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Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POTTERY, VELOUR
Catalogue Number
P19960004007
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Materials
POTTERY, VELOUR
No. Pieces
12
Description
1. ASHTRAY. 2.7CM (H) X 17.9CM (L) X 13.7CM (W). ASHTRAY IS BROWN ON BOTTOM AND GREEN ON TOP, POTTERY HAS GLOSSY FINISH. IS AN ODD SHAPE THAT IS ALMOST TRIANGULAR. HAS TWO DEPRESSED TRIANGLES FOR TRAYS OPPOSITE EACH OTHER. ARE SEPARATED BY A RAISED MIDDLE WITH FIVE DEPRESSED GROOVES FOR PLACING CIGARETTES ON. BOTTOM IS CONVEX IN SHAPE WITH A DEPRESSED LINE THROUGH THE CENTRE WHERE CIGARETTES REST. HAS UNFINISHED RIM AND READS INSIDE "SUNBURST CANADA" WITH A CIRCLE WITH RADIATING LINES TO REPRESENT THE SUN. ON OTHER SIDE IS "107". FINISH IS WEARING OFF IN PLACES. 2. ASHTRAY: 21.5CM (L) X 20.3CM (W) X 3.1CM (H). POTTERY HAS AN ORANGE TOP WITH BROWN HIGHLIGHTS BOTTOM IS BROWN. IS TRAINGLE WITH CONCAVE MIDDLE. HAS RAISED EDGE AROUND MIDDLE WHERE FIFTEEN CIGARETTES CAN REST IN BETWEEN LONG PIECES OF THE EDGE. UNDERNEATH RAISES IN TWO LEVELS TOWARDS THE MIDDLE. HAS UNFINISHED RIM AND INSIDE READS "SUNBURST" WITH LOGO BELOW AND THEN "CANADA". AT BOTTOM READS "105". HAS MINOR CRACKS IN MIDDLE. 3. ASHTRAY: 30.1CM (L) X 16.7CM (W) X 3.5CM (H). ASHTRAY IS SHAPE OF WAVY BANNER/FLAG. MIDDLE IS YELLOW, GREEN, AND REDDISH-ORANGE DESIGN, IS SMOOTH AND SLOPES CONCAVE. REST IS BROWN WITH GLOSSY FINISH, HAS FOUR PARALLEL GROOVES FOR CIGARETTES ON EACH END. GROOVES ARE VISIBLE ON REVERSE, HAS UNFINISHED OVAL WITH FOUR KNOBS AS RIM. IN MIDDLE ENGRAVED IS "SUNBURST CANADA 33" WITH SUNBURST LOGO IN MIDDLE. 4. ASHTRAY: 16.2CM (W) X 30CM (L) X 3.5CM (H). IDENTICAL TO #1 EXCEPT IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT IN WAVY SHAPE. 5. ASHTRAY: 19.7CM (W) X 20.4CM (L) 3.5CM (H). TRIANGULAR ASHTRAY IS BROWN ON BOTTOM AND EDGES WITH CONCAVE MIDDLE. ON EACH ROUNDED POINT ARE TWO GROOVES FOR CIGARETTES. MIDDLE IS YELLOW, GREEN AND RED. ON REVERSE IS CONVEX WITH UNFINISHED CIRCLE RIM. READS "SUNBURST CANADA 12" WITH LOGO IN MIDDLE. HAS "2.00" IN BLACK FELT ON BOTTOM. HAS SMALL SOILING ALONG ONE CORNER. 6. ASHTRAY: 19.2CM (L) X 15.9CM (W) X 4CM (H). OVAL ASHTRAY IS BROWN ON BOTTOM AND DARK GREEN AND BROWN IN MIDDLE, POTTERY HAS GLOSSY, PEARL FINISH. IS CONCAVE WITH RAISED DIAGONAL PEAK IN MIDDLE WITH FIVE GROOVES FOR CIGARETTES MOLDED IN PEAK. ON REVERSE IS TWO SEMI-CIRCLE UNFINISHED RIMS. READS "SUNBURST CANADA" WITH LOGO ON ONE SIDE, MIDDLE IS A DEEP GROOVE WHERE PEAK IS, AND ON OPPOSITE SIDE IS "106". FINISH IS WEARING OFF IN SPOTS. HAS SMALL CIRCULAR DENTS IN POTTERY. 7. ASHTRAY: 22.2CM (L) X 11.9CM (W) X 4.8CM (H). RECTANGULAR TRAY IS BROWNISH-ORANGE ON BOTTOM WITH TWO PARALLEL UNFINISHED LEGS RUNNING THE WIDTH OF THE TRAY. HAS "SUNBURST CANADA 18" WITH THE LOGO ENGRAVED ONTO THE BACK. IS A CONVEX CURVE. ON TOP IS CONCAVE SLOPE OF RECTANGLE. ENDS ARE PART OF SLOPE, LENGTH HAS WALLS UP WITH HANDLE/LIPS IN MIDDLE ACROSS FROM EACH OTHER. HAS FOUR GROOVES FOR CIGARETTES ON EACH LIP. HAS MINOR FLAWS ON TRAY. IS LOSING FINISH IN SPOTS. 8. ASHTRAY: 33.3CM (L) X 14.7CM (W) X 3.3CM (H). POTTERY IS A GREENISH-BROWN ON BOTTOM AND HAS THIS COLOUR MIXED WITH LIME-GREEN INSIDE. IS AN ODD SHAPE WHICH LOOKS GENERALLY LIKE A RECTANGLE WITH FIVE POINTS. SIDES SLOPE DOWN WITH A FLAT SURFACE THAT HAS A RAISED ZIG-ZAG PATTERN IN MIDDLE (LOOKS LIKE AN "M" WITH LONG LINES AT BEGINNING AND END OF LETTER). UNDERNEATH HAS RAISED UNFINISHED RIM WITH KNOBS. READS IN CORNER "SUNBURST CANADA 15" WITH THE LOGO ON THE LEFT. HAS SMALL HOLES IN POTTERY. 9. ASHTRAY: 33.6CM (L) X 14.9CM (W) X 3.6CM (H). ASHTRAY IS SIMILAR TO #8 EXCEPT SWIRL PATTERN OF LIME GREEN ON SURFACE IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT AND LIGHTER. ALSO UNFINISHED RIM IS COVERED IN BLUE VELOUR AND READS "1.50" IN BLACK MARKER ON BOTTOM. VELOUR HAS LOOSE THREADS, SOME SOILING ON SURFACE. 10. ASHTRAY: 14.2CM (L) X 14.2CM (W) X 3.7CM (H). YELLOW-BROWN-GREEN SQUARE ASHTRAY HAS LIME GREEN EDGES. SURFACE IS FLAT WITH A MAPLE LEAF IMAGE MADE OF EQUILATERAL TRIANGLES THAT ARE BOTH ENGRAVED AND ETCHED. ETCHED ALONG BOTTOM IS "1867 1967". ON BOTTOM IS A SQUARE UNFINISHED RIM. ENGRAVED IN MIDDLE IS "SUNBURST CANADA". TOP LEFT CORNER IS CRACKED AND HAS BEEN GLUED TOGETHER, PIECES ARE MISSING. 11. ASHTRAY: 42.8CM (L) X 19.1CM (W) X 4.5CM (H). GREEN AND BLUE TRAY IS OVAL WITH POINTED ENDS AND HAS SMALL POINT ALONG ONE LENGTH SIDE. HAS RAISED RIDGE IN MIDDLE WITH FIVE GROOVES FOR CIGARETTES. SURFACE IS A SOLID DARK BLUE. BOTTOM HAS TWO LONG UNFINISHED RIMS WITH FOUR KNOBS ON BOTH. READS "SUNBURST CANADA 11" WITH LOGO ON LEFT. HAS DEEP GROOVE WHERE RIDGE IS ON TOP. HAS LONG CHIP OUT OF RIM. MINOR SOILING ON TOP. 12. ASHTRAY: 28.2CM (L) X 18.2CM (W) X 4.1CM (H). GENERALLY OVAL TRAY IS WIDER ON ONE SIDE THAN THE OTHER. ON WIDE SIDE HAS A ROUNDED BULGE WITH A TRIANGLE IN IT THAT READS "AUTOLEC". IN MIDDLE IS RAISED AREA THAT HAS FOUR GROOVES ON TOP FOR CIGARETTES. ON BOTTOM MIDDLE IS INDENTED AND HAS LOGO THAT READS "22 SUNBURST CANADA". ON BACK OF BULGE ENGRAVED IS "AUTO ELECTRIC SERVICE COMPANY, LIMITED 50TH ANNIVERSARY 1918-1968". PIN-HOLES IN BACK AND A FEW ON TOP.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
