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Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20150013016
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
38.5
Width
43
Description
WHITE, SLEEVELESS TODDLER'S SLIP. NECK LINE AND ARM HOLES FINISHED WITH SIMPLE LACE-LIKE EMBROIDERY IN WHITE. HEM IS SCALLOPED LACE, WITH A SIMPLE FLOWER PATTERN. TWO MOTHER-OF-PEARL BUTTONS ON LEFT SHOULDER. SLIGHT DISCOLOURATION/YELLOWING OF FABRIC. YELLOW STAIN ON BACK AT HEM LINE. LOOSE THREADS AT ARM PIT AREA ON BOTH SIDES. SLIGHT PULL IN FABRIC LEFT SIDE WAIST AREA ON FRONT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
THIS SLIP BELONGED TO ROBERT ALLAN SMITH (THE DONOR) AS A CHILD AND WAS SAVED FOR DONATION TO THE MUSEUM BY HIS MOTHER, PHYLLIS SMITH. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE SMITH FAMILY WAS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR AT THE TIME OF DONATION. BEGINNING IN THE 1940S, THE SMITH FAMILY RESIDED AT 1254 7 AVENUE SOUTH. PHYLLIS REMAINED IN THE HOUSE UNTIL HER DEATH AT 104 YEARS OF AGE, ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2009. WHILE CLEANING UP HIS MOTHER’S HOUSE, THE DONOR CAME ACROSS SEVERAL BAGS MARKED ‘FOR MUSEUM’. THE ITEMS WERE USED BY THE DONOR FROM AN INFANT UNTIL THE AGE OF APPROXIMATELY 9 YEARS OLD. IN THE INTERVIEW, KEVIN ASKS IF ROBERT FELT HIS CHILDHOOD WAS IDYLLIC. ROBERT RESPONDS, SAYING: “FOR ME IT WAS. I MEAN, I WAS BORN IN WARTIME STILL AND MAYBE IT WASN’T IDYLLIC FOR MY PARENTS, BUT IT WAS FOR ME. AND THE NEIGHBOURHOODS WERE DIFFERENT THEN. YOU WERE JUST LET OUT THE DOOR AND YOU WENT OUT TO PLAY WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD KIDS AND THERE WERE NO CONCERNS THAT THE PARENTS HAVE TODAY. YES, A VERY HAPPY TIME, I WOULD SAY.” ROBERT WAS BORN IN OCTOBER 1940 TO PHYLLIS (NEE GROSS) AND ALLAN F. SMITH, AT ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL. PHYLLIS WAS BORN TO FELIX AND MAGDALENA (NEE FETTIG) GROSS IN HARVEY, ND AND MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A FARM IN THE GRASSY LAKE AREA. SHE MOVED INTO LETHBRIDGE AND ATTENDED ST. BASIL’S SCHOOL IN THE 1910s. ALLAN WAS BORN IN ECHO BAY, ON, TO REV D.B. AND MRS. SMITH. HIS FATHER WAS A UNITED CHURCH MINISTER AND MOVED THE FAMILY TO EDMONTON. ALLAN WAS OFFERED A JOB AT WESTERN GROCERS IN LETHBRIDGE AND MET PHYLLIS WHILE IN THE CITY. THEY WERE MARRIED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 1939. ROBERT IS AN ONLY CHILD AND SUFFERED FROM RHEUMATIC FEVER AS A CHILD. HE BELIEVES THIS MAY BE PART OF THE REASON HIS MOTHER SAVED THESE ITEMS. HE EXPLAINS, SAYING: “I’M AN ONLY CHILD AND THEY WOULD BE MORE MEANINGFUL AND I WENT THROUGH A CHILDHOOD ILLNESS. I HAD RHEUMATIC FEVER. I MIGHT NOT HAVE SURVIVED. SOME OTHER KIDS DIDN’T SURVIVE, BUT I DID.” HE ALSO DESCRIBES HIS MOTHER AS BEING “A SAVER OF THINGS. HAVING GONE THROUGH THE DEPRESSION … THEY SAVED LOTS OF STUFF … ANYTHING THEY THINK THEY MIGHT USE IN THE FUTURE WAS SAVED.” PHYLLIS WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN THE 1970s AND WORKED AT THE GALT MUSEUM AS PART OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, ROBERT RECEIVED MANY AWARDS WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY, INCLUDING THE SCHLUMBERGER OF CANADA SCHOLARSHIP FOR PROFICIENCY IN ENGINEERING, A GOLD MEDAL FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS OF ALBERTA, AND RECEIVED THE HIGHEST GENERAL AVERAGE IN GRADUATION IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20150013016
Acquisition Date
2015-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
UNDERPANTS, LONG
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
JERSEY
Catalogue Number
P20150013021
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
UNDERPANTS, LONG
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
JERSEY
No. Pieces
1
Length
57
Width
29
Description
OFF-WHITE LONG UNDERWEAR, OVERALL STYLE, WITH ATTACHED TANK-TOP. FLAP OPENING IN BACK CLOSES WITH THREE MOTHER-OF-PEARL BUTTONS. DRAWSTRING FOLLOWS NECKLINE, THROUGH THE SHOULDER STRAPS, AND TIES IN THE FRONT, BELOW THE NECK. SHOULDER STRAPS HAVE A SLIGHTLY SCALLOPED EDGE. TAG INSIDE BACK NECK READS "WATSON'S 20 2-4 YEARS" SLIGHT YELLOWING OF FABRIC. SMALL BROWN COLOURED STAIN FRONT LEFT SIDE, NEAR WAIST.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
THESE LONG UNDERPANTS BELONGED TO ROBERT ALLAN SMITH (THE DONOR) AS A CHILD AND WAS SAVED FOR DONATION TO THE MUSEUM BY HIS MOTHER, PHYLLIS SMITH. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE SMITH FAMILY WAS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR AT THE TIME OF DONATION. BEGINNING IN THE 1940S, THE SMITH FAMILY RESIDED AT 1254 7 AVENUE SOUTH. PHYLLIS REMAINED IN THE HOUSE UNTIL HER DEATH AT 104 YEARS OF AGE, ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2009. WHILE CLEANING UP HIS MOTHER’S HOUSE, THE DONOR CAME ACROSS SEVERAL BAGS MARKED ‘FOR MUSEUM’. THE ITEMS WERE USED BY THE DONOR FROM AN INFANT UNTIL THE AGE OF APPROXIMATELY 9 YEARS OLD. IN THE INTERVIEW, KEVIN ASKS IF ROBERT FELT HIS CHILDHOOD WAS IDYLLIC. ROBERT RESPONDS, SAYING: “FOR ME IT WAS. I MEAN, I WAS BORN IN WARTIME STILL AND MAYBE IT WASN’T IDYLLIC FOR MY PARENTS, BUT IT WAS FOR ME. AND THE NEIGHBOURHOODS WERE DIFFERENT THEN. YOU WERE JUST LET OUT THE DOOR AND YOU WENT OUT TO PLAY WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD KIDS AND THERE WERE NO CONCERNS THAT THE PARENTS HAVE TODAY. YES, A VERY HAPPY TIME, I WOULD SAY.” ROBERT WAS BORN IN OCTOBER 1940 TO PHYLLIS (NEE GROSS) AND ALLAN F. SMITH, AT ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL. PHYLLIS WAS BORN TO FELIX AND MAGDALENA (NEE FETTIG) GROSS IN HARVEY, ND AND MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A FARM IN THE GRASSY LAKE AREA. SHE MOVED INTO LETHBRIDGE AND ATTENDED ST. BASIL’S SCHOOL IN THE 1910s. ALLAN WAS BORN IN ECHO BAY, ON, TO REV D.B. AND MRS. SMITH. HIS FATHER WAS A UNITED CHURCH MINISTER AND MOVED THE FAMILY TO EDMONTON. ALLAN WAS OFFERED A JOB AT WESTERN GROCERS IN LETHBRIDGE AND MET PHYLLIS WHILE IN THE CITY. THEY WERE MARRIED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 1939. ROBERT IS AN ONLY CHILD AND SUFFERED FROM RHEUMATIC FEVER AS A CHILD. HE BELIEVES THIS MAY BE PART OF THE REASON HIS MOTHER SAVED THESE ITEMS. HE EXPLAINS, SAYING: “I’M AN ONLY CHILD AND THEY WOULD BE MORE MEANINGFUL AND I WENT THROUGH A CHILDHOOD ILLNESS. I HAD RHEUMATIC FEVER. I MIGHT NOT HAVE SURVIVED. SOME OTHER KIDS DIDN’T SURVIVE, BUT I DID.” HE ALSO DESCRIBES HIS MOTHER AS BEING “A SAVER OF THINGS. HAVING GONE THROUGH THE DEPRESSION … THEY SAVED LOTS OF STUFF … ANYTHING THEY THINK THEY MIGHT USE IN THE FUTURE WAS SAVED.” PHYLLIS WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN THE 1970s AND WORKED AT THE GALT MUSEUM AS PART OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, ROBERT RECEIVED MANY AWARDS WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY, INCLUDING THE SCHLUMBERGER OF CANADA SCHOLARSHIP FOR PROFICIENCY IN ENGINEERING, A GOLD MEDAL FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS OF ALBERTA, AND RECEIVED THE HIGHEST GENERAL AVERAGE IN GRADUATION IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20150013021
Acquisition Date
2015-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SOAKER
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20150013010
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SOAKER
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
20
Width
28.5
Description
OFF-WHITE KNITTED DIAPER COVER. ALL ONE PIECE, TWO LEG HOLES, WITH DRAWSTRING WAIST. DIAGONAL SEAMS ON THE FRONT MAKE AN INVERTED "V" POINTING UP TOWARDS THE WAIST BAND FROM THE LEG HOLES. YARN APPEARS TO HAVE YELLOWED OVER THE YEARS. SEVERAL HOLES IN THE STITCHING, INCLUDING ON THE DIAGONAL SEAM ABOVE THE RIGHT LEG HOLE, ON THE BACK RIGHT BACK (HOLES ON THE FRONT AND BACK ALMOST LINE UP), AND ON THE WAISTBAND, ESPECIALLY AT THE BACK. DRAWSTRING STILL IN WAISTBAND, BUT IS NOW IN TWO PIECES. DIAGONAL SEAMING ON THE FRONT SHOWS QUITE A LOT OF TENSION/STRESS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
THIS DIAPER COVER BELONGED TO ROBERT ALLAN SMITH (THE DONOR) AS A CHILD AND WAS SAVED FOR DONATION TO THE MUSEUM BY HIS MOTHER, PHYLLIS SMITH. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE SMITH FAMILY WAS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR AT THE TIME OF DONATION. BEGINNING IN THE 1940S, THE SMITH FAMILY RESIDED AT 1254 7 AVENUE SOUTH. PHYLLIS REMAINED IN THE HOUSE UNTIL HER DEATH AT 104 YEARS OF AGE, ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2009. WHILE CLEANING UP HIS MOTHER’S HOUSE, THE DONOR CAME ACROSS SEVERAL BAGS MARKED ‘FOR MUSEUM’. THE ITEMS WERE USED BY THE DONOR FROM AN INFANT UNTIL THE AGE OF APPROXIMATELY 9 YEARS OLD. IN THE INTERVIEW, KEVIN ASKS IF ROBERT FELT HIS CHILDHOOD WAS IDYLLIC. ROBERT RESPONDS, SAYING: “FOR ME IT WAS. I MEAN, I WAS BORN IN WARTIME STILL AND MAYBE IT WASN’T IDYLLIC FOR MY PARENTS, BUT IT WAS FOR ME. AND THE NEIGHBOURHOODS WERE DIFFERENT THEN. YOU WERE JUST LET OUT THE DOOR AND YOU WENT OUT TO PLAY WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD KIDS AND THERE WERE NO CONCERNS THAT THE PARENTS HAVE TODAY. YES, A VERY HAPPY TIME, I WOULD SAY.” ROBERT WAS BORN IN OCTOBER 1940 TO PHYLLIS (NEE GROSS) AND ALLAN F. SMITH, AT ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL. PHYLLIS WAS BORN TO FELIX AND MAGDALENA (NEE FETTIG) GROSS IN HARVEY, ND AND MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A FARM IN THE GRASSY LAKE AREA. SHE MOVED INTO LETHBRIDGE AND ATTENDED ST. BASIL’S SCHOOL IN THE 1910s. ALLAN WAS BORN IN ECHO BAY, ON, TO REV D.B. AND MRS. SMITH. HIS FATHER WAS A UNITED CHURCH MINISTER AND MOVED THE FAMILY TO EDMONTON. ALLAN WAS OFFERED A JOB AT WESTERN GROCERS IN LETHBRIDGE AND MET PHYLLIS WHILE IN THE CITY. THEY WERE MARRIED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 1939. ROBERT IS AN ONLY CHILD AND SUFFERED FROM RHEUMATIC FEVER AS A CHILD. HE BELIEVES THIS MAY BE PART OF THE REASON HIS MOTHER SAVED THESE ITEMS. HE EXPLAINS, SAYING: “I’M AN ONLY CHILD AND THEY WOULD BE MORE MEANINGFUL AND I WENT THROUGH A CHILDHOOD ILLNESS. I HAD RHEUMATIC FEVER. I MIGHT NOT HAVE SURVIVED. SOME OTHER KIDS DIDN’T SURVIVE, BUT I DID.” HE ALSO DESCRIBES HIS MOTHER AS BEING “A SAVER OF THINGS. HAVING GONE THROUGH THE DEPRESSION … THEY SAVED LOTS OF STUFF … ANYTHING THEY THINK THEY MIGHT USE IN THE FUTURE WAS SAVED.” PHYLLIS WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN THE 1970s AND WORKED AT THE GALT MUSEUM AS PART OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, ROBERT RECEIVED MANY AWARDS WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY, INCLUDING THE SCHLUMBERGER OF CANADA SCHOLARSHIP FOR PROFICIENCY IN ENGINEERING, A GOLD MEDAL FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS OF ALBERTA, AND RECEIVED THE HIGHEST GENERAL AVERAGE IN GRADUATION IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20150013010
Acquisition Date
2015-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BED JACKET
Date Range From
1912
Date Range To
1916
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SATIN, PEARL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20110012006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BED JACKET
Date Range From
1912
Date Range To
1916
Materials
SATIN, PEARL, COTTON
No. Pieces
3
Description
1) H-106.3 L-94.3 W-2.2 SILK PINK SATIN. COTTON LACE, SEED PEARLS, BUCKRAM BASE UNDER GLASS BEADS, METALLIC BRAIDED THREAD, COTTON BOBBINET FRILL AT NECK. PINK MOIRÉ SILK RIBBON FOR INSIDE BELT. KIMONO STYLE WRAPPED GARMENT. GODETS AT LOWER SIDE SEAMS. FRONT IS NOTCHED OUT. ENTIRE GARMENT IS CUT ON GRAIN. MACHINE MADE; PLAIN SEAMS WITH HAND OVERCAST EDGES. ALL LACE APPLIED BY MACHINE. 2) H-13.4 L-14.5 W-2.4 PINK SILK JACQUARD RIBBON ROSETTE. ROSETTE IS FOLDED AND STITCHED RIBBON. CONSTRUCTION IS DONE BY HAND. 3) H-85 L-73.6 W-1.9 PINK SILK JACQUARD RIBBON ROSETTE AND TIES. THREE TIE ENDS EXTENDING OUT OF ROSETTE IN CENTER. ROSETTE IS FOLDED AND STITCHED RIBBON. CONSTRUCTION OF ROSETTE IS DONE BY HAND.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
BED JACKET WAS OWNED AND WORN BY DONOR’S GRANDMOTHER EDNA LOUISE TAYLOR NEE PRINCE BEFORE SHE PASSED AWAY IN 1916.THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS EXTRACTED FROM A LONGER NARRATIVE WRITTEN BY MARY VANBUSKIRK AT THE TIME OF DONATION: “LIKE MANY OF HER CONTEMPORARIES, [MY GRANDMOTHER] LOUISE WAS A METICULOUS NEEDLEWOMAN -- SHE MADE MANY OF HER OWN CLOTHES AS WELL AS MUM'S, EVEN INCLUDING UNDERWEAR, NIGHTWEAR, AND DOLL CLOTHES. FOR HER LAST PREGNANCY SHE FASHIONED SEVERAL LOUNGING OUTFITS TO WEAR WHILE IN BED AND NURSING THE BABY. SADLY, SHE DID NOT GET TO WEAR THEM FOR VERY LONG.” FOR DETAILED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION RELATING TO DONOR'S FAMILY HISTORY, PLEASE SEE TO P20110012001.
