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Other Name
"A7 RANCHE 100 ANNIVERSARY"
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P20140032002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"A7 RANCHE 100 ANNIVERSARY"
Date
1986
Materials
WOOD, PAINT
No. Pieces
1
Height
19.5
Diameter
5.7
Description
BROWN GLASS BEER BOTTLE WITH A LIP FOR A TWIST-OFF CAP (NO CAP). "85" IS IN RAISED LETTERS OF GLASS AT THE BASE OF THE BOTTLE. THERE IS A SEAM VISIBLE DOWN THE CENTER HALVES OF THE BOTTLE WHERE IT HAS BEEN FUSED TOGETHER. CREAM-COLOURED RECTANGULAR LABEL WITH GOLD TRIM PASTED TO ONE SIDE OF THE BOTTLE. LABEL READS "a7" WITHIN A RED DIAGONAL STRIPE RUNNING UP THE WIDTH OF THE LABEL WITH "BEER" PRINTED BELOW. IN THE BOTTOM OF THE LABEL IT READS: "BREWED AND BOTTLED IN CARLING O'KEEFE BREWERIES CALGARY, ALBERTA" IN ALTERNATING BLACK AND FONT. THERE IS A STAMP THAT STATES "100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY 1886-1986" IN THE UPPER LEFT SECTION OF THE LABEL. CONDITION: SLIGHT WRIKLE VERTICALLY DOWN THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LABEL. SLIGHT SCUFFING ON THE GLASS OF BOTTLE.
Subjects
FOOD SERVICE T&E
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
INDUSTRY
History
A NOTE ABOUT THIS BOTTLE WAS WRITTEN BY THE DONOR, FRANK LIGHTBOUND, AND PROVIDED TO THE MUSEUM AT THE TIME OF DONATION STATES: “THE SPECIAL LABEL ON THIS BOTTLE IS ONE OF A FEW HUNDRED PRINTED TO HELP CELEBRATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY (1886-1986) OF THE A7 RANCHE (OLD SPELLING), THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF WHICH BORDERS THE OLDMAN RIVER NORTH OF LUNDBRECK IN THE MAYCROFT AREA. THE RANCH WAS ESTABLISHED BY A. E. CROSS OF BIG 4 STAMPEDE FAME AND THE FORMER CALGARY BREWING/MALTING CO. (HORSESHOE AND BUFFALO LABEL). THE RANCH IS STILL OWNED BY THE CROSS FAMILY. THE BEER WAS SERVED DURING THE CELEBRATION BAR-B-Q AND THIS BOTTLE WAS GIVEN TO ME BY VAL DENNIS, SOUTH RANCH FOREMAN AT THE TIME.” ON 22 MARCH 2017, GALT COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED LIGHTBOUND ABOUT HIS DONATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE BOTTLE FROM A7 RANCHE BREWERY. THIS BOTTLE COMMEMORATES THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE A7 RANCHE. OF THAT, LIGHTBOUND STATES, “WELL, I MUST HAVE ACQUIRED IT SOON AFTER THAT THEN – IN 1986. IT WASN’T GIVEN TO ME DIRECTLY. I KNEW THE FOREMAN OF THE SOUTHERN BRANCH OF THE A7 RANCHE, AND HE HAD SEVERAL OF THEM, AND HE GAVE ME ONE. AND THEN THIS WAS IT… [THE FOREMAN] WAS VAL DENNIS. THE DENNIS FAMILY HAVE A RANCH ON THE OLD MAN RIVER JUST OUTSIDE THE FOREST RESERVE, WHICH IS ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE A7 RANCHE.” THE BOTTLE WAS GIVEN TO LIGHTBOUND EMPTY. WHEN ASKED WHY HE WAS COMPELLED TO SAVE IT, LIGHTBOUND REPLIED, “WELL, [IT REPRESENTS] AN INTERESTING PART OF THE COUNTRY. I WAS AT THE GAP RANGER STATION FOR FIVE YEARS AND THE DENNIS FAMILY HAD THE FIRST RANCH EAST OF THE FOREST RESERVE, ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE ROAD, BETWEEN THE ROAD AND THE RIVER. AND I GOT TO KNOW THE FAMILY BACK AROUND 1965 AND THIS WAS 1985. I STILL VISIT WITH THEM AND I HELPED THEM WITH THEIR RANCHING OPERATION. I STILL VISIT WITH THEM FROM TIME TO TIME. SO I SAW ALL THE FAMILY GROW UP, ALL THE KIDS GROW UP. VAL WAS ONE. WHEN I FIRST MET HIM, HE WAS A KID IN GRADE SCHOOL, AND NOW I THINK HE’S ABOUT 60 YEARS OLD, AND HE’S NEARING RETIREMENT AS AN RCMP OFFICER. SO A LOT OF YEARS HAVE PASSED. AND, SO, OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF HIS HEART, HE THOUGHT I’D LIKE TO HAVE THAT BOTTLE AND I TOOK IT, AND I HAD IT DISPLAYED—IT WASN’T IN THE LIVING ROOM—BUT IT WAS IN THE CUPBOARD AREA IN THE DINING AREA.” ACCORDING TO THE A7 RANCHE HISTORY PROVIDED ON THEIR WEBSITE (ACCESSED ON 4 MAY 2018), THE RANCH’S FOUNDER – ALFRED ERNEST CROSS – “PICKED THE ‘A7’ BRAND TO SYMBOLIZE HIMSELF AND HIS SIX SIBLINGS. IT IS SAID TO BE THE OLDEST RANCH IN CANADA STILL IN THE HANDS OF THE ORIGINAL OWNERS, RIGHT THROUGH TO PRESENT-DAY OWNER JOHN CROSS.” THE WEBSITE CONTINUES, “A. E. CROSS IS BEST KNOWN FOR BEING ONE OF THE “BIG FOUR” CATTLEMEN WHO FOUNDED THE CALGARY STAMPEDE IN 1912. HOWEVER, HE HAD MANY OTHER BUSINESS, PUBLIC, AND CHARITABLE INTERESTS, LIKE THE CALGARY BREWING AND MALTING COMPANY, OIL AND GAS, AND THE BUDDING MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY. CROSS ALSO SERVED AS THE MLA FOR EAST CALGARY IN THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTH-WEST TERRITORIES...” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, A7 HISTORY AND DONOR’S NOTE.
Catalogue Number
P20140032002
Acquisition Date
2014-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
DYE SAMPLES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1977
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CARDBOARD, FABRIC, INK
Catalogue Number
P20160003004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DYE SAMPLES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1977
Materials
CARDBOARD, FABRIC, INK
No. Pieces
1
Length
22.6
Width
15
Description
BOOK WITH BLACK HARDCOVER. THE FRONT COVER OF THE BOOK HAS IN GOLD LETTERING “NACCO DYES” WITH A SMALL, GOLD LOGO IN THE CENTER AND “NATIONAL ANILINE & CHEMICAL CO. …” IN GOLD AT THE BOTTOM. THE SPINE OF THE BOOK HAS “NACCO DYES NO. 172” IN GOLD LETTERS. THE INSIDE COVER OF THE BOOK BEGINS WITH “NATIONAL SERVICE” WITH ADDITIONAL TEXT SUCCEEDING. THE PAGES ARE THICK, WHITE BOARD THAT ARE ATTACHED TO ONE ANOTHER WITH PAPER SEAMS. THE BOARDS FOLD OUT ACCORDIAN-STYLE INTO A HORIZONTAL LINE. THERE ARE 6 BOARDS IN TOTAL. THE FIRST FOUR BEGINNING FROM THE LEFT ARE TITLED, “NACCO UNION DYES.” EACH BOARD HAS TWO COLUMNS OF RECTANGULAR DYE SAMPLES. THERE ARE 9 ROWS ON EACH BOARD. THE TWO SAMPLES IN EACH ROW ARE THE SAME COLOUR BUT ON DIFFERENT TYPES OF FABRIC. THE 5TH BOARD IS DIVIDED INTO TWO COLUMNS. THE LEFT IS TITLED, “NACCO NEUTRAL DYES” AND THERE ARE 10 SAMPLES OF VARIOUS DYE COLOURS UNDERNEATH IT. THE RIGHT SIDE IS TITLED, “NACCO WOOL DYES.” GOOD CONDITION. THE BOARDS HAVE YELLOWED. SLIGHT SCUFFING ON THE BLACK COVER. SLIGHT BROWN STAIN ON 5TH AND 6TH BOARDS. ACCRETION ON LOWER SECTION ON THE BACKSIDE OF BOARD TO THE RIGHT OF THE TITLE PAGE (5TH BOARD).
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
TRADES
RETAIL TRADE
History
THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN’S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IT WAS THERE WILLIAM KONKIN MARRIED ELIZABETH WISHLOW. IN 1928, THEIR DAUGHTER, ELSIE WAS BORN. THEY LATER MOVED TO A FARM IN VAUXHALL, ALBERTA. THE PRECEDING AND FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH DONOR ELSIE MORRIS, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON FEBRUARY 17, 2016. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMES FROM FAMILY HISTORIES AND TEXTS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003001. MORRIS’ FATHER SOLD DYE TO LOCALS ON THE DOUKHOBOR COLONY. MORRIS DESCRIBES THE PURPOSE OF THE DYES AND HOW HER FATHER BECAME INVOLVED: “DYEING WAS NECESSARY TO DYE THE WOOL THAT YOU SPUN AND SOMETIMES YOU COULDN’T GET THE NECESSARY DYES IN THE STORE, SO I DON’T KNOW WHERE MY DAD GOT THOSE. THEY MIGHT HAVE SENT HIM SOME OR WHAT AND THEN HE WOULD CHOOSE THE COLOURS THEY WANTED AND HE WOULD ORDER THEM. NOW IT SO HAPPENS THAT THE PEOPLE IN THE COLONY ALL WANTED THESE PARTICULAR DYES BECAUSE THEY WERE BETTER THAN THE KIND THEY GOT IN THE STORE. I DON’T KNOW WHY. SO MY DAD BUILT A SCALE AND I REMEMBER THIS SCALE. IT STOOD ON THE TABLE, IT HAD A CENTRAL PART, THEN THERE WAS A ROD GOING ACROSS AND IT CAME DOWN LIKE THIS AND THREE NAILS ON ONE SIDE BROUGHT IT DOWN AND WHEN YOU WANTED TO SELL THE DYE YOU PUT A PIECE OF PAPER DOWN, PUT IN A SPOONFUL UNTIL WE BALANCED [IT] AND THEN YOU GOT AN EVEN BALANCE AND THAT AMOUNT CAME TO TEN CENTS. IF WANTED LESS THEN YOU PUT TWO NAILS DOWN AND THOSE CAME TO FIVE CENTS SO… I SUPPOSE [HE SOLD THE DYE] BECAUSE HE WANTED TO MAKE SOME MONEY. HE SOLD VEGETABLES IN THE WINTERTIME TO THE LOCALS WHO DIDN’T GROW GARDENS. IN SUMMERTIME IF HE COULD GET A JOB HARVESTING WORKING SOMEWHERE ON FARMS HE DID THAT. [HE WAS] THE MIDDLE MAN [SELLING DYES]… [A]ND NOBODY TOLD ANYONE THE STOREKEEPERS THAT OR HE’D HAVE PROBABLY BEEN TOLD TO STOP IT.” PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, OBITUARIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND FAMILY HISTORIES.
