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Other Name
"2&7"
Date Range From
1987
Date Range To
1992
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P20190022007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"2&7"
Date Range From
1987
Date Range To
1992
Materials
WOOD, PAINT
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.2
Length
49
Width
46
Description
WOOD SIGN SHAPED LIKE THE NUMBERS 2 AND 7 CONNECTED. FRONT OF SIGN HAS ORANGE “2” AND RED “7” PAINTED WITH BLACK AMPERSAND “&” IN CENTER; NUMBERS ARE PAINTED ON WHITE BACKFROUND, WITH RED DROP-SHADOWS. SIDES OF SIGN ARE PAINTED WHITE. BACK IS UNPAINTED PRESSED WOOD BOARD; BACK HAS TWO DRILLED HOLES FOR HANGING IN CENTER. FRONT HAS LOSS ALONG LOWER EDGE OF “7”; FRONT IS STAINED AT TOP ARCH OF “2” AND ALONG EDGES; BACK IS STAINED RED AT EDGES AND STAINED IN THE CENTER; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
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ADVERTISING MEDIUM
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
ON AUGUST 21, 2019, COLLECTION TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WAYNE DWORNIK REGARDING HIS DONATION OF GLOBAL NEWS STATION ITEMS. DWORNIK WORKED FOR LETHBRIDGE TELEVISION BROADCAST NEWS FROM 1976-2013. ON THE “2&7” STATION SIGN, DWORNIK RECALLED, “[THE SIGN LOOKS HANDMADE, HAND-PAINTED] THAT’S AGAIN, JUST A STUDIO PROP FOR THE…NEWS READERS [AND STORED IN THE ENGINEER’S ROOM].” “[THE YEARS 2&7 RAN WERE A] VERY HIGH PROFILE, EXCITING TIME FOR THE STATION AS WELL. THE REASON THEY WENT WITH THE 2 AND 7, WE DIDN’T CHANGE, AT THAT TIME, TO OFFICIALLY CHANGE OUR CALL LETTERS, WE WERE STILL CFAC, SO WE MADE THAT TRANSITION INTO 2 AND 7. WHAT MANAGEMENT HAD DONE OUT OF CALGARY WAS ARRANGE WITH ALL THE CABLE COMPANIES TO PUT US ONTO EITHER CHANNEL 2 OR CHANNEL 7…[CALGARY’S] TRANSMITTER WAS BROADCASTING ON CHANNEL 2 OFF AIR. WE WERE BROADCASTING ON CHANNEL 7 OFF AIR. WE WERE CHANNEL 2 ON CABLE, AND THEY WERE 7 UP IN CALGARY, AND THEY WERE ABLE TO COMFORTABLY NEGOTIATE WITH ALL THE CABLE OPERATORS TO PUT US ON EITHER 2 AND 7…FROM CROWSNEST PASS INTO CRANBROOK AND CRESTON. THAT’S ALSO THE TIME WHEN THE OLYMPICS WAS HAPPENING AND THE PROMOTIONAL DIRECTOR IN CALGARY WAS JUST AMAZING. THE PROMOTIONAL MANAGER AND THEY HAD A SALES MANAGER. BOYD ASH WAS PROMOTIONS MANAGER THERE AND HE GOT ON THIS IDEA OF THE 2 AND 7, AND HE ALSO GOT ON TO [MAKING] LAPEL PINS. THEY MUST HAVE DESIGNED AND DISTRIBUTED…HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF [LAPEL] PINS…PEOPLE LOVED THEM…I THINK THAT’S WHAT PROMPTED IT, BECAUSE WELL, IT WAS KNOWN THAT TRADING PINS WAS A BIG DEAL…IT WAS VERY HIGH PROFILE AND LOTS OF GREAT PROMOTIONAL THINGS HAPPENING WITH, AGAIN, EXCITING TIMES AND SOME FUN STUFF.” “[THE ERA OF 2&7] I WOULD SAY ABOUT ’87 TO ABOUT ’92 AGAIN I THINK…[IT WAS VERY SHORT] AND I THINK PART OF THAT MIGHT BE TIED INTO THE FACT THAT THE SATELLITE STUFF IS COMING ON…THAT WAS THE REASON TO DO THE 2 AND 7 IS THAT IT’S EASY, LIKE IF YOU SAY, ‘WELL I’M LOOKING FOR CJOC, WHERE DO I FIND CJOC ON MY CABLE LINE UP?’ BUT IF YOU’RE JUST LOOKING FOR A NUMBER THAT WAS EASIER. BUT THEN I DON’T THINK THEY WERE GOING TO CONTINUE NEGOTIATING THAT, FOR WHATEVER REASON.” “[BEFORE 2&7 THE STATION WAS] CFAC…SAME COLOURS. THE RED AND YELLOW THERE.” DWORNIK ELABORATED ON THE ROLE OF ENGINEERS AT THE STATION, NOTING, “[THE ENGINEER’S ROLE IS] BASICALLY TO KEEP US ON THE AIR. THERE’S SO MUCH ELECTRONIC AND TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT THEY HAD TO KNOW ABOUT TRANSMITTERS, MICROWAVE, VIDEOTAPE, ALL THE ELECTRONICS, AND THEY ALSO DID MAINTENANCE ON THE BUILDING.” “THE LAST ENGINEER WAS LET GO IN AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION, IN THE SUMMER OF [2014]…WE DID NOT HAVE A STATION MANAGER. AT ONE TIME WE HAD A STATION MANAGER [PETER DEYES] WHO WAS ALSO THE NEWS DIRECTOR, WHEN I CAME BACK. THAT FELLOW LEFT…THEY BROUGHT IN AN ASSIGNMENT EDITOR FROM TORONTO, AND SHE WAS…NOT EVEN THE NEWS DIRECTOR, WHICH WAS TERRIBLE; THEY CALLED HER THE NEWS MANAGER. MANAGEMENT OF THE STATION WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE CALGARY TELEVISION, AND THE ENGINEERING RESPONSIBILITIES WERE TAKEN OVER BY CALGARY TELEVISION.” “WE’D HAVE TO CALL [ENGINEERS WHEN THERE WAS EQUIPMENT ISSUES]. AT THAT TIME, WE HAD MORE CAMERAS THAN VIDEOGRAPHERS, SO THEY KIND OF HAD A SPARE ON HAND. IF ONE WENT DOWN, THEY’D BE OKAY. AND, AT THAT TIME, EVERYTHING ELSE WAS SHIFTED AWAY FROM THE STATION, AND WAS AUTOMATED. IT WAS JUST MIND-BOGGLING THE AUTOMATION THAT THEY HAD AVAILABLE. CALGARY TELEVISION WAS…KIND OF THE MASTER CONTROL CENTER FOR ALL OF THE GLOBAL TELEVISION STATIONS IN CANADA. SO, IT WAS JUST AMAZING, ALL THE MONITORS IN THEIR MASTER CONTROL…ONE OF THE CENTERS WAS, I THINK, SWITCHED OUT OF EDMONTON…ALL THE COMMERCIALS THAT PLAYED ALL ACROSS CANADA, ORIGINATED OUT OF CALGARY TELEVISION. AND THEY WEREN’T VIDEO TAPE MACHINES, AT THAT TIME, THEY WERE BASICALLY COMPUTERS.” DWORNIK RECALLED HIS TIME WORKING IN LETHBRIDGE FOR BROADCAST NEWS, NOTING, “I WORKED FOR LETHBRIDGE TELEVISION FOR [25] YEARS…I JOINED THE STATION AS A PHOTOGRAPHER IN 1976. I HELD THAT POSITION FOR SEVEN YEARS AS CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER, AND THEN I MOVED INTO MANAGEMENT, AND BECAME PRODUCTION MANAGER FOR TEN YEARS I GUESS, AND THEN I GOT INTO SALES AND MARKETING AND RESEARCH. I LEFT THE STATION IN 1996, AND I WAS ONE THE FIRST, IF NOT THE FIRST OF THE DOWNSIZING IN THAT ERA. AT THE TIME WHEN I LEFT IN ’96 THERE WERE AT LEAST SEVENTY-SIX PEOPLE ON STAFF. [TODAY] I BELIEVE THERE IS MAYBE A DOZEN…I RETURNED TO THE STATION IN THE CAPACITY OF…ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVE IN 2008 AND I RETIRED AT…THE END OF DECEMBER 2014…WHEN I CAME TO LETHBRIDGE, I THOUGHT I WOULD ONLY STAY A COUPLE OF YEARS AND MOVE ONTO A BIGGER STATION, YOU KNOW BIG CITY, BRIGHT LIGHTS…BUT I LOVED THE CITY AND THERE WAS SO MUCH TO OFFER HERE. I HAD SO MUCH FUN, THERE WERE SO MANY REMARKABLE, INCREDIBLY REMARKABLE EXPERIENCES I HAD AS A PHOTOGRAPHER, AND PRODUCTION MANAGER, ESPECIALLY. SOME OF THESE ITEMS HERE GO BACK TO BEFORE MY TIME, BUT AGAIN LETHBRIDGE—LITTLE DIMPLE ON THE PRAIRIE HERE THAT WE ARE, WE ACTUALLY MADE A PRETTY GOOD NAME FOR THE CITY AND FOR THE STATION IN WHAT WE WERE PRODUCING IN NEWS, AND PARTICULARLY IN LOCAL PROGRAMMING. THAT WAS KIND OF ONE OF MY PASSIONS, WAS THE LOCAL PROGRAMMING, DOCUMENTARIES AND THEN OF COURSE, NEWS AS WELL.” “[THERE] WAS A FRIENDLY RIVALRY BETWEEN ALL THE MEDIA ACTUALLY, AND CTV WOULD PRODUCE THE ODD DOCUMENTARY, WHEREAS WE DID A LOT MORE…AT THE MOST THEY HAD I THINK MAYBE TWENTY PEOPLE ON STAFF, SO THEY WERE LIMITED. THEY WERE ACTUALLY A SATELLITE, OR A RE-BROADCASTER, THEY DIDN’T HAVE THEIR OWN LICENSE SO THEY WERE HANDLED DIFFERENTLY BY THEIR OWNERS THAN OUR STATION WAS. THEN AGAIN MANAGEMENT HERE WAS QUITE FORWARD THINKING IN MOST THINGS. I REMEMBER OUR PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, BOB JOHNSON, DECADES AGO TOUTING THE FACT THAT THE ONLY THING THAT WILL MAKE US SUSTAINABLE AND RELEVANT IS LOCAL NEWS. HE KNEW, BACK THEN, THROUGH BROADCASTER ASSOCIATIONS ALL THE THINGS THAT WERE COMING AHEAD OF US…WE COULD GET NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD…WE CARRIED A LOT OF AMERICAN PROGRAMS…THE ONLY THING THAT IS GOING TO MAKE US DISTINCT IS WHAT WE CAN DO WITH OUR LOCAL NEWS AND AS AN EXTENSION OF THAT, OUR LOCAL PROGRAMMING, OUR DOCUMENTARIES. IT WAS QUITE GOOD FOR THE STAFF AND THE MORALE WAS TERRIFIC…WE HAD A SLOW PITCH BASEBALL TEAM, WE’D PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY THINGS, WITH THE PARADES, WHOOP-UP DAYS AND THE STAFF PARTIES WERE TERRIFIC.” “I WAS A PHOTOGRAPHER, AND I WAS OUT ON LOCATION INTERVIEWING ALL THESE INTERESTING PEOPLE, EDITING THESE PROGRAMS, NEWS STORIES, COMMERCIALS. I WAS IN MY ELEMENT…[I WORKED WITH] THE VISUAL CONTENT…BACK IN THE DAY, THERE WAS A NEWS REPORTER THAT WAS HIS JOB WAS TO BE ON CAMERA, TO RESEARCH THE STORY, SET UP THE CONTEXT, DO THE INTERVIEWS, WE WOULD RECORD THE VISUALS, RECORD THE INTERVIEWS, AND NOW AS YOU REFER TO IT, IT IS ALL DONE BY ONE…THEY CALL HIM A, AT DIFFERENT TIMES, EITHER A VIDEO JOURNALIST OR A VIDEOGRAPHER. MY TRAINING ACTUALLY WAS IN STILL PHOTOGRAPHY BACK IN WINNIPEG, BUT MY FIRST JOB WAS IN TELEVISION, SO I LEARNED ON THE JOB. SHOOTING BLACK AND WHITE FILM, COLOUR—AGAIN, SIXTEEN MILLIMETER FILM FOR COMMERCIALS. WE WERE STILL DOING A LOT OF SLIDE COMMERCIALS AT THAT TIME, AND WE PROCESSED OUR OWN SLIDE FILM IN THE BASEMENT AT THE STATION THERE, WITHOUT USING RUBBER GLOVES.” “AT THAT TIME WE HAD FIVE PHOTOGRAPHERS, WE ONLY HAD TWO VEHICLES TO GO OUT IN BUT, SO THE REPORTERS WOULD SOMETIMES USE THEIR OWN VEHICLES. I KNOW FOR THE FIRST YEAR OR TWO I USED MY OWN VEHICLE TO CARRY THE GEAR BECAUSE AT THAT TIME WE DIDN’T HAVE ANY STATION VEHICLES. OUR FIRST ONES WERE TWO…HONDA CIVIC STATION WAGONS, THEN WE GOT TWO NISSAN STATION WAGONS AND THEN WE WENT TO A FORD BRONCO I THINK IT WAS.” “I WOULD GO WHERE THERE WAS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR WORK AND—ACTUALLY, ON OUR HONEY MOON, WE PACKED UP FROM SWIFT CURRENT…(I HAD THREE WEEKS HOLIDAY), AND WE MADE OUR WAY OUT TO THE WEST COAST, STOPPING AT EVERY TELEVISION STATION, ALONG THE WAY, HAVING A TOUR, AND LEAVING A RESUME. SO WE STOPPED AT MEDICINE HAT, LETHBRIDGE (WHICH I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED WITH), AND WE WENT THROUGH KELOWNA, (WHICH I WAS AGAIN VERY IMPRESSED WITH), AND SO I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE EITHER LETHBRIDGE, OR KELOWNA, I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE TO, AND THEN FROM THERE MAYBE CALGARY, VANCOUVER. AS I SAID, LETHBRIDGE WON OUT, THEY HAD A JOB OPENING…BECAUSE OF A STRIKE…AT THAT TIME…NABET…NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCAST ENGINEERS AND TECHNOLOGISTS…THEY WERE WANTING TO FORM A LOCAL, AND GET UNION REPRESENTATION AND NEGOTIATIONS CAME TO A STAND-STILL, AND THEY WENT ON STRIKE I THINK, IN APRIL, OR MAY OF ’75 , ’76. SO I HAD JUST FAIRLY RECENTLY PUT MY RESUME IN THERE, AND THEY CALLED ME UP AND [IT WAS] A TOUGH SITUATION, AND I HELD OFF, AND I SAID, ‘WELL I’VE GOT TO WORK WITH THESE PEOPLE, IF I COME IN AS A STRIKE BREAKER, A SCAB—‘ AND SO I WASN’T TOO ANXIOUS TO DO THAT, BUT, AFTER A FEW MORE PHONE CALLS OVER I GUESS IT WAS A COUPLE OR THREE MONTH’S PERIOD, I SAID ‘WELL, YEAH, LET’S DO IT,’ AND I MOVED BACK.” DWORNIK SHARED THE HISTORY OF THE GLOBAL NEWS STATION IN LETHBRIDGE, RECALLING, “[BEFORE THE STATION WAS 2&7, IT WAS] CFAC. IT HAS GONE THROUGH A LOT OF CHANGES, IT STARTED OFF AS CJLH WHICH IS A COMBINATION OF CJOC RADIO AND THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD THAT CO-OWNED THE STATION WHICH OPENED IN [NOVEMBER] 1955…THEN THE HERALD GOT OUT OF IT AND WE WERE BOUGHT BY SELKIRK COMMUNICATIONS AND WE BECAME CJOC TELEVISION…THE STATION OPENED IN ’55, I THINK IT BECAME CJOC AROUND 1960, BUT DON’T QUOTE ME ON THAT. THEN WHEN I CAME IN [FALL] ’76…UP UNTIL THEN WE WERE A CBC AFFILIATE, AND THEN IN ’76 WE BECAME AN INDEPENDENT STATION AND CHANGED OUR CALL LETTERS, AGAIN, TO CFAC TELEVISION. OUR LOGO WAS MODELED AFTER THE RONDELL OF CHC HAMILTON TELEVISION, WHICH WAS AN INDEPENDENT STATION OWNED BY SELKIRK. WE ARE THE SISTER STATION BUT WITH OUR OWN INDEPENDENT LICENSE, WE BECAME PART OF THE INDEPENDENT NETWORK…ABOUT THE TIME OF THE OLYMPICS…WE CHANGED TO TWO AND SEVEN…IT WAS AROUND 1992 MAYBE THAT WE CHANGED OUR CALL LETTERS ONCE AGAIN TO CISA, INDICATIVE OF, ALL STATIONS STARTED WITH ‘C’ RADIO OR TELEVISION IN CANADA, AND THE ‘ISA’ WAS FOR INDEPENDENT SOUTHERN ALBERTA…WITH MY BACKGROUND IN ART AND DESIGN WORKING WITH THAT, WE DID SOME STILL-FRAME ANIMATION. WE DID SOME FUN STUFF WITH THE LOGOS…WHILE I WAS STILL [WITH CISA] WE WENT THROUGH…ANOTHER TWO CHANGES IN OWNERSHIP. SELKIRK SOLD US TO, APPARENTLY TO MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE, AND THAT LASTED FOR ABOUT AN HOUR OR TWO AND THEN I THINK WITH WICK…WESTERN BOUGHT US, THEY BASICALLY BOUGHT ALL OF SELKIRK COMMUNICATIONS AND ADDED US TO THEIR FLOCK OF ITV EDMONTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA TV IN VANCOUVER, AND CHECK TV IN VICTORIA AND I THINK THEY ALSO HAD OKANAGAN TV AS WELL.” “[LETHBRIDGE IS AN ANOMALY] FOR SURE BECAUSE WHEN I CAME HERE WE WERE AROUND FORTY THOUSAND [IN POPULATION], AND THERE WERE TWO OPERATING TELEVISION STATIONS. AS FAR AS I KNOW, WE ARE THE ONLY CITY OF THIS SIZE THAT HAD TWO TELEVISION STATIONS. IN MANY OTHER CITIES THEY WOULD HAVE WHAT THEY CALL A ‘TWINSTICK.’ SO WE WERE CBC, CFCN WAS A CTV AFFILIATE. IN MEDICINE HAT, CBC AND CTV WERE OPERATED OUT OF THE SAME BUILDING BY THE SAME STAFF. THEY WOULD LIKELY HAVE A DIFFERENT ANCHOR OR NEWS DEPARTMENT, BUT THE OTHER COMPONENTS OF OPERATIONS WERE ALL CONTAINED IN THE SAME [BUILDING]—AND THAT’S THE SAME IN, ALL ACROSS WESTERN CANADA…IN A CITY OF OUR POPULATION TO HAVE TWO STATIONS WAS QUITE REMARKABLE, AND VERY COMPETITIVE, AND ALONG WITH THAT, THE RADIO SIDE OF IT…RIGHT NOW WE’VE GOT REALLY SIX RADIO STATIONS, BACK THEN, THERE WERE NEARLY FOUR. AGAIN, QUITE UNUSUAL IN THE FACT THAT YOU’VE GOT TWO AM AND THEN TWO FM. ONE FM STATION ACTUALLY STARTED OFF PLAYING CLASSICAL MUSIC. WHAT THAT LENDS TO THE CITY IS A LOT MORE VARIETY IN PROGRAMMING THAN THEY WOULD OTHERWISE GET. WE HAVE GOT THE BROADCAST PROGRAMMING AT THE LETHBRIDGE COLLEGE HERE, AND THAT FED INTO OUR NEEDS QUITE WELL, IN RADIO AND IN TELEVISION. WE BROUGHT A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT ACTUALLY FROM DOWN EAST BECAUSE THEY HAD SOME REALLY GOOD PROGRAMS FROM FANSHAWE COLLEGE, OTTAWA AND WE WOULD BRING AS WELL, PEOPLE FROM SAIT AND NAIT, AS WELL AS MOUNT ROYAL COLLEGE. THOSE PEOPLE COME STRAIGHT OUT OF COLLEGE, GETTING AN OPPORTUNITY IN A MID-SIZED MARKET…THEY HAD THEIR HANDS INVOLVED IN PROGRAMS, NEWS, COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION AND THEN BEING PART OF THE COMMUNITY.” “I BELIEVE THAT WE WERE STILL A PRETTY GOOD REVENUE-GENERATOR FOR [WICK TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF]. BECAUSE EVEN WITH THAT SIZE OF STAFF, WE WEREN’T PAID AS MUCH AS THEY WERE IN CALGARY, WHICH IS LIKELY WHY EVERYBODY WANTED THE UNION…THEY WEREN’T LOSING MONEY THERE. WE WEREN’T MAKING A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY, BUT…CRTC I THINK CAME INTO PLAY IN THAT, A LOT, TOO, BECAUSE CRTC WAS TO GOVERN THE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR BROADCASTING. IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT, I THINK, IN ANY PURCHASE OF A STATION, FOR THEM TO GO, AND SHUT THAT STATION DOWN, AT THAT TIME. BUT, WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT RADIO STATIONS HAVE SHUT DOWN, (LIKE RED DEER LOST THEIR STATION; IT WAS A TWINSTICK), AND I LOST TOUCH WITH THE INDUSTRY WHEN THAT SORT OF THING WAS HAPPENING.” “THE GLOBAL PERIOD, WHEN IT WAS OWNED BY CANWEST…ANOTHER REMARKABLE COMPANY (FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS), AND THEY WERE BUYING UP TELEVISION STATIONS ACROSS CANADA, AND THEN THEY EXPANDED. THEY BOUGHT SOME NEWSPAPERS; THEY BOUGHT A TELEVISION STATION IN ENGLAND, AND I THINK THEIR DOWNFALL ACTUALLY WAS OVER-EXTENDING THEMSELVES, AND GETTING INTO THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET. I JOINED THE STATION IN 2008, WHEN THEY WERE STARTING TO SLIDE. OF COURSE, THE WHOLE ECONOMY WAS STARTING TO SLIDE, AND I CAME ON AS A FRESH, NEW SALESPERSON TO SELL ADVERTISING.” “THAT’S WHEN ALL THE DOWNSIZING OCCURRED [AROUND 2008], JUST IN THAT TRANSITION…WICK STARTED THE DOWNSIZING, AND THEN CANWEST CARRIED ON WITH IT. IT WAS JUST WELL, THE ONSLAUGHT OF GLOBALIZATION, AND THE BIG GET BIGGER, AND SMALL EITHER GET BOUGHT UP, OR SHUT DOWN…WHEN I STARTED AT THE STATION IN 2008, BACK IN SALES, THAT WAS WHEN THINGS REALLY CHANGED, BECAUSE WE STILL HAD A DIRECTOR, AND ONE VIDEOTAPE OPERATOR, AND THEY HAD ROBOT CAMERAS SET UP, BUT WE WERE STILL SWITCHING OUR OWN NEWS, AND ORIGINATING NEWS OUT OF OUR PRODUCTION CONTROL ROOM. THEN, TOWARDS THE END OF 2008, IS WHEN THOSE TWO PEOPLE WERE LET GO, AND WE STARTED WITH CALGARY TELEVISION DIRECTING THE NEWS. AS IT TURNED OUT, THERE WAS NO WAY THAT WE COULD PUT SOMETHING ON THE AIR, BECAUSE THEY DISCONNECTED THE SWITCHING EQUIPMENT…IF THERE WAS LIKE A WEATHER EMERGENCY, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, WE COULD NOT PUT A CRAWL ACROSS THE SCREEN. IT WAS QUITE UNNERVING, ACTUALLY, THAT WE WERE LOSING THAT KIND OF LOCAL CAPABILITY.” “[I THINK] IT WAS IN 2013…WHERE EVERYONE BUT ME WAS LET GO, AND THEY COULD RE-APPLY FOR THEIR JOB. BASICALLY, IT WAS A WAY OF GETTING AROUND THE UNION. EVERYONE WAS CANNED; THEY GOT A SEVERANCE PACKAGE. IT WAS A PRETTY UNNERVING TIME, AND MORALE REALLY, REALLY HIT A LOW THERE. THEY ASSIGNED AN EDITOR FROM TORONTO, AND ANOTHER FELLOW WHO HAD BEEN BROADCASTING NEWS, THEY WENT…AND THEY WERE GOING TO RE-IMAGINE THE NEWS, AND THEY HAD BIG PLANS TO MAKE THE STATION WHOLLY-NEW, AND A WHOLE NEW WAY OF DOING THINGS, WITH A MINIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE…RESPONSIBILITIES WERE CHANGED; MORE LOAD WAS TAKEN ON, BUT, AS WELL, LESS THINGS WERE GOING TO BE DONE. WE DIDN’T HAVE THE ENGINEER, AND SO THEY HIRED A FELLOW TO BE A VIDEOGRAPHER. HE WOULD SHOOT SOME OF THE NEWS STORIES, BUT HE WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR TWEAKING UP THE CAMERAS, AND IF THERE WAS A PROBLEM, SENDING IT UP TO CALGARY…I THINK WHAT THEY DID WAS THEY MEASURED OUT THE NUMBER OF HOURS, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, WHAT THEY WANTED TO COVER, WHAT THEY WANTED TO DO, AND THEY WENT WITH THAT NUMBER—TWELVE OR FOURTEEN PEOPLE, AND SO, CHANGING THE ROLES, WHOLE NEW JOB DESCRIPTIONS. BUT, AS I SAID TO [MANAGEMENT], ‘YOU KNOW, I THINK YOU OVERLOOKED THE FACT THAT ALL THE PEOPLE HERE, ON THE UNION CONTRACT, GET AT LEAST THREE WEEKS’ VACATION. MEANS YOU’VE GOT TWELVE PEOPLE—THAT’S THIRTY-SIX WEEKS—THAT YOU’VE GOT SOMEBODY AWAY. SO, YOU’RE RUNNING SHORT-STAFFED OVER HALF A YEAR.’ THAT’S PRETTY TOUGH ON PEOPLE, BECAUSE THIS GENERATION THAT’S IN THERE NOW, I DON’T THINK THEY HAVE THE SAME KIND OF ATTITUDE, OR WORK ETHIC. WE WOULD WORK. WELL, MY WIFE COULD ATTEST TO THE HOURS THAT I WOULD PUT IN AT THE STATION. AND, I DIDN’T GET PAID OVERTIME. I GOT A…FEE. THIS STUFF, BETWEEN THE CHANGE OF ATTITUDE, AND THE NEWS CYCLE, AND CUTTING BACK HOW THEY COULD, IT WAS REALLY TOUGH ON PEOPLE. BUT, I WAS THE FIRST ONE TO BE LET GO IN 1996, AND I WAS THE MARKETING RESEARCH AND SALES (WE WERE DOING VIDEO PRODUCTIONS), AND THE FELLOW WHO WAS THE PRODUCTION COORDINATOR, JIM MCNALLY, I BROUGHT ON. HE WAS AN EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHER OUT OF OTTAWA, AND HE HAD, I THINK, ONE OF THE TOUGHEST TIMES BACK IN ’96 (ACTUALLY, MORE SO IN ’98). THEY MADE HIM GENERAL MANAGER OF THE STATION. HIS ENTIRE RESPONSIBILITY OVER, I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY WEEKS AND MONTHS WAS TO CUT THE STAFF DOWN TO, I DON’T KNOW, SIXTEEN PEOPLE. AND, WHEN THAT WAS ACCOMPLISHED, HE WAS LET GO.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE “GOLDEN AGE” OF LETHBRIDGE BROADCAST OR TELEVISION NEWS, DWORNIK SHARED, “TELEVISION HAS ALWAYS BEEN FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE, A VERY EXCITING INDUSTRY BECAUSE THERE’S ALWAYS DEVELOPMENTS, TECHNOLOGY. WHEN YOU THINK THAT BACK IN THE DAY IT WAS IN BLACK AND WHITE, BUT THEY DID LIVE COMMERCIALS AND THAT’S QUITE REMARKABLE TOO, HOW THEY WERE DOING THOSE THINGS. THEY DID A LOT OF PRANKS AND FUN STUFF ON AIR…THE TECHNOLOGY KEPT DEVELOPING. IT LOOKED AS GOOD AS IT COULD GET BACK IN THE DAY, BUT NOW THAT WE ARE UP TO 4K VIDEO…IN MY DAY WE HAD BEEN COLOUR FOR QUITE SOME TIME, BUT WHEN I CAME IN IN ‘76 IT WAS KIND OF THE LAUNCH OF ENG, ELECTRONIC NEWS GATHERING OR EFP, FIELD PRODUCTION. THE EQUIPMENT WAS THREE QUARTER INCH AT THAT TIME, THE CAMERAS WERE BIG AND HEAVY, AND THE TAPE DECK, IT WAS A TWO PIECE UNIT, IT NEEDED A LOT OF LIGHT SO WE CARRIED AROUND ABOUT A THIRTY POUND BOX FULL OF LIGHTING GEAR. TRUCKING THAT FROM ONE END OF THE UNIVERSITY HALL DOWN TO THE OTHER END WHERE THE PRESIDENT WAS.” “FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, I THINK I WAS IN THE “GOLDEN AGE” OF TELEVISION IN LETHBRIDGE HERE, BECAUSE WE DID A LOT OF LOCAL PROGRAMS. WE ACTUALLY HAD A SYNDICATED SPORTS PROGRAM CALLED SKI WEST, AND THAT RAN ON HALF A DOZEN MARKETS—INDEPENDENT MARKETS—TELEVISION STATIONS WITH SELKIRK, AND, ACTUALLY THAT WAS WITH WICK AS WELL TOO. WE DID A LOT OF COMMERCIALS, PROGRAM PRODUCTION AND…I THINK IT WAS AROUND ’88 OR ’90, WE WERE ALREADY TALKING AND WE SAW ADVANTAGES IN WHAT WAS CALLED THEN HIGH-DEFINITION TELEVISION WHICH WAS TEN EIGHTY, BUT IT WAS A LONG WAY BEFORE IT CAME. WE DIDN’T ACTUALLY CONVERT TO DIGITAL TELEVISION IN CANADA UNTIL I THINK IT WAS 2009-2010, AND AS ONE OF OUR ENGINEERS MENTIONED, THAT WAS MOST REMARKABLE TECHNOLOGY-WISE. BECAUSE, WHEN WE STARTED IN BLACK AND WHITE, IT WAS A FOUR BY THREE FORMAT AND THEN THEY ADDED COLOUR, IMAGINATIVE COLOUR IN THE ‘60S. THAT WAS PRETTY SMOOTH BECAUSE YOU COULD, YOU KNOW, YOU ARE BROADCASTING THIS ONE SIGNAL OUT IN COLOUR, BUT IF YOU ONLY HAD A BLACK AND WHITE TV, YOU COULD STILL WATCH IT IN BLACK AND WHITE, AND IF YOU HAD COLOUR ALL THE BETTER. THAT WAS IN THE ERA WHEN CABLE WAS ON ITS UP RISE AND SO IT WENT THROUGH A PRETTY SMOOTH TRANSITION, BUT WHEN WE WENT DIGITAL IT WAS HARD LINE IN THE SAND. YOUR OLD TV SET WOULD NOT BE GETTING NOTHING ON IT. THERE WOULD BE NO SIGNAL COMING IN AT ALL, AND WE HAD TO SWITCH OVER TO EITHER CABLE, WHICH WOULD CONVERT THE DIGITAL SIGNAL INTO THE NTSC SIGNAL FOR YOU, OR ELSE YOU HAD TO GET A BRAND NEW TV THAT’S DIGITAL. IT REALLY DID SPUR THE INDUSTRY, AND IT WAS A HUGE FINANCIAL INVESTMENT. CBC WITH ALL THEIR BROADCAST SATELLITES TO COVER ALL OF CANADA, WAS GIVEN AN EXTRA YEAR TO SWITCH OVER TO DIGITAL. IN THE END THEY SAID, ‘NO WE CAN’T DO IT,’ SO THEY HAD TO ACTUALLY SHUT DOWN THEIR TELEVISION TOWER IN LETHBRIDGE [IN JUNE 2012].” “IN A MARKET LIKE OURS WHERE WE HAVE GOT CABLE THAT WAS OKAY, BUT IN THE RURAL AREAS…SOME [PEOPLE] WERE ALREADY ON SATELLITE, BUT THEN AGAIN, WHEN I WAS IN THE INDUSTRY, THE SATELLITE DISHES WERE HUGE AND WE WERE STILL USING A HUGE ONE…IT WAS MORE THAN 12 FEET, IT WAS HUGE, 20 SOME FEET ACROSS. AGAIN, BACK IN THE ‘80S I REMEMBER OUR PRESIDENT COMING BACK AND TELLING US THAT, ‘YOU KNOW, THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT SATELLITES GOING UP THERE AND THEY’RE GOING TO BE SO POWERFUL YOU COULD USE A SATELLITE DISH NO BIGGER THAN A PIZZA BOX.’…THAT’S WHAT WE’VE GOT NOW REALLY…I THINK IT’S A LOT OF ‘GOLDEN ERAS’ AS YOU WOULD SAY REALLY, BECAUSE NOW WITH DIGITAL IT’S JUST PHENOMENAL, AND IT WENT FROM 1080 UP TO 4K. 8K IS OUT THERE TODAY, BUT I THINK IT WILL BE A LONG TIME BECAUSE IT IS A LOT OF BAND WIDTH FOR PEOPLE…” ON HIS MOTIVATIONS FOR DONATING THE ITEMS TO THE GALT MUSEUM, DWORNIK SHARED, “MY WIFE WHO IS WITH US, SANDRA, SUGGESTED THAT I MIGHT CLEAN UP OUR GARAGE AND OTHER PLACES IN THE HOUSE, BECAUSE I COLLECT A LOT OF STUFF. THE OTHER REASON [I’M DONATING THE ITEMS TO THE GALT MUSEUM] ACTUALLY IS IT MIGHT BE TIME—FROM A HISTORICAL VIEW POINT THAT WHAT IS NOW GLOBAL TELEVISION IS MOVING LOCATION. WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN IN THEIR ORIGINAL SITE…[IN] WHAT IS NOW THE INDUSTRIAL PARK, THEY ARE MOVING OUT OF THERE MID-SEPTEMBER OR SO TO A LOCATION DOWNTOWN AND THEY ARE MOVING INTO WHAT IS NOW THE NEW ROYAL BANK, WHICH USED TO BE THE MARQUIS HOTEL. THEY ARE JUST BUILDING THE STUDIO THERE NOW AND THEY WILL BE JOINING THE RADIO FROM THE PATERSON GROUP IN THAT SAME BUILDING, BUT THEY ARE TOTALLY SEPARATED. ANYWAY, I THOUGHT IT PERHAPS TIMELY AND SOME CONNECTIONS THERE.” “WHEN I RETIRED IT WAS KIND OF A HOLLOW BUILDING AND THERE WAS A LOT OF VIDEO TAPE AROUND, WHICH I CONVINCED THE CURRENT OWNERS OF THE STATION, SHAW MEDIA AT THE TIME…BETWEEN MYSELF AND AN ENGINEER, LARRY LAWDINEY, WE DID CONVINCE THEM THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF HISTORY IN THOSE VIDEO TAPES, WHICH THEY WERE PREPARED TO THROW OUT IN THE DUMPSTER, AND END UP IN OUR LANDFILL. SO, WORKING WITH ANDREW [AT THE GALT ARCHIVES], AND HE HAS GOT—I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY TRUCKLOADS OF THE TAPES NOW.” “SOME OF THESE ARTIFACTS, WHICH I HAVE DISCUSSED WITH YOU BEFORE, I FELT WERE SIGNIFICANT…REPRESENTATIVE OF SOME OF THE HISTORY OF THE STATION. THE STATION PRODUCED SOME VERY REMARKABLE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE GONE ON TO WIDE ACCLAIM ACTUALLY, RIGHT THROUGH THE HISTORY OF THE STATION. INCLUDING PEOPLE LIKE DON SLADE…HE WAS A DISC JOCKEY WHEN I WAS LIVING IN WINNIPEG GROWING UP, AND THEN HE ENDED UP BEING IN EITHER CALGARY OR EDMONTON. THE FAMOUS WEATHER MAN…BILL MATHESON, OF COURSE FROM LETHBRIDGE, WENT TO NEW YORK, AND ENDED UP IN EDMONTON. I HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED IN MY DEPARTMENT THAT HAVE GONE ON TO SOME SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS WELL. ONE IN PARTICULAR, DOUG GOAT, WAS A VIDEO JOURNALIST FOR NBC AND HE WENT OVER TO THESE WAR TORN COUNTRIES—HE WAS A LETHBRIDGE BOY, HIS DAD ACTUALLY MADE SOME EQUIPMENT FOR US FOR OUR TRIPODS…RICK LUCHUCK, WHO WAS IN OUR PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT LEFT, WENT TO REGINA, AND THEN I THINK TORONTO…HE CAME BACK JUST THIS PAST YEAR FOR A REUNION AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGE, FROM WHERE HE GRADUATED IN BROADCASTING. HE IS VICE PRESIDENT OF PROMOTIONS FOR CNN…WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE GO TO SPORTS NETWORK…A LOT OF PEOPLE WENT THROUGH THE STATION, IT WAS A REVOLVING DOOR, BUT I WAS OKAY WITH THAT BECAUSE WE HELPED BUILD THEIR CAPABILITIES, AND THEY WERE VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES AND THE TRAINING THAT WE DID PROVIDE…THE STUFF WE DID WE HAD…A VERY SMALL MOBILE PRODUCTION FACILITY, BUT IT WAS INVOLVED WITH THE OLYMPICS IN ’88, THE TORCH RUN. WE PICKED UP THE TORCH RUN WHEN IT ENTERED ALBERTA IN THE CROWSNEST PASS, BROADCAST THAT LIVE THROUGHOUT ALBERTA. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCE ANDREW AND FERGIE…THEY WERE DOWN FOR…THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF HEAD SMASHED IN BUFFALO JUMP.” “THE STATION WON A [NATIONAL] AWARD…[THE] FOUNDERS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR A DOCUMENTARY WE PRODUCED [CALLED ‘WE WON’T LET HIM DIE’], AND I WAS THE PHOTOGRAPHER ON THAT AND SHOT…IT WAS ACTUALLY THIRTY YEARS AGO THAT THIS YOUNG FELLOW, TOMMY JONES, WAS WORKING AT A CHURCH CAMP IN WATERTON AND WENT HIKING WITH SOME FRIENDS IN A MOUNTAIN AND FELL AND HAD A SERIOUS BRAIN INJURY. TWO YEARS LATER—THEY DIDN’T EXPECT HIM TO LIVE…WE DOCUMENTED THAT WHOLE STORY AND RECREATED THE SCENES IN THE DOCUDRAMA…THESE THINGS REMIND ME OF ANOTHER ARTIST CORNY MARTENS, BRONZE ARTIST, WAS OUR STUDIO DIRECTOR, AND SOME OF THE STUFF THEY USED TO DO, BACK IN THE DAYS OF BLACK AND WHITE, THEY DID COMMERCIALS—THEY PAINTED THE FLOOR OF THE STUDIO TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A SWIMMING POOL, AND THEY HAD A FASHION SHOW WITH SWIMSUITS…THAT’S KIND OF WHAT PROMPTED ME [TO DONATE THE ITEMS], AND THAT’S THE CONNECTION TO THESE ITEMS.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND ARTICLES ON THE GLOBAL NEWS STATION BEING DISMANTLED, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20190022001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20190022007
