND WORN PRIOR TO 1914 WHEN HE BECAME JUDGE. FEB 1901 JOINED WITH CONYBEARE TO FORM CONYBEARE & IVES. WILLIAM CARLOS IVES ARRIVED WITH MOTHER IN PINCHER CREEK WHEN 7. AT 14 WORKED AS A COWBOY ON HIS FATHER'S RANCH, LATER OBTAINED A LAW DEGREE & BECAME KNOWN AS THE "COWBOY JUDGE". HE WAS WELL KNOWN IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AS WELL AS IN THE POLITICAL & LEGAL COMMUNITY. HE ALSO SERVED AS A LETHBRIDGE ALDERMAN. SEE P19900030001-GA *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A ROBE DONATED BY THADDEUS IVES. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FINDAGRAVE.COM. THADDEUS IVES WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON APRIL 11, 1919, THE SON OF ALBERT ELI AND MARGARET ETTA IVES (NEE HENDERSON). THADDEUS WAS A GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA IN 1943 AND WAS ADMITTED TO THE BAR FOLLOWING A BRIEF CEREMONY IN EDMONTON, AB IN JUNE 1944. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ON JUNE 10, 1944 RECOUNTS THE CEREMONY: “THADDEUS OSGOODE IVES … WAS ADMITTED TO THE BAR IN A BRIEF CEREMONY BEFORE CHIEF JUSTICE W.C. IVES AT SUPREME COURT FRIDAY … MR. JUSTICE IVES SAID ‘I AM VERY PLEASED INDEED THAT CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE ENABLED ME TO WELCOME YOU. I THINK YOU ARE THE LAST OF THE MALE IVES’, IN THE DIRECT LINE OF OUR FAMILY, AND I HOPE THAT YOUR CAREER WILL EFFACE THE BLACK MARKETS THAT THE REST OF US HAVE EARNED. YOU CERTAINLY HAVE COME WELL RECOMMENDED … NATURALLY WE OLDER MEN CANNOT AVOID TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER ADVICE AND SUGGESTIONS TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION AND THAT IS ONE OF THE PRIVILEGES THAT I ALWAYS USE. IN THE FIRST PLACE YOU WILL FIND THROUGHOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER THAT IF AT ANY TIME THERE IS A PROBLEM OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT BEFORE YOU, YOU ONLY HAVE TO READ AGAIN THE OATH YOU HAVE TAKEN THIS MORNING. IT WILL SOLVE THEM ALL. IT IS A GOOD THING FOR YOU TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH IT. ANOTHER THING THAT I HOPE YOU WILL GIVE FREE PLAY IN YOUR CAREER IS YOUR CONSCIENCE. CONSCIENCE MUST BE SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN, I THINK, TRANSMITTED TO US BY OUR MOTHERS. NEVER STIFLE IT. LISTEN TO IT.” THADDEUS PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 23, 2005. ALBERT ELI IVES PASSED AWAY IN JULY 1960 AT THE AGE OF 77. HE WAS BORN IN QUEBEC’S EASTERN TOWNSHIPS AND CAME WEST IN 1902, FIRST TO MEDICINE HAT, AB THEN TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE HIS COUSIN WAS PRACTICING LAW. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, “IN 1904 HE BEGAN WRITING INSURANCE FOR THE LAW FIRM OF CONYBEARE AND IVES.” WILLIAM CARLOS “W.C.” IVES WAS BORN IN 1873 IN COMPTON, QC, THE SON OF GEORGE CANNING AND SARAH ABBEY/ABBIE IVES (NEE THOMAS). IN 1881 THE FAMILY MOVED WEST TO PINCHER CREEK WHERE HIS FATHER ESTABLISHED A RANCH. W.C. ATTENDED SCHOOL IN PINCHER CREEK, COATICOOK, QC, AND MCGILL UNIVERSITY. HE STUDIED LAW FROM 1896 TO 1899 AT MCGILL AND WAS ADMITTED TO THE BAR IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC. HE WAS LATER ADMITTED TO THE BAR OF THE NORTH WEST TERRITORIES IN 1901 AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE TO ESTABLISH A PRACTICE. HE PRACTICED LAW IN LETHBRIDGE FOR 13 YEARS AND IN 1914 WAS APPOINTED TO THE SUPREME COURT OF ALBERTA AS A TRIAL JUDGE. IN SEPTEMBER 1942 HE WAS MADE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE TRIAL DIVISION. BY THE TIME HE RETIRED, W.C. HAD SERVED AS A JUDGE FOR 30 YEARS. W.C. WAS MARRIED IN 1906 TO MILLICENT MAY TOULL. MILLICENT WAS BORN IN INGERSOLL, ON ON JULY 9, 1879 AND PASSED AWAY ON JULY 10, 1958. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM AND JOSEPHINE TOULL (NEE ELLIOTT). W.C. PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 77 ON JULY 11, 1950. GEORGE CANNING IVES WAS BORN NEAR SHERBROOKE, QC AND MOVED WEST AS AN EARLY RECRUIT OF THE RNWMP IN 1879. HE LEFT THE POLICE TO TAKE UP A RANCH NEAR PRINCE CREEK, AND HE RANCHED UNTIL HE WAS APPOINTED CUSTOMS OFFICER AT MACLEOD IN 1890. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY “THE DECEASED WAS A WELL KNOWN FIGURE AMONG STOCKMEN OF THE SOUTH FOR MANY YEARS. HE WAS ONE OF THE VERY EARLIEST PIONEERS OF THIS COUNTRY AND NEVER TIRED OF RECALLING THE ‘GOD OLD DAYS’ IN THE WEST, WHEN BUFFALO WERE NOT AN UNCOMMON SIGHT.” HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 74 IN APRIL 1922. SARAH ABBEY/ABBIE IVES (NEE THOMAS) WAS BORN IN COMPTON, QC IN MARCH 1851 AND WAS MARRIED TO GEORGE IVES IN COMPTON, QC. THE COUPLE MOVED WEST IN 1880 TO SETTLE IN PINCHER CREEK, AB. ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY “THERE WERE VERY FEW WHITE WOMEN IN THE COUNTRY IN THESE EARLY DAYS, SO THAT MRS. IVES WAS REALLY AND TRULY A PIONEER IN THE FULLEST SENSE OF THE TERM. IN THESE EARLY DAYS SHE WAS VERY HIGHLY ESTEEMED, AS THE DOOR OF HER HOSPITABLE HOME WAS ALWAYS OPEN, AND A HEARTY WELCOME EXTENDED TO NEIGHBOR OR STRANGER.” SARAH PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 79 ON NOVEMBER 17, 1929. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FINDAGRAVE.COM.
Catalogue Number
P19860137000
Acquisition Date
1986-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TOO YOUNG TO FIGHT
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970041920
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TOO YOUNG TO FIGHT
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.3
Length
74.5
Width
55.5
Description
WHITE COTTON T-SHIRT WITH SILK SCREEN IMAGE ON FRONT WITH A YOUNG GIRL TRYING ON A MILITARY WEDGE CAP. CAPTION READS "TOO YOUNG TO FIGHT: MEMORIES FROM OUR YOUTH DURING WORLD WAR II".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PROFESSIONS
History
T-SHIRT WAS GIVEN TO DONOR AT A CONFERENCE OPENING THE LAUNCH OF THE BOOK "TOO YOUNG TO FIGHT", WHICH IS A WORK OF COLLECTED ESSAYS BY CANADIAN AUTHORS RELATING THEIR CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR (DONOR CONTRIBUTED TO BOOK). THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041920
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1991
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, JERSEY
Catalogue Number
P20080004002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1991
Materials
COTTON, JERSEY
No. Pieces
1
Length
24.4
Width
15.5
Description
WHITE COTTON SWEATSHIRT WITH NAVY BLUE TEXT READING, "TIME AIR" ON FRONT. LABEL AT BACK OF NECK READS, "SUNWEAR, MADE IN CANADA, M/M."
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PROFESSIONS
History
MOGUS WORKED AS REVENUE ACCOUNTANT CLERK FOR TIME AIR IN THE LETHBRIDGE OFFICE. DURING EMPLOYMENT, MOGUS RECIEVED TIME AIR SHIRTS AS GIFTS FROM CO-WORKERS. SHIRTS WERE USUALLY WORN OUTSIDE OF WORK, AS UNIFORMS WERE THE NORM. THIS PARTICULAR SHIRT WAS ONE OF THE EARLIER DESIGNS, AND IT'S AVALIBILITY PREDATES MOGUS'S EMPLOYMENT, WHICH BEGAN IN 1991. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20080004001 AND PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A T-SHIRT AND SWEATER DONATED BY CORY MOGUS. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE GONEBUTNOTFORGOTTEN.CA. CORY MOGUS WAS BORN ON JULY 16, 1962 AND WAS EDUCATED IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE WAS DESCRIBED BY THOSE CLOSEST TO HER AS A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY AND WAS “FULLY ENGAGED IN LIFE SURROUNDED BY NUMEROUS FRIENDS.” SHE PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 15, 2016. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF KENNETH “PUNCHY” JOHN MOGUS AND VIOLA MOGUS (NEE TREMEL). SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE GONEBUTNOTFORGOTTEN.CA.
Catalogue Number
P20080004002
Acquisition Date
2008-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1991
Date Range To
1992
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, JERSEY
Catalogue Number
P20080004001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1991
Date Range To
1992
Materials
COTTON, JERSEY
No. Pieces
1
Length
25.5
Width
29.0
Description
WHITE T-SHIRT WITH IMAGE OF PLANE FLYING HEAD-ON. TEXT, "TIME AIR" REPEATED THROUGHOUT DESIGN, IN ADDITION TO THE WORDS, "THE SPIRIT OF INFLIGHT." LABEL AT BACK OF NECK READS, "...MADE IN CANADA, SCREEN STARS BEST."
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PROFESSIONS
History
MOGUS WORKED AS REVENUE ACCOUNTANT CLERK FOR TIME AIR IN THE LETHBRIDGE OFFICE. DURING EMPLOYMENT, MOGUS RECEIVED TIME AIR SHIRTS AS GIFTS FROM CO-WORKERS. SHIRTS WERE USUALLY WORN OUTSIDE OF WORK, AS UNIFORMS WERE THE NORM. THIS T-SHIRT WAS ONE OF THREE DESIGNS THAT WERE MADE AVAILABLE FROM 1991 TO 1992. THIS PARTICULAR DESIGN WAS AVAILABLE FOR TIME AIR INFLIGHT STAFF ONLY. THE OTHER TWO DESIGNS HAD THE LOGOS, "TIME AIR- FLYING OVER THE MOUNTAINS" AND "TIME AIR FLYING CLUB". SHIRTS, ALONG WITH OTHER TIME AIR MERCHANDISE, WERE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE TIME AIR STORE LOCATED IN CALGARY. MERCHANDISE INCLUDED ITEMS SUCH AS CLOTHING, STAFF YEARBOOKS, PINS, LUGGAGE, AND COOKBOOKS. PRODUCTS WERE OFTEN PURCHASED BY CO-WORKERS AS GIFTS FOR BIRTHDAYS AND CHRISTMAS. ON OCCASION, WORKERS WERE GIFTED MERCHANDISE TO COMMEMORATE SPECIAL EVENTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A T-SHIRT AND SWEATER DONATED BY CORY MOGUS. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE GONEBUTNOTFORGOTTEN.CA. CORY MOGUS WAS BORN ON JULY 16, 1962 AND WAS EDUCATED IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE WAS DESCRIBED BY THOSE CLOSEST TO HER AS A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY AND WAS “FULLY ENGAGED IN LIFE SURROUNDED BY NUMEROUS FRIENDS.” SHE PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 15, 2016. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF KENNETH “PUNCHY” JOHN MOGUS AND VIOLA MOGUS (NEE TREMEL). SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE GONEBUTNOTFORGOTTEN.CA.