Catalogue Number
P20160003004
Acquisition Date
2016-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HMV BAG
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20170004004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HMV BAG
Date
2017
Materials
PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
22.7
Width
35.7
Description
WHITE, PLASTIC SHOPPING BAG. BOTH SIDES ARE THE SAME. “HMV” IS ON THE BAG IN PINK LETTERING. THE BAG ALSO HAS INFORMATION ABOUT THE BAG INCLUDING “ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY” ALONG THE BOTTOM EDGE. THERE IS A HOLE IN THE TOP SIDE OF THE BAG FOR THE HANDLE. VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. THE BAG IS SLIGHTLY WRINKLED. THERE IS SLIGHT WEAR TO THE HANDLE THROUGH USE.
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
BUSINESS
History
IN THE EARLY MONTHS OF 2017 THE MUSIC FRANCHISE, HMV CANADA, BEGAN TO THE PROCESS OF CLOSING DOWN ALL 120 OF THEIR STORES ACROSS CANADA. AFTER 30 YEARS OF BUSINESS, THE COMPANY WENT INTO RECEIVERSHIP. PARK PLACE MALL IN DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE HAD AN HMV LOCATION OF ITS OWN, WHICH OPENED IN 1994. THIS SHOPPING BAG IS AN EXAMPLE OF SHOPPING BAGS USED AT THE LETHBRIDGE LOCATION OF HMV DURING THE TIME OF RECEIVERSHIP. IT IS ALSO PHYSICAL SYMBOL OF BRICK-AND-MORTAR SHOPPING MALLS. ON 27 FEBRUARY 2017, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, THE MANAGER OF THE HMV LETHBRIDGE, BRENDAN FRIZZLEY, REFLECTED ON HIS PAST EXPERIENCE AT THE MUSIC STORE, THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MUSIC STORES, AND ON THE RECEIVERSHIP PERIOD. FOR MORE INFORMATION OF FRIZZLEY’S CONNECTION TO THE STORE, PLEASE SEE P20170004001-2. IN THE INTERVIEW, FRIZZLEY SPOKE ABOUT THE CHANGE IN MALL TRAFFIC, “[THERE IS] SUCH A DROP IN TRAFFIC, AS PEOPLE START TO MOVE AWAY FROM MALLS. [THIS IS EXEMPLIFIED BY] THE FACT THAT I’LL HAVE SATURDAYS WHERE I’LL PULL AS MUCH AS I USED TO PULL ON A SLOW MONDAY EIGHT YEARS AGO, IN TERMS OF JUST PEOPLE COMING IN. WE’VE MADE SO MANY CHANGES TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT WORK FROM ON OUR SIDE, WHETHER IT’S GETTING BETTER DEALS FOR EVERY CD THAT WE SELL, OR JUST CHANGING THE GENERAL PRICE OF THINGS, OR HAVING THINGS THAT MAKE MORE MONEY… PEOPLE AREN’T SHOPPING IN MALLS ANYMORE. THERE’S STILL PEOPLE COMING IN, ESPECIALLY AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME, BUT IT’S NOT THE SAME AS IT USED TO BE. I REMEMBER MY FIRST CHRISTMAS [WORKING] HERE. WE HAD THREE TILLS – WE’D RUN ALL THREE OF THEM – AND THERE’D BE STILL CRAZY LINES. THAT WAS FOR ALL OF DECEMBER, AND THEN THIS YEAR, BLACK FRIDAY AND BOXING DAY BOTH HAPPENED, AND I DIDN’T HAVE TO OPEN A THIRD TILL…PEOPLE DON’T WANT SHOPPING TO BE A MULTI-HOUR STROLLING EXPERIENCE. WE’VE ALL GOT TO FACE THE ‘BUYING ONLINE,’ AND IF IT’S NOT ‘BUYING ONLINE’, [IT'S] BUYING ‘BIG BOX’. IF YOU WALK INTO WALMART OR COSTCO AND YOU’RE OUT IN AN HOUR, AND YOU GOT EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED, THAT’S SO MUCH BETTER THAN A DAY AT THE MALL. I DON’T THINK THE THINGS AT THE MALL ARE INTERESTING ENOUGH ANYMORE FOR PEOPLE TO WANT TO PORE OVER THEM, AND HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE WHERE YOU WANDER AROUND THE MALL. THE KIDS WOULD GO OFF ONE WAY; PARENTS WOULD GO OFF THE OTHER. MOM AND DAD WOULD EVENTUALLY SPLIT UP, AS THEY GOT PULLED DIFFERENT WAYS. EVERYONE WOULD SORT OF WANDER AROUND; THEY’D MEET UP AT THE FOOD COURT, AT A CERTAIN TIME, AND THAT WOULD BE THAT, AND IT’S JUST NOT AN EXPERIENCE PEOPLE WANT [ANYMORE]. I THINK PEOPLE FEEL PULLED A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS, AND WE’VE GOTTEN VERY GOOD AT GETTING GOOD RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, AT THE SAME TIME… MILLENNIALS HAVE FOUND REALLY INTERESTING, ENGAGING WAYS OF OCCUPYING THEIR TIME…YEAH, YOU KNOW PEOPLE ARE THERE TO BUY CERTAIN THINGS AT THE MALL… IF PEOPLE ARE COMING IN FOR A PARTICULAR ITEM AT MY STORE, THEY’RE PROBABLY NOT HITTING ANY OTHER STORE…NOBODY WANTS TO SHOP AROUND. AND THAT’S FINE. I’M NOT A MALL PERSON… WHEN I’M BUYING SOMETHING, I’M PROBABLY GETTING IT OFF AMAZON. I’LL BE IN THE MALL, HEADING OUT TO MY CAR, AND I’LL BE ON MY PHONE ON AMAZON BUYING THE THING THAT I WANT TO BUY, BECAUSE I WANT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT. I DON’T WANT TO SHOP AROUND IN THE MALL. AND IT’S KIND OF SURREAL THAT I LIVE IN A PLACE THAT SELLS THE THINGS I WANT, BUT I DON’T SEE EXACTLY WHAT I WANT HERE, SO RATHER THAN JUST HAVE TO SETTLE AND BUY THE BEST ONE, I’M JUST GOING TO GET ON MY PHONE…” MACLEAN STATED THAT THERE IS A “KIND OF REVOLUTION OF DIGITAL, IN TERMS OF, NOT JUST THE [HMV] ITSELF, BUT EVEN THE MALL.” FRIZZLEY ELABORATED ON THAT: “[Y]OU APPROACH THIS AWKWARD, POST-WORK SOCIETY WHERE YOU’VE KILLED RETAIL… WE CAN HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED REALLY QUICKLY IF WE’RE DOING THIS. THAT’S THE BIGGEST THING THERE. I THINK THE LOSS OF - WE ALREADY LOST THE GOOD SIDES OF RETAIL YEARS AGO WHEN WE KILLED THE EXPERTS AND KILLED SPECIALTY STORES…” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT RECORD FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND ARTICLES REGARDING THE RECEIVERSHIP AND LIQUIDATION OF HMV CANADA.
Catalogue Number
P20170004004
Acquisition Date
2017-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SLURPEE CUP
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, INK
Catalogue Number
P20180029008
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SLURPEE CUP
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2005
Materials
PLASTIC, INK
No. Pieces
1
Height
16.3
Diameter
10.6
Description
PLASTIC CUP WITH YELLOW, ORANGE AND GREY PRINTED IMAGE OF SOLDIER IN HELMET IN CITYSCAPE WITH BLUE AND ORANGE LOGO “HALO 2”. CUP HAS BLUE BORDER UNDER RIM WITH WHITE TEXT “SLURPEE”. LOWER LEFT CORNER OF IMAGE HAS BLACK AND GREEN LOGO “XBOX”; CUP HAS TEXT AT ALONG BASE “32 OZ, US (946 ML)” WITH WHITE, GREEN, RED AND ORANGE LOGO “7 ELEVEN”, AND BARCODE “0 05120 7” AND TEXT “WWW.SLURPEE.COM”. RIGHT END OF IMAGE HAS GREEN BORDER FROM BASE TO RIM WITH GREEN, RED AND WHITE LOGOS “MOUNTAIN DEW”. BESIDE “MOUNTAIN DEW” LOGOS IS WHITE BORDERS WITH BLACK TEXT “[COPYRIGHT SYMBOL] 2004 MICROSOFT CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. MICROSOFT, BUNGIE, THE BUNGIE LOGO, HALO, XBOX, XBOX LIVE, THE XBOX LOGO AND THE XBOX LIVE LOGO ARE EITHER REGISTERED TRADEMARKS OR TRADEMARKS OF MICROSOFT CORPORATION IN THE U.S. AND/OR IN OTHER COUNTRIES. THIS PROMOTION IS BASED ON A MATURE-RATED VIDEO GAME. MOUNTAIN DEW AND THE MD DESIGN ARE REGISTERED TRADEMARKS OF PEPSICO, INC.” INSIDE OF CUP IS OPAQUE WHITE PLASTIC; BASE OF CUP IS OPAQUE WHITE PLASTIC WITH EMBOSSED TEXT “TECHNIMARK, ASHEBORO, NC, MADE IN USA, 6, TM-32T, [RECYCLING SYMBOL] 7, OTHER”. LABEL ON FRONT HAS TEARS IN IMAGE AND SCUFF MARKS AT BASE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
FOOD SERVICE T&E
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
