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Other Name
DYE SAMPLES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1977
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CARDBOARD, FABRIC, INK
Catalogue Number
P20160003004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DYE SAMPLES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1977
Materials
CARDBOARD, FABRIC, INK
No. Pieces
1
Length
22.6
Width
15
Description
BOOK WITH BLACK HARDCOVER. THE FRONT COVER OF THE BOOK HAS IN GOLD LETTERING “NACCO DYES” WITH A SMALL, GOLD LOGO IN THE CENTER AND “NATIONAL ANILINE & CHEMICAL CO. …” IN GOLD AT THE BOTTOM. THE SPINE OF THE BOOK HAS “NACCO DYES NO. 172” IN GOLD LETTERS. THE INSIDE COVER OF THE BOOK BEGINS WITH “NATIONAL SERVICE” WITH ADDITIONAL TEXT SUCCEEDING. THE PAGES ARE THICK, WHITE BOARD THAT ARE ATTACHED TO ONE ANOTHER WITH PAPER SEAMS. THE BOARDS FOLD OUT ACCORDIAN-STYLE INTO A HORIZONTAL LINE. THERE ARE 6 BOARDS IN TOTAL. THE FIRST FOUR BEGINNING FROM THE LEFT ARE TITLED, “NACCO UNION DYES.” EACH BOARD HAS TWO COLUMNS OF RECTANGULAR DYE SAMPLES. THERE ARE 9 ROWS ON EACH BOARD. THE TWO SAMPLES IN EACH ROW ARE THE SAME COLOUR BUT ON DIFFERENT TYPES OF FABRIC. THE 5TH BOARD IS DIVIDED INTO TWO COLUMNS. THE LEFT IS TITLED, “NACCO NEUTRAL DYES” AND THERE ARE 10 SAMPLES OF VARIOUS DYE COLOURS UNDERNEATH IT. THE RIGHT SIDE IS TITLED, “NACCO WOOL DYES.” GOOD CONDITION. THE BOARDS HAVE YELLOWED. SLIGHT SCUFFING ON THE BLACK COVER. SLIGHT BROWN STAIN ON 5TH AND 6TH BOARDS. ACCRETION ON LOWER SECTION ON THE BACKSIDE OF BOARD TO THE RIGHT OF THE TITLE PAGE (5TH BOARD).
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
TRADES
RETAIL TRADE
History
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. IT WAS THERE WILLIAM KONKIN MARRIED ELIZABETH WISHLOW. IN 1928, THEIR DAUGHTER, ELSIE WAS BORN. THEY LATER MOVED TO A FARM IN VAUXHALL, ALBERTA. THE PRECEDING AND FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH DONOR ELSIE MORRIS, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON FEBRUARY 17, 2016. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMES FROM FAMILY HISTORIES AND TEXTS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003001. MORRIS’ FATHER SOLD DYE TO LOCALS ON THE DOUKHOBOR COLONY. MORRIS DESCRIBES THE PURPOSE OF THE DYES AND HOW HER FATHER BECAME INVOLVED: “DYEING WAS NECESSARY TO DYE THE WOOL THAT YOU SPUN AND SOMETIMES YOU COULDN’T GET THE NECESSARY DYES IN THE STORE, SO I DON’T KNOW WHERE MY DAD GOT THOSE. THEY MIGHT HAVE SENT HIM SOME OR WHAT AND THEN HE WOULD CHOOSE THE COLOURS THEY WANTED AND HE WOULD ORDER THEM. NOW IT SO HAPPENS THAT THE PEOPLE IN THE COLONY ALL WANTED THESE PARTICULAR DYES BECAUSE THEY WERE BETTER THAN THE KIND THEY GOT IN THE STORE. I DON’T KNOW WHY. SO MY DAD BUILT A SCALE AND I REMEMBER THIS SCALE. IT STOOD ON THE TABLE, IT HAD A CENTRAL PART, THEN THERE WAS A ROD GOING ACROSS AND IT CAME DOWN LIKE THIS AND THREE NAILS ON ONE SIDE BROUGHT IT DOWN AND WHEN YOU WANTED TO SELL THE DYE YOU PUT A PIECE OF PAPER DOWN, PUT IN A SPOONFUL UNTIL WE BALANCED [IT] AND THEN YOU GOT AN EVEN BALANCE AND THAT AMOUNT CAME TO TEN CENTS. IF WANTED LESS THEN YOU PUT TWO NAILS DOWN AND THOSE CAME TO FIVE CENTS SO… I SUPPOSE [HE SOLD THE DYE] BECAUSE HE WANTED TO MAKE SOME MONEY. HE SOLD VEGETABLES IN THE WINTERTIME TO THE LOCALS WHO DIDN’T GROW GARDENS. IN SUMMERTIME IF HE COULD GET A JOB HARVESTING WORKING SOMEWHERE ON FARMS HE DID THAT. [HE WAS] THE MIDDLE MAN [SELLING DYES]… [A]ND NOBODY TOLD ANYONE THE STOREKEEPERS THAT OR HE’D HAVE PROBABLY BEEN TOLD TO STOP IT.” PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, OBITUARIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND FAMILY HISTORIES.