Acquisition Date
2019-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, SPANDEX, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20170007005
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2015
Materials
NYLON, SPANDEX, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Length
23
Width
8.5
Description
PAIR OF WHITE, REFLECTIVE GLOVES WITH WHITE AND OPAQUE PLASTIC BEADING ON WRISTS; BEADING FORMS FLOWER PATTERNS WITH BEADED LOOP AND TWO BEADED STRANDS FROM CENTER. TAG INSIDE LEFT HAND GLOVE READS “87.30% NYLON, 12.70% SPANDEX, MADE IN TAIWAN”. FINGERTIPS ON RIGHT HAND GLOVE STAINED RED; BEADING ON BOTH GLOVES IS STAINED RED-BROWN UNDERNEATH. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED WILMA WOOD, DAUGHTER OF DOROTHY TAYLOR, ABOUT HER DONATION OF TAYLOR’S ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE REGALIA. THE REGALIA REPRESENTED TAYLOR’S 50-YEAR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE FROM BRANDON, MANITOBA TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. MACLEAN ADDITIONALLY INTERVIEWED ANN MARIE MCDONALD OF THE LETHBRIDGE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE ON JUNE 6, 2017. ON THE GLOVES, MCDONALD ELABORATED, “WE ALWAYS WORE WHITE GLOVES FOR FUNERALS, FOR WHEN OUR SUPREME CAME. IF OUR SUPREME CAME, WE ALWAYS HAD OUR DRILL TEAM…THEY WORE LONG SKIRTS, BUT THEY DIDN’T WEAR JACKETS. IF YOU WERE HONORABLE ROYAL LADY, AND YOU HAD SOMEBODY IMPORTANT COME TO VISIT YOU, YOU WORE WHITES, WHICH MEANT WHITE GLOVES. IF YOU GO TO A FUNERAL, AND YOU DRESS IN ROYAL PURPLE, YOU’D BETTER BRING YOUR WHITE GLOVES, OR PUT YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS.” WILMA WOOD DISCUSSED HER MOTHER’S TIME IN THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE, STATING, “SHE CONSIDERS [THESE OBJECTS IN ACTIVE USE]. SHE IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO VALUES THAT SOCIETY. IT HELPED HER A NUMBER OF TIMES. AS YOU GROW OLDER, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU DISCOVER THAT YOUR BRAIN ISN’T AS ACTIVE AS IT SHOULD BE AND THE MEMORY IS GOING. SHE WOULD PUT HERSELF INTO POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDING BEING PRESIDENT, THREE OR FOUR TIMES. SHE HAD TO BE AN ORGANIZER, SHE HAD TO GET HER BRAIN AND KEEP HER BRAIN FUNCTIONING, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS VERY ADMIRABLE FOR A WOMAN HER AGE BECAUSE…SHE WAS IN HER EIGHTIES. SHE RECEIVED HER 50 YEAR PIN, I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO OR THREE.” “SHE JOINED [THE ORDER OF ROYAL PURPLE] IN BRANDON, MANITOBA WHERE [MY PARENTS] WERE LIVING AT THE TIME, AND MY DAD RETIRED THERE. THEY MOVED HERE TO LETHBRIDGE BECAUSE MY BROTHER LIVED HERE, AND MY UNCLE ART GOOD…HE LIVED HERE AND THEY WANTED TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND MY DAD DIED SHORTLY AFTER THAT.” “[SHE JOINED] BECAUSE OF HER FRIENDS. SHE HAD A FRIENDSHIP GROUP AND THEY BELONGED. THEY RECRUITED HER.” “WHEN SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE, SHE WAS A MAJOR RECRUITER. SHE WENT OUT AND FOUND YOUNG WOMEN BUT THEY FELL BY THE WAYSIDE BECAUSE OF LIFE. SHE WAS CERTAINLY VERY ACTIVE IN THEIR PROJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WAS FINDING FINANCES TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE. WHATEVER THEY WERE [DOING], SHE WAS INTO IT FULL TILT BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF PERSON SHE IS…WHATEVER SHE DOES IS FULL BLAST, FULL BORE. SHE NEVER TOLD ME ANY DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCIETY BECAUSE IT’S ONE OF THOSE SECRET SISTERHOODS. SHE WAS ALWAYS VERY PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF IT.” “THIS [CHAPTER] DID A LOT OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT…SHE TRAVELED WITH THEM BECAUSE IT WAS A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION, SO THEY HAD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS ALL OVER CANADA. SHE CAME OUT TO VANCOUVER TO A MEETING AND I WENT OVER TO VANCOUVER TO MEET HER AND SAY “HOWDY”. SHE WENT OUT TO THE PREMIER’S, AT THAT TIME WAS VANDER ZALM, AND HE HAD THE BIG GARDENS OUT NEAR STEVESTON. SHE WENT OUT THERE AND SHE MET HIM.” “A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS TIME, THAT’S WHEN [THE ORDER WAS] FOLDING. THE ALBERTA CLUBS WERE ALL IMPLODING, AND I THINK THERE’S ONLY ONE LEFT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. IT WAS THE ISSUE THAT THEY WERE ALL OLD PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THESE KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS ANY LONGER…[THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE] I THINK WE HAVE MORE LEGAL SUPPORT. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITIES HAVE SET UP ASSISTANCE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABUSED, THERE’S DRUG ASSISTANCE. THERE IS MUCH MORE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE. IN THE EARLY DAYS ON THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, WHO MIGHT BE TWENTY MILES AWAY, YOU WERE IN DEEP DOO-DOO IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM. THAT’S WHAT THESE SOCIETIES CAME OUT OF WAS THAT NEED. THE NEED PRETTY WELL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, I THINK. THERE ARE STILL CLUBS BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLUBS NOW.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION FOR DONATING HER MOTHER’S REGALIA TO THE MUSEUM, WOOD NOTED, “MY MOTHER HAS TURNED 99 YEARS OLD IN JANUARY. SHE HAS DEMENTIA AND SO WE’VE HAD TO MOVE HER FROM HER SENIOR’S LODGE ROOM INTO A MORE SECURE ROOM. CONSEQUENTLY THE LAST OF THE THINGS THAT SHE TREASURED OR VALUED MUST BE DISPERSED. MY BROTHER AND I DECIDED THAT, SINCE THE ELKS AND THE ROYAL PURPLE MEANT SO MUCH TO HER, THAT [THESE WERE] THE [OBJECTS] WE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE MUSEUM. IT DEPICTS A PERIOD OF TIME WHEN THE WOMEN USED THESE ASSOCIATIONS AS A SUPPORT GROUP FOR THEMSELVES. IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THESE SECRET SOCIETIES, WHEN IN FACT THEY WERE SISTERHOODS. THEY WERE MEANT MAINLY FOR THEM TO HAVE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SINCE THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BASICALLY COLLAPSED, I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE MUSEUM SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE IT DOES SHOW THAT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170007001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170007005
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
"RED DAWN"
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER, INK
Catalogue Number
P20180029001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"RED DAWN"
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
PAPER, INK
No. Pieces
1
Length
104
Width
68.8
Description
POSTER WITH IMAGE ON FRONT OF PURPLE AND BLUE SKY WITH SUNRISE AND PARATROOPERS DESCENDING OVER TOWN SURROUNDED BY MOUNTAINS AT BOTTOM EDGE. POSTER HAS WHITE BORDERS; POSTER HAS WHITE TEXT PRINTED ON IMAGE “IN OUR TIME NO FOREIGN ARMY HAS EVER OCCUPIED AMERICAN SOIL. UNTIL NOW” AND RED PRINTED TEXT BELOW WITH RUSSIAN SYLLABICS OVER “RED DAWN”; POSTER HAS WHITE CREDITS ALONG BOTTOM EDGE, “A VALKYRIE FILM A SIDNEY BECKERMAN PRODUCTION RED DAWN…” WITH LISTING OF CAST AND CREW MEMBERS. LOWER LEFT CORNER OF IMAGE HAS TEXT WARNING “PG-13, PARENTS ARE STRONGLY CAUTIONED TO GIVE SPECIAL GUIDANCE FOR ATTENDANCE OF CHILDREN UNDER 13, SOME MATERIAL MAY BE INAPPROPRIATE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN”, AND TEXT BESIDE “[COPYRIgHT SYMBOL” 1984 UNITED ARTISTS CORPORATION”; LOWER RIGHT CORNER OF IMAGE HAS LOGO “METRO GOLDWYN MAYER UNITED ARTISTS, DIAMOND JUBILEE, SIXTY YEARS OF GREAT ENTERTAINMENT”; POSTER HAS TEXT ALONG LOWER BORDER “PROPERTY OF NATIONAL SCREEN CORPORATION LICENSED FOR USE ONLY IN CONNECTION WITH THE EXHIBITION OF THIS PICTURE AT THE THEATRE LICENSING THIS MATERIAL. LICENSEE AGREES NOT TO TRADE, SELL OR GIVE IT AWAY, OR PERMIT OTHERS TO USE IT, NOR SHALL LICENSEE BE ENTITLED TO ANY CREDIT UPON RETURN OF THIS MATERIAL. THIS MATERIAL EITHER MUST BE RETURNED OR DESTROYED IMMEDIATELY AFTER USE. LITHO. IN U.S.A., RED DAWN 840077”. BACK OF POSTER HAS HANDWRITTEN TEXT IN RED INK IN LOWER LEFT CORNER “KEVIN MCLEAN $2.00” AND HANDWRITTEN TEXT IN BLUE INK “RED DAWN”. POSTER HAS TEARS AT RIGHT AND LEFT EDGES, AND LOWER EDGE; FRONT IS CREASED; BACK OF CORNERS HAS LOSS FROM REMOVAL OF ADHESIVES. OVERALL GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
ADVERTISING MEDIUM
Historical Association
BUSINESS
LEISURE
History
ON DECEMBER 21, 2018, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT INTERVIEWED KEVIN MACLEAN REAGARDING HIS DONATION OF PERSONAL OBJECTS. THE OBJECTS DONATED BY MACLEAN REFLECTED HIS LIFE AND IDENTITY THROUGH HIS TIME IN LETHBRIDGE. ON THE “RED DAWN” FILM POSTER, MACLEAN ELABORATED, “THE POSTER [WAS] UP [IN MY ROOM].” “[IN] THE 1980S, AS A KID, AND I DON’T KNOW IF IT WAS JUST ME ‘CAUSE I WAS A NEWS JUNKIE, THE COLD WAR WAS A BIG DEAL IN THE EARLY ‘80S. THERE WERE SHOWS ON TV THAT WERE SCARING THE CRAP OUT OF ME. THERE WAS ONE CALLED "THE DAY AFTER" AND THAT WAS IN ’83. THEN IN 1984 THIS MOVIE COMES OUT WHICH IS CALLED RED DAWN WHICH IS, AGAIN, ABOUT RUSSIAN COMMUNIST INVASIONS OF NORTH AMERICA. IT’S A SMALL TOWN THAT ALL THESE TROOPS DROP INTO. TO SAY THE LEAST, I WAS SEMI-OBSESSED WITH THE SUBJECT MATTER.” “IF YOU WATCHED "THE DAY AFTER"…ON ONE HAND, THAT KIND OF SUBJECT MATTER CAN FEEL FOREIGN AND ABSTRACT AND NOT RELEVANT. BUT, IF AT THE SAME TIME YOU’RE A KID, AND YOUR PARENTS ARE WATCHING THE NEWS EVERY NIGHT, AND YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN WHAT’S GOING ON—A LOT OF KIDS DON’T CARE BUT FOR SOME REASON, I WAS VERY INTERESTED. THEN YOU THOUGHT, “NO, THIS IS A VERY REAL PROSPECT. THIS COULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN.” I WAS TERRIFIED ABOUT IT. BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, I WAS ALSO ATTRACTED TO IT, LIKE A FLAME. IT WAS…ROCKETS…I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS BUT I WAS ACTIVELY INTERESTED IN [THEM]. THEN AT SOME POINT, THAT PIVOTED, WHICH IS WHEN I KNOW I WAS LOOKING AT THE SOLDIER OF FORTUNE MAGAZINES AND THEN I STARTED BUYING COMIC BOOKS…WORLD WAR TWO COMIC BOOKS.” “WE DIDN’T HAVE MUCH TV OUT IN PICTURE BUTTE. [OTHER PEOPLE] PROBABLY HAD LOTS OF CHANNELS IN LETHBRIDGE. ONE CHANNEL WE DID HAVE—I THINK WE ONLY HAD THREE—WAS CBC. I REMEMBER [MY PARENTS] WATCHING THE NATIONAL. I THINK [THERE] WAS [A SHOW] CALLED THE JOURNAL WITH BARBARA FRUM [THAT MY PARENTS] WOULD WATCH AT TEN O’CLOCK EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. I WOULD SNEAK OUT OF MY ROOM AND HIDE BEHIND THE COUCH, AND [THE COLD WAR IS] ON THE NEWS EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.” “IN TERMS OF [THE COLD WAR] MANIFESTING ITSELF LOCALLY…I THINK TRUDEAU’S IN POWER, AND THERE’S A WHOLE DEBATE ABOUT CANADA HAVING NUKES IN THIS COUNTRY. ULTIMATELY, IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. BUT, THE U.S. WAS TESTING CRUISE MISSILES IN ALBERTA, AND NOT FAR FROM MY FRIEND’S HOUSE OUT NEAR PICTURE BUTTE, WHEN THE TALK OF A CRUISE MISSILE BEING TESTED IN ALBERTA WAS IN THE NEWS, ACTIVELY, PEOPLE WERE UNHAPPY AND PROTESTING. A BUNCH OF TRACTOR TRAILERS PULLED UP ON THE TOP OF A HILL, TWO MILES AWAY FROM [MY FRIEND’S] HOUSE, WITH U.S. LICENSE PLATES. OTHERWISE, THEY WERE TOTALLY UNMARKED. THEY BUILT THIS RADAR INSTALLATION UP ON THE TOP OF THE HILL, WHERE IT REMAINED…FOR THREE DAYS OR [SO]…AND THEN IT ALL DISAPPEARED.” “I CAN’T SAY THAT I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT IT WAS RELATED TO CRUISE MISSILE TESTING.” “GENERALLY TO SAY…WITH THESE [OBJECTS] I CAN DRAW A BIT OF A LINE FROM MY HAVING POSSESSED THEM ALL THE WAY, IN SOME FORM…THEY WOULD HAVE HAD AN IMPACT ON [MY] IDENTITY AND WHO I THINK I AM TODAY. I DON’T VALUE THEM BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE UTILITY AND THEY DON’T HAVE PRACTICAL VALUE. I DON’T LOOK AT THEM ALL THE TIME, BUT I KNOW THAT THEY HAVE SOME IMPORTANCE LIFE-WISE.” “IN SCHOOL, THERE WAS A GAME THAT WE WERE PLAYING. THIS IS AT A TIME WHEN THERE’S ONE COMPUTER FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL. IT WAS AN APPLE…AND IT WAS A WW2-BASED GAME. MY INTEREST, INITIALLY, WAS IN CONTEMPORARY-TYPE STUFF. THEN WE’RE PLAYING THIS GAME WHICH I’M NOT REALLY–IT’S ABSTRACT TO ME. WE’RE JUST PLAYING THIS GAME AND THEN, BECAUSE I’M INTO THIS, I’M BUYING MAGAZINES CALLED SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, AND I CAN REMEMBER FLIPPING THROUGH THE PAGES OF [THE] PROXY WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. [THE RUSSIANS] HAD GONE INTO AFGHANISTAN, AND I SAW A WW2 PICTURE AND I CONNECTED IT TO THIS GAME AND I [THOUGHT], “OH, THIS IS A REAL THING.” THEN, ALL OF A SUDDEN, THIS CONTEMPORARY STUFF IS OF LESSER INTEREST AND THEN IT BECOMES MORE SECOND WORLD WAR INTEREST AFTER THAT.” “MAYBE I STILL AM [THAT PERSON] TODAY A BIT…IN DIFFERENT RESPECTS. [THE OBJECTS] TAKE UP SOME SPACE BUT I COULDN’T LET THEM GO BECAUSE THEY’RE SYMBOLS, IN A WAY. THEY’RE ONLY THAT BECAUSE OF WHAT IS IN MY HEAD, SO I THOUGHT AT SOME POINT IT WAS GOOD TO [DONATE THEM]…IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MAYBE EASIER TO LET SOME OF THIS STUFF GO.