ON DECEMBER 21, 2018, GALT MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT INTERVIWED KEVIN MACLEAN REAGARDING HIS DONATION OF PERSONAL OBJECTS. ON THE SLURPEE CUP, MACLEAN RECALLED, “I WAS IN THE RESERVES AT THE TIME WHEN [THE] HALO CUPS CAME OUT, SO I’M PRETTY SURE THAT THEY WOULD DATE TO ABOUT 2001 AND 2002. UP UNTIL THAT POINT I WOULD BE USING DISPOSABLE CUPS. I HAD A 7-ELEVEN…WHEN WE LIVED IN THE 300 BLOCK OF 15TH STREET FOR 10 YEARS, THERE WAS A 7-ELEVEN A BLOCK AWAY FROM MY HOUSE. LATER IT WOULD BE ON MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE…BY THE SANDMAN IS WHERE I WOULD HAVE GOT THE HALO CUPS. WHAT I DID [IS] I BOUGHT A NUMBER OF THOSE CUPS SO I COULD HAVE HAD AS MANY AS 15 TO 20 OF THEM AND THEN I WOULD HAVE A CUP DISPENSER. IF YOU WERE IN MY VEHICLE [A YUKON], THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN 15-20 CUPS ON THE BACK SEAT. I ALWAYS HAD CUPS THAT I WOULD TAKE IN. I WOULD USE THOSE CUPS BECAUSE I THINK I WOULD ACTUALLY GET SOME REDUCTION IN PRICE FOR BRINGING THAT CUP IN. BUT I ALSO THOUGHT IT WAS A REALLY COOL CUP.” “IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN [PART OF A COLLECTOR’S SERIES].” “[THE CUPS WERE] MOVIE BASED…THAT ONE IS ACTUALLY GAME BASED [HALO IS A GAME]. AFTER THAT ONE CAME OUT THERE WAS A NUMBER OF, EITHER GAMES OR MOVIES, THAT WERE COMING OUT THAT 7-ELEVEN WOULD PROMOTE ON THOSE CUPS. I THINK I HAD TERMINATOR CUP, AND I HAD SOME FUTURE HALO CUPS. I NEVER LIKED THEM AS MUCH AS I LIKED THAT CUP THAT I’VE DONATED.” “I [LIKED] THE COLORS OF IT AND, BECAUSE I WAS IN THE ARMY AT THE TIME, I THOUGHT IT WAS A COOL CUP. AT THAT SAME TIME THEY WERE TWINNING MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE, MAKING IT 3 LANES IN BOTH DIRECTIONS, I REMEMBER COMING FROM THE ARMORY GOING DOWN TO 7-ELEVEN TO GET MY SLURPEE.” “I DON’T [PLAY HALO]. I JUST LIKED THE SOLDIER GUY.” MACLEAN SPOKE TO HIS INTEREST IN SLURPEES, NOTING, “THERE WOULD BE THINGS THAT WOULD BE PART OF MY DAY TO DAY LIFE AND EXISTENCE THAT, I WOULD SAY, ARE PART OF MY IDENTITY IN TERMS OF WHO I AM. DRINKING SLURPEES WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THOSE THINGS. IF YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN AT WORK WITH ME IN THE 1990S THEN YOU POTENTIALLY WOULD HAVE RECALL OF ME DRINKING SLURPEES EVERY SINGLE DAY. IT WAS SUPER IMPORTANT TO ME SO I THOUGHT I SHOULD OFFER ONE TO THE MUSEUM. I KNEW THERE WASN’T ALREADY A SLURPEE CUP.” “I REMEMBER MY AUNT AND UNCLE, WHO ARE BRIAN AND BONNIE MURRAY, TAKING ME AS A KID [AT ABOUT 8 OR 9 YEARS OLD]…THIS WOULD BE IN THE LATE 1970S, AND WE VISITED A STRIP COMMERCIAL SPACE ON MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE OUT BY THE GREEN STRIP. LOCATED THERE WAS A 7-ELEVEN ADJACENT TO A TACO TIME. I THINK WE WENT TO BOTH LOCATIONS BECAUSE I WAS A FARM KID IN PICTURE BUTTE. I REMEMBER EATING SOFT TACOS WITH MEXI-FRIES AND THEN FOR SURE GOING TO 7-ELEVEN AND HAVING A GRAVEYARD SLURPEE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME.” “[A GRAVEYARD SLURPEE IS] ORANGE CRUSH MIXED WITH COKE AND ROOT BEER. IT’S A WHOLE BUNCH OF FLAVORS MIXED IN ONE AND I THOUGHT IT WAS THE COOLEST THING. I DON’T KNOW IF IT WAS THE TEXTURE IN MY MOUTH OR IF IT WAS THE TEMPERATURE BUT IT RESONATED WITH ME IN A BIG WAY.” “I POTENTIALLY WOULD DRINK MULTIPLE SLURPEES PER DAY AND THE SLURPEES ARE NOT ALL THE SAME. DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU GO, THE QUALITY OF THE SLURPEE IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT. YOU HAVE A BAD SLURPEE EXPERIENCE, YOU MIGHT DECIDE NOT TO DRINK THE WHOLE THING AND THEN WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO DO IS GO BACK IN FOUR HOURS AND TRY AGAIN. OR YOU COULD HAVE A REALLY GOOD SLURPEE EXPERIENCE AND YOU WOULD GO BACK AND TRY AGAIN. BUT THERE WOULD BE THINGS LIKE, IF I WALKED INTO THE STORE AND SOMEONE WAS IN FRONT OF ME AND THEY HAPPENED TO HAVE ONE OF THOSE LARGE THERMOS [CUPS], THAT COULD HOLD THE EQUIVALENT OF 4 OR 5 OF [MINE]…THEY WOULD DESTROY THE CONSISTENCY OF THE SLURPEE. IF THEY’RE IN FRONT OF ME, I’D BE GETTING REALLY ANGRY AT THEM OVER A SLURPEE WHICH ISN’T GOOD AT ALL. IT WAS TO THE POINT WHERE I COULD WALK IN THE FRONT DOORS AND I COULD LOOK AT THE MACHINE, WHICH WOULD BE ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE ROOM AND TELL, JUST BY THE COLOUR AND HOW QUICKLY THAT PADDLE WAS GOING AROUND, HOW GOOD THAT SLURPEE WAS GOING TO BE. I WOULD TURN AROUND AND WALK OUT IF IT WAS MOVING RELATIVELY QUICK AND IT WAS REALLY DARK. SO I KNEW. THAT’S A PROBLEM AND…POTENTIALLY MY BLOOD PRESSURE WOULD CHANGE WHEN I’M DISPENSING THE SLURPEE BECAUSE I’M SO EXCITED TO GET IT. A LOT OF WHAT WE DO AS HUMAN BEINGS IS ABOUT RITUAL AND IT’S NOT EVEN REALLY ABOUT THE SLURPEE ITSELF BUT THAT, AT A CERTAIN POINT OF THE DAY, WE DO THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN BECAUSE IT FEELS GOOD. FOR ME, IT WAS AT LUNCH TIME, DRIVING FROM MY HOUSE TO GO GET THAT SLURPEE TO BRING IT BACK TO WORK, WHICH IS A TREMENDOUS WASTE OF TIME. AND FOR WHAT? EXCEPT THAT, I REALLY DID LIKE DRINKING SLURPEES. I REALLY LIKED THE SUGAR RUSH A LOT. IT GAVE ME A LOT OF ENERGY AND I DON’T KNOW IF I HAVE THAT ANY MORE. I NEVER CRASHED AFTER I DRANK THEM. I SAID “IT WAS LIKE I PARACHUTED BACK TO EARTH”. I LOVED THEM LOTS.” “[I STOPPED DRINKING SLURPEES] AROUND [2011/2012]. THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE WAS OFFERING A HEALTH CHECK-UP WHICH WAS REALLY GOOD. I WENT AND THEY MEASURED MY BLOOD SUGAR WHICH WAS HIGH NORMAL. IT WASN’T OUTSIDE NORMAL, BUT IT WAS HIGH NORMAL AND THEY WERE RECOMMENDING TO ME…THAT PERHAPS I SHOULDN’T BE DRINKING SUGAR EVERY DAY. AND ME KNOWING THAT PANCREATIC CANCER IS SOMETHING THAT COULD BE RELATED TO SUGAR CONSUMPTION, I JUST KNEW THAT THERE WAS REALLY NO GOOD REASON FOR ME TO BE DRINKING THOSE STUPID THINGS AS PART OF MY DAY TO DAY EXISTENCE.” “I CUT THEM OUT. I STOPPED AND I THINK IF YOU CAN BREAK THE RITUAL OF GOING TO GET THEM, BECAUSE YOU CAN GET THERE, YOU DON’T EVEN DRINK IT OR YOU DON’T EVEN GET IT. I JUST THOUGHT I HAVE TO BREAK THE PATTERN. SO I BROKE THE PATTERN AND THEN I HAVEN’T GONE BACK.” “I DON’T THINK I’VE KNOWN ANYONE WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN CONSUMING THE NUMBER OF SLURPEES THAT I WAS. I KNOW MY SISTER AND HER HUSBAND WERE DRINKING BIG GULPS, AND THEY WOULD HAVE MUCH LARGER CONTAINERS THAN I EVER HAD. PEOPLE WERE CRITICAL OF MY SLURPEE CONSUMPTION, AND MY SISTER AND BROTHER-IN-LAW WERE PROBABLY DRINKING AS MUCH IF NOT MORE COKE, [OR] FOUNTAIN POP, THAN ME. I DON’T KNOW WHY SLURPEES GET SUCH A BAD RAP, BUT I’VE NEVER KNOWN MANY PEOPLE THAT LIKED TO DRINK MORE THAN ME. THE OTHER THING IS THAT I HAVE NO CAVITIES. I DON’T EVEN GO TO THE DENTIST EVERY YEAR BECAUSE I THINK IT’S A RACKET. I WOULD GO, AND THEY WOULDN’T FIND ANY CAVITIES.” “[THE CUP HAS] MEANING TO ME TO SEE [IT] BECAUSE [SLURPEES WERE] PART OF MY DAY TO DAY EXISTENCE FOR—IF IT STARTED IN 1979 AND ENDED BY 2012—THE BETTER PART OF THIRTY-TWO YEARS. IT’S A LONG TIME, AND I [THOUGHT] OF THEM EVEN DURING HIGH SCHOOL.” 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
P20180029008
Acquisition Date
2018-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SICK’S BREWERY CRATE AND CARBOY
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20130013001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SICK’S BREWERY CRATE AND CARBOY
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1985
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, METAL
No. Pieces
2
Height
48
Length
32
Width
30.75
Description
.1 WOODEN CRATE MADE OF THREE HORIZONTAL SLATS ON EACH SIDE, NAILED TO A VERTICAL POST IN EACH CORNER. TONGUE AND GROOVE SLATTED BOTTOM. GREEN PRINTING ON FRONT AND BACK SIDES READS "SICK'S - LETHBRIDGE BREWERY LIMITED, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA". HANDWRITING ON CENTRAL SLAT, RIGHT SIDE READS "SILVIO MAURO". GENERAL GRIME AND STAINING, WITH RING ON BOTTOM INSIDE. .2 CLEAR GLASS JUG. RED, RUBBERIZED RING AROUND MOUTH WITH METAL HARDWARE FASTENING RED HANDLE. RAISED LETTERING AROUND BOTTOM EDGE READS "WARNING GLASS FRAGILE DO NOT BUMP OR HEAT", REPEATS TWICE. RAISED LETTERING ON BOTTOM READS "NET 6 GAL, 23 LTS BOTTLE, MADE IN MEXICO". 52H X 30DIA
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
CONTAINER
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
RETAIL TRADE
DOMESTIC
History
