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Other Name
PLASTIC BAG RUG
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20010079003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PLASTIC BAG RUG
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Materials
PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.7
Length
73.4
Width
43.0
Description
A SMALL, MULTICOLORED (RED, WHITE, BLUE, ORANGE ARE MOST FREQUENTLY SEEN) RUG THAT IS MADE OUT OF PLASTIC BAGS WOVEN TOGETHER. THE DESIGN IS ONE OF REPEATING OVALS.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
DECORATIVE ARTS
History
MADE BY THE GRANDMOTHER OF THE DONOR, MRS. MYRTLE TIDBALL WHO HOMESTEADED AND LIVED NEAR CARSTAIRS. OFTEN REUSED PLASTIC BAGS IN THIS WAY.
Catalogue Number
P20010079003
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
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
Less detail
Other Name
STAR OF DAVID, ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CAST IRON, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P20130024002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STAR OF DAVID, ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE
Date
1956
Materials
CAST IRON, PAINT
No. Pieces
1
Height
8
Length
78
Width
91
Description
SIX STRIPS OF STEEL WELDED INTO SYMMETRICAL STAR SHAPE, PAINTED BLUE. FOUR STEEL TABS ON BACK ATTACHED AT RIGHT ANGLES TO THE LARGER STRUCTURE. MINOR SCRATCHES AND AREAS OF PAINT LOSS, WHERE RED BASECOAT IS VISIBLE.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
ON MAY 14, 2014 COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, GARRY KOHN, ABOUT HIS ROLE IN LETHBRIDGE’S JEWISH COMMUNITY SINCE 1968 AND THE DONATION OF TWO RELATED ARTIFACTS, A STAR OF DAVID THAT WAS INSTALLED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE BUILDING (P20130024002-GA) AND A HANDMADE REPRODUCTION OF THE TABLETS OF THE COVENANT (P20130024001-GA). REGARDING THIS ARTIFACT, KOHN SAID “[IT] WAS DECIDED WHEN THEY TOOK OVER THE BUILDING, THAT IF IT WAS GOING TO BE FERRARI WESTWOOD ARCHITECTS, THE STAR OF DAVID WASN’T AN APPROPRIATE THING TO HAVE ON THE MAIN COLUMN OR TOWER OF THE BUILDING… AT FIRST WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT. WE WERE THERE, THEY HAD A CRANE UP AND TO HAVE TO CUT IT OFF BECAUSE IT WAS STEEL BARS RIGHT INTO THE BRICK OF THE BUILDING. THEY TOOK IT DOWN AND PUT IT IN THE YARD AND ONE OF THE OTHER – THAT NIGHT, IT DIDN’T GET PUT INSIDE THE BUILDING – ONE OF THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CAME BY AND SAW IT LAYING IN THE FRONT YARD BECAUSE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO BACK INSIDE OF THE BUILDING AND HE SAW IT THERE AND THOUGHT, “THAT’S NOT RIGHT”, AND SO HE TOOK IT HOME. AND THEN WE CAME BACK THE NEXT DAY, LOOKING FOR IT AND IT WAS GONE AND SO MINOR PANIC THEN. BUT THEN HE CAME AND SAID “NO, I’VE GOT IT”, AND HE BROUGHT IT BACK TO ME AND I BROUGHT IT DOWN HERE BECAUSE I DIDN’T WANT IT LOST. THE STAR OF DAVID IS NOT A JUDAIC RITUAL SYMBOL IN ACTUAL FACT, BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE THAT TYPE OF THING. IT’S NOT THE SAME AS THE CRUCIFIX IS TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, BUT IT IS A SYMBOL OF JUDAISM. MORE TO THE POINT, IT BECAME THAT SYMBOL MORE SO EVEN IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN HITLER MADE ALL THE JEWS WEAR THE STAR FOR