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Other Name
TEMPLE BOARD MEMBER UNIFORM
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, SILK, SYNTHETIC MATERIAL
Catalogue Number
P20010099020
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TEMPLE BOARD MEMBER UNIFORM
Date
1998
Materials
COTTON, SILK, SYNTHETIC MATERIAL
No. Pieces
3
Description
A PURPLE UNIFORM WITH A RED SASH AND LIGHT GREY UNDERCOAT. 1- 203.5 X 14.5. RED SASH HAS YELLOW CHINESE CHARACTERS WHICH EXTEND DOWN THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE SASH. THE FRONT OF THE SASH IS COMPLETELY RED WITH THE CHARACTERS AND A YELLOW BORDER BEING THE EXCEPTIONS. THE BACK OF THE SASH IS COMPLETELY YELLOW WITH RED STITCHING ALONG THE EDGES. AT EITHER END, THERE ARE GOLD / YELLOW TASSELS. 2- 87.1 X 61.7 CM PURPLE OVERCOAT WITH IDENTICAL DESIGNS, DARKER THAN THE SURROUNDING FABRIC APPROXIMATELY 9.5 CM IN DIAMETER SPREAD EVENLY OVER IT. WIDE SLEEVES. HAS STAND UP COLLAR; JACKET HAS VENTS AT THE SIDE AND ONE IN BACK. HAS FROG CLOSURE, FORMED OUT OF SAME MATERIAL AS JACKET DOWN FRONT. 3- 178.5 X 39.5. GREY GOWN TO BE WORN UNDER THE OVERCOAT. HAS A NARROW, STAND UP COLLAR. ENTIRE FRONT OF GOWN IS OPEN. LEFT SIDE HAS A LARGE FLAP THAT OVERLAPS RIGHT FRONT AND COAT DOES UP AT THE SIDE WITH 5 FROG CLOSURES MADE FROM SAME MATERIAL AS GOWN. THERE IS ALSO A FROG CLOSURE AT NECK AND NEAR RIGHT SHOULDER. GOWN HAS LARGE VENTS ON SIDES FROM HEMLINE TO ABOUT KNEE HEIGHT. GOWN HAS VERY LONG SLEEVES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
RELIGION
POLITICS
History
THIS UNIFORM WAS SPECIFICALLY MADE FOR MAYOR CARPENTER (1986-2001) DURING HIS SECOND TRIP TO TAIWAN IN 1998 TO CELEBRATE THE 377TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RETURN OF THE GODDESS OF THE SEA, MATSU. DURING THIS TRIP MAYOR CARPENTER WAS GIVEN THE HONORARY POSITION OF TEMPLE BOARD MEMBER, AND BECAUSE OF THIS POSITION WAS GRANTED THE HONOR OF LEADING THE CEREMONIAL PARADE, AS WELL AS THAT OF MOVING THE MATSU STATUE FROM THE TEMPLE TO THE PARADE VEHICLE. THIS HONOR WAS PREVIOUSLY ONLY GIVEN TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF GREAT BRITAIN, THE PRESIDENT OF TAIWAN, AND THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A UNIFORM DONATED BY DAVID CARPENTER. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. AN ARTICLE FROM OCTOBER 25, 1977 PROVIDES SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT DAVID CARPENTER: “AFTER GRADUATING FROM LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE, HE WENT STRAIGHT INTO ACCOUNTING, ARTICLING WITH A LOCAL FIRM. TAKING NIGHT CLASSES AND ATTENDING SUMMER SCHOOL IN CALGARY AND EDMONTON, CARPENTER GRADUATED AS A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT AT 22. SIX MONTHS LATER AT 23 HE STARTED HIS OWN FIRM AND NOW HAS THREE PARTNERS.” AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 22, 1998 GIVES A FEW DETAILS ABOUT DAVID’S TRIP TO TAIWAN: “THE PARADE IS PART OF THE CEREMONIES MARKING THE ARRIVAL OF MATSU, GODDESS OF THE SEA.” HE VISITED TAIWAN FROM FEBRUARY 6-14, 1998. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING AN ALTER CLOTH AND A SASH DONATED BY DAVID CARPENTER. ON 8 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED CARPENTER REGARDING HIS DONATION OF 22 ARITFACTS RELATED TO HIS TRIPS TO TAIWAN AS THE MAYOR OF LETHBRIDGE. THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE EMPLOYEE, WEI QUO, WHO ACTED AS TRANSLATOR DURING THESE TRIPS WAS ALSO A PART OF THE 8 MAY 2018 INTERVIEW. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW.