THIS WOODEN CRATE AND GLASS JUG WERE USED BY THE MAURO FAMILY FOR TRANSPORTING WINE THAT THEY MADE IN THEIR HOME GARAGE IN NORTH LETHBRIDGE IN THE 1960S. THE CRATE WAS SOURCED BY FAMILY PATRIARCH SILVIO MAURO FROM SICK’S BREWERY, AND ACCORDING TO INFORMATION PROVIDED BY FORMER LETHBRIDGE BREWERY DELIVERY DRIVER JOE VAN DERBEEK, WAS ORIGINALLY USED BY THE BREWERY TO TRANSPORT DISTILLED WATER SOLD OUT OF THE SODA DEPARTMENT. VAN DERBEEK SAID THE DISTILLED WATER WAS USED BY DRUGSTORES FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES AND SERVICE STATIONS OF MAINTAINING BATTERIES. AT SOME POINT AFTER THE CRATE'S ORIGINAL USE, MAURO ACQUIRED AND REPURPOSED IT FOR USE IN HIS HOME WINEMAKING PROCESS, TO HOLD AND CARRY GLASS JUGS. ON JULY 26, 2013, GALT MUSEUM COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SILVIO MAURO AND HIS SON, JOE, ABOUT THEIR FAMILY’S HISTORY AND HOW THE WINEMAKING PROCESS CONTRIBUTED TO THE STRENTHENING OF ITALIAN-CANADIAN CULTURAL IDENTITY IN LETHBRIDGE. SILVIO MAURO SAID: “I BORN IN ITALY MARCH 12, 1924 [IN] GRIMALDI, CALABRIA… I COME TO CANADA 1951, IN TRAIL, BRITISH COLUMBIA BECAUSE… THE REASON IS MY FATHER, HE COME HERE IN 1901… HE WAS A MINER IN ROSSLAND.” JOE MAURO SAID: “WHAT ENDED UP HAPPENING IS MY GRANDFATHER CAME HERE IN THE EARLY 1900S, AND HIM AND TWO OTHERS OWNED A LITTLE MINE IN ROSSLAND. MY GRANDFATHER WOULD CONTINUOUSLY SEND MONEY BACK HOME. HE WOULDN’T GO BACK TO ITALY BECAUSE, #1, HE COULDN’T AFFORD IT, AND #2 IT WOULD TAKE DAYS TO GET BACK. SO MY FATHER’S OLDEST BROTHER WAS BORN IN ’03, HIS SISTER WAS BORN IN ’11, AND MY DAD IN ’24. SO THERE WAS A HUGE GAP BETWEEN ALL OF THEM, BECAUSE IT WAS ONLY WHEN MY GRANDFATHER WOULD GO BACK, VERY RARELY, THAT HE WOULD HAVE CHILDREN.” SILVIO SAID: “WELL I THINK NOW I MAKE THE IMMIGRATION TO HERE, NOW HERE, THE PEOPLE OF MY HOME TOWN, THEY CRY BECAUSE I SAY ‘MAYBE I NO COME BACK ANY MORE OVER HERE’, EVERYBODY, THEY LIKE ME, THEY CRY…” JOE SAID: “HE CAME WITH HIS BROTHER AND HIS NEPHEW AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF THEM, AND THEY ALL CAME TO WORK BUILDING HOUSES. THERE WAS A GROUP OF ITALIANS… THERE’S STILL A LOT OF HISTORY IN TRAIL ABOUT THESE ITALIANS THAT EMIGRATED THERE AND BUILT THE HOMES AND CREATED A LIFE IN CANADA AFTER THE WAR. THAT’S WHY THEY CAME, BECAUSE ITALY GOT BEAT UP PRETTY BAD IN THE WAR… FROM THE PHOTOS I HAVE SEEN, I THINK THAT THEY HAD A GREAT TIME [IN TRAIL], BECAUSE THEY WERE MAKING MONEY, THEY WERE WORKING, AND THEY ALL SPOKE – IT WAS LIKE THEY WERE STILL IN ITALY BECAUSE THEY ALL SPOKE THE LANGUAGE AND THEY WERE ALL ITALIANS. THE OWNER OF THE COMPANY, BALBI CONSTRUCTION, THEY ALL WORKED FOR THIS INDIVIDUAL OWNER.” SILVIO SAID: “BALBI CONSTRUCTION WAS MY BOSS. I WORK FOR HIM… AND THEN WE COME [TO LETHBRIDGE]. WHERE WE GOTTA GO? BALBI CONSTRUCTION, THEY HAD A HOUSE HERE… AND ME AND ANOTHER GUY, WE GOTTA FIND A HOUSE. WE RENTED A HOUSE, ME AND PETER FIORINO… YOU KNOW A COUPLE OF YEARS TOGETHER; I BUY A HOUSE, MY HOUSE. I PAY $60,000. I LIVE THERE. IT’S OK. I AM VERY HAPPY… A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. STILL I LIVE THERE.” JOE SAID: “MOST OF THE ONES IN TRAIL CAME HERE [IN 1954], BECAUSE THE WORK IN TRAIL WAS LIMITED. AND BALBI IS THE GUY THAT IF YOU KNOW, YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH STAFFORD DRIVE, ACROSS FROM DAVE ELTON PARK, ALL THOSE HOMES, HE DID, MY DAD DID. AND SO THERE WAS A LOT OF WORK HERE, AND SO MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT WENT TO ROSSLAND OR TRAIL, MOST OF THEM, PROBABLY 90% OF THEM ACTUALLY MOVED WITH BALBI BECAUSE THIS WAS WHERE THE WORK WAS.” SILVIO SAID: “I MAKE WINE, YES… THERE WERE GRAPES, EVEN HERE IN LETHBRIDGE, SOME ITALIANS THEY HAVE A LITTLE… SOME KIND OF GRAPES… [IN ITALY] EVERYBODY THEY HAVE A LITTLE PROPERTY WITH GRAPES. WE PICK IT UP, ALL THE GRAPES FROM THERE AND WE HAVE SOMETHING TO PUT IT IN… IT WAS LIKE A PASTIME, TAKE THE SHOES OFF TO [CRUSH GRAPES]… FROM VANCOUVER [THE GRAPES] COME, [THE ITALIAN CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE] ORDER A LOT OF GRAPES… EVERYBODY, THE TRUCK COMES. EVERYONE WOULD ORDER TWENTY, THIRTY, FORTY CASES… THE JUICE WE WOULD PUT IN A BOTTLE [TO FERMENT]. IN A BIG BOTTLE, INSIDE HERE [POINTS TO WOODEN CRATE].” JOE SAID: “NOBODY MAKES WINE ANYMORE BECAUSE NUMBER ONE, YOU BUY THE KITS, OR YOU BUY THE BIG WHITE FIVE GALLON PAILS [OF JUICE]. IT’S A SIMPLE PROCESS. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO THE CRUSHING AND ALL THAT… IT IS A LOT OF WORK, IT IS MESSY AND WE DO NOT HAVE THE EQUIPMENT THAT THEY HAD. IT WAS A PASTIME FOR THEM AND IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THEY DID… I REMEMBER THEY WOULD PUT PLASTIC ALL OVER AND YOU WOULD HAVE ABOUT TWENTY OR THIRTY CRATES OF GRAPES AND YOU DUMP THEM INTO THIS PRESS… SO, THE PRESS, YOU WOULD CRUSH THE GRAPES AND IT IS LIKE CARDBOARD NOW BECAUSE YOU HAD PRESSED IT SO HARD AND YOU’VE SQUEEZED ALL THE JUICE OUT OF IT, LIKE A DRY RAISIN… HOMEMADE WINE CAN HAVE SOME PRETTY GOOD STRENGTH TO IT. I CAN VOUCH FOR THAT BECAUSE WHEN MY WIFE AND I GOT MARRIED IN ’84, BACK IN THOSE DAYS, AT THE LODGE THEY ALLOWED US TO BRING HOMEMADE WINE. SO, WE HAD HOMEMADE WINE FOR DINNER, [MY FATHER’S] WINE. WELL, MY WIFE’S SIDE OF THE FAMILY WHO ARE NON-ITALIANS AND NOT REALLY WINE DRINKERS. THEY HAVE TWO GLASSES OF HOMEMADE WINE AND THEY DON’T DRINK THE REST OF THE NIGHT. SOME OF THEM HAD TO GO HAVE A LITTLE SNOOZE IN THEIR ROOM AT THE HOTEL AND THEY MISSED A LOT OF THE DANCE PORTION OF THE WEDDING BECAUSE IT’S POTENT… I TALK WITH MY NEPHEWS WHICH IS THE NEXT GENERATION AND WE ARE INTERESTED IN MAKING THE WINE THE WAY THEY DID FOR SEVERAL REASONS. NUMBER ONE, IT BRINGS THE FAMILY TOGETHER. IT WAS A MAJOR THING AND EVERYBODY WOULD COME. AS HIS GRANDCHILDREN GREW OLDER THEN THEY WOULD HELP. AND THEN YOU KNOW, MY MUM AND THE LADIES WOULD PREPARE A NICE BIG MEAL. AND THEN, IT WAS A HUGE, HUGE EVENT FOR THE ITALIANS. YOU KNOW HOW HE TOLD YOU THE PROCESS, YOU CRUSH IT, AND THEN YOU LET IT FERMENT AND THEN YOU PUT IT IN A BIG TANK, A BIG FIFTEEN GALLON TANK. WELL, THEN YOU LET IT SIT, I GUESS THAT WOULD BE SIMILAR TO THE TIME THAT IT SITS IN THE OAK CASKETS IN THE WINERIES. THEN IT WAS A BIG ‘TO DO’ WHEN YOU WERE TO, IN THEIR WORDS, ‘OPEN THE NEW WINE’. USUALLY THEY WOULD SAVE, MOST OF THE ITALIANS, BECAUSE THEY MIGHT HAVE TEN OF THOSE. THEY WOULD SAVE ONE OR TWO OR THREE FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS. CHRISTMAS, EASTER, SOMEONE’S BAPTISM, SOMEONE’S CONFIRMATION, SOMEONE’S WEDDING… MANY PEOPLE WOULD COME OVER, IT IS LIKE A CELEBRATION. EVERYONE WAS ANTICIPATING, WAS GOOD OR IS IT GOING TO BE BAD… SO WITH MY NEPHEWS, WE TALK ABOUT IT, AND IF WE COULD GET HIS EQUIPMENT BACK AGAIN. I MEAN I WOULDN’T KNOW WHERE YOU CAN GET GRAPES ANYMORE TO CRUSH. THAT IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST THING. THAT IS WHY THE ITALIAN CANADIAN CULTURE CENTRE WOULD GET AHOLD OF A LIST OF NAMES AND THE AMOUNT OF CASES THAT A PERSON WOULD WANT WHETHER IT WAS RED OR WHITE AND THEN THEY WOULD ORDER… EVEN THOUGH [MY NEPHEWS] WERE BORN HERE, AS WAS I, THESE ARE CUSTOMS THAT YOU WANT TO TRY TO KEEP THEM GOING… OBVIOUSLY, WE ARE ALL PROUD TO BE CANADIAN BUT THEY ARE PROUD TO HAVE THEIR ROOTS AND THEY WANT TO TRY, AND, SO, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN EASILY DO. THE PRESSES NOW ARE MUCH BETTER.” FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* ON 23 FEBRUARY 2015, GALT STAFF INTERVIEWED MR. MAURICE WENDELBOE OF LETHBRIDGE WITH RESPECT TO HIS HISTORIC CONTACT/INTERACTION WITH DISTILLED WATER PRODUCED BY SICKS BREWERY AND CRATES IDENTICAL TO THAT DONATED BY MR. JOE MAURO. WENDELBOE’S KNOWLEDGE OF THE CRATES AND DISTILLED WATER STEMMED FROM HIS OWNERSHIP OF A SERVICE STATION IN CHAMPION, AB IN THE LATER 1950S AND EARLY 1960S. FOR INFORMATION AND MEMORIES RETRIEVED FROM MR. WENDELBOE, PLEASE SEE THIS ARTIFACT’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20130013001
Acquisition Date
2013-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
JUG
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, WICKER
Catalogue Number
P20130013002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JUG
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1985
Materials
GLASS, WICKER
No. Pieces
1
Height
68
Diameter
54
Description
GREEN GLASS CARBOY INSIDE WICKER COVER. CARBOY IS SEALED WITH A CORK. COVER HAS TWO CURVED HANDLES AND IS ATTACHED TO WOODEN BASE. BLACK HANDWRITING ON BOTTOM OF BASE READS "MAURO". WICKER IS STIFF WITH AREAS OF LOSS.
