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Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTER, GOLD LEAF
Catalogue Number
P19990062001
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
PLASTER, GOLD LEAF
No. Pieces
1
Height
7.1
Length
32.0
Diameter
25.5 (ROSETTE ONLY)
Description
ROUND, PLASTER ROSETTE. HAS A RAISED CENTER, WITH 'PETALS' THAT CURVE INWARD. AROUND CENTRE ARE SIXTEEN PETALS, WITH SMALLER PETALS IN BETWEEN THESE. THE ROSETTE IS PAINTED WITH BROWN LACQUER; ENDS OF PETALS ARE COVERED WITH GOLD LEAF. ROSETTE HAS THREE EXTENSIONS, WITH GOLD DECORATIVE DESIGNS ON THEM. THERE IS A HINT OF PURPLE BEYOND TWO OF THESE EXTENSIONS. EDGES OF PLASTER ARE VERY ROUGH. STRAW STICKS OUT FROM EDGES OF PLASTER. ROSETTE HAS SOME MAJOR CHIPS AND CRACKS IN IT. ROSETTE IS STAMPED ON BOTTOM WITH "[?]-159". IS IN VERY DELICATE CONDITION; VERY BRITTLE.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
LEISURE
History
ROSETTE FROM THE CEILING OF THE CAPITOL THEATRE. ROSETTE IS MADE OF PLASTER OF PARIS, COVERED WITH GENUINE IMPORTED GOLD LEAF. IT WAS REMOVED PRIOR TO THE THEATRE'S DEMOLITION IN 1973. DONOR IS A.W. SHACKLEFORD'S SON. SEE HARDCOPY FOR MORE INFORMATION. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING A PORTRAIT OF ALFRED WILLIAM SHACKLEFORD (P20060025001-GA), OWNER OF THE SHACKLEFORD THEATRES. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF MAYOR SHACKLEFORD WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE AND A LETHBRIDGE HERALD TRIBUTE ARTICLE FROM MAY 31, 1992. A.W. SHACKLEFORD WAS BORN IN ESSEX, ENGLAND IN 1899 AND CAME TO CALGARY WITH HIS PARENTS IN 1909. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL HE TRAINED AS A DRAFTSMAN BUT WAS EMPLOYED BY THE FILM EXCHANGE AND FOX FILMS. IN 1921 HE WAS HIRED TO MANAGED THE KING'S THEATRE IN LETHBRIDGE AND BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH MARK ROGERS, A LETHBRIDGE BUSINESSMAN WHO OWNED THREE LOCAL MOVIE THEATRES. SHACKLEFORD ALSO BECAME PARTNER IN THE AMUSEMENT COMPANY THAT OPENED THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILLION IN 1924. BY 1925 HE WAS PART-OWNER OF THE FORMER EMPRESS THEATRE ON 5TH AVENUE SOUTH, RENAMING IT THE ROXY. HE THEN TEAMED UP WITH THE FAMOUS PLAYERS COMPANY TO REMODEL THE FORMER PALACE THEATRE AND RENAME IT THE CAPITOL. SHACKLEFORD ALSO OPENED THE THEATRE IN THE FORMER COLLEGE MALL, BUILT THE 960-SEAT PARAMOUNT THEATRE ON 4TH AVENUE SOUTH, AND TOOK OVER OPERATION OF THE DIRVE-IN THEATRE AT THE SOUTH CITY LIMITS. SHACKLEFORD WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN CIVIC LIFE, ACTIVE IN GROUPS INCLUDING THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE GYRO CLUB, UNITED WAY, LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT EXHIBITION BOARD, BOARD OF TRADE, ST. AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH, AND THE ALBERTA THEATRE OPERATORS ASSOCIATION. HE AND HIS WIFE ADA HAD TWO SONS, ROBERT AND DOUGLAS. AFTER SEVERAL TERMS AS ALDERMAN STARTING IN 1939, SHACKLEFORD FIRST SERVED AS MAYOR FROM 1944 - 1947, AND FOR TWO MORE TERMS FROM 1952 - 1955 AND 1957 - 1961. HE WORKED FOR 68 YEARS IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS, RETIRING AT AGE 90. W.A. SHACKLEFORD DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 30, 1992. SEE PERMANENT FILE P20060025001 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P19990062001
Acquisition Date
1999-11
Collection
Museum
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