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Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P19990061026
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Materials
STEEL, ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
1
Height
27.5
Length
27.2
Width
11.6
Description
BLACK PAINTED, STEEL. HAS A FLAT, RECTANGULAR BASE. A METAL LABEL ON BASE, TOWARDS THE FRONT, READS "MADE IN U.S.A.", AND HAS A RED OUTLINE. A BLACK AND SILVER, METAL LABEL ON BASE, TOWARDS BACK, READS "SINCE 1887 CUMMINS MODEL 15 SERIAL 7539 CUMMINS PERFORATOR COMPANY CHICAGO". BACK OF PERFORATOR EXTENDS UP FROM BASE AND BENDS IN AN ARCH TOWARDS THE FRONT. TOWARDS THE FRONT, THIS ARCH EXTENDS DOWNWARD INTO A RECTANGULAR SHAPE. ON TOP IS A LARGE SLIGHTLY CURVED HANDLE - HANDLE CAN BE PUSHED DOWN. ON FRONT END OF PERFORATOR IS A STEEL DRAWER WITH A CIRCULAR HANDLE.
Subjects
PRINTING T&E
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
MUSEUM OBTAINED ITEMS FROM LETHBRIDGE EATON'S STORE IN 1999. DUE TO COMPANY BANKRUPTCY, EATON'S STORES ACROSS CANADA WERE CLOSED, INCLUDING THE LETHBRIDGE LOCATION IN PARK PLACE MALL. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE T. EATON COMPANY STORES IN LETHBRIDGE. THE FOLLOWING BRIEF HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE'S EATON'S STORE WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM GALT ARCHIVES AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM THE FALL OF 1988. THE T. EATON COMPANY WAS FOUNDED IN TORONTO IN 1869 BY TIMOTHY EATON. THE FIRST LETHBRIDGE EATON'S 'TECO' STORE WAS OPENED IN 1927 IN THE BASEMENT OF THE DOMINION BLOCK ON THE CORNER OF 4 AVENUE AND SIXTH STREET SOUTH. AFTER A FIRE, THE BUILDING WAS RENOVATED AND COMPLETELY TAKEN OVER BY THE EATON'S STORE, WHICH OPERATED IN THAT LOCATION UNDER PERIODIC RENOVATIONS FROM 1929 UNTIL THE OPENING OF THE PARK PLACE MALL IN 1988, IN WHICH EATON'S WAS AN ANCHOR RETAILER. IN 1989 A PORTION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE ART COLLECTION WAS TEMPORARILY PUT ON DISPLAY IN THE VACANT EATON'S BUILDING, AND PROPOSALS WERE MADE TO MAKE THE INSTALLATION PERMANENT, BUT EVENTUALLY THE PROPERTY WAS SOLD AND DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BANK OF MONTREAL BRANCH. IN 1999 THE EATON'S STORE IN PARK PLACE MALL CLOSED JUST PRIOR TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BANKRUPTCY OF THE LARGER T. EATON COMPANY LIMITED. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19930072001 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P19990061026
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE BREWERY ADVERTIQUE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC, VINYL, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20010112000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE BREWERY ADVERTIQUE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
SYNTHETIC FABRIC, VINYL, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
62.0
Width
15.5
Description
GREEN HAND TOWEL. FOLDED INTO THIRDS LENGTHWISE; IS KEPT FOLDED BY A STEEL RIVET AT THE TOP, THAT HAS A SMALL LOOP FOR HANGING ON THE BACK. NEAR TOP OF TOWEL IS A ROUND PIECE OF BLACK VINYL WITH WHITE PRINT ON IT. IT READS "YOUR HOST LETHBRIDGE BREWERY", AND INCLUDES THE OUTLINE OF THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE. TOWEL HAS A FLUFFY APPEARANCE, EXCEPT FOR A BAND AROUND TOP AND BOTTOM. TOWEL HAS SOME LOOSE THREADS.
Subjects
TOILET ARTICLE
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
BUSINESS
History
TOWEL BELONGED TO DONOR'S BROTHER, JOE KOVACS. DONOR THINKS BROTHER ACQUIRED TOWEL AS A MEMENTO BEFORE HE RETIRED FROM THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY. TOWEL POSSIBLY USED IN THE SNAKE ROOM, WHICH WAS A ROOM AT THE BREWERY USED FOR ENTERTAINING. JOE KOVACS WORKED AT THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY FOR 17 YEARS IN THE BOTTLING DEPARTMENT; STARTED IN THE EARLY 70S AND RETIRED SHORTLY BEFORE THE BREWERIES CLOSURE IN 1990. DONORS PARENTS IMMIGRATED FROM HUNGARY AND SETTLED IN RAYMOND THEN HARDIEVILLE, CA. 1920S. THE FAMILY FARMED IN SHAUGHNESSY THEN LATER MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE, IN 1951. BOTH JOE AND ANDREW STAYED IN LETHBRIDGE ALL THEIR LIVES. JOE PASSED AWAY AROUND 1994. ANDREW USED TO WORK FOR OLIVER INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES BEFORE HIS RETIREMENT IN 1996. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS (SOME OF WHICH ORIGINATED WITH THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY), AND CORRELATED THIS ARTIFACT'S ORIGINAL LOCATION (THE "SNAKE ROOM" AT THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY) WITH THE CONTENT OF TWO DONOR INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN. SEE RECORD P20120028003 FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH DONOR LINDA LIPTAK, WHO WORKED THE BAR AND FOOD SERVICE THERE, AND P20100013007 FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH DONOR GUNTER HORN, FORMER LETHBRIDGE BREWERY BREWMASTER.
Catalogue Number
P20010112000
Acquisition Date
2002-03
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
MARQUIS HOTEL
Date Range From
1927
Date Range To
1988
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
TIN
Catalogue Number
P20050003000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MARQUIS HOTEL
Date Range From
1927
Date Range To
1988
Materials
TIN
No. Pieces
5
Length
63
Diameter
42
Description
CEILING LIGHT FIXTURE WITH FOUR WHT RIBBED GLOBES. FIXTURE IS BLK WITH GLD ACCENTS. LIGHT SOCKETS ARE WHT PORCELAIN EACH CONTAINING THREE SCREWS TO SECURE GLASS RIBBED GLOBES 21 (H) X 7.5 (D). CENTER OF FIXTURE DISPLAYS A ACORN. FIXTURE HANGS SUSPENDED BY A CHAIN WHICH IS ATTACHED TO A CIRCULAR BLK PLATE.
Subjects
LIGHTING DEVICE
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
THE LIGHT FIXTURE WAS TAKEN OUT OF THE MARQUIS HOTEL BEFORE ITS DEMOLITION IN 1988. EMIL GUNDLOCK A MORTGAGE BROKER WORKED WITH THE HOTEL'S OWNERS ,JOANNE AND BOB CORBET, TO REFINANCE THE HOTEL FOR IMPROVEMENTS. GUNDLOCK SAID, HOWEVER, THAT THE ROYAL BANK WOULD NOT APPROVE THE REFINANCING AND, SUBSEQUENTLY, TOOK OVER THE HOTEL'S MANAGEMENT. DISCUSSING THE FUTURE OF THE HOTEL OVER A DRINK (WHILE THE BAR WAS STILL IN OPERATION), CORBET AND GUNDLOCK DECIDED IT WOULD BE A "SHAME" TO SEE THE HOTEL'S ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS DESTROYED AND LOST AND, THUS THEY DECIDED TO REMOVE SOME OF THE HOTEL'S FIXTURES, DOORS (ELEVATOR), ETC. GUNDLOCK CLAIMED IT WAS ENOUGH TO FILL A "TRUCKLOAD". RBC, HOWEVER, LEARNED OF THE SALVAGE OPERATION AND DEMANDED THAT THE ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS BE RETURNED. GUNDLOCK KNEW SOME OF THE MATERIAL WAS RETURNED, BUT SOME WAS ALSO RETAINED. GUNDLOCK BELIEVED THAT THE MATERIAL ENDED UP IN THE RBC BANK MANAGER'S HOUSE. GUNDLOCK RECOGNIZED THE LAMP AND BOX THAT IT WAS PACKAGED IN, WHEN HE VISITED THE GALT IN EARLY 2007. SOMEHOW, THE FIXTURE CAME INTO POSSESSION OF TED STILSON WHO LATER PASSED IT ON TO THE DONOR IN 2005. GUNDLOCK WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE STYLE OF THE LAMP, IF NOT THIS VERY LAMP, WAS INSTALLED IN THE ROOM ATTRIBUTED TO SENATOR GLADSTONE WHO WAS THE FIRST NATIVE SENATOR AND FROM THE BLOOD RESERVE. THE ART DECO HOTEL OPENED IN 1928. IN ADDITION TO BEING THE FIRST BUSINESS IN LETHBRIDGE TO UTILIZE NEON SIGNAGE, THE HOTEL BOASTED AN ORIGINAL SEVENTY-EIGHT BEDROOMS AND A BANQUET AREA CAPABLE OF SEATING 250 PERSONS.