Catalogue Number
P20110012006
Acquisition Date
2011-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NEGLIGEE SET
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1935
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SATIN, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20110012005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NEGLIGEE SET
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1935
Materials
SATIN, COTTON
No. Pieces
3
Description
1) H-118.5, L-90.5, W-2.4 IVORY DELUSTERED SATIN ROBE. COTTON BOBBINET LACE TRIM IN FOUR LAYERS AT CUFFS. LACE AROUND NECK AND FRONT EDGES. STACKED PINK AND GREEN RIBBON SEWED DOWN TO CREATE CIRCULAR MOTIFS AT THE WAIT. ON EACH SIDE ARE FABRIC TIES ATTACHED AT MOTIF. VARIOUS CREASING THROUGHOUT. 2) H-43.5, L-61, W-2.5 IVORY DELUSTERED SATIN BODICE. BOBBINET LACE AT SHOULDERS AND ALONG EDGES OF V-NECKLINE. STACKED RIBBON CIRCULAR MOTIF AT BOTTOM OF NECKLINE. SHAPING UNDER BUST AND AT SHOULDERS. REVERSE SHOULDER LACE HAS COME AWAY FROM FABRIC. RUST COLOURED STAINING ON REVERSE. VARIOUS CREASING THROUGHOUT. 3) H-105.5, L-83.5, W-1.3 IVORY DELUSTERED SATIN PANTS. WIDE LEG KIMONO CUT. COTTON BOBBINET LACE TRIM AT BOTTOM CUFFS. ELASTIC WAIST. REVERSE LEFT HAS SPLIT SEAM WITH EXPOSED ELASTIC. REVERSE RIGHT SEAM HAS STRETCHED AND FABRIC IS FRAYED. VARIOUS CREASING THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
ROBE WAS OWNED AND WORN BY DONOR’S MOTHER MARY ELIZABETH TAYLOR. FOR DETAILED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION RELATING TO DONOR'S FAMILY HISTORY, PLEASE SEE TO P20110012001.
Catalogue Number
P20110012005
Acquisition Date
2011-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CLOTH DIAPER
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LINEN
Catalogue Number
P20130016001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CLOTH DIAPER
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1945
Materials
LINEN
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.25
Length
53
Width
48
Description
SQUARE PIECE OF WHITE LINEN CLOTH. ONE EDGE IS FACTORY-FINISHED; OPPOSITE EDGE IS FRAYED. THE TWO REMAINING EDGES ARE HEMMED WITH MACHINE STITCHING. GENERAL CREASING FROM PREVIOUS FOLDING. MINOR DISCOLOURATIONS THROUGHOUT; SMALL DOTS OF BROWN STAINING AT CENTRE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
ON APRIL 4, 2013, COLLECTION TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, GWEN KLONE, ABOUT HER CHILDHOOD ON HER FAMILY’S FARM NEAR BARONS, ALBERTA AND THE TWO RELATED OBJECTS SHE DONATED TO THE GALT: A CLOTH DIAPER (P20130016001-GA) AND A BABY CARRIAGE (P20130016002-GA). KLONE SAID: “I FEEL THAT WE GREW UP IN THE BEST POSSIBLE ERA. IN THE BEST POSSIBLE PLACE, TO BE RAISED ON A FARM WAS ABSOLUTELY GREAT. WE FOUND OUR OWN FUN.” REGARDING THIS ARTIFACT, KLONE SAID: “THIS WAS A DIAPER… IT LOOKS LIKE [IT WAS MADE FROM A] FLOUR SACK… [MY MOTHER] SHE JUST SAVED… IT WAS IN MY MUM’S TRUNK AND I KNEW IT WAS THERE. WE ALWAYS KNEW THESE THINGS WERE THERE… IT MEANT SOMETHING TO THEM, SENTIMENTAL… MY MUM AND DAD SAVED PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING. WE’VE STILL GOT OUR ORIGINAL CRIBS… THEY SAVED IT FOR US TO SAVE… IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD TO JUST SHARE. JUST SHARE. IT IS PART OF OUR LIFE AND NOW IT IS PART OF HISTORY. TIME SNUCK UP ON US AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT’S THIS MANY YEARS LATER. I MEAN, WE ARE GOING ON TO SEVENTY. THIS STUFF IS STILL HERE.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW.
Catalogue Number
P20130016001
Acquisition Date
2013-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1916
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20110012001
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1916
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
43.5
Length
76.2
Width
3.2
Description
COTTON LAWN WITH MACHINE EMBROIDERED EDGE ON RUFFLE IN HEM. GORED PANELS IN BODY WITH STRAIGHT GRAIN WAISTBAND AND CIRCULAR CUT RUFFLES. MACHINE MADE WITH HAND SEWN BUTTONHOLES IN WAIST. CENTRE BACK SEAM. EDGES FINISHED WITH A ROW OF TOPSTITCHING. BUTTONHOLES ATTACHED TO CORSET CENTRE ON ANOTHER PETTICOAT TO STABILIZE GARMENTS DURING WEAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SLIP WAS OWNED AND WORN BY DONOR’S GRANDMOTHER EDNA LOUISE TAYLOR NEE PRINCE BEFORE SHE PASSED AWAY IN 1916. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS EXTRACTED FROM A LONGER BIOGRAPHICAL NARRATIVE PROVIDED BY DONOR MARY VANBUSKIRK AT THE TIME OF DONATION. THE FULL VERSION CAN BE FOUND IN THE PERMANENT FILE. “[MY GRANDPARENTS] WERE BOTH FROM HAVELOCK, A FARMING COMMUNITY IN NEW BRUNSWICK AND WERE BOTH OF LOYALIST AND PRE-LOYALIST STOCK. [MY GRANDFATHER] DICK (NOT RICHARD) ALISON TAYLOR WAS BORN IN 1876, AND BECAME A MEDICAL DOCTOR. HIS PARENTS FARMED IN HAVELOCK, BUT ON HIS FATHER'S DEATH, DICK SPENT HIS SHARE OF HIS INHERITANCE ON HIS EDUCATION, ATTENDING MOUNT ALLISON ACADEMY IN 1896-97, AND THEN MCGILL WHERE HE GRADUATED IN MEDICINE IN 1901. HE LEFT NOVA SCOTIA AND TOOK POSTGRADUATE WORK IN BOSTON IN THE MEDICINE OF THE EYE, EAR, NOSE AND THROAT. ABOUT THAT TIME A GREAT FRIEND JOHN DAVIES TALKED HIM INTO MOVING WEST, INFECTING HIM WITH THE ROMANCE OF THE NEW TOWNS OPENING UP. HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND SOMEHOW HAVING CONVINCED THE CHILDHOOD SWEETHEART LOUISE PRICE TO JOIN HIM, THEY WERE MARRIED IN CALGARY IN DECEMBER 1909. EDNA LOUISE PRICE HAD GROWN UP IN HAVELOCK, THE SECOND YOUNGEST OF ELEVEN CHILDREN. DICK AND LOUISE SETTLED INTO MARRIED LIFE AT 1506-7TH STREET SOUTH, AND THEIR BABY GIRL MARY ELIZABETH WAS BORN A YEAR AFTER THEIR MARRIAGE, IN DECEMBER 1910. IN FACT, SHE WAS BORN IN NEW BRUNSWICK, AS THE HAPPY PARENTS WANTED TO BE AMONG THEIR FAMILIES TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH. THERE IS A BADLY WORN PHOTOGRAPH OF AN ELEGANT FAMILY CHRISTMAS, WITH THE BABY ELIZABETH IN THE ARMS OF ONE OF HER MANY AUNTS. SOON AFTERWARDS, THE FAMILY MOVED TO 638-11TH STREET WHICH IS WHERE MY MUM GREW UP. MY UNCLE BOB, MUM'S BROTHER ROBERT BURT TAYLOR WAS BORN FIVE YEARS LATER, IN NOVEMBER 1915. LIKE MANY OF HER CONTEMPORARIES, LOUISE WAS A METICULOUS NEEDLEWOMAN -- SHE MADE MANY OF HER OWN CLOTHES AS WELL AS MUM'S, EVEN INCLUDING UNDERWEAR, NIGHTWEAR, AND DOLL CLOTHES. FOR HER LAST PREGNANCY SHE FASHIONED SEVERAL LOUNGING OUTFITS TO WEAR WHILE IN BED AND NURSING THE BABY. SADLY, SHE DID NOT GET TO WEAR THEM FOR VERY LONG. IN THOSE DAYS, WOMEN SPENT MONTHS "CONVALESCING” AFTER HAVING A BABY AND MUM'S MOTHER WAS NO EXCEPTION. ONE SUNDAY IN JANUARY, MUM AND HER DAD WENT OFF TO CHURCH LEAVING HER MUM AT HOME WITH THE BABY. WHEN THEY CAME HOME, SHE WAS DEAD. IT WAS A TERRIBLE SHOCK TO EVERYONE -- BOTH THE FAMILY AND THE COMMUNITY. DICK AT AGE 40 HAD NOW LOST TWO WIVES AND AT LEAST ONE INFANT TO CHILDBIRTH; UNCLE BOB WAS ORPHANED AT TWO MONTHS OF AGE. BUT THE WORST EFFECT WAS ON MY MOTHER, WHO HAD LOST HER BELOVED MOTHER AT THE TENDER AND VULNERABLE AGE OF FIVE. IN MANY WAYS, SHE NEVER RECOVERED FROM THAT DEVASTATING LOSS. OF COURSE, IN THOSE DAYS, MEN DID NOT RAISE CHILDREN ON THEIR OWN. AUNT NANE, LOUISE'S FORMIDABLE OLDEST SISTER, CAME TO LETHBRIDGE TO TAKE THE CHILDREN BACK TO NEW BRUNSWICK. [MY MOTHER] REMEMBERS THE AWFUL STILLNESS OF THE TRAIN TRIP IN THE DEAD OF WINTER, TAKING HER FROM EVERYTHING SHE HAD EVER KNOWN. SHE WAS TO BE SEPARATED FROM HER FATHER, WHO OF COURSE RETURNED TO HIS PRACTICE IN LETHBRIDGE, AND EVEN FROM HER BROTHER, FOR HE WAS TO BE RAISED BY THE CHILDLESS AUNT MARY AND UNCLE WILL, WHILE MUM WAS TO BE RAISED BY AUNT NANE. THREE YEARS LATER, [MY GRANDFATHER] MARRIED A FAMILY FRIEND MARY ETHYL DAWSON, ORIGINALLY FROM PETERBOROUGH. SHE WAS A SCHOOL TEACHER AND MUST HAVE COME TO ALBERTA TO TEACH. SOON AFTERWARDS, AGE 9, MUM CAME BACK TO LETHBRIDGE TO LIVE WITH HER FATHER AND STEPMOTHER. IT WAS DOUBTLESS A HARD ADJUSTMENT FOR THE STEPMOTHER AS WELL, BUT FOR MUM IT WAS TRAUMATIC -- UPROOTED YET AGAIN FROM HOME AND FRIENDS AND TRANSPORTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO A HOME AT ONCE FAMILIAR AND STRANGE. YOUNG BOB WAS LEFT IN NEW BRUNSWICK HAPPILY GROWING UP ON THE FARM WITH HIS AUNT AND UNCLE, AND WOULD LIKELY HAVE REMAINED THERE EXCEPT THAT AUNT MARY DIED OF TYPHOID IN 1922. SO BOB WAS BROUGHT BACK TO LETHBRIDGE AS WELL. HE GOT ALONG LESS WELL WITH HIS STEPMOTHER, AND RAN AWAY FROM HOME WHEN HE WAS 15. MUM DID NOT SEE HIM OR HEAR FROM HIM AGAIN UNTIL AFTER THE WAR. THE WIDOWED ETHYL TAYLOR TOOK IN BOARDERS, AND KEPT THE HOUSE GOING. SHE FINALLY DIED OF CANCER IN CALGARY IN NOVEMBER 1947, TWO WEEKS BEFORE I WAS BORN. IT TROUBLED MY MOTHER THAT, BECAUSE OF HER SOMEWHAT RISKY PREGNANCY, SHE COULD NOT BE WITH HER STEPMOTHER AT THE END, AND SHE NAMED ME FOR HER -- MARY ETHYL VANBUSKIRK. MY MOTHER WAS CHRISTENED MARY ELIZABETH TAYLOR, BUT SHE WAS ALWAYS CALLED ELIZABETH; NEVER BETH, BETTY, ELIZA, LIZZIE, ALMOST NEVER LIZ, AND CERTAINLY NEVER MARY. SHE TOLD ME THAT IF ONE OF HER LITTLE FRIENDS CAME CALLING, ASKING FOR LIZ OR LIZZIE, HER STEP-MOTHER WOULD SAY VERY STERNLY "HER NAME IS ELIZABETH." SHE WAS CONCEIVED AND RAISED IN LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA (THOUGH BORN IN NEW BRUNSWICK), AND ALTHOUGH BY THE TIME SHE WAS 50 SHE HAD SPENT MORE THAN HALF HER LIFE AWAY FROM ALBERTA, SHE ALWAYS COUNTED HERSELF AN ALBERTAN, AND ALWAYS THOUGHT OF LETHBRIDGE AS HOME. [I]N LETHBRIDGE, SHE MADE GOOD FRIENDS IN SCHOOL. IN HER GRADE XII YEARBOOK, HER CHARACTER SKETCH INCLUDES "NOTED FOR -- PERPETUAL MOTION TONGUE", "FAVORITE OCCUPATION -- TALKING". THESE OBSERVATIONS DON'T COMPLETELY TALLY WITH THE RESERVED MOTHER THAT I KNEW, BUT CLEARLY INDICATE THAT SHE LOVED BEING WITH AND TALKING WITH HER FRIENDS. ALL THROUGH HER LIFE SHE WAS INTERESTED IN PEOPLE -- HER FRIENDS, OUR FRIENDS, ANYONE SHE HAPPENED TO MEET. SHE HAD GOOD TIMES IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE USED TO MENTION WALKING FOR MILES TO A NEARBY LAKE (RESERVOIR?) TO SWIM IN THE SUMMER OR SKATE IN THE WINTER. I GATHER IT WAS A LONG WALK -- PARENTS DIDN'T DRIVE THEIR KIDS EVERYWHERE LIKE THEY DO NOW. I HAVE A PHOTO TAKEN ABOUT 1923 OF MUM ON A BASEBALL TEAM. SHE BELONGED TO THE CGIT (CANADIAN GIRLS IN TRAINING) AND WENT AT LEAST ONCE TO A SUMMER CAMP IN 1925. SHE LOVED EXPLORING THE COULEES. SHE PLAYED BADMINTON. SHE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN 1927, AT AGE 16. IN THOSE DAYS, MUM TOLD US, A GIRL HAD LIMITED OPTIONS -- STENOGRAPHER, TEACHER, OR NURSE. SHE COULDN'T SEE HERSELF AS A STENOGRAPHER AND MUCH LESS AS TEACHER, SO SHE OPTED FOR NURSING. SHE HAD TO PUT IN A YEAR, AS SHE COULD NOT START TRAINING UNTIL SHE WAS 18, SO SHE TOOK SOME ADDITIONAL BUSINESS COURSES. HER FATHER HAD PROPOSED SHE GO TO VICTORIA, WHERE THERE WERE SOME RELATIVES OF HIS, SO IN 1928 SHE WAS OFF TO THE JUBILEE HOSPITAL IN VICTORIA. THE TRAINING WAS RIGOROUS, BUT SHE HAD THE TIME OF HER LIFE. LIKE ANY TEENAGER, SHE LOVED BEING ON HER OWN, "DOING HER OWN THING", AS WE WOULD PUT IT NOWADAYS. ONCE AGAIN, SHE MADE SOME GREAT FRIENDS, WHOM SHE WOULD VISIT AND CORRESPOND WITH FOR DECADES. SHE GRADUATED IN 1932, AT THE HEIGHT OF THE DEPRESSION. SHE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE STAYED IN VICTORIA, BUT THERE WERE NO OPENINGS. SHE CONSIDERED TAKING A POSITION IN SHANGHAI. GIVEN THE FACT THAT SHANGHAI WAS INVADED BY THE JAPANESE IN 1937, I THINK THAT IT WAS AS WELL SHE DID NOT GO. BUT SHE SOMETIMES REGRETTED NOT HAVING TAKEN THE PLUNGE. IN THE END, SHE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE. AT FIRST, MUM COULD NOT GET A NURSING POSITION EVEN IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE DID PRIVATE DUTY NURSING, WHICH SHE FOUND INTERESTING IF TAXING. FINALLY SHE WAS TAKEN ON AT THE NURSING MISSION IN 1935, UNDER MISS TILLEY. THE MISSION PROVIDED NURSING AND MEDICAL SERVICES TO NEW MOTHERS AND THE ELDERLY. SHE TOLD OF WEIGHING BABIES AND MEASURING THEIR HEIGHTS TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE GETTING ENOUGH NOURISHMENT. ANOTHER EVENING, HER MOTHER TOLD HER OF A BRIDGE PARTY SHE HAD ATTENDED IN THE AFTERNOON. A LADY WAS IN TOWN VISITING HER SON WHO WORKED FOR THE BANK OF MONTREAL. HER NAME WAS MRS. VAN BUSKIRK. "WHAT A FUNNY NAME! MUM REMARKED. "I'D NEVER MARRY A MAN WITH A NAME LIKE THAT!" ONE SHOULD NEVER SAY SUCH THINGS. MY MUM MET WILLIAM FRASER WOODS VAN BUSKIRK SOON AFTERWARDS AT A COCKTAIL PARTY AT THE MARQUIS HOTEL, AND ON JUNE 22, 1938, THEY HAD THEIR WEDDING RECEPTION THERE. EARLIER, SHE HAD BEEN GIVEN AWAY BY "UNCLE" JOHN DAVIES, AND POSED FOR PHOTOS ON THE LAWN AT THE FAMILY HOME. THE LACE IN HER WEDDING DRESS HAD COME FROM AUNT NANE IN NEW BRUNSWICK. SHE CARRIED PEONIES FROM THE GARDEN. SHE AND DADDY HAD THEIR HONEYMOON AT THE CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE, A PLACE WHICH WAS AN ICON FOR COMPLETE HAPPINESS ALL THE REST OF HER LIFE. DADDY BY THAT TIME HAD BEEN TRANSFERRED TO EDMONTON, WHERE THEY RENTED A CUTE LITTLE BUNGALOW FOR A FEW YEARS. THEN THE WAR TOOK THEM TO MANITOBA, WHERE DADDY WAS A TRAINER AT SHILO, AND AFTERWARDS THE BANK KEPT THEM THERE. FOR YEARS, THEY DREAMED OF BEING SENT BACK TO ALBERTA, MUM'S HOME, AND THE ROCKIES, DADDY'S SPIRITUAL HOME. BUT IT WAS NEVER TO BE. OVER THE YEARS, WE HAD MANY TRIPS BACK TO VISIT PEOPLE AND PLACES IMPORTANT TO THEM BOTH. BUT THEY NEVER LIVED IN ALBERTA AGAIN. IT WAS A SHOCK TO MY MUM WHEN SHE REALIZED THAT HER DAUGHTERS WERE MANITOBANS, NOT ALBERTANS. HER HEART WAS ALWAYS AMONG THE COULEES OF LETHBRIDGE. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING PHOTOGRAPHS AND LONGER BIOGRAPHY, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20110012001
Acquisition Date
2011-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1880
Date Range To
1905
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20110012002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1880
Date Range To
1905
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
74.9
Length
108.8
Width
2.4
Description
BLEACHED COTTON MUSLIN, MACHINE EMBROIDERED IN HEM. STRAIGHT GRAIN FLARED CUT. MACHINE MADE – ASSEMBLY PIN TACKING ON LEGS. SEAMS ARE COVERED WITH AN ADDITIONAL LAYER OR HAND OVERCAST. MACHINE BUTTONHOLES. ORIGINALLY MADE WITH SPLIT CROTCH WHICH HAS BEEN SEWN SHUT AND COVERED WITH PATCH INSIDE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
DRAWERS WERE OWNED AND WORN BY DONOR’S GRANDMOTHER EDNA LOUISE TAYLOR NEE PRINCE BEFORE SHE PASSED AWAY IN 1916. FOR DETAILED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION RELATING TO DONOR'S FAMILY HISTORY, PLEASE SEE TO P20110012001.
Catalogue Number
P20110012002
Acquisition Date
2011-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
GIRL GUIDE UNIFORM
Date Range From
1976
Date Range To
1977
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, ELASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20000011050
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GIRL GUIDE UNIFORM
Date Range From
1976
Date Range To
1977
Materials
COTTON, ELASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
27.0
Width
33.0
Description
GIRL'S DARK BLUE COTTON UNDERWEAR. UNDERWEAR ARE GATHERED TO AN ELASTIC WAISTBAND, ALSO DARK BLUE. HAS REINFORCED CROTCH AREA. TAG INSIDE WAISTBAND IS WHITE WITH BLUE EMBROIDERED WORDS THAT READ "WATSON'S BY PENMANS LARGE GRAND". ELASTIC WAISTBAND IS FRAYED AT THE BACK.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S DAUGHTER, KAREN POTTS NEUFELD.
Catalogue Number
P20000011050
Acquisition Date
2004-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HALF SLIP
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LACE
Catalogue Number
P20000011022
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALF SLIP
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
LACE
No. Pieces
1
Length
43.0
Width
45.0
Description
SLIP IS ABOVE KNEE LENGTH. LIGHT BLUE WITH WHITE FLOWERS. ONE SID IS SPLIT AT BOTTOM AND TRIMMED WITH A WHITE TRANSLUCENT BIAS TAPE THAT IS TIED IN A BOW AT TOP OF SPLIT. WAISTBAND IS ELASTICIZED. ELASTIC IS VERY BRITTLE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S STEPDAUGHTER SUZANNE JOHNSTONE.
