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Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ANGORA, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19662331000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
ANGORA, LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Length
89.0
Description
BLACK ANGORA, (HORSEHIDE?) BASKETWEAVE DESIGN EMBOSSED ON BELT. LEATHER BACKED WITH CANVAS. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
CHAPS ARE USED TO PROTECT RIDERS LEGS.
Catalogue Number
P19662331000
Acquisition Date
1966-11
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, WOOL, CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P19900027000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1910
Materials
LEATHER, WOOL, CANVAS
No. Pieces
1
Length
95.2
Description
ANGORA WOOL COVERED LEATHER CHAPS. PADDED WITH COTTON CANVAS LINING. BELT LEATHER TOOLED IN BASKET WEAVE OR CROSS-HATCH PATTERN. C/W STEEL BUCKLE. PORTION OF BELT MISSING. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
DONOR STATES CHAPS MADE & PURCHASED IN OREGON. PURCHASED BY GEORGE LOMAS ABOUT 1908 IN LAWRENCE A TOWN NEAR PORTLAND. FARMED IN BURDETT AREA. USED TO PROTECT A RIDERS LEGS. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING THIS PAIR OF CHAPS DONATED BY GEORGE LOMAS. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN COMPILED USING INFORMATION FOUND ON THE “FIND A GRAVE” WEBSITE AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARCHIVES. ACCORDING TO HIS HEADSTONE, LOMAS WAS BORN IN 1888. HIS OBITUARY STATES HE ARRIVED IN ALBERTA FROM PHILADELPHIA IN 1907, FIRST WORKING ON THE CPR’S HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE AS A COOK THEN GOING ON TO RIDE WITH WHITNEY RANCHES IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. HE THEN BEGAN HOMESTEADING IN THE BOW ISLAND AREA IN 1908. HE MARRIED CECILIA “AMY” POWELL OF IRON SPRINGS IN 1910. THE COUPLE HAD SIX CHILDREN. THEIR FOUR DAUGHTERS WERE NELLIE IRENE ROELOFS (1911-1969), GWEN PHOEBE WALKER (1912-1990), EDITH MARIE GARRETT (1915-2008), AND OLLIE UPTON (D. 1996). THEIR SONS WERE GEORGE “WEB” WILBUR (1922-1986) AND M. EARL (1930-2009). ACCORDING TO THE CALGARY OBITUARY OF THEIR YOUNGEST SON, EARL, THE FAMILY MOVED TO CALGARY IN 1934 WHERE EARL WAS RAISED. GEORGE SR. AND HIS WIFE, AMY, RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE AFTER HIS RETIREMENT IN 1962. GEORGE LOMAS PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON 4 JANUARY 1977 AT THE AGE OF 88 YEARS. AMY LOMAS (NEE POWELL) PASSED AWAY IN THE CITY ON 20 FEBRUARY 1982 AT THE AGE OF 89 YEARS. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES AND SUPPORTING ONLINE RESEARCH.
Catalogue Number
P19900027000
Acquisition Date
1990-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BILLY MCINTYRE BUFFALO COAT
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BUFFALO, BEAVER, HORSE HAIR
Catalogue Number
