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Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970041598
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
RAYON, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.2
Length
43
Width
49
Description
RECTANGULAR RAYON APRON WITH GREY AND WHITE CHECKERED PATTERN THAT HAS RED & PINK FLOWERS. TOP EDGE HAS WHITE SEMI-TRANSPARENT RAYON BELT AND BOTTOM HAS GATHERED RUFFLE OF THE SAME MATERIAL. LEFT SIDE HAS RECTANGULAR PATCH POCKET ALSO MADE FROM SEMI-TRANSPARENT WHITE RAYON MATERIAL.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
APRON WAS A HOUSEHOLD ITEM OF THE DONOR'S FAMILY. 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. FROM AUGUST 29 TO 31, 2011 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, JOY KOGAWA, ABOUT HER MEMORIES ASSOCIATED WITH SPECIFIC OBJECTS THAT SHE DONATED IN 1997. OF THIS ARTIFACT, KOGAWA SAID: “THIS IS JUST AN APRON THAT MY MOM WORE… IN COALDALE… THIS IS TOO FANCY [TO BE HOMEMADE]. IT WAS BOUGHT, OR GIVEN TO HER.” SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041598
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19990053010
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
LINEN, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
64.5
Width
47.5
Description
WHITE LINEN, HALF APRON. APRON IS TEAR DROP SHAPED (WITH POINT CUT OFF). AROUND EDGE OF APRON IS A 3.9CM WIDE, WHITE CROCHETED TRIM. TRIM IS TORN IN TWO PLACES. FRONT OF APRON HAS TWO PENTAGONAL SHAPED PATCH POCKETS. THE OPENING OF EACH POCKET HAS A WHITE CROCHETED TRIM. THERE ARE WHITE APPLIQUES ON POCKETS, AND LARGER WHITE APPLIQUES ON REST OF APRON. TWO HOLES IN APRON HAVE BEEN PATCHED. WAIST BAND HAS A WHITE BUTTON (WITH A PIECE BROKEN OFF) ON ONE END AND A BUTTONHOLE IN THE OTHER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR GAIL HOLLAND’S ACQUISITION, STEWARDSHIP AND GENERAL USE OF HER 1999-DONATED COLLECTION PLEASE REFER TO RECORD P19990053001. ***UPDATE: ARTIFACT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “HALF APRON SERVED AS A POSSIBLE REFERENCE FOR MAID’S CLOTHING PERIOD WEAR.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053010
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, BIAS TAPE
Catalogue Number
P20000042010
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALF-APRON
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1960
Materials
COTTON, BIAS TAPE
No. Pieces
1
Length
176.5 (TIES)
Width
43.6
Description
HALF APRON. MATERIAL HAS A GREEN, YELLOW, AND WHITE FLORAL PATTERN ON A LIGHT TURQUOISE BACKGROUND. EDGES ARE TRIMMED WITH RED BIAS TAPE. FRONT OF APRON IS MADE OF THREE U-SHAPED PANELS, WITH THE CENTER ONE OVERLAPPING THE OUTER TWO. THE PANELS EACH HAVE A FEW PLEATS IN THEM. THE PANELS ARE SEWN TO A WAISTBAND, WHICH IS EXTENDED TO FORM TIES, WHICH ARE TRIMMED WITH RED BIAS TAPE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
DONOR BOUGHT AT A TEA AND BAKE SALE AT ST. MARY'S CHURCH IN 40'S OR 50'S. WHEN WORKING AT SUCH FUNCTION, LADIES WORE DRESSES AND SO NEED AN APPROPRIATE APRON TO WEAR WITH THEIR DRESSIER CLOTHES. *** *UPDATE 11 DECEMBER 2013* INFORMATION BELOW PROVIDED BY DONOR AT THE REQUEST OF THE GALT IN 2010. “AT THIS TIME APRONS WERE IN COMMON USE. IT WAS MUCH EASIER TO WASH AN APRON THEN DRY CLEAN AN EXPENSIVE OUTFIT. " ***
Catalogue Number
P20000042010
Acquisition Date
2000-12
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
Less detail
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
Images
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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 [IN AMMENDMENTS TO THE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, DARMODY NOTED, "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
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Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19940034002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1940
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
89
Width
57
Description
COTTON APRON HAS ROUNDED NECK AND IS SLEEVELESS AND SIDELESS. FRONT OF APRON CONNECTS TO BACK WITH SHOULDER SEAMS AND A COTTON TIE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE FRONT AND BACK AT THE WAIST. TOP HAS TWO BLACK STRIPS OF MATERIAL ON EITHER SIDE WITH A FLORAL PATTERNED ORANGE, CREAM, AND BLACK STRIP OF MATERIAL IN THE MIDDLE. THE WAIST IS SLIGHTLY GATHERED BELOW AND THE STRIPS OF MATERIAL ARE REVERSED ON THE SKIRT. THE BOTTOM CORNERS OF THE SKIRT ARE ROUNDED AND THE ENTIRE FRONT IS EDGED WITH AN ORANGE PIECE OF COTTON. THIS EDGING ALSO APPEARS JUST ABOVE THE WAIST ON THE END OF TWO PIECES OF BLACK MATERIAL THAT LOOKS LIKE THE TOP OF POCKETS. THE BACK ALSO HAS A STRAIGHT TOP WITH A SKIRT PART THAT IS GATHERED BELOW. THE BACK IS SOLID BLACK WITH NO ORANGE TRIM. THERE IS A HOLE IN THE MATERIAL IN THE BACK, ARE SOME RUNS AND MINOR SURFACE DIRT. THE TIES ARE FRAYED AT THE ENDS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
SEE FILE P19940034001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A VEST DONATED BY GLADYS CLAY. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME. GLADYS CLAY WAS RAISED ON A FARM OUTSIDE OF LETHBRIDGE AND ATTENDED SCHOOL IN A ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE IN CRYSTAL LAKE. AT THE AGE OF 14 SHE WAS SENT TO LETHBRIDGE TO LIVE WITH HER GRANDMOTHER SO THAT SHE COULD ATTEND LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE. ON NOVEMBER 17, 1945 GLADYS WAS MARRIED TO DONALD “DON” CLAY. GLADYS WAS THE DAUGHTER OF OSCAR WILLETS AND ALICE LUCY EMILY WILLETS (NEE ARNOLD). GLADYS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON FEBRUARY 14, 2014. HER HUSBAND DON CLAY PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 8, 2008 AT THE AGE OF 93. OSCAR WILLETS WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ENGLAND, MOVING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910. IN 1915 HE JOINED THE 39TH BATTALION AND SERVED OVERSEAS DURING WWI. HE WORKED AS A MINER AT NO. 6 MINE FOLLOWING THE WAR, THEN AS A FARMER IN THE SUNNYSIDE DISTRICT STARTING IN 1926. HE RETIRED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1954. OSCAR PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 83 ON MARCH 22, 1975. ALICE LUCY EMILY WILLETS (NEE ARNOLD) WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LONDON, ENGLAND, AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910. ALICE WAS MARRIED TO OSCAR WILLETS ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1919. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF ALBERT ARNOLD AND ALICE MATILDA ARNOLD (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). ALICE WILLETS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON AUGUST 26, 1982. ALICE MATILDA ARNOLD (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) WAS BORN IN HAVERSHAM, KENT, ENGLAND AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1910. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 82 IN AUGUST 1957. ALBERT ARNOLD PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 50. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE HERALD ON JULY 31, 1924 RECOUNTS THE ACCIDENT THAT CAUSED HIS DEATH: “THE DEATH OF ALBERT ARNOLD … AN EMPLOYEE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, OCCURRED LAST NIGHT AT 9:45 AT THE GALT HOSPITAL. MR. ARNOLD WAS ENGAGED IN TRIMMING TREES IN FRONT OF 649 12TH ST., WHEN HE FELL FROM THE LADDER ON WHICH HE WAS WORKING AND STRUCK THE SIDEWALK WITH HIS HEAD, BEING RENDERED UNCONSCIOUS, FROM WHICH STATE HE NEVER EMERGED. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE GALT HOSPITAL WHERE AN EXAMINATION REVEALED A SLIGHT FRACTURE OF THE SKULL. HE WAS OPERATED ON IN THE AFTERNOON IN AN ATTEMPT TO TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF HIS BRAIN CAUSED BY THE FRACTURE, BUT WITHOUT SUCCESS, AND HE DIED AT 9:45PM. MR. ARNOLD, WHO WAS FIFTY YEARS OF AGE, HAD BEEN IN THE CITY THIRTEEN YEARS AND HAD BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ON AND OFF FOR SEVERAL YEARS. ONLY THE DAY BEFORE HE HAD CELEBRATED THE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS MARRIAGE.” ANOTHER ARTICLE FROM AUGUST 1, 1924 DISCUSSES THE ACCIDENT FURTHER: “AT AN ENQUIRY HELD ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE MAGISTRATE BARKER AS TO WHETHER AN INQUEST ON THE DEATH OF ALBERT ARNOLD WOULD BE NECESSARY, THE MAGISTRATE DECIDED THAT IT WAS A CASE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH. ACCORDING TO THE EVIDENCE GIVEN, DECEASED ON HAD A 13 FOOT FALL FROM THE POINT OF THE LADDER ON WHICH HE WAS STANDING AT THE TIME HE WAS CUTTING TREES ON TWELFTH ST. SOUTH. GEORGE EDWARDS, WHO WAS HOLDING THE LADDER FOR THE DECEASED, DEPOSED TO HIS HAVING A STRONG GRIP ON IT AND TO ITS NOT SLIPPING. THE DECEASED WAS PRUNING OFF THE LIGHT BRANCHES WITH A PRUNING HOOK AND WAS NOT USING A SAW. ANYTHING OF THE THEORY OF HIS BEING ELECTROCUTED BY THE ELECTRIC WIRES WAS DISSIPATED BY THE EVIDENCE OF ED THEOBALD OF THE CITY ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT, WHO SAID THAT THE WIRE WAS AWAY ABOVE THE TOP OF THE TREE. IT IS PRESUMED THAT DECEASED, WHO HAD NOT BEEN VERY WELL LATELY, HAD A SUDDEN FIT OF VERTIGO. DEATH, ACCORDING TO THE MEDICAL EVIDENCE, RESULTED FROM HEMORRHAGE OF THE BRAIN CAUSED BY THE HEAD OF THE DECEASED STRIKING THE CURB.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME.
Catalogue Number
P19940034002
Acquisition Date
1994-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, LINEN
Catalogue Number
P19930007011
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
COTTON, LINEN
No. Pieces
1
Width
37.2
Description
COTTON SEWN WITH SKIRT & BIB & NECK LOOP. FLORAL PRINT, LINEN LACE ALONG SEAM & PIPING AROUND PERIMETER. POCKET. STAINS. HAS BEEN REPAIRED, SEE CONSERVATION REPORT. SMALL HOLE IN FRONT, JUST BELOW APRON.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
APRON APPEARS HANDMADE & IS A STYLE APPROPRIATE TO POST-WAR, TO EARLY '60'S. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING P19930007003. NO NEW INFORMATION WAS FOUND ABOUT THAT PIECE, BUT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE DONORS, EARL AND MARY WAGNESS, WAS FOUND IN THEIR LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARIES. MARY WAS BORN IN CLAYTON, ONTARIO IN 1905 AND MOVED TO ENCHANT, ALBERTA WITH HER FAMILY IN 1917. AFTER COMPLETING A BUSINESS COURSE IN CALGARY SHE WORKED FOR THE CANADIAN BANK OF COMMERCE IN STAVELY. MARY MARRIED EARL WAGNESS IN STAVELY IN 1929, AND OVER THE 61 YEARS OF THEIR MARRIAGE THEY LIVED THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA, MOVING FOR EARL'S WORK WITH THE ALBERTA PACIFIC GRAIN COMPANY. THEY RETIRED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1956. MARY WAS ACTIVE IN CURLING, THE ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR, CHURCH CHOIR, AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WORK. EARL WAS A HOBBYIST WATCHMAKER - SEE RECORD P19930009001 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HIS WATCHMAKING PRACTICE AND TOOLS. EARL DIED IN 1990, AND MARY DIED IN 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF OBITUARIES. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A RIBBON AND A DICKEY DONATED BY SHIRLEY TUCKER. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. MARY CHRISTINA WAGNESS (NEE ROBERTSON) WAS BORN IN CLAYTON, ON ON FEBRUARY 28, 1905, THE DAUGHTER OF MR. AND MRS. J.B. ROBERTSON. IN 1917 HER FAMILY MOVED FROM ANTHER, SK TO ENCHANT, AB. AFTER COMPLETING A BUSINESS COURSE IN CALGARY, MARY WORKED FOR THE CANADIAN BANK OF COMMERCE IN STAVELY, AB. ACCORDING TO HER WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT, MARY WORKED FOR THE BANK FOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS BEFORE HER MARRIAGE. SHE WAS MARRIED TO EARL WAGNESS ON AUGUST 7, 1929 AND THE COUPLE LIVED IN WOODHOUSE, BARONS, AND MILK RIVER, BEFORE RETIRING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1956. MARY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 95 IN APRIL 2000. EARL RANDOLPH WAGNESS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 23, 1990. HE WAS THE SON OF MARTIN WAGNESS AND CAROLINA WAGNESS (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19930007011
Acquisition Date
1993-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950067005
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
91
Width
88.4
Description
SHORT COTTON APRON WITH BODICE AND NECKSTRAP. ORANGE TULIPS WITH PURPLE LEAVES PRINTED ON WHITE FABRIC, WITH PLAIN WHITE COTTON STRIPS, 5CM IN WIDTH, INSERTED NEAR TOP AND BOTTOM BORDERS. BOTTOM OF APRON IS GATHERED SLIGHTLY TO FORM RUFFLE. LARGE PATCHES ON LEFT SIDE OF APRON, WHERE TEAR WAS REPAIRED, AND NEAR RIGHT BOTTOM, ALSO WHERE APRON WAS TORN. TIES ARE SEWN TO EITHER SIDE OF APRON; END OF LEFT HAND TIE IS UNHEMMED. U-SHAPED FABRIC INSERT ABOVE WHERE RIGHT-HAND TIE IS CONNECTED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
MADE BY ELSIE (KONKIN) MORRIS, DAUGHTER OF DONOR AT AGE 15 AS A HOME ECONOMIC PROJECT IN VAUXHALL. SEE P19950067001-GA FOR MORE DONOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2010 NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONTACTED ELSIE MORRIS NEE KONKIN (WHO DONATED THE ARTIFACTS ON BEHALF OF HER MOTHER) IN ORDER TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HISTROY OF THE OBJECTS AND THEIR CONNECTION TO THE DOUKHOBORS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA. SEE BELOW. MORRIS HAD NOTHING TO ADD. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN APRON DONATED BY ELIZABETH KONKIN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ELIZABETH KONKIN AKA ELSIE MORRIS IS THE DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM KONKIN AND ELIZABETH P. KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW). ELSIE WAS MARRIED TO TERRANCE GORDON “TERRY” MORRIS. TERRY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 25, 2012. WILLIAM KONKIN PASSED AWAY MARCH 3, 1977 AT THE AGE OF 72. ELIZABETH KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW) WAS BORN IN CANORA, SK ON JANUARY 22, 1907, THE DAUGHTER OF PETER AND ELIZABETH WISHLOW (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). AT THE AGE OF 6 SHE MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT BRILLIANT, BC, THEN LATER HER FAMILY MOVED TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT SHOULDICE, AB. IT WAS HERE THAT SHE MET AND MARRIED WILLIAM KONKIN. IN 1939, THE COUPLE MOVED TO THE VAUXHALL AREA TO FARM UNTIL THEIR RETIREMENT, AFTER WHICH THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. ELIZABETH PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON APRIL 8, 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN'S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IN 2016, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH KONKIN'S DAUGHTER, ELSIE MORRIS. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY WAS CREATED USING THAT INTERVIEW AND CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003002.