Catalogue Number
P20160003004
Acquisition Date
2016-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, DYE
Catalogue Number
P20160003006
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Material Type
Artifact
Date
1929
Materials
WOOL, DYE
No. Pieces
1
Length
182.5
Width
117.5
Description
HAND-WOVEN RUG MADE FROM HAND-DYED, HANDSPUN WOOL. THERE IS A 3-4 CM WIDE BLACK BORDER AROUND ALL LENGTHS OF THE RUG, WITH FRINGE ON THE SHORT ENDS. INSIDE THE BLACK BORDER IS A SINGLE WOVEN BORDER OF LIGHT BLUE WOOL. INSIDE OF THIS BORDER IS A PATTERN SET ON A DARK BURGUNDY-COLOURED BACKGROUND. THERE IS A BLUE FLOWER IN THE CENTER OF THE RUG. ON ONE END THE DATE “1924” IS WOVEN IN RAW-COLOURED WOOL. THE “9” HAS BEEN WOVEN UPSIDE DOWN. ON THE OPPOSITE END OF THE RUG, THE INITIALS “ ” FOR THE NAME LISAVETA PETROVNA WISHLOW, ARE WOVEN IN LIGHT BLUE. THERE ARE 20 HARPS COLOURED EITHER BLUE, ORANGE, PINK, OR YELLOW AROUND ALL LENGTHS OF THE RUG. UNDER THE HARPS IS A GREEN VINE PATTERN AND A RED DECORATIVE BORDER. THE DESIGN ELEMENTS ARE LAID OUT SYMMETRICALLY OVER THE RUG AND CONSIST OF FLOWERS, DUCKS, AND BUTTERFLIES. VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. SLIGHT WEAR TO THE WOOL FROM USE.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
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. IT WAS THERE WILLIAM KONKIN MARRIED ELIZABETH WISHLOW. IN 1928, THEIR DAUGHTER, ELSIE WAS BORN. THEY LATER MOVED TO A FARM IN VAUXHALL, ALBERTA. THE PRECEDING AND FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH DONOR ELSIE MORRIS, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON FEBRUARY 17, 2016. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMES FROM FAMILY HISTORIES AND TEXTS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003001. THIS RUG WAS HAND-WOVEN BY ELIZABETH KONKIN IN 1924. THE RUG WAS USED AS A WALL COVER IN THE WINTER AND ACTED AS AN INSULATOR. LATER IT WAS USED ON THE FLOOR AT CHRISTMASTIME. IT WAS INHERITED BY MORRIS PRIOR TO THE PASSING OF HER MOTHER: “I CAME INTO POSSESSION [OF IT] FROM MY MOTHER. SHE DIED IN 2003 AND I GOT THE RUG SLIGHTLY BEFORE THEN AND YES THAT WOULD BE ABOUT THE TIME… I HAVE NO OTHER SIBLINGS AND SO OBVIOUSLY EVERYTHING SHE MADE WOULD GO TO ME. MY SON SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE RUG, BUT CHANGED HIS MIND. HIS WIFE WAS NOT KEEN ON HAVING IT, SO I HAD TO DO SOMETHING WITH IT. TO ME IT IS A VERY BEAUTIFUL RUG AND I WANTED IT SOME PLACE WHERE IT WON’T GET TRASHED BY DOGS OR ANIMALS.” AFTER ACQUIRING THE RUG, MORRIS PLACED IT ON THE FLOOR OF HER HOME IN LETHBRIDGE: “THE LINO [ON THE FLOOR] STARTED TO WEAR OUT AND I THOUGHT YOU CAN’T PUT A RUG LIKE THAT ON ANOTHER LINO. IT JUST DOESN’T GO. BUT I DO LIKE HARDWOOD SO WE HAD HARDWOOD PUT THROUGHOUT THE BEDROOMS. THE LAST ROOM IS MY OFFICE, FIRST OF ALL, I HAD THE RUG IN THIS BEDROOM AND THEN IT WASN’T VERY CONVENIENT TO CLEAN BECAUSE THERE WASN’T THAT MUCH SPACE SO I PUT IT IN MY OFFICE WHERE I LOVED IT, BUT I KEPT STUMBLING OVER IT. I THOUGHT I MIGHT BREAK A LEG IF I DO THIS SO I BETTER GET RID OF IT… THE HARDWOOD WAS PUT IN BEFORE THE GST WENT IN. I DIDN’T HAVE THE RUG THEN BUT I THOUGHT THAT I WOULD BE GETTING THE RUG AND SO I WOULD HAVE IT HARDWOOD… WAS IT 1995? ANYWAY BEFORE GST WENT IN.” THE RUG HAD BEEN PRESENT THROUGHOUT MORRIS’ LIFE – FROM TIME SPENT ON THE DOUKHOBOR COLONY IN SHOULDICE, ALBERTA TO LIFE ON A FARM OUTSIDE OF VAUXHALL, ALBERTA: “I CAN REMEMBER WHEN I WAS BORN. THE RUG WAS IN MY PARENT’S HOME. WE LIVED ON A DOUKHOBOR COLONY, WE HAD MUD PLASTERED WALLS AND OUR HOUSE WAS WELL BUILT. MY DAD BUILT IT. SOME OF THE HOUSES ONLY HAD ONE LAYER OF WOOD AND THEY WERE VERY COLD, HOWEVER OUR BEDROOMS HAD WALLS ON THE NORTH SIDE. IN WINTER THEY GOT CHILLY, SO EVERY WINTER THEY WOULD NAIL UP THIS RUG UP AGAINST THE WALL. IT STAYED THERE FOR THE WINTER. FOR SUMMER IT CAME DOWN, I DON’T [KNOW] WHERE SHE STORED IT, I THINK POSSIBLY IN ONE OF THE BIGGER TRUNKS AND THEN TOOK IT OUT… THIS HOME [WHERE THE RUG WAS PLACED], IT’S OUTSIDE OF VAUXHALL. WE LEFT THE COLONY, MOVED TO VAUXHALL AND MOVED THE HOUSE. THE HOUSE WAS EXPANDED AND THEN WE LIVED IN THAT HOUSE. I LEFT HOME AND MY PARENTS HAD A HOUSE IN LETHBRIDGE WHICH DAD BUILT ALSO AND HE SOLD THE FARM. THEY ASKED IF WE WANTED TO GO AND WE DIDN’T. SO THEY SOLD THE FARM AND THERE WAS A BEAUTIFUL POND WHERE WE SWAM AND BOATED AND WE HAD LOTS OF TREES AROUND THE HOUSE. IT WAS ABOUT AN ACREAGE IF NOT MORE AND WHEN HE SOLD IT THE NEW OWNERS, VERY FRUGAL PEOPLE, [THEY] BURNT DOWN THE HOUSE, THE STEAM BATHROOM, THE GARAGE, THE WORKS. NOW MIND THEY WERE OLD STATE BY NOW AND THEY PLOWED [IT ALL INTO] IN THE POND BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO MAKE MONEY FROM THE GRAIN [FIELDS], SO WHEN I WENT THERE A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER, [I WAS] SURPRISED