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Other Name
LEATHER GAUNTLETS
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19970016000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LEATHER GAUNTLETS
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
LEATHER
No. Pieces
2
Length
35.4
Width
26.3
Description
PAIR OF TAN LEATHER GAUNTLETS WITH COLORFUL GLASS BEADS IN FLOWER PATTERN ON TOP SUFACE, LEATHER TASSELS ON UPPER HALF OF OUTER EDGE, AND LINED WITH DEEP PURPLE COTTON FABRIC. OTHER EDGES HAVE SCALLOPED LEATHER EDGES. LEFT GLOVE IS TORN AT THE BASE OF THE THUMB, HAS BLACK MARKS ON TOP OF MIDDLE AND PINKY FINGER, AND BOTTOM OF GLOVE IS SLIGHTLY SOILED. RIGHT HAND IS ALSO COMING APART AT BASE OF THUMB, BASE OF TASSELS ARE COMING APART FROM BODY OF GLOVE, AND HAS BLACK MARKS ACROSS INSIDE WRIST AND ON TIP OF PINKY FINGER.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ETHNOGRAPHIC
DECORATIVE ARTS
History
ITEMS WERE GIVEN TO JOHN SIMPSON'S GRANDFATHER, ALEXANDER MULLIGAN, BY A NATIVE GENTLEMAN. ACCORDING TO DONOR IT IS NOT KNOWN WHEN HE EXACTLY RECEIVED THE GAUNTLETS, BUT HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE VIADUCT BRIDGE IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1908-09, AND MAY HAVE RECEIVED THEM AT THIS TIME. DONORS HAVE HAD GAUNTLETS FOR TWENTY YEARS, WHILE LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE.
Catalogue Number
P19970016000
Acquisition Date
1997-02
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
SELTZER
Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1915
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, NICKEL PLATED STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19651656000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SELTZER
Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1915
Materials
GLASS, NICKEL PLATED STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
30.2
Diameter
9.2
Description
LETHBRIDGE BREWING CO. LTD. ON NECK. "THE LETHBRIDGE BREWING AND MALTING CO. LTD. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. HIGH CLASS CARBONATED WATER. BRITISH SYPHON CO. LONDON" PAINTED ON FRONT. NICKEL PLATE TOP. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
FOOD SERVICE T&E
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
MADE IN ENGLAND FOR LETHBRIDGE BREWERY, FOUNDED IN 1901 BY FRITZ SICK. ALSO CALLED SYPHON BOTTLES, THESE CONTAINERS WERE USED IN HOMES, HOTELS, BARS, AND CORNER SODA FOUNTAINS TO SPRITZ CARBONATED WATER. THE UNIQUE SYPHON TOP ALLOWED A PORTION OF THE BOTTLE’S CONTENTS TO BE DISPENSED WHILE PRESERVING THE REST FOR ANOTHER TIME. IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY THIS TYPE OF BOTTLE WAS ALSO PROMOTED AS BEING A SUITABLE SUBSTITUTE FOR A FIRE EXTINGUISHER, AND SOME USED THE SELTZER AS A CURE FOR HEARTBURN (ULTIMATELY THE ORIGIN OF ALKA-SELTZER). SELTZER WAS EXTREMELY POPULAR IN THE 1920S AND 30S, BUT HAD ALMOST DISAPPEARED BY THE 1940S. BREWERY CLOSED BY OWNER, MOLSONS IN 1990 & SUBSEQUENTLY DEMOLISHED.DONOR A FORMER VOLUNTEER AT THE MUSEUM IS DECEASED. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING FOUR PAINTINGS CREATED BY THE DONOR, CHRISTIAN GIBSON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON GIBSON WAS EXCERPTED FROM HIS LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY: CHRISTIAN GIBSON WAS BORN IN BELFAST, IRELAND IN 1887 AND EDUCATED IN LONDON, ENGLAND BEFORE ARRIVING IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1908. HE WORKED FOR THE CITY AS ZOO KEEPER AT THE EXHIBITION GROUNDS AND FOR THE ALBERTA RAILROAD AND IRRIGATION COMPANY BEFORE BEGINNING HIS 35 YEAR CAREER WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND COMMERCE IN 1913. GIBSON SERVED WITH THE 25TH BATTERY CANADIAN FIELD ARTILLERY FROM 1908 TO 1914 AND FROM 1914 TO 1919 HE SERVED IN ENGLAND IN FRANCE WITH THE 20TH BATTERY CFA. HE WAS ALSO VERY ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY AS A MEMBER OF THE KIWANIS CLUB, ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL, LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY, PLAYGOERS OF LETHBRIDGE, ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, PEMMICAN CLUB, MASONIC LODGE, AND THE GALT HOSPITAL BOARD. HE AND HIS WIFE LINDA WERE HEAVILY INFLUENTIAL IN THE RED CROSS SOCIETY’S LETHRBIDGE CHAPTER, AND HAD TWO CHILDREN, FRED AND DORIS. CHRISTIAN GIBSON PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 26, 1971. IN 2010 HIS DAUGHTER, DORIS BALCOVSKE, PARTICIPATED IN THE GALT MUSEUM’S FIRST ‘TREASURES & CURIOSITIES’ EXHIBIT BY SELECTING ONE OF HER FATHER’S PAINTINGS TO BE DISPLAYED. SHE SUBMITTED THE FOLLOWING NARRATIVE ABOUT GIBSON’S ASSOCIATION WITH THE GALT AND HIS PAINTING PRACTICE: “MY FATHER… WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE GALT MUSEUM AND HELPED COLLECT MANY OF THE ARTIFACTS. MY FATHER WAS A SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST WITH OILS, WATER COLORS, AND ALSO PEN AND INK… THE FAMILY OWNS MOST OF HIS PAINTINGS.” SEE PERMANENT FILE P19694807000 FOR HARDCOPY OF GIBSON’S OBITUARY. SEE RECORD P19930031001 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE GIBSON FAMILY.
Catalogue Number
P19651656000
Acquisition Date
1965-02
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILVER PLATE
Catalogue Number
P20100027001
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1970
Materials
SILVER PLATE
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.8
Length
29.0
Width
14.8
Description
BREAD TRAY, SILVER PLATED. OBLONG-SHAPED, WITH DEPRESSION IN CENTRE, OUTER RIM CURVES UPWARD. TOPSIDE CENTRE OF TRAY MARKED, “CPR” IN WORN CURSIVE, UNDERSIDE OF TRAY MARKED, “23512… ELKINGTON PLATE… A.T. WILEY AND CO LD, MONTREAL.” TRAY IS TARNISHED THROUGHOUT, ESPECIALLY ALONG EDGES, BUT NOT ON BOTTOM. TRAY DISPLAYS INTERMITTENT SCRATCHES.
Subjects
FOOD SERVICE T&E
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
TRANSPORTATION
History
ACCORDING TO FRED GREEN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE CANADIAN PACIFIC (CP), THE BREAD TRAY WAS DONATED TO THE GALT IN ORDER TO CELEBRATE THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DRIVING OF THE LAST SPIKE. THE ANNIVERSARY OCCURRED ON NOVEMBER 7, 2010 AND COMMEMORATED THE "COMPLETION OF CANADA'S FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD AND A NEW CHAPTER IN [CANADA'S] HISTORY." THE BREAD TRAY WAS USED FOR TABLE SERVICE OF BREAD AND CRACKERS. IT IS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE STYLE OF SILVERWARE COMMONLY USED ON THE CANADIAN PACIFIC DINING CARS AS EARLY AS 1910. ACCORDING TO THE "A" STAMP ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TRAY, IT WAS MANUFACTURED IN 1912 (SEE HTTP://WWW.SILVERCOLLECTION.IT/ELKINGTON.HTML). ACCORDING TO GREEN, THE BREAD TRAY WAS PART OF A "LEGACY GIFT... OF SEVERAL UNIQUE ARTIFACTS FROM [THE CP] ARCHIVES. THIS GIFT IS INTENDED TO CELEBRATE [CANADA'S] CONNECTED HISTORIES AND TO HONOUR [THE GALT'S] VITAL ROLE IN CELEBRATING CANADA'S DIVERSE HISTORY AND CULTURE." THE GALT MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES WAS JUST ONE OF THE MANY MUSEUM'S ACROSS CANADA TO RECEIVE LEGACY GIFTS FROM THE CP. ACCORDING TO BREANNE FEIGEL, WHO PHYSICALLY TRANSFERRED THE GIFT FROM THE CP TO THE GALT, THE PUBLIC DIDN'T GET MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE THE CP ARTIFACTS WHEN THEY WERE IN THE CP ARCHIVES. ONE OF THE GOALS OF THE GIFT PROGRAM WAS TO MAKE THE ARTIFACTS MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH THE ASSISTANCE OF OTHER MUSEUMS. THE TRANSFER OF THE ARTIFACTS OCCURRED ON AUGUST 2, 2010, WHEN SUSAN BURROWS-JOHNSON (CEO/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GALT), CHRIS EPPLETT (PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE GALT) AND NICOLE HEMBROFF (COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT OF THE GALT) TOOK A RIDE ON THE CP'S 2816 EMPRESS STEAM TRAIN. THE TRAIN RIDE SERVED THREE FUNCTIONS; FIRST, TO COMMEMORATE THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAST SPIKE, SECOND, TO DONATE PROCEEDS OF THE TICKET SALES TO THE "CHILDREN'S WISH FOUNDATION," AND THIRD, TO TRANSFER THE LEGACY GIFT FROM THE CP TO THE GALT MUSEUM. ACCORDING TO HEMBROFF, WHO PHOTOGRAPHICALLY DOCUMENTED THE EXCURSION, THE TRAIN TRAVELLED FROM TABER, AB TO KIPP, AB. "WHEN IT WAS TIME TO BOARD THE TRAIN (AROUND 12:45 PM) A CPR WORKER ACTUALLY ASKED FOR 'TICKETS PLEASE...' - IT MADE THE TRIP SEEM MORE AUTHENTIC. THE RIDE ITSELF WAS A LOT OF FUN. IT WAS PARTICULARLY INTERESTING TO GET A DIFFERENT VIEW OF THE LANDSCAPE FROM THE TRAIN... THE WEATHER WAS GORGEOUS AND THE RIVER BOTTOM LOOKED SPECTACULAR... THE INTERIOR OF THE TRAIN WAS SIMILAR TO AN AIRPLANT. THE SEATS COULD LEAN BACK AND THEY HAD PULL DOWN TRAYS SO PEOPLE COULD EAT OR DO OTHER ACTIVITIES TO KEEP THEMSELVES ENTERTAINED. THE WALLS WERE CARPETED AND THERE WERE SMALL PRINTS OF TRAIN RELATED ART HANGING UP. THERE WERE ALSO LUGGAGE RACKS ALONG THE ROOF OF THE TRAIN. WE COULDN'T MOVE BETWEEN CARS BECAUSE THE MUSEUM CAR WAS RIGHT BEHIND US... THE MUSEUM CAR WAS AN EXCELLENT IDEA. AS YOU WALKED THROUGH IT (WE HAD A CHANCE TO GO THROUGH IT WHEN THE TRAIN ARRIVED IN KIPP) YOU PASSED BY A TIMELINE OF THE CPR'S HISTORY. ALONG THE WAY, THERE WERE CASES WITH ARTIFACTS, LIKE PLATES OR RAILWAY SPIKES ETC. I THOUGHT IT WAS AN EFFECTIVE AND RELEVANT WAY OF DISPLAYING THE MATERIAL AND COMMUNICATING INFORMATION TO THE PASSENGERS. THE LAST RAILWAY SPIKE WAS PARTICULARLY INTERESTING AS IT HAD BEEN 'CANNIBALIZED' TO MAKE JEWELRY... AFTER THE TRAIN RIDE WAS OVER, BREANNE FEIGEL (MANAGER, MEDIA RELATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR CP) PRESENTED THE GALT REPRESENTATIVES WITH A GIFT OF ASSORTED TABLEWARE AND FLATWARE ITEMS FROM THE CP ARCHIVES." SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20100027001
Acquisition Date
2010-08
Collection
Museum
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