Catalogue Number
P20050003000
Acquisition Date
2005-08
Collection
Museum
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.
Catalogue Number
P20070023001
Acquisition Date
2008-08
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, WIRE
Catalogue Number
P20070023005
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Materials
PLASTIC, WIRE
No. Pieces
1
Height
9.2
Length
24.0
Width
13.0 13.0
Description
PALE GREEN INTERCOM PHONE WITH SIX OFF-WHITE BUTTONS ON FRONT. BRAIDED PHONE CORD, SPEAKER AND RECEIVER OF PHONE OFF-WHITE COLOURED. LABELS NEXT TO BUTTONS READ, "MGR., LOBY, CONC., BOX. O., PROJ. 2." TEXT ON BACK READS, "MADE IN WESTERN GERMANY...". BROWN FOAM MATERIAL ON BACK OF PHONE DETERIORATING, SURFACE GRIME OVERALL, ESPECIALLY CONCENTRATED ON PHONE RECIEVER AND PHONE RESTING AREAS.
Subjects
SOUND COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
INTERCOM WAS INSTALLED IN THE PROJECTIONSIT ROOM OF CINEMA 1 AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE. IT ALLOWED THE USER TO STRATEGICALLY CONNECT WITH VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE THEATRE. INTERCOM WAS REMOVED FROM PARAMOUNT THEATRE AFTER ITS CLOSURE IN 2007. NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH JOEY SHACKLEFORD (GRANDSON OF A. W. SHACKLEFORD) ON AUGUST 15, 2010, HE SAID THE INTERCOM SYSTEM WAS PRETTY BAREBONES. IT WAS USED FOR SEVERAL PURPOSES. FOR EXAMPLE, THE PROJECTIONIST'S ROOM WOULD RECEIVE A CALL TO START THE FILM. THIS WAS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE MOVIES DIDN'T ALWAYS START ON TIME IN ORDER TO ALLOW BIG CROWDS TO COME IN. THE INTERCOM WAS ALSO USED BETWEEN THE MANAGER'S OFFICE AND THE CANDY BAR. THE PEOPLE WORKING AT THE CONCESSION COULD CALL THE MANAGER'S OFFICE TO OBTAIN MORE CANDY OR SUPPLIES. FINALLY, IT WAS COMMON FOR THE BOX OFFICE TO CALL THE MANAGER'S OFFICE IN ORDER TO GET MORE CHANGE OR TO GET MONEY TAKEN OUT. THIS WAS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE BOX OFFICE WAS EXPOSED TO THE PEOPLE. BY TAKING MONEY TO THE MANAGER'S OFFICE ON A REGULAR BASIS, ONE COULD ENSURE THAT IF THE BOX OFFICE WAS ROBBED, NOT TOO MUCH MONEY WOULD BE LOST. 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
P20070023005
Acquisition Date
2008-08
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, STEEL, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P20180005000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
PLASTIC, STEEL, GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
30.5
Length
57
Width
11.3
Description
CAMCORDER COMPRISED OF LENS, BETACAM DECK, AND COLOR CAMERA. BETACAM DECK AT BACK OF CAMERA IS TWO-TONE GREY WITH TWO PLUG-INS FOR “AUDIO IN, CH-1, CH-2” AND ONE PLUG-IN FOR “DC-IN, 12V”. BETACAM DECK HAS TWO BLACK SLIDE BUTTONS ON TOP LABELLED IN WHITE “EJECT” AND “REW”. BETACAM DECK HAS GREY METAL HANDLE AT TOP THAT FASTENS TO BETA CASSETTE DECK. BETACAM DECK HAS YELLOWED PLASTIC WINDOW ON SIDE TO VIEW INSIDE MECHANISMS; BELOW WINDOW IS GREEN, RED AND BLUE DECAL READING “45 NEWS, 45”. REVERSE SIDE HAS SILVER “POWER ON/OF” SWITCH ABOVE METER MEASURING BATTERY CHARGE, “SONY VU”; BETACAM DECK HAS TWO ROUND BLACK BUTTONS LABELLED “RESET” AND “LIGHT” ABOVE BLACK SWITCH LABELLED “TAPE TIMER, TIME CODE”; SIDE HAS DIGITAL DISPLAY SCREEN READING “HOUR, MIN, SEC”. SIDE HAS ROW OF SIX RED LIGHTS NEAR BOTTOM LABELLED WITH WORN WHITE PAINT WITH FIRST TWO ILLEGIBLE, “HUMID, SLACK, TAPE END, BATTERY”. SIDE HAS PANEL THAT OPENS AT BOTTOM EDGE WITH SIX DARK GREY BUTTONS LABELLED IN PAIRS “HOUR, MINUTE, SECOND” AND TWO BLACK SWITCHES LABELLED “U-BIT, TIME” AND “REC RUN, FREE RUN”. SIDE HAS SILVER PLATE FIXED READING “SONY”. BACK OF BETACAM DECK HAS SILVER LABEL WITH RED, GREEN AND BLUE LOGO “45 CFCN TELEVISION”; BACK HAS BLACK LABEL WITH SILVER TEXT “SONY BETACAM, MODEL BVV-1, VIDEOCASSETTE BETACAM DECK, DCIN, 12V, 10W, NO. 11085, SONY CORPORATION, MADE IN JAPAN, 3-676-119-01”. TOP OF BETACAM DECK HAS BLACK LABEL WITH SILVER TEXT “SAVE MODE ONLY”. COLOR CAMERA IN MID-SECTION IS LIGHT GREY WITH SMALL PIECE OF SILVER TAPE FIXED TO TOP. SIDE OF CAMERA HAS YELLOW LABEL WITH BLACK “1”; SIDE HAS DARK GREY CONTROL PANEL AT BOTTON EDGE WITH EMBOSSED TEXT AND SILVER SWITCHES AND BUTTONS, “AUTO WHITE BAL, CAMERA, PRE HEAT/ON, VTR, SAVE/STOP, GAIN, 12/6/0, OUTPUT, BASS/CAM, WHITE BAL, PRE SET/AUTO”. SIDE HAS DARK GREY BUTTON ABOVE CONTROL PANEL LABELLED “VTR START”. SIDE HAS SILVER FITTING BESIDE PANEL LABELLED “PEDESTAL”. SIDE HAS SILVER LABEL WITH WORN BLACK TEXT “SONY MODEL NO. BVP-1, COLOR VIDEO CAMERA, DC, 12V, 11W, NO. 10505”. SIDE HAS SILVER LABEL WITH BLACK TEXT “FILTER, 1 3200’K, 2 5200’K + 1/4ND, 3 5200’K, 4 6800’K”. REVERSE SIDE HAS BLACK PLATE FIXED WITH SILVER TEXT “SONY” ABOVE BLACK LABEL WITH RED, GREEN, BLUE AND WHITE LOGO “TRINICON”. SIDE HAS SILVER FITTING AT LOWER EDGE WITH EMBOSSED LABEL “MONITOR OUT”; LOWER EDGE HAS SILVER KEY HOLE WITH EMBOSSED LABEL “BATTERY”. CAMERA HAS ATTACHED BLACK ABOVE-VIEWFINDER WITH RUBBER GUARD OVER GLASS LENS. VIEWFINDER IS FIXED TO FRONT OF CAMERA; VIEWFINDER HAS WHITE TAPE ATTACHED TO TOP WITH BLUE HANDWRITTEN TEXT “PASS JULZ DAMAGE TO TUBE OR MULT.PLER”. BACK OF VIEWFINDER HAS SILVER SWITCH “TALLY, ON/OF” AND TWO BLACK METAL TURN-KNOBS “BRIGHT, CONTR”. FRONT OF VIEWFINDER HAS BLACK PLATE ATTACHED WITH SILVER TEXT “SONY”. BLACK LENS AT FRONT FIXED IN LENS STAND WITH LEATHER STRAP ON SIDE AND BLACK PLASTIC BUTTONS “VTR, RET, IRIS M”; SIDE OF LENS STAND HAS BLACK SWITCHES “W/T” AND “IRIS, A/M”. LENS HAS WHITE LABEL AROUND MID-SECTION “CANON MACRO TV ZOOMJ13X9C, 9-117MM, 1.1.6, NO.80581, CANON, JAPAN”. LENS ROTATES TO ADJUST FOCUS AND DEPTH. BETACAM HAS WEAR ON LABELS AND DISCOLORATION ON PLASTIC WINDOW; COLOR CAMERA HAS WEAR ON LABELS AND ADHESIVE RESIDUE ON SIDE; HANDLE ON TOP HAS WORN AND CHIPPED PAINT; VIEWFINDER IS WORN; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