Catalogue Number
P20080004001
Acquisition Date
2008-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE BREWERY
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ACRYLIC
Catalogue Number
P20120028003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE BREWERY
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1990
Materials
ACRYLIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
77
Length
52
Width
7.5
Description
HUNTER GREEN SWEATER WITH LONG SLEEVES AND V-NECK. GOLDEN EMBROIDERY ON RIGHT BREAST SAYS, “LETHBRIDGE BREWERY.” TAG AT BACK OF COLLAR SAYS, “CORPORATE WEAR, LARGE GRAND, MADE IN/FAIT AU CANADA, CA 04948, ASTRO SPORTSWEAR TORONTO, 100% ACRYLIC.” CUFFS ARE FOLDED OVER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
BUSINESS
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT STAFF CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH DONOR LINDA LIPTAK. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW SHE CAME INTO POSSESSION OF THE SWEATER, LIPTAK RESPONDED BY SAYING, “I WORKED IN THE BREWERY HOSPITALITY ROOM FOR 9 YEARS, AND, WHAT I BELIEVE THIS IS A SWEATER THAT CAME IN AS A PROMOTIONAL [IN THE MID 90S] (LIPTAK MISSPOKE WHEN SHE STATED MID-1990S ON ACCOUNT THAT LETHBRIDGE BREWERY WAS CLOSED AND DEMOLISHED BY 1991). YOU KNOW, WE GOT THINGS FOR BONSPIELS FOR PROMOTIONAL THINGS, AND I BELIEVE THIS WAS ONE OF THEM. NOW I’M NOT POSITIVE ABOUT THAT. THE OTHER ALTERNATIVE WOULD BE THAT THE BREWERY HAD THESE AND GAVE THEM TO EMPLOYEES…. THE BREWERY ITSELF. THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, MY BOSS, MY BOSS’ BOSS, WAS OUT OF CALGARY. WE BASICALLY WORKED OUT OF THE CALGARY OFFICE. THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY…..WE WERE LOCATED IN THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY BUT NOT REALLY PART OF IT. I WAS ALWAYS INCLUDED AND THE BREWERY DID THINGS LIKE THIS AND, SO THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A SWEATER THAT THE BREWERY ITSELF IN LETHBRIDGE HAD MADE UP. I KIND OF THINK THAT IS WHAT IT WAS BECAUSE IT’S LETHBRIDGE BREWERY. IF IT HAD COME OUT OF CALGARY, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MOLSON BUT THEY HAD THESE MADE UP FOR EMPLOYEES AND AGAIN FOR PROMOTIONAL THINGS. MY HUSBAND WORE THIS; I GOT IT FOR MY HUSBAND, AND SO I REMEMBER THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE…..THE LOGO ON IT. AND…..HE WORE IT A FEW TIMES; DIDN’T WEAR IT A WHOLE LOT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW SHE CAME TO HAVE HER POSITION AT THE BREWERY, LIPTAK SAID, “WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR A PART-TIME JOB BECAUSE MY KIDS WERE IN SCHOOL. I HAD QUIT WORK AND STAYED HOME, MY KIDS WERE IN SCHOOL, AND I WAS LOOKING FOR A PART-TIME JOB. AND MY HUSBAND WAS IN HUMAN RESOURCES, AND ONE OF HIS FRIENDS SAID, THE BREWERY WAS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE, SO I APPLIED FOR IT, HAD AN INTERVIEW AND GOT IT. I WAS IN THE HOSPITALITY ROOM THE WHOLE TIME; IT WAS A PART-TIME JOB, BUT IT WAS MOSTLY EVENINGS; IT WAS HOSTING THINGS IN THE HOSPITALITY ROOM. WE HOSTED THE SHIRTSLEEVE BONSPIEL; WE HOSTED THE LADIES ANNUAL BONSPIEL; WE HOSTED THE BRONCOS, THE PREDECESSOR OF THE HURRICANES; WE HOSTED, THERE WERE UNION MEETINGS THAT WE WOULD HOST. ONE THING I REALLY REMEMBER THAT WAS QUITE NICE WAS, AT CHRISTMAS WE WOULD HAVE A CHRISTMAS SOCIAL, AND INVITE FRIENDS OF THE BREWERY. ERICKSON’S WOULD ALWAYS CATER FOR US AND THEY ALWAYS HAD GREAT BIG JUMBO SHRIMP IN A BIG BOWL. IT WAS AN AFTERNOON WHERE CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS OF THE BREWERY, WOULD COME DOWN AND SPEND THE AFTERNOON. I REMEMBER, AT ONE POINT, MY BOSS, OUT OF CALGARY, GEORGE REED, SAID “YOU’RE USING ERICKSON’S TOO MUCH. WE SELL BEER THROUGHOUT LETHBRIDGE. YOU NEED TO USE OTHER PEOPLE.” AND I SAID, ‘OH, BUT ERICKSON’S IS SO GOOD AND THEY KNOW US SO WELL.” BUT, ANYWAY, I TRIED ANOTHER OUTFIT, AND WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THEM. THEIR FOOD WAS O.K. BUT IT WASN’T ERICKSON’S. AND ERICKSON’S, THEY HAD EXCELLENT FOOD. THEY ALWAYS HAD EXTRA FOOD BACK AT THE RESTAURANT IF WE RAN OUT. THEY KNEW US. WHEN WE ORDERED SANDWICHES FOR LUNCH, MOST PLACES WOULD GIVE YOU 1 SANDWICH PER PERSON; THEY WOULD ALWAYS GIVE US 1 ½ SANDWICHES PER PERSON BECAUSE IT WAS ALL MEN LOTS OF TIMES. ANYWAY, I JUST REALLY LIKED THEM, BUT ANYWAY, I USED THIS OTHER ONE, AND WE RAN OUT OF FOOD; SO I WENT BACK TO HIM AND SAID, “I’M SORRY, GEORGE, BUT I’M GOING BACK TO ERICKSON’S. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I USED ANOTHER ONE.” AND, SO HE WAS O.K. WITH THAT. BUT, I STILL SEE PEOPLE WHO CATERED TO OUR HOSPITALITY ROOM [SNAKE ROOM] FROM ERICKSON’S, AND IT WAS WONDERFUL. …WHEN I WAS, AS I WORKED THERE LONGER, I WOULD TAKE CARE OF SOME OF THE COMPLAINTS, OR I WOULD RESPOND TO WRITTEN COMPLAINTS ABOUT BEER, SO I WAS IN THE OFFICE A LITTLE BIT MORE AND DOING MORE THINGS LIKE THAT. IT WAS INTERESTING, MY BOSS, THE TWO FELLOWS THAT I WORK WITH IN THE MARKETING PART, THEY ALWAYS SAID WHEN PEOPLE BRING BEER IN, THERE WOULD BE A FOREIGN OBJECT OF SOME KIND IN IT. AND THEY WOULD SAY, IF IT’S OPENED, PROVE THAT YOU DIDN’T PUT IT IN THERE. YOU CAN’T PROVE THAT IT WAS IN THERE IF IT’S CLOSED ITS NOT HURTING YOU ANYWAY. BUT THEY ALWAYS GOT A CASE OF BEER IF THEY BROUGHT IT IN AND BROUGHT A COMPLAINT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MEMORIES PERTAINING TO THE BREWERY, LIPTAK SAID, “I’M LDS, I DO NOT DRINK BEER, AND I DO NOT LIKE BEER. I HAD A FELLOW FROM MAGRATH WHERE I GREW UP COME IN ONE DAY AND HE SAYS ‘LINDA! WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN HERE?’ I SAID ‘THEY’VE GOT TO HAVE SOMEBODY SOBER TO SERVE IT!’ THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE SURPRISED THAT I WAS THERE, THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE SURPRISED THAT I WORKED THERE BUT I HAD A REALLY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH EVERYBODY AND MY HUSBAND LOVED IT. I GOT TWO CASES OF FREE BEER EVERY WEEK I THINK IT WAS OR EVERY MONTH. WE COULD GO AND BUY IT AND HAND OUR RECEIPTS IN. SO MY HUSBAND LOVED IT BECAUSE HE LOVED BEER! LIPTAK RELAYED HER FEELINGS ON FINDING OUT THAT MOLSON’S WAS CLOSING THE BREWERY BY SAYING, “I WAS REALLY DISAPPOINTED. I SAID “THIS IS MY PERFECT JOB! I WAS GOING TO STAY HERE AND RETIRE HERE.” BECAUSE IT WAS A PART TIME JOB, THAT’S ALL I WANTED AND I WAS REALLY SADDENED BUT THERE WASN’T A WHOLE LOT YOU COULD DO. IN THE MEANTIME, THEY GAVE US LOTS OF NOTICE. LIKE THERE WAS NO PAYOUT AT THE END BECAUSE THEY GAVE US WHATEVER NOTICE WE HAD TO HAVE. THEY TREATED THE FULL TIME EMPLOYEES REALLY WELL. BUT THEY DIDN’T EVEN CONSIDER ME PERMANENT PART-TIME. I WAS JUST CASUAL AND SO I DIDN’T GET THE BENEFITS THAT THEY DID. A LOT OF THEM ACTUALLY WENT TO SCHOOL AND THE BREWERY PAID FOR THEM TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. SOME OF THEM RELOCATED TO CALGARY. A COUPLE OF THEM MAY HAVE RELOCATED TO EDMONTON, I’M NOT SURE BUT THEY WERE VERY FAIR WITH THE EMPLOYEES. I DIDN’T THINK THEY WERE FAIR TO ME BECAUSE I HAD BEEN THERE FOR NINE YEARS AND I WAS STILL CONSIDERED CASUAL BUT THEY GAVE US…I HAD ALL KINDS OF BENEFITS WITH MERCHANDISE YOU KNOW. IT WAS…I THOUGHT IT WAS A PERFECT JOB BECAUSE MY HUSBAND COULD BABYSIT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE PHYSICAL LOCATION OF THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, WHEN IT WAS BUILT AND HOW TO GET THERE, LIPTAK RESPONDED BY SAYING, “I WOULD GUESS IT WAS [BUILT] WHEN THE OFFICE BUILDING OR SHORTLY AFTER THE OFFICE BUILDING WAS BUILT. IT WAS ON THE EAST, YES AND IT WAS SOUTH OF THE RECEIVING. [I]F YOU WANTED TO GO TO THE SNAKE ROOM AND THE OFFICE YOU WOULD GO RIGHT BEFORE YOU GOT TO THE BEER STORE. THE HOSPITALITY ROOM WAS NOT PART OF THE BREWERY. IT WAS A SEPARATE OFFICE BUILDING, AND THE HOSPITALITY ROOM WAS DOWNSTAIRS IN THIS OFFICE BUILDING. IT HAD A BACK ENTRY DOOR AND YOU JUST WENT DOWN THE STAIRS AND THAT’S WHERE THE SNAKE ROOM WAS, THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, AND HE REMEMBERS GOING OVER THERE AFTER WORK. IF YOU REMEMBER, WHEN THERE WAS DRUNK DRIVING; THERE WAS A HORRIFIC ACCIDENT, AND I THINK SOMEONE CAME OUT OF ONE OF THESE SNAKE ROOMS…..IT WASN’T IN LETHBRIDGE; BUT I REMEMBER THE GOVERNMENT REALLY STEPPING DOWN ON THESE AND SAYING “THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC ROOM. IT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE.” AND SO THAT IS WHEN LINDA GODLINGTON WAS THERE…..LINDA LARSON WAS HER NAME….SHE WORKED THERE, AND SHE QUIT, AND I WENT IN. AND, SO SHE WAS THERE FOR 4-5 YEARS, AND THEN I WAS THERE FOR 9 YEARS. AND THEN IT CLOSED. THEN IT BECAME PART-TIME, AND IT BECAME ON INVITATION. I WAS TELLING YOU ABOUT THE GLASSES WE ALWAYS HAD THERE. WE HAD