INDUSTRY
History
FOR MORE HISTORY ON SUNBURST COMPANY OPERATION, SEE P19960004001-GA AND PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS INTERN KIRSTAN SCHAMUHN CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF PERSONAL ARTIFACTS. ON 26 NOVEMBER 2018, SCHAMUHN INTERVIEWED RUTH DAW REGARDING HER PRREVIOUS DONATIONS. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: ON THE DONATION OF MEDALTA POTTERY, DAW RECOUNTED HER MEMORIES OF MEDALTA: “I WORKED AT MEDALTA POTTERY THE SUMMER BETWEEN GRADE 11 AND GRADE 12.” “I ACTUALLY WORKED [FOR] TEN DOLLARS A WEEK! AND WE WORKED [WITH] PRISONERS OF WAR. THEY WORE BLUE SHIRTS AND THEY DID THE HEAVY WORK—BLUE SHIRTS WITH A BIG RED CIRCLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR BACKS.” “IT WAS REALLY GOOD. IT WAS VERY HOT. WE HAD TO RIDE OUR BICYCLE ALL OVER THE FLATS.” “THEY PUT THE GLOSSY COAT ON AND THEN YOU HAVE TO SPONGE THE BOTTOM OFF, SO THAT THE GLOSSY COAT DIDN’T STICK. SO THAT’S WHAT I WAS DOING. WORKING WITH THAT AND DIPPING AND WORKING…AND STACKING AND IF THERE WAS SOME STUFF THAT HAD TO BE CLEANED UP, THAT’S BASICALLY WHAT I WAS DOING AS WELL. AT THAT TIME IT WAS QUITE A PRIMITIVE SET-UP AND THEY DIDN’T PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES VERY MUCH AT ALL. THE WAGES WERE VERY POOR BUT IT WAS A JOB.” “WE WERE DOING THE HEAVY RESTAURANT WARE, THE WHITE WITH THE GREEN LITTLE CIRCLE AROUND IT, WHICH THEY DON’T MAKE ANYMORE, [BECAUSE] THEY DON’T REALLY NEED TO HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT ANYMORE. THEN WHEN THESE THINGS CAME FOR SALE, OF COURSE I KNEW WHERE THEY WERE [FROM] AND WHAT THEY CAME FOR.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION TO COLLECT MEDALTA POTTERY, DAW ELABORATED, “I HAD A SPECIAL COLLECTION. I WAS COLLECTING…BECAUSE I KNEW WHERE THEY WERE [FROM], I KNEW HOW THEY WERE MADE. AND I’D ACTUALLY HELPED THEM MAKING SOME OF THEM AND SO I WAS JUST DOING IT FOR A COLLECTION AND THEN I DECIDED I’M GOING TO MAKE THE MOVE. MY HUSBAND PASSED AWAY…ABOUT TWENTY YEARS AGO AND I HAD TO MOVE TO A SMALLER PLACE SO I HAD TO PRETTY WELL GET RID OF EVERYTHING AND THAT’S WHEN I TRIED TO FIND [THE COLLECTION] A GOOD HOME. BUT YOU DON’T REALLY SEE THEM ON THE SHELVES ANYMORE.” “I HAD WORKED IN MEDALTA AND I WAS INTERESTED IN THE TYPES OF [POTTERY], I THOUGHT THEY WERE DECORATIVE AND I USED THEM FOR THAT. I WOULD HAVE THEM FOR A DISPLAY OR FOR EVEN ON THE WALL. JUST AS AN EXAMPLE OF LOCAL POTTERY.” “I WOULD JUST PICK THEM UP – THEY WERE KEPT ON THE SALE RACKS IN THE ‘70S AND THE ‘80S BECAUSE THEY REALLY WEREN’T BEING USED ANYMORE.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HAVING THE POTTERY IN HER HOME, DAW RECALLED, “I HAD LITTLE KIDS SO YOU COULDN’T REALLY HAVE ANYTHING AROUND THEM THAT WAS REALLY BREAKABLE. I DON’T KNOW [IF I] REALLY MADE MUCH USE OF THEM, BUT THEY WERE DECORATIVE. THE HOUSES WERE TOO SMALL TO HAVE VERY MUCH AROUND IF YOU HAD SMALL CHILDREN AROUND.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960004001 FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19960004007
Acquisition Date
1996-02
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
CIGAR ASHTRAY
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1975
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CERAMIC
Catalogue Number
P19980077001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CIGAR ASHTRAY
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1975
Materials
CERAMIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
7
Length
28.6
Width
25
Description
BROWN CERAMIC CIGAR ASHTRAY. SHAPED AS BEAR PAW, WITH FIVE CLAWS AT ONE END AND NINE NOTCHES FOR CIGARS AT OPPOSITE END. ASHTRAY HAS SOME LIGHTER BROWN COLORING AROUND EDGES AND TEXTURED PARTS OF TRAY. NO MARKINGS.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
INDUSTRY
History
MANUFACTURED BY LETHBRIDGE'S SUNBURST POTTERY, WHERE DONOR WORKED AS FLOOR MANAGER UNTIL PLANT CLOSED IN 1975. FOR MORE HISTORY ON SUNBURST COMPANY OPERATION, SEE P19960004001-GA AND PERMANENT FILE. IN 1960, A LETHBRIDGE BUSINESSMAN RALPH THRALL FOUNDED SUNBURST CERAMICS. A NUMBER OF PROMINENT ALBERTA STUDIO POTTERS WORKED AT SUNBURST, WHERE THEY DEVELOPED VARIOUS LINES OF ARTWARE. HOWEVER, THEY WERE FRUSTRATED BY THE PRODUCTION SCHEDULE WHICH LEFT LITTLE ROOM FOR NEW DESIGN WORK. THRALL RELIED ON THE COMMERCIAL SUCCESS OF CROCKS AND MIXING BOWLS, AND SEEMED RELUCTANT TO TRY MORE CREATIVE DESIGNS. HE INVESTED HEAVILY IN UPGRADING THE PLANT’S MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, BUT FINALLY REALIZED THAT THE OLD FACTORY WAS NOT SUITED TO MODERN PRODUCTION. IN 1966 HE RELOCATED THE COMPANY TO NEW PREMISES IN LETHBRIDGE, WHERE SUNBURST OPERATED UNTIL 1975. MUCH OF THE ORIGINAL MACHINERY AND THE OLD MEDALTA MOULDS WERE ACQUIRED BY ANOTHER POTTERY. MEDALTA (1966) LTD. WHICH SET UP IN REDCLIFF. THERE, SEVERAL FORMER MEDALTA EMPLOYEES REVIVED THE PRODUCTION OF CROCKS, MIXING BOWLS AND TEAPOTS. THE COMPANY FINALLY WENT OUT OF BUSINESS IN 1986. THRALL SOLD THE MEDALTA PLANT TO EARTHEX RESOURCES IN 1976, A REAL ESTATE AND INVESTMENT FIRM WHICH PROMOTED THE SITE AS INDUSTRIAL AND WAREHOUSE SPACE. IN 1990, THE CITY OF MEDICINE HAT ACQUIRED THE PROPERTY AND LEASED IT TO THE FRIENDS OF MEDALTA SOCIETY.