P20060005001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BILLY MCINTYRE BUFFALO COAT
Date
1945
Materials
BUFFALO, BEAVER, HORSE HAIR
No. Pieces
1
Length
100
Width
59
Description
BRWN 3/4 LENGTH BUFFALO COAT. COAT HAS WIDE BEAVER COLLAR THAT FEATURES HORSE HAIR ON UNDERSIDE. ONE SIDE OF OPENING HAS FIVE CYLINDRICAL WOODEN BUTTONS AND FOUR LOOPS FOR CLOSURE. OPPOSITE SIDE IS THE SAME. TWO POCKETS FOUND ON EITHER SIDE OF COAT WITH TAN LEATHER LINING. CUFFS OF SLEEVES ARE BEAVER SKIN. BRWN QUILTED LINING DISPLAYS LEFT BREAST POCKET. MANUFACTURERS LABEL STITCHED TO INTERIOR OF COAT WHICH INDICATES IT WAS MADE IN SPOKANE, WA. BOTTOM BACK OF COAT IS VENTED WITH A SPLIT COAT TAIL.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
BUFFALO COAT BELONGED TO DONOR’S FATHER HYMAN COHEN. MR. COHEN WAS BORN IN POLTAVA RUSSIA IN 1892, AND IMMIGRATED TO NORTH AMERICA IN 1907. AFTER WORKING A NUMBER OF JOBS IN CALGARY, COHEN BECAME INVOLVED IN THE CATTLE TRADING BUSINESS. HE WORKED AS A CATTLE BUYER FOR A.H. MAYLAND OF UNION PACKING, BEFORE EVENTUALLY BRANCHING OUT ON HIS OWN AS AN INDEPENDENT ORDER BUYER. DONOR RECALLED HEARING THAT COHEN HAD A GOOD EYE FOR CATTLE, AND THUS, WHEN THE ACME PACKING COMPANY ASKED HIM TO PURCHASE A NUMBER OF CATTLE FOR THEM, HE WAS NATURALLY DRAWN TO THE MCINTYRE RANCHING COMPANY. (SEE PERMANENT COPY FOR COMPLETE HISTORY ON THE MCINTYRE RANCHING COMPANY). IN 1944 OR 1945, COHEN PURCHASED A CARLOAD OF FATTENED HEIFERS FROM THE MCINTYRE RANCH. HE EXPORTED THESE HEIFERS BACK TO THE ACME PACKING PLANT IN PORTLAND, WHEREUPON THEY WERE ENTERED INTO THE PORTLAND WINTER FAIR BY THE PLANT OWNER, MORRIS GORDON. THE HEIFERS WERE OF SUCH QUALITY THAT THEY WON FIRST PRIZE IN THE FAIR, AND COHEN WAS CONGRATULATED FOR HIS EFFORTS IN FINDING THE CATTLE. THE MCINTYRE RANCHING COMPANY WAS LIKEWISE ELATED THAT THE CATTLE HAD WON FIRST PRIZE, AND THANKED COHEN FOR GAINING THE RANCH SUCH RECOGNITION, BY GIVING HIM BILLY MCINTYRE’S BUFFALO FUR COAT AS A SPECIAL REWARD. COHEN CONTINUED TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE MCINTYRE RANCHING COMPANY FOR MANY YEARS AND BECAME CLOSE FRIENDS WITH BILLY MCINTYRE. BILLY MCINTYRE’S BUFFALO FUR COAT WAS A TREASURED HEIRLOOM OF THE COHEN FAMILY. THE DONOR WORE THE COAT WITH PRIDE, AND EVEN SHOWED IT OFF AT THE CALGARY WINTER OLYMPICS IN 1988, WHERE HE WORKED AS A VOLUNTEER. THE COAT PREVIOUSLY WAS FULL LENGTH AND BOASTED THE RATHER UNIQUE FEATURE OF DETACHABLE LOWER LEGGINGS AND CHAPS. THE DONOR WITH HIS FATHER’S PERMISSION TOOK THE COAT TO A FURRIER WHO REMOVED THE LEGGING PORTION AND MADE THE COAT INTO A THREE QUARTER LENGTH BUFFALO COAT. THE DONOR DECIDED TO DONATE THE COAT TO THE GALT MUSEUM IN 2006 TO PRESERVE THE LEGACY OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA’S MOST FAMOUS RANCHER, BILLY MCINTYRE. DONOR WROTE “[M]Y FAMILY THINKS THAT THE HISTORICAL COAT IS BETTER DISPLAYED IN A MUSEUM THAN IN MY STORAGE CONTAINER.”