IDENTIFICATION. THAT’S WHERE IT’S IMPORTANT… THE FIRST THING WE THOUGHT OF WAS THE GALT MUSEUM… IT WOULD HAVE TO GO SOMEWHERE. WHAT’S THE POINT OF KEEPING IT IF IT’S GOING TO BE HIDDEN IN THE BASEMENT SOMEWHERE?” REGARDING LETHBRIDGE'S JEWISH COMMUNITY KOHN SAID, “I AM CURRENTLY THE PRESIDENT OF THE LETHBRIDGE HEBREW CONGREGATION, AND PROBABLY THE RELIGIOUS CHAIRMAN, THE SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE A RABBI AND I’M WELL ENOUGH VERSED TO CONDUCT SERVICES AND LEAD THE COMMUNITY ALONG WITH THE HELP OF ONE OTHER PERSON, MR. JOEL BERMACK… I’M NOT A RABBI BUT RABBI MEANS TEACHER AND LEADER OF THE SERVICES, THE RELIGIOUS SERVICES, AND THAT’S BASICALLY WHAT I DO. BEING PRESIDENT AND LEADER OF A SMALL CONGREGATION THAT NUMBERS MAYBE TEN FAMILIES NOW, AT THE MOST… IT’S AN AGING COMMUNITY; WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE DYING OR PASSING AWAY. I CONDUCT THE FUNERAL SERVICES, MAYBE ONE OR TWO A YEAR. IN THE LAST TEN YEARS, I WOULD SAY, I’VE CONDUCTED FIFTEEN BURIALS. IT’S A DWINDLING COMMUNITY… WE DON’T HAVE MUCH LEFT OF A COMMUNITY IF YOU COMPARED IT TO THE CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS AND THE PEOPLE WHO WERE HERE IN 1956 WHEN THE SYNAGOGUE WAS DEDICATED AND AFTER IT WAS BUILT. IT’S THE VERY SHADOW OF ITSELF, OF A VERY VIBRANT COMMUNITY THAT WAS IN LETHBRIDGE, WITH PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS WALKS OF LIFE, A LOT OF THEM BUSINESS PEOPLE, AND MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE CORE… IT WAS SUCH A TIGHT COMMUNITY AND SO WELL KNOWN THAT NOBODY DATED EACH OTHER; THEY JUST DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN THE YOUTH GROUPS AND THAT TYPE OF THING. AND FOR AS MANY PEOPLE AS THERE WERE, AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND THAT, THEY HEADED OUT AND FOUND PARTNERS ELSEWHERE… WHEN WE HAVE TO HAVE A RELIGIOUS SERVICE IN THE JEWISH FAITH, YOU HAVE TO HAVE TEN PEOPLE THERE, TEN MEN THEY SAY. THE CONSERVATIVE AND ORTHODOX BEND THAT TO INCLUDE WOMEN. IF YOU WANT TO SAY THE MEMORIAL PRAYER FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF A PARENT, CALLED THE KADDISH, YOU HAVE TO HAVE TEN PEOPLE. IT’S REALLY TOUGH TO GET TEN PEOPLE ON ANY GIVEN DAY TO COME. ON THE HOLIEST DAY OF THE YEAR, YOM KIPPUR, THE DAY OF ATONEMENT, LAST YEAR WE HAD FIFTEEN PEOPLE. AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE THEM; YOU HAVE TO KEEP THAT QUORUM FOR THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE SERVICE, WHICH IS A MORNING SERVICE FROM NINE TILL TWELVE THIRTY OR TO ONE O’CLOCK. AND A LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING SERVICE WHICH IS ANOTHER THREE HOURS. IT’S TOUGH TO KEEP PEOPLE WHO AREN’T OVERLY OBSERVANT IN THEIR FAITH, TO TIE THEM DOWN FOR THAT LENGTH OF TIME. AND YET IT’S THE OLD STORY, WHEN YOUR BACK’S AGAINST THE WALL, IF SOMEBODY EVER SAID ANYTHING OR MADE DEROGATORY COMMENTS, THEY WOULD COME, THEY WOULD BE AT THE FOREFRONT FOR DEFENSE. SO I AM INTENSELY PROUD OF MY HERITAGE. I THINK YOU’VE PROVED THAT ONE OUT, BUT WE DON’T GO OUT AND PREACH IT. IT’S NOT ALLOWED IN OUR FAITH… WHEN I CAME IN ’68, EVEN SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE HERE IN ’56 HAD PASSED ON, AND SO I DIDN’T KNOW SOME OF THEM BUT IT WAS A PRETTY VIBRANT COMMUNITY. WHEN WE HELD OUR SERVICES WE HAD A RABBI IN THOSE DAYS AND SERVICES WERE HELD FOR FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING SERVICES. WE HAD SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR THE CHILDREN IN THOSE DAYS, AND THAT WAS BEFORE WE’D HAD OUR CHILDREN. BY THE TIME WE HAD OUR CHILD IN 1974, THERE WAS NO LONGER A RABBI HERE, RABBI KALMAR BEING THE LAST ONE, WHO MOVED ON TO CALGARY. HE WAS SOMEWHAT OF A CHALLENGE FOR THE COMMUNITY HIMSELF, AND DIDN’T QUITE FIT THE BILL HERE, AND SO AT THAT POINT THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH OF A COMMUNITY TO ATTRACT A FULLTIME RABBI… SO FOR THE HOLY DAYS, THE HIGH HOLY DAYS, WE WOULD IMPORT A TEACHER OR AN EDUCATED PERSON OR SOMEBODY WHO COULD LEAD THE SERVICES, THAT WAS FULLY FAMILIAR, FROM CALGARY OR VANCOUVER TO WOULD COME IN FOR ROSH HASHANAH, THE NEW YEAR, OR YOM KIPPUR, THE DAY OF ATONEMENT, TEN DAYS LATER, AND LEAD THE SERVICES FOR THE CONGREGATION THERE. FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR, WE HAD ENOUGH PEOPLE WERE STILL CONVERSANT WITH THE RITUALS, THE PRACTICES, THE HEBREW, THE LITURGY, WHO COULD LEAD THE SERVICES BETTER THAN I CAN – SOME OF THE OLDER PEOPLE. SO WE JUST DID OUR OWN THING, AND WE DID IT… THIS NUMBER OF FAMILIES, CONSIDERING WHAT HAD BEEN DONE, FOR THE NUMBER OF FAMILIES WE HAD, WAS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE IN TERMS OF COMMITMENT TO THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY AND INTEGRATION INTO IT. THE LETHBRIDGE JEWISH COMMUNITY DID NOT SECULARIZE ITSELF OR INSULATE ITSELF. WE TRIED TO BE ACTIVE IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE SOCIAL LIFE, THE FABRIC OF THE COMMUNITY… I WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL BOARD MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA ART GALLERY. I AND SEVERAL OTHER PEOPLE WERE MEMBERS OF THE KIWANIS CLUB. I CHAIRED THE MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR FIVE YEARS… THE OTHERS, MORE SO JUST IN BUSINESS AND BEING GOOD CORPORATE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, I WOULD SAY THAT… WE RAISE MONEY, AND AT FIRST HALF THE MONEY WAS KEPT TO SUPPORT AND SUBSIDIZE THE SYNAGOGUE BECAUSE OUR DUES COULDN’T DO THAT, AND THE OTHER HALF WAS GIVEN AWAY INTO THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY. SO FOR YEARS… WE HAVE SUPPORTED, WE HAVE DONE THINGS LIKE UH, FURNISHED ROOMS AT ST. MICHAEL’S; AT THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL OVER THE YEARS. WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OUR COMMUNITY AT ALL THE HIGH SCHOOLS INCLUDING THE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS. WE HAVE SUPPORTED A NUMBER OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN TOWN – THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, THE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, TO THE TUNE OF WELL IN EXCESS OF $5000 TO $7000 A YEAR. NOW THAT WE DON’T HAVE A SYNAGOGUE, ALL OF IT IS GOING TO IT, FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS WE’VE GIVEN $5000 AND $6000 STRAIGHT OUT TO THE KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL FOUNDATION… THE MONEY THAT WE RAISE GOES TO THAT, SO THAT’S PART OF THE CORPORATE CITIZENRY THAT WE TRY TO MAINTAIN. WE’VE MADE OUR LIVINGS HERE; THIS IS HOW WE CAN GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY… [A FEW YEARS AGO] WE REALIZED HOW THE COMMUNITY WAS GETTING SMALLER AND SMALLER. THE COST OF KEEPING UP A BUILDING, ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NO TAXES TO PAY BECAUSE CHURCHES ARE EXEMPT FROM PROPERTY TAXES, THE MAINTENANCE ON A BUILDING AND HEATING IT IN WINTER TIME, WHETHER IT WAS USED OR NOT - OF 6700 SQUARE FEET - IT WAS PRETTY OLD, AND AS THE POPULATION WAS DWINDLING, HOW MUCH CAN YOU ASK PEOPLE TO GIVE TO SUPPORT SOMETHING THAT ONLY GETS USED A HALF DOZEN DAYS OF THE YEAR?... SO WE HAD A MEETING AND DECIDED THAT WE SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AND SEE WHAT WE COULD DO, IF WE COULD SELL THE BUILDING. THE IDEA WAS TO TRY AND GET A PLAN, A SUCCESSION PLAN, THAT, IF WE DID SELL IT, THEN WHAT WOULD WE DO? WE STILL WANTED A PLACE TO GATHER. WE DIDN’T WANT TO RENT A ROOM RANDOMLY IN A MALL OR A STRUCTURE OF SOME SORT, AND IT WAS ONLY THROUGH – WE PUT A SIGN IN THE WINDOW THAT IT WAS FOR SALE AND WE HAD ONE OR TWO PEOPLE CALL AND SAY THAT THEY MIGHT BE INTERESTED, BUT NOTHING THAT REALLY CAME TO FRUITION. IT WAS GOING TO BE AN EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION FOR EVERYBODY, BECAUSE WE HAD THE BUILDING APPRAISED, AND IT WAS WORTH A FAIR CHUNK OF COIN. BUT IT WAS GOING TO NEED SOME UPGRADING AND THAT TYPE OF THING. WELL, IN A CASUAL CONVERSATION OVER LUNCH AND CHATTING WITH ART FERRARI AND DAN WESTWOOD, MORE ART FERRARI, WHO WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF LES CALMAN AND MYSELF AND DAN SHAPIRO, HE SAID, “YOU KNOW, YOUR PREDECESSORS DESIGNED THIS BUILDING. YOU’RE IN A PRETTY SMALL SPACE ON 13TH STREET NORTH AND YOU’RE GROWING AND YOU’RE VERY BUSY, WHY DON’T YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THIS?” AND WE HAD A COUPLE OF LUNCHEONS AND IT JUST FELL, IT CAME TOGETHER. AND ART HAD WORKED FOR A JEWISH FAMILY WHEN HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. HE’D WORKED FOR THE SCHECTORS AT HERB’S WESTERN WEAR AND HE HAD A LOVE FOR SOME OF THE PEOPLE HERE AND A RESPECT FOR THEM; LET’S PUT IT THAT WAY. AND HE SAID, “I’LL TELL YOU WHAT.” I SAID, “WE COULD LEASE YOU THE BUILDING AND KEEP THE SMALL SANCTUARY AND YOU COULD DO THE RENOVATION ON THE REST, AND HE SAID, “NO”, HE SAID, “HOW ABOUT WE BUY THE BUILDING FOR A MUTUALLY AGREED UPON APPRAISED PRICE, MINUS EXPENSES THAT WOULD BE ENCUMBERED WITH IT, THE SOIL TESTING AND THAT TYPE OF THING THAT HAS TO BE DONE”, HE SAYS, “AND WE’LL LEASE YOU BACK THE CHAPEL AS PART OF THE CONSIDERATION AGAINST THE ASKING PRICE. WE’LL LEASE IT TO YOU FOR NOTHING, FOR A DOLLAR, FOR TEN YEARS.”… AND THAT JUST FELL TOGETHER, SO WE DID A MINOR RENOVATION, REDECORATING AND REPAINTING AND FIX-UP OF THE SMALL CHAPEL, WHICH IS 600 SQ. FT. AND IT’S GOT A SMALL OFFICE, A 10 X 10 ROOM, IF THAT - 8 X 10? AND THEY TOOK OVER THE REST OF THE BUILDING [IN 2010]… IT’S BEEN A WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP… THERE IS A JEWISH PRESENCE IN LETHBRIDGE STILL, EVEN THOUGH VERY MINUTE, AND WE TRY AND INVOLVE OURSELVES IN OTHER AREAS OF THE COMMUNITY TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE WANT TO BE GOOD CITIZENS AND PART OF THE CULTURAL FABRIC OF THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY… “ SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, AND HARDCOPIES OF THE PROGRAM FROM THE 1956 DEDICATION SERVICE OF THE BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE AND THE BOOK ‘LAND OF PROMISE; THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA’.
