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Other Name
CROCHETED TOP
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19980063020
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CROCHETED TOP
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
44.5
Width
24.2
Description
CROCHETED WHITE COTTON BRASSIERE. 2.8CM SHOULDER STRAPS; V-NECKLINE. DRAWSTRINGS ALONG SHOULDERS AND UPPER BREASTS; ALSO AROUND RIB-CAGE BELOW BREASTS. SHORT TASSELS AT ENDS OF DRAWSTRINGS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SEE P19950049001-GA. BELONGED TO DONOR'S GRANDMOTHER. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING PARTS OF SEVERAL ITEMS DONATED BY CLAIRE DAHLQUIST. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. LEVI MACDONALD PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 6, 1977. HE WAS BORN IN WEST TILBURY TOWNSHIP, ESSEX COUNTY, ON ON JULY 30, 1889, THE SON OF HIRAM AND ALICE (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) MACDONALD. IN 1914, LEVI MARRIED ESTELLA AGNES CHALMERS. IN 1918, THEY LIVED IN BURDETT AND THEN IN TABER IN 1921. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, “HE WAS ACTIVE IN THE ALBERTA FISH AND GAME ASSOCIATION FOR MANY YEARS AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE MASONIC LODGE, THE MOOSE LODGE, THE CANADIAN LEGION, AND THE ELKS. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE REORGANIZED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS. ESTELLA AGNES MACDONALD (NEE CHALMERS) WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ONTARIO. ESTELLA PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON MAY 11, 1981. LEA HIRAM MACDONALD WAS BORN IN LOWBANKS, ON ON MARCH 11, 1928 AND GREW UP ON THE FAMILY FARM IN TABER. HE MARRIED BEVERLY AYERS IN GREAT FALLS, MT ON MARCH 10, 1958. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 79 ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2007. THE DONOR IS THE DAUGHTER OF MAURICE/MAURY DAHLQUIST AND MARY (NEE MACDONALD) DAHLQUIST, OF BELLEVUE, WA. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19950049 FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING FIFTEEN ARTIFACTS DONATED BY CLAIRE DAHLQUIST. ATTEMPTS MADE TO CONTACT THE DONOR TO SPEAK ABOUT THE SPECIFIC ARTIFACTS AND THEIR USE WERE UNSUCCESSFUL.
Catalogue Number
P19980063020
Acquisition Date
1990-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970041694
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.5
Length
44
Width
41
Description
CREAM COLORED LINEN CAMISOLE HAS STRAIGHT CUT BODICE AND TOP WTH NARROW LINEN STRAPS. TOP EDGE OF BODICE HAS OPEN WEAVE KNIT. BODICE OPENS DOWN FRONT WITH SEVEN BUTTONS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
CAMISOLE BELONGED TO DONOR'S MOTHER, LOIS 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. 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
P19970041694
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970041599
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.2
Length
43
Width
41
Description
WHITE LINEN CHEMISE HAS SPAGHETTI STRAPS MADE FROM LACE AND LACE FRONT THAT HAS RAYON RIBBON TIE. THREE BUTTONS DOWN FRONT AND SECONDARY FLAP SEWN AROUND BOTTOM HEM. LACE ON STRAPS IS WORN AND LEFT EDGE OF LEFT ARM PIT IS STAINED. WHITE LABEL SEWN ON INSIDE OF FRONT RIGHT HEM HAS "DOROTHY BRAND SIZE 36" EMBROIDERED IN RED THREAD.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
CHEMISE BELONGED TO DONOR AS A TEENAGER WHILE LIVING IN 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. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041599
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SOAKER
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20150013010
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SOAKER
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
20
Width
28.5
Description
OFF-WHITE KNITTED DIAPER COVER. ALL ONE PIECE, TWO LEG HOLES, WITH DRAWSTRING WAIST. DIAGONAL SEAMS ON THE FRONT MAKE AN INVERTED "V" POINTING UP TOWARDS THE WAIST BAND FROM THE LEG HOLES. YARN APPEARS TO HAVE YELLOWED OVER THE YEARS. SEVERAL HOLES IN THE STITCHING, INCLUDING ON THE DIAGONAL SEAM ABOVE THE RIGHT LEG HOLE, ON THE BACK RIGHT BACK (HOLES ON THE FRONT AND BACK ALMOST LINE UP), AND ON THE WAISTBAND, ESPECIALLY AT THE BACK. DRAWSTRING STILL IN WAISTBAND, BUT IS NOW IN TWO PIECES. DIAGONAL SEAMING ON THE FRONT SHOWS QUITE A LOT OF TENSION/STRESS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
THIS DIAPER COVER BELONGED TO ROBERT ALLAN SMITH (THE DONOR) AS A CHILD AND WAS SAVED FOR DONATION TO THE MUSEUM BY HIS MOTHER, PHYLLIS SMITH. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE SMITH FAMILY WAS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR AT THE TIME OF DONATION. BEGINNING IN THE 1940S, THE SMITH FAMILY RESIDED AT 1254 7 AVENUE SOUTH. PHYLLIS REMAINED IN THE HOUSE UNTIL HER DEATH AT 104 YEARS OF AGE, ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2009. WHILE CLEANING UP HIS MOTHER’S HOUSE, THE DONOR CAME ACROSS SEVERAL BAGS MARKED ‘FOR MUSEUM’. THE ITEMS WERE USED BY THE DONOR FROM AN INFANT UNTIL THE AGE OF APPROXIMATELY 9 YEARS OLD. IN THE INTERVIEW, KEVIN ASKS IF ROBERT FELT HIS CHILDHOOD WAS IDYLLIC. ROBERT RESPONDS, SAYING: “FOR ME IT WAS. I MEAN, I WAS BORN IN WARTIME STILL AND MAYBE IT WASN’T IDYLLIC FOR MY PARENTS, BUT IT WAS FOR ME. AND THE NEIGHBOURHOODS WERE DIFFERENT THEN. YOU WERE JUST LET OUT THE DOOR AND YOU WENT OUT TO PLAY WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD KIDS AND THERE WERE NO CONCERNS THAT THE PARENTS HAVE TODAY. YES, A VERY HAPPY TIME, I WOULD SAY.” ROBERT WAS BORN IN OCTOBER 1940 TO PHYLLIS (NEE GROSS) AND ALLAN F. SMITH, AT ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL. PHYLLIS WAS BORN TO FELIX AND MAGDALENA (NEE FETTIG) GROSS IN HARVEY, ND AND MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A FARM IN THE GRASSY LAKE AREA. SHE MOVED INTO LETHBRIDGE AND ATTENDED ST. BASIL’S SCHOOL IN THE 1910s. ALLAN WAS BORN IN ECHO BAY, ON, TO REV D.B. AND MRS. SMITH. HIS FATHER WAS A UNITED CHURCH MINISTER AND MOVED THE FAMILY TO EDMONTON. ALLAN WAS OFFERED A JOB AT WESTERN GROCERS IN LETHBRIDGE AND MET PHYLLIS WHILE IN THE CITY. THEY WERE MARRIED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 1939. ROBERT IS AN ONLY CHILD AND SUFFERED FROM RHEUMATIC FEVER AS A CHILD. HE BELIEVES THIS MAY BE PART OF THE REASON HIS MOTHER SAVED THESE ITEMS. HE EXPLAINS, SAYING: “I’M AN ONLY CHILD AND THEY WOULD BE MORE MEANINGFUL AND I WENT THROUGH A CHILDHOOD ILLNESS. I HAD RHEUMATIC FEVER. I MIGHT NOT HAVE SURVIVED. SOME OTHER KIDS DIDN’T SURVIVE, BUT I DID.” HE ALSO DESCRIBES HIS MOTHER AS BEING “A SAVER OF THINGS. HAVING GONE THROUGH THE DEPRESSION … THEY SAVED LOTS OF STUFF … ANYTHING THEY THINK THEY MIGHT USE IN THE FUTURE WAS SAVED.” PHYLLIS WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN THE 1970s AND WORKED AT THE GALT MUSEUM AS PART OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, ROBERT RECEIVED MANY AWARDS WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY, INCLUDING THE SCHLUMBERGER OF CANADA SCHOLARSHIP FOR PROFICIENCY IN ENGINEERING, A GOLD MEDAL FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS OF ALBERTA, AND RECEIVED THE HIGHEST GENERAL AVERAGE IN GRADUATION IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20150013010