EVERYTHING WAS GONE, SO THAT WAS THAT." THE RUG MAY HAVE BEEN WOVEN BY MORRIS’ MOTHER ON THE DOUKHOBOR COLONY IN SHOULDICE OR DURING THE WINTER SPENT IN COWLEY: “… IT COULD HAVE BEEN WOVEN IN COWLEY BECAUSE THEY STAYED IN COWLEY FOR THE WINTER BUT I CAN’T BE TOO SURE. IT ALSO COULD HAVE BEEN MADE ON THE COLONY… TWENTY MILES EAST OF MOSSLEIGH.” ELIZABETH KONKIN WAS MARRIED IN 1927, SO THE INITIALS WOVEN ON THE RUG ARE OF HER MAIDEN NAME: “THAT’S AN “L” [ ] THAT’S LISAVETA (SIC.) BUT HER NAME IS YALALISAVETA (SIC.) BUT SHE PUT DOWN LISAVETA. PETROVNA THAT’S A “P” [ ] THAT’S DAUGHTER OF PETRO AND WISHLOW [ ] THAT WAS HER MAIDEN NAME. ... [AFTER MAKING THE RUG] THERE WAS SOME WARP LEFT OVER. … WARP IS THE STUFF THAT RUNS DOWN AND WEFT IS WHAT YOU PUT IN BETWEEN WITH A SHUTTLE BUT THIS WASN’T PUT IN WITH A SHUTTLE. EACH INDIVIDUAL THREAD WAS KNOTTED. IT’S LIKE DIFFAGHAN (SIC.) - A SWEDISH METHOD - AND THAT’S HOW IT WAS DONE. IF THERE WAS SOME LEFT OVER AND HER MOM INSISTED THAT SHE DO ANOTHER RUG. WELL SHE DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT. SHE SAYS “YOU MAKE IT FOR YOUR BROTHER.” SHE FELT HIS WIFE SHOULD DO HER OWN HOPE CHEST BUT SHE DID AND THE INTERESTING THING IS THAT HIS RUG THEY USED IT ON THE FLOOR. MY MOTHER DIDN’T USE THIS ONE ON THE FLOOR EXCEPT AT CHRISTMAS TIME SO THE WISHLOW FAMILY WHO HAD THE OTHER RUG, THE MOTHER WASN’T TOO KEENLY INTERESTED IN IT. THEY HAD IT IN THE LIVING ROOM AND THEN IT WENT UP FOR SALE TO A PLACE THAT WAS OWNED BY A MAN NAMED, HIS LAST NAME WAS EWASHEN (SIC.) …THAT’S [THE RUG’S] TWIN, YES.” MORRIS THEN GOES ON TO DESCRIBE SOME OF THE OTHER PATTERNING FOUND ON THE RUG: “OKAY THOSE ARE HARPS. SHE HAD PATTERNS TO GET THEM FROM OTHER WEAVERS AND THEN SHE’D TRACE THEM OUT. I DON’T KNOW WHAT SHE USED TO TRACE THEM ON THE WARP [WITH] AND THEN SHE’D WEAVE AWAY WITH THE THREAD THAT WERE THE WEFT. SHE PUT THE DESIGNS HERSELF ONTO THE RUG” THE RUG WAS BROUGHT TO LETHBRIDGE WHEN ELIZABETH AND WILLIAM KONKIN RETIRED THERE: “I WAS TEACHING SCHOOL IN COALDALE WHEN THEY MOVED AND DAD MADE THE HOUSE IN NORTH LETHBRIDGE… THE HOUSE IS NICELY BUILT AND IT’S WARM, IT’S COMFORTABLE SO THERE’S NO USE PUTTING IT UP ON THE WALL. EVERY CHRISTMAS SHE’D TAKE IT OUT AND WE’D ROLL AROUND ON THIS RUG AND SHE WOULD HANG IT UP AFTER THE NEW YEAR SO I SAID TO HER ‘WHY DON’T YOU PUT IT ON THE FLOOR?’ AND SHE SAID, 'WELL I DON’T WANT TO MESS IT UP.' HOWEVER, I SAID, 'WELL I’M GOING TO PUT IT ON THE FLOOR,' SO THAT’S WHERE IT WAS UNTIL I STARTED STUMBLING OVER IT.” AMONG THE OTHER ARTIFACTS DONATED BY MORRIS THAT WERE OWNED BY HER MOTHER, THE RUG WAS A SIGNIFIER OF THE HARD WORK REQUIRED WITHIN THE DOUKHOBOR LIFESTYLE: “[THE BLANKET AND THE SPINNING WHEEL] MEANT A LOT WELL AFTER THE WAR AND THINGS WERE CHEAP. THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO WEAVE THEIR OWN STUFF. PRIOR TO THAT, NOT IN MY MOTHER’S TIME EVEN BEFORE THAT MY GRANDMOTHER’S TIME, EVERY GIRL HAD TO WEAVE A TROUSSEAU FOR HERSELF TO LAST A LIFETIME BECAUSE SHE STARTED HAVING CHILDREN AND SHE WOULDN’T HAVE THE TIME TO DO IT. THERE WERE THINGS THAT WERE ANCIENT THAT WERE USED AND USED UNTIL THEY DIED HOWEVER, IN MY MOTHER’S DAY THEY KNITTED THEIR OWN SOCKS, THEY MADE THEIR OWN QUILTS. THE MEN DID THE BUILDING AND THEY LIVED OFF THE GARDENS BECAUSE THEY WERE VEGETARIANS SO THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MEAT. THEY BOUGHT EGGS FROM THE NEIGHBOURS WHO WERE FARMERS. THE INTERESTING THING THERE WAS THAT THEY WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO EAT MEAT AND I ATE MEAT WHEN I WAS CLOSE TO TWENTY. WHEN I TELL MY VEGETARIAN RELATIVES WHAT ABOUT YOUR SHOES AND YOU’VE GOT LEATHER, COWHIDE WHATEVER AND THEY COULDN’T COME UP WITH AN ANSWER SO… THEY REPRESENTED HARD WORK THAT’S, THIS TAKES A LONG TIME WHEN YOU THINK OF EVERY KNOT THAT HAD TO BE TIED AND IT WAS PART OF HER TROUSSEAU. THE SPINNING WHEEL MEANT A LOT BECAUSE YOU HAD TO SPIN THE WOOL SO.” PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, OBITUARIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND FAMILY HISTORIES.
Catalogue Number
P20160003006
Acquisition Date
2016-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HMV BAG
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20170004004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HMV BAG
Date
2017
Materials
PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
22.7
Width
35.7
Description
WHITE, PLASTIC SHOPPING BAG. BOTH SIDES ARE THE SAME. “HMV” IS ON THE BAG IN PINK LETTERING. THE BAG ALSO HAS INFORMATION ABOUT THE BAG INCLUDING “ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY” ALONG THE BOTTOM EDGE. THERE IS A HOLE IN THE TOP SIDE OF THE BAG FOR THE HANDLE. VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. THE BAG IS SLIGHTLY WRINKLED. THERE IS SLIGHT WEAR TO THE HANDLE THROUGH USE.