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, BRANDON SUN, MEDICINE HAT NEWS, AND THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180029001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180029001
Acquisition Date
2018-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
STRAIGHT TIE, CLIP-ON
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20140008002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STRAIGHT TIE, CLIP-ON
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Materials
POLYESTER, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.75
Length
37
Width
6
Description
DARK BLUE POLYESTER STRAIGHT TIE WITH METAL CLIP AT BACK OF KNOT. BOTTOM END IS FOLDED INTO A POINT. VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS TIE WAS WORN BY THE DONOR, RET. CONSTABLE PAULETTE DECOSTE, AS PART OF HER DAILY SERVICE UNIFORM DURING HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE AND DARCIE JAMES WERE BOTH GRADUATES OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AT LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WERE HIRED IN DECEMBER 1980 AS THE CITY’S FIRST TWO POLICEWOMEN. ON MARCH 19, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED DECOSTE ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE SAID: “I WAS 25 WHEN I GOT HIRED ON [WITH THE POLICE SERVICE]. IT WAS ALL FOREIGN TO ME, THE LANGUAGE WE USED. . . WHAT PROTOCOLS WERE. . . RESPECT FOR RANK… WHAT YOU WERE FACED WITH ON THE STREET … WE DID DISPATCHING AND WALKED THE BEAT. WE [GOT] MEALS FOR PRISONERS [AND] ANSWERED CALLS TO SERVICE… IT WAS NEW TO THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE FEMALE OFFICERS, AND BEING LOOKED AT IN THE SAME LIGHT AS A MALE OFFICER… DIDN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. SO THAT WAS CHALLENGING… AND THAT WAS OUTSIDE AND THEN SOMETIMES INSIDE. NOT EVERYBODY WAS PRO ‘WOMEN FOR POLICING’ AT ALL, AND THAT CHALLENGE WAS HARDER THAN THE ONE ON THE STREET.” DECOSTE CONTINUED: “[DARCIE JAMES AND I] WERE KIND OF LIKE FIXTURES, WE WERE GOING TO BE THERE, AND WE WEREN’T GOING AWAY… SOME OF THE MEMBERS, STILL TO THIS DAY, DON’T LIKE FEMALES IN THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND THAT’S PROBABLY NORMAL IN A LOT OF CASES… WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S UNIFORMS OF COURSE, AND THEN DARCIE AND I DID GET FLOWN TO CALGARY TO BE SIZED BY THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE. I THINK WE ONLY GOT TWO PAIRS OF PANTS, A SKIRT, AND A TUNIC. SO WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S PANTS [AND] TAKE THEM TO THE SEAMSTRESS … THE ONLY THING THE MEN DIDN’T HAVE WAS THE SKIRT, AND WE NEVER REALLY WORE THOSE… WE WERE ALSO ISSUED A PURSE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY BECAUSE WE NEVER CARRIED A PURSE, I MEAN, WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO PUT IN IT?... WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANGE ROOM TO BEGIN WITH; IT WAS A BATHROOM THAT WE HAD TO SHARE… BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS COULD HAVE CARED LESS THAT WE WERE THERE OR NOT… SO, I’D COME TO WORK IN MY UNIFORM, BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO CHANGE IN THE HALLWAY, OR THE BATHROOM, IF SOMEONE WAS IN THERE.” DECOSTE CONCLUDED: “[I WAS ON THE FORCE] 25 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS AND 16 DAYS… THE WAY HAS BEEN PAVED IN MANY ASPECTS, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS LONG AS THE PERSON IS QUALIFIED, THEN GENDER SHOULD NOT MATTER AT ALL AND THEY SHOULDN’T LOWER STANDARDS OR RAISE THEM – JUST TREAT EVERYBODY FAIRLY… WE’RE HERE, AND WE’RE HERE TO STAY, AND WE CAN DO THE JOB. I WAS NEVER TREATED WITH KID GLOVES OR HAD ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT AT ALL, NEVER, THROUGHOUT MY CAREER… YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT.” ON MARCH 5, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED STAFF SERGEANT DARCIE JAMES ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JAMES’ DONATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO GALT ARCHIVES. JAMES SAID: “AFTER GOING THROUGH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, I WAS VERY INTRIGUED, AND THEN I KNEW WHAT MY PASSION WAS… [WHEN I WAS HIRED TO THE FORCE] THEY GAVE US A TRAINING BOOK, AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE NUMEROUS PORTIONS OF THE BOOK, SO THEY ASSIGNED YOU TO A TRAINER [AND] YOU WERE WITH THIS TRAINER FOR 3-6 MONTHS AND THEN YOU HAD TO ACHIEVE. [THE INSTRUCTORS] WERE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE… DAVE HASTIE [MY TRAINER] CHALLENGED ME THE WHOLE TIME. FOR 3 MONTHS I WOULD GO HOME AND I WOULD SAY ‘IS THIS FOR ME’? THEN WE FORMED A FRIENDSHIP [AND] I WAS VERY FORTUNATE… PAULETTE AND I WERE THE ONLY WOMEN FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, SO WE SORT OF SET THE STANDARD AT THAT TIME AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE… THEN THEY STARTED BRINGING ON MORE FEMALE MEMBERS… WE HAD TO WORK A BIT HARDER TO GET NOTICED [AND] IF A FEMALE MEMBER MESSED UP, THEY WOULD REFER TO IT AS ‘OK, WELL ALL WOMEN ARE GOING TO BE THAT WAY’. PAULETTE AND I RECOGNIZED THAT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING, SO WE WERE EACH OTHER’S SUPPORT BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE… THERE’S STILL THAT OLD STIGMA THAT MAYBE WE’RE IN A MAN’S ROLE AND WE’RE NOT [AS] SUCCESSFUL IN IT… IT’S CHANGED A LOT BUT THAT PERCEPTION IS STILL THERE. BUT WE’VE PROVEN [OURSELVES] OVER TIME.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW, AND COPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES, AND INTERNAL MEMORANDI ON DECOSTE AND JAMES.
Catalogue Number
P20140008002
Acquisition Date
2014-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TIE CLIP, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NICKEL, ENAMEL
Catalogue Number
P20140008003
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TIE CLIP, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Materials
NICKEL, ENAMEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.5
Length
6.5
Width
1.75
Description
FLAT BAND OF NICKEL WITH SPRING CLIP MECHANISM AT BACK. CENTRE OF BAND HAS CREST WITH BLUE ENAMEL DEPICTING CROWN, RIBBONS, AND TEXT READING “CITY OF LETHBRIDGE – POLICE LETHBRIDGE”. RUST ON SPRING OF CLIP; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS TIE CLIP WAS WORN BY THE DONOR, RET. CONSTABLE PAULETTE DECOSTE, AS PART OF HER DAILY SERVICE UNIFORM DURING HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE AND DARCIE JAMES WERE BOTH GRADUATES OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AT LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WERE HIRED IN DECEMBER 1980 AS THE CITY’S FIRST TWO POLICEWOMEN. ON MARCH 19, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED DECOSTE ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE SAID: “I WAS 25 WHEN I GOT HIRED ON [WITH THE POLICE SERVICE]. IT WAS ALL FOREIGN TO ME, THE LANGUAGE WE USED. . . WHAT PROTOCOLS WERE. . . RESPECT FOR RANK… WHAT YOU WERE FACED WITH ON THE STREET … WE DID DISPATCHING AND WALKED THE BEAT. WE [GOT] MEALS FOR PRISONERS [AND] ANSWERED CALLS TO SERVICE… IT WAS NEW TO THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE FEMALE OFFICERS, AND BEING LOOKED AT IN THE SAME LIGHT AS A MALE OFFICER… DIDN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. SO THAT WAS CHALLENGING… AND THAT WAS OUTSIDE AND THEN SOMETIMES INSIDE. NOT EVERYBODY WAS PRO ‘WOMEN FOR POLICING’ AT ALL, AND THAT CHALLENGE WAS HARDER THAN THE ONE ON THE STREET.” DECOSTE CONTINUED: “[DARCIE JAMES AND I] WERE KIND OF LIKE FIXTURES, WE WERE GOING TO BE THERE, AND WE WEREN’T GOING AWAY… SOME OF THE MEMBERS, STILL TO THIS DAY, DON’T LIKE FEMALES IN THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND THAT’S PROBABLY NORMAL IN A LOT OF CASES… WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S UNIFORMS OF COURSE, AND THEN DARCIE AND I DID GET FLOWN TO CALGARY TO BE SIZED BY THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE. I THINK WE ONLY GOT TWO PAIRS OF PANTS, A SKIRT, AND A TUNIC. SO WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S PANTS [AND] TAKE THEM TO THE SEAMSTRESS … THE ONLY THING THE MEN DIDN’T HAVE WAS THE SKIRT, AND WE NEVER REALLY WORE THOSE… WE WERE ALSO ISSUED A PURSE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY BECAUSE WE NEVER CARRIED A PURSE, I MEAN, WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO PUT IN IT?... WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANGE ROOM TO BEGIN WITH; IT WAS A BATHROOM THAT WE HAD TO SHARE… BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS COULD HAVE CARED LESS THAT WE WERE THERE OR NOT… SO, I’D COME TO WORK IN MY UNIFORM, BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO CHANGE IN THE HALLWAY, OR THE BATHROOM, IF SOMEONE WAS IN THERE.” DECOSTE CONCLUDED: “[I WAS ON THE FORCE] 25 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS AND 16 DAYS… THE WAY HAS BEEN PAVED IN MANY ASPECTS, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS LONG AS THE PERSON IS QUALIFIED, THEN GENDER SHOULD NOT MATTER AT ALL AND THEY SHOULDN’T LOWER STANDARDS OR RAISE THEM – JUST TREAT EVERYBODY FAIRLY… WE’RE HERE, AND WE’RE HERE TO STAY, AND WE CAN DO THE JOB. I WAS NEVER TREATED WITH KID GLOVES OR HAD ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT AT ALL, NEVER, THROUGHOUT MY CAREER… YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT.” ON MARCH 5, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED STAFF SERGEANT DARCIE JAMES ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JAMES’ DONATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO GALT ARCHIVES. JAMES SAID: “AFTER GOING THROUGH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, I WAS VERY INTRIGUED, AND THEN I KNEW WHAT MY PASSION WAS… [WHEN I WAS HIRED TO THE FORCE] THEY GAVE US A TRAINING BOOK, AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE NUMEROUS PORTIONS OF THE BOOK, SO THEY ASSIGNED YOU TO A TRAINER [AND] YOU WERE WITH THIS TRAINER FOR 3-6 MONTHS AND THEN YOU HAD TO ACHIEVE. [THE INSTRUCTORS] WERE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE… DAVE HASTIE [MY TRAINER] CHALLENGED ME THE WHOLE TIME. FOR 3 MONTHS I WOULD GO HOME AND I WOULD SAY ‘IS THIS FOR ME’? THEN WE FORMED A FRIENDSHIP [AND] I WAS VERY FORTUNATE… PAULETTE AND I WERE THE ONLY WOMEN FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, SO WE SORT OF SET THE STANDARD AT THAT TIME AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE… THEN THEY STARTED BRINGING ON MORE FEMALE MEMBERS… WE HAD TO WORK A BIT HARDER TO GET NOTICED [AND] IF A FEMALE MEMBER MESSED UP, THEY WOULD REFER TO IT AS ‘OK, WELL ALL WOMEN ARE GOING TO BE THAT WAY’. PAULETTE AND I RECOGNIZED THAT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING, SO WE WERE EACH OTHER’S SUPPORT BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE… THERE’S STILL THAT OLD STIGMA THAT MAYBE WE’RE IN A MAN’S ROLE AND WE’RE NOT [AS] SUCCESSFUL IN IT… IT’S CHANGED A LOT BUT THAT PERCEPTION IS STILL THERE. BUT WE’VE PROVEN [OURSELVES] OVER TIME.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW, AND COPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES, AND INTERNAL MEMORANDI ON DECOSTE AND JAMES.