Acquisition Date
2015-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CLOTH DIAPER
Date Range From
1947
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20000066006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CLOTH DIAPER
Date Range From
1947
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.5
Length
28.3
Width
25.2
Description
PAIR OF WHITE CLOTH DIAPERS. EACH SIDE HAS TWO STEEL SNAPS (1 SIDE IS MISSING HALF A SNAP). THERE IS A PLAIN, WHITE TAG ON INSIDE BACK OF WAISTLINE. BACK OF WAISTLINE IS ELASTICIZED. FABRIC IS FRAYED AND WORN IN A NUMBER OF PLACES, ESPECIALLY ALONG EDGES. THERE IS AN EXTRA LAYER OF FABRIC BETWEEN LEG HOLES. THERE ARE TWO YELLOWISH-BROWN STAINS ON INSIDE OF DIAPERS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SEE P20000066001-GA FOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING MITTENS, GLOVES, AND DIAPERS DONATED BY DELOIS LITTLE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. DELOIS LEAVITT LITTLE (NEE NEILSON, ALSO SOMETIMES SPELT NIELSON) WAS BORN ON MARCH 30, 1915 IN LETHBRIDGE, AB. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF CLARENCE WALDAMER NIELSEN AND CARRIE ROSE NIELSEN (NEE LEAVITT). DELOIS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 92 ON FEBRUARY 19, 2008. DELOIS SERVED AS A WREN IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND WAS MARRIED WHILE SERVING OVERSEAS. AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM JUNE 1945 GIVES THE DETAILS: “A LETHBRIDGE COUPLE WERE MARRIED IN GLASGOW SCOTLAND RECENTLY WHEN WREN DELOIS NEILSON, DAUGHTER OF MR. AND MRS. C. W. NIELSON OF THIS CITY, AND PTE. ALEXANDER LITTLE, ALSO OF LETHBRIDGE, WERE UNITED IN MATRIMONY ON APRIL 4. THE BRIDE IS STATIONED WITH THE WOMEN’S ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL SERVICE AT HMCS NIOBE IN GREENOCK, SCOTLAND. PTE. LITTLE HAD RETURNED FROM ITALY TO BRITAIN ON LEAVE AT THE TIME OF HIS MARRIAGE AND LEFT FOR HOLLAND SHORTLY AFTER.” ANOTHER ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 10, 2003 GIVES MORE DETAILS ABOUT DELOIS’S TIME IN THE NAVY: “IN OCTOBER 1942, SHE WENT TO CALGARY WITH HER SISTER AND JOINED THE NAVY … IT WASN’T COMMON FOR WOMEN TO ENTER THE SERVICES AT THE TIME OF THE TWO WORLD WARS – LEAVITT WAS W152 – AND SHE BELIEVES SHE AND HER SISTER WERE AMONG FEW FROM THE LETHBRIDGE AREA … PRIOR TO JOINING THE WRCNS, LEAVITT HAD NEVER LEFT ALBERTA. THE EXPERIENCE SENT HER TO OTTAWA FOR TRAINING AND THEN TO SCOTLAND WHERE SHE WAS STATIONED FOR MOST OF THE WAR … HER HUSBAND ALEXANDER LITTLE SERVED IN THE ARMY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR – THE COUPLE WERE MARRIED OVERSEAS, ALTHOUGH THEY’D KNOWN ONE ANOTHER MOST OF THEIR LIVES.” ALEXANDER B. LITTLE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 53 ON MARCH 5, 1962. ANNETTE DELOIS CLIFTON (NEE LITTLE) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF ALEXANDER AND DELOIS LITTLE (NEE NEILSON). SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 59 ON APRIL 21, 2007. CARRIE ROSE NEILSON (NEE LEAVITT) WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 28, 1892 IN CARDSTON, AB, THE DAUGHTER OF JEREMIAH AND RHODA LEAVITT (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE WAS MARRIED TO CLARENCE WALDAMER NIELSON ON DECEMBER 2, 1913. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 94 ON MARCH 15, 1986. CLARENCE WALDAMER NIELSON WAS BORN ON MAY 6, 1867 IN MOUNTAIN DALE, UTAH. HE MOVED TO STIRLING, AB IN 1902 AND THEN TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1913. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, CLARENCE WAS “ONE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA’S MOST COLORFUL PIONEERS.” HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 72 IN APRIL 1959. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20000066006
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CLOTH DIAPER
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN
Catalogue Number
P20130016001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CLOTH DIAPER
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1945
Materials
LINEN
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.25
Length
53
Width
48
Description
SQUARE PIECE OF WHITE LINEN CLOTH. ONE EDGE IS FACTORY-FINISHED; OPPOSITE EDGE IS FRAYED. THE TWO REMAINING EDGES ARE HEMMED WITH MACHINE STITCHING. GENERAL CREASING FROM PREVIOUS FOLDING. MINOR DISCOLOURATIONS THROUGHOUT; SMALL DOTS OF BROWN STAINING AT CENTRE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON APRIL 4, 2013, COLLECTION TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, GWEN KLONE, ABOUT HER CHILDHOOD ON HER FAMILY’S FARM NEAR BARONS, ALBERTA AND THE TWO RELATED OBJECTS SHE DONATED TO THE GALT: A CLOTH DIAPER (P20130016001-GA) AND A BABY CARRIAGE (P20130016002-GA). KLONE SAID: “I FEEL THAT WE GREW UP IN THE BEST POSSIBLE ERA. IN THE BEST POSSIBLE PLACE, TO BE RAISED ON A FARM WAS ABSOLUTELY GREAT. WE FOUND OUR OWN FUN.” REGARDING THIS ARTIFACT, KLONE SAID: “THIS WAS A DIAPER… IT LOOKS LIKE [IT WAS MADE FROM A] FLOUR SACK… [MY MOTHER] SHE JUST SAVED… IT WAS IN MY MUM’S TRUNK AND I KNEW IT WAS THERE. WE ALWAYS KNEW THESE THINGS WERE THERE… IT MEANT SOMETHING TO THEM, SENTIMENTAL… MY MUM AND DAD SAVED PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING. WE’VE STILL GOT OUR ORIGINAL CRIBS… THEY SAVED IT FOR US TO SAVE… IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD TO JUST SHARE. JUST SHARE. IT IS PART OF OUR LIFE AND NOW IT IS PART OF HISTORY. TIME SNUCK UP ON US AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT’S THIS MANY YEARS LATER. I MEAN, WE ARE GOING ON TO SEVENTY. THIS STUFF IS STILL HERE.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW.