Catalogue Number
P20000011022
Acquisition Date
2004-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
C/W SCARF & SLIP
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1976
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER (SYNTHETIC)
Catalogue Number
P20000011019
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
C/W SCARF & SLIP
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1976
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER (SYNTHETIC)
No. Pieces
3
Length
146.0
Description
1. DRESS. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. MADE OF BLUE AND WHITE CHECKERED COTTON. HAS WHITE FLORAL EDGING AROUND SCOOPED NECKLINE, EMPIRE WAIST AND TOWARDS BOTTOM OF SKIRT. THERE ARE 2 PLEATS IN BODICE. SLEEVES ARE SHORT AND SLIGHTLY GATHERED AT ARMHOLE. THERE IS A ZIPPER PART WAY DOWN BACK OF DRESS. DRESS IS SLIGHTLY GATHERED AT WAISTLINE (BELOW EDGING). BELOW EDGING ON SKIRT MATERIAL IS GATHERED TO CREATE A FLOUNCE. THERE ARE YELLOW STAINS IN ARMPIT AREA. 2. SLIP. 100.5 (L) X 56.3 (W). LIGHT BLUE SYNTHETIC FABRIC. HAS GATHERED, ELASTICIZED WAISTBAND AND WIDE HEM ALONG BOTTOM. MADE FROM ONE PIECE OF FABRIC. ABOUT HALF OF SIDE SEAM HAS COME UNDONE FROM HEM UP. 3. SCARF. 90.7(L) X 32.6(W). MADE OF SAME BLUE AND WHITE CHECKERED COTTON AS DRESS. TRIANGLE SHAPE WITH ALL SIDES HEMMED. ALL THREE CORNERS HAVE WHITE FLOWERS (SAME EDGING AS USED ON DRESS) - ONE CORNER HAS 3 FLOWERS, OTHER TWO HAVE 1.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
MADE BY DONOR WHILE WORKING AT THE GALT MUSEUM & ARCHIVES. HERSELF AND SUMMER STAFF (STEP STUDENTS) MADE SETS FOR THEMSELVES OUT OF GINGHAM TO ADD A BIT OF CHARACTER FOR THE TOURISTS THAT CAME INTO THE MUSEUM. DONOR WAS BORN IN INDIAN HEAD SASKATCHEWAN; HER FAMILY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1955, WHERE SHE HAS REMAINED EVER SINCE. HER FATHER WAS A REPRESENTATIVE FOR FROSST PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR IS PAST EMPLOYEE OF GALT MUSEUM. DONOR'S HUSBAND ANDREW IMMIGRATED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1980; IS PAST CHAIRMAN OF THE GALT MUSEUM & ARCHIVES BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Catalogue Number
P20000011019
Acquisition Date
2004-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
R.C.M.P. UNIFORM
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1952
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20020021002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. UNIFORM
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1952
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
85.5
Description
SHIRT IS CREAM COLOURED WITH FAINT BROWN LINES THROUGH IT. SHIRT IS EXTRA LONG; HAS A HORIZONTAL BAND OF MATERIAL AROUND BOTTOM. LONG SLEEVES. TOP FRONT IS OPEN AND HAS 3 WHITE PLASTIC BUTTONS AS CLOSURES. INSIDE NECKLINE IS A TAG THAT READS "TURNBULL'S CEETEE PURE WOOL" AND PICTURES A BIGHORN SHEEP. BELOW THIS IS ANOTHER TAG THAT READS "42". SILKSCREEENED AT BOTTOM FRONT OF SHIRT IS THE IMAGE OF A BIGHORN SHEEP WITH "TURNBULL'S CEETEE PURE WOOL" ON IT; BELOW THIS READS "TREATED TO PREVENT SHRINKING". THERE ARE NUMEROUS SMALL HOLES AROUND NECKLINE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ITEMS BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, EDWARD BUCHANAN. EDWARD WAS A MEMBER OF THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE FROM 1919 UNTIL 1932, WHEN HE TRANSFERRED TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. HE WAS A SENIOR STAFF SARGEANT, ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE AT LETHBRIDGE FROM MAY 1944 TO NOV. 1950. HE RETIRED IN 1950, THEN BECAME DIRECTOR OF CORRECTIONS FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. FOLLOWING RETIREMENT, EDWARD BECAME A MEMBER OF THE RCMP VETERAN'S ASSOCATION IN EDMONTON IN 1950/51, AND REMAINED A MEMBER UNTIL HIS PASSING; HE ALSO SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THIS ASSOCIATION. SEE P20020090001-GA FOR COMPLETE BIOGRAPHY OF EDWARD BUCHANAN. *UPDATE* AN INTERVIEW WAS CONDUCTED BY GALT’S COLLECTION TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON JUNE 8, 2018 WITH THE DONOR JEAN I. BUCHANAN IN REGARDS TO A NEW ARTIFACT OFFER SHE WAS MAKING TO THE MUSEUM. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20180014001 FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE CAREER OF SENIOR STAFF SERGEANT EDWARD ETTERSHANK “BUCK” BUCHANAN, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND THE OBITUARY COPY.
Catalogue Number
P20020021002
Acquisition Date
2002-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, LACE
Catalogue Number
P20000038023
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Materials
NYLON, LACE
No. Pieces
1
Length
105.0
Description
LIGHT YELLOW. HAS A HEART SHAPED NECKLINE. NECKLINE IS TRIMMED WITH WIDE YELLOW LACE. THERE IS A SMALL YELLOW BOW AT CENTER FRONT. HAS THIN ADJUSTABLE STRAPS. BOTTOM OF SLIP IS ALSO TRIMMED WITH WIDE YELLOW LACE. HAS AN EMPIRE STYLE WAIST WITH SMALL GATHERS JUST UNDER BUST. INSIDE IS A TAG THAT READS "STYLED BY JO-ANN LINGERIE 34".
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
ITEMS BELONGED TO DONOR'S (WALT) MOTHER & FATHER, ADA MAY HOLT AND HERBERT HOLT. SOME ITEMS ALSO BELONGED TO HOLT CHILDREN: GORD, RALPH AND WALT. ADA PRODUCED MUCH OF THE HANDIWORK IN COLLECTION. ALL ITEMS WERE USED IN LETHBRIDGE. HERBERT HOLT, WAS BORN IN NORTH WALES AND SERVED IN THE KING'S LIVERPOOL REGIMENT DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR. HE CAME TO CANADA IN 1922 AND IN JANUARY 1923 JOINED THE STAFF OF THE FORT SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL JAIL AS A GUARD. HE BECAME DEPUTY WARDEN THERE IN NOVEMBER 1936, AND SERVED IN THAT CAPACITY UNTIL HIS PROMOTION TO WARDEN AT THE LETHBRIDGE JAIL IN 1940. HERB'S VISION OF REHABILITATION INCLUDED "MEANINGFUL" WORK FOR PRISONERS, RESULTING IN FIELD WORK GROWING VEGETABLE CROPS AND WHEAT, RAISING CATTLE AND HOGS, AS WELL AS WORKING IN THE PRISON BUTCHER SHOP, BAKERY, CANNERY, AND CREAMERY. IN ADDITION, PRISONERS BEAUTIFIED THE GROUNDS BY WORKING ON FLOWER BEDS AND BUILDING STONE FENCES, CREATING AN ATTRACTIVE PARK IN THE "FRONT YARD" OF THE JAIL. HERB WAS MADE AN HONOURARY CHIEF BY THE PEIGAN NATION IN 1949 FOR HIS EFFORTS TO PROVIDE MEANINGFUL WORK TO NATIVE INMATES. HERB WAS APPOINTED MAGISTRATE IN AND FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA IN AUGUST 1950, AND HELD THIS POST UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1959. ADA HOLT (NEE MOYER) WAS BORN IN ONTARIO IN 1907; HER PARENTS MOVED OUTSIDE FORT SASKATCHEWAN IN 1909 WHERE THEY HOMESTEADED ON A FARM. AS A YOUNG WOMAN ADA WORKED FOR FIVE YEARS AT THE GENERAL STORE. ADA MET HERB IN FORT SASKATCHEWAN, AND THEY MARRIED IN 1935. ADA CONTINUED TO CALL LETHBRIDGE HER HOME AFTER HER HUSBAND'S DEATH UNTIL 1998 WHEN SHE SUFFERED A STROKE. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE BEVERLY CENTRE IN JANUARY OF 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY ON FAMILY AND LETHBRIDGE GAOL.
Catalogue Number
P20000038023
Acquisition Date
2002-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HALF SLIP
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P20010070009
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALF SLIP
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
1
Length
70.0
Width
72.0
Description
LIGHT BLUE HALF SLIP; CALF LENGTH. LOWER 1/3 OF SLIP IS A SHEER BLUE NYLON, AND HAS EMBROIDERY ON IT, AT TOP OF SHEER PIECE AND AT HEM, TO LOOK LIKE LACE. BOTTOM EDGE OF SLIP IS SCALLOPED. AN EMBROIDERED TAG INSIDE SLIP READS "LUXITE BY HOLEPROOF NYLON M", IN BURGUNDY ON A WHITE BACKGROUND.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
COLLECTION OF LINGERIE, MOST OF WHICH BELONGED TO MRS. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON, WAS PURCHASED AROUND THE 1950S. ARTICLES ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT A WELL DRESSED WOMAN WOULD HAVE WORN IN THAT ERA. DAGMAR OLSEN WAS BORN DECEMBER 28, 1914, RAISED ON A FAMILY FARM, AND SCHOOLED IN STAVLEY, ALBERTA. HER PARENTS, HILDA AND JOHN OLSEN, WERE IMMIGRANT PIONEERS FROM NORWAY. HER MOTHER HILDA, GOT DAGMAR HER FIRST JOB AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR WITH THE STAVELY AGENCY AT THE AGE OF 15 YEARS. AFTER LIVING AT HOME WORKING SEVEN YEARS IN STAVELY, DAGMAR MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED FOR AGT UNTIL SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE DOYLE, ALSO FROM STAVELY AND PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE HAD ONE DAUGHTER, BARBARA. DAGMAR LATER RETURNED TO AGT AS AN OPERATOR UNTIL HER RETIREMENT AT AGE 60, WHEN SHE MARRIED CLARE SIMPSON. CLARE AND DAGMAR LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE, SOCIALIZED, AND TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1985. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON DIED MARCH 14, 2001. SHE WAS RUMORED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, WAS BORN AND SCHOOLED IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE TRAINED AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL AS A LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST; GRADUATED 1962. SHE WORKED IN THE LAB AT ST. MICHAEL'S FOR 5 YEARS; MARRIED AND HAD 2 SONS. GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS, THEN A MASTERS OF ARTS IN ENGLISH, IN 1987. SHE TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITYS OF CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE, THEN MOVED TO MONTREAL FROM 1990-1996. SHE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE TO RETIRE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING CLOTHING ITEMS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. DAGMAR CHRISTINA SIMPSON (NEE OLSEN) PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 2001 AT THE AGE OF 88. SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE PATRICK (LARRY) DOYLE ON DECEMBER 4, 1940. LAWRENCE WAS BORN IN PEI IN 1910. HE MOVED TO VULCAN IN 1920, STAVELY IN 1924, AND TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1937. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 58 ON MARCH 28, 1969. LAWRENCE WAS THE SON OF GEORGE FRANKLIN AND MINNIE MAGDALEN DOYLE. DAGMAR WAS REMARRIED ON MARCH 29, 1975 TO CLARE C. SIMPSON. CLARE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BELLEVILE, ON AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1930 TO WORK FOR AGT. HE ENLISTED IN 1939 AND WAS A POW FOR 3.5 YEARS FOLLOWING DIEPPE. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75 ON FEBRUARY 18, 1983. THE DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, IS THE DAUGHTER OF DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE. IN 1969, BARBARA WAS MARRIED TO PAUL TURNER AND IN 1983, SHE WAS THE WIFE OF MR. B.F. MCFADDEN. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE COLLECTION, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2018, PUNDYK SAT DOWN WITH DOYLE FOR AN INTERVIEW REGARDING THAT DONATION. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: DOYLE EXPLAINED THAT HER MOTHER DAGMAR OLSEN – THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THE ARTIFACTS – WAS BORN IN STAVLEY AND WAS THE THIRD OF FOUR SISTERS. GROWING UP IN A HOUSE OF DAUGHTERS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN OLSEN’S LIFE. DOYLE DESCRIBED THE SISTERS BY SAYING, “BESSIE WAS THE OLDEST, AND NORAH WAS THE SECOND OLDEST, AND THEN MY MOTHER, AND THEN VICKI. AUNT VICKI WENT BIG [BY MOVING] TO TORONTO. SHE WANTED TO GET OUT OF TOWN. SHE WAS BORED. SHE WAS BORN IN STAVELY AND THERE WAS NO WAY SHE WAS GOING TO STAY THERE. SHE WAS THE YOUNGEST, SO SHE GOT THINGS THAT THE OTHERS DIDN’T GET IN THEIR LIFE. NORAH TOOK TO CALGARY. SHE WENT UP THERE AND SHE WORKED FOR A WHILE AT PACKING COOKIES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BESSIE WAS [WORKING] WITH MRS. JOURNEK AND THEN IN CALGARY THAT WAY TOO.” MOVING ON TO DESCRIBE HER MOTHER, DOYLE ILLUMINATED, “SHE WORKED [AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR] FROM WHEN SHE WAS 15 IN STAVELY FOR ABOUT 7 YEARS. SHE WAS THERE FOR THE FIRST TELEPHONES COMING IN. THEN SHE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. SHE KNEW MY DAD FROM STAVELY, AND THEN HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AS WELL AND THEY LIVED SEPARATELY IN A BOARDING HOUSE UNTIL THEY GOT MARRIED…SHE HAD BREAKS [IN BETWEEN WHEN SHE FIRST STARTED WORKING AND HER RETIREMENT] WHEN SHE COULDN’T WORK BECAUSE OF THE WAR. [ADDITIONALLY,] I WAS BORN IN ’42, AND ONCE YOU HAD A CHILD, YOU COULDN’T GO TO WORK. EVEN WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER, THE WOMEN COULD NOT GO TO WORK BECAUSE THEY WERE MAKING WAY FOR THE PEOPLE COMING BACK FROM THE WAR FOR THE JOBS. THAT WAS REALLY HARD ON MY MOTHER. SHE WAS SO INDEPENDENT AND TO NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE HER OWN MONEY AND EVERYTHING [WAS DIFFICULT].” “[THOUGH] SHE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT HER WORK,” DOYLE EXPLAINED, “I JUST KNOW THAT SHE JUST REALLY LOVED TO GO TO WORK. THAT WAS A REALLY, REALLY GOOD JOB [BECAUSE IT] WAS A GOVERNMENT JOB AT THAT TIME. SHE RETIRED WHEN SHE WAS 60, SO SHE WORKED A LOT.” “I WOULD SAY [HAVING A JOB INFLUENCED] MY MOTHER’S FASHION AND HOW SHE COULD AFFORD TO WEAR CLOTHES LIKE THAT, BECAUSE SHE BOUGHT REALLY GOOD CLOTHES, [SUCH AS] WOOL CLOTHES AND EVERYTHING BECAUSE SHE WORKED. MY MOTHER DRESSED TO THE NINES. SHE REALLY LIKED CLOTHES.” “[THE PIECES OF LINGERIE] WOULD PROBABLY BE FROM THE ‘60S. THEY HAD A LOT OF BEAUTIFUL LINGERIE AT THAT TIME. [SLIPS AND PETTICOATS] WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE WOULD WEAR WEARING DRESSES AND SKIRTS AND EVERYTHING WITH IT. A LOT OF US WORE THESE HALF-SLIPS (SIMILAR TO P20010070001, P20010070009, P20010070013, P20010070015), AND WE WORE THAT WITH SWEATERS, SO WE JUST HAD OUR BRA AND THIS. THAT’S IN MY GENERATION AND MUM USUALLY WAS THE ONE THAT WORE THE FULL SLIP (SIMILAR TO P20010070010, P20010070012).” OF THIS PETTICOAT, DOYLE EXPLAINED, “[MY MOTHER WOULD HAVE BEEN USING THIS] IN THE LATE ‘50S [WHEN] THEY WORE FLARING SKIRTS AND THEY WOULD HAVE THESE KIND OF PETTICOAT UNDERNEATH. [FOR] SOME, YOU WANTED TO MAKE THE SKIRT STAND OUT, SO THEY STARCHED [THE PETTICOAT]. THAT WOULD GO UNDER ONE THAT YOU HAVE A FLARE SKIRT ON IT, OR EVEN IN THE DRESS, IF THEY’RE DRESSED [UP].” OF THIS TYPE OF ARTIFACT, DOYLE SAID, “AT THAT TIME [LINGERIE WAS] WHAT YOU GAVE PEOPLE. YOUR DAUGHTER WOULD GET SOME PIECE OF LINGERIE FROM THEIR MOTHER, AND I WOULD GET LINGERIE FROM MY MUM, YOU KNOW AS A GIFT. IT WAS ALWAYS SPECIAL.” “I WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE,” DOYLE CONTINUED, “[I LEFT MY PARENTS’ HOUSE] WHEN I WAS 18 BECAUSE I WAS IN RESIDENCE WHEN I WAS DOING MY LABORATORY STUFF. I WAS A LAB TECHNICIAN FIRST. AFTER I GOT MARRIED IN ’64, WE LIVED FIVE YEARS HERE BEFORE WE STARTED MOVING AROUND. IT WAS ’71 [WHEN] WE LEFT AND WENT TO SASKATCHEWAN, REGINA.” “[I RECEIVED THESE ITEMS FROM MY MOTHER] AFTER SHE PASSED AWAY. [THEY WERE] IN THE HOUSE,” DOYLE STATED, "ALL OF THIS STUFF WAS IN THE HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE. I FEEL LIKE MY MOTHER IS STILL IN THE HOUSE. I HAD REALLY GOOD PARENTS. WE WEREN’T POOR, BUT WE WEREN’T RICH EITHER, YOU KNOW. WE WERE JUST COMFORTABLE, BUT THEY WORKED VERY HARD FOR IT. THEY BOTH WORKED VERY HARD.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20010070001 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20010070009
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SNIP SLIP
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, LACE, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20010070010
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SNIP SLIP
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
NYLON, LACE, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
111.0
Width
42.0
Description
FULL LENGTH BLACK SLIP. FRONT OF BODICE IS MADE UP OF A SHEER, ACCORDIAN PLEATED CREPE AND BANDS OF BLACK LACE. SLIP HAS AN EMPIRE WAIST, JUST UNDER BUST LINE, IN THE SHAPE OF AN INVERTED V. SLIP HAS ADJUSTABLE STRAPS MADE FROM SATIN WEAVE RIBBON. BOTTOM OF SLIP HAS TWO ROWS OF RUFFLES, WITH LACE TRIM AT THE TOP, MADE FROM SAME ACCORDIAN PLEATED CREPE AS ABOVE. INSIDE SLIP IS A TAG THAT HAS "LUXITE KAYSER NYLON 36", EMBROIDERED IN BLUE ON A WHITE BACKGROUND.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
THE TWO ROWS OF IDENTICAL RUFFLES AT THE BOTTOM ALLOWS THE LOWER ROW TO BE CUT AWAY IF SLIP IS TOO LONG FOR THE OUTFIT IT IS GOING UNDER. COLLECTION OF LINGERIE, MOST OF WHICH BELONGED TO MRS. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON, WAS PURCHASED AROUND THE 1950S. ARTICLES ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT A WELL DRESSED WOMAN WOULD HAVE WORN IN THAT ERA. DAGMAR OLSEN WAS BORN DECEMBER 28, 1914, RAISED ON A FAMILY FARM, AND SCHOOLED IN STAVLEY, ALBERTA. HER PARENTS, HILDA AND JOHN OLSEN, WERE IMMIGRANT PIONEERS FROM NORWAY. HER MOTHER HILDA, GOT DAGMAR HER FIRST JOB AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR WITH THE STAVELY AGENCY AT THE AGE OF 15 YEARS. AFTER LIVING AT HOME WORKING SEVEN YEARS IN STAVELY, DAGMAR MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED FOR AGT UNTIL SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE DOYLE, ALSO FROM STAVELY AND PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE HAD ONE DAUGHTER, BARBARA. DAGMAR LATER RETURNED TO AGT AS AN OPERATOR UNTIL HER RETIREMENT AT AGE 60, WHEN SHE MARRIED CLARE SIMPSON. CLARE AND DAGMAR LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE, SOCIALIZED, AND TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1985. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON DIED MARCH 14, 2001. SHE WAS RUMORED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, WAS BORN AND SCHOOLED IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE TRAINED AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL AS A LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST; GRADUATED 1962. SHE WORKED IN THE LAB AT ST. MICHAEL'S FOR 5 YEARS; MARRIED AND HAD 2 SONS. GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS, THEN A MASTERS OF ARTS IN ENGLISH, IN 1987. SHE TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITYS OF CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE, THEN MOVED TO MONTREAL FROM 1990-1996. SHE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE TO RETIRE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING CLOTHING ITEMS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. DAGMAR CHRISTINA SIMPSON (NEE OLSEN) PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 2001 AT THE AGE OF 88. SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE PATRICK (LARRY) DOYLE ON DECEMBER 4, 1940. LAWRENCE WAS BORN IN PEI IN 1910. HE MOVED TO VULCAN IN 1920, STAVELY IN 1924, AND TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1937. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 58 ON MARCH 28, 1969. LAWRENCE WAS THE SON OF GEORGE FRANKLIN AND MINNIE MAGDALEN DOYLE. DAGMAR WAS REMARRIED ON MARCH 29, 1975 TO CLARE C. SIMPSON. CLARE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BELLEVILE, ON AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1930 TO WORK FOR AGT. HE ENLISTED IN 1939 AND WAS A POW FOR 3.5 YEARS FOLLOWING DIEPPE. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75 ON FEBRUARY 18, 1983. THE DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, IS THE DAUGHTER OF DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE. IN 1969, BARBARA WAS MARRIED TO PAUL TURNER AND IN 1983, SHE WAS THE WIFE OF MR. B.F. MCFADDEN. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE COLLECTION, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2018, PUNDYK SAT DOWN WITH DOYLE FOR AN INTERVIEW REGARDING THAT DONATION. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: DOYLE EXPLAINED THAT HER MOTHER DAGMAR OLSEN – THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THE ARTIFACTS – WAS BORN IN STAVLEY AND WAS THE THIRD OF FOUR SISTERS. GROWING UP IN A HOUSE OF DAUGHTERS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN OLSEN’S LIFE. DOYLE DESCRIBED THE SISTERS BY SAYING, “BESSIE WAS THE OLDEST, AND NORAH WAS THE SECOND OLDEST, AND THEN MY MOTHER, AND THEN VICKI. AUNT VICKI WENT BIG [BY MOVING] TO TORONTO. SHE WANTED TO GET OUT OF TOWN. SHE WAS BORED. SHE WAS BORN IN STAVELY AND THERE WAS NO WAY SHE WAS GOING TO STAY THERE. SHE WAS THE YOUNGEST, SO SHE GOT THINGS THAT THE OTHERS DIDN’T GET IN THEIR LIFE. NORAH TOOK TO CALGARY. SHE WENT UP THERE AND SHE WORKED FOR A WHILE AT PACKING COOKIES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BESSIE WAS [WORKING] WITH MRS. JOURNEK AND THEN IN CALGARY THAT WAY TOO.” MOVING ON TO DESCRIBE HER MOTHER, DOYLE ILLUMINATED, “SHE WORKED [AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR] FROM WHEN SHE WAS 15 IN STAVELY FOR ABOUT 7 YEARS. SHE WAS THERE FOR THE FIRST TELEPHONES COMING IN. THEN SHE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. SHE KNEW MY DAD FROM STAVELY, AND THEN HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AS WELL AND THEY LIVED SEPARATELY IN A BOARDING HOUSE UNTIL THEY GOT MARRIED…SHE HAD BREAKS [IN BETWEEN WHEN SHE FIRST STARTED WORKING AND HER RETIREMENT] WHEN SHE COULDN’T WORK BECAUSE OF THE WAR. [ADDITIONALLY,] I WAS BORN IN ’42, AND ONCE YOU HAD A CHILD, YOU COULDN’T GO TO WORK. EVEN WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER, THE WOMEN COULD NOT GO TO WORK BECAUSE THEY WERE MAKING WAY FOR THE PEOPLE COMING BACK FROM THE WAR FOR THE JOBS. THAT WAS REALLY HARD ON MY MOTHER. SHE WAS SO INDEPENDENT AND TO NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE HER OWN MONEY AND EVERYTHING [WAS DIFFICULT].” “[THOUGH] SHE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT HER WORK,” DOYLE EXPLAINED, “I JUST KNOW THAT SHE JUST REALLY LOVED TO GO TO WORK. THAT WAS A REALLY, REALLY GOOD JOB [BECAUSE IT] WAS A GOVERNMENT JOB AT THAT TIME. SHE RETIRED WHEN SHE WAS 60, SO SHE WORKED A LOT.” “I WOULD SAY [HAVING A JOB INFLUENCED] MY MOTHER’S FASHION AND HOW SHE COULD AFFORD TO WEAR CLOTHES LIKE THAT, BECAUSE SHE BOUGHT REALLY GOOD CLOTHES, [SUCH AS] WOOL CLOTHES AND EVERYTHING BECAUSE SHE WORKED. MY MOTHER DRESSED TO THE NINES. SHE REALLY LIKED CLOTHES.” “[THE PIECES OF LINGERIE] WOULD PROBABLY BE FROM THE ‘60S. THEY HAD A LOT OF BEAUTIFUL LINGERIE AT THAT TIME. [SLIPS AND PETTICOATS] WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE WOULD WEAR WEARING DRESSES AND SKIRTS AND EVERYTHING WITH IT. A LOT OF US WORE THESE HALF-SLIPS (SIMILAR TO P20010070001, P20010070009, P20010070013, P20010070015), AND WE WORE THAT WITH SWEATERS, SO WE JUST HAD OUR BRA AND THIS. THAT’S IN MY GENERATION AND MUM USUALLY WAS THE ONE THAT WORE THE FULL SLIP (SIMILAR TO P20010070010, P20010070012).” WHILE LOOKING AT THIS ARTIFACT, DOYLE SAID, “I THINK THAT WAS EITHER A NIGHTGOWN OR A SLIP. IT MIGHT BE WHAT THEY CALLED A SLIP AT THAT TIME. THAT [TYPE OF GARMENT] GONE [TODAY], THANK HEAVENS… THE BIG CHANGE WAS IN THE 1960S WHERE WOMEN WORE PANTS. OTHER THAN THAT EVERYONE WORE A DRESS.” OF THIS TYPE OF ARTIFACT, DOYLE SAID, “AT THAT TIME [LINGERIE WAS] WHAT YOU GAVE PEOPLE. YOUR DAUGHTER WOULD GET SOME PIECE OF LINGERIE FROM THEIR MOTHER, AND I WOULD GET LINGERIE FROM MY MUM, YOU KNOW AS A GIFT. IT WAS ALWAYS SPECIAL.” “I WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE,” DOYLE CONTINUED, “[I LEFT MY PARENTS’ HOUSE] WHEN I WAS 18 BECAUSE I WAS IN RESIDENCE WHEN I WAS DOING MY LABORATORY STUFF. I WAS A LAB TECHNICIAN FIRST. AFTER I GOT MARRIED IN ’64, WE LIVED FIVE YEARS HERE BEFORE WE STARTED MOVING AROUND. IT WAS ’71 [WHEN] WE LEFT AND WENT TO SASKATCHEWAN, REGINA.” “[I RECEIVED THESE ITEMS FROM MY MOTHER] AFTER SHE PASSED AWAY. [THEY WERE] IN THE HOUSE,” DOYLE STATED, "ALL OF THIS STUFF WAS IN THE HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE. I FEEL LIKE MY MOTHER IS STILL IN THE HOUSE. I HAD REALLY GOOD PARENTS. WE WEREN’T POOR, BUT WE WEREN’T RICH EITHER, YOU KNOW. WE WERE JUST COMFORTABLE, BUT THEY WORKED VERY HARD FOR IT. THEY BOTH WORKED VERY HARD.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20010070001 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20010070010
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, LACE
Catalogue Number
P20010070012
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
NYLON, LACE
No. Pieces
1
Length
104
Width
38
Description
KNEE LENGTH, FULL SLIP. WHITE. TOP OF BODICE IS MADE OF TWO BANDS OF LACE SANDWICHING A STRIP OF WHITE, ACCORDIAN PLEATED CREPE. HAS TWO ADJUSTABLE STRAPS MADE OF WHITE, SATIN WEAVE RIBBON. BOTTOM OF SLIP HAS A 5" WIDE BAND OF WHITE LACE, WITH SCALLOPED EDGES. TAG INSIDE SLIP READS "HARVEY WOODS NYLON TRICOT 36".