Catalogue Number
P20130024002
Acquisition Date
2013-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20070023004
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, BRASS
No. Pieces
2
Height
202.0
Length
75.8
Width
31.5
Description
SET OF TWO WOODEN DOORS, BOTH PAINTED GREY-PURPLE WITH SMALL WINDOW, METAL DOOR CLOSURE DEVICE MOUNTED AT TOP, HANDLES ON ONE SIDE WITH STEEL PLATES ON REVERSE, STEEL PLATES ALONG BOTTOM WIDTH OF DOORS, AND THREE BRASS HINGES ALONG SIDES. ONE DOOR WITH "J" SHAPED PIECE OF METAL HANGING FROM HANDLE. 2 PIECES, IDENTICAL SIZE.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
DOOR SET IS ONE OF TWO ENTRANCE DOOR SETS TO PARAMOUNT THEATRE CINEMA ONE. DOOR SET WAS REMOVED FROM THEATRE AFTER ITS CLOSURE IN 2007. ACCORDING TO JOEY SHACKLEFORD (GRANDSON OF A.W. SHACKLEFORD) IN 2010, THE PANE OF GLASS ON THE DOOR ALLOWED MANAGEMENT TO SEE WHEN THE LIGHTS WERE COMING ON. THIS FACILITATED THE PROCESS OF SWITCHING FROM THE EARLY VIEWING TO THE LATE VIEWING. THE LOBBY WOULD BE ROPED OFF AND THE PATRONS WOULD EXIT OUT THE SIDE DOOR. NEW PATRONS WOULD WAIT IN THE LOBBY UNTIL THE ROPES WERE TAKEN DOWN BEFORE ENTERING THE THEATRE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20070023001 AND PERMANENT RECORD. *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
P20070023004
Acquisition Date
2008-08
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
PROJECTIONIST DOOR
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20070023002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PROJECTIONIST DOOR
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
216.5
Length
91.0
Width
28.0
Description
STEEL DOOR, ONE SIDE PAINTED GREY-GREEN WITH BLACK SEMI-CIRCLE SURROUNDING METAL PUSH-PLATE AND KEYHOLE. BLACK METAL PROTECTIVE PLATE ALONG BOTTOM LENGTH OF DOOR. OTHER SIDE PAINTED WHITE, HAS METAL C-SHAPED HANDLE AND METAL DOOR CLOSURE DEVICE MOUNTED AT TOP. SIDE OF DOOR WITH DOOR LOCKING MECHANISM LABELLED, "SCHLAGE."
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
THE DOOR WAS REMOVED FROM THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE IN 2007. ACCORDING TO JOEY SHACKLEFORD (GRANDSON OF A.W. SHACKLEFORD) IN 2010, THE DOOR WAS FROM THE PROJECTION BOOTH. THE BOOTH WAS NEAR A PRIVATE VIEWING AREA ON THE UPPER FLOOR OF THE THEATRE. THE DOOR HAD A HALF CIRCLE WINDOW. HARRY BOYSE, AND RICHARD FURUKAWA WERE TWO OF THE PROJECTIONISTS AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE. WHILE SHACKLEFORD SAID MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY WORKED ALMOST EVERY POSITION IN THE THEATRE THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THEIR LIVES, THE PROJECTIONIST JOB WAS THE “ONLY THING WE NEVER DID BECAUSE IT WAS A UNION POSITION. YOU HAD TO WRITE EXAMS AND PUT IN A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF HOURS BEFORE YOU WERE QUALIFIED.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20070023001 AND PERMANENT RECORD. *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
P20070023002
Acquisition Date
2008-08
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
PARAMOUNT THEATRE SALVAGE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20070023001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PARAMOUNT THEATRE SALVAGE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Materials
CLOTH
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.6