Catalogue Number
P20130016001
Acquisition Date
2013-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19980063025
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
49.5
Width
41.5
Description
LIGHT PINK COTTON GIRDLE. SIX ELASTICIZED STRAPS AT BOTTOM, WITH METAL AND RUBBER CLIPS AT ENDS. SEVEN HOOK & EYE CLASPS AT FRONT, WITH FOUR LARGER METAL CLASPS ABOVE. LACED WITH LONG PINK LACES TO THE RIGHT. ELASTICIZED WAISTBAND AND PANELS AT LOWER HIPS. CORSET STAYS ARE SEWN VERTICALLY ALONG WIDTH OF GIRDLE. FABRIC IS TEXTURED WITH WOVEN SATIN LEAF PATTERN. STAMPED IN BLUE AT INSIDE LEFT IS "GOSSARD 5073 27 MADE IN CANADA 39".
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SEE P19950049001-GA. BELONGED TO DONOR'S GRANDMOTHER. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING PARTS OF SEVERAL ITEMS DONATED BY CLAIRE DAHLQUIST. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. LEVI MACDONALD PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 6, 1977. HE WAS BORN IN WEST TILBURY TOWNSHIP, ESSEX COUNTY, ON ON JULY 30, 1889, THE SON OF HIRAM AND ALICE (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) MACDONALD. IN 1914, LEVI MARRIED ESTELLA AGNES CHALMERS. IN 1918, THEY LIVED IN BURDETT AND THEN IN TABER IN 1921. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, “HE WAS ACTIVE IN THE ALBERTA FISH AND GAME ASSOCIATION FOR MANY YEARS AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE MASONIC LODGE, THE MOOSE LODGE, THE CANADIAN LEGION, AND THE ELKS. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE REORGANIZED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS. ESTELLA AGNES MACDONALD (NEE CHALMERS) WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ONTARIO. ESTELLA PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON MAY 11, 1981. LEA HIRAM MACDONALD WAS BORN IN LOWBANKS, ON ON MARCH 11, 1928 AND GREW UP ON THE FAMILY FARM IN TABER. HE MARRIED BEVERLY AYERS IN GREAT FALLS, MT ON MARCH 10, 1958. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 79 ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2007. THE DONOR IS THE DAUGHTER OF MAURICE/MAURY DAHLQUIST AND MARY (NEE MACDONALD) DAHLQUIST, OF BELLEVUE, WA. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19950049 FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING FIFTEEN ARTIFACTS DONATED BY CLAIRE DAHLQUIST. ATTEMPTS MADE TO CONTACT THE DONOR TO SPEAK ABOUT THE SPECIFIC ARTIFACTS AND THEIR USE WERE UNSUCCESSFUL.
Catalogue Number
P19980063025
Acquisition Date
1990-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILK, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19930007001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
SILK, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
46
Width
63
Description
APRICOT SILK WOMAN'S UNDERWEAR, ELASTIC WAISTBAND, LACE TRIM AROUND LEGS. SMALL TEAR ON REVERSE, SIDE NEXT TO 2 BUTTONS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
UNKNOWN, BELIEVED PERSONAL BELONGINGS OF MRS. WAGNESS. *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
P19930007001
Acquisition Date
1993-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
KNITTED DOLL PANTIES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19970007006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
KNITTED DOLL PANTIES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
23.7
Width
28.2
Description
KNITTED WOOL CREAM COLORED PANTIES WITH LIGHT PINK KNITTED WAIST BAND. BAND HAS WHITE AND BROWN CHECKED ELASTIC WEAVED IN AND OUT OF THE RIBBING. BAND HAS LOST ITS ELASTICITY AND EDGE AROUND FRONT LEG OPENING HAS A LOOSE STITCH.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
LEISURE
History
ITEM WAS USED AS DOLL CLOTHES BY DONOR AND HER SISTER IN THE LATE 1930'S AND 1940'S, BUT MAY BE INFANT CLOTHING AS WELL. ACCORDING TO DONOR, SOME OF THE HANDMADE ITEMS MAY HAVE BEEN MADE BY HER MOTHER, MARY WAGNESS. PANTIES ARE PART OF A SET. OTHER PIECES ARE A KNIT BONNET P19970007004-GA, AND KNIT BOOTIES P19970007005-GA. SEE P19970007001-GA FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
*UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE BOXED TEXTILE COLLECTION. ON 8 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED SISTERS SHIRLEY TUCKER AND JEAN SCMITT ABOUT THE ARTIFACTS DONATED BY TUCKER. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COMPLETE INTERVIEW.