BUSINESS
History
ON MARCH 22, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DARREN KRONLUND REGARDING HIS DONATION OF A SONY BVV-1 BETACAM AND CAMCORDER. THE CAMCORDER WAS USED IN THE 1980S BY THE CTV LETHBRIDGE FILM CREW. ON THE FUNCTION OF THE CAMERA IN THE CTV STUDIO, KRONLUND ELABORATED, “THE TECHNOLOGY WITH CAMERAS PROGRESSED QUICKER THAN THE DECKS DID. THESE CAMERAS AND DECKS ARE USED FOR ELECTRONIC FIELD PRODUCTION [AND ARE] CALLED THE EFP CAMERAS. THE DECKS KIND [ARE] THAT TECHNOLOGY WHICH THE MAJORITY OF STATIONS USED FOR THE LONGEST TIME [IN] SONY BETA CAM FORMAT. THAT’S WHAT THE DECK IS, BUT THE CAMERAS THEMSELVES HAD AT ONE TIME THREE TUBES FOR COLOUR CAMERAS. THEN TECHNOLOGY CAME WHERE THEY COULD DO IT WITH JUST SENSORS…SO YOU DIDN’T HAVE TUBES. IT WAS MORE SENSITIVE TO LIGHT AND THAT WAS AN IMPROVEMENT. YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO HAVE TO BRING A BUNCH OF LIGHTS ALONG WITH YOUR SHOOTS. AS THOSE CAMERAS CAME OUT, THEY JUST DID SUCH A BETTER JOB, THAT THESE CAMERAS WERE NO LONGER USED. ALTHOUGH THEY WORKED, THEY WOULD JUST GET STORED AND NEWER TECHNOLOGY, BETTER PICTURES AND LIGHTER [WOULD BE USED].” “[THIS CAMERA] IS A COMPOSITE. AS TECHNOLOGY EVOLVED, THEY COULD SUPPLY [THE] UPPER HALF, THE CAMERA HALF, [AND] YOU COULD CONTINUE TO USE THE OLDER DECK.” TO ME [THE DECK AND CAMERA] ARE DIFFERENT [AGES]. I THINK THE DECK IS NEWER THAN THE CAMERA. OTHERWISE THEY’D BE THE SAME COLOUR. I CAN’T REMEMBER THE OLD, ORIGINAL DECK BUT YOU COULD SWAP OUT DECKS BECAUSE THEY DID MAKE IMPROVEMENTS WITH DECKS AS WELL. THERE WAS A TIME THEY USED METAL TAPES WHICH WAS FOR AUDIO. IT HELPED, YOU COULD GET BETTER AUDIO QUALITY. THEY CALLED THEM METAL, IT’S JUST METAL PARTICLES IN THE TAPE.” “I WOULD SAY THIS CAMERA PROBABLY GOT USED, I’M GOING TO GUESS ’84…IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN SERVICE WHEN I GOT HERE…I PROBABLY SERVICED THE] CAMERA AND/OR DECK…[BY 1990 IT WAS] PROBABLY REPLACED WITH THE NEWEST TECHNOLOGY. NOT THE NEWEST TECHNOLOGY BUT NEWEST TO US, CALGARY WOULD HAVE HAD THE NEWEST TECHNOLOGY.” “BETA WAS THE STAPLE FORMAT FOR VIDEO FOR MANY YEARS. PROBABLY LEADING RIGHT UP TO INTO THE DIGITAL WORLD IT WAS THE KING. PANASONIC HAD A FORMAT [TOO]…HITACHI HAD THEIR OWN TOO, BUT THEY EVEN MADE THEIR CAMERAS COMPATIBLE WITH BETA DECKS THAT’S HOW BIG INFLUENCE [WAS]. SOME SMALLER, INDEPENDENT STATIONS MAYBE WENT WITH SOME OF THAT STUFF, BUT I’D SAY 90% OF THE INDUSTRY WAS BETA.” “IT WAS [FOR] REPORTERS. IT WAS FOR NEWS AND VIDEO PRODUCTION.” KRONLUND ELABORATED ON THE CAMERA’S HISTORY IN PRODUCTION, NOTING, “IT’S BEEN IN THE BASEMENT FOR PROBABLY [TEN YEARS]…I FOUND IT IN AN OLD SHIPPING CONTAINER. THERE’S BEEN NUMEROUS UPGRADES TO CAMERAS SINCE THEN, SO NOTHING WAS DONE WITH IT. THE LAST TIME IT WAS USED I’M GOING TO GUESS [WAS] ROUGHLY TEN YEARS AGO, MAYBE MORE.” “I DOUBT YOU WOULD FIND ANYONE USING IT, BUT I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF SOMEBODY HAD IT IN THEIR BASEMENT [FOR] THE SAME REASON OURS WAS. JUST OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND AND YOU’RE JUST GOING ABOUT YOUR DAY–TO-DAY BUSINESS, UNTIL YOU START CLEANING OUT THINGS AND YOU GO, “OH YEAH, THE OLD BBB1.”” “[WE ACQUIRED EQUIPMENT] USUALLY USED. CALGARY WOULD GET THE NEW STUFF AND THEN THE WORKING STUFF THAT THEY WERE REPLACING WOULD COME DOWN TO US, FOR THE MOST PART. THE CAMERAS WE HAVE NOW WERE BOUGHT BRAND NEW, STATE-OF THE-ART, SO THAT WAS NICE. IT IS NICE FOR THAT, BUT THIS WAS PROBABLY PRE-DATED EVEN ME AND I HAVE BEEN HERE TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS. IT WAS PROBABLY THE CAMERA THEY WERE USING, IF NOT AT THE TIME, BUT LIKELY BEFORE I STARTED.” “THIS [CAMERA] FUNCTIONS TODAY. I’M SURE YOU COULD MAKE PICTURES WITH IT, BUT THE USE OF IT WOULD PROBABLY BE, I’M GOING TO GUESS, MAYBE FIVE OR SIX YEARS. THEN [THE] BUDGETS WOULD [GROW], THEY GOT THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN SHOOT UNDER LESS LIGHT. IT’S A LIGHTER CAMERA AND [THEY] HAVE THESE BENEFITS, SO THEY WOULD BUDGET IN TO UPDATE THE CAMERAS AND DECKS. THROUGH THAT CYCLE, THAT IS WHEN WE WOULD PROBABLY GET A COUPLE OF NEW CAMERAS, THE OLDER STUFF WE’D PUT IN THE BASEMENT.” “I’M [NOW] CLEANING OUT OLD EQUIPMENT, BECAUSE IT BUILDS UP AND WE RUN OUT OF ROOM. IT’S SOMETHING HARD TO GET RID OF BECAUSE THEY’RE ALWAYS WORKING AND USUALLY WORKING AND FUNCTIONING FINE, BUT TECHNOLOGY PROGRESSES AND THEY BECOME BIGGER AND BETTER--OR THERE BECOMES BIGGER AND BETTER WAYS OF DOING THE SAME JOB. IT JUST GETS OUTDATED AND HITS THE SHELF. [I] HATE TO SEE IT JUST GET RECYCLED.” “I’M NOT REALLY