Catalogue Number
P19950067005
Acquisition Date
1995-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
GIRL'S HALF APRON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN
Catalogue Number
P19990002005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GIRL'S HALF APRON
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
LINEN
No. Pieces
1
Length
40.3
Width
96.6
Description
WHITE LINEN HALF APRON. GATHERED AT WAIST, WITH 36CM TIE AT EACH SIDE. FABRIC IS TEXTURED WITH WHITE EMBROIDERED POLKA-DOTS THROUGHOUT. FOUR ROWS TUCKS NEAR BOTTOM HEM; SIDES AND BOTTOM OF APRON TRIMMED WITH TATTED LACE 3.5CM BORDER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
COSTUME BELONGED TO DONOR WHEN SHE WAS ABOUT SIX YEARS OLD (1949). LIVED IN CZECH REPUBLIC OF MORAVIA, IN TOWN CALLED PREROV. DONOR CAME TO CANADA WITH HUSBAND IN 1970. WENT TO EDMONTON FOR 3 WEEKS, THEN BROOKS FOR 1 1/2 YEARS, THEN SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE FOR 25 YEARS. DONOR'S HUSBAND WORKED AS AN IRRIGATION SPECIALIST. COSTUME WAS HANDMADE BY DONOR'S MOTHER, AND WAS WORN ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS.
Catalogue Number
P19990002005
Acquisition Date
1999-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SATIN
Catalogue Number
P19970041934
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
SATIN
No. Pieces
2
Height
0.5
Length
111.5
Width
57.5
Description
BRONZE COLOURED SATIN BATHROBE WITH PEACH COLOURED TRIM ALONG COLLAR AND DOWN FRONT EDGE OF OPENING. BATHROBE ALSO HAS PEACH COLOURED SATIN BELT WHICH SITS INSIDE LOOPS WHICH ARE FASTENED AT WAIST. TAG INSIDE ROBE READS "NADINE SOMJEN".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
DONOR RELATES THAT THIS NIGHTGOWN AND MATCHING BATHROBE WERE GIVEN TO HER BY BEN FIBER, A TORONTO JOURNALIST. 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
P19970041934
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BABY'S ROBE, BOOTIES & TOQUE SET
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, CARDBOARD, RIBBON
Catalogue Number
P20000038031
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BABY'S ROBE, BOOTIES & TOQUE SET
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOL, CARDBOARD, RIBBON
No. Pieces
7
Height
4.3
Length
41.2
Width
27.8
Description
1. BOX. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. 2 PIECE. BOTTOM OF BOX IS WHITE, LID IS LIGHT PINK AND BLUE. ON LID IS THE IMAGE OF A BABY AND A SHEEP AND SOME CHICKS. READS "IDEAL ROBE FOR BABY CHIC AND WARM". SIDE OF LID GIVES PRODUCT INFO.; THERE IS ALSO A STICKER ON SIDE THAT READS "TESTED AND COMMENDED BY PARENTS' MAGAZINE CONSUMER SERVICE BUREAU". 2. ROBE. 49.5(L) X 56.5(W). LIGHT BLUE WOOL. HAS A WIDE TURNED DOWN COLLAR. COLLAR AND ARMS ARE TRIMMED WITH LIGHT BLUE SATIN RIBBON. THERE ARE ALSO TWO PIECES OF SAME RIBBON ON FRONT, JUST BELOW COLLAR, TO TIE ROBE. A LIGHT BLUE ROPE BELT, WITH FRAYED ENDS, IS LOOPED THROUGH TWO BELT LOOPS AND TIES IN FRONT. 3. BOOTIES. 10.5(L) X 8.5(W). 2 IDENTICAL PIECES. LIGHT BLUE WOOL. TOP OF BOOTIES ARE TURNED DOWN AND TRIMMED WITH LIGHT BLUE PIPING. EACH BOOTY IS A SINGLE PIECE OF FABRIC (EXCLUDING TRIM) SEWN WITH ONE CONTINUOUS SEAM. 4. TOQUE. 15.5(L) X 12.5(W). LIGHT BLUE KNIT CAP. HAS NO SEAMS. BOTTOM IS TURNED UP. TOQUE IS GATHERED AT THE TOP AND ATTACHES TO A SMALL POMPOM, MADE OF SAME WOOL AS REST OF TOQUE. 5. GREETING CARD. 14.7(L) X 12.2(W). SINGLE SHEET OF PAPER FOLDED IN QUARTERS. ON FRONT IS A HEART MADE OF PINK ROSES WITH A BLUE BIRD SITTING ON A BRANCH, AND A BLUE RIBBON. INSIDE HEART IS THE IMAGE OF A BABY. FRONT READS "GOOD WISHES TO ALL OF YOU". INSIDE IS A BLUE RIBBON, PINK RATTLE, AND ROSE. INSIDE HAS A PRINTED MESSAGE AS WELL AS A PERSONAL MESSAGE WRITTEN IN PEN. SIGNED BY "THE SHERMANS". BACK COVER READS "FINISHED IN CANADA".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
ITEMS BELONGED TO DONOR'S (WALT) MOTHER & FATHER, ADA MAY HOLT AND HERBERT HOLT. SOME ITEMS ALSO BELONGED TO HOLT CHILDREN: GORD, RALPH AND WALT. ADA PRODUCED MUCH OF THE HANDIWORK IN COLLECTION. ALL ITEMS WERE USED IN LETHBRIDGE. HERBERT HOLT, WAS BORN IN NORTH WALES AND SERVED IN THE KING'S LIVERPOOL REGIMENT DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR. HE CAME TO CANADA IN 1922 AND IN JANUARY 1923 JOINED THE STAFF OF THE FORT SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL JAIL AS A GUARD. HE BECAME DEPUTY WARDEN THERE IN NOVEMBER 1936, AND SERVED IN THAT CAPACITY UNTIL HIS PROMOTION TO WARDEN AT THE LETHBRIDGE JAIL IN 1940. HERB'S VISION OF REHABILITATION INCLUDED "MEANINGFUL" WORK FOR PRISONERS, RESULTING IN FIELD WORK GROWING VEGETABLE CROPS AND WHEAT, RAISING CATTLE AND HOGS, AS WELL AS WORKING IN THE PRISON BUTCHER SHOP, BAKERY, CANNERY, AND CREAMERY. IN ADDITION, PRISONERS BEAUTIFIED THE GROUNDS BY WORKING ON FLOWER BEDS AND BUILDING STONE FENCES, CREATING AN ATTRACTIVE PARK IN THE "FRONT YARD" OF THE JAIL. HERB WAS MADE AN HONOURARY CHIEF BY THE PEIGAN NATION IN 1949 FOR HIS EFFORTS TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL WORK TO NATIVE INMATES. HERB WAS APPOINTED MAGISTRATE IN AND FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA IN AUGUST 1950, AND HELD THIS POST UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1959. ADA HOLT (NEE MOYER) WAS BORN IN ONTARIO IN 1907; HER PARENTS MOVED OUTSIDE FORT SASKATCHEWAN IN 1909 WHERE THEY HOMESTEADED ON A FARM. AS A YOUNG WOMAN ADA WORKED FOR FIVE YEARS AT THE GENERAL STORE. ADA MET HERB IN FORT SASKATCHEWAN, AND THEY MARRIED IN 1935. ADA CONTINUED TO CALL LETHBRIDGE HER HOME AFTER HER HUSBAND'S DEATH UNTIL 1998 WHEN SHE SUFFERED A STROKE. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE BEVERLY CENTRE IN JANUARY OF 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY ON FAMILY AND LETHBRIDGE GAOL.