Catalogue Number
P20060005001
Acquisition Date
2006-04
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
WIDOW'S WEEDS
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAYON, LACE, VELVET
Catalogue Number
P19940011002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WIDOW'S WEEDS
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1910
Materials
RAYON, LACE, VELVET
No. Pieces
2
Length
96
Width
67
Description
1. CREPED SILK (RAYON?) CAPE HAS SWIRL PATTERN. THREE LARGE ROUNDED TRAPEZOID PIECES OF MATERIAL SEWN TOGETHER, ALSO HAS TWO SMALL TRIANGULAR SECTIONS IN THE MIDDLE. IS SEMI-CIRCLE SHAPED WITH THE OUTSIDE BEING EDGED WITH 5 VELVET STRIPS. OUTSIDE IS TRIMMED WITH SCALLOPED LACE. AROUND COLLAR LACE IS ON CAPE AND IS EDGED WITH ONE BLACK VELVET STRIP. ENDS OF LACE ARE EMBROIDERED. EMBROIDERY IS WEARING OFF, LACE IS TORN AND WORN. NUMEROUS THREADS ARE LOOSE. 2. SCARF: 91CM (W) X 205CM (L). BLACK SILK(?) SCARF IS TRIANGULAR IN SHAPE WITH ONE END BEING ROUNDED. IS TRIMMED WITH BRAIDED GROUPS OF NYLON THREADS. GROUPS OF THREADS ARE WOVEN AND TERRACED PART WAY DOWN, THEN THEY ARE TIED OFF AND HANG IN LOOSE TASSELS OF THREADS. IN ROUNDED CORNER IS FLORAL AND LEAF COUCHED EMBROIDERY. HAS SMALL LINE OF SWIRL PATTERN ALONG OPPOSITE EDGE. IS BLACK METAL HOOK ALONG TOP OF THE LONG EDGE. TASSELS ARE MISSING IN MOST PLACES, ARE LOOSE AND TEARING WHERE THEY ARE STILL ATTACHED. COUCHING IS LOOSE IN PLACES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SEE FILE P19940011001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19940011002
Acquisition Date
1994-03
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
BLACK DRESS ENSEMBLE
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19970041930
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BLACK DRESS ENSEMBLE
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
NYLON, RAYON
No. Pieces
3
Height
2.5
Length
101.6
Width
38
Description
.1) UNDERDRESS. BLACK NYLON DRESS IS THREE-QUARTERS LENGTH WITH SHOULDER STRAPS AND STRAIGHT BODICE. SKIRT IS SLIGHTLY FLARED AND GATHERED AT HIPS. .2) OVERDRESS. BLACK RAYON SEMI-TRANSPARENT DRESS HAS CROSS-OVER V-NECK AND THREE-QUARTER LENGTH SLEEVES. SKIRT FLARED SLIGHTLY. .3) BELT. 86.2CM X 4.5CM BLACK NYLON BELT WITH CIRCULAR RAYON COVERED BUCKLE. BELT ALSO HAS RAYON COVER SEWN ALONG OUTER LENGTH.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
DRESS ENSEMBLE BELONGED TO DONOR'S MOTHER, LOIS NAKAYAMA, POSSIBLY BROUGHT TO ALBERTA FROM VANCOUVER. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. FROM AUGUST 29 TO 31, 2011 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, JOY KOGAWA, ABOUT HER MEMORIES ASSOCIATED WITH SPECIFIC OBJECTS THAT SHE DONATED IN 1997. OF HER MOTHER'S CLOTHES, KOGAWA SAID: “ SHE SO MUCH LIKED CLOTHES,,, AND SHE HAD BEAUTIFUL CLOTHES, [BUT] SHE DIDN’T HAVE A LOT… SHE HAD ONE PAIR OF SHOES, WHICH SHE KEPT REPAIRING AND REPAIRING… [HER CLOTHING] BRINGS BACK A SADNESS FOR MY MOTHER, BECAUSE HER LIFE WAS SO HARD… TO GO FROM WHAT THEY HAD IN VANCOUVER, ALL THE DREAMS THAT THEY HAD THERE, INTO SOUTHERN ALBERTA, WHERE IT WAS SO HARSH… THAT WAS NOT A WAY TO BE TREATED IN THAT STAGE OF LIFE… MY MOTHER WAS A VERY SILENT WOMAN AND DID NOT COMPLAIN… I THINK SHE GAVE UP ON BEING PART OF THE WORLD, AND RETREATED FROM IT. AS LONG AS SHE HAD KIDS, SHE HAD TO BE IN THE WORLD, BUT I THINK THAT, BY INCLINATION, SHE WOULD HAVE JUST LEFT IT – IT WAS JUST TOO HARD FOR HER… I JUST WISH SO MUCH THAT I HAD KNOWN HER THEN THE WAY I KNOW HER NOW… I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE MADE HER HAPPY, BECAUSE SHE NEVER WAS… BUT IN SOME WAYS I THINK HER LIFE ENDED HAPPILY. I CERTAINLY DID THE BEST I COULD FOR [HER]; I TRIED REALLY HARD.” SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041930
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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