THAT TYPE OF [NOSTALGIC] PERSON. THE CAMERAS TODAY ARE ALL DIGITAL, THEY GO RIGHT TO A SD CARD IN DIGITAL FORMAT. THERE’S NO MECHANICAL PARTS AND THAT’S PART OF THE REASON I WAS EMPLOYED BECAUSE SO MUCH OF WHAT I DID WAS BECAUSE PARTS WEAR OUT AND NEED TO BE FIXED AND REPLACED, WHERE THE NEW CAMERAS…IT’S NOT MUCH YOU CAN DO IF IT’S IN DIGITAL FORMAT AND [HAS] NO MECHANICAL MOVING PARTS. I DON’T MISS WORKING ON THEM, THAT COULD BE FRUSTRATING BECAUSE A LOT OF TINY LITTLE GEARS AND TIMING…YOU CAN SPEND HOURS AND NOT GET ANYWHERE, AND THEN FINALLY SHIP IT OUT TO THE MANUFACTURER BECAUSE YOU JUST COULDN’T GET ANYWHERE. YOU SPENT A WEEK WORKING ON IT AND NOW YOU’VE GOT TO, IN THE END, PAY SOMEONE TO DO IT. THOSE ARE FRUSTRATIONS, BUT IT IS SATISFYING WHEN YOU DO FIX A PROBLEM AND ARE ABLE TO FIX IT. BUT THOSE DAYS ARE BEHIND US AND I CAN’T SAY I MISS THEM. IT’S JUST DIFFERENT WAYS OF MAINTAINING CAMERAS NOW.” “IT’S HARD TO THROW OUT BECAUSE THE VALUE OF IT IS LIKE BUYING A CAR…AT THAT TIME. THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE DOING IS PUTTING A CAR ON YOUR SHOULDER, MAYBE NOT QUITE A CAR, BUT I’M GOING TO GUESS THIS CAMERA WAS PROBABLY FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS BACK THEN. THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180005000-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180005000
Acquisition Date
2018-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, PLASTIC, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20120038005
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
METAL, PLASTIC, STEEL
No. Pieces
2
Height
15.7
Length
18.6
Width
21
Description
A. SILVER FILM SPLICER WITH BLACK HANDLE; HANDLE LOWERS TO PRESS ON TABLE WITH SPLICERS; SILVER AND BLUE LABEL ON HANDLE READS, “GENERAL SOUND AND THEATRE EQUIPMENT LIMITED”. SPLICER HAS TAPE DISPENSER BELOW HANDLE WITH DISCOLOURED/YELLOWED CLEAR TAPE; BLUE TEXT BENEATH TAPE REPEATS “GENERAL SOUND” WITH A BLACK DIAL BESIDE THE TAPE ROLL FOR TURNING TAPE ON DISPENSER. TEXT ON TOP OF SPLICER AT UPPER LEFT CORNER READS “COSTRUZIONE INCOLLATRICI RAPIDE – ROMA”; TEXT ON TOP OF SPLICER AT UPPER RIGHT CORNER READS “M.2 – 35M/M, MADE IN ITALY, PATENTED”. SPLICER HAS A DOUBLE KNIFE ON RIGHT SIDE, WITH ONE STRAIGHT CUT AND ONE DIAGONAL CUT FOR FILM. SILVER LABEL ON INSIDE OF SPLICER READS “RENTED FROM, CANADIAN MOTION PICTURE EQUIPMENT RENTALS LTD., 33 GRANBY ST., TORONTO M5B 1H8, 977-7113”. SILVER LABEL ON BOTTOM OF SPLICER READS “MADE IN ITALY, OFFICINE MECCANICHE, DR. LEO CATOZZO, 00050 SANTA SEVERA (ROMA), TEL 0766 /740008-740181”. TEXT EMBOSSED ON BOTTOM OF SPLICER READS “USA PATENTS N.3075572, N.4002522, COSTRUZIONE INCOLLATRICI RAPIDE ROMA, 2575”. SPLICER HANDLE IS WORN AT EDGES; SPLICER HAS DIRT AND RUST UNDER HANDLE. SPLICER IS IN OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION AND SHOWS MINOR SIGNS OF WEAR. B. ROLL OF YELLOW TAPE, 4.5CM DIAMETER X 3.7CM TALL. YELLOW PLASTIC TAPE WOUND ON WHITE PLASTIC SPOOL; TAPE HAS ORANGE TAB AT END OF ROLL; TAPE HAS GLOSS FINISH. TAPE IS UNUSED; OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
PHOTOGRAPHIC T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
LEISURE
History
ON APRIL 11, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED LARRY AND ANDREA BECKER, OWNERS OF THE FORMER WATERTON THEATRE IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA WHERE THE PROJECTION EQUIPMENT WAS USED. DURING THE INTERVIEW, THE BECKERS ELABORATED ON HOW THEIR THEATRE CLOSED, HOW THE EQUIPMENT WAS USED IN THEIR THEATRE, AND HOW AL ANCTIL CAME INTO POSSESSION OF THE THEATRE PROJECTION EQUIPMENT. LARRY BECKER SPOKE TO HOW ANCTIL BECAME THE OWNER AND DONOR OF THE EQUIPMENT, STATING, “THIS EQUIPMENT IS BUILT AND DESIGNED TO EXHIBIT 35 MM MOTION PICTURE FILM. IN 2011, WHEN WE DISPOSED OF THE EQUIPMENT, FILM WAS BECOMING OBSOLETE. IT WAS NO LONGER AVAILABLE TO US AS AN EXHIBITION MEDIUM, SO WE WERE FACED WITH THE CHALLENGE OF CONVERTING TO A DIGITAL PROJECTION, IF WE WANTED TO CONTINUE SHOWING MOTION PICTURES. WE HAD TO GET RID OF THIS, AND AL [ANCTIL] THOUGHT HE HAD A USE FOR IT. AT THE TIME, HE WAS SELLING US COFFEE. WE WERE RUNNING A COFFEE SHOP IN THE THEATRE, SO WE HAD THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH AL; AND I’M NOT SURE WHY AL WANTED IT…I DON’T KNOW IF HE EVER INTENDED TO USE IT. I THINK, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, IT MIGHT BE USEFUL, IF SOMEBODY COULD ACCESS SOME 35 MM FILM TO RUN THROUGH IT. WHEN WE HEARD THAT AL WANTED IT, WE SAID “SURE, YOU CAN HAVE IT AL. WE NO LONGER HAVE ANY USE FOR IT.”” “IT WAS THE COST OF THE CONVERSION [THAT INFLUENCED OUR DECISION TO CLOSE]. INITIALLY, WHEN ALL OF THE THEATRES WERE FACED WITH THE CONVERSION, WITHIN A VERY SHORT WINDOW, THE DEMAND FOR THE EQUIPMENT WAS VERY HIGH; COSTS WERE VERY HIGH, AND IT JUST WASN’T FINANCIALLY VIABLE IN A SEASONAL OPERATION, SO WE DECIDED NOT TO PROCEED, AT THAT TIME, WITH THE DIGITAL UPGRADING/CONVERSION. WE WERE WORKING QUITE HARD, BECAUSE WE WERE RUNNING A COFFEE SHOP, AN ICE CREAM STORE, AND A MOVIE THEATRE. THE MOVIE THEATRE WAS THE FUN PART OF IT.” “WE WERE AT THE END OF OUR LAST SEASON IN 2011, AND WE HAD WORKED OUT AN ARRANGEMENT WITH THE TENANT, TO TAKE IT OVER, TO RUN IT AS A ‘STAGE