Catalogue Number
P20010099020
Acquisition Date
2002-03
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
FLIGHT SUIT, “COMBAT FLYERS… SEPTEMBER 1992”
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, METAL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20140043006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FLIGHT SUIT, “COMBAT FLYERS… SEPTEMBER 1992”
Date
1992
Materials
COTTON, METAL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
146
Width
52
Description
BLUE COTTON COVERALLS WITH FRONT ZIPPER CLOSURE. ZIPPERED POCKETS AT CHEST, LEFT ARM, LEFT THIGH, AND BOTH CALVES. ANKLES HAVE ZIPPERED OPENINGS TO FACILITATE FOLDING UP OF THE PANT LEGS TO ATTACH TO BLACK PLASTIC CLIPS AT BOTH KNEES. VELCO CINCHING TABS AT WAIST. PRINTED LABEL INSIDE RIGHT CHEST READS “PGL CA 16276 - COVERALLS, COMBAT FLYERS BLUE – SALOPETLES D’AVIATEUR, BLEUES – 8415-21-907-9801 – 6742 – SEPTEMBER 1992”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
POLITICS
MILITARY
History
THIS FLIGHT SUIT WAS DONATED AS PART OF THE PERSONAL EFFECTS COLLECTED BY SENATOR JOYCE FAIRBAIRN (PC, CM) OVER HER NEARLY THREE DECADES AS A LIBERAL SENATOR FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON INTERVIEWED FAIRBAIRN'S FORMER ASSISTANT, GLENN MILLER, ABOUT THE SUIT AND THE SENATOR'S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE LETHBRIDGE AIR SHOW. MILLER SAID: "THE FLIGHT SUIT CAME FROM THE AIR FORCE... SHE WORE IT DURING HER ROLE AS THE HONORARY AIR MARSHAL AT THE LETHBRIDGE AIR SHOW... FOR APPROXIMATELY 15 YEARS... [AS AIR MARSHAL] SHE BROUGHT GREETINGS FROM THE SENATE OF CANADA, AND SHE WAS ALSO INVOLVED IN VISITING WITH ALL THE PERFORMERS, AND WELCOMING THEM TO THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE... SHE WOULD DO WHATEVER SHE COULD TO ASSIST THE AIR SHOW COMMITTEE IN ACHIEVING A SUCCESSFUL AIR SHOW... ONE PARTICULAR YEAR, THERE WAS VERY LITTLE CANADIAN CONTENT SCHEDULED TO BE THERE, AND SHE HAD MANAGED TO TRACK DOWN THE MINISTER OF DEFENSE OVERSEAS, AND WITHIN 24 HOURS THERE WAS A HERCULES, REPRESENTING CANADA, AT THE AIR SHOW... SHE WAS ABLE TO INFLUENCE HAVING AN AIRCRAFT AT THE AIR SHOW WHEN JUST DAYS BEFORE THEY WERE TOLD DEFINITIVELY THAT NO, THERE'D BE NONE... SHE WORE [THE SUIT] WITH GREAT PRIDE, EVERY YEAR." THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF FAIRBAIRN WAS DEVELOPED BY GALT ARCHIVES INTERN KARISSA PATTON FOR THE 2013 EXHIBIT ‘GALT BABY TO SENATOR’: JOYCE FAIRBAIRN WAS BORN AT THE GALT HOSPITAL ON NOVEMBER 6, 1939. SHE GREW UP IN LETHBRIDGE WHERE SHE GOT HER FIRST EXPERIENCE AS A JOURNALIST AT THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WHILE SHE WAS STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL. FAIRBAIRN EARNED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ENGLISH FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA IN 1960. FAIRBAIRN THEN LEFT LETHBRIDGE TO ATTEND CARLETON UNIVERSITY IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO WHERE SHE EARNED A BACHELOR OF JOURNALISM IN 1961. AFTER GRADUATION, FAIRBAIRN BEGAN WORKING FOR THE HERALD’S OTTAWA BUREAU, THE OTTAWA JOURNAL, AND UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL IN THE PARLIAMENTARY PRESS GALLERY. FAIRBAIRN WAS KNOWN AS ONE OF THE FIRST “FEMALE NEWSMEN.” SHE WORKED AS A JOURNALIST IN OTTAWA FROM 1961-1970 AND WAS THE FIRST JOURNALIST TO REPORT ON THE NEW CANADIAN FLAG SELECTION AS WELL AS COVERED JACKIE KENNEDY AND PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S VISIT TO OTTAWA IN 1961. THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PROUDLY CONTINUED TO PUBLISH HER WORK FROM 1965-1969. IN 1970 FAIRBAIRN BECAME THE LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT AND, LATER, THE COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR FOR PRIME MINISTER PIERRE TRUDEAU. FAIRBAIRN WORKED WITH TRUDEAU UNTIL 1984 WHEN SHE WAS APPOINTED TO THE SENATE. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN QUICKLY BECAME KNOWN FOR ATTENDING SOUTHERN ALBERTAN MILESTONES, OPENINGS, CELEBRATIONS, AND EVEN THE OCCASIONAL CAKE DECORATING CONTEST. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN BECAME WELL KNOWN THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA BECAUSE, AS ONE CONSTITUENT COMMENTED, “SHE CARED ENOUGH TO COME”. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN ALSO BECAME INVOLVED WITH MANY ORGANIZATIONS AND CAUSES SUCH AS, THE PARALYMPICS, THE CALGARY STAMPEDE, BOOKS FOR BABIES, AND THE ALBERTA BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE. FAIRBAIRN WAS PRESENT FOR CELEBRATIONS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA SUCH AS, LETHBRIDGE’S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, WHOOP UP DAYS, AND MANY UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE CONVOCATIONS. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WAS ALSO AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION WHERE SHE ADOPTED A HORSE NAMED “DOOLEY”. IN 2008 THE LETHBRIDGE THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION HONOURED SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WITH A LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP. SENATOR FAIRBAIRN’S DEVOTION TO CANADA AND THE SOUTHERN ALBERTAN COMMUNITY WAS ALSO RECOGNIZED BY MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. IN 1990 SHE WAS INAUGURATED INTO THE KAINAI CHIEFTAINSHIP, WHERE SHE RECEIVED THE NAME CHIEF MORNING BIRD WOMAN. FAIRBAIRN WAS ALSO MADE AN HONOURARY LIEUTENANT-COLONEL OF THE 18TH AIR DEFENSE REGIMENT, RCA. SHE WAS ALSO MADE A HONOURARY AIR MARSHAL AND FREQUENTLY ATTENDED THE INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW AT LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. IN ADDITION, SHE WAS AWARDED WITH A HONOURARY DOCTORATE OF LAWS BY THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE IN 2004. WHILE FAIRBAIRN WAS KNOWN FOR BEING PRESENT IN THE SOUTHERN ALBERTAN COMMUNITY SHE WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR HER MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN PARLIAMENT. HER CAREER AS SENATOR BEGAN AS THE VICE-CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL LIBERAL CAUCUS AND THE WESTERN AND NORTHERN LIBERAL CAUCUS UNTIL 1991 WHEN SHE WAS APPOINTED CO-CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE. BY 1993 SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WAS APPOINTED TO PRIVY COUNCIL AS THE FIRST WOMAN TO HOLD THE POSITION OF LEADER OF GOVERNMENT. SHE ALSO BECAME THE FIRST MINISTER WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LITERACY. IN 1997 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE SPECIAL ADVISOR ON LITERACY TO THE MINISTER OF HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT CANADA. IN ADDITION, SENATOR FAIRBAIRN WAS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND MAKING THE FAMOUS FIVE HONOURARY SENATORS AND ERECTING A HONOURARY STATUE CELEBRATING THE FAMOUS FIVE ON PARLIAMENT HILL. SENATOR JOYCE FAIRBAIRN RETIRED FROM THE SENATE ON JANUARY 18, 2013. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20140043006
Acquisition Date
2014-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NAVAL JACKET
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC, ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P19990053004
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NAVAL JACKET
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
WOOL, PLASTIC, ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.0
Length
71.0
Width
46.5
Description
NAVY BLUE, WOOL. PULL OVER STYLE; HAS A SHORT GOLD ZIPPER ON TOP FRONT. HAS A WELT POCKET ON LEFT BREAST, WITH DECORATIVE STITCHING AT THE SIDES. CUFFS OF SLEEVES HAVE THREE WHITE STRIPES SEWN ON. EACH CUFF ALSO HAS TWO BLACK, PLASTIC BUTTONS, WITH ANCHORS IMPRESSED INTO THEM. TOP OF RIGHT ARM HAS A NAVY BLUE PATCH SEWN ON. EMBROIDERED AT TOP OF PATCH IS A WHITE EAGLE, WITH WINGS SPREAD; BELOW THIS IS A WHITE ANCHOR, OVERLAID BY A TORPEDO SHAPE, AND WINGS AT THE SIDE; BELOW THIS IS A RED V-SHAPED BAR. BACK OF JACKET HAS A TURNED DOWN RECTANGULAR FLAP, WITH THREE WHITE STRIPES SEWN AROUND THE PERIMETER (THAT GO AROUND TO THE FRONT ON INSIDE OF ZIPPER). EMBROIDERED ON BACK FLAP IS A WHITE STAR IN THE TWO LOWER CORNERS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
MILITARY
History
A UNITED STATES NAVY SEAMAN'S TUNIC, PROBABLY USED AROUND THE SECOND WORLD WAR. DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR GAIL HOLLAND’S ACQUISITION, STEWARDSHIP AND GENERAL USE OF HER 1999-DONATED COLLECTION PLEASE REFER TO RECORD P19990053001. ***UPDATE: ARTIFACT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “MILITARY NAVAL JACKET WAS NOT USED IN A THEATRE PRODUCTION, BUT SERVED AS A REFERENCE FOR REPRODUCTION PURPOSES, IF NEEDED.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053004
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
U.S. AIRBORNE JACKET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, SATIN, ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P19990053005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
U.S. AIRBORNE JACKET
Date
1944
Materials
WOOL, SATIN, ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
1
Height
8.0
Length
76.0
Width
46.0
Description