KEGS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS, BUT WE ALWAYS HAD BOTTLED BEER DOWN THERE, BUT, WHEN IT WAS THE BONSPIELS, WE WOULD USUALLY, THEY WOULD USUALLY BRING A KEG OVER FROM THE BREWERY, AND THAT WAS WHAT I WOULD SERVE THEM; AND EVEN IN BOTTLES, WE WOULD PUT IT IN GLASSES. I REMEMBER WHEN WE HAD THE WOMEN THERE…WHEN THE MEN WERE THERE THEY WOULD SAY “THESE ARE NICE GLASSES, CAN I TAKE ONE HOME?” AND WE ALWAYS SAID, “SURE”, BECAUSE IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL. IT WAS PROMOTION. THE WOMEN WOULD COME IN….. AND THEY WOULD, SOME OF THEM WOULD COME WITH BIG PURSES, BECAUSE THE YEAR BEFORE, THEY HAD TAKEN 4 GLASSES, AND THIS YEAR THEY HAD TO HAVE AT LEAST 2 MORE TO MAKE THEIR SET UP. AND, THEY DIDN’T ASK ….THEY WOULD JUST COLLECT THE GLASSES OFF THE TABLES AND TAKE THEM HOME. AND, OF COURSE, WE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING BECAUSE WE’RE HOSTING THEM, AND IT WASN’T REALLY A BIG DEAL. AND BEING A WOMAN THERE, MOST OF THE EVENTS WERE MALES; THE NOON LUNCHEONS WOULD SOMETIMES HAVE A FEW FEMALES, BUT THE MEN’S BONSPIEL, THE HOCKEY, MOST OF IT WAS MEN. I WAS QUITE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT; I DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT, BUT, I DO REMEMBER THAT THE COARSEST LANGUAGE WAS WHEN THE WOMEN’S BONSPIEL WAS THERE. WHEN ASKED IF SHE COULD DESCRIBE THE HOSPITALITY ROOM ALSO KNOWN AS THE SNAKE ROOM, LIPTAK REPLIED, “FROM THE DOWNSTAIRS YOU TURN TO YOUR LEFT AND YOU WENT IN THE MAIN ROOM. DIRECTLY ON YOUR RIGHT WOULD BE THE BAR, A SMALL BAR THERE WAS A FRIDGE THERE AND A SMALL SINK AND A DRAINER THERE. IF YOU WENT TO THE LEFT YOU WOULD GO INTO THE STORAGE ROOM SO THAT WAS ALONG THERE. THERE WAS, WHAT WAS ON THAT WALL..I DON’T KNOW BUT WE HAD TABLES AND THEY WERE LOW TABLES, BIG ROUND LOW TABLES WITH CHAIRS ALONG THERE AND THEN …IF YOU WENT A LITTLE FURTHER THERE WAS A JUT TO THE LEFT AND THERE WAS A ROOM THERE WITH ANOTHER BIG TABLE THERE. THE KITCHEN WAS OPPOSITE, IF YOU KEPT GOING FROM THE BAR THE KITCHEN AREA WAS DOWN THERE AND IT HAD A BIG LONG SERVING. IT WAS A U-TYPE THING. FROM THE KITCHEN THERE WERE STAIRS THAT WENT UP AND YOU WOULD COME INTO THE FRONT ENTRY WAY OFF THE BREWERY OFFICE UPSTAIRS. BETWEEN THAT ENTRY AND THE BAR THERE WAS TWO STAIRS THAT WENT DOWNSTAIRS, WENT DOWN, AND THAT WAS A BIG ROOM LIKE THIS AND IT HAD A BIG LONG TABLE AND IT HAD CHAIRS AROUND IT. IT HAD A TV UP IN THE CORNER MOST OF THE TIME I BELIEVE, AND THERE WERE PICTURES OF YOU KNOW HISTORICAL PICTURES IN THAT ROOM. THERE WERE IT SEEMS LIKE THERE COULD HAVE BEEN PICTURES OF CELEBRITIES WHO HAD BEEN THERE BECAUSE VERY OFTEN PEOPLE THAT CAME TO TOWN BECAUSE THEY, BEFORE I WAS INVOLVED WITH THEM THEY HAD A SPORTSMAN’S BANQUETS AND THEY ALWAYS HAD A FUNCTION DOWN THERE WITH THE CELEBRITIES. THAT WAS PRIOR TO MY TIME. SO THEY HAD PICTURES OF THESE CELEBRITY SIGNED PICTURES. WHEN WE DID CELEBRATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY, AND THAT WAS A REALLY BIG SPLASH IN LETHBRIDGE, FOR THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF MOLSON. WE ORDERED, WE HAD ALL KINDS OF TRAYS AND GLASSES AND CLOTHES AND JUST MANY MANY THINGS.” IN REGARDS TO TOURS ENDING IN THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, LIPTAK SAID, “THEY DID NOT HAVE SCHEDULED TOURS OF THE BREWERY. IT WASN’T SET UP, I HAD BEEN, MY HUSBAND WAS A BEER DRINKER, WHENEVER WE WENT ON HOLIDAYS WE WOULD STOP AT BREWERIES, AND I HAVE SEEN BREWERIES WHERE THEY ARE SETUP TO SHOW PEOPLE. THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY WAS NOT SET UP TO HAVE TOURS. I GOT TO GO THROUGH IT TWO OR THREE TIMES, JUST BECAUSE I NEEDED TO KNOW, PEOPLE WOULD ASK QUESTIONS, SO THEY WANTED ME TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS. THEY WOULD TAKE INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE THROUGH OR A VERY SMALL GROUP ONCE IN A WHILE, BUT YES, AFTER THE BREWERY, AFTER THE TOUR THEY WOULD COME DOWN. PEOPLE WHO WOULD KIND OF ASK ME FOR A TOUR, WE WOULD USUALLY TAKE THEM DOWN INTO THE SNAKE ROOM AND EXPLAIN HOW WE BREWED OUR BEER, AND THEN THEY WOULD HAVE A SAMPLE. A BOTTLE, OR TWO OF THE YOU KNOW, WHATEVER BRAND THEY WOULD LIKE. IN THE PLANT ITSELF, IN THE LUNCH ROOM THERE WAS ALWAYS BEER IN THE LUNCH ROOM THAT THE GUYS COULD HAVE. THEY HAD TO; I MEAN THEY MONITORED WHAT THEY DRANK. THE BEER WAS AVAILABLE THERE. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER HUSBAND’S USE OF THE SWEATER, LIPTAK RESPONDED BY SAYING, “HE [AL LIPTAK] DIDN’T GET DRESSED UP A WHOLE LOT. HE RODE A MOTORCYCLE HIS WHOLE LIFE THAT’S WHY I RIDE NOW. SO BLUE JEANS AND A T-SHIRT WERE HIS APPAREL, YES. SO HE DID, I REMEMBER, LIKE IF WE WOULD GO OUT TO A SOCIAL, HE WOULD WEAR THIS, LIKE I SAID TO A BREWERY SOCIAL HE WOULD WEAR IT. BUT ONCE HE GOT INTO HARLEY’S, HE WOULD RATHER WEAR HIS HARLEY APPAREL THAN THE BREWERY. …HE DIED FIVE YEARS AGO AND WHEN I WENT THROUGH EVERYTHING, I LOOKED AT THIS AND I THOUGHT WELL MAYBE THAT I WOULD WEAR THIS SOMETIME BECAUSE HE WASN’T THAT MUCH BIGGER THAN ME. AND SO I KEPT IT. WELL, I’M MOVING TO RED DEER IN NOVEMBER AND DOWNSIZING AGAIN. FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING TRANSCRIBED INTERVIEW WITH LINDA LIPTAK, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME THAT ORIGINALLY HUNG IN THE "SNAKE ROOM" AT THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY. SHE ALSO CORRELATED THIS ARTIFACT'S HISTORY WITH ANOTHER INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN WITH GUNTER HORN, FORMER BREWMASTER, ABOUT HIS MEMORIES OF THE SNAKE ROOM; SEE RECORD P20100013007 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20120028003
Acquisition Date
2012-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20010103007
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
83.0
Width
45.0
Description
WHITE COTTON DRESS SHIRT. HAS A TURNED DOWN COLLAR. FRONT OF SHIRT CLOSES WITH WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS. CENTER FRONT OF SHIRT HAS VERTICAL ROWS OF EMBROIDERED, WHITE FLOWERS. CUFFS OF SHIRT ARE TURNED UP, AND ALSO HAVE A WHITE PLASTIC BUTTON. TAG INSIDE SHIRT READS "STYLED BY JOHN FORSYTH SELECT SWISS SHIRTING". A STAMP INSIDE BACK OF NECKLINE READS "LEO". THERE IS A SMALL YELLOW TAG ATTACHED TO FRONT OF SHIRT THAT READS "SPX-7".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
PROFESSIONS
History
LEO SINGER WAS BORN IN ROMANIA AND IMMIGRATED TO RUMSEY, ALBERTA WITH HIS MOTHER. HIS FATHER WAS KILLED IN WWI. LEO AND HIS MOTHER MOVED TO CALGARY, WHERE HE ATTENDED SCHOOL AND LATER GARBER COLLEGE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A RETAIL CLOTHING STORE IN LETHBRIDGE AND FINALLY MOVED HERE IN 1932. ONE OF THE REASONS HE DECIDED TO MOVE, WAS TO PLAY FOR THE LETHBRIDGE JEWISH ASSOCIATION BASEBALL TEAM. LEO MET HIS WIFE PHYLLIS IN MONTREAL, WHERE SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED, AND THEY MARRIED IN 1942. LEO WAS ACTIVE IN THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY AND WAS INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE U OF L. LEO WAS A MEMBER OF THE JEWISH ASSOCIATION, OF WHICH HE WAS PRESIDENT FOR 17 YEARS; THE KIWANIS CLUB, WHICH WAS THE FIRST CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE THAT ALLOWED HIM TO JOIN; RESERVE ARMY, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, UNITED WAY, LEGION, LABOR CLUB, ARMY AND NAVY, ETCETERA. HE VOLUNTEERED MUCH OF HIS TIME WITH DIFFERENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE HE FELT THAT THE COMMUNITY HAD TREATED HIM WELL AND HE WANTED TO SHOW HIS GRATITUDE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A STORE ON THE HIGINBOTHAM BLOCK, MOVING THE STORE IN 1940 TO 214 5 ST. S. SINGER'S WAS THE FIRST IN THE CITY TO SPORT A FLASHING NEON SIGN. NAMED LEO SINGER MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR IN 1955, THE BOY'S CLOTHING ASPECT WAS PHASED OUT IN THE LATE 1980S OR EARLY 90S. SINGER HANDLED BOYS' WEAR PRIMARILY BECAUSE HE WAS THE SOLE DISTRIBUTOR FOR SCOUTS CANADA IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. MORE THAN 50,000 SCOUTS WERE OUTFITTED BY UNIFORMS SUPPLIED THROUGH SINGER. HE ALSO SUPPLIED THE CITY'S POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS WITH UNIFORMS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. SINGER'S MOTTO AND TRADEMARK WERE "IT'S NOT THE SALE THAT COUNTS -- IT'S THE CUSTOMER". BEING RAISED IN CALGARY HE WAS INSPIRED TO ENTER THE RETAIL CLOTHING BUSINESS AS A TEENAGER, WHO SPENT AFTER-SCHOOL HOURS WORKING FOR A CLOTHIER AND LATER ENROLLED IN BUSINESS SCHOOL. SINGER SAID HE FELL IN LOVE WITH LETHBRIDGE DURING A WEEKEND BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AND DECIDED TO STAY. LEO SINGER PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY OF 1997.