Catalogue Number
P19980077001
Acquisition Date
1999-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1973
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
OAK, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19738100000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1973
Materials
OAK, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
17.8
Length
69.2
Width
3.8
Description
OAK HANDLE, STEEL HEAD. "MADE IN SWEDEN" STAMPED ON HEAD. "3 3/4" STAMPED ON BACK OF HEAD. HANDLE WRAPPED WITH FRICTION TAPE. REMNANTS OF WHITE TAPE ON HANDLE.
Subjects
FORESTRY T&E
WOODWORKING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
Catalogue Number
P19738100000
Acquisition Date
1973-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
FLOUR SACK
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20000038015
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FLOUR SACK
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.2
Length
79.5
Width
92.0
Description
OFF WHITE, UNSTITCHED FLOUR SACK. EDGES ARE HEMMED. FAINTLY ON ONE SIDE IS "ALBERTA" WITHIN A CIRCLE. BELOW THIS IS "SATISFACTION GUARANTEED" IN SCRIPT, AND "ELLISON'S ALBERTA FLOUR". THERE ARE VERY FAINT TRACES OF RED LETTERING ON SAME SIDE. THERE ARE ALSO SOME YELLOW STAINS ON THIS SIDE. OPPOSITE SIDE HAS A LARGE TEAR IN IT.
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
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
P20000038015
Acquisition Date
2002-11
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
SUGAR SACK
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19930054000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SUGAR SACK
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
41.0
Width
20.7
Description
WHITE COTTON SUGAR SACK WITH SEAM DOWN RIGHTHAND SIDE AND BOTTOM. TOP IS OPEN AND UNHEMMED. BLUE MAPLE LEAF PRINTED ON FRONT OF BAG, WITH "C.S.F.". RED CIRCLE IN CENTRE OF LEAF, WHICH READS, "PURE ALBERTA SUGAR 10LBS. NET". "L D." AT BASE OF LEAF. "FINE" IS PRINTED AT TOP AND BOTTOM OF BAG, WITH "MADE BY CANADIAN SUGAR FACTORIES LTD RAYMOND. ALTA." PRINTED IN BLUE BELOW MAPLE LEAF. BACK HAS INSTRUCTIONS FOR OPENING BAG, BUT IS ONLY PARTLY LEGIBLE. BAG IS STAINED, WITH VERY SMALL HOLES THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
FOOD PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
DOMESTIC
History
AFTER THE FIRST WORLD WAR, THE RAYMOND AND MAGRATH BOARDS OF TRADE SUCCEEDED IN CONVINCING THE UTAH-IDAHO SUGAR COMPANY TO MOVE ITS IDLE SUNNYSIDE, WA. PLANT TO RAYMOND IN 1925. A NEW COMPANY WAS FORMED TO OPERATE UNDER A CANADIAN CHARTER, CALLED "CANADIAN SUGAR FACTORIES, LTD.". AFTER A DISASTEROUS HARVEST IN 1930, THE PARENT COMPANY SOLD THE RAYMOND PLANT TO B.C. SUGAR REFINING CO. VANCOUVER, IN APRIL OF 1931, MAKING THE COMPANY COMPLETELY CANADIAN OWNED. THE PLANT AND RAYMOND'S BEET-GROWING AREA EXPANDED, AND A SECOND AND THIRD PLANT OPENED IN PICTURE BUTTE (1936) AND TABER (1950). TABER'S MODERN PLANT WITH LARGER CAPACITY RESULTED IN ITS BECOMING THE CENTRE OF ALBERTA'S SUGAR INDUSTRY. IN 1963, THE RAYMOND PLANT CLOSED, AND SUBSEQUENTLY THE PICTURE BUTTE PLANT, IN 1977. THE NAME OF THE COMPANY CHANGED IN 1977 FROM CANADIAN SUGAR FACTORIES TO ALBERTA SUGAR CO., OPERATING AS A DIVISION OF B.C. SUGAR.
Catalogue Number
P19930054000
Acquisition Date
1993-08
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
CASSEROLE DISH SET
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
2006
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CERAMIC
Catalogue Number
P20160001000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CASSEROLE DISH SET
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
2006
Materials
CERAMIC
No. Pieces
22
Height
22
Length
44
Width
32
Description
BOX OF SUNBURST CASSEROLE DISHES WITH 11 PIECES (5 FULL SETS OF SMALL AND LARGE DISHES AND 1 PARTIAL SET WITH ONE SMALL DISH). THERE ARE 22 PIECES INCLUDING THE STORAGE MATERIALS. A – F: CERAMIC CASSEROLE DISHES. UNGLAZED. “SUNBURST… OVENPROOF” WITH A SUN LOGO STAMPED ON THE BOTTOM. THE DISHES HAVE A RIM AT THE TOP AND A BASE AROUND THE BOTTOM. THERE ARE 2 HANDLES ON OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE TOP OF THE DISHES. A-E HAVE “1.95” WRITTEN ON THE BOTTOMS IN PENCIL. F HAS AN ERASER MARK IN THAT PLACE, AND A WHITE STICKER WITH THE PRICE “$5.00” HANDWRITTEN AND STICKING TO A TOP HANDLE. THE DIAMETERS ARE 19.4 CM, THE LENGTHS INCLUDING THE HANDLES ARE 23.3 CM AND THE DISHES ARE EACH 7.1 CM DEEP. THE CONDITIONS OF DISH A THROUGH D ARE VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT. THERE IS DUST COATING EACH DISH. B HAS 5 SMALL CHIPS ON THE BASE AND A SLIGHT CRACK (LESS THAN 1 CM LONG) ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE RIM. THE CERAMIC ON C IS ROUGH ON THE INNER RIM. IT ALSO HAS A DARK MARK ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE RIM AND SOME SMALL CHIPS ON THE BASE. D HAS A SCRATCH ON THE BASE. THE CONDITION OF E IS VERY GOOD WITH A SMALL CRACK ON THE SIDE OF THE DISH, A DARK STAIN ON THE EDGE OF THE RIM, AND A SLIGHT SCUFF ON THE BOTTOM. CASSEROLE DISH F IS IN GOOD TO VERY GOOD CONDITION WITH SOME MARKS ALONG THE RIM AND BASE. THERE IS A CHIP IN THE HANDLE. G – K: CERAMIC CASSEROLE DISHES. UNGLAZED. “SUNBURST… OVENPROOF” WITH A SUN LOGO STAMPED ON THE BOTTOM. THE DISHES HAVE A RIM AT THE TOP AND A BASE AROUND THE BOTTOM. THERE ARE 2 HANDLES ON OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE TOP OF THE DISHES. H-J HAVE “2.95” WRITTEN ON THE BOTTOMS IN PENCIL. G HAS AN ERASER MARK IN THAT PLACE, AND A WHITE STICKER WITH THE PRICE “$7.00” HANDWRITTEN AND STICKING TO A TOP HANDLE. THE DIAMETERS ARE 22.6 CM, THE LENGTHS INCLUDING THE HANDLES ARE 27.1 CM AND THE DISHES ARE EACH 8.4 CM DEEP. THE CONDITION OF DISH G IS VERY GOOD WITH DARK IMPURITIES IN THE CLAY, A SCUFF ALONG THE BASE AND A SCRATCH IN THE CLAY ON THE SIDE OF THE DISH. THE CONDITION OF H IS FAIR TO GOOD. THIS DISH HAS A LARGE CHIP IN THE RIM WITH A LENGTH OF APPROXIMATELY 6.1 CM. THERE IS A SCUFF IN THE BOTTOM. DISH I IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION WITH SOME IMPURITIES IN THE CLAY, AN AIR BUBBLE ON THE SIDE OF THE DISH, A DARK BROWN STAINING ON THE SIDE, AND CHIPS ON THE BOTTOM RIM. DISHES J AND K ARE IN VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH SMALL CHIPS IN THE RIM. L – M: SQUARE PIECES OF CARDBOARD FOR PACKING. THEY ARE BENT TO FOLD AROUND A DISHES WITH A CIRCULAR CREASE IN THE CENTER WITH TWO PARALLEL SLITS (APPROX. 