SHORT, NAVY GREEN. HAS TWO FLAPPED PATCH, BREAST POCKETS, WITH GOLD COLOURED METAL BUTTONS. BUTTONS ARE EMBOSSED WITH AN EAGLE, WITH SPREAD WINGS, OVERLAID WITH A CREST SHAPE. ONE FOOT OF EAGLE IS HOLDING A STEM OF LEAVES, THE OTHER IS HOLDING A BUNCH OF GRAIN. ABOVE EAGLE IS A BANNER THAT READS "EPLURIBUS UNUM", AND ABOVE THIS IS A CIRCLE WITH 12 STARS WITHIN IT; CIRCLE IS SURROUNDED BY A BORDER OF TINY SPHERES. THERE ARE THREE BUTTONS ON FRONT (SAME AS ABOVE, BUT BIGGER). THE BACK OF EACH BUTTON IS IMPRESSED WITH "WATERBURY BUTTON CO. * CONN. * ". JACKET HAS NOTCHED LAPELS. A STRAP AT BOTTOM OF JACKET OVERLAPS THE OTHER SIDE AND GOES THROUGH A GOLD COLOURED BUCKLE. THERE IS A GOLD BUTTON ON EACH SHOULDER (SAME AS ABOVE). THERE IS ONE KHAKI GREEN STRIPE AROUND EACH CUFF. LEFT ARM HAS A ROYAL BLUE PATCH SEWN ON. ON BOTTOM OF PATCH IS A WHITE STAR WITH A RED CENTRE. ABOVE THIS IS A WHITE PARACHUTE, OVERLAID WITH A WHITE AIRPLANE. ON EITHER SIDE OF THE PLANE IS A YELLOW WING. AT THE TOP OF PATCH READS "AIRBORNE TROOP CARRIER". SEWN ON INSIDE OF JACKET ARE FOUR KHAKI GREEN, PLASTIC BUTTONS. ON INSIDE LEFT IS A SIDEWAYS WELT POCKET. TAG INSIDE OF POCKET READS "CINCINATTI, OHIO SPECIALLY CUT AND MADE FOR YOU MR C.H. LANIER DATE 5-18-44 NO 12177". SEWN OUTSIDE OF POCKET IS A MONOGRAM MADE UP OF THREE SQUARES OF FABRIC, IT READS "CHL". THE LETTERS ARE WHITE, FANCY SCRIPT, ON A BLACK BACKGROUND. INSIDE OF JACKET IS LINED WITH GOLD SATIN. STAMPED ON INSIDE IS "L-2229".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
MILITARY
History
DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR GAIL HOLLAND’S ACQUISITION, STEWARDSHIP AND GENERAL USE OF HER 1999-DONATED COLLECTION PLEASE REFER TO RECORD P19990053001. ***UPDATE: ARTIFACT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “US AIRBORNE JACKET USED IN 1988 PRODUCTION “SOUTH PACIFIC” BY LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL THEATRE AND WORN BY A CAST MEMBER PLAYING ONE OF THE OFFICERS.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053005
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
COAT AND BOOTIES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20010070022
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COAT AND BOOTIES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
3
Length
22.7
Width
43.0
Description
1. CLOAK. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. CROCHETED BABY'S SWEATER. OFF WHITE WITH LIGHT BLUE TRIM. BOTTOM EDGE OF COAT HAS A JAGGED EDGE. SLEEVES ARE SORT OF PUFFY AT CUFFS. 2. BOOTIES. 8.5 X 5.3. CROCHETED BABY BOOTIES. OFF WHITE WITH LIGHT BLUE TRIM. TOP OF BOOTIES ARE FOLDED OVER. ONE BOOTEE HAS A BLUE PIECE OF YARN AROUND LEG WITH POM POMS ATTACHED TO THE ENDS. OTHER BOOTEE ALSO A PIECE OF YARN AROUND LEG, BUT POM POMS ARE MISSING. THIS BOOTEE HAS A SMALL ORANGEY STAIN ON ONE SIDE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CLOTHING-FOOTWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
MADE BY DONOR'S MOTHER DAGMAR DOYLE SIMPSON. THE GARMENTS WERE NEVER USED. DONOR SUSPECTS HER MOTHER MADE THE ITEMS IN HOPES OF ONE DAY HAVING A BABY BOY, BUT WAS UNABLE TO DO SO. DAGMAR OLSEN WAS BORN DECEMBER 28, 1914, RAISED ON A FAMILY FARM, AND SCHOOLED IN STAVLEY, ALBERTA. HER PARENTS, HILDA AND JOHN OLSEN, WERE IMMIGRANT PIONEERS FROM NORWAY. HER MOTHER HILDA, GOT DAGMAR HER FIRST JOB AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR WITH THE STAVELY AGENCY AT THE AGE OF 15 YEARS. AFTER LIVING AT HOME WORKING SEVEN YEARS IN STAVELY, DAGMAR MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED FOR AGT UNTIL SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE DOYLE, ALSO FROM STAVELY AND PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE HAD ONE DAUGHTER, BARBARA. DAGMAR LATER RETURNED TO AGT AS AN OPERATOR UNTIL HER RETIREMENT AT AGE 60, WHEN SHE MARRIED CLARE SIMPSON. CLARE AND DAGMAR LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE, SOCIALIZED, AND TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1985. DAGMAR OLSEN DOYLE SIMPSON DIED MARCH 14, 2001. SHE WAS RUMORED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN LETHBRIDGE. DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, WAS BORN AND SCHOOLED IN LETHBRIDGE. SHE TRAINED AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL AS A LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST; GRADUATED 1962. SHE WORKED IN THE LAB AT ST. MICHAEL'S FOR 5 YEARS; MARRIED AND HAD 2 SONS. GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS, THEN A MASTERS OF ARTS IN ENGLISH, IN 1987. SHE TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITYS OF CALGARY AND LETHBRIDGE, THEN MOVED TO MONTREAL FROM 1990-1996. SHE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE TO RETIRE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING CLOTHING ITEMS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. DAGMAR CHRISTINA SIMPSON (NEE OLSEN) PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 2001 AT THE AGE OF 88. SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE PATRICK (LARRY) DOYLE ON DECEMBER 4, 1940. LAWRENCE WAS BORN IN PEI IN 1910. HE MOVED TO VULCAN IN 1920, STAVELY IN 1924, AND TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1937. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 58 ON MARCH 28, 1969. LAWRENCE WAS THE SON OF GEORGE FRANKLIN AND MINNIE MAGDALEN DOYLE. DAGMAR WAS REMARRIED ON MARCH 29, 1975 TO CLARE C. SIMPSON. CLARE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BELLEVILE, ON AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1930 TO WORK FOR AGT. HE ENLISTED IN 1939 AND WAS A POW FOR 3.5 YEARS FOLLOWING DIEPPE. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75 ON FEBRUARY 18, 1983. THE DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, IS THE DAUGHTER OF DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE. IN 1969, BARBARA WAS MARRIED TO PAUL TURNER AND IN 1983, SHE WAS THE WIFE OF MR. B.F. MCFADDEN. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE COLLECTION, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2018, PUNDYK SAT DOWN WITH DOYLE FOR AN INTERVIEW REGARDING THAT DONATION. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: DOYLE EXPLAINED THAT HER MOTHER DAGMAR OLSEN – THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THE ARTIFACTS – WAS BORN IN STAVLEY AND WAS THE THIRD OF FOUR SISTERS. GROWING UP IN A HOUSE OF DAUGHTERS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN OLSEN’S LIFE. DOYLE DESCRIBED THE SISTERS BY SAYING, “BESSIE WAS THE OLDEST, AND NORAH WAS THE SECOND OLDEST, AND THEN MY MOTHER, AND THEN VICKI. AUNT VICKI WENT BIG [BY MOVING] TO TORONTO. SHE WANTED TO GET OUT OF TOWN. SHE WAS BORED. SHE WAS BORN IN STAVELY AND THERE WAS NO WAY SHE WAS GOING TO STAY THERE. SHE WAS THE YOUNGEST, SO SHE GOT THINGS THAT THE OTHERS DIDN’T GET IN THEIR LIFE. NORAH TOOK TO CALGARY. SHE WENT UP THERE AND SHE WORKED FOR A WHILE AT PACKING COOKIES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BESSIE WAS [WORKING] WITH MRS. JOURNEK AND THEN IN CALGARY THAT WAY TOO.” MOVING ON TO DESCRIBE HER MOTHER, DOYLE ILLUMINATED, “SHE WORKED [AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR] FROM WHEN SHE WAS 15 IN STAVELY FOR ABOUT 7 YEARS. SHE WAS THERE FOR THE FIRST TELEPHONES COMING IN. THEN SHE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. SHE KNEW MY DAD FROM STAVELY, AND THEN HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AS WELL AND THEY LIVED SEPARATELY IN A BOARDING HOUSE UNTIL THEY GOT MARRIED…SHE HAD BREAKS [IN BETWEEN WHEN SHE FIRST STARTED WORKING AND HER RETIREMENT] WHEN SHE COULDN’T WORK BECAUSE OF THE WAR. [ADDITIONALLY,] I WAS BORN IN ’42, AND ONCE YOU HAD A CHILD, YOU COULDN’T GO TO WORK. EVEN WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER, THE WOMEN COULD NOT GO TO WORK BECAUSE THEY WERE MAKING WAY FOR THE PEOPLE COMING BACK FROM THE WAR FOR THE JOBS. THAT WAS REALLY HARD ON MY MOTHER. SHE WAS SO INDEPENDENT AND TO NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE HER OWN MONEY AND EVERYTHING [WAS DIFFICULT].” “[MY MOTHER] KNITTED [THIS BABY SWEATER] BEFORE [LEAVING WORK TO HAVE CHILDREN]. I DON’T KNOW AT THAT TIME IF IT WAS BLUE FOR BOYS STRICTLY, AND GIRLS FOR PINK. AND I DON’T KNOW WHETHER I EVER WORE IT. [THIS IS FROM] MY MOTHER’S HANDIWORK AND SHE WASN’T ONE THAT CROCHETED VERY MUCH. WHEN SHE WAS WORKING [SHE WOULDN’T HAD A LOT OF EXTRA TIME]. AND I GUESS AT THAT TIME AFTER SHE HAD ME, SHE WASN’T WORKING, BUT OUR OLD WASHERS THAT HAD THE RINGERS AND STUFF LIKE THAT [WERE TIME-CONSUMING]. SHE HAD TO WORK HARDER AROUND THE HOUSE AND EVERYTHING TOO,” DOYLE EXPLAINED. “I WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE,” DOYLE CONTINUED, “[I LEFT MY PARENTS’ HOUSE] WHEN I WAS 18 BECAUSE I WAS IN RESIDENCE WHEN I WAS DOING MY LABORATORY STUFF. I WAS A LAB TECHNICIAN FIRST. AFTER I GOT MARRIED IN ’64, WE LIVED FIVE YEARS HERE BEFORE WE STARTED MOVING AROUND. IT WAS ’71 [WHEN] WE LEFT AND WENT TO SASKATCHEWAN, REGINA.” “[I RECEIVED THESE ITEMS FROM MY MOTHER] AFTER SHE PASSED AWAY. [THEY WERE] IN THE HOUSE,” DOYLE STATED, "ALL OF THIS STUFF WAS IN THE HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE. I FEEL LIKE MY MOTHER IS STILL IN THE HOUSE. I HAD REALLY GOOD PARENTS. WE WEREN’T POOR, BUT WE WEREN’T RICH EITHER, YOU KNOW. WE WERE JUST COMFORTABLE, BUT THEY WORKED VERY HARD FOR IT. THEY BOTH WORKED VERY HARD.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20010070001 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20010070022