AND GRILL’ KIND OF OPERATION. THEY WERE GOING TO PUT A KITCHEN IN, AND SERVE MEALS, AND PRESENT MUSIC ACTS ON STAGE.” LARRY BECKER DISCUSSED THE PURPOSE OF THE SPLICER IN THE THEATRE, STATING, “WHEN I STARTED WORKING WITH [THE SPLICER], WHEN WE WERE USING THE ACETATE FILM, THIS SPLICER WAS USED PRIMARILY TO SPLICE THE MYLAR FILM STOCKS. THE ACETATE FILM STOCKS THAT I LEARNED TO SPLICE ON, YOU ACTUALLY GLUED THE SPLICES TOGETHER.” “A FILM FRAME HAS 4 PERFORATIONS ON IT SO, TO MAKE A GLUE SPLICE, YOU WOULD CUT A ‘PIE’ PERFORATION PIECE, AND OVERLAP ONE [PERFORATION] AND ACTUALLY PUT IT TOGETHER. THAT WAS A BIT OF AN ART. “I USED THAT SPLICER, SINCE PROBABLY ABOUT 1980. THE…SPLICER WOULD HAVE BEEN OBSOLETE, SHORTLY AFTER I STARTED WORKING, BUT WE USED TO DO ALL THE CURLERS ON IT.” THE BECKERS SPOKE ABOUT THEIR ARRIVAL IN WATERTON AND THEIR HISTORY WORKING IN THEATRES, WITH LARRY BEGINNING HIS CAREER WORKING IN THE PALACE THEATRE IN CALGARY, ALBERTA. IN 1975, THE BECKERS BECAME INTERESTED IN PURCHASING THE THEATRE IN WATERTON, AND BY 1976 THEY WERE RUNNING THE WATERTON THEATRE. LARRY NOTED HOW THE BECKERS BECAME INVOLVED WITH THE WATERTON THEATRE “I WAS TRAVELING TO WATERTON. I HAD NEVER BEEN TO WATERTON. I HAD AN OCCASION TO GO TO GREAT FALLS. IT WAS ON…A BUSINESS TRIP, AND IT WAS OVER A WEEKEND. I LOOKED AT THE MAP, AND I THOUGHT, “IF WE LEAVE AROUND DINNERTIME ON FRIDAY, WE CAN SPEND A NIGHT IN WATERTON…AND THEN WE CAN CONTINUE TO GREAT FALLS THE NEXT DAY.” GOT INTO WATERTON, AND, BY THIS TIME, THE SUN HAD SET, AND I STILL DIDN’T REALIZE I WAS IN THE MOUNTAINS. I SORT OF LOOKED AROUND. I DIDN’T HAVE A ROOM BOOKED, AND GOT A ROOM IN ALLEN’S LAKESHORE BUNGALOWS, WHICH WERE ON THE SHORE OF WATERTON LAKE, AT THAT TIME, AND WHEN I GOT UP IN THE MORNING, AND LOOKED AROUND, I COULDN’T BELIEVE WHERE I WAS. I MEAN, IT WAS JUST THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING…IT WAS STUNNINGLY, GORGEOUS! THEN I THOUGHT, “I’LL TAKE A STROLL AROUND TOWN”, AND THERE WAS A MOVIE THEATRE. OF COURSE, BEING IN THE BUSINESS, I’VE GOT TO STOP AND YOU…FIND OUT WHAT’S GOING ON THERE. I CHATTED WITH A YOUNG FAMILY THAT WERE LOOKING AFTER THE PLACE FOR LOTTIE BREWERTON. LOTTIE, AND HER HUSBAND, GORDON, HAD BUILT IT BACK IN ’35. LOTTIE WAS GORDON’S WIDOW. SHE WASN’T INVOLVED IN THE OPERATION, BUT SHE HAD SOME YOUNG FAMILY THAT WERE HELPING HER OUT, SO, IN THE CONVERSATION, THEY SAID, “YOU KNOW, I THINK LOTTIE WANTS TO SELL.” I WENT BACK TO CALGARY, AND NEVER REALLY THOUGHT TOO MUCH ABOUT IT UNTIL SEVERAL MONTHS LATER, AND IT WAS SORT OF ON MY MIND, AND I THOUGHT, “WELL, I’M GOING TO GET AHOLD OF LOTTIE AND SEE WHAT THE DEAL IS HERE?” “IT NEEDED WORK. IT’S NOT A BIG MONEY-MAKING OPERATION IN WATERTON, SO IT WAS…HARD TO DO THE THINGS THAT NEEDED TO BE DONE. OVER THE YEARS, WE KIND OF KEPT IT GOING…BUT IT WAS ALWAYS…AN EXPERIENTIAL THING. IT WAS KIND OF AN ANTIQUE IN ITSELF. IT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE LIKE THE CITY THEATRES – IT’S A MUCH MORE CASUAL ENVIRONMENT.” “I LIKE THE STYLE OF THE BUILDING. IT’S A GORGEOUS OLD BUILDING – TUDOR-REVIVAL. IT’S GOT AN INTERESTING HISTORY. BACK IN THE MID-‘30S, PARKS CANADA WAS ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENT IN WATERTON, AND WAS GIVING OUT THE COMMERCIAL LEASES, BUT THEY ALSO WANTED SORT OF AN ARCHITECTURAL THEME TO THE TOWNSITE. THEY HAD AN ARCHITECTURAL DIVISION, AND THEY HAD ARCHITECTS ON STAFF, AND IT WAS THAT BRANCH OF PARKS CANADA, THAT DESIGNED THAT BUILDING, AND MANY OF THE OTHER BUILDINGS IN WATERTON. IT’S GOT SOME CHARM. IT’S NICE THAT WAY.” ANDREA BECKER ADDED, “IT’S…A PRIVILEGE TO BE A WATERTON BUSINESS OWNER. IT’S A VERY SMALL COMMUNITY, AND IT’S A LIFESTYLE KIND OF ENVIRONMENT, AS WELL, FOR THE BUSINESS PEOPLE THERE. WE…FEEL THAT IT IS A SPECIAL THING TO DO…” LARRY BECKER SPOKE TO HIS TRAINING WORKING IN THEATRES AND HIS EARLY START IN THE WATERTON THEATRE, “WHEN I STARTED DOING PROJECTION WORK, IT WAS A LICENSED TRADE IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA, AND, IN THE EARLY DAYS OF MOTION PICTURE EXHIBITION, THE FILM STOCK WAS A SILVER NITRATE FILM STOCK WHICH WAS, LITERALLY, EXPLOSIVE. PROJECTION ROOMS, INCLUDING THE ONE IN WATERTON, WERE BUILT LIKE A BUNKER. THEY WERE CEMENT ROOMS, WITH FIRE SHUTTERS, THAT WOULD SLAM SHUT IF SOMETHING WENT WRONG IN THE PROJECTION ROOM. THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM TO BECOME A PROJECTIONIST WAS A 3 YEAR PROGRAM, AND THERE WAS DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF LICENSING. WHEN I STARTED IN [1977] I OWNED THE THEATRE IN FORT MACLEOD AND I HAD TO DO AN APPRENTICESHIP, IN MY OWN THEATRE, BEFORE I WAS ALLOWED TO OPERATE THE EQUIPMENT. I BECAME A CERTIFIED PROJECTIONIST. I MENTION THE EARLY DAYS WITH THE SILVER NITRATE FILM, WHICH WAS HIGHLY FLAMMABLE, AND DANGEROUS. THAT HAD BEEN REPLACED BY ACETATE FILM, LONG BEFORE I BECAME INVOLVED, AND SO THE FILM STOCK WAS NO LONGER…COMBUSTIBLE, AND SO IT WAS A MUCH SAFER ENVIRONMENT. NONETHELESS, SOME OF THE OLD REGULATIONS SORT OF CARRIED FORWARD, AND SLOWLY CHANGED.” “ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS INTERESTING ABOUT THE THEATRE WHEN I TOOK IT OVER IS THAT, FOR LIGHT SOURCES IN THE PROJECTION ROOM, THE LAMPS THAT ILLUMINATED