Catalogue Number
P20010103007
Acquisition Date
2002-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC, CARDBOARD
Catalogue Number
P20010103019
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC, CARDBOARD
No. Pieces
3
Height
6.0
Length
37.5
Width
24.5
Description
SHIRT IS LIGHT BLUE WITH VERTICAL RED STRIPES. HAS A TURN DOWN COLLAR WITH A BUTTON HOLE AND WHITE BUTTON ON EACH SIDE. FRONT OF SHIRT CLOSES WITH WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS. THERE IS A PATCH POCKET ON LEFT BREAST. EMBROIDERED ON ONE CUFF IS "L.S." IN RED. EACH CUFF HAS TWO WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS FOR CLOSURES. TAG INSIDE SHIRT READS "MADE EXCLUSIVELY FOR LEO SINGER LETHBRIDGE -- ALTA.". SHIRT IS FOLDED AROUND A CARDBOARD RECTANGLE, AND ENCASED IN A CLEAR PLASTIC BAG.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
PROFESSIONS
History
LEO SINGER WAS BORN IN ROMANIA AND IMMIGRATED TO RUMSEY, ALBERTA WITH HIS MOTHER. HIS FATHER WAS KILLED IN WWI. LEO AND HIS MOTHER MOVED TO CALGARY, WHERE HE ATTENDED SCHOOL AND LATER GARBER COLLEGE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A RETAIL CLOTHING STORE IN LETHBRIDGE AND FINALLY MOVED HERE IN 1932. ONE OF THE REASONS HE DECIDED TO MOVE, WAS TO PLAY FOR THE LETHBRIDGE JEWISH ASSOCIATION BASEBALL TEAM. LEO MET HIS WIFE PHYLLIS IN MONTREAL, WHERE SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED, AND THEY MARRIED IN 1942. LEO WAS ACTIVE IN THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY AND WAS INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE U OF L. LEO WAS A MEMBER OF THE JEWISH ASSOCIATION, OF WHICH HE WAS PRESIDENT FOR 17 YEARS; THE KIWANIS CLUB, WHICH WAS THE FIRST CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE THAT ALLOWED HIM TO JOIN; RESERVE ARMY, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, UNITED WAY, LEGION, LABOR CLUB, ARMY AND NAVY, ETCETERA. HE VOLUNTEERED MUCH OF HIS TIME WITH DIFFERENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE HE FELT THAT THE COMMUNITY HAD TREATED HIM WELL AND HE WANTED TO SHOW HIS GRATITUDE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A STORE ON THE HIGINBOTHAM BLOCK, MOVING THE STORE IN 1940 TO 214 5 ST. S. SINGER'S WAS THE FIRST IN THE CITY TO SPORT A FLASHING NEON SIGN. NAMED LEO SINGER MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR IN 1955, THE BOY'S CLOTHING ASPECT WAS PHASED OUT IN THE LATE 1980S OR EARLY 90S. SINGER HANDLED BOYS' WEAR PRIMARILY BECAUSE HE WAS THE SOLE DISTRIBUTOR FOR SCOUTS CANADA IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. MORE THAN 50,000 SCOUTS WERE OUTFITTED BY UNIFORMS SUPPLIED THROUGH SINGER. HE ALSO SUPPLIED THE CITY'S POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS WITH UNIFORMS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. SINGER'S MOTTO AND TRADEMARK WERE "IT'S NOT THE SALE THAT COUNTS -- IT'S THE CUSTOMER". BEING RAISED IN CALGARY HE WAS INSPIRED TO ENTER THE RETAIL CLOTHING BUSINESS AS A TEENAGER, WHO SPENT AFTER-SCHOOL HOURS WORKING FOR A CLOTHIER AND LATER ENROLLED IN BUSINESS SCHOOL. SINGER SAID HE FELL IN LOVE WITH LETHBRIDGE DURING A WEEKEND BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AND DECIDED TO STAY. LEO SINGER PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY OF 1997.
Catalogue Number
P20010103019
Acquisition Date
2002-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC, VELVET
Catalogue Number
P20010103006
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC, VELVET
No. Pieces
2
Length
86.5
Width
51.0
Description
1. JACKET. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. JACKET IS MADE OF WHITE DAMASK. JACKET HAS WIDE, NOTCHED LAPELS MADE FROM BLACK VELVET. LAPELS ARE TRIMMED WITH A BLACK BRAID. CUFFS ARE ALSO MADE FROM BLACK VELVET. HAS A WELT BREAST POCKET ON LEFT HAND SIDE. AS WELL AS TWO FLAPPED, DOUBLE-BESOM POCKETS ON WAIST. THE WELTS ON THESE POCKETS ARE FORMED FROM BLACK VELVET. FRONT OF COAT CLOSES WITH THREE BUTTONS, COVERED IN BLACK VELVET; THERE IS ONE BUTTON ON EACH CUFF, ALSO COVERED IN VELVET. THERE ARE TWO POCKETS INSIDE JACKET. A TAG INSIDE JACKET READS "LEO SINGER MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA". THERE IS A CARDBOARD TAG STAPLED TO ARM OF JACKET THAT READS "TUXEDO HEXEX 395.00 42". 2. PANTS. 107.0 X 49.0. BLACK SYNTHETIC FABRIC (POLYESTER, WOOL, MOHAIR BLEND). THERE IS A STRIP OF BLACK SATIN RUNNING DOWN SIDE OF EACH LEG. THERE ARE TWO DOUBLE BESOM POCKETS IN BACK OF PANTS; ONE POCKET HAS A PLASTIC BUTTON CLOSURE. THERE IS ALSO A CONTINENTAL POCKET ON EACH SIDE OF PANTS. FRONT OF PANTS CLOSE WITH A BLACK, PLASTIC ZIPPER AND A WIDE HOOK AND EYE. ETCHED ONTO HOOK AND EYE IS "TALON". A LABEL SEWN TO PANTS READS "EXPRESSO".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
PROFESSIONS
History
LEO SINGER WAS BORN IN ROMANIA AND IMMIGRATED TO RUMSEY, ALBERTA WITH HIS MOTHER. HIS FATHER WAS KILLED IN WWI. LEO AND HIS MOTHER MOVED TO CALGARY, WHERE HE ATTENDED SCHOOL AND LATER GARBER COLLEGE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A RETAIL CLOTHING STORE IN LETHBRIDGE AND FINALLY MOVED HERE IN 1932. ONE OF THE REASONS HE DECIDED TO MOVE, WAS TO PLAY FOR THE LETHBRIDGE JEWISH ASSOCIATION BASEBALL TEAM. LEO MET HIS WIFE PHYLLIS IN MONTREAL, WHERE SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED, AND THEY MARRIED IN 1942. LEO WAS ACTIVE IN THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY AND WAS INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE U OF L. LEO WAS A MEMBER OF THE JEWISH ASSOCIATION, OF WHICH HE WAS PRESIDENT FOR 17 YEARS; THE KIWANIS CLUB, WHICH WAS THE FIRST CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE THAT ALLOWED HIM TO JOIN; RESERVE ARMY, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, UNITED WAY, LEGION, LABOR CLUB, ARMY AND NAVY, ETCETERA. HE VOLUNTEERED MUCH OF HIS TIME WITH DIFFERENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE HE FELT THAT THE COMMUNITY HAD TREATED HIM WELL AND HE WANTED TO SHOW HIS GRATITUDE. IN 1930 HE OPENED A STORE ON THE HIGINBOTHAM BLOCK, MOVING THE STORE IN 1940 TO 214 5 ST. S. SINGER'S WAS THE FIRST IN THE CITY TO SPORT A FLASHING NEON SIGN. NAMED LEO SINGER MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR IN 1955, THE BOY'S CLOTHING ASPECT WAS PHASED OUT IN THE LATE 1980S OR EARLY 90S. SINGER HANDLED BOYS' WEAR PRIMARILY BECAUSE HE WAS THE SOLE DISTRIBUTOR FOR SCOUTS CANADA IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. MORE THAN 50,000 SCOUTS WERE OUTFITTED BY UNIFORMS SUPPLIED THROUGH SINGER. HE ALSO SUPPLIED THE CITY'S POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS WITH UNIFORMS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. SINGER'S MOTTO AND TRADEMARK WERE "IT'S NOT THE SALE THAT COUNTS -- IT'S THE CUSTOMER". BEING RAISED IN CALGARY HE WAS INSPIRED TO ENTER THE RETAIL CLOTHING BUSINESS AS A TEENAGER, WHO SPENT AFTER-SCHOOL HOURS WORKING FOR A CLOTHIER AND LATER ENROLLED IN BUSINESS SCHOOL. SINGER SAID HE FELL IN LOVE WITH LETHBRIDGE DURING A WEEKEND BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AND DECIDED TO STAY. LEO SINGER PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY OF 1997.
Catalogue Number
P20010103006
Acquisition Date
2002-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
THREE-PIECE SUIT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073176
  3 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
THREE-PIECE SUIT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
3
Length
77.7
Width
45
Description
1. NAVY BLUE WOOL SUIT JACKET WITH THIN RED AND BLUE PINSTRIPES. SILVER-BLUE RAYON LINING. TWO FRONT POCKETS WITH FLAPS AND TWO INSIDE BREAST POCKETS. RIGHT BREAST POCKET HAS LABEL WITH "WOODWARD'S MENS SHOPPE" AND TAG BELOW WITH "PURE VIRGIN WOOL". TWO BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; THREE BUTTONS AT EACH CUFF. WIDE LAPELS; SINGLE-BREASTED. 2. VEST: 61.2CM (L) X 39.5CM (W). MATCHING VEST. 6 BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE. TAPERED TO A "V" AT BOTTOM OF FRONT WITH TWO POCKETS. HALF BELTED WITH ADJUSTABLE BUCKLE. RAYON TAFETTA BACKING (MATCHING JACKET LINING). 3. TROUSERS: 96CM (L) X 36CM (W). MATCHING TROUSERS. TWO FRONT POCKETS AND TWO BACK POCKETS. ZIPPER, BUTTON, AND HOOK CLOSURE AT WAIST. HEMMED AT BOTTOM AND ALTERED AT WAISTBAND TO DECREASE SIZE. WAISTBAND AND POCKETS LINED WITH GREY COTTON. WIDE STRAIGHT CUT LEGS WITH HOLE IN RIGHT KNEE AND SMALL HOLE IN RIGHT LEG HEM.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
BUSINESS
PERSONAL CARE
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE DONATED AS PART OF THE ING ESTATE (P19950073023). SHE EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ING FAMILY FROM PERMANENT FILE P19950073001, WHICH CONTAINS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED WITH HAROLD ING JR., SON OF HAROLD AND MYRA, IN HIS ROOM AT THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL IN SEPTEMBER 2005. MYRA WAS BORN IN GOLDEN B.C. TO SHIN-BOW AND CHOW TING RAH; HER FATHER ORGINALLY EMIGRATED TO CANADA TO WORK ON CANADIAN RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND LATER BECAME A RESTAURANTEUR, WHERE MYRA DEVELOPED HER ENGLISH SKILLS AS A WAITRESS. "IN 1906 MY DAD [HAROLD ING SR.] LEFT HONG KONG FOR VANCOUVER, HE COULDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH... HE'S GOT TO BE A WAITER, A BUSBOY... AND HE LEARNED ALL THE WAY UP, IN THE MEANTIME PICKING UP ENGLISH... WENT TO WINNIPEG. THIS IS BEFORE ME. BY THEN HE KNEW THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF RESTAURANTING." MYRA AND HAROLD SR. MARRIED AND ADOPTED HAROLD JR. WHEN HE WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY OF ELEVEN IN 1944, IN VANCOUVER. "ME AND MY TWIN SISTER WERE SOLD BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY. SO DAD, MY MOM PICKED ME AND DAD SAID YES THAT'S GOOD... I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY SISTER IS... THERE'S NO WAY OF FINDING OUT." THE ING FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE LATE 1940S, AND HAROLD SR. OWNS AND OPERATES THE NEW MOON CAFE AND TWO GROCERIES, WHICH ARE RUN BY THE FAMILY AND NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS THAT HAROLD SR. SPONSORED. "AT APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS OLD [MY FATHER] INTRODUCED ME TO THE NEW MOON CAFE, AND I WAS A BUSBOY AT THE AGE OF FIVE... IN 1951 HE SHOWED ME MY FIRST HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL... BECAUSE HE WAS THE OWNER... HE'D WAKE UP AT FIVE IN THE MORNING TO GO TO THE CAFE, OFF AND ON TO THE GROCERY STORE AND MIGHT BE DONE AT EIGHT AT NIGHT, SUPPER AND IMMEDIATELY TO CHINATOWN [FOR] GAMBLING, PUTTING DOWN MAH JONG." HAROLD JR. ATTENDED WESTMINISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DURING THE DAY, AND CHINESE SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE EVENINGS - HIS FATHER WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, AND THE ORGANIZATION RAN THE SCHOOL, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS, FILM SCREENINGS, AND BANQUETS, FUNDED BY MEMBERSHIP FEES. HAROLD'S YOUNGER BROTHER, CALVIN, "GOT SENT TO A BOARDING SCHOOL SOMEWHERE. HE WAS GIFTED, BUT HE HAD A BYPASS SURGERY, HE HAD SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS HEART. HE COULDN'T HANDLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, SO THEY SENT HIM TO B.C." AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND A BRIEF STINT IN CALGARY, HAROLD JR. RAN ING'S GROCERY FOR HIS FATHER, AND IN THE LATE 1960S AND EARLY 70S ALSO WORKED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A SALESMAN AT SEARS. BOTH HAROLD SR. AND MYRA ING PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S, AND THE OBJECTS ENCOMPASSING DONATION P19950073001-231 WERE COLLECTED FROM THE FAMILY HOME. FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN DETAILS ON THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950073176