3.5 CM APART) FROM ONE END TO THE CENTER. THE DIMENSIONS OF EACH ARE 21 CM X 21 CM. GOOD CONDITION WITH TEARING IN SOME AREAS (L IS TORN ON ONE SIDE) AND CLAY DUST OVERALL. N – U: RECTANGULAR CARDBOARD SEPARATORS FOR PACKING (THEY ARE PLACED IN BETWEEN THE SMALL AND LARGE DISH IN A SET. THERE ARE 3 SLITS IN EACH SEPARATOR THAT ARE 4.5 CM LONG FROM ONE SHORT END STOPPING AT THE CENTER AND EACH SLIT IS 7.5 CM APART. EACH PIECE IS BENT TO FIT THE SHAPE OF DISHES. FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION WITH REGULAR WEAR (TEARS AND STAINING) OVERALL. V: CARDBOARD BOX WITH ORANGE LETTERING, “SUNBURST CERAMICS” WITH AN ORANGE LOGO ON THE LONG SIDE OF THE BOX. HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK ON THE TOP OF THE BOX CAN BE READ “OPICAL EDMONTON ALTA.” ON ONE SHORT SIDE IT SAYS, “6 CASSEROLES 48 OZ…” IN ORANGE PRINT AND THEN IN BLACK HANDWRITING IT READS “6 + 32 OZ 6 – 48 OZ CASS.” THERE ARE 4 LARGE STAPLES HOLDING THE BOTTOM OF THE BOX TOGETHER. THE INSIDE HAS 4 CARDBOARD DIVIDERS (3 LENGTHWISE AND 1 HORIZONTALLY DOWN THE CENTER) THAT FIT TOGETHER THROUGH SLITS IN THE DIVIDERS. THESE MAKE UP 6 SECTIONS IN THE BOX FOR STORING THE SETS OF DISHES. THE OVERALL DIMENSIONS OF THE BOX ARE 32 X 44 X 22 CM. POOR TO FAIR CONDITION. THERE ARE HOLES, BENDS, AND TEARS OVERALL THE WHOLE SURFACE OF THE BOX. ONE CORNER EDGE IS TAPED TOGETHER WITH A BROWN PAPER TAPE. THERE IS A STAPLE LOOSE ON A TOP FLAP. THE BOX IS DIRTY AND STAINED OVERALL.DIRTY AND STAINED OVERALL.
Subjects
FOOD PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
TRADES
DOMESTIC
History
DONOR MIKE MYCHAJLUK ACQUIRED THIS SET OF CERAMIC DISHES WHEN TROPICAL GARDENS IN EDMONTON, ALBERTA WAS CLOSING BETWEEN THE YEARS 2004 AND 2006. THE OWNER OF THAT BUSINESS HELD AN AUCTION AT HIS WAREHOUSE AND PART OF THAT LOT WAS THE SUNBURST CERAMIC SET, WHICH MYCHAJLUK BOUGHT FOR THIRTY-FIVE DOLLARS. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CERAMIC SET COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH MYCHAJLUK THAT WAS CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON JANUARY 22, 2016: “TROPICAL GARDENS WAS GOING OUT OF BUSINESS AND THEY WERE SELLING OFF IN THEIR STORE. A COUPLE OF BOXES THEY HAD ON DISPLAY THEN A COUPLE OF MONTHS LATER HE HAD THE AUCTION AT HIS WAREHOUSE ON HIS ACREAGE. HE HAD BINS - TONS OF STUFF THERE AND THIS [BOX] HAPPENED TO BE IN [THE SALE] WHEN I BOUGHT IT. I HAD TO BUY THE WHOLE LOT… [FIRST], I’M INTERESTED IN ALBERTA POTTERY STUFF AND NUMBER TWO I KNEW OTHER PEOPLE WERE [TOO]. I WAS GOING TO SELL SOME OF IT OFF BUT THERE WAS SO MUCH OF IT. I’LL NEVER SELL [ALL OF IT] IN MY LIFETIME TO COLLECTORS… NOBODY KNOWS MUCH ABOUT [SUNBURST] AND IF I BRING IT MORE TO THE ATTENTION, MORE PEOPLE WOULD BE INTERESTED IN IT. IT’S ONE OF THE LAST POTTERIES THAT WAS IN ALBERTA… THE STUFF IS ORIGINALLY FROM LETHBRIDGE.” ON THE CERAMICS BEING UNGLAZED, MYCHAJLUK STATES: “I THINK THAT’S WHEN [SUNBURST WAS] GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. THEY JUST PACKAGED WHAT WAS LEFT AND SOLD IT OFF OR EVEN AFTER IT COULD BE A DISPERSAL… I’M ASSUMING [TROPICAL GARDENS] BOUGHT IT TO SELL DRY FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS… THE ONLY THOUGHTS WAS HE COULDN’T USE IT FOR LIVE [FLOWERS] WITH WATER BECAUSE IT WOULD COME APART.” ACCORDING TO MYCHAJLUK, WHO IS INTERESTED IN ALBERTA POTTERY, IT IS NOT USUAL TO FIND A LARGE QUANTITY OF UNGLAZED CERAMICS LIKE WHAT HE FOUND AT TROPICAL GARDENS. WHILE MYCHAJLUK WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE, HE DID NOT SPEND MUCH TIME LIVING HERE. SUNBURST CERAMICS WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1961 BY RALPH THRALL SR. AND JR. WHEN THEY BOUGHT OUT NEW MEDALTA CERAMICS FROM MALCOM MCARTHUR IN MEDICINE HAT. AFTER OPERATING WITH THOSE KILNS FOR THE COMPANY’S FIRST YEARS, A NECESSITY TO UPGRADE INFLUENCED THE COMPANY TO MOVE THEIR OPERATION TO LETHBRIDGE, WHERE THEY OPENED A PLANT ON 3RD AVENUE NORTH IN 1965. DURING THEIR EXISTENCE, THE PLANT PRODUCED 200 TYPES OF PRODUCTS. IN THE EARLY 1970S, THEY EXPANDED THEIR OPERATION TO PRODUCE GIFTWARE IN ADDITION TO WHAT THEY WERE PRODUCING IN THE MEDALTA STYLE. THE COMPANY DEVELOPED A REPUTATION AS LEADERS IN THE ALBERTAN CERAMIC INDUSTRY, BRINGING IN THE NEWEST TECHNOLOGIES AND EQUIPMENT FROM GERMANY WITH PROVINCIAL SUPPORT. THIS ALLOWED THEM TO ADD DINNERWARE TO THEIR PRODUCTION LINE. SUNBURST CERAMICS CLOSED ITS DOORS IN 1975. THE THRALL FAMILY BOUGHT THE MCINTYRE RANCH FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF BILLY MCINTYRE IN 1947. THE FAMILY CONTINUES TO OPERATE IT AT THE TIME OF DONATION. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES REGARDING SUNBURST CERAMICS. SEE ALSO FILES FOR ARTIFACTS P19960004001, P19980077001, AND P200000056000 FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUNBURST CERAMICS.