Catalogue Number
P20140008003
Acquisition Date
2014-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BELT, DRESS UNIFORM
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FELT, NICKEL
Catalogue Number
P20140008004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BELT, DRESS UNIFORM
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Materials
FELT, NICKEL
No. Pieces
3
Height
1.75
Length
87.5
Width
5.5
Description
BAND OF RED FELT WITH NICKEL BUCKLE AND CLASP AT OPPOSITE ENDS. BAND IS THREADED THROUGH SLITS IN BUCKLE AND CLASP AND FASTENED WITH STRIPS OF RED VELCRO. MINOR SCRATCHES ON BUCKLE. VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS BELT WAS WORN BY THE DONOR, RET. CONSTABLE PAULETTE DECOSTE, AS PART OF HER DRESS UNIFORM DURING HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE AND DARCIE JAMES WERE BOTH GRADUATES OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AT LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WERE HIRED IN DECEMBER 1980 AS THE CITY’S FIRST TWO POLICEWOMEN. ON MARCH 19, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED DECOSTE ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE SAID: “I WAS 25 WHEN I GOT HIRED ON [WITH THE POLICE SERVICE]. IT WAS ALL FOREIGN TO ME, THE LANGUAGE WE USED. . . WHAT PROTOCOLS WERE. . . RESPECT FOR RANK… WHAT YOU WERE FACED WITH ON THE STREET … WE DID DISPATCHING AND WALKED THE BEAT. WE [GOT] MEALS FOR PRISONERS [AND] ANSWERED CALLS TO SERVICE… IT WAS NEW TO THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE FEMALE OFFICERS, AND BEING LOOKED AT IN THE SAME LIGHT AS A MALE OFFICER… DIDN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. SO THAT WAS CHALLENGING… AND THAT WAS OUTSIDE AND THEN SOMETIMES INSIDE. NOT EVERYBODY WAS PRO ‘WOMEN FOR POLICING’ AT ALL, AND THAT CHALLENGE WAS HARDER THAN THE ONE ON THE STREET.” DECOSTE CONTINUED: “[DARCIE JAMES AND I] WERE KIND OF LIKE FIXTURES, WE WERE GOING TO BE THERE, AND WE WEREN’T GOING AWAY… SOME OF THE MEMBERS, STILL TO THIS DAY, DON’T LIKE FEMALES IN THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND THAT’S PROBABLY NORMAL IN A LOT OF CASES… WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S UNIFORMS OF COURSE, AND THEN DARCIE AND I DID GET FLOWN TO CALGARY TO BE SIZED BY THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE. I THINK WE ONLY GOT TWO PAIRS OF PANTS, A SKIRT, AND A TUNIC. SO WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S PANTS [AND] TAKE THEM TO THE SEAMSTRESS … THE ONLY THING THE MEN DIDN’T HAVE WAS THE SKIRT, AND WE NEVER REALLY WORE THOSE… WE WERE ALSO ISSUED A PURSE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY BECAUSE WE NEVER CARRIED A PURSE, I MEAN, WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO PUT IN IT?... WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANGE ROOM TO BEGIN WITH; IT WAS A BATHROOM THAT WE HAD TO SHARE… BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS COULD HAVE CARED LESS THAT WE WERE THERE OR NOT… SO, I’D COME TO WORK IN MY UNIFORM, BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO CHANGE IN THE HALLWAY, OR THE BATHROOM, IF SOMEONE WAS IN THERE.” DECOSTE CONCLUDED: “[I WAS ON THE FORCE] 25 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS AND 16 DAYS… THE WAY HAS BEEN PAVED IN MANY ASPECTS, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS LONG AS THE PERSON IS QUALIFIED, THEN GENDER SHOULD NOT MATTER AT ALL AND THEY SHOULDN’T LOWER STANDARDS OR RAISE THEM – JUST TREAT EVERYBODY FAIRLY… WE’RE HERE, AND WE’RE HERE TO STAY, AND WE CAN DO THE JOB. I WAS NEVER TREATED WITH KID GLOVES OR HAD ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT AT ALL, NEVER, THROUGHOUT MY CAREER… YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT.” ON MARCH 5, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED STAFF SERGEANT DARCIE JAMES ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JAMES’ DONATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO GALT ARCHIVES. JAMES SAID: “AFTER GOING THROUGH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, I WAS VERY INTRIGUED, AND THEN I KNEW WHAT MY PASSION WAS… [WHEN I WAS HIRED TO THE FORCE] THEY GAVE US A TRAINING BOOK, AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE NUMEROUS PORTIONS OF THE BOOK, SO THEY ASSIGNED YOU TO A TRAINER [AND] YOU WERE WITH THIS TRAINER FOR 3-6 MONTHS AND THEN YOU HAD TO ACHIEVE. [THE INSTRUCTORS] WERE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE… DAVE HASTIE [MY TRAINER] CHALLENGED ME THE WHOLE TIME. FOR 3 MONTHS I WOULD GO HOME AND I WOULD SAY ‘IS THIS FOR ME’? THEN WE FORMED A FRIENDSHIP [AND] I WAS VERY FORTUNATE… PAULETTE AND I WERE THE ONLY WOMEN FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, SO WE SORT OF SET THE STANDARD AT THAT TIME AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE… THEN THEY STARTED BRINGING ON MORE FEMALE MEMBERS… WE HAD TO WORK A BIT HARDER TO GET NOTICED [AND] IF A FEMALE MEMBER MESSED UP, THEY WOULD REFER TO IT AS ‘OK, WELL ALL WOMEN ARE GOING TO BE THAT WAY’. PAULETTE AND I RECOGNIZED THAT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING, SO WE WERE EACH OTHER’S SUPPORT BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE… THERE’S STILL THAT OLD STIGMA THAT MAYBE WE’RE IN A MAN’S ROLE AND WE’RE NOT [AS] SUCCESSFUL IN IT… IT’S CHANGED A LOT BUT THAT PERCEPTION IS STILL THERE. BUT WE’VE PROVEN [OURSELVES] OVER TIME.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW, AND COPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES, AND INTERNAL MEMORANDI ON DECOSTE AND JAMES.
Catalogue Number
P20140008004
Acquisition Date
2014-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
"LETHBRIDGE, SERVICE IS FIRST"
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1997
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P20110020008
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"LETHBRIDGE, SERVICE IS FIRST"
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1997
Materials
BRASS, PAINT
No. Pieces
2
Height
1.9
Length
1.4
Width
1.1
Description
1) OVAL SHAPED BRASS PIN WITH BANNER AT TOP AND BOTTOM. TEXT IN BANNERS READ, “LETHBRIDGE, SERVICE IS FIRST.” CENTER HAS LOGO WITH CREAM COLOURED ENAMEL PAINT DEPICTING A LEAF AND CIRCLE. REVERSE HAS EMBOSSED, “AT.” 2) BRASS BUTTERFLY CLUTCH FASTENER AT BACK.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR JEAN JOHNSTONE IN 2011, “I WAS GIVEN THIS PIN BY THE CITY MANAGER, BOB BARTLETT, FOR PROVIDING EXCELLENT SERVICE WHILE WORKING IN THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE. I JOINED THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE IN 1981 [AND REMAINED THERE UNTIL 1997].” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20110020008
Acquisition Date
2011-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
"ALBERTA URBAN MUNICIPALITIES"
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1997
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P20120018003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"ALBERTA URBAN MUNICIPALITIES"
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1997
Materials
BRASS, PAINT
No. Pieces
2
Height
2.9
Length
2.3
Width
1.1
Description
1) CIRCULAR BRASS PIN WITH BANNER AT BOTTOM. BLUE BANNER AND EDGE OF CIRCLE HAS TEXT THAT READS, “ALBERTA URBAN MUNICIPALITIES ASSOC., FOUNDED 1905.” CENTER HAS AN ALBERTA SHIELD WITH TEXT IN SKY PORTION THAT READS, “AUMA.” BETWEEN CREST AND EDGING IS RAISED LETTERING THAT READS, “CITIES, TOWNS, VILLAGES.” REVERSE IS STAMPED, “TAIWAN.” 2) BRASS BUTTERFLY CLUTCH FASTENER.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
PERSONAL CARE
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR JEAN JOHNSTONE IN JUNE 2012, “THIS WOULD BE A PIN THAT I WOULD HAVE RECEIVED FROM ONE OF THE ALDERMEN, AND I CAN’T TELL YOU WHICH ONE. I CAN’T REMEMBER, BECAUSE THEY ALL WENT FROM TIME TO TIME TO THE MEETINGS FOR THE ALBERTA URBAN MUNICIPALITIES ASSOCIATION, AND THEY WERE HELD THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE. IT’S A LOBBYING GROUP IN A WAY, FOR MUNICIPALITIES TO MAKE CHANGES IN OUR LEGISLATURE. THE FEDERATION OF CANADIAN MUNICIPALITIES WAS IN THE PAPER TODAY BECAUSE THREE CURRENT ALDERMEN WENT TO THE MEETING, AND THAT’S FEDERALLY, FOR THE FEDERAL GROUP OF MUNICIPALITIES, REPRESENTATIVES OF MUNICIPALITIES WHO GET TOGETHER TO MAKE CHANGES AT A FEDERAL LEVEL, BUT THIS IS THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL. AND IT WAS FORMED THE SAME YEAR AS THE PROVINCE, SO IT’S BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOREVER, AND RESOLUTIONS ARE PASSED BY CITY COUNCIL IF IT’S TO DO WITH, LET’S SAY, GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR ROADS, AND THE PROVINCE HAS DECIDED TO TAKE AWAY THOSE FUNDS, SO THEN THEY WOULD PASS – I’M JUST MAKING IT UP - BUT THEY WOULD PASS A RESOLUTION TO TAKE TO THIS COMMITTEE AND THEY WOULD LOBBY THEM, AND HAVE IT GO ON TO THE PROVINCE IF IT WAS PASSED BY ALL MUNICIPALITIES. BUT IT’S USUALLY THINGS THAT AFFECT EVERYBODY." WHEN ASKED ABOUT LOBBYING THAT RESULTED IN CHANGE WHILE IN THE OFFICE OF CITY CLERK, JOHNSTONE RESPONDED BY SAYING, “WELL, A LOT OF THEM HAD TO DO WITH THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT ACT THAT WAS CHANGED WHILE I WAS STILL THERE. IT WAS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING REWRITTEN AND IT WAS REWRITTEN FROM A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT TOLD YOU WHAT YOU COULD AND COULDN’T DO. IT WAS VERY RIGID. AND THEN THEY DECIDED TO MAKE IT MUCH MORE OPEN AND SO THERE WERE THINGS THAT WERE DEAR TO COUNCIL’S HEART THAT THEY WANTED TO LEAVE IN OR TAKE OUT, OR HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY WITH, AND SO THERE WAS QUITE A LOT OF THINGS THAT HAPPENED AROUND THAT. BUT DOES ANY ONE BIG THING STAND OUT? NO. IT PROBABLY WOULD HAVE IF YOU’D ASKED ME TEN YEARS AGO. IF THEY PASSED A RESOLUTION, THEN I WOULD OF COURSE HAVE IT RECORDED WORD FOR WORD, AND THEN PRESENT IT IN A LETTER FORM SO THAT IT WOULD GO ON TO THIS GROUP, THE AUMA, FOR THEIR AGENDA. SO ANYTHING THAT COUNCIL EVER DOES IS RECORDED IN A WAY THAT IS, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF THEY FILE IT, YOU HAVE A WRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE TELLING THAT GROUP OR PERSON THAT’S THAT WHAT HAPPENED AT COUNCIL, SO IT’S THE HUB OF EVERYTHING THAT GOES ON IN A MUNICIPALITY. I THINK A LOT OF IT WAS, IN MY DAY, AROUND ENVIRONMENTAL THINGS BECAUSE THAT’S WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED. WE GOT RECYCLING AND ALL THAT SORT OF THING. IT WASN’T EVEN DONE, EXCEPT FOR THE BOTTLES THAT WE HAD FOR RETURNS, WE DIDN’T RECYCLE A DARN THING. AND A LOT OF THOSE ISSUES WENT TO AUMA BECAUSE IT WAS BECOMING A WIDER ISSUE. AND SO IT’S A PLACE, AND THEY SAY IT’S NOT JUST THE RESOLUTIONS, BUT COUNCIL WOULD SAY THAT TALKING TO OTHER COUNCILORS OR ALDERMEN FROM OTHER MUNICIPALITIES HELPED THEM MORE THAN THE ACTUAL MEETINGS. IT WAS MORE A SHARING OF INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE PROVINCE THAN THE ACTUAL MEETINGS. AND THAT’S WHY IT DOESN’T STAND OUT, BECAUSE ONCE YOU SENT THAT ON, WE REALLY DIDN’T KNOW IF IT REALLY CHANGED ANYTHING. YOU KNOW, IT’S KIND OF A LOBBYING GROUP AND YOU’RE NOT REALLY SURE, AND I DON’T PAY ATTENTION TO THE ISSUES ALL THE TIME BECAUSE THERE WERE TOO MANY ISSUES AND YOU GOT BOGGED DOWN WITH IT. AND WHEN MY ASSISTANT SAID, “HOW, WHY DON’T YOU CARE?” WELL, YOU CAN’T. YOU HAVE TOO MANY ISSUES AND NO TIME TO CARE ABOUT EVERY ISSUE. YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE ASSISTANT, BUT NOT WHEN YOU’RE A CLERK. SO, IF YOU CARE, YOU GO FOR IT, BUT I CAN’T CARE ANYMORE. I JUST HAVE TO MOVE THE PAPER. AND SO YOU JUST GET TO BE A PAPER SHUFFLER. NOW I CARE, BUT I DIDN’T CARE THEN. YOU BECOME NUMB, INCLUDING YOUR BOTTOM. SITTING AT THOSE MEETINGS, YOU BECOME PRAGMATIC.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING DONOR INTERVIEW, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20120018003
Acquisition Date
2012-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ALBERTA
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, ENAMEL
Catalogue Number
P20120004008
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ALBERTA
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1990
Materials
BRASS, ENAMEL
No. Pieces
2
Height
1
Diameter
2.5
Description
1) PIN, CIRCULAR WITH RED AND WHITE ENAMEL. RAISED TEXT AROUND EDGE READS, “HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ALBERTA.” CENTER HAS LOGO WITH WHEAT, HOMESTEAD, TREE AND WAGON WHEEL WITH BRASS, AND RED ENAMEL. REVERSE IS UNDECORATED BRASS. 2) BRASS BUTTERFLY-CLUTCH CLASP.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT STAFF CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH DONOR IRMA DOGTEROM. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS EXTRACTED FROM A LONGER NARRATIVE. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE PIN, DOGTEROM RESPONDED BY SAYING, “I HELPED THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY DO A HISTORY BOOK ON THESE SCHOOLS AND THEN THEY HAD A PARTY TO SELL THE BOOK AND THIS MUST HAVE BEEN SOMETHING WHERE YOU PAID YOUR ENTRANCE TO THE PARTY AND THEN YOU GOT THIS LITTLE BADGE TO WORK. "WARNER WORKS WONDERS" IS THE NAME OF THE BOOK. I THINK [MEMBERS OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAVE] ALWAYS HAVE BEEN VERY HELPFUL. AND IT WAS WHEN I WAS HERE THAT I ENDED UP MEETING CARLY STEWART ON THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND ENDED UP DOING THE NEWSLETTER. I WAS NEVER PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN HISTORY." FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE. FOR PERSONAL HISTORY OF IRMA DOGTEROM, PLEASE SEE P20120004004.