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
DRESS PANTS
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1966
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20160041003
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DRESS PANTS
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1966
Materials
COTTON, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
72
Width
46
Description
MENS BLACK DRESS PANTS, FRONT WAISTBAND HAS COVERED SILVER HOOK CLASP AND SILVER ZIPPER. OUTSIDE HAS TWO BLACK VELVET STRIPS RUNING ON THE LEFT AND RIGHT OVER THE SIDE POCKETS, AND RUNNING DOWN THE LENGTH OF EACH LEG. INSIDE OF PANTS IS A BLACK PLASTIC BUTTON AND BLACK COTTON FABRIC WITH BUTTON-HOLE FOR SECURING THE PANTS. POCKETS ON RIGHT AND LEFT SIDES OF THE HIPS AND ON THE REAR ARE LINED WITH TAN FABRIC. PANTS ARE LINED WITH CREAM COTTON FABRIC. INSIDE THE PANTS ARE SIX WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS POSITIONED AROUND THE WAIST. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
PROFESSIONS
History
THE TUXEDO SET – COMPLETE WITH JACKET, PANTS, VEST, TWO BOWTIES, AND A CIGAR THAT WAS FOUND IN THE JACKET POCKET – CAME TO THE MUSEUM FROM DONORS BRUCE AND JOAN HAIG. THE TUXEDO AND THE PIECES THAT WENT ALONG WITH IT BELONGED TO BRUCE’S FATHER, DR. ARTHUR HAIG (1901-1986). BRUCE AND JOAN HAIG DONATED THE COLLECTION OF ITEMS TO THE GALT MUSEUM, WHERE COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE COUPLE ON NOVEMBER 25, 2016. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: “IN 1977, WE MOVED INTO BRUCE’S PARENTS’ HOUSE,” JOAN STATED AS SHE BEGAN TO SPEAK ABOUT THE TUXEDO ENSEMBLE, “AND MOTHER, [PHYLLIS HAIG (NEE HARRISON)] HAD [THE TUXEDO] IN A BOX IN THE STOREROOM. SHE HAD IT MARKED TO GO TO THE APARTMENT [THEY LATER MOVED TO], BUT THEY NEVER TOOK IT. BRUCE’S DAD HAD HAD A SEVERE STROKE AND WAS UNABLE TO WEAR IT ANYMORE, SO SHE JUST LEFT IT. IT SAT ON THE TOP SHELF THERE UNTIL WE MOVED JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO. OUR DAUGHTER IS NOW IN THE HOUSE, AND THIS BOX WAS STILL ON THE SHELF IN THE STOREROOM, SO SHE DEPOSITED IT AT OUR HOUSE.” “[WE WERE ALWAYS AWARE OF THE ITEMS’ EXISTENCE, BECAUSE] AND IT WAS PA’S TUX.” PA BEING BRUCE’S FATHER, DR. ARTHUR HAIG, AS JOAN EXPLAINED. SHE CONTINUED, “IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU’RE GOING TO JUST DUMP. WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT, SO WE JUST KEPT LOOKING AT THE BOX THAT SAID, ‘PA’S TUX,’ ON THE SIDE.” IN THE INTERVIEW, BRUCE ASKED JOAN IF HE EVER WORE HIS FATHER’S SUIT, SHE REPLIED, “NO, IT’S MILES TOO BIG FOR YOU.” THE HAIG’S BROUGHT IN A PHOTOGRAPH OF DR. HAIG WEARING THE SUIT TAKEN IN NOVEMBER 1963. BRUCE SAID, “AT ABOUT THAT TIME HE WAS HEAVILY INTO MEDICAL POLITICS. HE HAD JUST BEEN APPOINTED THE HEAD OF THE PROVINCE FOR THE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE ALBERTA DIVISION PRESIDENT. THAT’S THE PICTURE THAT WE HAVE IN HERE. IT WAS JUST LIKE A PICTURE THAT WAS TAKEN WITH A CAMERA AT THE HOTEL BEFORE OR AFTER A DINNER-TYPE THING. WE FIGURED THAT’S [THE TIME PERIOD] WHEN HE WAS WEARING IT. HE USED TO WEAR A TUX [OFTEN]. I HAVE A PICTURE FROM BACK IN THE TWENTIES – HE GRADUATED ABOUT ’26 FROM MCGILL – AND THERE’S A PICTURE OF HIM IN A TUXEDO. IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN [THE ONE WE ARE DONATING], BECAUSE HE DIDN’T MOVE TO LETHBRIDGE UNTIL 1929.” EXPLAINING HER FATHER-IN-LAW’S NEED FOR SUCH ATTIRE, JOAN ADDED, “THEY DID HAVE A LOT OF FORMAL EVENTS AND FORMAL PARTIES. HOUSE PARTIES IN THOSE DAYS WERE FORMAL. WOMEN WORE LONG GOWNS, AND MEN WORE TUXES.” SOCIAL LISTINGS PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ACCOUNT VARIOUS ENGAGEMENTS DR. AND MRS. HAIG ATTENDED OR HOSTED TOGETHER, INCLUDING ONE PUBLISHED IN THE JUNE 18, 1957 PAPER. IT IS STATED, “DR. ARTHUR HAIG OF LETHBRIDGE, PRESIDENT ELECT OF THE ALBERTA DIVISION OF THE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AND MRS. HAIG, WILL BE AMONG THE GUESTS AT THE RECEPTION TO BE GIVEN BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CANADIAN MEDIAL ASSOCIATION...” DURING THE 2016 INTERVIEW, BRUCE CONTINUED, “HE WAS HEAVILY INTO THE KINSMAN AND THEN ROTARY CLUB. HE JUST LOVED THOSE SERVICE CLUBS. I’M SURE HE WORE [THE TUX] MANY TIMES FOR [RELATED EVENTS].” ON MAY 4, 1936, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD REPORTED, “DINING ROOM OF THE ASSINIBOIA HOTEL HERE WAS COMFORTABLY FILLED BY SCORES OF YOUNG BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL MEN RESIDENT IN THREE ALBERTA CITIES, SATURDAY NIGHT, AS THE RECENTLY ORGANIZED KINSMEN CLUB OF MEDICINE HAT WAS FORMALLY PRESENT WITH ITS CHARTER LINKING IT WITH 50 OTHER KIN CLUBS THROUGHOUT THE DOMINION. CONFERRING OF THE CHARTER WAS PERFORMED BY DR. ARTHUR HAIG OF LETHBRIDGE, KIN GOVERNOR FOR DISTRICT NO. 4.” “MEN WORE FORMAL ATTIRE,” JOAN EXPLAINED, “SO DID WOMEN TO ALL OF THEIR FUNCTIONS. [BRUCE’S FATHER] WAS QUITE A PROMINENT DOCTOR. HE WAS THE CHIEF OF SURGERY AT ST. MIKE’S, AND THEN AT THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL. HE WAS A BIG MAN ON CAMPUS, AND KNEW IT.” UPON EXAMINATION OF THE TUXEDO JACKET’S LABEL, IT IS NOTED THAT THE JACKET IS FROM 1956. BRUCE EXPLAINED, “[IN] 1956, I’M AT UNIVERSITY. AT U OF S, SASKATOON [DURING THE TIME]… WE DO HAVE A [HOME] MOVIE OF A PARTY IN 1940 OR ’41, IN THE BASEMENT, AND I THINK THEY’RE ALL WEARING TUXES THERE.” “[MY PARENTS] WERE VERY SOCIAL. [MY FATHER] WAS FROM CLARESHOLM. [MY FATHER’S] FATHER HAD DIED OF TUBERCULOSIS OF THE SPINE. HE HAD BEEN MISTREATED BY A CHIROPRACTOR FOR HIS BAD BACK, AND THEY FOUND THAT HE HAD TUBERCULOSIS. [AFTER MY GRANDFATHER’S PASSING], HIS MOTHER GROOMED TWO OR THREE OF THE KIDS TO BECOME DOCTORS, PROBABLY AS A RESULT OF THIS TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE. THEY REALLY BECAME THE NOUVEAU RICHE, BECAUSE IN THE ‘20S AND ‘30S, MEDICAL PEOPLE WERE ON A PARTICULAR PEDESTAL THAT THEY DON’T HAVE NOW BECAUSE OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. THEY HAD A CERTAIN OPINION OF THEMSELVES. THEY DRESSED UP AND THEY WERE IMPORTANT PEOPLE AND THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS.” ABOUT DR. ARTHUR HAIG’S PRACTICE, JOAN ADDED, “HE HAD A CONTRACT WITH THE GALT MINE, SO WHEN OTHER PEOPLE WERE STRUGGLING VERY HARD, HE WAS DOING PRETTY WELL. IN 1937 THEY BUILT THAT HOUSE. [THEY] HAD IT CUSTOM BUILT FOR THEM, SO THAT INDICATES THAT THERE WASN’T A LACK OF FUNDS AT ALL. THEY SOCIALIZED IN THESE CIRCLES. LETHBRIDGE WAS A VERY, VERY CLIQUEY TOWN; AND THEY WERE IN THE TOP CLIQUE.” “THE NORTH SIDE, OF COURSE, WERE THE LABORING GROUPS AND THE SOUTH SIDE WERE THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONALS AND NEVER THE TWAIN SHOULD MEET,” BRUCE ELABORATED ABOUT EARLY LETHBRIDGE SOCIETY, LAUGHING. “HE KNEW A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND I KNOW THAT EVEN NOW I RUN INTO PEOPLE THAT I THINK ARE OLDER THAN GOD, AND THEY SAY, ‘OH, DR. HAIG DELIVERED ME,’” JOAN ILLUMINATED, “AND OF COURSE IN THOSE DAYS, DOCTORS WORKED 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. WHEN THEY GOT CALLED THEY WENT, SO HE EARNED HIS TIME OFF AND HIS FRIVOLITIES. HE WAS A VERY INTERESTING MAN. HE AND I GOT ON QUITE WELL.” “WITH THE ROTARY [CLUB] THEY USED TO HAVE THESE BIG MASQUERADE PARTIES. BRUCE’S MOTHER AND I ONCE DRESSED UP. SHE PROBABLY WORE THIS [JACKET TO ONE OF THESE PARTIES] – DRESSED UP IN TUXEDOES AND TOP HATS AND THE WHOLE THING. I BORROWED ONE FROM A DRAMA CLUB. [DR. ARTHUR HAIG] LIT US EACH A CIGAR, SO THAT IT WOULD HAVE ASHES ON THE END. WE WEREN’T SMOKING THEM, BUT WE HAD CIGARS WITH US. [WE] HAD LOTS OF FUN. THAT WAS AFTER [BRUCE’S FATHER’S] STROKE… [AND AT THESE EVENTS] DIFFERENT GROUPS WOULD HAVE A TABLE. THEY DIDN’T BUY A TABLE, BUT THEY WOULD CLAIM A TABLE AND YOU DIDN’T DARE SIT AT THE HAIG CLINIC TABLE. AND [THERE] WAS THE CAMPBELL CLINIC TABLE, AND SO WE WENT AND SAT AT IT, AND BRUCE’S BROTHER WAS THERE AND DIDN’T RECOGNIZE HIS OWN MOTHER AND TOLD US TO GET LOST… [BRUCE’S MOTHER] LAUGHED ABOUT THAT FOR YEARS AFTERWARDS, ABOUT HOW HER OWN SON HAD TRIED TO THROW HER OUT OF THE PARTY,” JOAN RECALLED AS SHE LAUGHED. THE CIGAR DONATED AS PART OF THE COLLECTION IS A PART OF THE TUXEDO’S STORY. “IT FELL OUT OF THE POCKET WHEN I TOOK THE THING OUT OF THE BOX,” JOAN EXPLAINED, “HE SMOKED CIGARS FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE. IN FACT, EVEN WHEN WE MOVED INTO THE HOUSE, YOU COULD STILL SENSE THAT THERE HAD BEEN CIGARS SMOKED IN THAT HOUSE AND THAT TOOK YEARS TO AIR OUT.” “HE [ALSO] SMOKED CIGARETTES,” BRUCE ADDED, “IN LATER YEARS WHEN THEY STARTED TO HAVE THE CANCER SCARE, THEY WOULD HAVE THE LITTLE EXTENSION ON THE CIGARETTE.” IN THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 1991 PUBLICATION TITLED, “LETHBRIDGE: ITS MEDICAL DOCTORS, DENTISTS, DRUG STORES,” IT STATES, “[DR. ARTHUR A. HAIG] GRADUATED [IN] 1926 [FROM] MCGILL. [HE] PRACTICED IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1928 AND WAS JOINED BY HIS BROTHER, DR. WILLARD HAIG IN 1934. WITH DRS. J. E. AYRE, H. A. ARNOLD, W.R. HAIG AND E. A. M. CAIRNS FORMED THE HAIG CLINIC IN 1939. [DR. A. HAIG] WAS BORN [IN] DEVIL’S LAKE, NORTH DAKOTA, MOVED TO CLARESHOLM, ALTA, IN 1902. [HE WAS A] SPECIALIST IN GENERAL SURGERY.” AN ARTICLE IN THE JANUARY 7, 1989 EDITION OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WAS PUBLISHED IN COMMEMORATION OF THE HAIG’S CLINIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY. IT STATED, “THE HAIG CLINIC WAS FORMED JAN. 1, 1939… IT OPENED IN THE MCFARLAND BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE… IN 1950, A NEED FOR MORE SPACIOUS PREMISES RESULTED IN THE PRESENT HAIG CLINIC BUILDING, 601 6TH AVE, S… IN 1963, ARTHUR RETIRED FOR HEALTH REASONS. HE DIED NOV. 14, 1986 AT THE AGE OF 83.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, DETAILED ARTICLES LETHBRIDGE HERALD OUTLINING THE HAIG CLINIC HISTORY AND THE HAIG’S SOCIAL OUTINGS.