Catalogue Number
P20160001000
Acquisition Date
2016-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, IRON
Catalogue Number
P19900043002
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
WOOD, IRON
No. Pieces
1
Height
75
Length
49.5
Description
WOOD BARREL MISSING TOP. 4 RIVETTED STEEL BANDS. ALL STAVES IN GOOD CONDITION. WOOD STAINED AND MARKED IN INK. FADED RED STAMP MARKED "BAKER'S SPECIAL AA QUALITY". TOP HAS PIECE MISSING.
Subjects
CONTAINER
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
USED AT ELLISON'S MILL IN LETHBRIDGE FOR SHIPPING FLOUR. BARRELS CONTAINED 196 LBS OF FLOUR. DONOR EMPLOYED AT MILL & RECENTLY RETIRED.
Catalogue Number
P19900043002
Acquisition Date
1990-11
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
NO.4 SPIKE BAYONET W/ SCABBARD & FROG
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, COTTON WEBBING
Catalogue Number
P19970073048
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NO.4 SPIKE BAYONET W/ SCABBARD & FROG
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
STEEL, COTTON WEBBING
No. Pieces
3
Height
3.7
Length
29.2
Width
5.1
Description
1. FROG: DOUBLE LAYER OF DRAB GREEN WEB MATERIAL, 13CM (L) X 3.7CM (W). TWO LAYERS SEPARATE AT TOP TO FORM LOOP TO SLIP OVER WAIST BELT. DOUBLE-LOOP OF WEBBING ON THE FRONT SECURES SCABBARD OF BAYONET. NO MARKINGS. 2. SCABBARD: TAPERED HOLLOW IRON SCABBARD WITH KNOBBED END AND HOLE IN TIP. CIRCULAR KNOB ON SIDE NEAR TOP, WHICH SECURES SCABBARD BETWEEN THE TWO LOOPS OF FROG. SURFACE CORROSION. 3. SPIKE BAYONET. SLIGHTLY TAPERED SPIKE WITH TIP FLATTENED ON TWO SIDES TO FORM POINT. DEVICE AT TOP TO CONNECT TO RIFLE, CONSISTS OF HOLLOW CYLINDER AND SPRING-LOADED TAB AT BACK TO RELEASE HOLD ON RIFLE. TOP PORTION OF SPIKE IS OILED BLACK. ENGRAVED "NO.4 MK.II. S". FOR ENFIELD RIFLE.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-EDGED
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
DONATED TO LEGION BY UNKNOWN DONOR, THEN TO MUSEUM BY LEGION. FOR HISTORY OF COLLECTION SEE P19970073001-GA. HISTORY AND USE OF PIECE UNKNOWN. *UPDATE* IN 2012 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. HE WAS UNABLE TO DISCOVER NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE ORIGINAL OWNER, BUT WAS ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE COUNTRY OR ORIGIN AND SITE OF PRODUCTION. ACCORDING TO THE BAYONET IDENTIFICATION GUIDE WITH WORLDBAYONETS ONLINE, “APPROVED IN NOVEMBER 1939 THE NO. 4 MK. I BAYONET WAS SHORT, LIGHT, STURDY, AND UNAPPEALING. SINCE THE GOVERNMENT ARMS FACTORIES WERE ALREADY RUNNING AT CAPACITY PRODUCING RIFLES AND MACHINE GUNS, PRIVATE CONTRACTS WERE LET FOR BAYONET PRODUCTION. BECAUSE OF ITS GREAT SIMPLICITY, THE GOVERNMENT WAS ABLE TO LET CONTRACTS TO FIRMS NOT PREVIOUSLY ASSOCIATED WITH ARMS PRODUCTION. DURING THE WAR, THE NO. 4 BAYONET EVOLVED (OR DEVOLVED), WITH EACH GENERATION BECOMING MORE CRUDE AND CHEAPER TO MANUFACTURE. NEARLY 5 MILLION SPIKE BAYONETS WERE REPORTED PRODUCED. DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT CURTAILED THE USE OF COMMERCIAL TRADEMARKS TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE GERMANS TO LOCATE (AND BOMB) FACTORIES PRODUCING WAR MATERIEL. THE GOVERNMENT ASSIGNED EACH MANUFACTURER A DISPERSAL CODE TO USE IN LIEU OF THEIR TRADEMARK. DISPERSAL CODES BEGIN WITH A LETTER DENOTING THE GENERAL LOCATION (N=NORTH, M=MIDDLE, AND S= SOUTH), FOLLOWED BY UP TO THREE DIGITS. MANUFACTURERS IN NORTH AMERICA DID NOT USE DISPERSAL CODES. THE MARKING ON THE BAYONET INDICATES THAT IT WAS PRODUCED BY THE SAVAGE-STEVENS CO. OF CHICOPEE FALLS, MASSACHUSETTS. SAVAGE-STEVENS CO. MADE APPROXIMATELY 1.25 MILLION NO. 4 MK. II BAYONETS DURING 1941 AND 1942. THESE WERE PROVIDED TO BRITAIN UNDER THE LEND-LEASE ACT. SAVAGE-MADE BAYONETS ARE MUCH CRUDER FORGINGS THAN THOSE MADE BY EITHER SINGER OR LONG BRANCH.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19970073048
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1918
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19738783000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1918
Materials
STEEL, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
70.0
Width
2.8
Description
57.5 CM LTH. (BLADE). SERIAL #FH69285. SWORD STYLE. THE NUMBER "12" IS STAMPED ON THE BLADE. ALSO, "A CROWN AND "M"AND "M" STAMPED ON THE GUARD AND THE BLADE. INSCRIPTION ON THE UNSHARPENED SIDE OF THE BLADE READS, "MRE D'ARMES DE ST. ÉTIENNE, FÉVRIER 1845".