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
BUSINESS
History
IN THE EARLY MONTHS OF 2017 THE MUSIC FRANCHISE, HMV CANADA, BEGAN TO THE PROCESS OF CLOSING DOWN ALL 120 OF THEIR STORES ACROSS CANADA. AFTER 30 YEARS OF BUSINESS, THE COMPANY WENT INTO RECEIVERSHIP. PARK PLACE MALL IN DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE HAD AN HMV LOCATION OF ITS OWN, WHICH OPENED IN 1994. THIS SHOPPING BAG IS AN EXAMPLE OF SHOPPING BAGS USED AT THE LETHBRIDGE LOCATION OF HMV DURING THE TIME OF RECEIVERSHIP. IT IS ALSO PHYSICAL SYMBOL OF BRICK-AND-MORTAR SHOPPING MALLS. ON 27 FEBRUARY 2017, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, THE MANAGER OF THE HMV LETHBRIDGE, BRENDAN FRIZZLEY, REFLECTED ON HIS PAST EXPERIENCE AT THE MUSIC STORE, THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MUSIC STORES, AND ON THE RECEIVERSHIP PERIOD. FOR MORE INFORMATION OF FRIZZLEY’S CONNECTION TO THE STORE, PLEASE SEE P20170004001-2. IN THE INTERVIEW, FRIZZLEY SPOKE ABOUT THE CHANGE IN MALL TRAFFIC, “[THERE IS] SUCH A DROP IN TRAFFIC, AS PEOPLE START TO MOVE AWAY FROM MALLS. [THIS IS EXEMPLIFIED BY] THE FACT THAT I’LL HAVE SATURDAYS WHERE I’LL PULL AS MUCH AS I USED TO PULL ON A SLOW MONDAY EIGHT YEARS AGO, IN TERMS OF JUST PEOPLE COMING IN. WE’VE MADE SO MANY CHANGES TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT WORK FROM ON OUR SIDE, WHETHER IT’S GETTING BETTER DEALS FOR EVERY CD THAT WE SELL, OR JUST CHANGING THE GENERAL PRICE OF THINGS, OR HAVING THINGS THAT MAKE MORE MONEY… PEOPLE AREN’T SHOPPING IN MALLS ANYMORE. THERE’S STILL PEOPLE COMING IN, ESPECIALLY AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME, BUT IT’S NOT THE SAME AS IT USED TO BE. I REMEMBER MY FIRST CHRISTMAS [WORKING] HERE. WE HAD THREE TILLS – WE’D RUN ALL THREE OF THEM – AND THERE’D BE STILL CRAZY LINES. THAT WAS FOR ALL OF DECEMBER, AND THEN THIS YEAR, BLACK FRIDAY AND BOXING DAY BOTH HAPPENED, AND I DIDN’T HAVE TO OPEN A THIRD TILL…PEOPLE DON’T WANT SHOPPING TO BE A MULTI-HOUR STROLLING EXPERIENCE. WE’VE ALL GOT TO FACE THE ‘BUYING ONLINE,’ AND IF IT’S NOT ‘BUYING ONLINE’, [IT'S] BUYING ‘BIG BOX’. IF YOU WALK INTO WALMART OR COSTCO AND YOU’RE OUT IN AN HOUR, AND YOU GOT EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED, THAT’S SO MUCH BETTER THAN A DAY AT THE MALL. I DON’T THINK THE THINGS AT THE MALL ARE INTERESTING ENOUGH ANYMORE FOR PEOPLE TO WANT TO PORE OVER THEM, AND HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE WHERE YOU WANDER AROUND THE MALL. THE KIDS WOULD GO OFF ONE WAY; PARENTS WOULD GO OFF THE OTHER. MOM AND DAD WOULD EVENTUALLY SPLIT UP, AS THEY GOT PULLED DIFFERENT WAYS. EVERYONE WOULD SORT OF WANDER AROUND; THEY’D MEET UP AT THE FOOD COURT, AT A CERTAIN TIME, AND THAT WOULD BE THAT, AND IT’S JUST NOT AN EXPERIENCE PEOPLE WANT [ANYMORE]. I THINK PEOPLE FEEL PULLED A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS, AND WE’VE GOTTEN VERY GOOD AT GETTING GOOD RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, AT THE SAME TIME… MILLENNIALS HAVE FOUND REALLY INTERESTING, ENGAGING WAYS OF OCCUPYING THEIR TIME…YEAH, YOU KNOW PEOPLE ARE THERE TO BUY CERTAIN THINGS AT THE MALL… IF PEOPLE ARE COMING IN FOR A PARTICULAR ITEM AT MY STORE, THEY’RE PROBABLY NOT HITTING ANY OTHER STORE…NOBODY WANTS TO SHOP AROUND. AND THAT’S FINE. I’M NOT A MALL PERSON… WHEN I’M BUYING SOMETHING, I’M PROBABLY GETTING IT OFF AMAZON. I’LL BE IN THE MALL, HEADING OUT TO MY CAR, AND I’LL BE ON MY PHONE ON AMAZON BUYING THE THING THAT I WANT TO BUY, BECAUSE I WANT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT. I DON’T WANT TO SHOP AROUND IN THE MALL. AND IT’S KIND OF SURREAL THAT I LIVE IN A PLACE THAT SELLS THE THINGS I WANT, BUT I DON’T SEE EXACTLY WHAT I WANT HERE, SO RATHER THAN JUST HAVE TO SETTLE AND BUY THE BEST ONE, I’M JUST GOING TO GET ON MY PHONE…” MACLEAN STATED THAT THERE IS A “KIND OF REVOLUTION OF DIGITAL, IN TERMS OF, NOT JUST THE [HMV] ITSELF, BUT EVEN THE MALL.” FRIZZLEY ELABORATED ON THAT: “[Y]OU APPROACH THIS AWKWARD, POST-WORK SOCIETY WHERE YOU’VE KILLED RETAIL… WE CAN HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED REALLY QUICKLY IF WE’RE DOING THIS. THAT’S THE BIGGEST THING THERE. I THINK THE LOSS OF - WE ALREADY LOST THE GOOD SIDES OF RETAIL YEARS AGO WHEN WE KILLED THE EXPERTS AND KILLED SPECIALTY STORES…” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT RECORD FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND ARTICLES REGARDING THE RECEIVERSHIP AND LIQUIDATION OF HMV CANADA.