Catalogue Number
P19970007006
Acquisition Date
1997-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CRINOLINE
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NET, STEEL, ELASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19990053012
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CRINOLINE
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Materials
NET, STEEL, ELASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
102.5
Width
88.5
Description
HOOP. MADE OF OFF-WHITE NETTING. WAISTBAND IS MADE OF TWO STRIPS OF ELASTIC. THERE ARE FOUR HORIZONTAL RINGS OF METAL BONING DOWN SKIRT. THE MIDDLE TWO RINGS HAVE A WHITE RUFFLE ATTACHED TO THEM ON THE OUTSIDE. RUFFLES ARE MADE OF A NETTING WITH A WIDER WEAVE. THERE ARE TWO VERTICAL SEAMS THAT GO DOWN OPPOSITE SIDES OF HOOP. BOTH SEAMS ARE TORN AT TOP OF HOOP. THERE ARE A FEW YELLOWISH STAINS ON HOOP.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
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. “PETTICOAT/CRINOLINE WORN BY LEA BLAQUIERE WHO PLAYED ANNA IN THE LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION OF “THE KING AND I” IN 1982.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053012
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
MEN'S UNDERGARMENT
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1946
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19990020003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MEN'S UNDERGARMENT
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1946
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.8
Length
41.9
Width
38.3
Description
OFF-WHITE, STRETCHY MATERIAL. WAISTBAND IS LIGHT KHAKI COLOURED. HAS A BUTTON FLY CLOSURE (THREE WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS). A WHITE TAG IS SEWN ONTO FRONT OF WAISTBAND; IT READS "ATLANTIC" IN NAVY BLUE. ATTACHED TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS TAG IS A SMALLER TAG THAT READS "32" IN BLACK. THERE IS AN EXTRA STRIP OF MATERIAL SEWN HORIZONTALLY TO THE SIDES OF WAISTBAND. STAMPED INSIDE WAISTBAND IS A "C" WITH AN UPWARDS ARROW WITHIN IT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
STANDARD CANADIAN MILITARY ISSUE. SEE P19990020001-GA FOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF BOXER SHORTS DONATED BY THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, BRANCH #4. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ALLAN MCKAGUE WAS BORN IN WEYBURN, SK ON JANUARY 4, 1919, THE SON OF LAWSON AND BEATRICE MCKAGUE (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). ON MAY 10, 1942, HE WAS MARRIED TO HIS CHILDHOOD SWEETHEART NORMA DAHL AND THE COUPLE CELEBRATED THEIR 63RD ANNIVERSARY IN 2005. ACCORDING TO ALLAN’S OBITUARY, HE “TRAINED AS AN AIRCRAFT MECHANIC IN BURBANK, CA MOVING TO VANCOUVER TO WORK FOR BOEING AIRCRAFT. HE LATER SERVED IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN ARTILLERY AT BOTH PETAWAWA AND KINGSTON, ON PRIOR TO BEING DEPLOYED TO LONDON, ENGLAND. AFTER THE WAR ALLAN WORKED IN MCKAGUE’S GENERAL STORE IN VICEROY, SK AND LATER FOR CONFEDERATION LINE.” ALLAN AND NORMA MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1972, WHERE ALLAN WORKED AT BENY’S CHEV OLDS UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1984. ALLAN PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 87 ON MARCH 6, 2006. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19990020003
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
DIAPER
Date Range From
1947
Date Range To
1948
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILK, PLASTIC, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20000066001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DIAPER
Date Range From
1947
Date Range To
1948
Materials
SILK, PLASTIC, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.0
Length
22.4
Width
18.0
Description
PAIR OF BABY SHORTS OR DIAPER COVER. OFF-WHITE. OUTER MATERIAL IS ELASTICIZED AND SILKY. INNER LINING IS A TRANSPARENT PLASTIC. THERE ARE THREE STEEL SNAPS, PAINTED WHITE, ON EACH SIDE OF SHORTS. LEG HOLES AND BACK OF WAIST HAVE ELASTIC IN THEM. A TAG ON INSIDE BACK OF SHORTS READS "SMALL BIRTH 12 LBS". TAG IS FRAYING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
WORN BY DONOR'S DAUGHTERS, SANDRA AND ANNETTE (BORN IN 1947 AND 1948). DONOR MADE MOST OF THE CLOTHES THAT HER DAUGHTERS WORE, AND EVEN MADE SOME THINGS FOR FRIENDS. DONOR WAS BORN AT HER HOME IN NORTH LETHBRIDGE (150 15TH STREET NORTH). THE FIRST OF HER FAMILY TO COME TO SOUTHERN ALBERTA WERE HER GRANDPARENTS, THE LEAVITTS, WHO CAME TO CARDSTON IN 1890-92; HER MOTHER WAS BORN IN 1892. DONOR HAS LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE ALL HER LIFE. SHE JOINED THE NAVY AS A WREN (#W152), AND SERVED IN CANADA AND OVERSEAS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. WHILE OVERSEAS SHE MARRIED ALEXANDER BOYD LITTLE, WHO SERVED IN THE ARMY AS A CALGARY HIGHLANDER (#10710). ALEXANDER LITTLE VOLUNTEERED FOR ST. JOHN AMBULANCE; HE PASSED AWAY IN 1962. DONOR NOW HAS 6 GRANDCHILDREN, AND 11 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING MITTENS, GLOVES, AND DIAPERS DONATED BY DELOIS LITTLE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. DELOIS LEAVITT LITTLE (NEE NEILSON, ALSO SOMETIMES SPELT NIELSON) WAS BORN ON MARCH 30, 1915 IN LETHBRIDGE, AB. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF CLARENCE WALDAMER NIELSEN AND CARRIE ROSE NIELSEN (NEE LEAVITT). DELOIS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 92 ON FEBRUARY 19, 2008. DELOIS SERVED AS A WREN IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND WAS MARRIED WHILE SERVING OVERSEAS. AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM JUNE 1945 GIVES THE DETAILS: “A LETHBRIDGE COUPLE WERE MARRIED IN GLASGOW SCOTLAND RECENTLY WHEN WREN DELOIS NEILSON, DAUGHTER OF MR. AND MRS. C. W. NIELSON OF THIS CITY, AND PTE. ALEXANDER LITTLE, ALSO OF LETHBRIDGE, WERE UNITED IN MATRIMONY ON APRIL 4. THE BRIDE IS STATIONED WITH THE WOMEN’S ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL SERVICE AT HMCS NIOBE IN GREENOCK, SCOTLAND. PTE. LITTLE HAD RETURNED FROM ITALY TO BRITAIN ON LEAVE AT THE TIME OF HIS MARRIAGE AND LEFT FOR HOLLAND SHORTLY AFTER.” ANOTHER ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 10, 2003 GIVES MORE DETAILS ABOUT DELOIS’S TIME IN THE NAVY: “IN OCTOBER 1942, SHE WENT TO CALGARY WITH HER SISTER AND JOINED THE NAVY … IT WASN’T COMMON FOR WOMEN TO ENTER THE SERVICES AT THE TIME OF THE TWO WORLD WARS – LEAVITT WAS W152 – AND SHE BELIEVES SHE AND HER SISTER WERE AMONG FEW FROM THE LETHBRIDGE AREA … PRIOR TO JOINING THE WRCNS, LEAVITT HAD NEVER LEFT ALBERTA. THE EXPERIENCE SENT HER TO OTTAWA FOR TRAINING AND THEN TO SCOTLAND WHERE SHE WAS STATIONED FOR MOST OF THE WAR … HER HUSBAND ALEXANDER LITTLE SERVED IN THE ARMY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR – THE COUPLE WERE MARRIED OVERSEAS, ALTHOUGH THEY’D KNOWN ONE ANOTHER MOST OF THEIR LIVES.” ALEXANDER B. LITTLE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 53 ON MARCH 5, 1962. ANNETTE DELOIS CLIFTON (NEE LITTLE) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF ALEXANDER AND DELOIS LITTLE (NEE NEILSON). SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 59 ON APRIL 21, 2007. CARRIE ROSE NEILSON (NEE LEAVITT) WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 28, 1892 IN CARDSTON, AB, THE DAUGHTER OF JEREMIAH AND RHODA LEAVITT (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE WAS MARRIED TO CLARENCE WALDAMER NIELSON ON DECEMBER 2, 1913. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 94 ON MARCH 15, 1986. CLARENCE WALDAMER NIELSON WAS BORN ON MAY 6, 1867 IN MOUNTAIN DALE, UTAH. HE MOVED TO STIRLING, AB IN 1902 AND THEN TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1913. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, CLARENCE WAS “ONE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA’S MOST COLORFUL PIONEERS.” HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 72 IN APRIL 1959. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20000066001
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970041711
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.2
Length
86.5
Width
42
Description
WHITE NYLON FULL LENGTH SLIP HAS ELASTIC SHOULDER STRAPS AND LACE EDGING AROUND UPPER EDGE OF BODICE. HAS SEVERAL RUST STAINS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SHIFT BELONGED TO DONOR'S MOTHER, LOIS 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. 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
P19970041711
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20150013016
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
38.5
Width
43
Description
WHITE, SLEEVELESS TODDLER'S SLIP. NECK LINE AND ARM HOLES FINISHED WITH SIMPLE LACE-LIKE EMBROIDERY IN WHITE. HEM IS SCALLOPED LACE, WITH A SIMPLE FLOWER PATTERN. TWO MOTHER-OF-PEARL BUTTONS ON LEFT SHOULDER. SLIGHT DISCOLOURATION/YELLOWING OF FABRIC. YELLOW STAIN ON BACK AT HEM LINE. LOOSE THREADS AT ARM PIT AREA ON BOTH SIDES. SLIGHT PULL IN FABRIC LEFT SIDE WAIST AREA ON FRONT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
THIS SLIP BELONGED TO ROBERT ALLAN SMITH (THE DONOR) AS A CHILD AND WAS SAVED FOR DONATION TO THE MUSEUM BY HIS MOTHER, PHYLLIS SMITH. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE SMITH FAMILY WAS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR AT THE TIME OF DONATION. BEGINNING IN THE 1940S, THE SMITH FAMILY RESIDED AT 1254 7 AVENUE SOUTH. PHYLLIS REMAINED IN THE HOUSE UNTIL HER DEATH AT 104 YEARS OF AGE, ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2009. WHILE CLEANING UP HIS MOTHER’S HOUSE, THE DONOR CAME ACROSS SEVERAL BAGS MARKED ‘FOR MUSEUM’. THE ITEMS WERE USED BY THE DONOR FROM AN INFANT UNTIL THE AGE OF APPROXIMATELY 9 YEARS OLD. IN THE INTERVIEW, KEVIN ASKS IF ROBERT FELT HIS CHILDHOOD WAS IDYLLIC. ROBERT RESPONDS, SAYING: “FOR ME IT WAS. I MEAN, I WAS BORN IN WARTIME STILL AND MAYBE IT WASN’T IDYLLIC FOR MY PARENTS, BUT IT WAS FOR ME. AND THE NEIGHBOURHOODS WERE DIFFERENT THEN. YOU WERE JUST LET OUT THE DOOR AND YOU WENT OUT TO PLAY WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD KIDS AND THERE WERE NO CONCERNS THAT THE PARENTS HAVE TODAY. YES, A VERY HAPPY TIME, I WOULD SAY.” ROBERT WAS BORN IN OCTOBER 1940 TO PHYLLIS (NEE GROSS) AND ALLAN F. SMITH, AT ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL. PHYLLIS WAS BORN TO FELIX AND MAGDALENA (NEE FETTIG) GROSS IN HARVEY, ND AND MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A FARM IN THE GRASSY LAKE AREA. SHE MOVED INTO LETHBRIDGE AND ATTENDED ST. BASIL’S SCHOOL IN THE 1910s. ALLAN WAS BORN IN ECHO BAY, ON, TO REV D.B. AND MRS. SMITH. HIS FATHER WAS A UNITED CHURCH MINISTER AND MOVED THE FAMILY TO EDMONTON. ALLAN WAS OFFERED A JOB AT WESTERN GROCERS IN LETHBRIDGE AND MET PHYLLIS WHILE IN THE CITY. THEY WERE MARRIED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 1939. ROBERT IS AN ONLY CHILD AND SUFFERED FROM RHEUMATIC FEVER AS A CHILD. HE BELIEVES THIS MAY BE PART OF THE REASON HIS MOTHER SAVED THESE ITEMS. HE EXPLAINS, SAYING: “I’M AN ONLY CHILD AND THEY WOULD BE MORE MEANINGFUL AND I WENT THROUGH A CHILDHOOD ILLNESS. I HAD RHEUMATIC FEVER. I MIGHT NOT HAVE SURVIVED. SOME OTHER KIDS DIDN’T SURVIVE, BUT I DID.” HE ALSO DESCRIBES HIS MOTHER AS BEING “A SAVER OF THINGS. HAVING GONE THROUGH THE DEPRESSION … THEY SAVED LOTS OF STUFF … ANYTHING THEY THINK THEY MIGHT USE IN THE FUTURE WAS SAVED.” PHYLLIS WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN THE 1970s AND WORKED AT THE GALT MUSEUM AS PART OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, ROBERT RECEIVED MANY AWARDS WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY, INCLUDING THE SCHLUMBERGER OF CANADA SCHOLARSHIP FOR PROFICIENCY IN ENGINEERING, A GOLD MEDAL FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS OF ALBERTA, AND RECEIVED THE HIGHEST GENERAL AVERAGE IN GRADUATION IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20150013016
Acquisition Date
2015-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILK, METAL
Catalogue Number
P19860099000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
SILK, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
91.0
Width
57.5
Description
WHITE. SILK SLIP WITH STRAPS AND METAL STRAP ADJUSTING FASTENERS. PLAIN, NO PATTERN. LABEL "D'ALLAIRDS COAST TO COAST" OVER AN OUTLINE OF CANADA & WOMENS HEAD PROFILE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