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
CONTAINER
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
THIS GLASS CARBOY WAS USED BY THE MAURO FAMILY DURING THE WINEMAKING PROCESS IN THEIR HOME GARAGE IN NORTH LETHBRIDGE IN THE 1960S. ON JULY 26, 2013, GALT MUSEUM COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SILVIO MAURO AND HIS SON, JOE, ABOUT THEIR FAMILY’S HISTORY AND HOW THE WINEMAKING PROCESS CONTRIBUTED TO THE STRENTHENING OF ITALIAN-CANADIAN CULTURAL IDENTITY IN LETHBRIDGE. SILVIO MAURO SAID: “I BORN IN ITALY MARCH 12, 1924 [IN] GRIMALDI, CALABRIA… I COME TO CANADA 1951, IN TRAIL, BRITISH COLUMBIA BECAUSE… THE REASON IS MY FATHER, HE COME HERE IN 1901… HE WAS A MINER IN ROSSLAND.” JOE MAURO SAID: “WHAT ENDED UP HAPPENING IS MY GRANDFATHER CAME HERE IN THE EARLY 1900S, AND HIM AND TWO OTHERS OWNED A LITTLE MINE IN ROSSLAND. MY GRANDFATHER WOULD CONTINUOUSLY SEND MONEY BACK HOME. HE WOULDN’T GO BACK TO ITALY BECAUSE, #1, HE COULDN’T AFFORD IT, AND #2 IT WOULD TAKE DAYS TO GET BACK. SO MY FATHER’S OLDEST BROTHER WAS BORN IN ’03, HIS SISTER WAS BORN IN ’11, AND MY DAD IN ’24. SO THERE WAS A HUGE GAP BETWEEN ALL OF THEM, BECAUSE IT WAS ONLY WHEN MY GRANDFATHER WOULD GO BACK, VERY RARELY, THAT HE WOULD HAVE CHILDREN.” SILVIO SAID: “WELL I THINK NOW I MAKE THE IMMIGRATION TO HERE, NOW HERE, THE PEOPLE OF MY HOME TOWN, THEY CRY BECAUSE I SAY ‘MAYBE I NO COME BACK ANY MORE OVER HERE’, EVERYBODY, THEY LIKE ME, THEY CRY…” JOE SAID: “HE CAME WITH HIS BROTHER AND HIS NEPHEW AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF THEM, AND THEY ALL CAME TO WORK BUILDING HOUSES. THERE WAS A GROUP OF ITALIANS… THERE’S STILL A LOT OF HISTORY IN TRAIL ABOUT THESE ITALIANS THAT EMIGRATED THERE AND BUILT THE HOMES AND CREATED A LIFE IN CANADA AFTER THE WAR. THAT’S WHY THEY CAME, BECAUSE ITALY GOT BEAT UP PRETTY BAD IN THE WAR… FROM THE PHOTOS I HAVE SEEN, I THINK THAT THEY HAD A GREAT TIME [IN TRAIL], BECAUSE THEY WERE MAKING MONEY, THEY WERE WORKING, AND THEY ALL SPOKE – IT WAS LIKE THEY WERE STILL IN ITALY BECAUSE THEY ALL SPOKE THE LANGUAGE AND THEY WERE ALL ITALIANS. THE OWNER OF THE COMPANY, BALBI CONSTRUCTION, THEY ALL WORKED FOR THIS INDIVIDUAL OWNER.” SILVIO SAID: “BALBI CONSTRUCTION WAS MY BOSS. I WORK FOR HIM… AND THEN WE COME [TO LETHBRIDGE]. WHERE WE GOTTA GO? BALBI CONSTRUCTION, THEY HAD A HOUSE HERE… AND ME AND ANOTHER GUY, WE GOTTA FIND A HOUSE. WE RENTED A HOUSE, ME AND PETER FIORINO… YOU KNOW A COUPLE OF YEARS TOGETHER; I BUY A HOUSE, MY HOUSE. I PAY $60,000. I LIVE THERE. IT’S OK. I AM VERY HAPPY… A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. STILL I LIVE THERE.” JOE SAID: “MOST OF THE ONES IN TRAIL CAME HERE [IN 1954], BECAUSE THE WORK IN TRAIL WAS LIMITED. AND BALBI IS THE GUY THAT IF YOU KNOW, YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH STAFFORD DRIVE, ACROSS FROM DAVE ELTON PARK, ALL THOSE HOMES, HE DID, MY DAD DID. AND SO THERE WAS A LOT OF WORK HERE, AND SO MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT WENT TO ROSSLAND OR TRAIL, MOST OF THEM, PROBABLY 90% OF THEM ACTUALLY MOVED WITH BALBI BECAUSE THIS WAS WHERE THE WORK WAS.” SILVIO SAID: “I MAKE WINE, YES… THERE WERE GRAPES, EVEN HERE IN LETHBRIDGE, SOME ITALIANS THEY HAVE A LITTLE… SOME KIND OF GRAPES… [IN ITALY] EVERYBODY THEY HAVE A LITTLE PROPERTY WITH GRAPES. WE PICK IT UP, ALL THE GRAPES FROM THERE AND WE HAVE SOMETHING TO PUT IT IN… IT WAS LIKE A PASTIME, TAKE THE SHOES OFF TO [CRUSH GRAPES]… FROM VANCOUVER [THE GRAPES] COME, [THE ITALIAN CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE] ORDER A LOT OF GRAPES… EVERYBODY, THE TRUCK COMES. EVERYONE WOULD ORDER TWENTY, THIRTY, FORTY CASES… THE JUICE WE WOULD PUT IN A BOTTLE [TO FERMENT]. IN A BIG BOTTLE, INSIDE HERE [POINTS TO WOODEN CRATE].” JOE SAID: “NOBODY MAKES WINE ANYMORE BECAUSE NUMBER ONE, YOU BUY THE KITS, OR YOU BUY THE BIG WHITE FIVE GALLON PAILS [OF JUICE]. IT’S A SIMPLE PROCESS. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO THE CRUSHING AND ALL THAT… IT IS A LOT OF WORK, IT IS MESSY AND WE DO NOT HAVE THE EQUIPMENT THAT THEY HAD. IT WAS A PASTIME FOR THEM AND IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THEY DID… I REMEMBER THEY WOULD PUT PLASTIC ALL OVER AND YOU WOULD HAVE ABOUT TWENTY OR THIRTY CRATES OF GRAPES AND YOU DUMP THEM INTO THIS PRESS… SO, THE PRESS, YOU WOULD CRUSH THE GRAPES AND IT IS LIKE CARDBOARD NOW BECAUSE YOU HAD PRESSED IT SO HARD AND YOU’VE SQUEEZED ALL THE JUICE OUT OF IT, LIKE A DRY RAISIN… HOMEMADE WINE CAN HAVE SOME PRETTY GOOD STRENGTH TO IT. I CAN VOUCH FOR THAT BECAUSE WHEN MY WIFE AND I GOT MARRIED IN ’84, BACK IN THOSE DAYS, AT THE LODGE THEY ALLOWED US TO BRING HOMEMADE WINE. SO, WE HAD HOMEMADE WINE FOR DINNER, [MY FATHER’S] WINE. WELL, MY WIFE’S SIDE OF THE FAMILY WHO ARE NON-ITALIANS AND NOT REALLY WINE DRINKERS. THEY HAVE TWO GLASSES OF HOMEMADE WINE AND THEY DON’T DRINK THE REST OF THE NIGHT. SOME OF THEM HAD TO GO HAVE A LITTLE SNOOZE IN THEIR ROOM AT THE HOTEL AND THEY MISSED A LOT OF THE DANCE PORTION OF THE WEDDING BECAUSE IT’S POTENT… I TALK WITH MY NEPHEWS WHICH IS THE NEXT GENERATION AND WE ARE INTERESTED IN MAKING THE WINE THE WAY THEY DID FOR SEVERAL REASONS. NUMBER ONE, IT BRINGS THE FAMILY TOGETHER. IT WAS A MAJOR THING AND EVERYBODY WOULD COME. AS HIS GRANDCHILDREN GREW OLDER THEN THEY WOULD HELP. AND THEN YOU KNOW, MY MUM AND THE LADIES WOULD PREPARE A NICE BIG MEAL. AND THEN, IT WAS A HUGE, HUGE EVENT FOR THE ITALIANS. YOU KNOW HOW HE TOLD YOU THE PROCESS, YOU CRUSH IT, AND THEN YOU LET IT FERMENT AND THEN YOU PUT IT IN A BIG TANK, A BIG FIFTEEN GALLON TANK. WELL, THEN YOU LET IT SIT, I GUESS THAT WOULD BE SIMILAR TO THE TIME THAT IT SITS IN THE OAK CASKETS IN THE WINERIES. THEN IT WAS A BIG ‘TO DO’ WHEN YOU WERE TO, IN THEIR WORDS, ‘OPEN THE NEW WINE’. USUALLY THEY WOULD SAVE, MOST OF THE ITALIANS, BECAUSE THEY MIGHT HAVE TEN OF THOSE. THEY WOULD SAVE ONE OR TWO OR THREE FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS. CHRISTMAS, EASTER, SOMEONE’S BAPTISM, SOMEONE’S CONFIRMATION, SOMEONE’S WEDDING… MANY PEOPLE WOULD COME OVER, IT IS LIKE A CELEBRATION. EVERYONE WAS ANTICIPATING, WAS GOOD OR IS IT GOING TO BE BAD… SO WITH MY NEPHEWS, WE TALK ABOUT IT, AND IF WE COULD GET HIS EQUIPMENT BACK AGAIN. I MEAN I WOULDN’T KNOW WHERE YOU CAN GET GRAPES ANYMORE TO CRUSH. THAT IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST THING. THAT IS WHY THE ITALIAN CANADIAN CULTURE CENTRE WOULD GET AHOLD OF A LIST OF NAMES AND THE AMOUNT OF CASES THAT A PERSON WOULD WANT WHETHER IT WAS RED OR WHITE AND THEN THEY WOULD ORDER… EVEN THOUGH [MY NEPHEWS] WERE BORN HERE, AS WAS I, THESE ARE CUSTOMS THAT YOU WANT TO TRY TO KEEP THEM GOING… OBVIOUSLY, WE ARE ALL PROUD TO BE CANADIAN BUT THEY ARE PROUD TO HAVE THEIR ROOTS AND THEY WANT TO TRY, AND, SO, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN EASILY DO. THE PRESSES NOW ARE MUCH BETTER.” FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20130013002
Acquisition Date
2013-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
”ALBERTA’S PRIDE”
Date Range From
1907
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, PAPER, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20130002000
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
”ALBERTA’S PRIDE”
Date Range From
1907
Date Range To
1910
Materials
GLASS, PAPER, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
29
Width
1
Diameter
7.5
Description
BROWN GLASS BOTTLE WITH GOLD CAP AND GREEN LABEL ACROSS THE BODY. LABEL READS “ALBERTA’S PRIDE” IN WHITE SCRIPT AND DEPICTS AN ILLUSTRATED BEAVER SITTING ATOP A GLOBE, IN FRONT OF AN ORANGE MAPLE LEAF. UNDERNEATH THIS LOGO IS WRITTEN “LETHBRIDGE BREWING & MALTING CO. LTD, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA” IN BLACK TEXT. GENERAL DIRT AND SCUFFS, WITH SOME WEAR ON LABEL. *NOTE* IN NOVEMBER 2015, CONSERVATOR JULIET GRAHAM PERFORMED A SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT TO REATTACH THIS BOTTLE’S PAPER NECK LABEL. IT FELL OFF POST-DISCOVERY BY THE DONORS AND PRE-ACQUISITION BY THE GALT.