Catalogue Number
P20170004004
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HMV LISTENING STATION
Date Range From
1994
Date Range To
2017
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ALUMINIUM, GLASS, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20170004001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HMV LISTENING STATION
Date Range From
1994
Date Range To
2017
Materials
ALUMINIUM, GLASS, RUBBER
No. Pieces
4
Height
29.5
Length
20.5
Width
5.6
Description
A- LISTENING STATION FOR COMPACT DISCS (CDS) WITH A BRUSHED ALUMINUM FRONT ON BLACK HOUSING. IT HOLDS UP TO THREE DISCS. THE FRONT READS “HMV” IN A CIRCLE AREA. CIRCULAR, GLASS WINDOW TO DISPLAY THE CURRENT DISC. A CONTROL PANEL WITH BUTTONS ON THE FRONT BOTTOM SECTION OF THE LISTENING STATION. A BLACK METAL HOOK EXTENDING FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE MACHINE FOR HOLDING HEADPHONES. TWO STICKERS ON BACK: ONE READS “MB-K300.” THERE ARE HOLES IN THE BACK TO MOUNT THE MACHINE TO A SUPPORT, SUCH AS A WALL. A KEY HOLE ON THE LEFT SIDE AND HINGES ON THE RIGHT. INSIDE OF THE MACHINE INCLUDES A GREEN CIRCUIT BOARD, MACHINE INSTRUCTIONS, AND OUTLETS FOR HEADPHONES. THE SERIAL NUMBER IS “SERIAL NO. V65111019”. GOOD TO VERY GOOD CONDITION. SCUFFING AND DIRT ON OVERALL SURFACE. THERE IS ADHESIVE ON THE TOP LEFT EDGE OF THE MACHINE. SLIGHT SCRATCHING ON THE GLASS AND SLIGHT SCRATCHES TO THE BACK. PAIR OF HEADPHONES ARE ATTACHED TO THE LISTENING STATION. THEY ARE PRIMARILY BLACK PLASTIC WITH A PADDED HEADBAND AND EAR PADS. “RIGHT” INDICATED ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HEADPHONES. A THICK PROTECTIVE COVERING MADE OF RUBBER COATING THE AUXILIARY CABLE. AT THE END OF THE CABLE IS A METAL HEADPHONE JACK. THE HEADPHONES ARE MARKED WITH “PRO-705”. DIAMETER OF THE EAR PADS IS 9.7 CM. THE HEADBAND LENGTH IS ADJUSTABLE WITH A 42 CM MAXIMUM. THE CABLE IS 134 CM LONG. GOOD CONDITION. GENERAL WEAR TO THE HEADPHONES. SLIGHT DUST, LOSS OF SOME BLACK FINISH OF THE HEADPHONES. AT LEAST TWO VISIBLE HOLES IN THE RUBBER COATING OF THE CABLE. B- BLACK METAL FRAME WITH 3 SLOTS TO HOLD CD CASES. ONE LENGTH END IS OPEN TO INSERT THE CDS. BACK OF THE FRAME HAS SIX SCREW HOLES (2 ON EITHER SIDE OF EACH OF THE THREE SECTIONS) FOR WALL ATTACHMENT. THE JOINTS ARE WELDED AT THE BACK. THE OVERALL DIMENSIONS ARE 44.5 X 13.2 X 1.5 CM. EACH SECTION IS 14.3 CM WIDE. EACH SECTION IS MADE WITH INDIVIDUAL PIECES OF METAL, WELDED TOGETHER AT THE BACK ON TWO METAL BANDS. GOOD TO VERY GOOD CONDITION. SLIGHT SCRATCHES TO THE PAINT. DUST COLLECTING AT EDGES, CORNERS, AND JOINTS. GENERAL WEAR FROM USE. C- LISTENING STATION KEY. SMALL, STAINLESS STEEL KEY WITH CYLINDER END “NO 1”. HOLE AT THE BOW END. THE LONG EDGE OF THE BOW HAS 3 GROVES ON THE RIGHT SIDE. THE KEY IS 3.1 CM IN LENGTH AND 2 CM IN WIDTH. GOOD TO VERY GOOD CONDITION. WEAR ON BOW. RUSTING/WEAR TO FINISH ON KEY.
Subjects
SOUND COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
History
IN THE EARLY MONTHS OF 2017, THE MUSIC FRANCHISE HMV CANADA BEGAN TO THE PROCESS OF CLOSING DOWN ALL 120 OF THEIR STORES ACROSS CANADA. AFTER 30 YEARS OF BUSINESS, THE COMPANY WENT INTO RECEIVERSHIP. PARK PLACE MALL IN DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE HAD AN HMV LOCATION OF ITS OWN, WHICH ACCORDING TO LETHBRIDGE HERALD ADVERTISEMENTS OPENED IN 1994. UPON THE STORE'S CLOSURE THE MUSEUM COLLECTED A LISTENING STATION FROM THE LOCATION. ON FEBRUARY 27, 2017, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, THE MANAGER OF THE HMV LETHBRIDGE, BRENDAN FRIZZLEY, REFLECTED ON HIS PAST EXPERIENCE AT THE MUSIC STORE, THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MUSIC STORES, AND ON THE RECEIVERSHIP PERIOD. FRIZZLEY COMMENTED ON THE LISTENING STATION, “WELL, I THINK THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT THAT [LISTENING STATION] IS THAT IT GOT MOVED SO THAT THERE WOULD BE ROOM FOR A POSTER RACK, AND I THINK THAT THAT’S SORT OF AN INDICATION OF THE WAY THAT PEOPLE CHANGE, LISTENING TO MUSIC, BECAUSE THE LISTENING STATIONS ARE HUGE. THEY’RE A THING THAT PEOPLE WOULD COME UP TO [AND THEY] WOULDN’T HAVE ANY IDEA ABOUT AN ARTIST [THEN] THEY GOT MOVED. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE SORT OF LIKE 'OH, WHY IS THERE LESS OF [THE STATIONS]?' BECAUSE NOBODY USED THEM ANYMORE. PEOPLE ARE ALREADY STREAMING, OR FAMILIARIZING THEMSELVES WITH ARTISTS IN AN INFINITE NUMBER OF WAYS, AND THE CD STORE IS FOR SORT OF THE END PURCHASE. YOU ALREADY MADE A DECISION AS TO WHAT YOU WANT RATHER THAN THE EXPLORATION SIDE OF IT, WHICH IS NOT HOW PEOPLE DO MUSIC ANYMORE... EVEN THE SUPPLIERS AREN’T AS INVESTED AS GETTING THESE FILLED. IT USED TO BE THAT WE WOULD GET THESE MAIL BOXES, AND IT WOULD BE FULL OF CDS. WE WOULD LOAD THEM UP, AND THEY WOULD SAY, ‘THESE ONES GO HERE AND THESE ONES GO HERE,’ AND THAT’S WHERE ALL THE PICTURES WOULD COME FROM. AND [THEN] THE BOXES GET SMALLER AND SMALLER, AND THE NUMBER OF ARTISTS THAT THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT PROMOTING THAT WAY BECOMES FEWER AND FEWER. IT’S JUST NOT AN ANGLE THAT THEY NEEDED TO PUSH AN ARTIST ANYMORE. SO, THAT WAS IT. THERE USED TO BE SIX AND, I THINK, BY THE TIME WE’RE DONE THERE WAS THREE THAT WERE BEING CONSTANTLY UPDATED.” ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN 2001 BY STRATEGYONLINE.CA, HMV BEGAN USING LISTENING STATIONS AS A MARKETING STRATEGY IN 1988, ALSO THE YEAR THE RETAILER ARRIVED IN CANADA. FRIZZLEY WORKED AT HMV FOR 8 YEARS. HE EXPLAINED HOW HE BEGAN HIS JOB AT HMV, “I HAD HAD A JOB AT A CALL CENTER THAT HAD BEEN HERE. IT HAD SHUT DOWN, AND I HAD SORT OF GONE OFF ONE DIRECTION, AND STARTED SELLING SPEAKERS. A SORT OF CO-WORKER OF MINE STARTED MANAGING THIS PLACE AND HE WAS COMPLAINING BECAUSE HE COULDN’T FIND AN ASSISTANT MANAGER. IN MY HEAD, I HAD [A] FLASH OF, 'I COULD WORK IN A RECORD STORE,' AND HE JUST HIRED ME. UNFORTUNATELY MY OLD FRIEND [LOST HIS MANAGEMENT JOB]... SOMEBODY IMPORTANT ENOUGH FELT THAT I HAD THE RIGHT SORT OF ATTITUDE FOR THIS, AND SO THEY KEPT ME ON. THEY BROUGHT IN [A FELLOW] FROM THE MEDICINE HAT STORE AND HE ... TURNED THE STORE AROUND AND ... HE GOT PROMOTED TO GO RUN THE STORE AT SOUTH CENTER IN CALGARY, AND THIS BECAME MINE. THAT WAS ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO.” WHEN DISCUSSING THE SHIFT IN SALES FROM THE BEGINNING OF HIS CAREER IN THE MUSIC STORE TO THE CLOSING OF THE FRANCHISE, FRIZZLEY SAID, “I FEEL THAT SHIFT WAS ALREADY OCCURRING WHEN I STARTED. I [HEARD STORIES FROM] EVEN THREE, FOUR YEARS BEFORE I STARTED [WHEN] THEY WOULD PULL ALL THE MANAGERS FROM EVERY HMV INTO A SORT OF PERSONAL CONCERT OF [THE] CANADIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY... THERE WOULD BE THIS MEET-AND-GREET WITH ALL THE EXECUTIVES AND PRIVATE CONCERTS FROM THE TOP ARTISTS. THAT WAS THE IDEA OF WHAT A MUSIC STORE WAS AND HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS TO THE MARKETING OF MUSIC. THE SHIFT THAT WAS STARTING TO HAPPEN ALREADY WAS THIS IDEA THAT THE MUSIC STORE WASN’T RESPONSIBLE FOR MARKETING ANYMORE. IT MAY HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SELLING [MUSIC], AND I DON’T THINK THAT EVER CHANGED." "PEOPLE ALWAYS WANTED TO TELL ME HOW CDS WERE DYING AND TO AN EXTENT - SURE - BUT NO MORE THAN ANYTHING PHYSICAL. [CDS] STILL HAVE THEIR AUDIENCE, AND THAT WAS TRUE IN 2009 WHEN I STARTED... THERE’S STILL A MARKET FOR THEM... BUT, THE IDEA THAT CD STORES DROVE CUSTOMER’S PURCHASING IS ON THE WAY OUT, AND I THINK THAT THERE WOULD BE LESS PUSH FROM THE LABELS... IN SETTING UP BIG BANNERS [TO MARKET MUSIC]. WHEN I STARTED, MUSICIANS AND THE MUSIC SIDE OF IT HAD PAID FOR THE BANNERS, AND BY THE TIME [OF THE CLOSURE], IT WAS BANNERS FOR MOVIES THAT WE WEREN’T EVEN SELLING. WE WERE THE ‘YOU’VE ALREADY DECIDED WHAT YOU’RE BUYING. COME IN HERE IF YOU ARE BUYING CDS OR RECORDS AND YOU BUY THEM,’ AND THAT’S REALLY DIFFERENT THAN MYSELF, OR ANY OF MY STAFF HERE, CURATING PEOPLE’S MUSIC EXPERIENCE, WHICH I THINK EVERYONE, FROM A CERTAIN AGE, HAS HAD THAT EXPERIENCE OF GOING TO A RECORD STORE, AND A RECORD STORE EMPLOYEE TELLING THEM WHAT TO LISTEN TO... I THINK THAT THAT DIED WELL BEFORE I WAS HERE, BUT I THINK THE LABEL SLOWLY RESPONDED TO THE FACT THAT THAT WAS JUST REALITY. THE LISTENING POST IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THAT SORT OF LIMPING OUT FROM THAT SORT OF EXPERIENCE, WHERE A MUSIC STORE DEFINED WHAT PEOPLE WERE LISTENING TO - AS MUCH AS A RADIO STATION DID - TO JUST A PLACE WHERE YOU BOUGHT MUSIC…" "I THINK THE NATURE OF PEOPLE’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MUSIC STORE IS REALLY DIFFERENT AND SO PEOPLE WOULD GET VERY PERSONALLY OFFENDED AS THE CHANGES HAPPENED. AND, FOR ME, I ALWAYS KEPT IN MY MIND THAT THE STORE, NO MATTER WHAT THE CHANGES HAPPENED - THE TOYS AND ALL THAT OTHER STUFF - FACILITATED ME BEING ABLE TO HAVE A CD SELECTION; FACILITATED THE ABILITY FOR ME TO SAY, 'HEY, YOU SHOULD CHECK THIS OUT. I DON’T EVEN CARRY IT IN THE STORE, BUT I CAN ORDER IT FOR YOU, AND YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE IT.' SO, AS THE SHIFT STARTED TO HAPPEN, WE PULLED BACK FROM CDS A LITTLE BIT, ESPECIALLY IN THE GENRES THAT JUST STOPPED SELLING, AND THAT SORT OF HAPPENED SLOWLY.” FRIZZLEY RECALLS THE EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE LEADING UP TO AND AFTER THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED IT HAD WENT INTO RECEIVERSHIP. WHEN ASKED IF HE HAD ANY INDICATION THAT HIS STORE - ALONG WITH EVERY HMV STORE IN CANADA - WOULD BE CLOSING, FRIZZLEY ANSWERED, “NONE WHATSOEVER. IT WAS A SLOWER CHRISTMAS FROM A MALL PERSPECTIVE. IT’S DIFFICULT BECAUSE CORPORATE FINANCIALS ARE VERY DIFFERENT THAN STORE FINANCIALS. BUT WHEN I WAS LOOKING AT MY NUMBERS IT WAS CERTAINLY A STORE THAT COULD’VE CONTINUED TO HAVE RUN. THERE WAS NO INDICATION WHATSOEVER. THERE WAS SOME SLIGHT BUYING DIFFERENCES, AS IN THE PRODUCT THAT WAS COMING [INTO] THE STORE. LOOKING BACK ON IT NOW, IT WAS PROBABLY BECAUSE OF THE DETERIORATING