Subjects
ARMAMENT-EDGED
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
BELIEVED OF FRENCH OR GERMAN ORIGIN & ACQUIRED AS WW I BATTLEFIELD SOUVENIR. *UPDATE* IN 2012 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. HE WAS UNABLE TO DISCOVER NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE ORIGINAL OWNER, BUT WAS ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE COUNTRY OR ORIGIN AND SITE OF PRODUCTION. THE ‘MANUFACTURE D'ARMES DE SAINT-ÉTIENNE’ WAS A FRENCH STATE-OWNED MANUFACTURING COMPANY LOCATED IN THE TOWN OF SAINT-ÉTIENNE. IT HAS SINCE BEEN MERGED INTO THE STATE-OWNED NEXTER DEFENSE CONGLOMERATE. THE ROYAL ARMS MANUFACTURE WAS CREATED IN 1764 UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE GENERAL INSPECTOR OF THE ROYAL ARMS MANUFACTURE OF CHARLEVILLE. IN 1838, THE ANNUAL PRODUCTION WAS WELL OVER 30,000 FIREARMS. IN 1864, THE MODERN FACTORY WAS BUILT, NEW STEAM-POWERED MACHINES WERE INSTALLED AND THE FIRST MILITARY STANDARDIZED BOLT ACTION RIFLE, THE CHASSEPOT, WAS PRODUCED FROM 1866 ON, THEN THE GRAS RIFLE AFTER 1874. THIS BAYONET WAS MADE IN FEBRUARY OF 1846 AT THE FRENCH STATE ARSENAL, MANUFACTURE D'ARMES DE SAINT-ÉTIENNE. THOUGH CREATED IN 1845, THE YATAGHAN SWORD BAYONET IS USED ON THE 11 MM CHASSEPOT NEEDLE-FIRE RIFLE PRODUCED IN 1866 AND CAN ALSO MOUNT TO THE 11 MM GRAS RIFLE PRODUCED AFTER 1874. THE TERM "YATAGHAN" IS DERIVED FROM THE TURKISH WORD FOR "ONE WHO LAYS DOWN" TO DESCRIBE THE DOWNWARD-SWEEPING DOUBLE-CURVE BLADE PROFILE. THE DOUBLE-CURVE ADDED STRENGTH AND RIGIDITY WHILE KEEPING THE HILT AND POINT IN ALIGNMENT FOR THRUSTING EFFICIENCY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19738783000
Acquisition Date
1973-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS
Catalogue Number
P19950038034
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.5
Length
7.2
Width
5.1
Description
GLASS SPHERICAL BEAKER WITH FLAT BOTTOM. SHORT TUBULAR OPENING APPROXIMATELY 1CM IN DIAMETER EXTENDS FROM BACK, FOR DROPPING CHEMICALS INTO BEAKER. THIN TAPERED GAS TUBE, 3.4CM IN LENGTH, EXTENDS HORIZONTALLY IN OPPOSITE DIRECTION.
Subjects
CHEMICAL T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
DONATED IN MEMORY OF MRS. AGNES SHORT, WHO WAS A NURSE IN LETHBRIDGE UNTIL C. 1970. HELPED WITH FIRST POLIO VACCINATION HERE, AND WAS PART OF THE HEALTH CLINIC FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS. FATHER WAS WILLIAM H. SHORT, WHO WAS THE LAST FIRE CHIEF OF THE OLD NO.1 FIREHALL IN LETHBRIDGE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BELT DONATED BY SHARON DEREK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK, IS THE NIECE OF AGNES SHORT. AGNES CHRISTINA SHORT WAS BORN ON APRIL 20, 1916 TO WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA SHORT (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE GRADUATED FROM LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE AND THEN ATTDNED THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR NURSING TRAINING, WHICH SHE GRADUATED FROM IN 1939. AGNES WAS THE SUPERVISOR AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1939-1945. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE NURSING STAFF OF LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT #51 FROM 1947 UNTIL 1958. SHE WAS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING AT THE LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT FROM 1964 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT. SHE RETIRED IN 1980 AFTER 42 YEARS OF NURSING. AGNES PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 ON OCTOBER 20, 1994. WILLIAM HENRY SHORT WAS AGNES’S FATHER. HE WAS BORN IN LONDON, ENGLAND IN 1889 AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1909. HE INITIALLY WORKED FOR THE CITY WATERWORKS DEPARTMENT IN LETHBRIDGE FOR TWO YEARS, BEFORE SPENDING 51 YEARS IN SERVICE OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE OVERSAW THE INTRODUCTION OF MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINES, SWITCHING FROM HORSE POWERED WAGONS, IN 1913. HE ALSO SAW THE DEPARTMENT GROW IN SIZE FROM ONLY 13 TO 49 MEN. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 18, 1974. WILLIAM’S WIFE BERTHA L. SHORT PASSED AWAY ON JULY 28, 1989. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE ABOUT AGNES’S LIFE, THE SHORT FAMILY LIVED IN NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL, WHERE WILLIAM WAS FIRE CHIEF. WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA ALSO HAD ANOTHER CHILD, WILLIAM D. SHORT. HE WAS BORN ON AUGUST 16, 1916 AND PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 5, 1990. HE WAS MARRIED TO MYRTLE (NEE NELSON) SHORT AND THEIR CHILDREN INCLUDE THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY SHARON DERRICK. ON 1 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED DERRICK REGARDING HER DONATION. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED WERE CONNECTED TO THE DONOR’S AUNT, AGNES SHORT AND HER CAREER AS THE SENIOR NURSE AT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT AND AT THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING. “[THE NURSING ITEMS] WOULD HAVE BEEN FROM THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT, [WHERE] MY AUNT WAS THE SENIOR NURSE AT THE HEALTH UNIT… I HAVE NO IDEA [WHY SHE HELD ONTO THESE THINGS]. PROBABLY WHEN THERE WAS BIG MOVES, AND THEY PACKED EVERYTHING IN BOXES, AND MAY BE SOME OF HER PERSONAL STUFF WAS IN BOXES. I DON’T KNOW. [SOME THINGS WOULD ALSO] BE FROM THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING.” THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HISTORY BOOK TITLED, “LEGACY OF LETHBRIDGE WOMEN,” WRITTEN BY GEORGIA GREEN FOOKS, PATRICIA HAGEN, AND MARY OORDT AND PUBLISHED IN 2005: “AGNES SHORT’S LEGACY TO LETHBRIDGE STEMMED FROM HER EXEMPLARY CAREER IN NURSING AND FROM HER MANY OTHER SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY. THE DAUGHTER OF BERTHA AND WILLIAM SHORT, AGNES WAS RAISED IN THE MARRIED QUARTERS AT NO. 2 FIRE DEPARTMENT. AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE SHE STUDIED NURSING IN THE THREE-YEAR PROGRAM AT THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL. SHE THEN RETURNED IN 1939 TO BECOME SUPERVISOR OF THE GALT HOSPITAL AT $35 A MONTH. IN 1945 AGNES BECAME HEAD OF THE NURSING STAFF OF THE LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 51, MOVING THEN TO THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING AT THE LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT. THERE SHE SAW THE FIRST USE OF PENICILLIN IN LETHBRIDGE AND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO GIVE THE SALK VACCINE FOR POLIO. AGNES RETIRED FROM NURSING IN 1980 AFTER 42 YEARS ON THE JOB. APART FROM HER PROFESSIONAL LIFE, AGNES WAS INVOLVED IN MANY ORGANIZATIONS… AGNES EARNED A WOMAN OF DISTINCTION AWARD FROM THE YWCA AND A GOLD AWARD FROM THE CANADIAN RED CROSS. AT ONE PUBLIC FUNCTION SHE SAID, ‘LETHBRIDGE AND ITS CITIZENS HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL TO ME.’ UNDOUBTEDLY, AFTER A LIFETIME OF DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE, AGNES RETURNED THE FAVOUR.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE REASON FOR THE DONATION OF HER FAMILY’S ARTIFACTS DURING THE 2018 INTERVIEW, DERRICK EXPLAINED, “I WAS THE EXECUTOR FOR MY AUNT’S WILL AND WHEN SHE PASSED AWAY SHE [WAS LIVING IN] MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER’S HOME. ALL THIS STUFF HAD BEEN LEFT IN THE HOUSE, SO WHEN WE WERE CLEANING IT OUT FOLLOWING HER DEATH, WE CAME ACROSS ALL THESE THINGS. WHILE I KEPT SOME AS MEMENTOS, MY SISTER AND I [DECIDED TO DONATE OTHER ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM].” PLEASE PERMANENT FILE P19950037001, FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19950038034
Acquisition Date
1995-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19672911000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
LEATHER, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
111.0
Description
POLAR BELL RIVETED TO LEATHER STRAP. "FLEUR-DE-LIS" AND SECOND FLORAL INSIGNIA ON BACK OF EACH RIVET. 2 BELLS APPEAR MISSING. BUCKLE AT ONE END.16 BELLS CONNECTED TO BELT.