Catalogue Number
P20120004008
Acquisition Date
2012-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
1995
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, ENAMEL
Catalogue Number
P20120004010
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
1995
Materials
BRASS, ENAMEL
No. Pieces
2
Height
3.1
Length
5.7
Width
1
Description
1) PIN, BRASS WITH BLUE, GREY, ORANGE, GREEN, RED AND WHITE ENAMEL. MOTIF DEPICTS SIMPLIFIED SCENE OF GALT MUSEUM, COULEES, MOUNTAINS AND SKY. RAISED TEXT AT BOTTOM READS, “SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM VOLUNTEER.” REVERSE IS STAMPED, “ACCESSORIES WEST, CALGARY TAIWAN, 1-800-881-8637.” 2) BRASS BUTTERFLY-CLUTCH CLASP.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT STAFF CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH DONOR IRMA DOGTEROM. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS EXTRACTED FROM A LONGER TRANSCRIPTION. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE PIN, DOGTEROM SAID, “WELL I WAS VOLUNTEERING AT THE GALT AFTER I QUIT WORKING IN THE SCHOOL. I WAS HELPING ARCHIVIST GREG ELLIS CATALOGUE THE BOOKS. HE HAD A BUNCH OF BOOKS THAT WEREN’T CATALOGUED. ARCHIVES' SYSTEM IS LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WAS DOING DEWEY DECIMAL SO I GOT IN TOUCH WITH A WOMAN FROM THE UNIVERSITY WHO KNEW ABOUT LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AND I WOULD WRITE DOWN ALL THE INFORMATION ABOUT WHO THE AUTHOR WAS, WHAT THE SUBJECT WAS, WHO DID WHAT JOB TO GET THE BOOK PUBLISHED AND WHAT I THOUGHT WERE ITS MAIN TOPICS AND SEND THEM TO HER AND SHE WOULD GIVE IT A CATALOGUE NUMBER AND SUBJECT TAGS AND SEND IT BACK TO ME AND THEN I WOULD TYPE THEM AND PUT THEM IN THE FILE. I JUST CAME DOWN AND DID THOSE THINGS AND SENT THEM OFF AND WHEN THEY CAME BACK I HAD BOUGHT A COMPUTER SO I COULD DO THEM. I HAD A COMPUTER PROGRAM THAT YOU FED THE INFORMATION IN AND WHEN YOU HAD ONE CARD DONE THE COMPUTER PRINTED ALL THE OTHERS." FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE. FOR PERSONAL HISTORY OF IRMA DOGTEROM, PLEASE SEE P20120004004.
Catalogue Number
P20120004010
Acquisition Date
2012-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NEON SIGN
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, GLASS, NEON GAS
Catalogue Number
P20110034000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NEON SIGN
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1990
Materials
METAL, GLASS, NEON GAS
No. Pieces
3
Description
1) NEON SIGN- DARK BLUE PAINTED CORRUGATED METAL BODY, WHITE PAINTED BLOCK LETTERS “COMFORT STATION” ON FRONT. FOUR METAL HANGING TABS WITH BOLT HOLES ON BACK, 2 ON BOTTOM AND 2 ON TOP. WHITE NEON LIGHTS SPELLING “COMFORT STATION” RAISED OVER WHITE PAINTED LETTERS, SIGNIFICANT LOSS TO LIGHTS, OMFORT COMPLETELY GONE, LOSS TO T AND TION. C, S AND A LIGHTS STILL INTACT. DARK BLUE ELECTRICAL TAPE ON SOME AREAS OF LIGHTS. LIGHTS ATTACHED WITH WIRE TO CLEAR PLASTIC TUBE SUPPORTS SCREWED TO METAL BODY OF SIGN. THREE SCREW-ON REMOVABLE METAL PLATES ON TOP OF SIGN TO ACCESS INSIDE WIRING, LEFT AND RIGHT PLATES SQUARE AND CENTER PLATE LARGER RECTANGLE. YELLOW CIRCLE PAINTED ON FRONT TOP RIGHT CORNER AND TOP LEFT CORNER, RED AND BLUE LOGO PAINTED ON BOTTOM CENTER. LOSS OF PAINT ON RIGHT FRONT CORNER AND SCRATCHES ON BODY OF SIGN. (H-42.6 L-276.3 W-28.2) 2) NEON SIGN- DARK BLUE PAINTED CORRUGATED METAL BODY, WHITE PAINTED BLOCK LETTERS “WOMEN” ON FRONT. FOUR METAL HANGING TABS WITH SCREW HOLES, ONE ON EACH BACK CORNER. WHITE NEON LIGHTS SPELLING “WOMEN” RAISED OVER WHITE PAINTED LETTERS, LOSS TO WME AND N LIGHTS, O STILL INTACT. DARK BLUE ELECTRICAL TAPE ON SOME AREAS OF LIGHTS. LIGHTS ATTACHED WITH WIRE TO CLEAR PLASTIC TUBE SUPPORTS SCREWED TO METAL BODY OF SIGN. SCREW-ON REMOVABLE METAL PLATE ON TOP OF SIGN TO ACCESS INSIDE WIRING. LOSS OF PAINT ON LEFT SIDE AND ALONG FRONT EDGES. SCRATCHES ON BODY OF SIGN, BOTTOM LEFT TAB DISFIGURED. (H-32.0 L-92.7 W-25.6) 3) NEON SIGN- DARK BLUE PAINTED CORRUGATED METAL BODY, WHITE PAINTED BLOCK LETTERS “MEN” ON FRONT. FOUR METAL HANGING TABS WITH SCREW HOLES, ONE ON EACH BACK CORNER. WHITE NEON LIGHTS SPELLING “MEN” RAISED OVER WHITE PAINTED LETTERS, LOSS TO M LIGHT, E AND N STILL INTACT. DARK BLUE ELECTRICAL TAPE ON SOME AREAS OF LIGHTS. LIGHTS ATTACHED WITH WIRE TO CLEAR PLASTIC TUBE SUPPORTS SCREWED TO METAL BODY OF SIGN. SCREW-ON REMOVABLE METAL PLATE ON TOP OF SIGN TO ACCESS INSIDE WIRING, PLATE LOOSE. LOSS OF PAINT ON TABS AND SCRATCHES ON BODY OF SIGN. (H-32.3 L- 61.2 W-25.9)
Subjects
ADVERTISING MEDIUM
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
ACCORDING TO THE GALT ARCHIVES, "ONE OF THE UNIQUE BUILDINGS TO GRACE THE WEST SIDE OF THE GALT GARDENS SQUARE WAS THE PUBLIC RESTROOMS. CALLED THE COMFORT STATION, IT WAS USED FOR THE COMFORT OF SHOPPER AND PARK USERS FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS. THE FIRST SUGGESTION OF A FACILITY IN GALT GARDENS TOOK PLACE IN JANUARY 1944. COUNCIL WISHED TO HAVE THE STRUCTURE LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF THIRD AVENUE AND FIFTH STREETS HOWEVER THEY CHOSE THE LOCATION OPPOSITE THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL. BY NOVEMBER OF THAT YEAR THE CONSTRUCTION WAS UNDERWAY. THE COMFORT STATION’S HOUR OF OPERATION WERE 11:30 AM TO 7:00 PM SEPTEMBER TO MAY. IT WAS CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. IT KEPT THE SAME HOURS JUNE THROUGH AUGUST, BUT WAS CLOSED WEDNESDAYS. THERE WAS DISCUSSION OF LENGTHENING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS, BUT IT DEPENDED ON THE AVAILABILITY OF THE ATTENDANT(S). AN ATTENDANT WAS HIRED WITH THE DUTY OF CLEANING THE INTERIOR OF THE STATION DAILY TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS. THE SUPPLY OF TOWELS, TOILET PAPER, AND CUPS HAD TO BE KEPT COMPLETE. THE SURROUNDING AREA OF THE STATION WAS ALSO TO BE KEPT FREE OF TRASH, AND THE SIDEWALKS HAD TO BE KEPT CLEAR OF DEBRIS, AS WELL AS SNOW AND ICE IN THE WINTER MONTHS. THE ATTENDANT WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR LOOKING AFTER THE HEATING SYSTEM AND HAD TO BE AT THE STATION ½ HOUR BEFORE OPENING AND STAY FOR A ½ HOUR AFTER CLOSING. THE BUILDING SUFFERED THE RAVAGES OF TIME AND NEGLECT AS THE YEARS WENT BY. THE COMFORT STATION WAS NOT CLEANED AS OFTEN, AND PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT TO USE THE FACILITY DUE TO ITS UNCLEANLINESS. GRAFFITI ADORNED THE ONCE PRISTINE WALLS, AND THE INTERIOR WAS LEFT TO DECAY. THE BUILDING WAS SOON CLOSED, AND WAS DEMOLISHED IN THE EARLY 1990S WHEN PLANS FOR THE UPGRADE TO THE GALT GARDENS WERE MADE." ACCORDING TO JAY JOHNSTON ON JANUARY 3, 2012, “I FIRST BECAME AWARE OF THE NEON SIGNS WHEN I WAS PROCURING TWO CAR DAMAGED CITY LIGHTING POLES. THIS WAS FOR A SMALL SUMMER STOCK PRODUCTION THE DEPARTMENT (DRAMA) USED TO RUN, WHICH WAS BASICALLY ALL STUDENT RUN. I WAS THE RESIDENT DESIGNER AND MENTOR FOR THE TROUPE. AT THE SAME TIME AS GETTING THE POLES, I ALSO WAS GIVEN HALF A DOZEN STREET LAMP FIXTURES OF VARIOUS STYLES, SOME OF WHICH ARE NO LONGER IN EXISTENCE, THE CITY THAT IS, NOT THE ONES I HAD IN STORAGE. ON THE CITY’S PURCHASING DEPARTMENT’S LOADING DOCK, I SAW THE THREE SIGNS AND ASKED ABOUT THEM. I THOUGHT THAT THEY COULD BECOME THE CENTER PIECE OF A STUDENT PRODUCTION. I WAS TOLD IF I WANTED THEM TO BE PLACED INTO OUR PROPS DEPARTMENT, THEN I COULD HAVE THEM. THEY WERE LITERALLY ON THEIR WAY TO THE SCRAP METAL PILE THAT VERY SAME DAY. OF COURSE, I TOOK THEM, THEY WERE FREE AND PART OF LETHBRIDGE’S HISTORY. OUR SUMMER STOCK TROUPE ALWAYS DID A LOCAL CONTENT SHOW FOR A NUMBER OF YEAR RUNNING (IMPROVE). THE SIGNS ARE BASICALLY IN THE SAME CONDITION AS I FOUND THEM. WHEN I RECEIVED THEM, THEY WENT INTO STORAGE RIGHT AWAY AND HAVE REMAINED THERE FOR YEARS. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO REMEMBER EXACTLY WHEN I PICKED THEM UP. AS FAR AS I CAN RECALL, THIS WAS ABOUT 1985. I COULD BE WRONG, BUT IT WAS THE SAME YEAR WE DID “TWO BEERS WITHOUT ASKING”. THE SIGNS HAVE NEVER BEEN USED IN ANY PRODUCTION. I JUST KEPT THEM IN THE DARK TO COIN A PHRASE. OF COURSE THERE WAS NO EXCHANGE OF MONIES IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM. THEIR CONDITION IS BASICALLY THE SAME AS THE DAY I PICKED THEM UP.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20110034000
Acquisition Date
2011-11
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
TIE
Date Range From
1986
Date Range To
1995
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P20100021002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TIE
Date Range From
1986
Date Range To
1995
Materials
POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Height
64.4
Length
8.5
Width
2.7
Description
NECKTIE, STRIPED. ALTERNATING DARK AND LIGHT BLUE STRIPES SEPARATED BY THIN WHITE LINES. LABEL ON BACK READS, “CREST, CAREER IMAGES, 100% POLYESTER, DRY CLEAN ONLY MADE IN THE U.S.A.”. INSIDE OF TIE IS LINED WITH PURPLE FABRIC.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
JACKET AND TIE WERE WORN BY LOCAL RESIDENT AND FORMER MINERS’ LIBRARY CLUB PRESIDENT ROBERT “BOBBIE” BROWN FROM APPROXIMATELY 1986 TO 1995. BOBBIE BROWN WAS ATTRACTED TO THE CLUB AS A 17 YEAR OLD ADOLESCENT AROUND 1948, BUT ACCORDING TO HIS WIFE MARLA BROWN, HE WAS TOO YOUNG TO DRINK AND CONSEQUENTLY WAS “ONLY ALLOWED TO GO DOWN INTO THE BASEMENT, WHERE HE MET FRIENDS AND PLAYED CARDS”. BY THEN, HIS FATHER JACK “JOHN” BROWN AND BROTHERS JIM AND ANDREW “BUCK” WERE ALL DEDICATED MEMBERS OF THE MINERS. MARLA FELT THAT HER HUSBAND’S DEVOTION TO THE CLUB AND ATTENDANCE AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE REFLECTED HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS FAMILY AND THE PLEASURE HE GOT FROM BEING AROUND HIS BROTHERS AND FATHER. ON 18 AUGUST 1950, BOBBIE ENLISTED IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN ARMY, SERVING IN KOREA AS A SAPPER WITH ENGINEERS. HE WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED ON AUGUST 6, 1952 AND RETURNED HOME TO LETHBRIDGE. ONCE BACK, BOBBIE WAS OLD ENOUGH TO BE UPSTAIRS IN THE MINERS. IN JUNE 2010, HE RECALLED THAT THERE WERE NO WOMEN ALLOWED IN THE CLUB AND THAT A DRAFT BEER WAS 10 CENTS A GLASS. NO HARD LIQUOR WAS ALLOWED TO BE SERVED IN THE CLUB AT THE TIME. IF WOMEN WERE FINALLY ALLOWED TO VISIT THE CLUB, THEY WERE REQUIRED TO PATRONIZE A “SEPARATE SIDE” OF THE BAR. ACCORDING TO BOBBIE, “THE LIBRARY WAS VERY SPORTS-ORIENTED”. IT DONATED FUNDS TO MANY CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS AND ACCORDING TO MARLA, “BUILT QUITE A FEW PARKS IN LETHBRIDGE”. BOBBIE’S DEDICATION TO THE CLUB AND HIS APPRECIATION OF THE CLUB’S IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY, LED HIM TO SERVE AS BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN 1986. AFTER A 3 YEAR TERM AS DIRECTOR, HE WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT, WHICH HE OCCUPIED UNTIL 1995. FOR HIS SERVICE, HE WAS AWARDED A LIFE MEMBERSHIP. IN 1995, HE DECIDED TO TRANSFER HIS ENERGIES TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION NO. 4 BRANCH AND ITS EXECUTIVE, A DECISION MADE FOLLOWING A SECOND, BUT UNSUCCESSFUL BID FOR THE MINERS’ PRESIDENCY. BOBBY WAS EQUALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT HIS SERVICE WITH THE LEGION, BUT ULTIMATELY HIS HEART REMAINED WITH THE MINERS WHICH CLOSED IN 2003. IN BOBBIE’S OPINION, THE CAMARADERIE IN THE MINERS WAS WITHOUT EQUAL. THE CLUB BLAZER WITH CREST WAS WORN BY BOBBIE TO EVERY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING AND TO FUNCTIONS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CHEQUE PRESENTATION AND SPONSORED SPORTING EVENTS (AKA. SPORTS HALL OF FAME). HE OWNED NO BLAZER BUT THIS ONE PROVIDED TO HIM WITHOUT CHARGE BY THE CLUB IN 1986. BOBBIE’S FONDEST MEMORIES OF TIME SPENT AT THE MINERS INCLUDE HIS DAILY VISITS TO THE MINERS FOR BEER FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF HIS WORK DAY AS A CARRIER WITH CANADA POST. FROM EARLY AFTERNOON UNTIL 4:00 HE SHARED TIME WITH FRIENDS CORRIDO SANTONI AND WORK COLLEAGUES BILL HARCUZ AND ANDY PONECH – EACH ONE VOLUNTEERING IN SUCCESSION TO PAY FOR THE NEXT DAY’S ROUNDS. IN 2010 BOBBIE’S WIFE MARLA CLAIMED, “THAT WAS HIM AS A MEMBER (AFTERNOONS), BUT AS A BOARD OF DIRECTORS, HE SPENT HIS WHOLE LIFE AT THE MINERS”. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20100021002
Acquisition Date
2010-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
”CZECHOSLOVAK CANADIAN CULTURAL SOCIETY, LETHBRIDGE, ALTA”
Date Range From
1978
Date Range To
1998
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, ENAMEL
Catalogue Number
P20120024002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
”CZECHOSLOVAK CANADIAN CULTURAL SOCIETY, LETHBRIDGE, ALTA”
Date Range From
1978
Date Range To
1998
Materials
BRASS, ENAMEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
1
Length
2.5
Width
2.75
Description
METAL PIN, GOLD IN COLOUR, WITH WHITE, RED, BLUE AND BLACK ENAMEL. DEPICTS WOMAN AND MAN IN TRADITIONAL CZECHOSLOVAKIAN COSTUME, AND BOTH CZECHOSLOVAKIAN AND CANADIAN FLAGS. TEXT READS “CZECHOSLOVAK CANADIAN CULTURAL SOCIETY – LETHBRIDGE, ALTA.” PIN HAS A LAPEL-STYLE BACKING. VERY GOOD CONDITION OVERALL.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