RELATIONSHIPS WE HAD WITH OUR SUPPLIERS. BUT IT WAS ANOTHER PROFITABLE YEAR FOR ME. I MEAN, EVERY YEAR THAT I’VE RUN THIS STORE, I’VE BEEN IN TOP FIVE MOST PROFITABLE STORES IN TERMS OF A PERCENTAGE OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT COMES IN - WHAT BECOMES PROFIT... IF YOU LOOK AT THE CONDITIONS THAT RESULTED IN US CEASING TO EXIST, IT’S A SPECIFIC WAY THAT IT CAME ABOUT. [FROM] THE RESTRUCTURING TO THE PURCHASE [OF THE COMPANY] BACK IN 2011 WHEN WE ACTUALLY ALL THOUGHT THAT WE WERE ALL LOSING OUR JOBS… [HMV WAS] HEMORRHAGING MONEY FOR A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT REASONS. THE CANADIAN ARM WAS NOT DOING PARTICULARLY WELL EITHER, AND THEY NEEDED CASH TO PROVE TO THE BANK THAT [IT COULD] REPAY [ITS] DEBTS. THEY HAD ENOUGH SALES; THEY HAD ENOUGH BUSINESS; EVERYTHING WAS FINE, EXCEPT THEY DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH CASH ON HAND – SO THEY JUST NEEDED TO HAVE MONEY IN AN ACCOUNT SOMEWHERE. SO, THEY SOLD HMV CANADA OFF FOR BASICALLY A SONG, TO THIS COMPANY CALLED HILCO. HILCO IS A RESTRUCTURING COMPANY... THEY ARE SO GOOD AT LIQUIDATING COMPANIES, THAT THEY, ODDLY, BECAME RIGHT DOWN THE CHAIN SOME WAYS, AND STARTED THEIR WORK TO DO IT… THIS COMPANY BOUGHT US IN 2011. [WE THOUGHT,] 'THAT’S THE END OF US – THEY ARE GOING TO LIQUIDATE US, AND THAT WILL BE THAT.' WE HAD SOME VERY PASSIONATE PEOPLE INVOLVED, AND THEY PITCHED THIS IDEA AS TO WHAT HMV COULD BE AND THAT WAS TO HAVE THE VIDEO GAME SIDE OF IT AND THE MERCHANDISE STUFF. AND WE DID IT. IT DID PHENOMENAL FOR US… WE ALSO WORKED WITH ALL THE SUPPLIERS TO GET BETTER MARGINS; SO, IN FACT, A CD COST $10.00, INSTEAD OF THE $20.00 IT TRADITIONALLY DID, WHEN I STARTED HERE. THAT’S A THING THAT THEY SORT OF NEGOTIATED IN WITH OUR SUPPLIERS." REMEMBERING THE DAY THAT FRIZZLEY LEARNED THE NEWS OF THE COMPANY’S CLOSURE, HE SAID, “SO, I WOKE UP AND CHECKED MY PHONE, AND I SEE THAT I AM REMOVED FROM BEING AN ADMINISTRATOR ON THE STORE’S FACEBOOK PAGE. I’M SORT OF THROWN BY THAT. I DON’T POST A LOT ON THE STORE’S FACEBOOK PAGE, BUT WHEN I DO THERE’S SOME JOKES IN THERE AND I SHOW OFF THE NEW STUFF. I POSTED SOMETHING ON THERE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A WHILE, AND I GOT A LOT OF LIKES AND SHARES, AND IT’S ALL GOOD... I WAKE UP, AND I’M NOT THE ADMINISTRATOR ON THAT PAGE ANYMORE… I’M SORT OF THROWN BY THAT, AND I’M LIKE, 'WHY WOULD THEY EVER MOVE ME? ARE THEY GETTING RID OF ALL OF THESE?” I LOOK, 'NO, THE PAGE IS STILL THERE.' SEEMS STRANGE. IT OCCURS TO ME THAT MAYBE SOMEBODY DIDN’T GET THE JOKE THAT I MADE, FROM HEAD OFFICE OR SOMETHING… AND, SO I AM CONFUSED. I’M THINKING I MAY HAVE TO ARGUE WITH SOME SORT OF HEAD OFFICE PERSON WHEN I COME TO WORK THAT AFTERNOON. SO I COME IN AND JOHN TELLS ME THAT 'SHIT’S HIT THE FAN.' AND I’M CONFUSED, AND I’M LIKE, 'IS THERE AN E-MAIL FOR ME ABOUT THIS, THAT I’M GOING TO HAVE TO FIGHT WITH?' AND I’M READY TO PICK UP THE PHONE AND START ARGUING WHEN HE SAID, 'NO, LOOK AT THIS NEWS ARTICLE.' AND, THAT IS HOW WE HEARD … [THE] BREAKING THE NEWS. AND MY BOSS AT THE TIME [SAID], 'I WILL FIND OUT WHAT’S GOING ON. I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING EITHER.' MY BOSS WAS ONE OF FIVE REGIONAL MANAGERS, SO HE IS VERY HIGH UP. HE CALLED TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON, THAT’S WHEN THEY TOLD HIM HE DIDN’T HAVE A JOB ANYMORE... TO BE FAIR, THIS WAS FLOWING FROM A POINT OF SECURE DEBT, FORCED TO LIQUIDATION. NOBODY HAD ANY IDEA... ALL OF US HERE FOUND OUT THAT DAY, AND IT WAS REAL LATER IN THAT EVENING, AT THAT POINT I WAS SELLING GIFT CARDS, SUGGESTING TO CUSTOMERS THAT THEY REDEEM THEIR PEER POINTS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, THAT WE KNEW. [IN] THREE DAYS’ TIME, THE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE STARTED… I’M A MUSIC GUY, BUT I’M ALSO VERY WORRIED ABOUT MY STAFF. THAT’S ALWAYS BEEN A THING THAT I’VE BEEN WIRED TO, AND SO IT WAS MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE [GOT] PAID - HOW TO DO THIS. SOME E-MAILS THAT I GOT SENT WERE VERY VAGUE… SO, IT’S A LOT OF MOVING PARTS, BECAUSE THERE IS A RECEIVERSHIP, WHICH IS THE COMPANY LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING THE FINANCIALS, AND THEY SOLICIT A LIQUIDATOR, WHICH IS THE PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY KNOW HOW TO PROPERLY SHUT DOWN A STORE, BUT NOBODY IS WORKING FOR HMV PROPER ANYMORE, BECAUSE HMV DOESN’T REALLY EXIST, AT SOME FUNDAMENTAL LEVEL. THERE’S A LOT OF PARTS EVERYONE WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON TO EVERYONE ELSE, AS TO THINGS LIKE SEVERANCES, BONUSES, AND THINGS LIKE THAT. NOBODY [WANTED] TO COMMIT TO ANYTHING.” ACCORDING TO HMV’S WEBSITE THE FINAL DAY OF ALL STORES WAS APRIL 14, 2017 WITH SOME STORES CLOSING THEIR DOORS PRIOR TO THAT. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT RECORD FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND ARTICLES REGARDING THE RECEIVERSHIP AND LIQUIDATION OF HMV CANADA.