THE SCREEN WERE BURNING CARBON ARCS. CARBON ARCS CAME IN A BOX; YOU INSTALLED THEM IN THE LAMP HOUSE. WHEN YOU STARTED THE MOVIE, YOU’D STRIKE THEM TOGETHER, AND THEY WOULD CREATE AN ARC AND FLAME BETWEEN THESE CARBON RODS. THAT WAS WHAT PRODUCED THE LIGHT. IT WAS MAGNIFIED BY A MIRROR DOWN THROUGH THE LENS, AND WITH THE SCREEN. WITH THAT KIND OF A LIGHT SOURCE, YOU HAD TO BE IN THE PROJECTION ROOM…ALL THE TIME. YOU COULDN’T LEAVE THE PROJECTION ROOM WHILE THE MOVIE WAS RUNNING. AS A MATTER OF FACT, PROJECTION ROOMS HAD TOILETS IN THEM DURING THAT PERIOD. CHANGING THAT OUT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT I DID, BECAUSE IT MADE IT A LOT EASIER TO GET OUT OF THE PROJECTION ROOM. THE OTHER THING – THE FILM WAS RUN OFF OF 18 20-MINUTE REELS AT THAT TIME, SO THERE WERE 2 PROJECTORS. WE WERE CONSTANTLY CHANGING BACK AND FORTH, FROM ONE PROJECTOR TO THE OTHER. GETTING RID OF THE CARBON ARC LAMP HOUSES, AND INSTALLING A PLATTER SYSTEM, WHICH ALLOWED…THE PROGRAM TO BE SPLICED TOGETHER ON THE SINGLE REELS.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND HISTORIES OF THE WATERTON THEATRE, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20120038001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20120038005
Acquisition Date
2012-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE BREWERY
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ACRYLIC
Catalogue Number
P20120028003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE BREWERY
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1990
Materials
ACRYLIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
77
Length
52
Width
7.5
Description
HUNTER GREEN SWEATER WITH LONG SLEEVES AND V-NECK. GOLDEN EMBROIDERY ON RIGHT BREAST SAYS, “LETHBRIDGE BREWERY.” TAG AT BACK OF COLLAR SAYS, “CORPORATE WEAR, LARGE GRAND, MADE IN/FAIT AU CANADA, CA 04948, ASTRO SPORTSWEAR TORONTO, 100% ACRYLIC.” CUFFS ARE FOLDED OVER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
BUSINESS
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT STAFF CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH DONOR LINDA LIPTAK. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW SHE CAME INTO POSSESSION OF THE SWEATER, LIPTAK RESPONDED BY SAYING, “I WORKED IN THE BREWERY HOSPITALITY ROOM FOR 9 YEARS, AND, WHAT I BELIEVE THIS IS A SWEATER THAT CAME IN AS A PROMOTIONAL [IN THE MID 90S] (LIPTAK MISSPOKE WHEN SHE STATED MID-1990S ON ACCOUNT THAT LETHBRIDGE BREWERY WAS CLOSED AND DEMOLISHED BY 1991). YOU KNOW, WE GOT THINGS FOR BONSPIELS FOR PROMOTIONAL THINGS, AND I BELIEVE THIS WAS ONE OF THEM. NOW I’M NOT POSITIVE ABOUT THAT. THE OTHER ALTERNATIVE WOULD BE THAT THE BREWERY HAD THESE AND GAVE THEM TO EMPLOYEES…. THE BREWERY ITSELF. THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, MY BOSS, MY BOSS’ BOSS, WAS OUT OF CALGARY. WE BASICALLY WORKED OUT OF THE CALGARY OFFICE. THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY…..WE WERE LOCATED IN THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY BUT NOT REALLY PART OF IT. I WAS ALWAYS INCLUDED AND THE BREWERY DID THINGS LIKE THIS AND, SO THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A SWEATER THAT THE BREWERY ITSELF IN LETHBRIDGE HAD MADE UP. I KIND OF THINK THAT IS WHAT IT WAS BECAUSE IT’S LETHBRIDGE BREWERY. IF IT HAD COME OUT OF CALGARY, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MOLSON BUT THEY HAD THESE MADE UP FOR EMPLOYEES AND AGAIN FOR PROMOTIONAL THINGS. MY HUSBAND WORE THIS; I GOT IT FOR MY HUSBAND, AND SO I REMEMBER THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE…..THE LOGO ON IT. AND…..HE WORE IT A FEW TIMES; DIDN’T WEAR IT A WHOLE LOT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HOW SHE CAME TO HAVE HER POSITION AT THE BREWERY, LIPTAK SAID, “WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR A PART-TIME JOB BECAUSE MY KIDS WERE IN SCHOOL. I HAD QUIT WORK AND STAYED HOME, MY KIDS WERE IN SCHOOL, AND I WAS LOOKING FOR A PART-TIME JOB. AND MY HUSBAND WAS IN HUMAN RESOURCES, AND ONE OF HIS FRIENDS SAID, THE BREWERY WAS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE, SO I APPLIED FOR IT, HAD AN INTERVIEW AND GOT IT. I WAS IN THE HOSPITALITY ROOM THE WHOLE TIME; IT WAS A PART-TIME JOB, BUT IT WAS MOSTLY EVENINGS; IT WAS HOSTING THINGS IN THE HOSPITALITY ROOM. WE HOSTED THE SHIRTSLEEVE BONSPIEL; WE HOSTED THE LADIES ANNUAL BONSPIEL; WE HOSTED THE BRONCOS, THE PREDECESSOR OF THE HURRICANES; WE HOSTED, THERE WERE UNION MEETINGS THAT WE WOULD HOST. ONE THING I REALLY REMEMBER THAT WAS QUITE NICE WAS, AT CHRISTMAS WE WOULD HAVE A CHRISTMAS SOCIAL, AND INVITE FRIENDS OF THE BREWERY. ERICKSON’S WOULD ALWAYS CATER FOR US AND THEY ALWAYS HAD GREAT BIG JUMBO SHRIMP IN A BIG BOWL. IT WAS AN AFTERNOON WHERE CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS OF THE BREWERY, WOULD COME DOWN AND SPEND THE AFTERNOON. I REMEMBER, AT ONE POINT, MY BOSS, OUT OF CALGARY, GEORGE REED, SAID “YOU’RE USING ERICKSON’S TOO MUCH. WE SELL BEER THROUGHOUT LETHBRIDGE. YOU NEED TO USE OTHER PEOPLE.” AND I SAID, ‘OH, BUT ERICKSON’S IS SO GOOD AND THEY KNOW US SO WELL.” BUT, ANYWAY, I TRIED ANOTHER OUTFIT, AND WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THEM. THEIR FOOD WAS O.K. BUT IT WASN’T ERICKSON’S. AND ERICKSON’S, THEY HAD EXCELLENT FOOD. THEY ALWAYS HAD EXTRA FOOD BACK AT THE RESTAURANT IF WE RAN OUT. THEY KNEW US. WHEN WE ORDERED SANDWICHES FOR LUNCH, MOST PLACES WOULD GIVE YOU 1 SANDWICH PER PERSON; THEY WOULD ALWAYS GIVE US 1 ½ SANDWICHES PER PERSON BECAUSE IT WAS ALL MEN LOTS OF TIMES. ANYWAY, I JUST REALLY LIKED THEM, BUT ANYWAY, I USED THIS OTHER ONE, AND WE RAN OUT OF FOOD; SO I WENT BACK TO HIM AND SAID, “I’M SORRY, GEORGE, BUT I’M GOING BACK TO ERICKSON’S. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I USED ANOTHER ONE.” AND, SO HE WAS O.K. WITH THAT. BUT, I STILL SEE PEOPLE WHO CATERED TO OUR HOSPITALITY ROOM [SNAKE ROOM] FROM ERICKSON’S, AND IT WAS WONDERFUL. …WHEN I WAS, AS I WORKED THERE LONGER, I WOULD TAKE CARE OF SOME OF THE COMPLAINTS, OR I WOULD RESPOND TO WRITTEN COMPLAINTS ABOUT BEER, SO I WAS IN THE OFFICE A LITTLE BIT MORE AND DOING MORE THINGS LIKE THAT. IT WAS INTERESTING, MY BOSS, THE TWO FELLOWS THAT I WORK WITH IN THE MARKETING PART, THEY ALWAYS SAID WHEN PEOPLE BRING BEER IN, THERE WOULD BE A FOREIGN OBJECT OF SOME KIND IN IT. AND THEY WOULD SAY, IF IT’S OPENED, PROVE THAT YOU DIDN’T PUT IT IN THERE. YOU CAN’T PROVE THAT IT WAS IN THERE IF IT’S CLOSED ITS NOT HURTING YOU ANYWAY. BUT THEY ALWAYS GOT A CASE OF BEER IF THEY BROUGHT IT IN AND BROUGHT A COMPLAINT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MEMORIES PERTAINING TO THE BREWERY, LIPTAK SAID, “I’M LDS, I DO NOT DRINK BEER, AND I DO NOT LIKE BEER. I HAD A FELLOW FROM MAGRATH WHERE I GREW UP COME IN ONE DAY AND HE SAYS ‘LINDA! WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN HERE?’ I SAID ‘THEY’VE GOT TO HAVE SOMEBODY SOBER TO SERVE IT!’ THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE SURPRISED THAT I WAS THERE, THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE SURPRISED THAT I WORKED THERE BUT I HAD A REALLY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH EVERYBODY AND MY HUSBAND LOVED IT. I GOT TWO CASES OF FREE BEER EVERY WEEK I THINK IT WAS OR EVERY MONTH. WE COULD GO AND BUY IT AND HAND OUR RECEIPTS IN. SO MY HUSBAND LOVED IT BECAUSE HE LOVED BEER! LIPTAK RELAYED HER FEELINGS ON FINDING OUT THAT MOLSON’S WAS CLOSING THE BREWERY BY SAYING, “I WAS REALLY DISAPPOINTED. I SAID “THIS IS MY PERFECT JOB! I WAS GOING TO STAY HERE AND RETIRE HERE.” BECAUSE IT WAS A PART TIME JOB, THAT’S ALL I WANTED AND I WAS REALLY SADDENED BUT THERE WASN’T A WHOLE LOT YOU COULD DO. IN THE MEANTIME, THEY GAVE US LOTS OF NOTICE. LIKE THERE WAS NO PAYOUT AT THE END BECAUSE THEY GAVE US WHATEVER NOTICE WE HAD TO HAVE. THEY TREATED THE FULL TIME EMPLOYEES REALLY WELL. BUT THEY DIDN’T EVEN CONSIDER ME PERMANENT PART-TIME. I WAS JUST CASUAL AND SO I DIDN’T GET THE BENEFITS THAT THEY DID. A LOT OF THEM ACTUALLY WENT TO SCHOOL AND THE BREWERY PAID FOR THEM TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. SOME OF THEM RELOCATED TO CALGARY. A COUPLE OF THEM MAY HAVE RELOCATED TO EDMONTON, I’M NOT SURE BUT THEY WERE VERY FAIR WITH THE EMPLOYEES. I DIDN’T THINK THEY WERE FAIR TO ME BECAUSE I HAD BEEN THERE FOR NINE YEARS AND I WAS STILL CONSIDERED CASUAL BUT THEY GAVE US…I HAD ALL KINDS OF BENEFITS WITH MERCHANDISE YOU KNOW. IT WAS…I THOUGHT IT WAS A PERFECT JOB BECAUSE MY HUSBAND COULD BABYSIT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE PHYSICAL LOCATION OF THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, WHEN IT WAS BUILT AND HOW TO GET THERE, LIPTAK RESPONDED BY SAYING, “I WOULD GUESS IT WAS [BUILT] WHEN THE OFFICE BUILDING OR SHORTLY AFTER THE OFFICE BUILDING WAS BUILT. IT WAS ON THE EAST, YES AND IT WAS SOUTH OF THE RECEIVING. [I]F YOU WANTED TO GO TO THE SNAKE ROOM AND THE OFFICE YOU WOULD GO RIGHT BEFORE YOU GOT TO THE BEER STORE. THE HOSPITALITY ROOM WAS NOT PART OF THE BREWERY. IT WAS A SEPARATE OFFICE BUILDING, AND THE HOSPITALITY ROOM WAS DOWNSTAIRS IN THIS OFFICE BUILDING. IT HAD A BACK ENTRY DOOR AND YOU JUST WENT DOWN THE STAIRS AND THAT’S WHERE THE SNAKE ROOM WAS, THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, AND HE REMEMBERS GOING OVER THERE AFTER WORK. IF YOU REMEMBER, WHEN THERE WAS DRUNK DRIVING; THERE WAS A HORRIFIC ACCIDENT, AND I THINK SOMEONE CAME OUT OF ONE OF THESE SNAKE ROOMS…..IT WASN’T IN LETHBRIDGE; BUT I REMEMBER THE GOVERNMENT REALLY STEPPING DOWN ON THESE AND SAYING “THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC ROOM. IT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE.” AND SO THAT IS WHEN LINDA GODLINGTON WAS THERE…..LINDA LARSON WAS HER NAME….SHE WORKED THERE, AND SHE QUIT, AND I WENT IN. AND, SO SHE WAS THERE FOR 4-5 YEARS, AND THEN I WAS THERE FOR 9 YEARS. AND THEN IT CLOSED. THEN IT BECAME PART-TIME, AND IT BECAME ON INVITATION. I WAS TELLING YOU ABOUT THE GLASSES WE ALWAYS HAD THERE. WE HAD KEGS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS, BUT WE ALWAYS HAD BOTTLED BEER DOWN THERE, BUT, WHEN IT WAS THE BONSPIELS, WE WOULD USUALLY, THEY WOULD USUALLY BRING A KEG OVER FROM THE BREWERY, AND THAT WAS WHAT I WOULD SERVE THEM; AND EVEN IN BOTTLES, WE WOULD PUT IT IN GLASSES. I REMEMBER WHEN WE HAD THE WOMEN THERE…WHEN THE MEN WERE THERE THEY WOULD SAY “THESE ARE NICE GLASSES, CAN I TAKE ONE HOME?” AND WE ALWAYS SAID, “SURE”, BECAUSE IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL. IT