Subjects
LAND TRANSPORTATION-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
TRANSPORTATION
History
REF: MONTGOMERY WARD CATALOG, 1894. SEE ATTACHED HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19672911000
Acquisition Date
1967-11
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19739367000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
BRASS, LEATHER
No. Pieces
3
Length
216.0
Description
POLAR BELLS, BUCKLE TO FORM CIRCLE. BELT HAS BROKEN INTO 2 PIECES. 10 HOLES IN LEATHER INDICATE MISSING BELLS. LEATHER IS CRACKED. 2 BELLS EXIST SEPARATE FROM BELT. 21 BELLS CONNECTED TO BELT. LEATHER BELT HAS BUCKLE STRAP DOUBLE RIVETED AT OTHER END.
Subjects
LAND TRANSPORTATION-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
TRANSPORTATION
History
REF: MONTGOMERY WARD CATALOG 1894.
Catalogue Number
P19739367000
Acquisition Date
1973-09
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
HAT MOUNT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19960040001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HAT MOUNT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
2
Description
1. 6CM (H) X 30CM (D). LIGHT IN COLOUR AND WEIGHT, NATURAL POROUS WOOD MOUNT IS DISC SHAPED. IS ROUND, TOP AND BOTTOM ARE FLAT, WITH TOP BEING SMALLER AND SLOPING TOWARDS BOTTOM ON THE SIDES. HAS TWO HOLES DRILLED THROUGH THE MIDDLE, ONE GOES ALL THE WAY THROUGH, THE OTHER HAS A WOOD PLUG IN IT. ARE TWO SEAMS PARALLEL TO EACH OTHER IN THE WOOD. SOME MARKING OF WOOD WITH TEXTILEMAKING TOOLS. WOOD IS SPLINTERED AROUND HOLES ON TOP. 2. 8.8CM (H) X 27.2CM (D). LIGHT COLOURED NATURAL WOOD IS NOT AS POROUS AS #1. SAME SHAPE EXCEPT DIFFERENCE IN DIAMETER BETWEEN TOP AND BOTTOM IS NOT AS GREAT. HAS TWO HOLES DRILLED IN TOP, AND HAS A SMALL SHALLOW HOLE IN BETWEEN. TOP HAS A GRID DRAWN ON IT. BASE HAS TWO 2.8CM (W) X 1.9CM (H) X 13.2CM (L) BOARDS NAILED ON PARALLEL TO EACH OTHER. HAS "9700" WRITTEN IN PENCIL ON BASE. WOOD IS SPLITTING UNDERNEATH, HAS NUMEROUS PIN HOLES.
Subjects
TEXTILEWORKING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
PURCHASED FROM BUSINESS IN EDMONTON WHICH WAS CLOSING OUT. USED IN THE HAT-MAKING INDUSTRY.
Catalogue Number
P19960040001
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
HAT MOUNT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P19960040002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HAT MOUNT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, PAINT
No. Pieces
5
Height
24
Length
20
Width
20
Description
HAT MOUNT IS GREENISH PAINTED WOOD IN GENERAL SHAPE OF A HEAD. TOP IS SLIGHTLY WIDER THAN BELOW. HAS NUMEROUS STEPS AND GROOVES IN WOOD WHICH ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE FRONT TO BACK. IS DIVIDED INTO 5 PIECES. HAS TWO SIDES THE SAME WHICH ARE THE ENTIRE SIDE OF THE "HEAD". ON FRONT AND BACK ARE MUCH NARROWER THAN SIDES. MIDDLE IS SQUARE ON TOP, AND ATTACHED TO THE BASE. INNER VERTICAL PIECE HAS ELONGATED PIECES OF WOOD ON EACH SIDE NAILED TO IT. THE FOUR OUTSIDE SECTIONS HAS MATCHING ELONGATED NOTCHES WHICH FIT TOGETHER WITH MIDDLE SECTION. ON THE INSIDE SIDES OF THE PIECES EACH HAS "5159B" WRITTEN ON IT WITH A BLACK MARKER, THEY ALSO HAVE THE IMPRINTS OF TYPEWRITTEN LETTERS ON IT (LOOKS LIKE NEWSPAPER PRINT). ALONG BASE AT BACK IS THE SAME NUMBER WRITTEN OUT. AT FRONT IS CARVED IN "6804 FRONT EMPIRE HAT... N.Y. 22". ALONG BASE ON EACH SIDE IS A STEEL EYE, ON ONE SIDE THIS HAS A HOOK FRONT THE BOTTOM OF THE SIDE PIECE SCREWED ON AND LOOPED THROUGH THE EYE. UNDERNEATH IS LARGE HOLLOW CIRCLE IN MIDDLE WITH FOUR SMALLER CIRCLES AROUND THEM THAT HAVE SCREWS THROUGH THEM. PAINT IS CHIPPING AND FADING. WOOD IS WORN AND CHIPPED ALONG EDGES. APPEARS HOOK ON OTHER SIDE IS BROKEN OFF. LOGO STAMPED IN BACKSIDE IS WORN AND ILLEGIBLE.
Subjects
TEXTILEWORKING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
PURCHASED FROM BUSINESS IN EDMONTON WHICH WAS CLOSING OUT. USED IN THE HAT-MAKING INDUSTRY.
Catalogue Number
P19960040002
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
HAT MOUNT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19960040003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HAT MOUNT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
No. Pieces
5
Height
19.5
Length
19
Width
23
Description
IDENTICAL TO P19960040002-GA EXCEPT IS SHORTER AND WIDER. NUMBER WRITTEN ON EVERY PIECE IN BLACK IS "4507B". ON FRONT HAS "3142 FRONT 22 EMPIRE HAT ... N.Y.". DOES NOT HAVE ANY HOOK AND EYES ON SIDES, BUT HAS STEEL PINS ON TOP OF BASE INSIDE. COLOUR IS MORE BROWN THAN GREEN. HAS NO LOGO STAMPED INTO BASE.
Subjects
TEXTILEWORKING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
PURCHASED FROM BUSINESS IN EDMONTON WHICH WAS CLOSING OUT. USED IN THE HAT-MAKING INDUSTRY.
Catalogue Number
P19960040003
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
PRINTER'S CUT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, METAL (ZINC OR LEAD)
Catalogue Number
P19900020029
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PRINTER'S CUT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD, METAL (ZINC OR LEAD)
No. Pieces
1
Height
13.9
Length
5.9
Width
2.3
Description
HARDWOOD BLOCK WITH RAISED METAL FACE IN 2 PARTS, IN REVERSE: "IT SCORES...WITH THOSE WHO APPRECIATE FINE QUALITY AND FLAVOUR" & BELOW IS COMPANY LOGO. THREE STRIPS OF PAPER TAPE ON BACK.
Subjects
PRINTING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
USED BY BREWERY AS PART OF ITS GENERAL ADVERTISING. SEE P19900020001-GA FOR LETHBRIDGE BREWERY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19900020029
Acquisition Date
1990-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
PRINTER'S CUT
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, METAL (ZINC?)