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SUMMER DRESS
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19990053009
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SUMMER DRESS
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
6.0
Length
132.0
Width
49.0
Description
WHITE, COTTON. BODICE AND BOTTOM HALF OF SKIRT HAVE NUMEROUS INTRICATE CUTOUTS AND EMBROIDERY (AN OVERALL FLORAL PATTERN). WAISTBAND AND TOP HALF OF SKIRT HAVE WHITE EMBROIDERED FLOWERS ON THEM WITH TINY CUTOUTS. ABOVE AND BELOW WAISTBAND, DRESS HAS NARROW PLEATS. ELBOW LENGTH SLEEVES END WITH A SCALLOPED EDGE. BOTTOM OF SKIRT HAS A STRAIGHT SOLID BAND AROUND IT. NECKLINE HAS A CROCHETED TRIM AROUND IT. BACK OF DRESS IS OPEN FROM NECKLINE TO HALFWAY DOWN SKIRT; THIS CLOSES WITH NUMEROUS HOOKS AND EYES. TOP OF DRESS IS BEGINNING TO YELLOW. DRESS HAS NUMEROUS TEARS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
PERSONAL CARE
History
DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR GAIL HOLLAND’S ACQUISITION, STEWARDSHIP AND GENERAL USE OF HER 1999-DONATED COLLECTION PLEASE REFER TO RECORD P19990053001. ***UPDATE: ARTIFACT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “WHITE COTTON EYELET DRESS NOT USED IN A THEATRE PRODUCTION, BUT SERVED AS A REFERENCE FOR POSSIBLE PERIOD COSTUME REPRODUCTION OF CIRCA 1910.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053009
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
VELVET, CHIFFON, POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P19990053007
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
VELVET, CHIFFON, POLYESTER
No. Pieces
2
Height
7.0
Length
125.0
Width
47.5
Description
BLACK VELVET. HAS A HIGH, STRAIGHT CUT NECKLINE (BOAT NECKLINE). NECKLINE IS GATHERED IN THE FRONT AT THE SHOULDERS. SKIRT IS SLIGHTLY FLARED. HAS 3/4 LENGTH SLEEVES MADE OF A SHEER BLACK FABRIC WITH BLACK VELVET DESIGNS ON IT. CUFFS ARE CUT IN A V-SHAPE, SO TOPSIDE IS LONGER THAN BOTTOM SIDE. CUFFS CLOSE WITH A SMALL, METAL SNAP. BACK OF DRESS HAS A SLIT FROM NECKLINE TO CENTER BACK; SLIT CLOSES AT NECKLINE WITH A PLASTIC, SILVER BUTTON SHAPED LIKE A FLOWER. BUTTON HAS A CLEAR GEM IN THE CENTER. DRESS HAS A LOOP OF THREAD ON EACH SIDE, THROUGH WHICH IS A BELT. BELT IS A STRIP OF BLACK POLYESTER?, WITH PEACH COLOURED ENDS. ONE END OF BELT IS FRAYED. DRESS HAS LOOSE THREADS THROUGHOUT. A RIP IN SKIRT HAS BEEN LOOSELY REPAIRED. DRESS IS CUT ON THE BIAS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
FINE ARTS
History
DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR GAIL HOLLAND’S ACQUISITION, STEWARDSHIP AND GENERAL USE OF HER 1999-DONATED COLLECTION PLEASE REFER TO RECORD P19990053001. ***UPDATE: ARTIFACT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “BLACK VELVET DRESS NOT USED IN A THEATRE PRODUCTION, BUT SERVED AS A REFERENCE FOR POSSIBLE COSTUME REPRODUCTION DETAILS OF 1930S CLOTHING.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053007
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, SILK, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19990053003
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1920
Materials
WOOL, SILK, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
10.0
Length
98.0
Width
56.5
Description
MEN'S FROCK COAT. BLACK WOOL. DOUBLE BREASTED; BUTTONS ARE STEEL, OVERLAID WITH BLACK THREAD IN A WEAVE PATTERN. IMPRESSED INTO BACK OF EACH BUTTON IS "CARANTIE * 32 * ". COAT HAS NOTCHED LAPELS, THAT END IN A V-SHAPE. COLLAR IS SLIGHTLY NARROWER THAN LAPELS. THERE ARE TWO BUTTON HOLES ON LAPEL, ONE OF WHICH IS SEWN UP. BELOW WAIST LINE JACKET IS SLIGHTLY FULLER. THERE ARE NO OUTSIDE POCKETS, BUT A WELT POCKET ON EACH INSIDE BREAST. INSIDE OF JACKET IS LINED WITH BLACK SILK, EXCEPT FOR SLEEVES WHICH ARE LINED WITH A WHITE AND BLACK STRIPED COTTON. LINING ON RIGHT ARM IS LOOSE, AND APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN REPAIRED. THERE ARE THREE SMALLER BUTTONS SAME AS ABOVE, ON EACH CUFF, WITH MOCK BUTTONHOLES. BACK OF JACKET, HAS A VENT, ABOVE WHICH ARE 2 BUTTONS (SAME AS ABOVE). EACH 'TAIL' OF VENT HAS A HIDDEN SLIT POCKET ON INSIDE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
PERSONAL CARE
History
ORIGIN DATE OF THIS COAT IS UNKNOWN, BUT FROCK COATS WERE WORN BY MEN FROM THE END OF THE 18TH CENTURY THROUGH THE 19TH CENTURY. COULD HAVE BEEN REPLICATED LATER TO COPY AN EARLIER STYLE. DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR GAIL HOLLAND’S ACQUISITION, STEWARDSHIP AND GENERAL USE OF HER 1999-DONATED COLLECTION PLEASE REFER TO RECORD P19990053001. ***UPDATE: ARTIFACT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “FROCK COAT WAS USED AS A COSTUME PIECE IN “OLIVER” LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL THEATRE IN 1975 AND WAS WORN BY THE CHARACTER PLAYING OLIVER’S GRANDFATHER.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053003