Catalogue Number
P20160041003
Acquisition Date
2016-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TUXEDO JACKET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, SILK, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20160041002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TUXEDO JACKET
Date
1956
Materials
COTTON, SILK, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
118
Width
55
Description
BLACK COTTON TUXEDO JACKET WITH TWO TAILS EXTENDING FROM BACK. OUTSIDE OF JACKET HAS ONE POCKET OVER THE LEFT BREAST. FRONT HAS TWO ROWS OF THREE BUTTONS MADE OF BLACK PLASTIC RUNNING VERTICALLY ON THE FRONT OF THE JACKET PARALLEL TO THE LAPELS. LABEL ON JACKET ON INTERIOR RIGHT BREAST POCKET READS, “LONDONDERRY, TAILORED FOR STAN’S MEN’S WEAR, LETHBRIDGE”. THREE BUTTONS MADE FROM BLACK PLASTIC ON EITHER CUFF. JACKET LINING IS BLACK SILK, SLEEVES ARE LINED WITH WHITE/CREAM COTTON. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
PROFESSIONS
History
THE TUXEDO SET – COMPLETE WITH JACKET, PANTS, VEST, TWO BOWTIES, AND A CIGAR THAT WAS FOUND IN THE JACKET POCKET – CAME TO THE MUSEUM FROM DONORS BRUCE AND JOAN HAIG. THE TUXEDO AND THE PIECES THAT WENT ALONG WITH IT BELONGED TO BRUCE’S FATHER, DR. ARTHUR HAIG (1901-1986). BRUCE AND JOAN HAIG DONATED THE COLLECTION OF ITEMS TO THE GALT MUSEUM, WHERE COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE COUPLE ON NOVEMBER 25, 2016. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: “IN 1977, WE MOVED INTO BRUCE’S PARENTS’ HOUSE,” JOAN STATED AS SHE BEGAN TO SPEAK ABOUT THE TUXEDO ENSEMBLE, “AND MOTHER, [PHYLLIS HAIG (NEE HARRISON)] HAD [THE TUXEDO] IN A BOX IN THE STOREROOM. SHE HAD IT MARKED TO GO TO THE APARTMENT [THEY LATER MOVED TO], BUT THEY NEVER TOOK IT. BRUCE’S DAD HAD HAD A SEVERE STROKE AND WAS UNABLE TO WEAR IT ANYMORE, SO SHE JUST LEFT IT. IT SAT ON THE TOP SHELF THERE UNTIL WE MOVED JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO. OUR DAUGHTER IS NOW IN THE HOUSE, AND THIS BOX WAS STILL ON THE SHELF IN THE STOREROOM, SO SHE DEPOSITED IT AT OUR HOUSE.” “[WE WERE ALWAYS AWARE OF THE ITEMS’ EXISTENCE, BECAUSE] AND IT WAS PA’S TUX.” PA BEING BRUCE’S FATHER, DR. ARTHUR HAIG, AS JOAN EXPLAINED. SHE CONTINUED, “IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU’RE GOING TO JUST DUMP. WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT, SO WE JUST KEPT LOOKING AT THE BOX THAT SAID, ‘PA’S TUX,’ ON THE SIDE.” IN THE INTERVIEW, BRUCE ASKED JOAN IF HE EVER WORE HIS FATHER’S SUIT, SHE REPLIED, “NO, IT’S MILES TOO BIG FOR YOU.” THE HAIG’S BROUGHT IN A PHOTOGRAPH OF DR. HAIG WEARING THE SUIT TAKEN IN NOVEMBER 1963. BRUCE SAID, “AT ABOUT THAT TIME HE WAS HEAVILY INTO MEDICAL POLITICS. HE HAD JUST BEEN APPOINTED THE HEAD OF THE PROVINCE FOR THE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE ALBERTA DIVISION PRESIDENT. THAT’S THE PICTURE THAT WE HAVE IN HERE. IT WAS JUST LIKE A PICTURE THAT WAS TAKEN WITH A CAMERA AT THE HOTEL BEFORE OR AFTER A DINNER-TYPE THING. WE FIGURED THAT’S [THE TIME PERIOD] WHEN HE WAS WEARING IT. HE USED TO WEAR A TUX [OFTEN]. I HAVE A PICTURE FROM BACK IN THE TWENTIES – HE GRADUATED ABOUT ’26 FROM MCGILL – AND THERE’S A PICTURE OF HIM IN A TUXEDO. IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN [THE ONE WE ARE DONATING], BECAUSE HE DIDN’T MOVE TO LETHBRIDGE UNTIL 1929.” EXPLAINING HER FATHER-IN-LAW’S NEED FOR SUCH ATTIRE, JOAN ADDED, “THEY DID HAVE A LOT OF FORMAL EVENTS AND FORMAL PARTIES. HOUSE PARTIES IN THOSE DAYS WERE FORMAL. WOMEN WORE LONG GOWNS, AND MEN WORE TUXES.” SOCIAL LISTINGS PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ACCOUNT VARIOUS ENGAGEMENTS DR. AND MRS. HAIG ATTENDED OR HOSTED TOGETHER, INCLUDING ONE PUBLISHED IN THE JUNE 18, 1957 PAPER. IT IS STATED, “DR. ARTHUR HAIG OF LETHBRIDGE, PRESIDENT ELECT OF THE ALBERTA DIVISION OF THE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AND MRS. HAIG, WILL BE AMONG THE GUESTS AT THE RECEPTION TO BE GIVEN BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CANADIAN MEDIAL ASSOCIATION...” DURING THE 2016 INTERVIEW, BRUCE CONTINUED, “HE WAS HEAVILY INTO THE KINSMAN AND THEN ROTARY CLUB. HE JUST LOVED THOSE SERVICE CLUBS. I’M SURE HE WORE [THE TUX] MANY TIMES FOR [RELATED EVENTS].” ON MAY 4, 1936, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD REPORTED, “DINING ROOM OF THE ASSINIBOIA HOTEL HERE WAS COMFORTABLY FILLED BY SCORES OF YOUNG BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL MEN RESIDENT IN THREE ALBERTA CITIES, SATURDAY NIGHT, AS THE RECENTLY ORGANIZED KINSMEN CLUB OF MEDICINE HAT WAS FORMALLY PRESENT WITH ITS CHARTER LINKING IT WITH 50 OTHER KIN CLUBS THROUGHOUT THE DOMINION. CONFERRING OF THE CHARTER WAS PERFORMED BY DR. ARTHUR HAIG OF LETHBRIDGE, KIN GOVERNOR FOR DISTRICT NO. 4.” “MEN WORE FORMAL ATTIRE,” JOAN EXPLAINED, “SO DID WOMEN TO ALL OF THEIR FUNCTIONS. [BRUCE’S FATHER] WAS QUITE A PROMINENT DOCTOR. HE WAS THE CHIEF OF SURGERY AT ST. MIKE’S, AND THEN AT THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL. HE WAS A BIG MAN ON CAMPUS, AND KNEW IT.” UPON EXAMINATION OF THE TUXEDO JACKET’S LABEL, IT IS NOTED THAT THE JACKET IS FROM 1956. BRUCE EXPLAINED, “[IN] 1956, I’M AT UNIVERSITY. AT U OF S, SASKATOON [DURING THE TIME]… WE DO HAVE A [HOME] MOVIE OF A PARTY IN 1940 OR ’41, IN THE BASEMENT, AND I THINK THEY’RE ALL WEARING TUXES THERE.” “[MY PARENTS] WERE VERY SOCIAL. [MY FATHER] WAS FROM CLARESHOLM. [MY FATHER’S] FATHER HAD DIED OF TUBERCULOSIS OF THE SPINE. HE HAD BEEN MISTREATED BY A CHIROPRACTOR FOR HIS BAD BACK, AND THEY FOUND THAT HE HAD TUBERCULOSIS. [AFTER MY GRANDFATHER’S PASSING], HIS MOTHER GROOMED TWO OR THREE OF THE KIDS TO BECOME DOCTORS, PROBABLY AS A RESULT OF THIS TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE. THEY REALLY BECAME THE NOUVEAU RICHE, BECAUSE IN THE ‘20S AND ‘30S, MEDICAL PEOPLE WERE ON A PARTICULAR PEDESTAL THAT THEY DON’T HAVE NOW BECAUSE OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. THEY HAD A CERTAIN OPINION OF THEMSELVES. THEY DRESSED UP AND THEY WERE IMPORTANT PEOPLE AND THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS.” ABOUT DR. ARTHUR HAIG’S PRACTICE, JOAN ADDED, “HE HAD A CONTRACT WITH THE GALT MINE, SO WHEN OTHER PEOPLE WERE STRUGGLING VERY HARD, HE WAS DOING PRETTY WELL. IN 1937 THEY BUILT THAT HOUSE. [THEY] HAD IT CUSTOM BUILT FOR THEM, SO THAT INDICATES THAT THERE WASN’T A LACK OF FUNDS AT ALL. THEY SOCIALIZED IN THESE CIRCLES. LETHBRIDGE WAS A VERY, VERY CLIQUEY TOWN; AND THEY WERE IN THE TOP CLIQUE.” “THE NORTH SIDE, OF COURSE, WERE THE LABORING GROUPS AND THE SOUTH SIDE WERE THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONALS AND NEVER THE TWAIN SHOULD MEET,” BRUCE ELABORATED ABOUT EARLY LETHBRIDGE SOCIETY, LAUGHING. “HE KNEW A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND I KNOW THAT EVEN NOW I RUN INTO PEOPLE THAT I THINK ARE OLDER THAN GOD, AND THEY SAY, ‘OH, DR. HAIG DELIVERED ME,’” JOAN ILLUMINATED, “AND OF COURSE IN THOSE DAYS, DOCTORS WORKED 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. WHEN THEY GOT CALLED THEY WENT, SO HE EARNED HIS TIME OFF AND HIS FRIVOLITIES. HE WAS A VERY INTERESTING MAN. HE AND I GOT ON QUITE WELL.” “WITH THE ROTARY [CLUB] THEY USED TO HAVE THESE BIG MASQUERADE PARTIES. BRUCE’S MOTHER AND I ONCE DRESSED UP. SHE PROBABLY WORE THIS [JACKET TO ONE OF THESE PARTIES] – DRESSED UP IN TUXEDOES AND TOP HATS AND THE WHOLE THING. I BORROWED ONE FROM A DRAMA CLUB. [DR. ARTHUR HAIG] LIT US EACH A CIGAR, SO THAT IT WOULD HAVE ASHES ON THE END. WE WEREN’T SMOKING THEM, BUT WE HAD CIGARS WITH US. [WE] HAD LOTS OF FUN. THAT WAS AFTER [BRUCE’S FATHER’S] STROKE… [AND AT THESE EVENTS] DIFFERENT GROUPS WOULD HAVE A TABLE. THEY DIDN’T BUY A TABLE, BUT THEY WOULD CLAIM A TABLE AND YOU DIDN’T DARE SIT AT THE HAIG CLINIC TABLE. AND [THERE] WAS THE CAMPBELL CLINIC TABLE, AND SO WE WENT AND SAT AT IT, AND BRUCE’S BROTHER WAS THERE AND DIDN’T RECOGNIZE HIS OWN MOTHER AND TOLD US TO GET LOST… [BRUCE’S MOTHER] LAUGHED ABOUT THAT FOR YEARS AFTERWARDS, ABOUT HOW HER OWN SON HAD TRIED TO THROW HER OUT OF THE PARTY,” JOAN RECALLED AS SHE LAUGHED. THE CIGAR DONATED AS PART OF THE COLLECTION IS A PART OF THE TUXEDO’S STORY. “IT FELL OUT OF THE POCKET WHEN I TOOK THE THING OUT OF THE BOX,” JOAN EXPLAINED, “HE SMOKED CIGARS FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE. IN FACT, EVEN WHEN WE MOVED INTO THE HOUSE, YOU COULD STILL SENSE THAT THERE HAD BEEN CIGARS SMOKED IN THAT HOUSE AND THAT TOOK YEARS TO AIR OUT.” “HE [ALSO] SMOKED CIGARETTES,” BRUCE ADDED, “IN LATER YEARS WHEN THEY STARTED TO HAVE THE CANCER SCARE, THEY WOULD HAVE THE LITTLE EXTENSION ON THE CIGARETTE.” IN THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 1991 PUBLICATION TITLED, “LETHBRIDGE: ITS MEDICAL DOCTORS, DENTISTS, DRUG STORES,” IT STATES, “[DR. ARTHUR A. HAIG] GRADUATED [IN] 1926 [FROM] MCGILL. [HE] PRACTICED IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1928 AND WAS JOINED BY HIS BROTHER, DR. WILLARD HAIG IN 1934. WITH DRS. J. E. AYRE, H. A. ARNOLD, W.R. HAIG AND E. A. M. CAIRNS FORMED THE HAIG CLINIC IN 1939. [DR. A. HAIG] WAS BORN [IN] DEVIL’S LAKE, NORTH DAKOTA, MOVED TO CLARESHOLM, ALTA, IN 1902. [HE WAS A] SPECIALIST IN GENERAL SURGERY.” AN ARTICLE IN THE JANUARY 7, 1989 EDITION OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WAS PUBLISHED IN COMMEMORATION OF THE HAIG’S CLINIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY. IT STATED, “THE HAIG CLINIC WAS FORMED JAN. 1, 1939… IT OPENED IN THE MCFARLAND BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE… IN 1950, A NEED FOR MORE SPACIOUS PREMISES RESULTED IN THE PRESENT HAIG CLINIC BUILDING, 601 6TH AVE, S… IN 1963, ARTHUR RETIRED FOR HEALTH REASONS. HE DIED NOV. 14, 1986 AT THE AGE OF 83.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, DETAILED ARTICLES LETHBRIDGE HERALD OUTLINING THE HAIG CLINIC HISTORY AND THE HAIG’S SOCIAL OUTINGS.