Subjects
FOOD SERVICE T&E
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
THIS BEER BOTTLE WAS FOUND BY DAVE READ, A CONTRACTOR DOING RENOVATIONS IN THE PERSONAL RESIDENCE OF DAVID COCKS AND KARLA MATHER-COCKS ON/ABOUT DECEMBER 8, 2012. READ FELT THE BOTTLE INSIDE THE CAVITY OF THE EXTERIOR WALL, WHERE IT HAD BEEN RESTING HIDDEN BEHIND THE HOME’S ORGINAL LATHE AND PLASTER WALLS. CITY ASSESSMENT RECORDS DATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROPERTY TO BETWEEN 1907 AND 1910. ‘ALBERTA’S PRIDE’ BEER WAS ONE OF FRITZ SICK'S EARLIEST BEER VARIETIES AND WAS POSSIBLY BREWED THROUGH THE 1930S. IT WAS ADVERTISED AS “THE BEER WITHOUT A PEER”. FRITZ SICK FOUNDED THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY IN 1901 AND FORMED THE ASSOCIATED BREWERIES OF CANADA IN 1928 WITH HIS SON EMIL (WHICH BECAME SICK’S BREWERIES LTD IN 1944). SICK WAS BORN IN GERMANY IN 1859, AND EMIGRATED WITH HIS WIFE AND YOUNG SON TO NORTH AMERICA IN 1883. PRIOR TO SETTLING IN LETHBRIDGE, SICK TRAINED IN BREWING FUNDAMENTALS IN CINCINNATI, WORKED IN BREWERIES IN SAN FRANCISCO, TACOMA, AND SPOKANE, AND ESTABLISHED BOTH THE TRAIL BREWING CO. AND FORT STEELE BREWING CO. IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. SICK’S BREWERY IN LETHBRIDGE BECAME FAMOUS FOR ITS OLD STYLE PILSNER, WHICH IS STILL PRODUCED TODAY BY MOLSON’S BREWING CO, FOLLOWING MOLSON’S PURCHASE OF SICK’S BREWERY IN 1959. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20130002000
Acquisition Date
2013-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
JAPANESE GARDENS
Date Range From
1966
Date Range To
1979
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FELT
Catalogue Number
P20120002000
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JAPANESE GARDENS
Date Range From
1966
Date Range To
1979
Materials
FELT
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.6
Length
54.6
Width
14.8
Description
BLUE FELT TRIANGLE WITH RED TASSELS. SILKSCREENED IN WHITE INK IS TEXT THAT READS, “CENTENNIAL JAPANESE GARDENS LETHBRIDGE, ALTA..” SILKSCREENED IN WHITE, BLUE, GREEN AND ORANGE INK IS AN IMAGE OF NIKKA YUKO GARDENS DURING SUMMER.
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
LEISURE
History
DONOR CHRIS MORRISON COMMENTED AT THE TIME OF DONATION, “THIS YEAR IS THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GARDEN WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED TO REPRESENT THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN TWO NATIONS AND IT SEEMS AN APPROPRIATE TIME FOR ME TO HAND THIS OFF TO THE MUSEUM. THE PENNANT WAS GIVEN TO ME ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO BY A FRIEND IN CALGARY WHO FOUND IT AT A GARAGE SALE IN THAT CITY. BECAUSE THE PENNANT SAYS ‘CENTENNIAL’ AND THE GARDEN WAS OPENED IN 1967 DURING CANADA’S 100TH YEAR, I THINK THIS PENNANT MAY BE ONE OF THE GARDEN’S FIRST SOUVENIRS. THE LACK OF THE OFFICIAL NAME OF THE GARDENS ON THE PIECE COULD IMPLY THAT THE PENNANT WAS CREATED PRIOR TO THE NAME BEING SELECTED OR ANNOUNCED IN 1967. MY FRIEND AND HIS WIFE HAD VISITED THE GARDEN AND HAD FOND MEMORIES OF IT AND THOUGHT SINCE I LIVE WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE, I SHARE THEIR FEELING. IT’S A VERY NICE ADDITION TO OUR CITY. MY FRIEND IS FREQUENTLY ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SOUTHERN ALBERTA COLLECTIBLES AND ONES RELATED TO LETHBRIDGE GENERALLY COME MY WAY. HE DOES NOT RECALL WHAT HE PAID FOR THE PENNANT, BUT THOUGHT IT WAS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $1. IT WAS IN A GROUP OF FOUR OR FIVE OTHER UNRELATED PENNANTS HE PURCHASED AT THE TIME.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20120002000
Acquisition Date
2012-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
GENUINE CANADA CENTENNIAL AIR 1967
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
TIN, PAPER, AIR
Catalogue Number
P20120035001
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GENUINE CANADA CENTENNIAL AIR 1967
Date
1967
Materials
TIN, PAPER, AIR
No. Pieces
1
Height
10
Diameter
6.81
Description
TIN CAN, UNOPENED. LABEL IS BLUE, RED, BLACK AND WHITE WITH TEXT THAT READS, “GENUINE CANADA CENTENNIAL AIR © 1967. GUARANTEED FRESH, NOTHING TO ADD, REFRIGERATION UNNECESSARY UNLESS USED IN WARM CLIMATE. CANNED IN CANADA 1967. FROM, ADDRESS 5¢ STAMP U.S.A. CANADA, FOREIGN EXTRA.” LINES FOR ADDRESSES. SIX WHITE CENTENNIAL LOGOS ON RED BACKGROUND AT THE BOTTOM WITH MAPLE LEAF MOTIF AND TEXT THAT READS, “1867 – 1967 CONFEDERATION.” TEXT AT BACK OF CAN READS, “NET WEIGHT OZ. NIL, DIRECTIONS FOR USE, PLACE OPENER IN POSITION AND POISE NOSTRILS AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO PUNCTURE. IN HALE VIGOROUSLY THE INVIGORATING AIR DIRECTLY INTO THE LUNGS. NOTE: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ONLY THOSE WITH A PROMINENT PROBOSCIS PERFORM THE ABOVE. ONCE OPENED GUARANTEE NULL AND VOID.” BOTTOM HAS STAMPED, “1867 1967.”
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
CONTAINER
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
History
CAN WAS PURCHASED BY DONOR TREVOR BENNETT IN LETHBRIDGE'S CLUB CIGAR STORE. AT THE TIME OF DONATION, BENNETT SAID THAT, “EVERYONE WAS BUYING SOMETHING SILLY. AS I GOT OLDER I THOUGHT IT WAS EMBARRASSING. [THE CLUB CIGAR] WAS A GOOD PLACE TO BUY USEFUL PAPERBACKS IF YOU LOOKED ON THE BACK WALL. THEY HAD KIDS’ BOOKS ON THE RACK OF INTERMEDIATE BOOKS. THEY HAD THINGS SOUTHERN STATIONERS WOULDN’T CARRY. THEY HAD NOVELTIES ON THE SHELVES. AS I RECALL IT WAS THE LEAST EXPENSIVE NOVELTY THERE. I PURCHASED IT FOR NINETY-EIGHT CENTS, MAYBE. IT WAS ON A SHELF WAY UP HIGH NEAR THE CEILING. I LIKED THE IDEA THAT IT COULD BE PUT THROUGH THE MAIL AND THE POST OFFICE WOULD MAIL IT. IN 1967, I WAS IN GRADE TWELVE AND NINETEEN YEARS OLD. I RECALL MR. TRUDEAU CAME TO LETHBRIDGE, SIGNED THINGS, THE MAN NEVER STUCK AROUND, HIS EGO WAS TOO GREAT. I ALWAYS LIKED UNUSUAL THINGS. I CAN’T THINK WHY I BOUGHT SOMETHING SO ESSENTIALLY VALUELESS, BUT FUNNY.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20120035001
Acquisition Date
2012-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
"MARIE-LOUISE"
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1975
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20100028002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"MARIE-LOUISE"
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1975
Materials
PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Length
50.0
Width
40.0
Description
BAG, PAPER. FADED BLUE BAG MARKED, "MARIE-LOUISE" EXCLUSIVE MILLINERY... 504-3RD AVE. S. LETHBRIDGE". BAG IS WRINKLED THROUGHOUT. LARGE TEAR THROUGH MARKED AREA OF BAG. SMALL TEAR ON BACK OF BAG, NEAR TOP WHERE TWO ENDS OF PAPER OVERLAP.
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, MARY ROBERTS, ALL OF HER HATS WERE PURCHASED FROM A LOCAL STORE CALLED "MARIE-LOUISE". ROBERTS SAID, "THE MARIE LOISE STORE WAS A SMALL STORE. THERE WERE HATS ALL OVER THE PLACE. IT WAS SUCH A FUN PLACE TO GO. I DON'T REMEMBER SHOPPING FOR HATS ANYWHERE ELSE. I AM SURE YOU COULD BUY HATS AT SEARS OR SOMETHING BUT I ONLY REMEMBER MARIE LOUISE'S PLACE." WHEN ASKED WHAT SOMEONE WOULD HAVE PAID FOR FANCY HATS, ROBERTS COULD NOT RECALL A PRICE POINT. ACCORDING TO ROBERTS, "THE STORE HAD LOTS OF HATS ON DISPLAY. MANY PRETTY ONES. IT WAS FUN TO GO AND TRY THEM ON. WOMEN TYPICALLY BOUGHT A NEW HAT EVERY YEAR, USUALLY FOR EASTER. YOU WOULD USUALLY HAVE A NEW HAT FOR EASTER SUNDAY. YOU MIGHT ALSO BUY ONE FOR A WEDDING." SHE PICKED OUT HATS BASED ON, "WHAT LOOKED GOOD ON YOU, WHAT SEASON IT WAS, WHAT EVENT YOU WERE GOING TO AND WHAT YOU WERE WEARING. SOMETIMES YOUR AGE WOULD HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT TOO. HATS WERE REALLY PART OF THE STYLE. THEY WERE THE SIGNATURE OF YOUR INDIVIDUAL STYLE. BASED ON WHAT YOU CHOSE AND HOW YOU WORE THEM."
Catalogue Number
P20100028002
Acquisition Date
2010-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TONIC WATER BOTTLE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, METAL, TONIC WATER
Catalogue Number
P20100013006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TONIC WATER BOTTLE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1965
Materials
GLASS, METAL, TONIC WATER
No. Pieces
1
Height
20.4
Diameter
5.5
Description
BOTTLE, CLEAR GLASS WITH CAP. BOTTLE IS FULL, AND LIQUID INSIDE IS TRANSPARENT LIGHT BROWN IN APPEARANCE. BLUE CAP WITH GREY WRITING WHICH READS, "TONIC WATER". FRONT HAS A LOGO WITH THE NUMBER SIX WITH WRITING ON TOP WHICH SAYS, "SICKS', SYMBOL "6" SICKS' OF QUALITY, 7 SYMBOLIC PRONUNCIATION, TRADE MARK". BACK OF BOTTLE SAYS, "BOTTLED BY SICKS' LETHBRIDGE BREWERY LTD., MIN. CONTENTS 7 FLUID OZS". BOTTOM OF BOTTLE HAS NUMBER, "6937-B" AND "C7" WITH A DIAMOND SYMBOL SEPARATING THE TWO DIGITS.