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
COCKTAIL DRESS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CHIFFON, NYLON, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19990053006
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COCKTAIL DRESS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
CHIFFON, NYLON, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
106.5
Width
56.5
Description
INNER BODICE AND SKIRT ARE PEACH. SKIRT IS MADE UP OF 2 LAYERS OF CHIFFON, AND IS FLARED. INNER BODICE IS MADE OF PEACH NYLON, COVERED BY A LAYER OF PEACH CHIFFON. INNER BODICE IS STRAPLESS AND SLEEVELESS; HAS CUPS FORMED INTO BODICE AT BREAST. INNER BODICE IS ATTACHED TO OUTER SKIRT AT WAIST LINE; HAS AN IVORY ZIPPER DOWN THE BACK WITH "TALON" ON IT. BODICE HAS STAYS SEWN INTO THE INSIDE, TO HELP KEEP IT STIFF. OUTER DRESS IS MADE OF ONE LAYER OF BLACK, TRANSPARENT, CHIFFON. DRESS IS MADE UP OF ALTERNATING HORIZONTAL STRIPS OF PLAIN FABRIC AND STRIPS WITH VERTICAL LINES, SEPARATED BY ROWS OF BLACK LACE. HAS SHORT SLEEVES AND FLARED SKIRT. HAS A BLACK ZIPPER AT CENTER BACK "TALON". ABOVE THIS THE DRESS IS OPEN, BUT HOOKS WITH AN EYE AT THE BACK OF NECKLINE. THERE IS ABOUT A 1 INCH HOLE ON BACK OF DRESS, AT THE SEAM WHERE TWO HORIZONTAL STRIPS MEET.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
FINE ARTS
History
THIS TYPE OF DRESS WAS POPULARIZED IN THE 1950S AND WAS SUITABLE FOR FORMAL LATE AFTERNOON PARTIES. DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR GAIL HOLLAND’S ACQUISITION, STEWARDSHIP AND GENERAL USE OF HER 1999-DONATED COLLECTION PLEASE REFER TO RECORD P19990053001. ***UPDATE: ARTIFACT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “COCKTAIL DRESS NOT USED IN A THEATRE PRODUCTION, BUT SERVED AS A REFERENCE ITEM FOR POSSIBLE COSTUME REPRODUCTION PURPOSES.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053006
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TUXEDO JACKET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, SILK, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19990053002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TUXEDO JACKET
Date
1936
Materials
WOOL, SILK, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
108.5
Length
55.5
Width
8.0
Description
CUTAWAY STYLE TUXEDO JACKET. OUTSIDE IS BLACK WOOL. MOCK DOUBLE BREASTED: HAS 6 BLACK WOOD BUTTONS, THAT COME TO A POINT IN THE CENTRES, AND FOUR LINES OF STITCHING TO LOOK LIKE BUTTON HOLES (BUT ARE NOT) HAS NOTCHED LAPELS THAT END IN A V-SHAPE, COLLAR IS NARROWER THAN LAPELS. LAPELS ARE LINED WITH A DIFFERENT FABRIC THAN COLLAR . THERE IS A WELT POCKET ON OUTSIDE LEFT BREAST. THERE IS ANOTHER WELT POCKET ON INSIDE RIGHT BREAST. A TAG INSIDE THIS POCKET READS "RIDPATH CASH TAILOR LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. MR. T. BURNET DATE OCT 1936". INSIDE OF JACKET IS LINED WITH BLACK SILK?, EXCEPT SLEEVES WHICH ARE LINED WITH SILVER SILK. CUFFS OF SLEEVES HAVE THREE SMALLER BUTTONS BUT SAME STYLE AS ABOVE. BUTTONS ON CUFFS DO NOT UNDO. FRONT OF JACKET IS SHORT AND V-SHAPED, AND BACK OF JACKET HAS LONG TAILS. BACK OF JACKET IS SPLIT FROM THE WAIST DOWN. ENDS OF TAILS ARE ROUNDED. THERE ARE TWO BUTTONS SAME AS ABOVE, ON BACK WAIST OF JACKET; BELOW EACH IS A NARROW PLEAT THAT RUN THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE TAIL. THERE IS A SMALL HOLE IN RIGHT SHOULDER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
FINE ARTS
PERSONAL CARE
History
JACKET IS NOT IN EXACT STYLE OF THE TRADITIONAL CUTAWAY COAT, BUT BASIC SHAPE IS THE SAME. DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR GAIL HOLLAND’S ACQUISITION, STEWARDSHIP AND GENERAL USE OF HER 1999-DONATED COLLECTION PLEASE REFER TO RECORD P19990053001. ***UPDATE: ARTIFACT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “TUXEDO OR CUTAWAY REMAINED IN COLLECTION, THOUGH NOT USED IN A PRODUCTION SERVED AS A REFERENCE ITEM, IF NEEDED. NOTE THAT SIZES OF CLOTHING MADE IN EARLIER YEARS, WERE SMALLER AND SOMETIMES DID NOT FIT CURRENT ACTORS SIZES.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053002
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, SATIN?, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19990053001
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1955
Materials
WOOL, SATIN?, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