DONOR'S GRANDMOTHER OWNED THIS ITEM. *UPDATED* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING SEVERAL CLOTHING PIECES DONATED BY LESLIE LAVERS. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR AND ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. LESLIE REMEMBERS BEING FASCINATED BY FUR CLOTHING AS A CHILD: “WELL, IT’S INTERESTING. I CERTAINLY RECALL THE FUR COLLAR BECAUSE AS KIDS WE JUST THOUGHT THAT WAS THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER, BECAUSE ALL THE OLDER WOMEN, AT THAT TIME, SEEMED TO HAVE LITTLE FUR PIECES, WHICH, AS YOU GET OLDER, EVEN MY GENERATION FOUND THAT INTERESTING. AND, MY KIDS FIND IT BIZARRE, TO WEAR LITTLE TINY FUR THINGS AROUND YOUR NECK. BUT, I TOTALLY GET THAT, BEING OUT IN THE WINTER EVEN NOW, AND INSTEAD OF A SCRATCHY WOOL SCARF, IF YOU HAVE ONE OF THOSE THINGS, BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T HAVE TURTLE-NECKS AT THAT TIME, BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE HIGHLY USEFUL. I HAVE VIVID MEMORIES OF THAT, AND JUST BEING FASCINATED BY THAT, BECAUSE WE HAD CATS, AND I DIDN’T KNOW ANYBODY WHO HAD A FUR COAT, EXCEPT FOR MY SENIOR RELATIVES, SO WE DIDN’T HAVE A BIG EXPOSURE TO THE FUR TRADE, SO WE WERE PRETTY TAKEN WITH THAT. THESE OTHER THINGS – YOU KNOW WE ALL READ “LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE,” AND “LITTLE WOMEN,” AND IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE THERE’S A LOT OF REFERENCES TO THESE KINDS OF ACCESSORIES, SO WE WERE PRETTY FASCINATED WITH THESE, TOO.” ASKED IF SHE THOUGHT THE CLOTHING ITEMS WERE HANDMADE, LESLIE REPLIED: “THEY SEWED EVERYTHING. IN ONE OF HER DIARIES, SHE TALKS ABOUT MENDING HER UNDERGARMENTS – A UNION SUIT, FOR EXAMPLE. SO, SHE AND HER SISTERS, ABSOLUTELY. THEY SEWED THEIR OWN CLOTHES. IT WAS AN EVENT TO BUY CLOTHES. THEY WOULD SEW THEIR OWN COATS. EVEN MY MOTHER. I HAVE LETTERS FROM MY MOTHER WHERE SHE DESCRIBED THE OUTFITS THAT SHE HAS SEWED FOR THAT WINTER, AND NOW SHE’S GOT A PARTY DRESS, AND A WOOLEN SUIT, AND I JUST FEEL PRETTY INCOMPETENT. I DIDN’T REALIZE MY MOM WAS ACTUALLY A SEAMSTRESS. SHE WAS, AND ALL HER FRIENDS WERE. SHE HAD TO GET WOOL AND SHE HAD TO GET PELLON INTERFACE FOR THE COLLARS. I’M SURE I HAVE OTHER COMPETENCIES, BUT THOSE KINDS OF BASIC SKILLS ARE LOST TO ME, AND MANY OF MY GENERATION.” LOIS ADA DALRYMPLE HARVEY (NEE LOGAN) WAS BORN IN KILLARNEY, MB, THE DAUGHTER OF ROBERT TREMAINE LOGAN AND MARIA DEWINTON LOGAN. LOIS MARRIED REVEREND ROBERT HARVEY IN 1917. ROBERT WAS A REVEREND WITH THE UNITED CHURCH. LESLIE HAD THE FOLLOWING TO SAY ABOUT HER HARVEY GRANDPARENTS: “MY GRANDPARENTS IN MANITOBA, WE WENT TO SEE THEM PRETTY WELL EVERY YEAR. THEY WOULD COME OUT TO SEE US. I REMEMBER GOING TO CHURCH PICNICS WITH ALL MY GRANDPARENTS DOWN IN MEDICINE HAT, AND SHE HAD (MY GRANDMOTHER, TO WHOM THESE ITEMS BELONGED) – SHE WAS BORN IN MANITOBA IN 1891. SHE WAS BORN ON A FARM, AND SHE ENDED UP GOING TO UNIVERSITY WHICH WAS QUITE UNUSUAL FOR A WOMAN AT THAT TIME. SHE WENT RIGHT THROUGH, AND GOT HER MASTER’S DEGREE, BUT BEING FROM A FARM, AND LIVING THROUGH THE DEPRESSION, SHE MARRIED MY GRANDFATHER IN ABOUT 1917. THEY HAD 4 KIDS, AND THE MINISTERS AT THAT TIME WERE NOT – WELL, THEY ARE NEVER WELL-PAID – THEY WERE ALSO EXPECTED TO FARM A LITTLE ACREAGE, BESIDE THE MANSE, WHICH WAS CALLED A LEA. SO, THAT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF HOW SELF-SUFFICIENT THEY HAD TO BE, SO THE CLOTHES THAT SHE HAD, SHE KEPT FOREVER, AND THE SPECIAL ITEMS LIKE THIS FUR COLLAR, THE CUFFS, ANYTHING LACE, CROCHETED – THEY WERE TREASURES, SO SHE THREW ALMOST NOTHING AWAY. SHE WAS OF THE GENERATION THAT SAVED STRING, AND JARS, AND CERTAINLY THINGS LIKE FUR COLLARS AND LACE WERE TREASURES FOR HER.” LESLIE CONTINUED SAYING: “AS A MINISTER’S WIFE, THEY MOVED EVERY 3 YEARS. IT WAS JUST BRUTAL WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT. SO, THEY LIVED ALL OVER SOUTHERN MANITOBA FROM BRANDON, TO SOURIS, TO MORDEN, HOLLAND. ALL OVER SOUTHERN MANITOBA.” LESLIE SHARED THE FOLLOWING STORY ABOUT THE HARVEY AND LOGAN FAMILIES: “HARVEY’S, THE LOGAN’S, BEFORE THEY GOT MARRIED, THEY CAME OUT TO MANITOBA JUST AROUND THE RIEL REBELLION GETTING GOING IN SASKATCHEWAN, AND THEIR FIRST DWELLING WAS A SOD HUT, AND MY GREAT AUNT HAS A DIARY WHERE, SHE WAS THE OLDEST, AND ONE SATURDAY, THE ADULTS WERE OFF BUILDING THE HOUSE, AND SHE WAS AT HOME WITH THE SOD HUT/HOUSE, WITH THE CHILDREN, AND SOME OF THE CHURCH LADIES CAME TO VISIT, AND SHE WAS HUMILIATED BECAUSE THERE HAD BEEN A RAIN STORM, AND ABOUT A THIRD OF THE FLOOR WAS MUD. AND THAT WAS IN HER DIARY THAT SHE KEPT SINCE SHE WAS A TEENAGER. AND, JUST THINK ABOUT THAT. THERE IS A SOD HUT, IN A LITTLE MUSEUM AREA, UP NEAR MUNSON, AND SO I HAVE BEEN INTO ONE OF THOSE. THINK ABOUT LIVING IN ONE OF THOSE WHEN IT’S -20, AND YOU DON’T HAVE RUNNING WATER, AND A TOILET SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE, AND YOU’RE IN ALL THESE CLOTHES. IT’S MIND-BOGGLING.” LESLIE EXPLAINED THAT ALL OF HER FOUR GRANDPARENTS ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, THOUGH THE TWO COUPLES NEVER MET EACH OTHER IN CHICAGO: “THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT THOSE FOUR – WE FIGURE THEY WERE ALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO TOGETHER. THEY ALL DID UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES. ON THE LAVERS SIDE, THEY DID THEIR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES AT QUEENS. ON THE HARVEY SIDE, THEY DID THEIR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES IN BRANDON, WHICH WAS – MCMASTER HAD A KIND OF SATELLITE CAMPUS OUT OF THERE BUT UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA – SO THEY DID THEIR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES THERE AND THEY ALL ENDED UP STUDYING AT THE MASTER’S LEVEL, AT CHICAGO – THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO … THEY NEVER MET EACH OTHER. CANADIANS IN CHICAGO. THERE MUST HAVE BEEN A LOT OF THEM. CHICAGO IS A WORLD CLASS UNIVERSITY, AND THEY WERE IN DIFFERENT AREAS. GRANDMA (NANA) HARVEY WAS STUDYING ROMANCE LANGUAGES, AND MY OTHER GRANDMA WAS STUDYING LATIN/GREEK CLASSICS, SO THEY WERE QUITE THE GENERATION.” LESLIE’S FATHER WAS THOMAS EDWARD LAVERS, WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2007 AND HER MOTHER WAS MARJORIE LOIS LAVERS (NEE HARVEY), WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2005. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A COPY OF THE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND FOR COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P19860099000
Acquisition Date
1986-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
INFANT'S
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073162
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
INFANT'S
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
49.4
Width
62
Description