Subjects
FOOD PROCESSING T&E
MERCHANDISING T&E
CONTAINER
Historical Association
BUSINESS
INDUSTRY
History
DONOR GÜNTER HORN CAME INTO POSSESSION OF THE DONATED OBJECTS WHEN THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY SHUT DOWN IN 1990. AT THE TIME OF DONATION HORN SAID, “I WAS ONE OF TWO PEOPLE SELECTED BY MOLSON’S TO GET RID OF THE ASSETS, TO DEAL WITH CONTRACTORS AND COMMITTEES, YOU KNOW, DISPOSE OF THE ITEMS. THERE WAS A THIRD PERSON AND HE WAS LOCATED IN SASKATOON, ALSO WORKING FOR MOLSON’S. THAT WAS BASICALLY THE ROLE. I WAS, PRIOR TO THAT, I WAS A BREW MASTER, THE BREWING MANAGER. I WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE PLANT LAYOUT AND EQUIPMENT THAT WAS AVAILABLE; SOME THAT WAS SENT TO OTHER MOLSON’S PLANTS LIKE CALGARY, EDMONTON, BARRIE, REGINA TO GET ENOUGH ITEMS. AND WHAT WAS NOT REQUIRED OR REQUESTED BY MOLSON’S BREWERIES, LIKE OTHER PLANTS, IT WAS MADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE TO PROSPECTIVE BUYERS FOR TANKS AND SOME OF THE MACHINERY. THAT IS BASICALLY IT - THE TEAM OF CONTRACTORS WITH POTENTIAL BUYERS GO TO THE PLANT, SEE WHAT EQUIPMENT THEY WERE INTERESTED IN, OR ALSO WHAT WAS AVAILABLE, AND WE HAD, IN CONJUNCTION WITH A THIRD PERSON IN SASKATOON, PRICES THAT WERE SET FOR DIFFERENT ITEMS AND WE HAD TO MAKE SURE THAT THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT WAS TAKEN OUT AND ALSO THAT THEY ARE PAYING THE SAME QUANTITY FOR THE PRICE THAT WAS SET BY MOLSON’S. WE DIDN’T SET ANY - IT WAS NOT MY FUNCTION TO SET PRICES. THAT WAS MOST LIKELY IN GENERAL WITH THE MEN FROM OTHER PLANTS CLOSURES.” THIS BOTTLE ALONG WITH OTHER BOTTLES WAS LEFT BEHIND IN THE OFFICE THAT GÜNTER HORN ACQUIRED IN 1974. AT THE TIME OF DONATION, HORN SAID, “WHEN HAMMY SKILLING BECAME PLANT MANAGER, I INHERITED HIS OFFICE IN PRODUCTION AND HE LEFT BEHIND BOTTLES; HE COLLECTED THEM, I DON’T KNOW WHEN, BUT INSTEAD OF THROWING THEM OUT, AGAIN, THERE ARE SOME AT LEAST A DISTANCE OF HISTORY TO IT, BUT MOST LIKELY HANS SKILLING, HE WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DOMESTIC BREWERY FOR QUITE SOME TIME. I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW HE GOT THEM; IT IS AGAIN, YOU SEE A BOTTLE, AND NOT THEFT OR SOMETHING. IT IS “HEY THAT LOOKS GOOD! I’M GOING TO KEEP IT,” YOU KNOW, BECAUSE HE HAD VARIOUS BOTTLES. HE HAD A FAIR AMOUNT, I REPLACED SOME, I PUT THEM INTO STORAGE BECAUSE, WHEN I GOT THE OFFICE, OKAY, WE MADE DIFFERENT BEERS AND, FIRST PRODUCTION, I KEPT A BOTTLE, YOU KNOW, FOR NO APPARENT REASON BUT I THOUGHT, “OKAY, WE PRODUCE THIS,” BUT AS I SAID, I HAD A LOT OF BOTTLES AND I THREW A LOT OF THEM. I DISCARDED THEM, I THINK, WHEN WE WENT THROUGH MY BASEMENT. THERE WERE BOTTLES OF NO INTEREST. THEY WERE, AT THAT TIME IT WAS SOMETHING FOR ME TO KEEP, BUT NOT FOR THE MUSEUM. BUT THESE ONES MOST LIKELY WOULD BE FROM HAMMY SKILLING, WHO RETIRED, I THINK, IN ’86. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20100013006
Acquisition Date
2013-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BEER BOTTLE
Date Range From
1984
Date Range To
1987
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, FOIL, BEER
Catalogue Number
P20100013005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BEER BOTTLE
Date Range From
1984
Date Range To
1987
Materials
GLASS, FOIL, BEER
No. Pieces
1
Height
21.4
Diameter
6.1
Description
BOTTLE, BROWN TRANSLUCENT GLASS. CONTENTS ARE INTACT. CAP AND NECK OF BOTTLE ARE SEALED WITH SILVER COLOURED FOIL THAT COMES TO A POINT ABOVE FRONT LABEL. FRONT LABEL IS LIGHT BLUE AND SILVER WITH WHITE WRITING THAT SAYS, "LÖWENBRÄU SPECIAL, MOLSON BREWERIES OF CANADA LTD. MONTREAL, ST. JOHNS, TORONTO, BARRIE, WINNIPEG, REGINA, EDMONTON, LETHBRIDGE, VANCOUVER CANADA, UNION MADE". BACK LABEL IS LIGHT BLUE WITH SILVER EDGES, WRITING IN WHITE SAYS, "LÖWENBRÄU, "IN THE YEAR 1383, IN THE CITY OF MUNICH THE FIRST KEG OF LÖWENBRÄU WAS TAPPED. FOR OVER 600 YEARS LÖWENBRÄU'S FAME HAS GROWN THROUGHOUT GERMANY, EUROPE AND THE WORLD. TODAY LÖWENBRÄU IS ENJOYED IN OVER 100 COUNTRIES AND IS BREWED BY MOLSON IN CANADA UNDER THE LICENSE AND SUPERVISION OF LÖWENBRÄU MUNICH."
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
CONTAINER
FOOD PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
INDUSTRY
History
DONOR GÜNTER HORN CAME INTO POSSESSION OF THE DONATED OBJECTS WHEN THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY SHUT DOWN IN 1990. AT THE TIME OF DONATION HORN SAID, “I WAS ONE OF TWO PEOPLE SELECTED BY MOLSON’S TO GET RID OF THE ASSETS, TO DEAL WITH CONTRACTORS AND COMMITTEES, YOU KNOW, DISPOSE OF THE ITEMS. THERE WAS A THIRD PERSON AND HE WAS LOCATED IN SASKATOON, ALSO WORKING FOR MOLSON’S. THAT WAS BASICALLY THE ROLE. I WAS, PRIOR TO THAT, I WAS A BREW MASTER, THE BREWING MANAGER. I WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE PLANT LAYOUT AND EQUIPMENT THAT WAS AVAILABLE; SOME THAT WAS SENT TO OTHER MOLSON’S PLANTS LIKE CALGARY, EDMONTON, BARRIE, REGINA TO GET ENOUGH ITEMS. AND WHAT WAS NOT REQUIRED OR REQUESTED BY MOLSON’S BREWERIES, LIKE OTHER PLANTS, IT WAS MADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE TO PROSPECTIVE BUYERS FOR TANKS AND SOME OF THE MACHINERY. THAT IS BASICALLY IT - THE TEAM OF CONTRACTORS WITH POTENTIAL BUYERS GO TO THE PLANT, SEE WHAT EQUIPMENT THEY WERE INTERESTED IN, OR ALSO WHAT WAS AVAILABLE, AND WE HAD, IN CONJUNCTION WITH A THIRD PERSON IN SASKATOON, PRICES THAT WERE SET FOR DIFFERENT ITEMS AND WE HAD TO MAKE SURE THAT THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT WAS TAKEN OUT AND ALSO THAT THEY ARE PAYING THE SAME QUANTITY FOR THE PRICE THAT WAS SET BY MOLSON’S. WE DIDN’T SET ANY - IT WAS NOT MY FUNCTION TO SET PRICES. THAT WAS MOST LIKELY IN GENERAL WITH THE MEN FROM OTHER PLANTS CLOSURES.” AT THE TIME OF DONATION, HORN SAID, “IN 1984 OR ’85 WE STARTED TO MAKE LÖWENBRÄU UNDER THE LICENSING FROM MUNICH, GERMANY. INITIALLY TO START A BATCH OF LÖWENBRÄU, WE RECEIVED YEAST FROM THEM THAT ALLOWED YOU TO START A BATCH. BUT THEN WE ALSO HAD PURE CULTURE SYSTEM. WE PROVIDED YEAST TO VANCOUVER, EDMONTON, REGINA, AND SOMETIMES TORONTO. WE SENT THEM PURE CULTURES BECAUSE WE HAD A SYSTEM. ALSO LÖWENBRÄU, WE RECEIVED SAMPLES IN THE MAIL FROM LÖWENBRÄU , FROM THE LÖWENBRÄU PEOPLE IN MUNICH AND THIS TUBE CONTAINED A SMALL AMOUNT OF YEAST SAMPLES – LÖWENBRÄU, ORIGINAL LÖWENBRÄU YEAST SAMPLES. AND FROM THIS WE PROPAGATED YEAST FOR THE LÖWENBRÄU BRAND. BECAUSE THEY SPECIFIED EVERY SO OFTEN, YEAST BECOMES SLUGGISH AFTER A WHILE AND YOU MAY HAVE 10 OR 12 BATCHES AND THEN YOU HAVE TO RENEW IT AND THAT IS WHERE THIS COMES IN. YOU START WITH A SMALL AMOUNT, AND MAKE A LITTLE BIT MORE AND A LITTLE BIT MORE AND YOU HAVE A PURE CULTURE ESSENCE, AND THEN YOU HAVE A ... AND THEN YOU HAVE THE PROCESS. BUT THIS WAS – THERE ARE NO TRACES OF YEAST LEFT BECAUSE BY NOW IT WOULD BE DRIED OUT. IN ALBERTA, IT WAS JUST LETHBRIDGE. IT WAS MADE IN BARRIE AND ALSO IN MONTREAL. BUT THE BRAND ITSELF, IT WAS MORE OF A MALT BREW THAN A BREW THAT IS MADE IN THE CANADIAN WAY. YOU HAVE MALT AND YOU HAVE A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF ADJUNCTS? LIKE RICE AND CORN. THIS WAS MALT, AND IT WAS A GOOD PRODUCT, BUT PEOPLE DIDN’T GO FOR IT BECAUSE IT WAS TOO HEAVY.” LÖWENBRÄU WASN’T VERY POPULAR HOWEVER, AND WAS A SHORT LIVED EXPERIMENT IN CANADIAN TASTE. HORN SAID, “IT ONLY LASTED ABOUT THREE OR FOUR YEARS. IT WASN’T SUCCESSFUL, AND THEN TO SUPPLY THE CANADIAN MARKET, IT WAS DECIDED TO HAVE BARRIE OR SOMEBODY ELSE PRODUCED IT FOR CANADA. IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT A ‘HOTCAKE’.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20100013005
Acquisition Date
2010-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
MILK CARTON
Date Range From
1957
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER, TAPE
Catalogue Number
P20070013010
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MILK CARTON
Date Range From
1957
Date Range To
1960
Materials
PAPER, TAPE
No. Pieces
1
Height
14.5
Length
7.5
Width
7.5
Description
WHITE AND GREEN CARDBOARD 500ML MILK CARTON, CARTON HAS BEEN TAPED TOGETHER. TEXT ON CARTON READS, "CREAMO (HOMOGENIZED)... PURITY, CREAM IN EVERY DROP." TAPE IS DETERIORATING.
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
UNKNOWN WHETHER THIS MOCK-UP MILK CARTON WAS USED FOR FINAL MILK PRODUCT. CREAMO WAS SOLD IN PINT AND 1/2 PINT INCREMENTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20070013001, P20070013004, AND PERMANENT RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20070013010
Acquisition Date
2007-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
MILK CARTON
Date Range From
1959
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER, TAPE
Catalogue Number
P20070013004
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MILK CARTON
Date Range From
1959
Date Range To
1960
Materials
PAPER, TAPE
No. Pieces
1
Height
9.8
Length
7.4
Width
7.4
Description
WHITE AND PURPLE CARDBOARD 250ML MILK CARTON, CARTON HAS BEEN TAPED TOGETHER. TEXT ON CARTON READS, "HOMOGENIZED MILK... PURITY..." TAPE IS DETERIORATING.