WAS PROMOTION. THE WOMEN WOULD COME IN….. AND THEY WOULD, SOME OF THEM WOULD COME WITH BIG PURSES, BECAUSE THE YEAR BEFORE, THEY HAD TAKEN 4 GLASSES, AND THIS YEAR THEY HAD TO HAVE AT LEAST 2 MORE TO MAKE THEIR SET UP. AND, THEY DIDN’T ASK ….THEY WOULD JUST COLLECT THE GLASSES OFF THE TABLES AND TAKE THEM HOME. AND, OF COURSE, WE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING BECAUSE WE’RE HOSTING THEM, AND IT WASN’T REALLY A BIG DEAL. AND BEING A WOMAN THERE, MOST OF THE EVENTS WERE MALES; THE NOON LUNCHEONS WOULD SOMETIMES HAVE A FEW FEMALES, BUT THE MEN’S BONSPIEL, THE HOCKEY, MOST OF IT WAS MEN. I WAS QUITE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT; I DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT, BUT, I DO REMEMBER THAT THE COARSEST LANGUAGE WAS WHEN THE WOMEN’S BONSPIEL WAS THERE. WHEN ASKED IF SHE COULD DESCRIBE THE HOSPITALITY ROOM ALSO KNOWN AS THE SNAKE ROOM, LIPTAK REPLIED, “FROM THE DOWNSTAIRS YOU TURN TO YOUR LEFT AND YOU WENT IN THE MAIN ROOM. DIRECTLY ON YOUR RIGHT WOULD BE THE BAR, A SMALL BAR THERE WAS A FRIDGE THERE AND A SMALL SINK AND A DRAINER THERE. IF YOU WENT TO THE LEFT YOU WOULD GO INTO THE STORAGE ROOM SO THAT WAS ALONG THERE. THERE WAS, WHAT WAS ON THAT WALL..I DON’T KNOW BUT WE HAD TABLES AND THEY WERE LOW TABLES, BIG ROUND LOW TABLES WITH CHAIRS ALONG THERE AND THEN …IF YOU WENT A LITTLE FURTHER THERE WAS A JUT TO THE LEFT AND THERE WAS A ROOM THERE WITH ANOTHER BIG TABLE THERE. THE KITCHEN WAS OPPOSITE, IF YOU KEPT GOING FROM THE BAR THE KITCHEN AREA WAS DOWN THERE AND IT HAD A BIG LONG SERVING. IT WAS A U-TYPE THING. FROM THE KITCHEN THERE WERE STAIRS THAT WENT UP AND YOU WOULD COME INTO THE FRONT ENTRY WAY OFF THE BREWERY OFFICE UPSTAIRS. BETWEEN THAT ENTRY AND THE BAR THERE WAS TWO STAIRS THAT WENT DOWNSTAIRS, WENT DOWN, AND THAT WAS A BIG ROOM LIKE THIS AND IT HAD A BIG LONG TABLE AND IT HAD CHAIRS AROUND IT. IT HAD A TV UP IN THE CORNER MOST OF THE TIME I BELIEVE, AND THERE WERE PICTURES OF YOU KNOW HISTORICAL PICTURES IN THAT ROOM. THERE WERE IT SEEMS LIKE THERE COULD HAVE BEEN PICTURES OF CELEBRITIES WHO HAD BEEN THERE BECAUSE VERY OFTEN PEOPLE THAT CAME TO TOWN BECAUSE THEY, BEFORE I WAS INVOLVED WITH THEM THEY HAD A SPORTSMAN’S BANQUETS AND THEY ALWAYS HAD A FUNCTION DOWN THERE WITH THE CELEBRITIES. THAT WAS PRIOR TO MY TIME. SO THEY HAD PICTURES OF THESE CELEBRITY SIGNED PICTURES. WHEN WE DID CELEBRATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY, AND THAT WAS A REALLY BIG SPLASH IN LETHBRIDGE, FOR THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF MOLSON. WE ORDERED, WE HAD ALL KINDS OF TRAYS AND GLASSES AND CLOTHES AND JUST MANY MANY THINGS.” IN REGARDS TO TOURS ENDING IN THE HOSPITALITY ROOM, LIPTAK SAID, “THEY DID NOT HAVE SCHEDULED TOURS OF THE BREWERY. IT WASN’T SET UP, I HAD BEEN, MY HUSBAND WAS A BEER DRINKER, WHENEVER WE WENT ON HOLIDAYS WE WOULD STOP AT BREWERIES, AND I HAVE SEEN BREWERIES WHERE THEY ARE SETUP TO SHOW PEOPLE. THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY WAS NOT SET UP TO HAVE TOURS. I GOT TO GO THROUGH IT TWO OR THREE TIMES, JUST BECAUSE I NEEDED TO KNOW, PEOPLE WOULD ASK QUESTIONS, SO THEY WANTED ME TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS. THEY WOULD TAKE INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE THROUGH OR A VERY SMALL GROUP ONCE IN A WHILE, BUT YES, AFTER THE BREWERY, AFTER THE TOUR THEY WOULD COME DOWN. PEOPLE WHO WOULD KIND OF ASK ME FOR A TOUR, WE WOULD USUALLY TAKE THEM DOWN INTO THE SNAKE ROOM AND EXPLAIN HOW WE BREWED OUR BEER, AND THEN THEY WOULD HAVE A SAMPLE. A BOTTLE, OR TWO OF THE YOU KNOW, WHATEVER BRAND THEY WOULD LIKE. IN THE PLANT ITSELF, IN THE LUNCH ROOM THERE WAS ALWAYS BEER IN THE LUNCH ROOM THAT THE GUYS COULD HAVE. THEY HAD TO; I MEAN THEY MONITORED WHAT THEY DRANK. THE BEER WAS AVAILABLE THERE. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER HUSBAND’S USE OF THE SWEATER, LIPTAK RESPONDED BY SAYING, “HE [AL LIPTAK] DIDN’T GET DRESSED UP A WHOLE LOT. HE RODE A MOTORCYCLE HIS WHOLE LIFE THAT’S WHY I RIDE NOW. SO BLUE JEANS AND A T-SHIRT WERE HIS APPAREL, YES. SO HE DID, I REMEMBER, LIKE IF WE WOULD GO OUT TO A SOCIAL, HE WOULD WEAR THIS, LIKE I SAID TO A BREWERY SOCIAL HE WOULD WEAR IT. BUT ONCE HE GOT INTO HARLEY’S, HE WOULD RATHER WEAR HIS HARLEY APPAREL THAN THE BREWERY. …HE DIED FIVE YEARS AGO AND WHEN I WENT THROUGH EVERYTHING, I LOOKED AT THIS AND I THOUGHT WELL MAYBE THAT I WOULD WEAR THIS SOMETIME BECAUSE HE WASN’T THAT MUCH BIGGER THAN ME. AND SO I KEPT IT. WELL, I’M MOVING TO RED DEER IN NOVEMBER AND DOWNSIZING AGAIN. FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING TRANSCRIBED INTERVIEW WITH LINDA LIPTAK, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME THAT ORIGINALLY HUNG IN THE "SNAKE ROOM" AT THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY. SHE ALSO CORRELATED THIS ARTIFACT'S HISTORY WITH ANOTHER INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN WITH GUNTER HORN, FORMER BREWMASTER, ABOUT HIS MEMORIES OF THE SNAKE ROOM; SEE RECORD P20100013007 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20120028003
Acquisition Date
2012-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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