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
COLLECTION OF LINGERIE, MOST OF WHICH BELONGED TO MRS. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON, WAS PURCHASED AROUND THE 1950S. ARTICLES ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT A WELL DRESSED WOMAN WOULD HAVE WORN IN THAT ERA. DAGMAR OLSEN WAS BORN DECEMBER 28, 1914, RAISED ON A FAMILY FARM, AND SCHOOLED IN STAVLEY, ALBERTA. HER PARENTS, HILDA AND JOHN OLSEN, WERE IMMIGRANT PIONEERS FROM NORWAY. HER MOTHER HILDA, GOT DAGMAR HER FIRST JOB AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR WITH THE STAVELY AGENCY AT THE AGE OF 15 YEARS. AFTER LIVING AT HOME WORKING SEVEN YEARS IN STAVELY, DAGMAR MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED FOR AGT UNTIL SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE DOYLE, ALSO FROM STAVELY AND PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE HAD ONE DAUGHTER, BARBARA. DAGMAR LATER RETURNED TO AGT AS AN OPERATOR UNTIL HER RETIREMENT AT AGE 60, WHEN SHE MARRIED CLARE SIMPSON. CLARE AND DAGMAR LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE, SOCIALIZED, AND TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1985. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON DIED MARCH 14, 2001. SHE WAS RUMORED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, WAS BORN AND SCHOOLED IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE TRAINED AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL AS A LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST; GRADUATED 1962. SHE WORKED IN THE LAB AT ST. MICHAEL'S FOR 5 YEARS; MARRIED AND HAD 2 SONS. GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS, THEN A MASTERS OF ARTS IN ENGLISH, IN 1987. SHE TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITYS OF CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE, THEN MOVED TO MONTREAL FROM 1990-1996. SHE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE TO RETIRE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING CLOTHING ITEMS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. DAGMAR CHRISTINA SIMPSON (NEE OLSEN) PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 2001 AT THE AGE OF 88. SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE PATRICK (LARRY) DOYLE ON DECEMBER 4, 1940. LAWRENCE WAS BORN IN PEI IN 1910. HE MOVED TO VULCAN IN 1920, STAVELY IN 1924, AND TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1937. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 58 ON MARCH 28, 1969. LAWRENCE WAS THE SON OF GEORGE FRANKLIN AND MINNIE MAGDALEN DOYLE. DAGMAR WAS REMARRIED ON MARCH 29, 1975 TO CLARE C. SIMPSON. CLARE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BELLEVILE, ON AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1930 TO WORK FOR AGT. HE ENLISTED IN 1939 AND WAS A POW FOR 3.5 YEARS FOLLOWING DIEPPE. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75 ON FEBRUARY 18, 1983. THE DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, IS THE DAUGHTER OF DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE. IN 1969, BARBARA WAS MARRIED TO PAUL TURNER AND IN 1983, SHE WAS THE WIFE OF MR. B.F. MCFADDEN. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE COLLECTION, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2018, PUNDYK SAT DOWN WITH DOYLE FOR AN INTERVIEW REGARDING THAT DONATION. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: DOYLE EXPLAINED THAT HER MOTHER DAGMAR OLSEN – THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THE ARTIFACTS – WAS BORN IN STAVLEY AND WAS THE THIRD OF FOUR SISTERS. GROWING UP IN A HOUSE OF DAUGHTERS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN OLSEN’S LIFE. DOYLE DESCRIBED THE SISTERS BY SAYING, “BESSIE WAS THE OLDEST, AND NORAH WAS THE SECOND OLDEST, AND THEN MY MOTHER, AND THEN VICKI. AUNT VICKI WENT BIG [BY MOVING] TO TORONTO. SHE WANTED TO GET OUT OF TOWN. SHE WAS BORED. SHE WAS BORN IN STAVELY AND THERE WAS NO WAY SHE WAS GOING TO STAY THERE. SHE WAS THE YOUNGEST, SO SHE GOT THINGS THAT THE OTHERS DIDN’T GET IN THEIR LIFE. NORAH TOOK TO CALGARY. SHE WENT UP THERE AND SHE WORKED FOR A WHILE AT PACKING COOKIES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BESSIE WAS [WORKING] WITH MRS. JOURNEK AND THEN IN CALGARY THAT WAY TOO.” MOVING ON TO DESCRIBE HER MOTHER, DOYLE ILLUMINATED, “SHE WORKED [AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR] FROM WHEN SHE WAS 15 IN STAVELY FOR ABOUT 7 YEARS. SHE WAS THERE FOR THE FIRST TELEPHONES COMING IN. THEN SHE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. SHE KNEW MY DAD FROM STAVELY, AND THEN HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AS WELL AND THEY LIVED SEPARATELY IN A BOARDING HOUSE UNTIL THEY GOT MARRIED…SHE HAD BREAKS [IN BETWEEN WHEN SHE FIRST STARTED WORKING AND HER RETIREMENT] WHEN SHE COULDN’T WORK BECAUSE OF THE WAR. [ADDITIONALLY,] I WAS BORN IN ’42, AND ONCE YOU HAD A CHILD, YOU COULDN’T GO TO WORK. EVEN WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER, THE WOMEN COULD NOT GO TO WORK BECAUSE THEY WERE MAKING WAY FOR THE PEOPLE COMING BACK FROM THE WAR FOR THE JOBS. THAT WAS REALLY HARD ON MY MOTHER. SHE WAS SO INDEPENDENT AND TO NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE HER OWN MONEY AND EVERYTHING [WAS DIFFICULT].” “[THOUGH] SHE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT HER WORK,” DOYLE EXPLAINED, “I JUST KNOW THAT SHE JUST REALLY LOVED TO GO TO WORK. THAT WAS A REALLY, REALLY GOOD JOB [BECAUSE IT] WAS A GOVERNMENT JOB AT THAT TIME. SHE RETIRED WHEN SHE WAS 60, SO SHE WORKED A LOT.” “I WOULD SAY [HAVING A JOB INFLUENCED] MY MOTHER’S FASHION AND HOW SHE COULD AFFORD TO WEAR CLOTHES LIKE THAT, BECAUSE SHE BOUGHT REALLY GOOD CLOTHES, [SUCH AS] WOOL CLOTHES AND EVERYTHING BECAUSE SHE WORKED. MY MOTHER DRESSED TO THE NINES. SHE REALLY LIKED CLOTHES.” “[THE PIECES OF LINGERIE] WOULD PROBABLY BE FROM THE ‘60S. THEY HAD A LOT OF BEAUTIFUL LINGERIE AT THAT TIME. [SLIPS AND PETTICOATS] WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE WOULD WEAR WEARING DRESSES AND SKIRTS AND EVERYTHING WITH IT. A LOT OF US WORE THESE HALF-SLIPS (SIMILAR TO P20010070001, P20010070009, P20010070013, P20010070015), AND WE WORE THAT WITH SWEATERS, SO WE JUST HAD OUR BRA AND THIS. THAT’S IN MY GENERATION AND MUM USUALLY WAS THE ONE THAT WORE THE FULL SLIP (SIMILAR TO P20010070010, P20010070012).” “I REMEMBER WHAT THEY WERE LIKE [IN GENERAL, NOT THIS SLIP SPECIFICALLY],” DOYLE EXPLAINED WHILE LOOKING AT THIS SLIP, BUT IT WAS ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL LOOK AT THE LACE AND EVERYTHING THAT’S WITH IT. WE NEVER SEE THIS ANYMORE.” OF THIS TYPE OF ARTIFACT, DOYLE SAID, “AT THAT TIME [LINGERIE WAS] WHAT YOU GAVE PEOPLE. YOUR DAUGHTER WOULD GET SOME PIECE OF LINGERIE FROM THEIR MOTHER, AND I WOULD GET LINGERIE FROM MY MUM, YOU KNOW AS A GIFT. IT WAS ALWAYS SPECIAL.” “I WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE,” DOYLE CONTINUED, “[I LEFT MY PARENTS’ HOUSE] WHEN I WAS 18 BECAUSE I WAS IN RESIDENCE WHEN I WAS DOING MY LABORATORY STUFF. I WAS A LAB TECHNICIAN FIRST. AFTER I GOT MARRIED IN ’64, WE LIVED FIVE YEARS HERE BEFORE WE STARTED MOVING AROUND. IT WAS ’71 [WHEN] WE LEFT AND WENT TO SASKATCHEWAN, REGINA.” “[I RECEIVED THESE ITEMS FROM MY MOTHER] AFTER SHE PASSED AWAY. [THEY WERE] IN THE HOUSE,” DOYLE STATED, "ALL OF THIS STUFF WAS IN THE HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE. I FEEL LIKE MY MOTHER IS STILL IN THE HOUSE. I HAD REALLY GOOD PARENTS. WE WEREN’T POOR, BUT WE WEREN’T RICH EITHER, YOU KNOW. WE WERE JUST COMFORTABLE, BUT THEY WORKED VERY HARD FOR IT. THEY BOTH WORKED VERY HARD.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20010070001 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20010070012
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HALF SLIP
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, LACE
Catalogue Number
P20010070013
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALF SLIP
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
NYLON, LACE
No. Pieces
1
Length
59.0
Width
60.5
Description
HALF SLIP. WHITE. HAS AN ELASTIC WAISTBAND. BOTTOM OF SLIP IS TRIMMED WITH WHITE LACE WITH A SCALLOPED EDGE. INSIDE OF SLIP IS A TAG THAT READS "KAYSER MADE IN CANADA FARBRIQUE AU CANADA 100% NYLON EXCLUSIVE OF TRIM GARNITURE NON COMPR[??] SIZE L TAILLE G". OPPOSITE SIDE OF TAG GIVES CARE INSTRUCTIONS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
COLLECTION OF LINGERIE, MOST OF WHICH BELONGED TO MRS. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON, WAS PURCHASED AROUND THE 1950S. ARTICLES ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT A WELL DRESSED WOMAN WOULD HAVE WORN IN THAT ERA. DAGMAR OLSEN WAS BORN DECEMBER 28, 1914, RAISED ON A FAMILY FARM, AND SCHOOLED IN STAVLEY, ALBERTA. HER PARENTS, HILDA AND JOHN OLSEN, WERE IMMIGRANT PIONEERS FROM NORWAY. HER MOTHER HILDA, GOT DAGMAR HER FIRST JOB AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR WITH THE STAVELY AGENCY AT THE AGE OF 15 YEARS. AFTER LIVING AT HOME WORKING SEVEN YEARS IN STAVELY, DAGMAR MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED FOR AGT UNTIL SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE DOYLE, ALSO FROM STAVELY AND PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE HAD ONE DAUGHTER, BARBARA. DAGMAR LATER RETURNED TO AGT AS AN OPERATOR UNTIL HER RETIREMENT AT AGE 60, WHEN SHE MARRIED CLARE SIMPSON. CLARE AND DAGMAR LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE, SOCIALIZED, AND TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1985. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON DIED MARCH 14, 2001. SHE WAS RUMORED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, WAS BORN AND SCHOOLED IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE TRAINED AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL AS A LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST; GRADUATED 1962. SHE WORKED IN THE LAB AT ST. MICHAEL'S FOR 5 YEARS; MARRIED AND HAD 2 SONS. GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS, THEN A MASTERS OF ARTS IN ENGLISH, IN 1987. SHE TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITYS OF CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE, THEN MOVED TO MONTREAL FROM 1990-1996. SHE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE TO RETIRE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING CLOTHING ITEMS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. DAGMAR CHRISTINA SIMPSON (NEE OLSEN) PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 2001 AT THE AGE OF 88. SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE PATRICK (LARRY) DOYLE ON DECEMBER 4, 1940. LAWRENCE WAS BORN IN PEI IN 1910. HE MOVED TO VULCAN IN 1920, STAVELY IN 1924, AND TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1937. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 58 ON MARCH 28, 1969. LAWRENCE WAS THE SON OF GEORGE FRANKLIN AND MINNIE MAGDALEN DOYLE. DAGMAR WAS REMARRIED ON MARCH 29, 1975 TO CLARE C. SIMPSON. CLARE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BELLEVILE, ON AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1930 TO WORK FOR AGT. HE ENLISTED IN 1939 AND WAS A POW FOR 3.5 YEARS FOLLOWING DIEPPE. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75 ON FEBRUARY 18, 1983. THE DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, IS THE DAUGHTER OF DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE. IN 1969, BARBARA WAS MARRIED TO PAUL TURNER AND IN 1983, SHE WAS THE WIFE OF MR. B.F. MCFADDEN. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE COLLECTION, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2018, PUNDYK SAT DOWN WITH DOYLE FOR AN INTERVIEW REGARDING THAT DONATION. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: DOYLE EXPLAINED THAT HER MOTHER DAGMAR OLSEN – THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THE ARTIFACTS – WAS BORN IN STAVLEY AND WAS THE THIRD OF FOUR SISTERS. GROWING UP IN A HOUSE OF DAUGHTERS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN OLSEN’S LIFE. DOYLE DESCRIBED THE SISTERS BY SAYING, “BESSIE WAS THE OLDEST, AND NORAH WAS THE SECOND OLDEST, AND THEN MY MOTHER, AND THEN VICKI. AUNT VICKI WENT BIG [BY MOVING] TO TORONTO. SHE WANTED TO GET OUT OF TOWN. SHE WAS BORED. SHE WAS BORN IN STAVELY AND THERE WAS NO WAY SHE WAS GOING TO STAY THERE. SHE WAS THE YOUNGEST, SO SHE GOT THINGS THAT THE OTHERS DIDN’T GET IN THEIR LIFE. NORAH TOOK TO CALGARY. SHE WENT UP THERE AND SHE WORKED FOR A WHILE AT PACKING COOKIES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BESSIE WAS [WORKING] WITH MRS. JOURNEK AND THEN IN CALGARY THAT WAY TOO.” MOVING ON TO DESCRIBE HER MOTHER, DOYLE ILLUMINATED, “SHE WORKED [AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR] FROM WHEN SHE WAS 15 IN STAVELY FOR ABOUT 7 YEARS. SHE WAS THERE FOR THE FIRST TELEPHONES COMING IN. THEN SHE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. SHE KNEW MY DAD FROM STAVELY, AND THEN HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AS WELL AND THEY LIVED SEPARATELY IN A BOARDING HOUSE UNTIL THEY GOT MARRIED…SHE HAD BREAKS [IN BETWEEN WHEN SHE FIRST STARTED WORKING AND HER RETIREMENT] WHEN SHE COULDN’T WORK BECAUSE OF THE WAR. [ADDITIONALLY,] I WAS BORN IN ’42, AND ONCE YOU HAD A CHILD, YOU COULDN’T GO TO WORK. EVEN WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER, THE WOMEN COULD NOT GO TO WORK BECAUSE THEY WERE MAKING WAY FOR THE PEOPLE COMING BACK FROM THE WAR FOR THE JOBS. THAT WAS REALLY HARD ON MY MOTHER. SHE WAS SO INDEPENDENT AND TO NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE HER OWN MONEY AND EVERYTHING [WAS DIFFICULT].” “[THOUGH] SHE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT HER WORK,” DOYLE EXPLAINED, “I JUST KNOW THAT SHE JUST REALLY LOVED TO GO TO WORK. THAT WAS A REALLY, REALLY GOOD JOB [BECAUSE IT] WAS A GOVERNMENT JOB AT THAT TIME. SHE RETIRED WHEN SHE WAS 60, SO SHE WORKED A LOT.” “I WOULD SAY [HAVING A JOB INFLUENCED] MY MOTHER’S FASHION AND HOW SHE COULD AFFORD TO WEAR CLOTHES LIKE THAT, BECAUSE SHE BOUGHT REALLY GOOD CLOTHES, [SUCH AS] WOOL CLOTHES AND EVERYTHING BECAUSE SHE WORKED. MY MOTHER DRESSED TO THE NINES. SHE REALLY LIKED CLOTHES.” OF THIS TYPE OF ARTIFACT, DOYLE SAID, “AT THAT TIME [LINGERIE WAS] WHAT YOU GAVE PEOPLE. YOUR DAUGHTER WOULD GET SOME PIECE OF LINGERIE FROM THEIR MOTHER, AND I WOULD GET LINGERIE FROM MY MUM, YOU KNOW AS A GIFT. IT WAS ALWAYS SPECIAL.” “I WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE,” DOYLE CONTINUED, “[I LEFT MY PARENTS’ HOUSE] WHEN I WAS 18 BECAUSE I WAS IN RESIDENCE WHEN I WAS DOING MY LABORATORY STUFF. I WAS A LAB TECHNICIAN FIRST. AFTER I GOT MARRIED IN ’64, WE LIVED FIVE YEARS HERE BEFORE WE STARTED MOVING AROUND. IT WAS ’71 [WHEN] WE LEFT AND WENT TO SASKATCHEWAN, REGINA.” “[I RECEIVED THESE ITEMS FROM MY MOTHER] AFTER SHE PASSED AWAY. [THEY WERE] IN THE HOUSE,” DOYLE STATED, "ALL OF THIS STUFF WAS IN THE HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE. I FEEL LIKE MY MOTHER IS STILL IN THE HOUSE. I HAD REALLY GOOD PARENTS. WE WEREN’T POOR, BUT WE WEREN’T RICH EITHER, YOU KNOW. WE WERE JUST COMFORTABLE, BUT THEY WORKED VERY HARD FOR IT. THEY BOTH WORKED VERY HARD.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20010070001 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20010070013
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, LACE
Catalogue Number
P20010070014
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
POLYESTER, LACE
No. Pieces
1
Length
51.0
Width
42.5
Description
SHORT BLACK CAMISOLE, WITH SATIN WEAVE. HAS 2 NARROW STRAPS. FRONT OF CAMISOLE HAS LARGE BLACK LACE ALONG THE STRAIGHT NECKLINE. THERE IS ALSO SOME OF THE SAME LACE RUNNING VERTICALLY ALONG THE SIDES OF CAMISOLE (ONE OF THE SEAMS HAS BEGUN TO COME UNDONE). BACK OF CAMISOLE ALSO HAS A SHORT PIECE OF THE SAME LACE ON IT. TAG INSIDE CAMISOLE READS "MODELE/STYLE 359 JANICE YOUNG FOR PAPILLON-BLANC CA 05120".
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
COLLECTION OF LINGERIE, MOST OF WHICH BELONGED TO MRS. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON, WAS PURCHASED AROUND THE 1950S. ARTICLES ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT A WELL DRESSED WOMAN WOULD HAVE WORN IN THAT ERA. DAGMAR OLSEN WAS BORN DECEMBER 28, 1914, RAISED ON A FAMILY FARM, AND SCHOOLED IN STAVLEY, ALBERTA. HER PARENTS, HILDA AND JOHN OLSEN, WERE IMMIGRANT PIONEERS FROM NORWAY. HER MOTHER HILDA, GOT DAGMAR HER FIRST JOB AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR WITH THE STAVELY AGENCY AT THE AGE OF 15 YEARS. AFTER LIVING AT HOME WORKING SEVEN YEARS IN STAVELY, DAGMAR MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED FOR AGT UNTIL SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE DOYLE, ALSO FROM STAVELY AND PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE HAD ONE DAUGHTER, BARBARA. DAGMAR LATER RETURNED TO AGT AS AN OPERATOR UNTIL HER RETIREMENT AT AGE 60, WHEN SHE MARRIED CLARE SIMPSON. CLARE AND DAGMAR LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE, SOCIALIZED, AND TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1985. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON DIED MARCH 14, 2001. SHE WAS RUMORED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, WAS BORN AND SCHOOLED IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE TRAINED AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL AS A LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST; GRADUATED 1962. SHE WORKED IN THE LAB AT ST. MICHAEL'S FOR 5 YEARS; MARRIED AND HAD 2 SONS. GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS, THEN A MASTERS OF ARTS IN ENGLISH, IN 1987. SHE TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITYS OF CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE, THEN MOVED TO MONTREAL FROM 1990-1996. SHE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE TO RETIRE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING CLOTHING ITEMS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. DAGMAR CHRISTINA SIMPSON (NEE OLSEN) PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 2001 AT THE AGE OF 88. SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE PATRICK (LARRY) DOYLE ON DECEMBER 4, 1940. LAWRENCE WAS BORN IN PEI IN 1910. HE MOVED TO VULCAN IN 1920, STAVELY IN 1924, AND TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1937. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 58 ON MARCH 28, 1969. LAWRENCE WAS THE SON OF GEORGE FRANKLIN AND MINNIE MAGDALEN DOYLE. DAGMAR WAS REMARRIED ON MARCH 29, 1975 TO CLARE C. SIMPSON. CLARE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BELLEVILE, ON AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1930 TO WORK FOR AGT. HE ENLISTED IN 1939 AND WAS A POW FOR 3.5 YEARS FOLLOWING DIEPPE. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75 ON FEBRUARY 18, 1983. THE DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, IS THE DAUGHTER OF DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE. IN 1969, BARBARA WAS MARRIED TO PAUL TURNER AND IN 1983, SHE WAS THE WIFE OF MR. B.F. MCFADDEN. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE COLLECTION, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2018, PUNDYK SAT DOWN WITH DOYLE FOR AN INTERVIEW REGARDING THAT DONATION. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: DOYLE EXPLAINED THAT HER MOTHER DAGMAR OLSEN – THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THE ARTIFACTS – WAS BORN IN STAVLEY AND WAS THE THIRD OF FOUR SISTERS. GROWING UP IN A HOUSE OF DAUGHTERS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN OLSEN’S LIFE. DOYLE DESCRIBED THE SISTERS BY SAYING, “BESSIE WAS THE OLDEST, AND NORAH WAS THE SECOND OLDEST, AND THEN MY MOTHER, AND THEN VICKI. AUNT VICKI WENT BIG [BY MOVING] TO TORONTO. SHE WANTED TO GET OUT OF TOWN. SHE WAS BORED. SHE WAS BORN IN STAVELY AND THERE WAS NO WAY SHE WAS GOING TO STAY THERE. SHE WAS THE YOUNGEST, SO SHE GOT THINGS THAT THE OTHERS DIDN’T GET IN THEIR LIFE. NORAH TOOK TO CALGARY. SHE WENT UP THERE AND SHE WORKED FOR A WHILE AT PACKING COOKIES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BESSIE WAS [WORKING] WITH MRS. JOURNEK AND THEN IN CALGARY THAT WAY TOO.” MOVING ON TO DESCRIBE HER MOTHER, DOYLE ILLUMINATED, “SHE WORKED [AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR] FROM WHEN SHE WAS 15 IN STAVELY FOR ABOUT 7 YEARS. SHE WAS THERE FOR THE FIRST TELEPHONES COMING IN. THEN SHE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. SHE KNEW MY DAD FROM STAVELY, AND THEN HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AS WELL AND THEY LIVED SEPARATELY IN A BOARDING HOUSE UNTIL THEY GOT MARRIED…SHE HAD BREAKS [IN BETWEEN WHEN SHE FIRST STARTED WORKING AND HER RETIREMENT] WHEN SHE COULDN’T WORK BECAUSE OF THE WAR. [ADDITIONALLY,] I WAS BORN IN ’42, AND ONCE YOU HAD A CHILD, YOU COULDN’T GO TO WORK. EVEN WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER, THE WOMEN COULD NOT GO TO WORK BECAUSE THEY WERE MAKING WAY FOR THE PEOPLE COMING BACK FROM THE WAR FOR THE JOBS. THAT WAS REALLY HARD ON MY MOTHER. SHE WAS SO INDEPENDENT AND TO NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE HER OWN MONEY AND EVERYTHING [WAS DIFFICULT].” “[THOUGH] SHE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT HER WORK,” DOYLE EXPLAINED, “I JUST KNOW THAT SHE JUST REALLY LOVED TO GO TO WORK. THAT WAS A REALLY, REALLY GOOD JOB [BECAUSE IT] WAS A GOVERNMENT JOB AT THAT TIME. SHE RETIRED WHEN SHE WAS 60, SO SHE WORKED A LOT.” “I WOULD SAY [HAVING A JOB INFLUENCED] MY MOTHER’S FASHION AND HOW SHE COULD AFFORD TO WEAR CLOTHES LIKE THAT, BECAUSE SHE BOUGHT REALLY GOOD CLOTHES, [SUCH AS] WOOL CLOTHES AND EVERYTHING BECAUSE SHE WORKED. MY MOTHER DRESSED TO THE NINES. SHE REALLY LIKED CLOTHES.” OF THIS TYPE OF ARTIFACT, DOYLE SAID, “AT THAT TIME [LINGERIE WAS] WHAT YOU GAVE PEOPLE. YOUR DAUGHTER WOULD GET SOME PIECE OF LINGERIE FROM THEIR MOTHER, AND I WOULD GET LINGERIE FROM MY MUM, YOU KNOW AS A GIFT. IT WAS ALWAYS SPECIAL.” “I WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE,” DOYLE CONTINUED, “[I LEFT MY PARENTS’ HOUSE] WHEN I WAS 18 BECAUSE I WAS IN RESIDENCE WHEN I WAS DOING MY LABORATORY STUFF. I WAS A LAB TECHNICIAN FIRST. AFTER I GOT MARRIED IN ’64, WE LIVED FIVE YEARS HERE BEFORE WE STARTED MOVING AROUND. IT WAS ’71 [WHEN] WE LEFT AND WENT TO SASKATCHEWAN, REGINA.” “[I RECEIVED THESE ITEMS FROM MY MOTHER] AFTER SHE PASSED AWAY. [THEY WERE] IN THE HOUSE,” DOYLE STATED, "ALL OF THIS STUFF WAS IN THE HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE. I FEEL LIKE MY MOTHER IS STILL IN THE HOUSE. I HAD REALLY GOOD PARENTS. WE WEREN’T POOR, BUT WE WEREN’T RICH EITHER, YOU KNOW. WE WERE JUST COMFORTABLE, BUT THEY WORKED VERY HARD FOR IT. THEY BOTH WORKED VERY HARD.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20010070001 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20010070014