Catalogue Number
P19900020030
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PRINTER'S CUT
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
WOOD, METAL (ZINC?)
No. Pieces
1
Height
23
Length
15.3
Width
2.5
Description
HARDWOOD BLOCK WITH RAISED METAL FACE DISPLAYING TWO SOFT DRINK BOTTLES & GLASSES WITH A HOCKEY TROPHY IN THE BACKGROUND & LEGEND: "SICKS' BREWERIES LIMITED LETHBRIDGE CALGARY EDMONTON" CUT OUT PORTION ABOVE BOTTLES. REMAINS OF PAPER STUCK TO THE BACK.
Subjects
PRINTING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
USED BY BREWERY AS PART OF ITS GENERAL ADVERTISING. SEE P19900020001-GA FOR LETHBRIDGE BREWERY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19900020030
Acquisition Date
1990-05
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PRINTER'S CUT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, METAL(ZINC?), PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19900020031
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PRINTER'S CUT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD, METAL(ZINC?), PAPER
No. Pieces
2
Height
12.2
Length
34.8
Width
2.3
Description
HARDWOOD BLOCK WITH RAISED METAL FACE DISPLAYING: "LETHBRIDGE BREWERIES LIMITED" IN REVERSE. METAL IS PROBABLY ZINC. C/W CARDBOARD SLEEVE.
Subjects
PRINTING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
USED BY BREWERY AS PART OF ITS GENERAL ADVERTISING. SEE P19900020001-GA FOR LETHBRIDGE BREWERY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19900020031
Acquisition Date
1990-05
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
DYE SAMPLES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1977
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CARDBOARD, FABRIC, INK
Catalogue Number
P20160003004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DYE SAMPLES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1977
Materials
CARDBOARD, FABRIC, INK
No. Pieces
1
Length
22.6
Width
15
Description
BOOK WITH BLACK HARDCOVER. THE FRONT COVER OF THE BOOK HAS IN GOLD LETTERING “NACCO DYES” WITH A SMALL, GOLD LOGO IN THE CENTER AND “NATIONAL ANILINE & CHEMICAL CO. …” IN GOLD AT THE BOTTOM. THE SPINE OF THE BOOK HAS “NACCO DYES NO. 172” IN GOLD LETTERS. THE INSIDE COVER OF THE BOOK BEGINS WITH “NATIONAL SERVICE” WITH ADDITIONAL TEXT SUCCEEDING. THE PAGES ARE THICK, WHITE BOARD THAT ARE ATTACHED TO ONE ANOTHER WITH PAPER SEAMS. THE BOARDS FOLD OUT ACCORDIAN-STYLE INTO A HORIZONTAL LINE. THERE ARE 6 BOARDS IN TOTAL. THE FIRST FOUR BEGINNING FROM THE LEFT ARE TITLED, “NACCO UNION DYES.” EACH BOARD HAS TWO COLUMNS OF RECTANGULAR DYE SAMPLES. THERE ARE 9 ROWS ON EACH BOARD. THE TWO SAMPLES IN EACH ROW ARE THE SAME COLOUR BUT ON DIFFERENT TYPES OF FABRIC. THE 5TH BOARD IS DIVIDED INTO TWO COLUMNS. THE LEFT IS TITLED, “NACCO NEUTRAL DYES” AND THERE ARE 10 SAMPLES OF VARIOUS DYE COLOURS UNDERNEATH IT. THE RIGHT SIDE IS TITLED, “NACCO WOOL DYES.” GOOD CONDITION. THE BOARDS HAVE YELLOWED. SLIGHT SCUFFING ON THE BLACK COVER. SLIGHT BROWN STAIN ON 5TH AND 6TH BOARDS. ACCRETION ON LOWER SECTION ON THE BACKSIDE OF BOARD TO THE RIGHT OF THE TITLE PAGE (5TH BOARD).
Subjects
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
TRADES
RETAIL TRADE
History
THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN’S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IT WAS THERE WILLIAM KONKIN MARRIED ELIZABETH WISHLOW. IN 1928, THEIR DAUGHTER, ELSIE WAS BORN. THEY LATER MOVED TO A FARM IN VAUXHALL, ALBERTA. THE PRECEDING AND FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH DONOR ELSIE MORRIS, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON FEBRUARY 17, 2016. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMES FROM FAMILY HISTORIES AND TEXTS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003001. MORRIS’ FATHER SOLD DYE TO LOCALS ON THE DOUKHOBOR COLONY. MORRIS DESCRIBES THE PURPOSE OF THE DYES AND HOW HER FATHER BECAME INVOLVED: “DYEING WAS NECESSARY TO DYE THE WOOL THAT YOU SPUN AND SOMETIMES YOU COULDN’T GET THE NECESSARY DYES IN THE STORE, SO I DON’T KNOW WHERE MY DAD GOT THOSE. THEY MIGHT HAVE SENT HIM SOME OR WHAT AND THEN HE WOULD CHOOSE THE COLOURS THEY WANTED AND HE WOULD ORDER THEM. NOW IT SO HAPPENS THAT THE PEOPLE IN THE COLONY ALL WANTED THESE PARTICULAR DYES BECAUSE THEY WERE BETTER THAN THE KIND THEY GOT IN THE STORE. I DON’T KNOW WHY. SO MY DAD BUILT A SCALE AND I REMEMBER THIS SCALE. IT STOOD ON THE TABLE, IT HAD A CENTRAL PART, THEN THERE WAS A ROD GOING ACROSS AND IT CAME DOWN LIKE THIS AND THREE NAILS ON ONE SIDE BROUGHT IT DOWN AND WHEN YOU WANTED TO SELL THE DYE YOU PUT A PIECE OF PAPER DOWN, PUT IN A SPOONFUL UNTIL WE BALANCED [IT] AND THEN YOU GOT AN EVEN BALANCE AND THAT AMOUNT CAME TO TEN CENTS. IF WANTED LESS THEN YOU PUT TWO NAILS DOWN AND THOSE CAME TO FIVE CENTS SO… I SUPPOSE [HE SOLD THE DYE] BECAUSE HE WANTED TO MAKE SOME MONEY. HE SOLD VEGETABLES IN THE WINTERTIME TO THE LOCALS WHO DIDN’T GROW GARDENS. IN SUMMERTIME IF HE COULD GET A JOB HARVESTING WORKING SOMEWHERE ON FARMS HE DID THAT. [HE WAS] THE MIDDLE MAN [SELLING DYES]… [A]ND NOBODY TOLD ANYONE THE STOREKEEPERS THAT OR HE’D HAVE PROBABLY BEEN TOLD TO STOP IT.” PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, OBITUARIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND FAMILY HISTORIES.
Catalogue Number
P20160003004
Acquisition Date
2016-02
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
GINGERBEER
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STONEWARE
Catalogue Number
P19640953000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GINGERBEER
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
STONEWARE
No. Pieces
1
Height
18.4
Diameter
17.8
Description
5.7 CM DIA. (BASE). "YE OLD COUNTRY STONE GINGERBEER FELIX DISTRIBUTORS LTD., VANCOUVER, B.C.10-07". FINE HAIRLINE CRACK ON TOP. CLEAR AND TAN GLAZE. LONG NECK, BEIGE, AND LIGHT BROWN.
Subjects
CONTAINER
FOOD SERVICE T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
"10-07" ON LABEL MAY INDICATE A DATE OF BOTTLING.
Catalogue Number
P19640953000
Acquisition Date
1964-04
Collection
Museum
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