Length
146.5
Width
91.2
Description
SWATCH OF CARPET, RED BACKGROUND WITH FILIGREE PATTERN IN BLACK, GREEN, OCHRE, AND TAN COLOURS. SEAM ALONG LENGTH OF CARPET. CARPET HEAVILY WORN IN TWO PLACES. LOOSE THREADS AROUND EDGES AND STAINED THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
SWATCH OF CARPET REMOVED FROM STAIRWELL OF PARAMOUNT THEATRE AFTER ITS CLOSURE IN 2007. CARPET APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ORIGINAL TO THE BUILDING (SEE 19752201444 AND 19752201445 IN ARCHIVES FOR EARLY IMAGES OF THEATRE. PHOTOS TAKEN AT GRAND OPENING OF THEATRE). THE SAME PATTERN REMAINED IN USE IN THE THEATRE'S LOBBY UNTIL AT LEAST 1968 (SEE199110764140 IN ARCHIVES). NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH JOEY SHACKLEFORD (GRANDSON OF A.W. SHACKLEFORD) IN 2010 AND HE SAID THE RUG SAW A LOT OF TRAFFIC. THE SEAMS WOULD FALL APART AND GET FIXED UNTIL THEY COULDN'T BE FIXED ANYMORE. WHEN NEW CARPETS WERE PURCHASED THEY TRIED TO PICK OUT DARK PATTERNS THAT WERE SIMILAR TO THE OLD ONES. THEY WANTED THE RUGS TO WEAR WELL. ACCORDING TO SHACKLEFORD, THE LOBBY, BACK OF THE THEATRES AND AISLES WOULD HAVE BEEN CARPETED. IN JANUARY OF 1946, MAJESTIC THEATRES, OWNED BY A. W. SHACKLEFORD AND FAMOUS PLAYERS, PURCHASED A SITE AT THE CORNER OF EIGHTH STREET AND FOURTH AVENUE FOR THE FUTURE PARAMOUNT THEATRE. THE 950-SEAT PARAMOUNT THEATRE COST $250,000 TO CONSTRUCT AND OPENED ITS DOORS ON OCTOBER 9, 1950. DURING IT’S 61 YEAR HISTORY (IT CLOSED IN 2007), SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT AND THE SOUND OF MUSIC WERE THE TWO OF THE TOP SHOWS, GRACING SCREENS FOR 13 AND 11 WEEKS, RESPECTIVELY. EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVELY, IN 1997 AND 1998 "THE TITANIC" RAN FOP 24 WEEKS. ROBERT SHACKLEFORD, CAPITOL’S HOUSE MANAGER AND A. W. SHACKLEFORD’S YOUNGEST SON, SAID, “THE PARAMOUNT BECAME A LANDMARK IN THIS CITY… IT WAS CONSIDERED THE FINEST THEATRE OF ITS TIME, NOT JUST IN LETHBRIDGE, BUT ANYWHERE.” IN ADDITION TO THE THEATRE, THREE OTHER BUSINESSES WERE HOUSED IN THE PARAMOUNT’S BUILDING, ALL OPENING OCTOBER 4TH, 1950: DON’S FLOWER AND GIFT SHOP, MARGOT’S LADIES WEAR, AND BROWN’S MUSIC SUPPLIES. THE PARAMOUNT DINER OPENED ITS DOORS ON OCTOBER 9, 1950, AND CLOSED IN 2005. DOUGLAS SHACKLEFORD, A. W. SHACKLEFORD’S ELDEST SON, MANAGED PARAMOUNT THEATRE FOR ITS FIRST YEAR, WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE NEW PARAMOUNT THEATRE, DOUGLAS SHACKLEFORD RESPONDED, “[IT’S] THE BEST IN THE WEST.” IN 1951, THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE RECEIVED THE LARGE MERIT AWARD, THE HIGHEST HONOUR AWARDED BY THE MOTION PICTURE THEATRE INDUSTRY. AN ACCOMPANYING PLAQUE STATED, “SELECTED BY THE SKILLED TECHNICAL EDITORS OF EXHIBITOR AND THEATRE CATALOG TO RECEIVE THE “LARGE MERIT AWARD” INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION AS ONE OF THE MOST MODERN AND WELL APPOINTED OF ALL CURRENT THEATRES IN 1951.” THE THEATRE BOASTED STATE-OF-THE-ART SOUND AND PROJECTOR EQUIPMENT. THE PROJECTORS WERE THE FIRST OF THEIR KIND TO BE INSTALLED IN WESTERN CANADA. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN OCT 1950, HARRY BOYSE, HEAD PROJECTIONIST, SAID, “THE PARAMOUNT’S PROJECTION SUITE IS ULTRA MODERN. IT IS EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST PROJECTORS AND HAS SOUND EQUIPMENT THAT LEAVES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO BE DESIRED.” ANOTHER MODERN FEATURE OF THE THEATRE WAS THE ONE-WAY GLASS LOCATED BETWEEN THE MANAGER’S OFFICE AND THE AUDITORIUM AND FOYER. MANY DESIGN FEATURES OF THE PARAMOUNT STRESSED COMFORT. KROEHLER SLIDE-BACK CUSHIONED SEATS ALLOWED FOR CUSTOMERS TO REMAIN SEATED WHILE ALLOWING OTHERS TO PASS. LIGHTING SYSTEMS WERE DESIGNED TO GRADUALLY DECREASE AND INCREASE IN BRIGHTNESS SO THAT CUSTOMERS COULD ACCLIMATIZE. ADDITIONAL COMFORTS INCLUDE A WAITING LOUNGE, A WATER FOUNTAIN GUARANTEEING COLD WATER, A PRIVATE VIEWING ROOM FOR THOSE ON CALL, PRIVATE PARTIES, OR SMALL CHILDREN, AND A HEATING SYSTEM THAT EVENLY DISTRIBUTED HEAT. THROUGHOUT ITS OPERATIONS THE PARAMOUNT CINEMA UNDERWENT MANY RENOVATIONS AND FREQUENTLY UPDATED ITS TECHNOLOGY TO MEET MODERN STANDARDS. IN 1968, PARAMOUNT THEATRES ADDED A SECOND THEATRE, WHICH HELD 580 SEATS, MAKING IT THE FIRST MULTI-SCREEN THEATRE COMPLEX IN LETHBRIDGE. HENCEFORTH, IT WAS KNOWN AS PARAMOUNT CINEMA. IN 1985, SEAT WIDTH AND LEG ROOM WAS INCREASED, AND THE “CADILLAC” OF THEATRE SEATS WERE INSTALLED. IN 1988, 18 SURROUND SPEAKERS AND A DOLBY STEREO AMPLIFIER SYSTEM WERE INSTALLED. AT SOME POINT, THE PARAMOUNT RECEIVED A NEW CINEMASCOPE SCREEN. ACCORDING TO ROBERT SHACKLEFORD, THE GENERAL MANAGER OF LETHBRIDGE THEATRES LTD., “YOU RENOVATE OR STAGNATE… THAT’S BEEN MY POLICY ALL MY LIFE.” IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING ENTERTAINMENT, PARAMOUNT THEATRE SERVED THE COMMUNITY BY ALLOWING VARIOUS EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE INSIDE. IN JANUARY OF 1953, THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH BURNED DOWN, AND SUNDAY SERVICES WERE HELD AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE UNTIL A NEW CHURCH WAS BUILT. THE ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING HELD ITS GRADUATION CEREMONIES AT THE THEATRE DURING THE 1960S. THE PARAMOUNT HOSTED MANY CONCERTS, INCLUDING THE LETHBRIDGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL. AFTER UPDATING SCREEN TECHNOLOGY TO CINEMASCOPE, THE FRONT THREE ROWS WERE REMOVED. SHACKLEFORD SAID, “THAT’S WHEN WE DECIDED THE FRONT ROWS WERE TOO CLOSE FOR THE GIANT SCREEN AND WE EXPANDED THE STAGE TO ACCOMMODATE THE SYMPHONY…” IN 1978, THE SHACKLEFORD FAMILY ALONG WITH PARAMOUNT CINEMA HOSTED A WEEKEND-LONG EVENT TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF FILM. THEY SCREENED OLD CLASSIC FILMS, AND OFFERED TICKETS, POPCORN, ICE CREAM AND DRINKS FOR $0.50 AND $0.10, RESPECTIVELY, REFLECTIVE OF 1928 PRICES. FAMOUS PLAYERS BOUGHT OUT THE SHACKLEFORD FAMILY AROUND 1990. IN THE FOLLOWING YEARS, THE PUBLIC COMPLAINED ABOUT DETERIORATING CONDITIONS OF THE THEATRE. SUCH COMPLAINTS WERE IGNORED BY FAMOUS PLAYERS. A LETTER IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN OCT 2004 ENCOURAGED THE PUBLIC TO WRITE TO THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS TO VOICE THEIR DISAPPROVAL FOR THE STATE OF THE PARAMOUNT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE PERMANENT RECORD, DVD WALKTHROUGH AFTER CLOSURE AND ARCHIVES 19752201444, 19752201445, 199110764140. *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.
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P20070023001
Acquisition Date
2008-08
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