COMMEMORATIVE
History
TRANSFER FROM GALT ARCHIVES. ACQUIRED AS PART OF THE CZECHOSLOVAK CANADIAN CULTURAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA FONDS. THIS PIN WAS PRODUCED TO PROMOTE THE CZECHOSLOVAK CANADIAN CULTURAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA. THE SOCIETY WAS FOUNDED ON OCTOBER 11, 1978 AND OPERATED UNTIL ITS DISSOLUTION ON APRIL 29, 2008. THE ORGANIZATION PROMOTED THE CONTINUATION OF CZECHOSLOVAK CULTURE THROUGH LANGUAGE CLASSES, PARADES, CHRISTMAS PARTIES, AND BANQUETS, IT ALSO PROVIDED SCHOLARSHIP MONEY TO CHILDREN OF CZECHOSLOVAK ANCESTRY WHO WERE ATTENDING COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20120024002
Acquisition Date
2012-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
"WORLD CITIZENS CENTRE"
Date Range From
1978
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS, THREAD, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P20120023000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"WORLD CITIZENS CENTRE"
Date Range From
1978
Date Range To
2000
Materials
CANVAS, THREAD, PAINT
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.25
Length
60
Width
227.5
Description
MACHINE-STITCHED BANNER MADE OF OFF-WHITE, HEAVY CANVAS MATERIAL. SIX BRASS-COLOURED METAL GROMMETS AT CORNERS AND TOP AND BOTTOM CENTRE. CANVAS IS HANDPAINTED IN BROWN, ORANGE AND BLACK INK, WITH TEXT READING “WORLD CITIZENS CENTRE” AND AN IMAGE DEPICTING FOUR FIGURES LINKING HANDS AROUND A GEOMETRIC GLOBE SHAPE. FABRIC IS CREASED FROM PREVIOUS FOLDING. STAINING AND GENERAL GRIME THROUGHOUT, WITH MASKING TAPE RESIDUE AT INTERVALS ALONG THE TOP EDGE.
Subjects
ADVERTISING MEDIUM
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
TRANSFER FROM GALT ARCHIVES. ACQUIRED AS PART OF THE WORLD CITIZENS CENTRE FONDS. THIS BANNER WAS USED BY THE WORLD CITIZENS CENTRE OF LETHBRIDGE TO PROMOTE THEIR ORGANIZATION AND PROGRAMMING AT PUBLIC EVENTS. THE SOCIETY OPENED ON NOVEMBER 6, 1978 AND ACTED AS A RESOURCE FOR EDUCATORS , SUPPLYING ACCESS TO BOOKS, TEACHING KITS, AND AUDIO-VISUAL PRESENTATIONS ON INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, CULTURAL AWARENESS AND GLOBAL STUDIES. THE CENTRE PUBLISHED A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, STARTED THE TAPESTRY PROJECT (AN ANTI-RASCISM INITIATIVE), AND WORKED WITH NUMEROUS OTHER ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION COORDINATING COUNCIL OF ALBERTA, THE ALBERTA COUNCIL FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE, THE OPOSKAA’SIN EARLY INTERVENTION SOCIETY, SOUTHERN ALBERTA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM, AND LETHBRIDGE IMMIGRANT SETTLEMENT ASSOCIATION. THE CENTRE ALSO CONTIBUTED RESOURCES TO POPULAR PUBLIC EVENTS INCLUDING THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND INTERNATIONAL DINNERS. BY 1995 FEDERAL CUTS TO THE CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, FROM WHICH THE CENTRE RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT FUNDING, CAUSED THE CENTRE TO SHIFT ITS FOCUS TO PROJECT-BASED GRANT FUNDING AND ULTIMATELY RESULTED IN THE CENTRE CLOSING IN 2000. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20120023000
Acquisition Date
2012-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
OUTER BITE SLEEVE
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
JUTE, NYLON, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20080008002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
OUTER BITE SLEEVE
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
1990
Materials
JUTE, NYLON, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
10.8
Length
71.4
Width
31.5
Description
BITE SLEEVE. PADED RECTANGULAR SLEEVE WITH ONE OPEN END. OUTER PART OF SLEEVE COVERED IN WOVEN JUTE THAT IS SOILED AND WORN THROUGHOUT. ONE GREEN CLOTH AND METAL BUCKLE ON EACH SIDE OF SLEEVE, NEAR OPENING. ALSO NEAR OPENING IS ONE BROWN CLOTH STRAP AND A SMALL BROWN CLOTH LOOP. INSIDE OF SLEEVE LINED WITH BRIGHT ORANGE NYLON. WHITE TAG INSIDE SLEEVE MARKED, "RAY ALLEN M.F.G., COLORADO SPRINGS, CO., U.S.A., 23C".
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, THE SLEEVE WAS USED FOR AGRESSION TRAINING WITH HIS DOG ZORKO. THIS SLEEVE "IS WHAT WE CALL AN OUTSIDE SLEEVE. IT IS WHAT YOU START YOUR DOG ON. THE DOG SEES IT, CAN GET A FULL MOUTHFUL, IT IS EASY TO BITE. YOU CAN FEEL IT IS FAIRLY SOFT. THAT IS WHAT WE START DOGS ON. AS THE DOG LEARNS CONTROL, THE CALLS AND ALL THE THINGS, THEN WE MOVE ON TO [A SMALLER] SLEEVE WHICH IS GENERALLY WORN UNDER A JACKET OR UNDER A COAT OR SWEATER SO THE DOG CAN'T SEE IT YET IT PROVIDES PROTECTION TO THE PERSON DOING THE QUARRYING [ACTING AS AN OBJECT OF SEARCH, PURSUIT OR ATTACK]." THIS PARTICULAR SLEEVE WAS ISSUED TO KAYE RIGHT BEFORE HE RETIRED AS A POLICE DOG HANDLER SO IT IS IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE. KAYE SAID, "GENERALLY THEY WOULD WEAR OUT FAIRLY QUICKLY". TODAY, MOST BITE SLEEVES ARE NOT JUTE COVERED. IN ADDITION, "THEY HAVE GONE TO A FULL SUIT [SIMILAR TO THE OUTSIDE BITE SLEEVE]... FOR THE BODY SO THEY HAVE PROTECTION EVERYWHERE AND NOT JUST THE ARMS. THE DOWNSIDE OF THESE [SLEEVES] WAS QUITE OFTEN YOU GOT BIT AND IT WASN'T WHERE YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO GET BIT... IF YOU TRIPPED AND FELL AND SUDDENLY EXPOSED SOMETHING THAT WASN'T THE SLEEVE, THEN YOU GOT BIT." SLEEVES WERE TYPICALLY WORN BY MEMBERS OF THE CANINE UNIT OR OTHER POLICEMEN. KAYE SAID, "USUALLY TO GET INTO THE CANINE UNIT, YOU HAVE TO QUARRY. WE CALLED THAT QUARRYING SO THEY WOULD PUT THIS STUFF ON. THAT IS HOW I GOT INTO IT, THAT IS HOW I STARTED. IT IS LIKE APPRENTICING." FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF ZORKO AND THE CANINE UNIT SEE P20080008001. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008002
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
"WESTMINISTER VILLAGE BRZ" PIN & CARD
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
1997
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, PAINT, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20120018007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"WESTMINISTER VILLAGE BRZ" PIN & CARD
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
1997
Materials
BRASS, PAINT, PAPER
No. Pieces
3
Height
13.6
Length
11.5
Width
1.0
Description
1) RECTANGULAR PAPER CARD WITH BLUE WRITING. FRONT HAS BORDER WITH THREE BLUE STRIPES TEXT IN CENTER THAT SAYS, “WELCOME TO THE WESTMINISTER VILLAGE BRZ, THE PLACE TO BE IN LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, ‘WHERE FRIENDLINESS AND SERVICE GO HAND IN HAND.” REVERSE OF CARD SAYS, “WESTMINISTER VILLAGE IS A DYNAMIC BUSINESS REVITALIZATION ZONE WHERE THE BUSINESSES STRIVE TO GIVE GOOD SERVICE IN A FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE. WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT THIS WESTMINISTER VILLAGE PIN TO YOU AND HOPE THAT YOU WILL WEAR IT WITH PRIDE. COME VISIT US AT ANYTIME BETWEEN THE SIGNS ON THIRTEENTH STREET NORTH IN THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE.” 2) CIRCULAR BRASS PIN WITH YELLOW, BLUE, GREEN AND WHITE PAINT. TEXT AROUND EDGE AND CENTER READS, “WESTMINISTER VILLAGE BRZ LETHBRIDGE, WHERE FRIENDLINESS & SERVICE GO HAND IN HAND.” MOTIF OF BUILDINGS AND TREES. 3) BRASS BUTTERFLY CLUTCH FASTENER.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR JEAN JOHNSTONE IN JUNE 2012, “I WAS CITY CLERK, THE WESTMINSTER BRZ AND THE DOWNTOWN BRZ BOTH FORMED. AND IT WAS THROUGH THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT ACT THAT THEY ARE FORMED AND DISBANDED. BUT WESTMINSTER, WHICH IS THE NORTH SIDE, THEY DIDN’T CARE FOR THE LEVY THAT WAS PLACED ON THEM EVERY YEAR BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T MAKE ENOUGH, I THINK, THEIR TURNOVER OF RETAIL WASN’T AS GOOD AS WHAT THEY COULD AFFORD TO PAY THIS EXTRA LEVY ON TOP OF THEIR TAXES, SO THEY DISBANDED WHILE I WAS STILL THERE, WHICH TOOK SIGNATURES FROM ALL THE DIFFERENT BUSINESSES. AND SO THIS PIN IS FROM THEIR DAYS, AND I CAN’T TELL YOU THE EXACT DAYS BUT I FINISHED BEING CITY CLERK IN 1997 AND SO IT’S QUITE A WHILE AGO. AND THEY WOULD HAVE GIVEN ME THIS PIN, AS CITY CLERK. IT WAS THE BUSINESSES THEMSELVES [THAT ORGANIZED THE BRZ], JUST AS THE DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE EXISTS TODAY. IT’S THE BRZ FOR THE DOWNTOWN PARAMETERS. THEY PAY THEIR BUSINESS TAX AND THEY PAY THEIR PROPERTY TAX, AND THEY PAY A LEVY, AND THEY DECIDED THAT THAT’S WHAT THEY WANTED IN ORDER TO REVITALIZE DOWNTOWN. IT DIDN’T WORK SO WELL ON THE NORTH SIDE. THERE WERE MANY REASONS INCLUDING THE COST OF THE LEVY, I’M SURE, BUT THEY HAD A LOT OF DISSENTERS AND THEY DISBANDED, BUT THE DOWNTOWN BRZ IS STILL GOING STRONG, AND BECAUSE OF THEM, I THINK IT’S CHANGED IN THE DOWNTOWN, PLUS WE’RE FOCUSING ON BUILT HERITAGE IN THE DOWNTOWN AND PUTTING PLAQUES AND ALL THOSE SORTS OF THINGS, AND SO THEY CARRY ON.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER ROLE WITH THE BRZ, JOHNSTONE RESPONDED BY SAYING, “WELL, THROUGH THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT ACT, IT WAS LAID OUT HOW THEY SHOULD FORM. THEY HAD TO GET SO MANY SIGNATURES FROM BUSINESSES AND THEY HAD TO BE QUALIFIED, AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS, AND THEN THEY HAD TO FORM A BOARD, WITH A CHAIRMAN AND ETC. AND HIRE A - I CAN’T REMEMBER IF THEY HIRED A CEO OR NOT, BUT I KNOW TED STILSON IS THE ONE FOR THE DOWNTOWN RIGHT NOW. AND THROUGH THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT ACT IT WAS PASSED, AND SO A BYLAW, WITH THIS PETITION, WAS PASSED BY CITY COUNCIL SO THEY WERE FORMED AND LEGAL. WHEN THEY WANTED TO BECOME NOTHING, THEY HAD TO DO IT IN REVERSE, AND IT WASN’T REALLY CLEAR IN THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT ACT AT THAT TIME. BUT WE DID IT BY PETITION AGAIN, AND IT WENT TO COUNCIL AND THEY RESCINDED THEIR BYLAW. THE MUNICIPALITY THEN COLLECTS THEIR LEVY AND TAXES THEM DIFFERENTLY. IF THEY’RE ORGANIZED AS A BRZ THEY’RE STILL TAXED THE SAME, BUT THEY HAVE THIS EXTRA TAX ON THEM THAT’S COLLECTED FOR THE OPERATION OF THE BRZ. SO IT HAD TO BE TIED IN WITH THE MUNICIPALITY. SO THEY’RE KIND OF LIKE ‘ARM’S LENGTH’ FROM THE MUNICIPALITY BUT IT WAS GOVERNED – WHETHER THE NEW MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT ACT COVERS IT, I DON’T KNOW, BECAUSE THINGS CHANGED.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW THE MONEY FROM THE TAX LEVY WAS USED DURING HER TIME, JOHNSTONE SAID, “WELL, I REMEMBER THEY PUT UP SIGNS. IF YOU REMEMBER GOING UNDER THE 13TH STREET UNDERPASS, YOU’D COME UP A LITTLE BIT AND THERE’D BE A SIGN. IT JUST RECENTLY GOT KNOCKED DOWN, AND IT SAID “WESTMINSTER BRZ” ON IT, OR “WESTMINSTER . . . “, SOMETHING LIKE THAT, “BUSINESS REVITALIZATION ZONE”, AND THEY WOULD PUT IN TREES, AND BEAUTIFY THE SIDEWALKS, AS THEY HAVE DOWNTOWN. THEY PLANTED TREES AND THEY CLEAN UP STREETS WITH THE MONEY, THEY’RE USED AS A LOBBY GROUP FOR DIFFERENT THINGS THAT THEY NEED. THEY CAN APPLY FOR GRANTS. ALL OF THOSE THINGS. MAIN STREET IN THE DOWNTOWN IS NOW RUN THROUGH THE BRZ OFFICE; IT SORT OF JOINED UP WITH THE BRZ OFFICE. SO FUNDING COMES FROM THEM TO THE OWNERS. WELL, ONE OF [THE CO-FOUNDERS] WAS THE FELLOW WHO OWNS THE CENTRE VILLAGE MALL, THE ONE ON THE NORTH SIDE, CROOKS, I THINK IS HIS NAME? HE WAS IN ON IT, AND A FEW OTHERS THAT WERE MORE SUCCESSFUL ON THE NORTH SIDE. BUT THE ONES THAT AREN’T AS SUCCESSFUL OR BIG FOUND THAT IT WAS JUST TOO MUCH AND THEY WEREN’T GETTING ENOUGH BANG FOR THEIR BUCK, REALLY. AND SO THAT’S WHY THEY CHANGED, AND PEOPLE SAY TO ME, “WELL, WHY DON’T YOU PUT PLAQUES ON BUILDINGS ON THE NORTH SIDE?” IT’S NOT THAT WE DON’T WANT TO. IT’S JUST THAT THE DOWNTOWN IS GIVING US MONEY TO DO THAT AND SO WE PUT THE LION’S SHARE OF EVERYTHING IN THE DOWNTOWN, AND THERE AREN’T ANY PLAQUES ON THE NORTH SIDE. AND IF THERE WAS A BRZ, WE PROBABLY WOULD, BUT THERE’S NOBODY TO SPEAK FOR THEM ANYMORE. [THOSE DISSENTING BUSINESSES, THEN THEY WOULD HAVE LOBBIED AND GONE TO THE CITY AND SAID, ‘YOU KNOW WHAT, WE DON’T WANT THIS ANYMORE’] “AND HELP US TO GET RID OF IT”, AND SO WE DID. IT’S A SHAME BECAUSE 13TH STREET NORTH IS A UNIQUE LITTLE AREA OF BUSINESSES AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD THING TO CARRY ON, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD THING FOR THEM, BUT HINDSIGHT . . . SO IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. SO THAT’S THIS LITTLE PIN.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING DONOR INTERVIEW, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20120018007
Acquisition Date
2012-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1987
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL
Catalogue Number
P20070006002
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1987
Date Range To
2007
Materials
METAL
No. Pieces
2
Height
1.3
Length
1.9
Width
1.7
Description
1. GOLD-COLOURED PIN WITH IMAGE OF POST-OFFICE CLOCK TOWER AND SUN, TEXT IN BLACK READS, "DOWNTOWN LA." PIN ROUGHLY SQUARE-SHAPED. REVERSE WITH MULTPILE IMPRINTS READING, "TAIWAN." 2. PIN BACKING, BUTTERFLY CLIP STYLE.