Catalogue Number
P20000038031
Acquisition Date
2002-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CINCTURE
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19970041744
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CINCTURE
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
288
Diameter
1
Description
BLACK ROPE BELT IS WOVEN WOOLEN ROPE WITH BLACK TASSELED ENDS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
CINCTURE IS THE ROPE BELT USED TO HOLD CLOSED A PRIEST'S ROBES. CINCTURE BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, REV. G.G. NAKAYAMA. 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
P19970041744
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
NURSE'S
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FABRIC, PLASTIC (BUTTONS)
Catalogue Number
P19990030002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NURSE'S
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Materials
FABRIC, PLASTIC (BUTTONS)
No. Pieces
1
Length
96.5
Width
16
Description
WHITE, STARCHED. FRONT OF BIB IS A RECTANGULAR PANEL MEASURING 34.5 X 16.0-30.8 CM. THE TOP OF THE PANEL HAS A ROUNDED NECK, SEPARATING INTO TWO LONG ARMS (65,0 CM). THESE ARMS ARE PROBABLY DESIGNED TO TUCK UNDER THE WAISTBAND OF THE SKIRT. ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BID FRONT IS WRITTEN IN PEN "248" AND ANOTHER SERIES OF NUMBERS (BOTH HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED OUT). "721" IS WRITTEN VISIBLY.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
BIB BELONGED TO BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY). SHE TRAINED AS A NURSE AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1960-1962. BETTE MARRIED LAWRENCE IN 1962. SHE WORKED AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL IN CALGARY (1962-1964). HER CAREER ENDED IN 1965 UPON MOVING TO STETTLER, ALBERTA. DURING HER CAREER, BETTE WON AN AWARD FOR PEDIATRICS. HER FAMILY CAME TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA IN 1909 TO FARM. BETTE WAS FROM FORT MACLEOD, ALBERTA. SHE PASSED AWAY JANUARY, 1998. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSING UNIFORM DONATED BY LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BETTE J. BAILIE (NEE DAY) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF BUD AND INGA (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) DAY. SHE RECEIVED HER PRIMARY EDUCATION IN FORT MACLEOD AND GRADUATED FROM THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1962. ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1962, BETTE WAS MARRIED TO LAWRENCE BAILIE. THE COUPLE LIVED IN CALGARY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, WHERE BETTE WORKED AT THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL. THEY THEN MOVED TO STETTLER FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE. BETTE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 57 ON JANUARY 13, 1998. *UPDATE* IN 2017, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING THIS NURSING OUTFIT WORN BY BETTE BAILIE. ON 24 NOVEMBER 2017 PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR, LAWRENCE BAILIE, WHO WAS MARRIED TO BETTE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: LAWRENCE BAILIE EXPLAINS HE DONATED THIS OUTFIT BECAUSE, “MY LATE WIFE HAD SAVED THIS FROM HER DAYS OF TRAINING AT THE LETHBRIDGE GALT HOSPITAL. AND SHE, OH I THINK SHE STARTED IN 1960 AND GRADUATED IN 1962… I THINK FOR YEARS WE HAD IT IN A SUITCASE OR TRUNK JUST ‘CAUSE IT WAS – ACTUALLY HER WHOLE IDEA WAS, I THINK, THAT SHE WANTED TO SHOW HER GRANDDAUGHTER THIS AS PART OF HER LIFE, I GUESS IS WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW HIS WIFE FIRST ACQUIRED THE NURSING OUTFIT, BAILIE REPLIED, “THEY DIDN’T START OUT WITH THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM BECAUSE THEY STARTED OUT WITH A DIFFERENT TYPE WHEN THEY WERE IN THEIR FIRST YEAR AND I THINK THEY CALLED THEM ‘PEROGIES,’ AND THEN AFTER THE FIRST YEAR IS WHEN THEY GOT THEIR UNIFORMS AND THEY WORE THEM ALL THE TIME… I WOULD SAY [THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM WAS WORN] FROM THE FIRST YEAR [TO THE] END OF THE SECOND YEAR WHILE THEY WERE WORKING AND THIS SORT OF PUT THEM APART FROM OTHER NURSES IN THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY HAD THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM ON... NOW ONCE THEY GRADUATED THEY DIDN’T HAVE THIS UNIFORM ANYMORE, THEY ACTUALLY HAD WHAT YOU WOULD BUY, LIKE A COMMERCIALLY-MADE NURSE’S DRESS… THEY WERE WHITE AND YOU COULD BUY DIFFERENT DESIGNS OF THEM. THEY HAD TO GO TO A SPECIAL PLACE TO BUY THE NURSE’S UNIFORMS THAT THEY WORE ONCE THEY WERE WORKING.” BAILIE CONTINUED, “AFTER SHE GRADUATED AND WE WERE MARRIED… SHE WORKED IN CALGARY AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL, AND NURSES WERE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR THE SAME CLOTHES WHILE THEY WERE NURSING – THEIR STREET CLOTHES – THEY HAD TO HAVE CLEAN CLOTHES IN THE LOCKERS THAT THEY HAD TO PUT ON SO THEY COULDN’T BRING, SUPPOSEDLY, GERMS INTO THE HOSPITAL. SO THEIR SHOES, EVERYTHING HAD TO BE CHANGED ... [SO] SHE HAD TO BRING HER UNIFORMS [TO THE HOSPITAL]. THEY HAD TO BE WASHED AND CLEANED, SO SHE HAD TO WASH, CLEAN THEM, AND TAKE THEM BACK AND FORTH, AND PUT THEM IN HER LOCKER AND WHATEVER.” WHEN ASKED WHY HIS WIFE BECAME A NURSE, BAILIE EXPLAINED, “MY WIFE USED TO ALWAYS SAY, “WELL I DIDN’T HAVE MUCH CHOICE IN THOSE DAYS BECAUSE” SHE SAID, ‘I EITHER HAD TO BE A SCHOOLTEACHER OR NURSE.’ AND SHE SAID, ‘I DIDN’T WANT TO BE A SCHOOL TEACHER.’ AND SHE KNEW THAT, WELL HER MOTHER WAS, MAKE SURE THAT SHE BECAME SOMETHING. SHE HAD TO. LIKE HER MOM SAID, ‘YOU’LL STAY THERE FOREVER. YOU HAVE TO GRADUATE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, WHATEVER.’ SO SHE DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE.” THE WAY THAT LAWRENCE AND BETTE MET WAS THROUGH A FUNDRAISING DANCE FOR THE NURSING ALUMNI. BAILIE SHARED THE STORY: “I THINK THE PROCEEDS FROM TWO DANCES A YEAR TO GO TO THEIR ALUMNI OR WHATEVER THEY HAD [THROUGH THE NURSING SCHOOL]. AND SO THEN, THEY HAD THESE DANCES AT THE PAVILION, AT THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILION, AND SO ONE OF THE DANCES THE GALT SCHOOL WAS PUTTING ON. I MET HER THERE AT ONE OF THE DANCES…I COULD TELL YOU ALL KINDS OF – IT WAS KIND OF CUTE, IN THE SENSE THAT, I ASKED IF I COULD TAKE HER HOME AND SHE SAID, ‘WELL ONLY IF I COULD BRING MY FRIEND.’ AND I SAID, “NO, NOT A PROBLEM.” SO THEN SHE SAID – AND I SAID, “HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET HOME OTHERWISE?” AND SHE SAID, “WELL WE, WE HAD,” I DON’T KNOW, LET’S SAY, A COUPLE OF DOLLARS IN HER SHOE, SO SHE COULD GET A TAXI BACK TO THIS THING, AND IF, YOU KNOW, SO. AND SHE THOUGHT THAT MAYBE I WAS SAFE ENOUGH TO RIDE HOME WITH SO, AND ANYWAYS I TOOK HER HOME FROM THE DANCE AND THAT’S HOW WE STARTED OUR COURTSHIP OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY FROM THAT TIME. I CALLED HER UP LATER… I LIVED WAY OUT IN SKIFF AND WE HAD A LOCAL PAY DIAL OR PAY PHONE THERE, SO WHEN I USED TO GO IN TO PHONE HER AND ASK HER FOR A DATE WHEN EVERYBODY IN THE STORE WOULD HEAR WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. SO YOU COULDN’T SAY VERY MUCH PERSONAL ‘CAUSE EVERYBODY WOULD HEAR.” BAILIE WENT ON TO SAY, “MY WIFE CONSIDERED HER TRAINING AND LIVING IN RESIDENCE WITH THESE OTHER GIRLS THE BEST TIME OF HER LIFE. SHE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME WITH THE OTHER GIRLS AND SHE REALLY CHERISHED THAT AND SHE HAD SOME VERY, VERY DEAR FRIENDS. I DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THAT CLOSE OF FRIENDS, BECAUSE THEY LIVED THERE, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FOR TWO YEARS AND THEY FOUND A NUMBER OF THEM UP AND DOWN THE HALLS AND THEY DID LITTLE TRICKS WITH EACH OTHER, AND WENT OUT FOR COFFEE WITH EACH OTHER…THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS TOGETHER SO THEY BECAME VERY, VERY GOOD FRIENDS.” BAILIE BROUGHT A SCRAPBOOK TO THE MUSEUM ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW THAT BETTE HAD PUT TOGETHER FROM HER NURSING DAYS, WHICH INCLUDED INFORMATION ABOUT HER GRADUATION. SHE RECEIVED THE “EMILY HICK MEMORIAL AWARD FOR PROFICIENCY IN PEDIATRICS.” BAILIE EXPLAINS THAT WORKING IN PEDIATRICS WAS “HER LIFE. THAT’S WHAT SHE LOVED.” UPON GRADUATION, BETTE MARRIED LAWRENCE AND BEGAN NURSING IN CALGARY – WORKING ON THE PEDIATRIC WARD – WHILE LAWRENCE HAD WORKED FOR A TELEPHONE COMPANY. HE EXPLAINS, “BEING A FARM BOY, WELL I DIDN’T LIKE CALGARY, AND SO I WANTED TO GO TO A SMALLER PLACE, SO AT THAT TIME WE COULD BID OUT, SO I WENT TO STETTLER, SO NATURALLY SHE MOVED WITH ME TO STETTLER AND SHE DIDN’T WANT TO GET A JOB…SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE A NURSE THEN, ‘CAUSE THE TYPE OF PERSON SHE WAS THAT, AND SHE LOVED THE KIDS AND EVERYTHING, BUT WHEN THERE WAS A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN SHE WAS IN CALGARY WHERE SHE WOULD BE ON HEAD NURSE OR SOMETHING, AND SOME KIDS WOULD COME IN IN VERY SERIOUS CONDITION. AND SHE HAD TO [DECIDE] A LOT OF SERIOUS THINGS TO SEE WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO WITH THE CHILD. AND THAT REALLY BOTHERED HER… SHE TOOK HER WORK HOME [WITH HER]... SO SHE RETIRED AND RAISED OUR FAMILY.” WHILE BETTE RETIRED FROM NURSING, SHE CONTINUED TO USE HER SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE FROM NURSING SCHOOL THROUGHOUT THE BAILIE’S FAMILY LIFE. BAILIE REMEMBERS, “BEING THAT IN HER TRAINING, THEY LEARNED ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT AND WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T EAT AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS OR WHATEVER, SO WE ATE VERY HEALTHY…THE NATURAL THINGS THAT SHE LEARNED WHEN SHE WAS TRAINING TO BE A NURSE. SHE TOOK THEM, SHE KEPT THEM WITH HER AND SHE WAS RAISING HER FAMILY WITH THE STUFF THAT SHE HAD LEARNED, YOU KNOW. AND THEN, NATURALLY, ONE OF OUR KIDS FELL AND HURT HIMSELF OR DID SOMETHING AND SHE’D DO THAT DOCTOR/NURSING THING – ‘CAN YOU MOVE THIS? SO YOU ARM’S NOT BROKEN?’ OR SHE WOULD BANDAGE OR WHATEVER. AND SHE SAID, ‘YOU’LL LIVE.’ YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER STILL. THAT WAS ONE OF HER FAVOURITE THINGS. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE KIDS WOULD GET HURT OR SOMETHING AND SHE’D SAY, ‘THEY’LL BE OKAY. THEY’LL LIVE.’” THE BAILIE’S SONS ARE NAMED NEIL AND ROBERT (BOB). BETTE PASSED AWAY AFTER A SECOND BATTLE WITH CANCER, BAILIE EXPLAINS, “AS FAR AS CANCER TAKING HER AT A YOUNG AGE WAS – DOESN’T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE, I GUESS. BUT SHE WAS A VERY HEALTHY-LIVING PERSON. LIKE SHE NEVER SMOKED, SHE NEVER DRANK, AND IT DIDN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHEN IT COME TO THE CANCER. YOU KNOW. AND SHE DID LOOK AFTER HERSELF… PRIOR TO HER GETTING, FINDING OUT SHE HAD CANCER THE SECOND TIME, SHE TRAINED WITH A GIRL NEXT DOOR FOR THE IRON MAN.” BAILIE ALSO SAID, “I COULD TALK FOREVER ON HER, ABOUT HER. SHE WAS A GREAT GIRL... SHE HAD A GREAT PERSONALITY. VERY QUIET, SHE WAS QUIET BUT YEAH. BUT AGAIN, LIKE I SAY, I DON’T KNOW. LIKE THIS STUFF WE’VE KEPT, LIKE I’VE GOT THIS STUFF NOW. AND I DON’T KNOW. LIKE I’VE GOT TONS OF STUFF THAT BELONGS TO HER AND I JUST DON’T WANT TO GIVE IT UP. BUT IF I GIVE IT TO MY SON, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’LL DO WITH IT. LIKE I HATE TO SEE IT LOST BECAUSE SHE WAS IMPORTANT. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION.