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
UNKNOWN WHETHER THIS MOCK-UP MILK CARTON WAS USED FOR FINAL MILK PRODUCT. THE CARTONS WERE DESIGNED BY STAN AND ROMEO FABBI AND THEIR STAFF. THE IMAGE OF THE SMALL CHILD ON THE SIDE OF THE CARTON SURROUNDED BY THE TEXT, "YOURS TO LOVE, OURS TO PROTECT," IS GARY FABBI, SON OF ROMEO FABBI. GARY'S IMAGE WAS ALSO USED ON THE SIDE OF MILK DELIVERY TRUCKS. MILK WAS SOLD IN GLASS, CARDBOARD, OR PLASTIC CONTAINERS WITH DIFFERING AMOUNTS OF BUTTER FAT. HOMOGINIZED MILK WAS SOLD IN 1 GALLON, 3 QUART, 1/2 GALLON, OR QUART JUGS. THESE CARDBOARD CARTONS WERE KNOWN AS PURE-PAK. PURITY DAIRY IN LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WAS THE FIRST DAIRY IN CANADA TO USE ENTIRELY PURE-PAK PACKAGING FOR THEIR LIQUID MILK PRODUCTS. ORIGINALLY, THE CARDBOARD CONTAINERS WERE COATED WITH WAX, USING A MELTED WAX BATH. EVENTUALLY, A PLASTIC COATING WAS DEVELOPED, WHICH MADE PRODUCTION EASIER. CARDBOARD AND PLASTIC PACKAGING WAS DEVELOPED TO REPLACE GLASS BOTTLES. THE WEIGHT AND EXPENSE OF GLASS WAS PROBLEMATIC. CARDBOARD AND PLASTIC, HOWEVER, WERE LIGHTWIEGHT AND DID NOT NEED TO BE RETURNED TO THE DAIRY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20070013001 AND PERMANENT RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P20070013004
Acquisition Date
2007-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20030049046
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2000
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
8
Width
1.7
Description
PILSNER STEEL BOTTLE OPENER. CRAB-LIKE HOOK ON ONE END FOR OPENING BOTTLE CAPS. STAMPED "PILSNER" ON ONE SIDE. OTHER SIDE STAMPED WHICH READS "NUT BROWN ALE ROYAL STOUT". HOLE ON END.
Subjects
FOOD PROCESSING T&E
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
SEE P20030049001 FOR COMPLETE HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P20030049046
Acquisition Date
2003-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
OLD STYLE PILSNER
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P20050007000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
OLD STYLE PILSNER
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
1
Height
12
Diameter
6
Description
OLD STYLE PILSNER BEER CAN. PULL TAB OPENING WITH EMBOSSED TEXT THAT READS "RETURN FOR REFUND", "1. LIFT 2. PUSH BACK". CAN DISPLAYS OLD STYLE LABEL WHICH INCLUDED BUNNIES, TRAIN, HOSE AND CARRIAGE. LABEL IS RD, GRN, WHT AND YLLW. LABEL READS "OLD STYLE PILSNER BEER", "SICKS' LETHBRIDGE BREWERY LIMITED, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA". BOTTOM OF CAN IS STAMPED "H1484B 0377".
Subjects
FOOD SERVICE T&E
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
RICHARD BENEDICT MCCORMACK WAS THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THE PILSNER CAN. MCCORMACK PURCHASED THE CAN SOMETIME IN THE 80S OR 90S FROM THE SICK'S BREWERY IN LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. MCCORMACK WORKED FOR SICKS' BREWERY, AND AFTER IT WAS SOLD TO MOLSONS, FOR 44 YEARS. DURING WWII SICKS' BREWERY CONTINUED TO PAY HIS SALARY WHILE MCCORMACK WAS OVERSEAS. MCCORMACK SPENT HIS WORKING YEARS IN LETHBRIDGE AND CONTINUED TO RESIDE IN LETHBRIDGE UNTIL HIS DEATH ON MAY 24, 2007. HIS PARENTS MOVED TO CANADA FROM THE U.S.A., HIS MOTHER BEING FROM BAVARIA, GERMANY AND HIS FATHER FROM IRELAND, THEY MET IN THE U.S.A. OLD STYLE PILSNER WAS FIRST BREWED IN 1926 BY FRITZ SICKS AT THE SICKS' LETHBRIDGE BREWERY. THE BEER WAS AND STILL IS BREWED AFTER THE FAMOUS FORMULA OF THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE, WHICH CAN BE SEEN IN THE TOP LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE LABEL. THE SICKS' BREWERIES LTD. GREW IN THE EARLY HALF OF THE CENTURY TO INCLUDE BREWERIES LOCATED THROUGHOUT WESTERN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES. IN 1958, SICKS' BREWERIES LTD., ALONG WITH THE OLD STYLE PILSNER BRAND, WAS BOUGHT BY MOLSON INC. THE OLD STYLE PILSNER LABEL WAS CONCEIVED BY FRITZ SICKS' DAUGHTER, LOUISE BLAIR (NEE SICK). THE LABEL WAS DESIGNED TO FEATURE OBJECTS SYMBOLIC TO THE BREWERY AND THE WEST: THE CONCORD STAGECOACH, THE PURPLE LABEL AIRPLANE, TRAINS (TRANSPORTATION), NATIVE LIFE, MONKS BREWING BEER, AND THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE. ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS BEERS PRODUCED BY SICKS' BREWERIES. OLD STYLE PILSNER WAS TOUTED IN 1926 AS THE “PRE-WAR BEER – ANOTHER LETHBRIDGE TRIUMPH”. THE ADVERTISING CLAIMED THAT PREVIOUS TO WORLD WAR I THE MOST CELEBRATED AND FASTEST SELLING BEERS WERE MADE WITH A RICE BASE. SINCE THAT TIME, EITHER FROM LACK OF EXPERIENCE OR INDIFFERENCE, VERY FEW BREWERS HAD ATTEMPTED MAKING BEER IN THIS MANNER. HOWEVER, THE PROGRESSIVE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE HAD PERFECTED A BREW WITH A RICE BASE -- THEY CALLED IT OLD STYLE PILSNER.
Catalogue Number
P20050007000
Acquisition Date
2004-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
LEO SINGER
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1997
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20060036001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LEO SINGER
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1997
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
24
Width
39.5
Description
WOODEN HANGER WITH STEEL HOOK. BOTTOM OF HANGER HAS WOOD DOWEL THAT IS HELD IN PLACE BY STEEL ROD. ROD EXTENDS THE LENGTH OF DOWEL. BODY OF HANGER IS CONCAVE. WOOD DISPLAYS GLD BUSINESS LABEL. GLD HOOK ON TOP. MANUFACTURER'S STAMP READS "WISHBONE", "BATTS".
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
History
DONATED MATERIALS WERE COLLECTED DIRECTLY FROM THE STORE IN NOV. 2006 BY THE GALT MUSEUM TECH, KEVIN MACLEAN. MACLEAN WAS CALLED TO THE STORE BY THE DONOR AFTER THE PASSING OF HER MOTHER PHYLLIS SINGER. DONOR WAS CLEANING OUT THE STORE IN ORDER TO LEASE. STORE HAD NOT BEEN CLEANED- OUT FOLLOWING THE PASSING OF HER FATHER LEO SINGER IN 1997. 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
P20060036001
Acquisition Date
2006-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LEO SINGER
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1997
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20060036002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LEO SINGER
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1997
Materials
PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
32
Width
24.5
Description
RECTANGULAR WHT AND GLD PLASTIC BAG. BOTH SIDES ARE THE SAME. GLD BAG WITH WHT BORDER. BLK LABEL READS "LEO SINGER LTD." "MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR". ONE SIDE DISPLAYS MANUFACTURE MARK "MAYERS PACKING WINNIPEG, MANITOBA."
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
CONTAINER
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
History
DONATED MATERIALS WERE COLLECTED DIRECTLY FROM THE STORE IN NOV. 2006 BY THE GALT MUSEUM TECH, KEVIN MACLEAN. MACLEAN WAS CALLED TO THE STORE BY THE DONOR AFTER THE PASSING OF HER MOTHER PHYLLIS SINGER. DONOR WAS CLEANING OUT THE STORE IN ORDER TO LEASE. STORE HAD NOT BEEN CLEANED- OUT FOLLOWING THE PASSING OF HER FATHER, LEO SINGER, IN 1997. SEE P20060036001- GA FOR COMPLETE HISTORY OF LEO SINGER. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20060036002
Acquisition Date
2006-11
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
LEO SINGER
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1997
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20060036005
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LEO SINGER
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1997
Materials
PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Length
45
Width
43
Description
OFF WHT PAPER SHOPPING BAG THAT DISPLAYS MAN AND WOMEN IN CAR. BAG HAS TWO PAPER HANDLES. CARTOON ILLUSTRATION ON FRONT DEPICTS A CAR THAT IS GRN WITH A RD FRONT GRILL. MAN IN CAR HAS ON RD COAT, GRN POKE-A-DOT BOW TIE AND A BLK BOWLER HAT. MAN HAS LARGE RD NOSE. WOMEN DRESSED IN GRN WITH RD SCARF TIED AROUND HER HEAD. BOXES IN CAR ARE RD, GRN AND WHT. TEXT FOUND IN BLK READS "WE'VE COME FROM". RD TEXT READS "LEO SINGER MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR". RD AND BLK BOXED LETTERS DISPLAYED UNDER ILLUSTRATION WHICH READS "ARROW".
Subjects
CONTAINER
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
History
DONATED MATERIALS WERE COLLECTED DIRECTLY FROM THE STORE IN NOV. 2006 BY THE GALT MUSEUM TECH, KEVIN MACLEAN. MACLEAN WAS CALLED TO THE STORE BY THE DONOR AFTER THE PASSING OF HER MOTHER PHYLLIS SINGER. DONOR WAS CLEANING OUT THE STORE IN ORDER TO LEASE. STORE HAD NOT BEEN CLEANED- OUT FOLLOWING THE PASSING OF HER FATHER, LEO SINGER, IN 1997. SEE P20060036001- GA FOR COMPLETE HISTORY OF LEO SINGER. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20060036005
Acquisition Date
2006-11
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
LEO SINGER
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CARDBOARD
Catalogue Number
P20060036011
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LEO SINGER
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1990
Materials
CARDBOARD
No. Pieces
2
Length
68
Width
31
Description
DARK GRN FLATTENED CARDBOARD CLOTHING BOX. GLD TEXT ON TOP HALF OF BOX READS "LEO SINGER LIMITED MEN'S AND BOY'S WEAR LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA". BOTTOM HALF OF BOX IS DARK GRN AND HAS NO MARKINGS.
Subjects
CONTAINER
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
RETAIL TRADE
History
DONATED MATERIALS WERE COLLECTED DIRECTLY FROM THE STORE IN NOV. 2006 BY THE GALT MUSEUM TECH, KEVIN MACLEAN. MACLEAN WAS CALLED TO THE STORE BY THE DONOR AFTER THE PASSING OF HER MOTHER PHYLLIS SINGER. DONOR WAS CLEANING OUT THE STORE IN ORDER TO LEASE. STORE HAD NOT BEEN CLEANED- OUT FOLLOWING THE PASSING OF HER FATHER, LEO SINGER, IN 1997. SEE P20060036001- GA FOR COMPLETE HISTORY OF LEO SINGER. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20060036011
Acquisition Date
2006-11
Collection
Museum
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