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HALF SLIP
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, LACE
Catalogue Number
P20010070015
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALF SLIP
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Materials
NYLON, LACE
No. Pieces
1
Length
59.5
Width
51.5
Description
BLACK HALF SLIP. HAS AN ELASTIC WAISTBAND. AT BOTTOM OF SLIP IS A LARGE PIECE OF LACE WITH A VINE OF FLOWERS EMBROIDERED ON IT. TOP AND BOTTOM EDGE OF LACE ARE SCALLOPED. A TAG INSIDE SLIP HAS "KAYSER MADE IN CANADA NYLON M", EMBROIDERED IN BLUE ON A WHITE BACKGROUND.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
COLLECTION OF LINGERIE, MOST OF WHICH BELONGED TO MRS. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON, WAS PURCHASED AROUND THE 1950S. ARTICLES ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT A WELL DRESSED WOMAN WOULD HAVE WORN IN THAT ERA. DAGMAR OLSEN WAS BORN DECEMBER 28, 1914, RAISED ON A FAMILY FARM, AND SCHOOLED IN STAVLEY, ALBERTA. HER PARENTS, HILDA AND JOHN OLSEN, WERE IMMIGRANT PIONEERS FROM NORWAY. HER MOTHER HILDA, GOT DAGMAR HER FIRST JOB AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR WITH THE STAVELY AGENCY AT THE AGE OF 15 YEARS. AFTER LIVING AT HOME WORKING SEVEN YEARS IN STAVELY, DAGMAR MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED FOR AGT UNTIL SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE DOYLE, ALSO FROM STAVELY AND PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE HAD ONE DAUGHTER, BARBARA. DAGMAR LATER RETURNED TO AGT AS AN OPERATOR UNTIL HER RETIREMENT AT AGE 60, WHEN SHE MARRIED CLARE SIMPSON. CLARE AND DAGMAR LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE, SOCIALIZED, AND TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1985. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON DIED MARCH 14, 2001. SHE WAS RUMORED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, WAS BORN AND SCHOOLED IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE TRAINED AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL AS A LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST; GRADUATED 1962. SHE WORKED IN THE LAB AT ST. MICHAEL'S FOR 5 YEARS; MARRIED AND HAD 2 SONS. GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS, THEN A MASTERS OF ARTS IN ENGLISH, IN 1987. SHE TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITYS OF CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE, THEN MOVED TO MONTREAL FROM 1990-1996. SHE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE TO RETIRE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING CLOTHING ITEMS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. DAGMAR CHRISTINA SIMPSON (NEE OLSEN) PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 2001 AT THE AGE OF 88. SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE PATRICK (LARRY) DOYLE ON DECEMBER 4, 1940. LAWRENCE WAS BORN IN PEI IN 1910. HE MOVED TO VULCAN IN 1920, STAVELY IN 1924, AND TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1937. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 58 ON MARCH 28, 1969. LAWRENCE WAS THE SON OF GEORGE FRANKLIN AND MINNIE MAGDALEN DOYLE. DAGMAR WAS REMARRIED ON MARCH 29, 1975 TO CLARE C. SIMPSON. CLARE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BELLEVILE, ON AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1930 TO WORK FOR AGT. HE ENLISTED IN 1939 AND WAS A POW FOR 3.5 YEARS FOLLOWING DIEPPE. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75 ON FEBRUARY 18, 1983. THE DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, IS THE DAUGHTER OF DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE. IN 1969, BARBARA WAS MARRIED TO PAUL TURNER AND IN 1983, SHE WAS THE WIFE OF MR. B.F. MCFADDEN. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE COLLECTION, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2018, PUNDYK SAT DOWN WITH DOYLE FOR AN INTERVIEW REGARDING THAT DONATION. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: DOYLE EXPLAINED THAT HER MOTHER DAGMAR OLSEN – THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THE ARTIFACTS – WAS BORN IN STAVLEY AND WAS THE THIRD OF FOUR SISTERS. GROWING UP IN A HOUSE OF DAUGHTERS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN OLSEN’S LIFE. DOYLE DESCRIBED THE SISTERS BY SAYING, “BESSIE WAS THE OLDEST, AND NORAH WAS THE SECOND OLDEST, AND THEN MY MOTHER, AND THEN VICKI. AUNT VICKI WENT BIG [BY MOVING] TO TORONTO. SHE WANTED TO GET OUT OF TOWN. SHE WAS BORED. SHE WAS BORN IN STAVELY AND THERE WAS NO WAY SHE WAS GOING TO STAY THERE. SHE WAS THE YOUNGEST, SO SHE GOT THINGS THAT THE OTHERS DIDN’T GET IN THEIR LIFE. NORAH TOOK TO CALGARY. SHE WENT UP THERE AND SHE WORKED FOR A WHILE AT PACKING COOKIES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BESSIE WAS [WORKING] WITH MRS. JOURNEK AND THEN IN CALGARY THAT WAY TOO.” MOVING ON TO DESCRIBE HER MOTHER, DOYLE ILLUMINATED, “SHE WORKED [AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR] FROM WHEN SHE WAS 15 IN STAVELY FOR ABOUT 7 YEARS. SHE WAS THERE FOR THE FIRST TELEPHONES COMING IN. THEN SHE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. SHE KNEW MY DAD FROM STAVELY, AND THEN HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AS WELL AND THEY LIVED SEPARATELY IN A BOARDING HOUSE UNTIL THEY GOT MARRIED…SHE HAD BREAKS [IN BETWEEN WHEN SHE FIRST STARTED WORKING AND HER RETIREMENT] WHEN SHE COULDN’T WORK BECAUSE OF THE WAR. [ADDITIONALLY,] I WAS BORN IN ’42, AND ONCE YOU HAD A CHILD, YOU COULDN’T GO TO WORK. EVEN WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER, THE WOMEN COULD NOT GO TO WORK BECAUSE THEY WERE MAKING WAY FOR THE PEOPLE COMING BACK FROM THE WAR FOR THE JOBS. THAT WAS REALLY HARD ON MY MOTHER. SHE WAS SO INDEPENDENT AND TO NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE HER OWN MONEY AND EVERYTHING [WAS DIFFICULT].” “[THOUGH] SHE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT HER WORK,” DOYLE EXPLAINED, “I JUST KNOW THAT SHE JUST REALLY LOVED TO GO TO WORK. THAT WAS A REALLY, REALLY GOOD JOB [BECAUSE IT] WAS A GOVERNMENT JOB AT THAT TIME. SHE RETIRED WHEN SHE WAS 60, SO SHE WORKED A LOT.” “I WOULD SAY [HAVING A JOB INFLUENCED] MY MOTHER’S FASHION AND HOW SHE COULD AFFORD TO WEAR CLOTHES LIKE THAT, BECAUSE SHE BOUGHT REALLY GOOD CLOTHES, [SUCH AS] WOOL CLOTHES AND EVERYTHING BECAUSE SHE WORKED. MY MOTHER DRESSED TO THE NINES. SHE REALLY LIKED CLOTHES.” OF THIS TYPE OF ARTIFACT, DOYLE SAID, “AT THAT TIME [LINGERIE WAS] WHAT YOU GAVE PEOPLE. YOUR DAUGHTER WOULD GET SOME PIECE OF LINGERIE FROM THEIR MOTHER, AND I WOULD GET LINGERIE FROM MY MUM, YOU KNOW AS A GIFT. IT WAS ALWAYS SPECIAL.” “I WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE,” DOYLE CONTINUED, “[I LEFT MY PARENTS’ HOUSE] WHEN I WAS 18 BECAUSE I WAS IN RESIDENCE WHEN I WAS DOING MY LABORATORY STUFF. I WAS A LAB TECHNICIAN FIRST. AFTER I GOT MARRIED IN ’64, WE LIVED FIVE YEARS HERE BEFORE WE STARTED MOVING AROUND. IT WAS ’71 [WHEN] WE LEFT AND WENT TO SASKATCHEWAN, REGINA.” “[I RECEIVED THESE ITEMS FROM MY MOTHER] AFTER SHE PASSED AWAY. [THEY WERE] IN THE HOUSE,” DOYLE STATED, "ALL OF THIS STUFF WAS IN THE HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE. I FEEL LIKE MY MOTHER IS STILL IN THE HOUSE. I HAD REALLY GOOD PARENTS. WE WEREN’T POOR, BUT WE WEREN’T RICH EITHER, YOU KNOW. WE WERE JUST COMFORTABLE, BUT THEY WORKED VERY HARD FOR IT. THEY BOTH WORKED VERY HARD.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20010070001 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20010070015
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
WOMAN'S
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CHEESECLOTH, LACE, SATIN
Catalogue Number
P19694636000
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WOMAN'S
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
CHEESECLOTH, LACE, SATIN
No. Pieces
1
Length
102.8
Description
WHITE CHEESECLOTH WITH PINK & WHITE LACE, RED SATIN RIBBON TRIM ON LOWER LEGS ELASTICIZED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
DONOR, MARGARET MCNABB NEE HARVIE, CAME TO CANADA AS AN IMMIGRANT FROM GLASCOW SCOTLAND IN 1904. MARRIED CLIFF MCNABB ABOUT 1918 IN LETHBRIDGE AS A RESULT OF RESEARCH DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH A SCOTTISH-THEMED EXHIBIT IN 2009, THE GALT CONDUCTED NEW INFORMATION ON THE HARVIE FAMILY, ADDING THE FOLLOWING TO THE RECORD. ROBERT AND MARGARET HARVIE LEFT SCOTLAND IN 1904 AND IMMIGRATED TO CANADA, DESTINED FOR LETHBRIDGE, WITH THEIR FAMILY. THE FAMILY CONSISTED OF TWO SONS (JOHN AND CHARLIE) AND A DAUGHTER (MARGARET). MR. HARVIE’S MINING EXPERIENCE IN HIS NATIVE SCOTLAND PROVED VALUABLE IN LETHBRIDGE AND DIAMOND CITY WHERE, HE FOUND WORK MINING COAL. IN 1907, MR. HARVIE MOVED HIS FAMILY ON TO THE PRAIRIE AFTER HE DECIDED THAT FARMING WAS HIS CALLING. HE OCCUPIED LANDS IN AND AROUND LETHBRIDGE BEFORE SETTLING PERMANENTLY NEAR TURIN. MRS. MARGARET MCNABB WAS THE LAST SURVIVING MEMBER OF THE HARVIE FAMILY. SHE PASSED AWAY AT AGE 86 IN 1979. FOR MORE BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS ON THE FAMILY, PLEASE REFERENCE P19651761000-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A SCARF DONATED BY MARGARET MCNABB. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. MARGARET MCNABB (NEE HARVIE) WAS BORN IN SCOTLAND AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1904 WITH HER FAMILY, WHERE THEY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE LIVED IN TURIN, AB, FOR A TIME, BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE IN THE EARLY 1930S. SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH AND THE PEMMICAN CLUB. SHE WAS MARRIED TO CLIFFORD C. MCNABB IN 1924. MARGARET WAS THE DAUGHTER OF ROBERT AND MARGARET (NEE NICOLSON) HARVIE. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 86 ON JULY 8, 1979. CLIFFORD C. MCNABB WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON FEBRUARY 18, 1893, THE SON OF THOMAS MCNABB, WHO BECAME MAYOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR. (CLIFFORD’S MOTHER’S NAME IS NOT KNOWN) CLIFFORD WAS EDUCATED IN LETHBRIDGE AND BEGAN TO WORK FOR THE AR&I RAILROAD IN 1908, THEN LATER THE CPR. IN 1910, CLIFFORD MOVED TO TURIN TO FARM AND RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1928 TO WORK AT SICKS’ BREWERY. HE RETIRED IN 1950. HE PASSED AT THE AGE OF 62 ON APRIL 3, 1955. ROBERT HARVIE WAS BORN IN QUARTER, LANARKSHIRE, SCOTLAND ON NOVEMBER 2, 1863. HE MARRIED MARGARET NICOLSON IN 1885 AND THE COUPLE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1904, THEN TO DIAMOND CITY IN 1906. HE WORKED AS A MINER BOTH IN SCOTLAND AND IN ALBERTA. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 86 ON MARCH 25, 1949. MARGARET HARVIE (NEE NICOLSON) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF CHARLES NICOLSON, THE BOAT MASTER FOR THE ABERDEEN AND LEITH STEAMSHIP COPMANY AT WICK HARBOR. PRIOR TO HER MARRIAGE, MARGARET WAS EMPLOYED AT A CONVALESCENT HOME AT DUNOON. MARGARET PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 91 ON MARCH 29, 1945. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2017, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING ITEMS DONATED BY MARGARET MCNABB. THE ATTEMPTS MADE TO LOCATE AND CONTACT THE DONOR'S NEXT-OF-KIN TO SPEAK ABOUT THE ARTIFACTS WERE UNSUCCESSFUL.
Catalogue Number
P19694636000
Acquisition Date
1969-10
Collection
Museum
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