Catalogue Number
P20160041002
Acquisition Date
2016-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TUXEDO VEST
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1966
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20160041004
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TUXEDO VEST
Date Range From
1956
Date Range To
1966
Materials
COTTON, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
56
Width
49.5
Description
MEN’S WHITE TUXEDO VEST MADE FROM COTTON. LEFT WEARING SIDE OF THE VEST HAS AN INTERIOR TAG MARKED WITH A RED “L” TO DISTINGUISH THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES. VEST HALVES ARE ATTACHED WITH A THIN, WHITE FABRIC TIE AT THE NECK. VEST SECURES ACROSS THE CHEST WITH SILVER BUCKLE CLASP ON THE LEFT SIDE, AND THREE WHITE PLASTIC (FAUX-PEARL) BUTTONS ON THE RIGHT SIDE. LEFT SIDE OF THE VEST HAS THREE BUTTON-HOLES SEWN. TWO SMALL POCKETS ARE POSITIONED ON THE LEFT AND RIGHT OUTER SIDES OF THE VEST. UPPER LEFT SIDE IS STAINED BROWN ON THE INSIDE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
PROFESSIONS
History
THE TUXEDO SET – COMPLETE WITH JACKET, PANTS, VEST, TWO BOWTIES, AND A CIGAR THAT WAS FOUND IN THE JACKET POCKET – CAME TO THE MUSEUM FROM DONORS BRUCE AND JOAN HAIG. THE TUXEDO AND THE PIECES THAT WENT ALONG WITH IT BELONGED TO BRUCE’S FATHER, DR. ARTHUR HAIG (1901-1986). BRUCE AND JOAN HAIG DONATED THE COLLECTION OF ITEMS TO THE GALT MUSEUM, WHERE COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE COUPLE ON NOVEMBER 25, 2016. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: “IN 1977, WE MOVED INTO BRUCE’S PARENTS’ HOUSE,” JOAN STATED AS SHE BEGAN TO SPEAK ABOUT THE TUXEDO ENSEMBLE, “AND MOTHER, [PHYLLIS HAIG (NEE HARRISON)] HAD [THE TUXEDO] IN A BOX IN THE STOREROOM. SHE HAD IT MARKED TO GO TO THE APARTMENT [THEY LATER MOVED TO], BUT THEY NEVER TOOK IT. BRUCE’S DAD HAD HAD A SEVERE STROKE AND WAS UNABLE TO WEAR IT ANYMORE, SO SHE JUST LEFT IT. IT SAT ON THE TOP SHELF THERE UNTIL WE MOVED JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO. OUR DAUGHTER IS NOW IN THE HOUSE, AND THIS BOX WAS STILL ON THE SHELF IN THE STOREROOM, SO SHE DEPOSITED IT AT OUR HOUSE.” “[WE WERE ALWAYS AWARE OF THE ITEMS’ EXISTENCE, BECAUSE] AND IT WAS PA’S TUX.” PA BEING BRUCE’S FATHER, DR. ARTHUR HAIG, AS JOAN EXPLAINED. SHE CONTINUED, “IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU’RE GOING TO JUST DUMP. WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT, SO WE JUST KEPT LOOKING AT THE BOX THAT SAID, ‘PA’S TUX,’ ON THE SIDE.” IN THE INTERVIEW, BRUCE ASKED JOAN IF HE EVER WORE HIS FATHER’S SUIT, SHE REPLIED, “NO, IT’S MILES TOO BIG FOR YOU.” THE HAIG’S BROUGHT IN A PHOTOGRAPH OF DR. HAIG WEARING THE SUIT TAKEN IN NOVEMBER 1963. BRUCE SAID, “AT ABOUT THAT TIME HE WAS HEAVILY INTO MEDICAL POLITICS. HE HAD JUST BEEN APPOINTED THE HEAD OF THE PROVINCE FOR THE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE ALBERTA DIVISION PRESIDENT. THAT’S THE PICTURE THAT WE HAVE IN HERE. IT WAS JUST LIKE A PICTURE THAT WAS TAKEN WITH A CAMERA AT THE HOTEL BEFORE OR AFTER A DINNER-TYPE THING. WE FIGURED THAT’S [THE TIME PERIOD] WHEN HE WAS WEARING IT. HE USED TO WEAR A TUX [OFTEN]. I HAVE A PICTURE FROM BACK IN THE TWENTIES – HE GRADUATED ABOUT ’26 FROM MCGILL – AND THERE’S A PICTURE OF HIM IN A TUXEDO. IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN [THE ONE WE ARE DONATING], BECAUSE HE DIDN’T MOVE TO LETHBRIDGE UNTIL 1929.” EXPLAINING HER FATHER-IN-LAW’S NEED FOR SUCH ATTIRE, JOAN ADDED, “THEY DID HAVE A LOT OF FORMAL EVENTS AND FORMAL PARTIES. HOUSE PARTIES IN THOSE DAYS WERE FORMAL. WOMEN WORE LONG GOWNS, AND MEN WORE TUXES.” SOCIAL LISTINGS PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ACCOUNT VARIOUS ENGAGEMENTS DR. AND MRS. HAIG ATTENDED OR HOSTED TOGETHER, INCLUDING ONE PUBLISHED IN THE JUNE 18, 1957 PAPER. IT IS STATED, “DR. ARTHUR HAIG OF LETHBRIDGE, PRESIDENT ELECT OF THE ALBERTA DIVISION OF THE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AND MRS. HAIG, WILL BE AMONG THE GUESTS AT THE RECEPTION TO BE GIVEN BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CANADIAN MEDIAL ASSOCIATION...” DURING THE 2016 INTERVIEW, BRUCE CONTINUED, “HE WAS HEAVILY INTO THE KINSMAN AND THEN ROTARY CLUB. HE JUST LOVED THOSE SERVICE CLUBS. I’M SURE HE WORE [THE TUX] MANY TIMES FOR [RELATED EVENTS].” ON MAY 4, 1936, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD REPORTED, “DINING ROOM OF THE ASSINIBOIA HOTEL HERE WAS COMFORTABLY FILLED BY SCORES OF YOUNG BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL MEN RESIDENT IN THREE ALBERTA CITIES, SATURDAY NIGHT, AS THE RECENTLY ORGANIZED KINSMEN CLUB OF MEDICINE HAT WAS FORMALLY PRESENT WITH ITS CHARTER LINKING IT WITH 50 OTHER KIN CLUBS THROUGHOUT THE DOMINION. CONFERRING OF THE CHARTER WAS PERFORMED BY DR. ARTHUR HAIG OF LETHBRIDGE, KIN GOVERNOR FOR DISTRICT NO. 4.” “MEN WORE FORMAL ATTIRE,” JOAN EXPLAINED, “SO DID WOMEN TO ALL OF THEIR FUNCTIONS. [BRUCE’S FATHER] WAS QUITE A PROMINENT DOCTOR. HE WAS THE CHIEF OF SURGERY AT ST. MIKE’S, AND THEN AT THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL. HE WAS A BIG MAN ON CAMPUS, AND KNEW IT.” UPON EXAMINATION OF THE TUXEDO JACKET’S LABEL, IT IS NOTED THAT THE JACKET IS FROM 1956. BRUCE EXPLAINED, “[IN] 1956, I’M AT UNIVERSITY. AT U OF S, SASKATOON [DURING THE TIME]… WE DO HAVE A [HOME] MOVIE OF A PARTY IN 1940 OR ’41, IN THE BASEMENT, AND I THINK THEY’RE ALL WEARING TUXES THERE.” “[MY PARENTS] WERE VERY SOCIAL. [MY FATHER] WAS FROM CLARESHOLM. [MY FATHER’S] FATHER HAD DIED OF TUBERCULOSIS OF THE SPINE. HE HAD BEEN MISTREATED BY A CHIROPRACTOR FOR HIS BAD BACK, AND THEY FOUND THAT HE HAD TUBERCULOSIS. [AFTER MY GRANDFATHER’S PASSING], HIS MOTHER GROOMED TWO OR THREE OF THE KIDS TO BECOME DOCTORS, PROBABLY AS A RESULT OF THIS TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE. THEY REALLY BECAME THE NOUVEAU RICHE, BECAUSE IN THE ‘20S AND ‘30S, MEDICAL PEOPLE WERE ON A PARTICULAR PEDESTAL THAT THEY DON’T HAVE NOW BECAUSE OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. THEY HAD A CERTAIN OPINION OF THEMSELVES. THEY DRESSED UP AND THEY WERE IMPORTANT PEOPLE AND THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS.” ABOUT DR. ARTHUR HAIG’S PRACTICE, JOAN ADDED, “HE HAD A CONTRACT WITH THE GALT MINE, SO WHEN OTHER PEOPLE WERE STRUGGLING VERY HARD, HE WAS DOING PRETTY WELL. IN 1937 THEY BUILT THAT HOUSE. [THEY] HAD IT CUSTOM BUILT FOR THEM, SO THAT INDICATES THAT THERE WASN’T A LACK OF FUNDS AT ALL. THEY SOCIALIZED IN THESE CIRCLES. LETHBRIDGE WAS A VERY, VERY CLIQUEY TOWN; AND THEY WERE IN THE TOP CLIQUE.” “THE NORTH SIDE, OF COURSE, WERE THE LABORING GROUPS AND THE SOUTH SIDE WERE THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONALS AND NEVER THE TWAIN SHOULD MEET,” BRUCE ELABORATED ABOUT EARLY LETHBRIDGE SOCIETY, LAUGHING. “HE KNEW A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND I KNOW THAT EVEN NOW I RUN INTO PEOPLE THAT I THINK ARE OLDER THAN GOD, AND THEY SAY, ‘OH, DR. HAIG DELIVERED ME,’” JOAN ILLUMINATED, “AND OF COURSE IN THOSE DAYS, DOCTORS WORKED 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. WHEN THEY GOT CALLED THEY WENT, SO HE EARNED HIS TIME OFF AND HIS FRIVOLITIES. HE WAS A VERY INTERESTING MAN. HE AND I GOT ON QUITE WELL.” “WITH THE ROTARY [CLUB] THEY USED TO HAVE THESE BIG MASQUERADE PARTIES. BRUCE’S MOTHER AND I ONCE DRESSED UP. SHE PROBABLY WORE THIS [JACKET TO ONE OF THESE PARTIES] – DRESSED UP IN TUXEDOES AND TOP HATS AND THE WHOLE THING. I BORROWED ONE FROM A DRAMA CLUB. [DR. ARTHUR HAIG] LIT US EACH A CIGAR, SO THAT IT WOULD HAVE ASHES ON THE END. WE WEREN’T SMOKING THEM, BUT WE HAD CIGARS WITH US. [WE] HAD LOTS OF FUN. THAT WAS AFTER [BRUCE’S FATHER’S] STROKE… [AND AT THESE EVENTS] DIFFERENT GROUPS WOULD HAVE A TABLE. THEY DIDN’T BUY A TABLE, BUT THEY WOULD CLAIM A TABLE AND YOU DIDN’T DARE SIT AT THE HAIG CLINIC TABLE. AND [THERE] WAS THE CAMPBELL CLINIC TABLE, AND SO WE WENT AND SAT AT IT, AND BRUCE’S BROTHER WAS THERE AND