Subjects
ADVERTISING MEDIUM
Historical Association
BUSINESS
COMMEMORATIVE
History
PIN WAS NEVER WORN. PIN REPRESENTS EFFORTS BY THE DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE BUSINESS REVITALIZATION ZONE (BRZ) TO PROMOTE THE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS COMMUNITY. THE BRZ , FORMED IN 1987, IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, RECEIVING FUNDING FROM A TAX LEVY IMPOSED ON THE 560+ BUSINESSES IT REPRESENTS. INFORMATION GATHERED FROM DOWNTOWNLETHBRIDGE.COM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20070006001 AND PERMANENT RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20070006002
Acquisition Date
2007-02
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
INTERIOR MARQUEE AND LETTERS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL AND PLEXIGLASS
Catalogue Number
P20070023003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
INTERIOR MARQUEE AND LETTERS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Materials
METAL AND PLEXIGLASS
No. Pieces
15
Height
16.1
Length
386.4
Width
28.4
Description
BLACK METAL BOX WITH WHITE PLEXIGLASS SHEET BROKEN INTO TWO PIECES THAT SLIDE INTO FRONT OF BOX. PLEXIGLASS LETTERS SPELLING OUT "LICENSE TO WED" CAN BE ATTACHED TO THE WHITE PLEXIGLASS SHEET - 15 PIECES. 1. WHITE PLASTIC SHEET, SLID INTO OPEN SIDE OF METAL BOX OF INTERIOR MARQUEE, BROKEN IN HALF, RED CURSIVE TEXT READS, "PARAMOUNT" ON ONE PIECE OF SHEET, BLACK STICKER WITH YELLOW TEXT READS, "DOLBY DIGITAL" ON OTHER PIECE OF SHEET. 2 PCES. "PARAMOUNT" PIECE MEASURES 175.8 CM LONG BY 27.6 CM WIDE BY 2.0 CM HIGH. "DOLBY" PIECE MEASURES 216.0 CM LONG BY 27.6 CM WIDE BY 22.0 CM HIGH. 2. INTERIOR MARQUEE, LONG BLACK METAL BOX, SILVER STICKER ON OUTSIDE OF BOX READS, "NATIONAL NEON..."INTERIOR OF BOX PAINTED WHITE, VARIOUS ELECTRICAL CORDS AND COMPONENTS AFFIXED TO INSIDE OF BOX. PLASTIC BAGGIE CONTAINS HARDWARE LIKELY USED TO MOUNT MARQUEE TO WALL. 386.4 CM LONG BY 28.4 CM WIDE BY 16.1 CM HIGH. 12 RECTANGULAR PLEXIGLASS SHEETS, EACH WITH BLUE LETTER: 4. LETTER, "L," TEXT READS, "PAT. 1967." HEIGHT 0.3, LENGTH 17.8, WIDTH 11.5. 5. LETTER, "I," TEXT READS, "ROTOMATIC." HEIGHT 0.3, LENGTH 17.8, WIDTH 7.7. 6. LETTER, "C," TEXT READS, "ROTOMATIC." HEIGHT 0.3, LENGTH 17.8, WIDTH 11.6. 7. LETTER, "E," TEXT READS, "ROTOMATIC." HEIGHT 0.3, LENGTH 17.8, WIDTH 11.3. 8. LETTER, "N." HEIGHT 0.3, LENGTH 17.8, WIDTH 12.8. 9. LETTER, "S," TEXT READS, "ROTOMATIC." HEIGHT 0.3, LENGTH 17.8, WIDTH 11.3. 10. LETTER, "E," WORN TEXT READS, "ROTOMATIC." HEIGHT 0.3, LENGTH 17.8, WIDTH 11.3. 11. LETTER, "T," WORN TEXT READS, "ROTOMATIC." HEIGHT 0.3, LENGTH 17.8, WIDTH 11.8. 12. LETTER, "O," TEXT READS, "PAT. 1967." HEIGHT 0.3, LENGTH 17.8, WIDTH 13.3. 13. LETTER, "W," TEXT READS, "PAT. 1967." HEIGHT 0.3, LENGTH 17.8, WIDTH 15.9. 14. LETTER, "E," TEXT READS, "ROTOMATIC." HEIGHT 0.3, LENGTH 17.8, WIDTH 11.3. 15. LETTER, "D," TEXT READS, "ROTOMATIC." HEIGHT 0.3, LENGTH 17.8, WIDTH 12.7.
Subjects
ADVERTISING MEDIUM
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
INTERIOR MARQUEE HUNG HORIZONTALLY OVERTOP OF THE ENTRY DOORS TO CINEMA ONE. THE WHITE PLASTIC SHEET SLID INTO THE OPEN END OF THE METAL BOX, AND THE PLEXIGLASS LETTERS IN TURN SLID IN FRONT OF THE PLASTIC SHEET. THE INTERIOR OF THE BOX WAS ILLUMINATED, LIGHTING UP THE LETTERS FROM BEHIND. THE LETTERS SPELL OUT, "LICENSE TO WED," WHICH WAS THE LAST MOVIE THAT WAS SHOWN IN CINEMA ONE AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE IN 2007. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20070023001 AND PERMANENT RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20070023003
Acquisition Date
2008-08
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
NEON SIGN
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1997
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20020043000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NEON SIGN
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1997
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
380
Length
79
Width
91
Description
PLASTIC BACKLIT NEON "LEO SINGER MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR" SIGN. RECTANGULAR SIGN FEATURES A BLK AND YLLW CHECKERED DESIGN. CHECKERS DISPLAY NEON FOUR POINT STAR-LIKE LIGHTING. FEW OF THE NEON SHAPES ARE BROKEN WITH TWO MISSING. CENTER OF SIGN DISPLAYS RD T-SHAPE WITH THE TEXT "LEO" A CROSSED THE TOP AND "SINGER" VERTICALLY DISPLAYED BELOW. LETTERS ARE WHT WITH NEON LETTERS REPEATED ON TOP. SIDE OF SIGN IS RD WITH YLLW VERTICAL TEXT THAT READS "MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR". MANUFACTURER LABEL ON BOTTOM READS "NEPRO". OTHER SIDE OF SIGN IS PAINTED WHT AND DISPLAYS VENTILATION PANELS WITH ONE PANEL MISSING. SIGN HAS SOME VISIBLE RUST AND THE PAINT IS CHIPPED IN VARIOUS AREAS.
Subjects
ADVERTISING MEDIUM
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
History
NEON SIGN WAS REMOVED FROM LEO SINGER'S CLOTHING STORE IN 2002. LEO SINGER WAS BORN IN ROMANIA AND IMMIGRATED TO RUMSEY, ALBERTA WITH HIS MOTHER. HIS FATHER WAS KILLED IN WWI. LEO AND HIS MOTHER MOVED TO CALGARY, WHERE HE ATTENDED SCHOOL AND LATER GARBER COLLEGE. IN 1930, HE OPENED A RETAIL CLOTHING STORE IN LETHBRIDGE AND FINALLY MOVED HERE IN 1932. ONE OF THE REASONS HE DECIDED TO MOVE, WAS TO PLAY FOR THE LETHBRIDGE JEWISH ASSOCIATION BASEBALL TEAM. SINGER MET HIS WIFE PHYLLIS IN MONTREAL, WHERE SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED, AND THEY MARRIED IN 1942. HE WAS ACTIVE IN THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY AND WAS INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE U OF L. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE JEWISH ASSOCIATION, OF WHICH HE WAS PRESIDENT FOR 17 YEARS; THE KIWANIS CLUB, WHICH WAS THE FIRST CLUB IN LETHBRIDGE THAT ALLOWED HIM TO JOIN; RESERVE ARMY, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, UNITED WAY, LEGION, LABOR CLUB, ARMY AND NAVY, ETCETERA. HE VOLUNTEERED MUCH OF HIS TIME WITH DIFFERENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE HE FELT THAT THE COMMUNITY HAD TREATED HIM WELL AND HE WANTED TO SHOW HIS GRATITUDE. IN 1930, HE OPENED A STORE ON THE HIGINBOTHAM BLOCK, MOVING THE STORE IN 1940 TO 214 5 ST. S. SINGER'S WAS THE FIRST IN THE CITY TO SPORT A FLASHING NEON SIGN. NAMED LEO SINGER MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR IN 1955, THE BOY'S CLOTHING ASPECT WAS PHASED OUT IN THE LATE 1980S OR EARLY 90S. SINGER HANDLED BOYS' WEAR PRIMARILY BECAUSE HE WAS THE SOLE DISTRIBUTOR FOR SCOUTS CANADA IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. MORE THAN 50,000 SCOUTS WERE OUTFITTED BY UNIFORMS SUPPLIED THROUGH SINGER. HE ALSO SUPPLIED THE CITY'S POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS WITH UNIFORMS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. SINGER'S MOTTO AND TRADEMARK WERE "IT'S NOT THE SALE THAT COUNTS -- IT'S THE CUSTOMER". BEING RAISED IN CALGARY HE WAS INSPIRED TO ENTER THE RETAIL CLOTHING BUSINESS AS A TEENAGER, WHO SPENT AFTER-SCHOOL HOURS WORKING FOR A CLOTHIER AND LATER ENROLLED IN BUSINESS SCHOOL. SINGER SAID HE FELL IN LOVE WITH LETHBRIDGE DURING A WEEKEND BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AND DECIDED TO STAY. LEO SINGER PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY OF 1997. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20020043000
Acquisition Date
2002-06
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
IDENTIFICATION TAG
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
TIN, PAPER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20000011034
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
IDENTIFICATION TAG
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
TIN, PAPER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.4
Diameter
6.4
Description
CIRCULAR. OBVERSE IS LIGHT YELLOW WITH BLUE PRINT. AROUND PERIMETER READS "SOUTHERN ALBERTA ANTIQUE & CLASSIC AUTO CLUB LETHBRIDGE". IN CENTER, IN BLACK FELT PEN IS "EVERTT A. STEWART" [sic]. FRONT OF BUTTON HAS PLASTIC COVERING. BACK OF BUTTON HAS BRASS SAFETY PIN.
Subjects
ADVERTISING MEDIUM
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
LEISURE
History
CAME FROM THE BELONGINGS OF DONOR'S FATHER EVERETT STEWART. BORN IN 1912 TO WILLIAM AND SARAH JANE (CUTT) STEWART IN INDIAN HEAD, SASKATCHEWAN. HIS FAMILY FARMED UNTIL THE 1930S, WHEN THE DROUGHT HIT AND HARD TIMES FORCED THEM TO MOVE. EVERETT STAYED AND ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN AT SASKATOON WHERE HE GRADUATED WITH A DEGREE IN PHARMACY IN 1937. HE THEN WORKED IN PHARMACIES IN INDIAN HEAD AND REGINA. ON JUNE 15, 1939, EVERETT MARRIED MARJORIE BAILEY. HE THEN SIGNED UP WITH THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AS AN ARTILLERY OFFICER IN WWII. THEIR DAUGHTER MARGARET JEAN (DONOR) WAS BORN ON MAY 31, 1943. AFTER THE WAR, WITH FUNDING GIVEN TO VETERANS, EVERETT OPENED HIS OWN DRUG STORE IN SUTHERLAND, SASKATCHEWAN. HIS WAS THE FIRST DRUG STORE IN SUTHERLAND AND HE STRUGGLED WITH MAKING IT A VIABLE BUSINESS. THEN IN 1949 HE SOLD THE BUSINESS AND TOOK A SALES POSITION WITH CHARLES E. FROSST & COMPANY WHICH WAS THE LAST WHOLLY OWNED CANADIAN DRUG FIRM. HE AND HIS FAMILY WERE MOVED TO BRANDON, MANITOBA (1949 TO 1955). THE FIRM THEN TRANSFERRED EVERETT TO LETHBRIDGE, WHERE HE REMAINED. AFTER HIS WIFE MARJORIE DIED (1905-1967) HE KEPT BUSY WITH HIS VAST COIN COLLECTION THAT WAS HIS PASSION. HE ATTENDED MANY COIN SHOWS THROUGHOUT CANADA AND THE U.S. AND BOUGHT, TRADED, AND SOLD MOSTLY CANADIAN COINS. THEN ON JULY 22, 1974, HE MARRIED IRENE EVANS (1906-2002) FROM BILLINGS MONTANA. IN 1976 FROSST & CO. RETIRED EVERETT. AFTER THAT THEY SPENT 6 MONTHS A YEAR IN LETHBRIDGE AND 6 MONTHS IN MESA, ARIZONA. EVERETT WAS A LONG TIME MEMBER AND PAST PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATED CANADIAN TRAVELERS IN BRANDON, MANITOBA AND LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA; A FOUNDING MEMBER AND THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE LION'S CLUB IN SUTHERLAND, SASKATCHEWAN; A MEMBER OF THE MASONIC LODGE AND THE LETHBRIDGE AL AZHAR SHRINE CLUB. BESIDES HIS EVER-GROWING COIN COLLECTION, HE RESTORED A 1926 MODEL A FORD. EVERETT PASSED AWAY IN HIS HOME FROM CANCER IN 1993.
Catalogue Number
P20000011034
Acquisition Date
2004-06
Collection
Museum
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