WHITE COTTON BABY'S SLIP. TATTED INSETS AT YOKE, AND TATTING ALONG HEM. EYELET PATTERN ON SLIGHTLY RUFFLED HEMLINE; THIN LACE TRIM ON NECKLINE AND SHORT SLEEVES. TWO OPALESCENT BUTTONS FASTEN AT BACK. FABRIC IS WORN AND TEARING ALONG SEAMS. LARGE TEAR IN RIGHT SHOULDER. SEVERAL RUST STAINS, DETERIORATING FABRIC WHERE THEY APPEAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SEE P19950073161/163-GA FOR RELATED ARTIFACTS. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE DONATED AS PART OF THE ING ESTATE (P19950073023). SHE EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ING FAMILY FROM PERMANENT FILE P19950073001, WHICH CONTAINS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED WITH HAROLD ING JR., SON OF HAROLD AND MYRA, IN HIS ROOM AT THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL IN SEPTEMBER 2005. MYRA WAS BORN IN GOLDEN B.C. TO SHIN-BOW AND CHOW TING RAH; HER FATHER ORGINALLY EMIGRATED TO CANADA TO WORK ON CANADIAN RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND LATER BECAME A RESTAURANTEUR, WHERE MYRA DEVELOPED HER ENGLISH SKILLS AS A WAITRESS. "IN 1906 MY DAD [HAROLD ING SR.] LEFT HONG KONG FOR VANCOUVER, HE COULDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH... HE'S GOT TO BE A WAITER, A BUSBOY... AND HE LEARNED ALL THE WAY UP, IN THE MEANTIME PICKING UP ENGLISH... WENT TO WINNIPEG. THIS IS BEFORE ME. BY THEN HE KNEW THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF RESTAURANTING." MYRA AND HAROLD SR. MARRIED AND ADOPTED HAROLD JR. WHEN HE WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY OF ELEVEN IN 1944, IN VANCOUVER. "ME AND MY TWIN SISTER WERE SOLD BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY. SO DAD, MY MOM PICKED ME AND DAD SAID YES THAT'S GOOD... I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY SISTER IS... THERE'S NO WAY OF FINDING OUT." THE ING FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE LATE 1940S, AND HAROLD SR. OWNS AND OPERATES THE NEW MOON CAFE AND TWO GROCERIES, WHICH ARE RUN BY THE FAMILY AND NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS THAT HAROLD SR. SPONSORED. "AT APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS OLD [MY FATHER] INTRODUCED ME TO THE NEW MOON CAFE, AND I WAS A BUSBOY AT THE AGE OF FIVE... IN 1951 HE SHOWED ME MY FIRST HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL... BECAUSE HE WAS THE OWNER... HE'D WAKE UP AT FIVE IN THE MORNING TO GO TO THE CAFE, OFF AND ON TO THE GROCERY STORE AND MIGHT BE DONE AT EIGHT AT NIGHT, SUPPER AND IMMEDIATELY TO CHINATOWN [FOR] GAMBLING, PUTTING DOWN MAH JONG." HAROLD JR. ATTENDED WESTMINISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DURING THE DAY, AND CHINESE SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE EVENINGS - HIS FATHER WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, AND THE ORGANIZATION RAN THE SCHOOL, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS, FILM SCREENINGS, AND BANQUETS, FUNDED BY MEMBERSHIP FEES. HAROLD'S YOUNGER BROTHER, CALVIN, "GOT SENT TO A BOARDING SCHOOL SOMEWHERE. HE WAS GIFTED, BUT HE HAD A BYPASS SURGERY, HE HAD SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS HEART. HE COULDN'T HANDLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, SO THEY SENT HIM TO B.C." AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND A BRIEF STINT IN CALGARY, HAROLD JR. RAN ING'S GROCERY FOR HIS FATHER, AND IN THE LATE 1960S AND EARLY 70S ALSO WORKED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A SALESMAN AT SEARS. BOTH HAROLD SR. AND MYRA ING PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S, AND THE OBJECTS ENCOMPASSING DONATION P19950073001-231 WERE COLLECTED FROM THE FAMILY HOME. FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN DETAILS ON THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950073162
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BODY BELT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS, LEATHER, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19920051004
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BODY BELT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
CANVAS, LEATHER, PAPER
No. Pieces
4
Height
6.4
Length
19.2
Width
20.7
Description
CARDBOARD BOX C/W CANVAS & LEATHER BELT. ELASTICIZED OFF-WHITE CANVAS, 88CM (L). VERTICAL LEATHER REINFORCED STRAPS, 3 STEEL BUCKLES AND STRAPS. 296 INK MARKINGS ON BODY. 1 HEAVY ELASTICIZED COTTON TWILL TUBULAR SUPPORT, LABELLED "AN OTCO PRODUCT". 21 CM (L) X 17 CM (W). BOX 2 PIECES. BASE & LID ARE CARDBOARD WITH PAPER EXTERIOR. DARK COVERED LID WITH PAPER LABEL ON SIDE OF BOX: "BODY BELT FIGURE NO. 148", "SECURITY WITH COMFORT" BOX IS WORN & STAINED. BELT APPEARS IN NEW CONDITION. "OTTAWA TRUSS COMPANY OF CANADA LIMITED"
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
FOUND IN PARENTS HOME, DONOR COULD PROVIDE NO FURTHER INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P19920051004
Acquisition Date
1992-10
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
UNDERPANTS, LONG
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
JERSEY
Catalogue Number
P20150013021
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
UNDERPANTS, LONG
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
JERSEY
No. Pieces
1
Length
57
Width
29
Description
OFF-WHITE LONG UNDERWEAR, OVERALL STYLE, WITH ATTACHED TANK-TOP. FLAP OPENING IN BACK CLOSES WITH THREE MOTHER-OF-PEARL BUTTONS. DRAWSTRING FOLLOWS NECKLINE, THROUGH THE SHOULDER STRAPS, AND TIES IN THE FRONT, BELOW THE NECK. SHOULDER STRAPS HAVE A SLIGHTLY SCALLOPED EDGE. TAG INSIDE BACK NECK READS "WATSON'S 20 2-4 YEARS" SLIGHT YELLOWING OF FABRIC. SMALL BROWN COLOURED STAIN FRONT LEFT SIDE, NEAR WAIST.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