Catalogue Number
P19990030002
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970041365
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.2
Length
23
Width
16
Description
WHITE COTTON BIB HAS WIDE LACE EDGING AND EMBROIDERED DESIGN ON FRONT. DESIGN IS FIVE EMBROIDERED FLOWERS WITH SCALLOPED LINE ABOVE AND BELOW. APEX OF EACH SCALLOP HAS RING OF EIGHT EMBROIDERED CIRCLES. BIB IS WORN AND YELLOWED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
BABY BIB WAS WORN BY DONOR AS A BABY. 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
P19970041365
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
SUIT JACKET AND PIN
Date Range From
1986
Date Range To
1995
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20100021001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SUIT JACKET AND PIN
Date Range From
1986
Date Range To
1995
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL, BRASS
No. Pieces
2
Description
1. SUIT JACKET, LIGHT BLUE, POLYESTER/WOOL BLEND. LIGHT GREY LINING. THREE FRONT POCKETS AND THREE INSIDE POCKETS. OUTER LEFT BREAST POCKET HAS CREST WITH WHITE DESIGN ON BLACK CIRCLE. TEXT READS “MINERS – LIBRARY CLUB, LETHBRIDGE". INSIDE RIGHT BREAST POCKET HAS LABEL WITH, "BLACK’S MEN’S SHOP, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA". LEFT BREAST POCKET HAS LABEL WITH “55% POLYESTER 45% WOOL, DRY CLEAN ONLY, PRESS WITH COOL IRON ONLY, CA00750 ”. TWO BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; FOUR BUTTONS AT EACH CUFF. NOTCHED LAPELS; SINGLE-BREASTED. (67.5 CM WIDE, 76.5 CM LONG, 5.3 CM HEIGHT). 2. PIN, BRASS CREST. READS, "MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB, LETHBRIDGE" TEXT IS ON A PAINTED RED BACKGROUND. ATTACHED TO JACKET WITH A BRASS DISK THAT SCREWS ONTO THE THREADED METAL PIN. (1.2 CM WIDE, 1.4 CM LONG, O.8 CM HIGHT).
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
JACKET AND TIE WERE WORN BY LOCAL RESIDENT AND FORMER MINERS’ LIBRARY CLUB PRESIDENT ROBERT “BOBBIE” BROWN FROM APPROXIMATELY 1986 TO 1995. BOBBIE BROWN WAS ATTRACTED TO THE CLUB AS A 17 YEAR OLD ADOLESCENT AROUND 1948, BUT ACCORDING TO HIS WIFE MARLA BROWN, HE WAS TOO YOUNG TO DRINK AND CONSEQUENTLY WAS “ONLY ALLOWED TO GO DOWN INTO THE BASEMENT, WHERE HE MET FRIENDS AND PLAYED CARDS”. BY THEN, HIS FATHER JACK “JOHN” BROWN AND BROTHERS JIM AND ANDREW “BUCK” WERE ALL DEDICATED MEMBERS OF THE MINERS. MARLA FELT THAT HER HUSBAND’S DEVOTION TO THE CLUB AND ATTENDANCE AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE REFLECTED HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS FAMILY AND THE PLEASURE HE GOT FROM BEING AROUND HIS BROTHERS AND FATHER. ON 18 AUGUST 1950, BOBBIE ENLISTED IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN ARMY, SERVING IN KOREA AS A SAPPER WITH ENGINEERS. HE WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED ON AUGUST 6, 1952 AND RETURNED HOME TO LETHBRIDGE. ONCE BACK, BOBBIE WAS OLD ENOUGH TO BE UPSTAIRS IN THE MINERS. IN JUNE 2010, HE RECALLED THAT THERE WERE NO WOMEN ALLOWED IN THE CLUB AND THAT A DRAFT BEER WAS 10 CENTS A GLASS. NO HARD LIQUOR WAS ALLOWED TO BE SERVED IN THE CLUB AT THE TIME. IF WOMEN WERE FINALLY ALLOWED TO VISIT THE CLUB, THEY WERE REQUIRED TO PATRONIZE A “SEPARATE SIDE” OF THE BAR. ACCORDING TO BOBBIE, “THE LIBRARY WAS VERY SPORTS-ORIENTED”. IT DONATED FUNDS TO MANY CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS AND ACCORDING TO MARLA, “BUILT QUITE A FEW PARKS IN LETHBRIDGE”. BOBBIE’S DEDICATION TO THE CLUB AND HIS APPRECIATION OF THE CLUB’S IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY, LED HIM TO SERVE AS BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN 1986. AFTER A 3 YEAR TERM AS DIRECTOR, HE WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT, WHICH HE OCCUPIED UNTIL 1995. FOR HIS SERVICE, HE WAS AWARDED A LIFE MEMBERSHIP. IN 1995, HE DECIDED TO TRANSFER HIS ENERGIES TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION NO. 4 BRANCH AND ITS EXECUTIVE, A DECISION MADE FOLLOWING A SECOND, BUT UNSUCCESSFUL BID FOR THE MINERS’ PRESIDENCY. BOBBY WAS EQUALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT HIS SERVICE WITH THE LEGION, BUT ULTIMATELY HIS HEART REMAINED WITH THE MINERS WHICH CLOSED IN 2003. IN BOBBIE’S OPINION, THE CAMARADERIE IN THE MINERS WAS WITHOUT EQUAL. THE CLUB BLAZER WITH CREST WAS WORN BY BOBBIE TO EVERY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING AND TO FUNCTIONS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CHEQUE PRESENTATION AND SPONSORED SPORTING EVENTS (AKA. SPORTS HALL OF FAME). HE OWNED NO BLAZER BUT THIS ONE PROVIDED TO HIM WITHOUT CHARGE BY THE CLUB IN 1986. BOBBIE’S FONDEST MEMORIES OF TIME SPENT AT THE MINERS INCLUDE HIS DAILY VISITS TO THE MINERS FOR BEER FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF HIS WORK DAY AS A CARRIER WITH CANADA POST. FROM EARLY AFTERNOON UNTIL 4:00 HE SHARED TIME WITH FRIENDS CORRIDO SANTONI AND WORK COLLEAGUES BILL HARCUZ AND ANDY PONECH – EACH ONE VOLUNTEERING IN SUCCESSION TO PAY FOR THE NEXT DAY’S ROUNDS. IN 2010 BOBBIE’S WIFE MARLA CLAIMED, “THAT WAS HIM AS A MEMBER (AFTERNOONS), BUT AS A BOARD OF DIRECTORS, HE SPENT HIS WHOLE LIFE AT THE MINERS”. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE
Catalogue Number
P20100021001
Acquisition Date
2010-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20170007001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