Catalogue Number
P20170004001
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
WINDSHIELD COVER
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, INK
Catalogue Number
P20180021005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WINDSHIELD COVER
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, INK
No. Pieces
1
Length
174
Width
82
Description
YELLOW COTTON-BLEND COVER WITH MACHINE-STITCHED EDGES; FRONT OF COVER HAS LOGO IN UPPER LEFT CORNER OF WHITE SHIELD WITH RED BORDER, A WHITE ROSE WITH GREEN LEAVES ON YELOW CIRCLE ON SHIELD, AND RED TEXT “WHITE ROSE”. FRONT OF COVER HAS STENCILED GREEN TEXT AT TOP “DRIVE IN-“ AND RED STENCILED TEXT BELOW “LET US CLEAN YOUR WINDSHIELD!” BACK OF COVER IS WHITE COTTON-NYLON FABRIC. FRONT IS STAINED WITH TWO LARGE HOLES ON LEFT AND RIGHT WITH RIPS EXTENDING FROM HOLES; BACK IS STAINED; RIGHT EDGE FRAYED; COVER IS SEVERELY CREASED AND FOLDED. OVERALL GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
LAND TRANSPORTATION-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
TRANSPORTATION
History
ON AUGUST 22, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED MARG OBERG REGARDING HER DONATION OF AN AUTOMOBILE WINDSHIELD COVER. THE COVER WAS USED BY HER FATHER IN LETHBRIDGE. ON HER FATHER’S USE OF THE COVER, OBERG ELABORATED, “[I REMEMBER] HOW EMBARRASSING IT WAS THAT ALL THE OTHER DADS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WOULD JUST GET OUT IN THE MORNING, AND SCRAPE THEIR WINDSHIELD OFF, BUT OUR DAD [JACK GRANT KEYS] HAD THIS BRIGHT YELLOW THING STRAPPED ONTO HIS WINDSHIELD TO KEEP THE SNOW OFF. AS CHILDREN, THE PEER PRESSURE WAS PRETTY INTENSE, AND WE WERE THE ONLY ONES ON THE STREET THAT HAD THIS GREAT BIG CANVAS THING ON THE FRONT OF OUR DAD’S CAR. WHEN WE MOVED TO EDMONTON, WE DIDN’T HAVE A GARAGE AT THAT POINT. AGAIN, THERE GOES THIS (EVEN THOUGH WHITE ROSE GASOLINE HAD BECOME OBSOLETE). MY DAD DIDN’T THROW TOO MANY THINGS OUT IF THEY STILL HAD A USEFUL PURPOSE, AND SO, THERE IT WAS, FRONT AND CENTER AGAIN–-THE ONLY GUY ON THE BLOCK. I DON’T KNOW WHY SOMEBODY DIDN’T COME UP WITH SOMETHING NOT QUITE SO OBVIOUS. IT WAS JUST AN EMBARRASSMENT THAT MY FATHER ALWAYS HAD TO COVER UP HIS WINDSHIELD.” “HE WAS THE MANAGER OF THE [WHITE ROSE OIL COMPANY] PLANT. WELL, HE CALLED IT ‘THE PLANT’, BUT THEY DIDN’T MANUFACTURE ANY PRODUCTS THERE. THERE WERE BIG TANKS. I BELIEVE THEY WERE UP ON THIRD AVENUE SOUTH–-I WANT TO SAY IN THE AREA OF HARLEY-DAVIDSON. WE LIVED ON 18TH STREET, AND I KNOW THAT IT WAS STRAIGHT NORTH ON 18TH STREET, AND EITHER LEFT OR RIGHT. IT WAS IN THAT GENERAL AREA. IT WAS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE, [AND] HE WAS THE MANAGER OF THE PLANT. I THINK HE WAS EVEN THE ONLY EMPLOYEE, BUT HE USED TO GO AROUND IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA TO ALL OF THE GAS STATIONS THAT WERE DEALING IN WHITE ROSE OIL, AND GET THEIR ORDERS…THEN, THERE MUST HAVE BEEN A DRIVER THAT WOULD COME AND FILL UP THEIR TANKER TRUCKS FROM WHERE HE WAS–-THE BULK STATION–-AND GO AND DELIVER IT. I KNOW THAT [DAD] WAS ON THE ROAD AN AWFUL LOT, BUT I DON’T RECALL, AS A CHILD, THAT THERE WERE OTHER EMPLOYEES, OTHER THAN THE TRUCK DRIVER.” “I DON’T RECALL THAT HE WAS THAT FOND OF HIS JOB. IN THE WINTER-TIME, IT WAS REALLY TOUGH. HE USED TO FREEZE HIS FINGERS, ON OCCASION, BECAUSE HE WAS THE ONE THAT HAD TO CLIMB UP THE STAIRCASE THAT WENT AROUND THESE BIG TANKS IN THE COLD OF WINTER, AND DO A DIP STICK TO MEASURE HOW MUCH FUEL WAS IN THE TANKS. WE DIDN’T HAVE SNOW BLOWERS…IT WAS TOUGH BECAUSE HE DID SPEND SOME TIME OUTSIDE, WITH HIS JOB, AND THEN [HAD] AN AWFUL LOT OF TIME ON THE ROADS. THERE WERE MANY TIMES THAT HE WOULD…BE STRANDED IN SMALL COMMUNITIES, BECAUSE OF BAD ROADS. OF COURSE HE WOULD HAVE PREFERRED TO BE HOME WITH HIS FAMILY. I DON’T RECALL THAT HE WAS REALLY ‘GUNG-HO’. I KNOW THAT SHELL TRIED TO GET HIM TO MOVE TO EDMONTON ON A FEW OCCASIONS, AND HE FLATLY REFUSED…WE MOVED IN ’63, SO IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MY GRANDMOTHER WAS ILL, AND DEALING WITH CANCER, AND IT WAS JUST A VERY INAPPROPRIATE TIME FOR US TO LEAVE. MY MOTHER WAS AN ONLY CHILD, SO THERE WERE NO OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS TO STAY AND LOOK AFTER HER. THEN, FINALLY SHELL SAID, “THIS IS YOUR FINAL CHOICE, AND THERE IS NO OPTION.” I GUESS IT WASN’T A CHOICE–-IT WAS EITHER MOVE, OR LOSE YOUR JOB. IT WAS A MATTER OF PUTTING IN TIME UNTIL HE RETIRED.” “MY DAD PASSED AWAY, AND WE ACQUIRED IT FROM HIS WIDOW…IT’S A SMALL PART OF MY DAD. I DIDN’T HAVE A LOT OF THINGS [FROM HIM]. THIS WAS MY DAD’S THIRD MARRIAGE, WHEN HE PASSED, AND HIS FAMILY/HIS WIFE DISPOSED OF A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE [THE CHILDREN] POSSIBLY WOULD HAVE KEPT. THEY MEANT NOTHING TO HER, BUT THEY WERE LIVING OUT ON SALT SPRING ISLAND AT THE TIME. I WAS LIVING IN REGINA. MY BROTHER LIVED IN CHICAGO, AND MY SISTER LIVED IN CALIFORNIA. NONE OF US REALLY WANTED ‘THINGS’, LIKE FURNITURE, SO IT WAS JUST A LITTLE TRINKET THAT BROUGHT BACK SO MANY MEMORIES, AND IT WENT BACK AS FAR AS LETHBRIDGE.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180021001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180021005
Acquisition Date
2018-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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