THESE LONG UNDERPANTS BELONGED TO ROBERT ALLAN SMITH (THE DONOR) AS A CHILD AND WAS SAVED FOR DONATION TO THE MUSEUM BY HIS MOTHER, PHYLLIS SMITH. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE SMITH FAMILY WAS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR AT THE TIME OF DONATION. BEGINNING IN THE 1940S, THE SMITH FAMILY RESIDED AT 1254 7 AVENUE SOUTH. PHYLLIS REMAINED IN THE HOUSE UNTIL HER DEATH AT 104 YEARS OF AGE, ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2009. WHILE CLEANING UP HIS MOTHER’S HOUSE, THE DONOR CAME ACROSS SEVERAL BAGS MARKED ‘FOR MUSEUM’. THE ITEMS WERE USED BY THE DONOR FROM AN INFANT UNTIL THE AGE OF APPROXIMATELY 9 YEARS OLD. IN THE INTERVIEW, KEVIN ASKS IF ROBERT FELT HIS CHILDHOOD WAS IDYLLIC. ROBERT RESPONDS, SAYING: “FOR ME IT WAS. I MEAN, I WAS BORN IN WARTIME STILL AND MAYBE IT WASN’T IDYLLIC FOR MY PARENTS, BUT IT WAS FOR ME. AND THE NEIGHBOURHOODS WERE DIFFERENT THEN. YOU WERE JUST LET OUT THE DOOR AND YOU WENT OUT TO PLAY WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD KIDS AND THERE WERE NO CONCERNS THAT THE PARENTS HAVE TODAY. YES, A VERY HAPPY TIME, I WOULD SAY.” ROBERT WAS BORN IN OCTOBER 1940 TO PHYLLIS (NEE GROSS) AND ALLAN F. SMITH, AT ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL. PHYLLIS WAS BORN TO FELIX AND MAGDALENA (NEE FETTIG) GROSS IN HARVEY, ND AND MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A FARM IN THE GRASSY LAKE AREA. SHE MOVED INTO LETHBRIDGE AND ATTENDED ST. BASIL’S SCHOOL IN THE 1910s. ALLAN WAS BORN IN ECHO BAY, ON, TO REV D.B. AND MRS. SMITH. HIS FATHER WAS A UNITED CHURCH MINISTER AND MOVED THE FAMILY TO EDMONTON. ALLAN WAS OFFERED A JOB AT WESTERN GROCERS IN LETHBRIDGE AND MET PHYLLIS WHILE IN THE CITY. THEY WERE MARRIED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 1939. ROBERT IS AN ONLY CHILD AND SUFFERED FROM RHEUMATIC FEVER AS A CHILD. HE BELIEVES THIS MAY BE PART OF THE REASON HIS MOTHER SAVED THESE ITEMS. HE EXPLAINS, SAYING: “I’M AN ONLY CHILD AND THEY WOULD BE MORE MEANINGFUL AND I WENT THROUGH A CHILDHOOD ILLNESS. I HAD RHEUMATIC FEVER. I MIGHT NOT HAVE SURVIVED. SOME OTHER KIDS DIDN’T SURVIVE, BUT I DID.” HE ALSO DESCRIBES HIS MOTHER AS BEING “A SAVER OF THINGS. HAVING GONE THROUGH THE DEPRESSION … THEY SAVED LOTS OF STUFF … ANYTHING THEY THINK THEY MIGHT USE IN THE FUTURE WAS SAVED.” PHYLLIS WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN THE 1970s AND WORKED AT THE GALT MUSEUM AS PART OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, ROBERT RECEIVED MANY AWARDS WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY, INCLUDING THE SCHLUMBERGER OF CANADA SCHOLARSHIP FOR PROFICIENCY IN ENGINEERING, A GOLD MEDAL FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS OF ALBERTA, AND RECEIVED THE HIGHEST GENERAL AVERAGE IN GRADUATION IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20150013021
Acquisition Date
2015-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.M.P. UNIFORM
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1952
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20020021002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. UNIFORM
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1952
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
85.5
Description
SHIRT IS CREAM COLOURED WITH FAINT BROWN LINES THROUGH IT. SHIRT IS EXTRA LONG; HAS A HORIZONTAL BAND OF MATERIAL AROUND BOTTOM. LONG SLEEVES. TOP FRONT IS OPEN AND HAS 3 WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS AS CLOSURES. INSIDE NECKLINE IS A TAG THAT READS "TURNBULL'S CEETEE PURE WOOL" AND PICTURES A BIGHORN SHEEP. BELOW THIS IS ANOTHER TAG THAT READS "42". SILKSCREEENED AT BOTTOM FRONT OF SHIRT IS THE IMAGE OF A BIGHORN SHEEP WITH "TURNBULL'S CEETEE PURE WOOL" ON IT; BELOW THIS READS "TREATED TO PREVENT SHRINKING". THERE ARE NUMEROUS SMALL HOLES AROUND NECKLINE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ITEMS BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, EDWARD BUCHANAN. EDWARD WAS A MEMBER OF THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE FROM 1919 UNTIL 1932, WHEN HE TRANSFERRED TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. HE WAS A SENIOR STAFF SARGEANT, ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE AT LETHBRIDGE FROM MAY 1944 TO NOV. 1950. HE RETIRED IN 1950, THEN BECAME DIRECTOR OF CORRECTIONS FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. FOLLOWING RETIREMENT, EDWARD BECAME A MEMBER OF THE RCMP VETERAN'S ASSOCATION IN EDMONTON IN 1950/51, AND REMAINED A MEMBER UNTIL HIS PASSING; HE ALSO SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THIS ASSOCIATION. SEE P20020090001-GA FOR COMPLETE BIOGRAPHY OF EDWARD BUCHANAN. *UPDATE* AN INTERVIEW WAS CONDUCTED BY GALT’S COLLECTION TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON JUNE 8, 2018 WITH THE DONOR JEAN I. BUCHANAN IN REGARDS TO A NEW ARTIFACT OFFER SHE WAS MAKING TO THE MUSEUM. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20180014001 FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE CAREER OF SENIOR STAFF SERGEANT EDWARD ETTERSHANK “BUCK” BUCHANAN, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND THE OBITUARY COPY.
Catalogue Number
P20020021002
Acquisition Date
2002-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
UNDERWEAR
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19960029003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
UNDERWEAR
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
2
Height
68
Length
53
Width
50.5
Description
1. WOOL UNDERSHIRT: WOOL IS BEIGE WITH FLECKS OF GREY THROUGH IT. SHIRT IS A SIMPLE CUT WITH PLAIN ROUND NECKLINE AND STRAIGHT SHIRT SLEEVE. SHIRT HAS PLEATED 9.5CM ELASTIC WAISTBAND. CUFFS OF SLEEVES ARE SAME ELASTIC CUFFS AS WELL. SHIRT HAS BEEN REPAIRED AT CHEST AND MIDDLE AREAS OF FRONT. THERE ARE THREE HOLES AT BACK HEM. HAS ONE SMALL RUST STAIN ON FRONT. ELASTIC WAIST HAS BEEN STRETCHED. 2. WOOL UNDERSHIRT: IDENTICAL IN SHAPE, SIZE AND CUT TO (1.) ONLY IT IS IN MUCH BETTER CONDITION HAVING NO REPAIRS, HOLES OR STAINS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20030048000 AND ITS RECORD'S PERMANENT FILE. DONOR'S HUSBAND, JOSEPH WRIGHT HUNT, ENLISTED IN THE CANADIAN MILITARY IN JUNE OF 1943 AND SERVED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND CONTINENTAL EUROPE. HE WAS DISCHARGED APRIL 5, 1946 WITH POST-WAR DEMOBILIZATION. THIS UNIFORM BELONGED TO HIM. MR. HUNT WAS FROM EASTEND, SASKATCHEWAN. TO VIEW COPIES OF DISCHARGE PAPERS SEE PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF SUSPENDERS DONATED BY AGNES HUNT. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE FINDAGRAVE.COM JOSEPH WRIGHT HUNT WAS BORN IN BEETON, ON ON DECEMBER 26, 1908, TO HARRY AND HARRIET (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) HUNT. HE WAS RAISED IN FOREMOST, AB. ON JULY 3, 1941, HE MARRIED AGNES ACKERMAN. HE ENLISTED IN WWII IN 1943 AND WAS DISCHARGED IN 1946. JOSEPH PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 1996 AT THE AGE OF 87. AGNES HUNT (NEE ACKERMAN) WAS BORN IN 1919 AND PASSED AWAY IN 2004. JOSEPH AND AGNES ARE BOTH BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19960029003
Acquisition Date
1996-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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