DIDN’T RECOGNIZE HIS OWN MOTHER AND TOLD US TO GET LOST… [BRUCE’S MOTHER] LAUGHED ABOUT THAT FOR YEARS AFTERWARDS, ABOUT HOW HER OWN SON HAD TRIED TO THROW HER OUT OF THE PARTY,” JOAN RECALLED AS SHE LAUGHED. THE CIGAR DONATED AS PART OF THE COLLECTION IS A PART OF THE TUXEDO’S STORY. “IT FELL OUT OF THE POCKET WHEN I TOOK THE THING OUT OF THE BOX,” JOAN EXPLAINED, “HE SMOKED CIGARS FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE. IN FACT, EVEN WHEN WE MOVED INTO THE HOUSE, YOU COULD STILL SENSE THAT THERE HAD BEEN CIGARS SMOKED IN THAT HOUSE AND THAT TOOK YEARS TO AIR OUT.” “HE [ALSO] SMOKED CIGARETTES,” BRUCE ADDED, “IN LATER YEARS WHEN THEY STARTED TO HAVE THE CANCER SCARE, THEY WOULD HAVE THE LITTLE EXTENSION ON THE CIGARETTE.” IN THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 1991 PUBLICATION TITLED, “LETHBRIDGE: ITS MEDICAL DOCTORS, DENTISTS, DRUG STORES,” IT STATES, “[DR. ARTHUR A. HAIG] GRADUATED [IN] 1926 [FROM] MCGILL. [HE] PRACTICED IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1928 AND WAS JOINED BY HIS BROTHER, DR. WILLARD HAIG IN 1934. WITH DRS. J. E. AYRE, H. A. ARNOLD, W.R. HAIG AND E. A. M. CAIRNS FORMED THE HAIG CLINIC IN 1939. [DR. A. HAIG] WAS BORN [IN] DEVIL’S LAKE, NORTH DAKOTA, MOVED TO CLARESHOLM, ALTA, IN 1902. [HE WAS A] SPECIALIST IN GENERAL SURGERY.” AN ARTICLE IN THE JANUARY 7, 1989 EDITION OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WAS PUBLISHED IN COMMEMORATION OF THE HAIG’S CLINIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY. IT STATED, “THE HAIG CLINIC WAS FORMED JAN. 1, 1939… IT OPENED IN THE MCFARLAND BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE… IN 1950, A NEED FOR MORE SPACIOUS PREMISES RESULTED IN THE PRESENT HAIG CLINIC BUILDING, 601 6TH AVE, S… IN 1963, ARTHUR RETIRED FOR HEALTH REASONS. HE DIED NOV. 14, 1986 AT THE AGE OF 83.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, DETAILED ARTICLES LETHBRIDGE HERALD OUTLINING THE HAIG CLINIC HISTORY AND THE HAIG’S SOCIAL OUTINGS.
Catalogue Number
P20160041004
Acquisition Date
2016-11
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
ALBERTA RANCH BOYS UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1962
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC
Catalogue Number
P20150016006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ALBERTA RANCH BOYS UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1962
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
78
Width
38
Description
COLLARED MEN’S SHIRT. TAILOR-MADE WITH LONG-SLEEVED, OFF-WHITE SYNTHETIC SILK BODY AND NAVY BLUE FABRIC ACCENTS EDGING FRONT CLOSURE, ON SHOULDERS, AND BORDERING CUFFS. OPEN CRESCENT POCKETS AT BREASTS. BLUE IRIDESCENT SNAP CLOSURES. 5 SNAPS ON THE CUFFS AND 7 SNAPS DOWN THE FRONT OF THE SHIRT. THE LENGTH IS 78 CM, THE WIDTH ACROSS THE BACK IS 38 CM, AND THE SLEEVES ARE 60 CM LONG. FAIR CONDITION. AT LEAST 11 STAINS ON THE FRONT. DARK BROWN STAIN ON THE BOTTOM OF THE LEFT SLEEVE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
LEISURE
PROFESSIONS
History
EVERAL HORHOZER (NÉE SUPINA) WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE YEAR OF 1927 TO HER PARENTS DONAH (NÉE HILL) AND NICHOLAS SUPINA. SUPINA WAS THE OWNER OF SUPINA’S MERCANTILE ON 13TH STREET NORTH, LETHBRIDGE. THIS DRESS SHIRT WAS PART OF THE STAGE OUTFIT WORN BY JOE HORHOZER WHEN HE WAS THE ACCORDION PLAYER AND MUSIC ARRANGER FOR A WELL-KNOWN LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL GROUP CALLED THE ALBERTA RANCH BOYS. THE GROUP FORMED IN THE SUMMER OF 1937 WITH MEMBERS LOUIS (LOU) GONZY, MATT (BUCK) WASOWICH, PETER (CURLY) GURLOCK, REMO BACEDA, AND ‘LITTLE JOE’ HORHOZER. COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS (ON APRIL 2, APRIL 16, AND MAY 7, 2015) WITH HORHOZER REGARDING A GROUP OF ARTIFACTS SHE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS COME FROM THESE INTERVIEWS AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD RESEARCH REGARDING THE HORHOZER FAMILY HISTORY. IN THE INTERVIEW, HORHOZER DESCRIBED HOW SHE MET HER HUSBAND, JOE HORHOZER, WHEN HE CAME TO WORK FOR SUPINA’S MERCANTILE. FOR THE STORY OF HOW THEY MET, PLEASE SEE RECORDS P20150016003 AND P20150016004. JOE HORHOZER WAS THE ACCORDION PLAYER AND MUSIC ARRANGER FOR A WELL-KNOWN LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL GROUP CALLED THE ALBERTA RANCH BOYS. THE GROUP FORMED IN THE SUMMER OF 1937 WITH MEMBERS LOUIS (LOU) GONZY, MATT (BUCK) WASOWICH, PETER (CURLY) GURLOCK, REMO BACEDA, AND ‘LITTLE JOE’ HORHOZER. HORHOZER SAYS OF HER HUSBAND: “I WOULD CALL HIM THE LEAD INSTRUMENT BECAUSE AN ACCORDION IS, EH? AND HE WAS EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED WITH THE ACCORDION; THAT’S WHAT EVERYBODY SAID, THAT THERE ISN’T ANYONE, AT LEAST AROUND THIS COUNTRY, THAT COULD COMPARE WITH HIM.” DESCRIBED IN THEIR SOUVENIR BOOK PUBLISHED IN 1941 AS “PROFESSIONAL RADIO ENTERTAINERS”, THE ‘ALBERTA RANCH BOYS’ WERE FORMED WHEN THE LOCAL EXHIBITION AND STAMPEDE PARADE WAS FOUND WANTING FOR A “COWBOY BAND” AS PART OF ITS LINEUP. ACCOLADES FOR THE PARADE ACT FOLLOWED, INSPIRING THE GROUP “TO EMBARK ON THE LONG ROAD TO FAME AND FORTUNE”. IN A YEAR’S TIME – AND AFTER TOURING THROUGH ALBERTA AND BC – THE BAND ENDED UP IN VANCOUVER. THERE, IT ESTABLISHED ITSELF, ACCORDING TO THE BOOKLET, AS “WESTERN CANADA’S MOST VERSATILE STAGE AND DANCE FAVOURITE,” BROADCASTING ITS COWBOY MELODIES FOR OVER TWO CONTINUOUS YEARS VIA CKWX (VANCOUVER’S LARGEST RADIO STUDIO AT THE TIME). DURING THE WAR, IT DONATED ITS TALENTS TO THE PROMOTION OF WAR SAVINGS CERTIFICATES. ONE VICTORY RALLY SONG FOR STAMPS WAS “WE’VE BOUGHT THEM BEFORE AND WE’LL BUY THEM AGAIN.” BY EARLY JAN-FEB 1943, THE BAND HAD PEAKED. ONE MEMBER IS REPORTED TO HAVE ENLISTED IN THE CANADIAN ARMY WHILE OTHERS, ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, “GOT SICK”. “THEY DID A LOT IN TORONTO.” RECALLED EVERAL IN AN INTERVIEW. “[IT WAS FROM] TORONTO THEN THEY COULD HAVE GONE [TO NEW YORK] - THAT’S WHERE THEY WERE OFFERED THE BIG JOB OF RECORDING AND BEING ON TV…BUT THEN [JOE] SAYS THAT HE DOESN’T CARE, BECAUSE HE SAYS IF HE WOULD HAVE WENT, HE WOULDN’T HAVE MET ME, SO, I MEAN, THAT WAS A NICE THING TO SAY. HE SAYS LIFE TURNED OUT GOOD FOR HIM.” EVERAL WAS NOT AWARE OF THIS AT THE TIME OF THEIR MEETING. AFTER FINDING OUT, SHE SAID, “WELL, I THOUGHT, GEE WHIZ, HE JUST ISN’T AN EVERYDAY JOE AND EVERYBODY IN TOWN KNEW HIM AND ADMIRED HIM. YEAH, IT MADE ME A LITTLE MORE HAPPY.” OF THE PERFORMANCE COSTUME EVERAL HORHOZER SAID: “THEY WORE [THE SAME UNIFORM] WHEN THEY PLAYED AT THE TRIANON FOR A WHILE AND THEY JUST STARTED TO USE SUITS … WELL HE DIDN’T WANT - SEE, WHEN THEY STARTED PLAYING AT THE TRIANON. THEN I TELL YOU, THEY START WEARING MORE BAND [CLOTHING] - LIKE, THEY HAD DIFFERENT BLAZERS, COLOURED BLAZERS – BLUE ONES AND RED ONES AND ALL WORE BLAZERS THEN. ‘CAUSE THEY WANTED TO BECOME LIKE A DANCE BAND, I GUESS YOU’D SAY.” “HE WOULD NEVER FORGET THAT TIME [WITH THE RANCH BOYS],” HORHOZER SAID OF HER HUSBAND, “HE TALKED ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME. HOW THEY MET SO MANY [PEOPLE], LIKE THEY’D PLAY AT PRIVATE PARTIES FOR WEALTHY PEOPLE. HE ABSOLUTELY LOVED HIS MUSIC. HE LIVED FOR HIS MUSIC.” BACK HERE IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1958, EVERAL’S HUSBAND JOE WENT ON TO PERFORM WITH THE COUNTRY CAPERS, PLAYING ACCORDION FOR A WEEKLY BROADCAST VIA THE LOCAL TV STATION CJLH. IN 1961, THE STATION AND THE BROADCAST WERE PRESENTED WITH A NATIONAL LIBERTY AWARD FOR “TV STATION SHOWMANSHIP” AND “BEST LOCAL PROGRAMMING.” IN HIS TIME, ‘LITTLE JOE’ PLAYED WITH ROY ROGERS, GENE AUTRY, AND TOMMY HUNTER. HE DIED IN 2010 AT AGE 89. EVERAL HORHOZER PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE 6 YEARS LATER ON JUNE 6, 2016 AT THE AGE OF 88 YEARS. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, AND FURTHER PUBLICATIONS.
Catalogue Number
P20150016006
Acquisition Date
2015-05
Collection
Museum
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