120.3
Length
62.5
Width
7.0
Description
CHESTERFIELD STYLE OVERCOAT. BLACK WOOL, WITH A FAINT PINSTRIPE PATTERN ON OUTSIDE. HAS NOTCHED LAPELS; LAPELS END IN A V-SHAPE; COLLAR IS NOT AS WIDE AS LAPEL. JACKET IS DOUBLE BREASTED; BUTTONS ARE BLACK PLASTIC. HAS 1 FLAPPED WELT POCKET ON OUTSIDE RIGHT, AND TWO FLAPPED WELT POCKETS ON OUTSIDE, LEFT. INSIDE OF JACKET HAS TWO WELT POCKETS, ONE ON RIGHT BREAST, AND ONE ON LEFT WAIST. A TAG INSIDE RIGHT BREAST POCKET READS "14708 15/6 G.2X 372 PASSED NO 76". THERE ARE ALSO THREE BUTTONS SEWN ONTO INSIDE OF JACKET, TWO SMALL AND ONE LARGE. INSIDE OF JACKET HAS A BLACK SATIN? LINING. CUFFS OF SLEEVES EACH HAVE 4 MOCK PLASTIC BUTTONS. AT BACK OF COAT, BOTTOM IS SPLIT. THERE IS A WHITISH SPOT ON BACK OF COAT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
FINE ARTS
History
THE CHESTERFIELD COAT TRADITIONALLY HAD A VELVET COLLAR, WHICH THIS COAT DOES NOT, BUT OTHERWISE IS THE SAME STYLE. THE CHESTERFIELD COAT WAS POPULAR IN THE LATE 1920S THROUGH 1940, BUT THE PLASTIC BUTTONS ON THIS COAT INDICATE THAT THE COAT WAS MADE AFTER WORLD WAR II. POSSIBLY MADE TO REPRODUCE AN EARLIER POPULAR STYLE. DONOR IS A HIGH SCHOOL PHYS. ED. TEACHER. SHE DID DRAMA IN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL THEATRE, AND ENTIRE COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO HER BY LOCAL PEOPLE. **** NARRATIVE AND OVERCOAT INSIGHT BELOW SUBMITTED BY DONOR AND COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER GAIL HOLLAND ON 19 APRIL 2011. “DONOR IS A TEACHER, PRIMARILY JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCIENCES, AND GIFTED PROGRAM. SHE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN ASPECTS OF LOCAL THEATRE WORK FOR MANY YEARS, INCLUDING SCHOOL DRAMA PRODUCTIONS AND COMMUNITY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, NAMELY LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL THEATRE AND PLAYGOERS OF LETHBRIDGE. WITH AN INTEREST IN PERIOD TYPE FASHIONS AND DRESS, AND THEATRICAL COSTUMING, OVER THE YEARS SHE HAD GATHERED A SMALL COLLECTION, OF SUCH COSTUME PIECES OR GARMENTS. THESE ITEMS WERE ACQUIRED FROM LOCAL AND AREA PEOPLE WHO HAD BECOME AWARE OF THESE INTERESTS AND PASSED THEM ALONG TO HER. THEY WERE STORED IN HER HOME IN ORDER TO MORE EFFECTIVELY PRESERVE THEM. SOME PIECES WERE USED IN PRODUCTIONS, SOME SERVED AS REFERENCES FOR CONSTRUCTION DETAILS AND METHODS-USEFUL IN REPRODUCTION OF PERIOD DRESS, WHILE OTHERS-THOUGHT NOT USED, CONTINUED TO BE STORED FOR POSSIBLE USE OR REFERENCE .SOME PIECES WERE MADE OF DELICATE FABRICS OR MATERIALS AND WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO USE IN ANY RIGOROUS STAGE MOVEMENTS. SOME GARMENTS WERE OF SMALL SIZES THAT WOULD NOT FIT THE CURRENT SIZES IN GENERAL OF CAST MEMBERS.” “THIS OVERCOAT WAS USED AS A COSTUME PIECE IN THE PRODUCTION OF PLAYGOER’S “LIFE WITH FATHER” IN 1977, WORN BY FRANK FEATHERSTONE PLAYING CLARENCE DAY” ***ON 20 DECEMBER, 2011, GAIL INFORMED COLLECTIONS STAFF THAT SHE VOLUNTEERED WITH LETHBRIDGE’S PLAYGOERS BEGINNING IN 1975. SHE HAD “A GENERAL INTEREST IN ASPECTS OF THEATRE PRODUCTION WORK” AND WAS INTRIGUED BY HOW STORIES WERE BROUGHT TO LIFE HOW SHE COULD “GIVE THEM FORM AND SUBSTANCE ON A THEATRE STAGE”. HOLLAND BEGAN WORKING IN COSTUME CONSTRUCTION INITIALLY FOR PLAYGOERS AND, SOME YEARS LATER, WORKED AS A COSTUME DESIGNER FOR LETHBRIDGE MUSICAL THEATRE (LMT) FOR MANY PRODUCTIONS. “DESIGN WORK, ESPECIALLY PERIOD PIECES, OR SETTINGS” SAID HOLLAND IN 2010, “OFTEN REQUIRED A GREAT DEAL OF EXTENSIVE AND DETAILED RESEARCH AS PART OF PREPARATION FOR A PRODUCTION, SO AS TO BRING SOME ASPECTS OF AUTHENTICITY TO WHAT WAS BEING CREATED.” IN 1981, HOLLAND RECEIVED A “LEMMY AWARD” (LETHBRIDGE EMMY) FOR COSTUME WORK SHE DID FOR THE “THE KING AND I” AND IN RECOGNITION OF WORK SHE DID IN PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS. HOLLAND HERSELF PARTICIPATED ON STAGE IN THE PLAYGOERS PRODUCTION OF “THE ODD COUPLE” FEMALE VERSION IN 1987. THE LAST PRODUCTION WORKED ON BY HOLLAND FOR PLAYGOERS WAS IN 2006’S “A BEDFULL OF FOREIGNERS”. IN 2008 SHE ASSISTED LMT WITH ITS PRODUCTION OF “ANNIE”. FOR HOLLAND, THERE IS A DEEP “CARE AND CONCERN FOR PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION OF CLOTHING.” HAVING CARRIED OUT MUCH RESEARCH HERSELF, “IT SEEMED APPROPRIATE” SHE SAID, “TO PLACE (HER COLLECTION) WHERE [IT] COULD BE MADE AVAILABLE TO OTHERS, FOR REFERENCE OR FOR CONSTRUCTION METHODS THAT MIGHT BE USEFUL TO OTHERS IN CREATING REPRODUCTION.”
Catalogue Number
P19990053001
Acquisition Date
2000-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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