74
Width
50
Description
PURPLE BLAZER JACKET WITH PURPLE LINING; FRONT LAPELS OF JACKET ARE DECORATED WITH PINS. FRONT LEFT AND RIGHT POCKETS LINED WITH GREY PATTERNED FABRIC; FRONT POCKETS HAVE WHITE AND PURPLE “LETHBRIDGE, NO. 32, OORP” AND “BRANDON, NO. 138, OORP” DIAMOND BADGES SEWN ON, WITH WHITE STAG IN CENTER OF TEXT. INSIDE OF BLAZER HAS BLACK TAG WITH WHITE STITCHED TEXT AT BACK OF COLLAR, “MADE IN / FABRIQUE EN CANADA”. TWO POCKETS SEWN INTO BLAZER LINING WITH WHITE CLOTH LINING; INSIDE RIGHT-WEARING INNER POCKET IS WHITE TAG WITH BILINGUAL (FRENCH AND ENGLISH) TEXT “MADE IN CANADA, CA – 00023, 55% POLYESTER, 45% WOOL DRY CLEAN ONLY”. OUTSIDE OF RIGHT-WEARING INNER POCKET HAS TAG SEWN ON; BLACK WITH WHITE TEXT “VETEMENTS, CLOTHES” AND GOLD-STITCHED TEXT BETWEEN WHITE READING “BILTMORE” AND GOLD AND WHITE LOGO IN UPPER LEFT CORNER “LP”. TWO GOLD CHECKERED BUTTONS DOWN FRONT OF BLAZER AND TWO AT EACH CUFF. BLAZER HAS FADING ON INSIDE OF CUFFS, AND STAINING ON FRONT LEFT-WEARING SIDE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. ON FRONT RIGHT-WEARING LAPEL, PINS INCLUDE: GOLD-FINISHED PIN WITH RED AND WHITE CANADA FLAG AND BLUE AND WHITE CROSS FLAG; GOLD-FINISHED FLYING DOVE PIN; RED AND WHITE CANADA FLAG PIN; WHITE PLASTIC NAME TAG WITH SILVER ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL AND BLACK TEXT “LETHBRIDGE LODGE NO. 32, DOROTHY TAYLOR”; GOLD-FINISHED PIN GREY, WHITE AND PEACH IMAGE OF WOMAN AND BLACK TEXT ABOVE IMAGE “DEAF DETECTION” AND BLACK TEXT BELOW IMAGE “PHOEBE MCCULLOUGH, 1896-1971”; GOLD-FINISHED PIN OF MAPLE LEAF WITH GOLD ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE STAG ON A PURPLE BACKGROUND SURROUNDED BY GOLD LETTERS “OORP”; GOLD-FINISHED PIN WITH BAR SHAPED LIKE BOW AND HANGING SEAL OF THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE; GOLD-FINISHED PIN WITH GOLD BORDER AROUND PURPLE AND YELLOW FLOWERS ON GREEN BACKGROUND, WITH ENGRAVED TEXT ON BORDER “MANITOBA ROYAL PURPLE ASSOCIATION”. ON LEFT-WEARING LAPEL IS PURPLE RIBBON WITH GOLD-FINISHED ATTACHMENT TO JACKET AND WHITE FRINGE, ON RIBBON GOLD-FINISHED PINS INCLUDE: TWO GOLD BARS ATTACHED WITH CHAIN AND HANGING ORNATE SEAL OF THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, TEXT ON TOP BAR READS “BRANDON LODGE NO. 138”, LOWER BAR TEXT READS “1998-1999”; BAR PIN WITH PURPLE TEXT “15 YRS” AND ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL IN CENTER; BAR PIN WITH TWO TEXT BANNERS TO THE UPPER LEFT AND LOWER RIGHT OF ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL, UPPER BANNER READS “20” AND LOWER BANNER READS “YRS”; OVAL PIN WITH ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL IN CENTER AND BOTTOM BANNER READING “LIFE MEMBER”; FLOWER PIN WITH ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE SEAL IN CENTER AND SIX HANGING BARS THAT READ “25 YEARS”, “30 YEARS”, “35 YEARS”, “40 YEARS”, “45 YEARS”, “50 YEARS”.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTHER’S BLAZER, WOOD RECALLED, “[MY MOTHER WAS WEARING THIS] WITHIN THE [PAST] TWO OR THREE YEARS, AS YOU CAN SEE, SHE HAD IT ON WHEN SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN. I THINK SHE WENT TO ONE MORE ACTIVITY BEFORE SHE COULDN’T ANYMORE BECAUSE SHE’S BEEN WHEELCHAIR BOUND FOR 15 YEARS. IT GOT MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT FOR HER TO GET OUT.” MACLEAN ADDITIONALLY INTERVIEWED ANN MARIE MCDONALD OF THE LETHBRIDGE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE ON JUNE 6, 2017. ON THE BLAZER, MCDONALD ELABORATED, “WHEN I JOINED IN ’89, THEY WERE MOVING INTO THE NEW JACKETS…WE USED TO PASS DOWN JACKETS. WE USED TO HAVE A CUPBOARD. IF A LADY PASSED AWAY, YOU’D DRY-CLEAN HER JACKET, AND PUT IT INTO THE CUPBOARD…PROBABLY ABOUT 1985 THEY STARTED REPLACING THE JACKETS. I KNOW [THIS WAS DOROTHY’S JACKET] ORIGINALLY, IT HAD PIPING ON IT, AND…IT HAD BRANDON. SHE WORE THE BRANDON [BADGE] ON IT – THEN, SHE OBVIOUSLY GOT THE NEW JACKET MADE, AND THEN PUT THE [PATCH] ON HER POCKETS. IN THOSE DAYS, BEFORE I JOINED ROYAL PURPLE, YOU HAD A PATCH. YOU ALWAYS WORE THE PATCH OF YOUR LODGE ON YOUR JACKET.” “YOU WEAR WHAT ARE CALLED YOUR JEWELS ON YOUR LEFT SIDE. THIS [RIBBON WITH HER YEARS] WOULD BE A JEWEL.” “SHE WAS HONORABLE ROYAL LADY IN BRANDON, IN, POSSIBLY, 1975-76, THAT’S WHEN SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN.” MCDONALD ELABORATED ON THE PINS ON TAYLOR’S BLAZER, NOTING, “EACH YEAR THAT YOU STAY IN LODGE, THEY GIVE YOU A BAR. I’M THINKING MAYBE SHE DIDN’T [A BAR PIN] FROM OUR LODGE, BECAUSE SHE WAS ALREADY AN HONORED ROYAL LADY IN BRANDON. SHE JUST TOOK THE BAR, AND HAD THE BAR PUT ON HER OLD PIN – HER BRANDON PIN.” “BARS WERE [GIVEN] IF, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU WERE ON THE DRILL TEAM. YOU WOULD GET A BAR EVERY YEAR THAT YOU’RE ON THE DRILL TEAM. IF YOU WERE OUR PIANIST, YOU GOT A BAR EVERY YEAR THAT YOU STAYED AS PIANIST. SHE WAS OBVIOUSLY ON THE DRILL TEAM FOR 3 YEARS HERE. EVERY YEAR THEY GIVE YOU 1, UP TO 10. EVERY 5 YEARS YOU GOT A BAR.” “[THE CLASP PIN] IS HER 15TH YEAR BAR, SO WHEN SHE WAS IN OUR LODGE 15 YEARS…ALTHOUGH I’M NOT SURE WITH DOROTHY, IF THEY COMBINED HERS OR NOT. I KNOW THEY COMBINED HERS FOR HER 50TH. YOU WOULD WEAR IT ON [THE] RIBBON. ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE. THE LEFT SIDE IS WHAT WE CONSIDER IS OVER YOUR HEART. YOU WEAR ALL YOUR JEWELS OVER YOUR HEART.” “[THE MAPLE LEAF] IS AN INSTALLATION PIN. WHEN YOU JOIN THE LODGE, THEY GIVE YOU AN INSTALLATION PIN. THEY WANT ACKNOWLEDGE [YOUR INSTALLATION], IT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU EARN. IT’S KIND OF “WELCOME TO THE LODGE”. SHE WOULD WEAR THIS…ON HER REGALIA [LEFT] SIDE.” “NOW [THE PINS ON THE RIGHT SIDE] I DON’T KNOW WHAT [THEY ALL] ARE. DEAF DETECTION…ARE PINS, IN OUR ORGANIZATION THEY PUT OUT TONS OF PINS AND THEN SELL THEM. THERE WAS SOME FUND-RAISER FOR DEAF DETECTION, AND SHE BOUGHT A PIN.” “[THE PURPLE FLORAL PIN] IS A MANITOBA ROYAL PURPLE ASSOCIATION. SHE WOULDN’T HAVE [WORN THIS ON HER REGALIA] BECAUSE…THEY SELL THE PINS AND THEY MAKE MONEY. HER PERFECT ATTENDANCE [PIN], 5 YEARS SHE COULD WEAR ON HER REGALIA PIN. THERE IS A KEEPSAKE [PIN] THAT THEY HAD WHEN THEY HAD THEIR YEAR 2000…[YOU] BOUGHT THE PIN TO SUPPORT THE LODGE. THERE IS A BRANDON PIN. SHE WOULDN’T WEAR IT WITH HER REGALIA THOUGH…IT’S PURCHASED FOR BRANDON. [THERE IS] THE 12TH COLLECTION EDITION OF ROYAL PURPLE. THE BIRD [HAS NO SIGNIFICANCE] WITH OUR LODGE. ON DOROTHY TAYLOR’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, MCDONALD RECALLED, “SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN OUR LODGE BY [1989]. SHE WAS A DUAL MEMBER OF OUR LODGE. SHE PAID HER DUES TO BRANDON, AND SHE PAID TO US FOR MANY YEARS, BECAUSE SHE LOVED BRANDON, AND HER HEART WAS IN BRANDON. SHE HAD FRIENDS, TOO, LADIES IN BRANDON THAT SHE STAYED REALLY GOOD FRIENDS WITH…WHEN SHE WAS HONORABLE ROYAL LADY, [THE BAR PIN] WASN’T THERE. [THE REST] ARE ALL FUND-RAISERS…[THERE IS ONE FOR] FUND FOR CHILDREN, WHICH WAS OUR NATIONAL CHARITY.” WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007001
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19970041693
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Height
1
Length
53.5
Width
44
Description
CREAM COLORED RAYON BLOUSE HAS SHORT SLEEVES AND BIB COLLAR. COLLAR HAS RUFFLE SIDES AND FLAT CENTER PIECE. COLLAR ALSO OPENS WITH TWO STEEL SNAPS AT BASE OF NECK.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
BLOUSE BELONGED TO DONOR'S MOTHER, LOIS NAKAYAMA. DONOR RELATES THAT THIS BLOUSE WAS ONE OF HER MOTHER'S FAVORITES. 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. FROM AUGUST 29 TO 31, 2011 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, JOY KOGAWA, ABOUT HER MEMORIES ASSOCIATED WITH SPECIFIC OBJECTS THAT SHE DONATED IN 1997. OF HER MOTHER'S CLOTHES, KOGAWA SAID: “ SHE SO MUCH LIKED CLOTHES,,, AND SHE HAD BEAUTIFUL CLOTHES, [BUT] SHE DIDN’T HAVE A LOT… SHE HAD ONE PAIR OF SHOES, WHICH SHE KEPT REPAIRING AND REPAIRING… [HER CLOTHING] BRINGS BACK A SADNESS FOR MY MOTHER, BECAUSE HER LIFE WAS SO HARD… TO GO FROM WHAT THEY HAD IN VANCOUVER, ALL THE DREAMS THAT THEY HAD THERE, INTO SOUTHERN ALBERTA, WHERE IT WAS SO HARSH… THAT WAS NOT A WAY TO BE TREATED IN THAT STAGE OF LIFE… MY MOTHER WAS A VERY SILENT WOMAN AND DID NOT COMPLAIN… I THINK SHE GAVE UP ON BEING PART OF THE WORLD, AND RETREATED FROM IT. AS LONG AS SHE HAD KIDS, SHE HAD TO BE IN THE WORLD, BUT I THINK THAT, BY INCLINATION, SHE WOULD HAVE JUST LEFT IT – IT WAS JUST TOO HARD FOR HER… I JUST WISH SO MUCH THAT I HAD KNOWN HER THEN THE WAY I KNOW HER NOW… I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE MADE HER HAPPY, BECAUSE SHE NEVER WAS… BUT IN SOME WAYS I THINK HER LIFE ENDED HAPPILY. I CERTAINLY DID THE BEST I COULD FOR [HER]; I TRIED REALLY HARD.” SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041693
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P19970041757
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
WOOL, POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.5
Length
51.5
Width
45
Description
BLACK AND WHITE CHECKED WOOL/POLYESTER BLOUSE. BLOUSE HAS DIAGONAL CLOSING ON LEFT SHOULDER WITH BLACK TRIANGULAR COLLAR AND BLACK TRIANGULAR BUTTONS. CUFFS ARE TURNED BACK, ALSO WITH TRIANGULAR BUTTONS. BATWING SLEEVES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
DONOR RELATES THAT SHE WORE THIS BLOUSE TO A PHOTO SHOOT FOR THE RELEASE OF ONE OF HER NOVELS IN JAPAN AROUND 1983-85. 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
P19970041757
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19970041918
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.5
Length
54.5
Width
52.4
Description
RED SEMI-TRANSPARENT RAYON BLOUSE WITH WHITE RANDOM SIZED POLKA DOTS. BLOUSE HAS CAP SLEEVES AND NOTCHED COLLAR THAT HAS ROUNDED TIP. BLUE COTTON LABEL SEWN INTO SIDE SEAM HAS "JUNE GALE MONTREAL" ON IT. BOTTOM BUTTON IS MISSING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
BLOUSE BELONGED TO DONOR AS A TEENAGER WHILE HER FAMILY LIVED AT COALDALE. 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. FROM AUGUST 29 TO 31, 2011 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, JOY KOGAWA, ABOUT HER MEMORIES ASSOCIATED WITH SPECIFIC OBJECTS THAT SHE DONATED IN 1997. OF THIS ARTIFACT, KOGAWA SAID: “GOOD OLD RED BLOUSE… I WORE THIS IN COALDALE [DURING] HIGH SCHOOL AND THEN BEYOND, INTO ADULTHOOD… IT WAS KIND OF STIFF, WITH LITTLE WHITE RAISED DOTS ALL OVER IT… IT WAS WORN A LOT… I WORE IT WITH ANYTHING IT WOULD GO WITH.” SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041918
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail

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