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Other Name
WHAT THE FRACK HAPPENED?
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20160014000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WHAT THE FRACK HAPPENED?
Date
2014
Materials
COTTON, POLYESTER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
3
Length
77.7
Width
86.8
Description
.1: VEST. PATCHWORK OF VARIETY OF MATERIALS AND TEXTURES. CLOSES AT FRONT WITH A LARGE BLUE, CIRCULAR, CONVEX BUTTON, WITH THREE SMALL STONES IN THE CENTRE OF THE BUTTON. A PIECE OF VELVET TRIM LOOPS AROUND THE BUTTON TO CLOSE. A WHITE PAPER TAG (P20160014000.2) HANGS FROM THIS BUTTON. FRONT DEPICTS A NATURE SCENE. ALONG TOP OF VEST, FABRIC IS PINK AND PURPLE, POSSIBLY DEPICTING A SUNRISE OR SUNSET. ON WEARER’S LEFT THERE IS A NATURE SCENE OF A PINE TREE AND ROCKS, WHICH HAS BEEN APPLIQUED AND EMBROIDERED ONTO VEST. LIGHT BROWN YARN DEPICTS THE TREE’S ROOTS, WHICH GO DOWN FROM THE TREE INTO A GREEN SECTION ON THE VEST. THERE ARE SEVERAL BUTTONS AND SMALL ROCKS OF VARIOUS COLOURS SEWN ONTO THIS GREEN SECTION. BELOW THIS IS A BLUE STRIPE, THEN A SECTION OF MULTIPLE SHADES OF BROWN, INCLUDING ONE SECTION THAT IS VERY TEXTURED AND IS LIKELY PAINTED/DYED TYVEK. THE WEARER’S LEFT SIDE DEPICTS A FARMING SCENE WITH MOUNTAINS IN THE BACKGROUND. BELOW THAT IS A CONTINUATION OF THE BLUE STRIPE FROM THE RIGHT SIDE. THEN THERE IS A SECTION OF MULTIPLE SHADES OF BROWN AND PURPLE. THERE IS ALSO ANOTHER SECTION OF PAINTED/DYED TYVEK ON THIS SIDE, WHICH IS PURPLE IN COLOUR AND THERE ARE SEQUINS, BUTTONS, AND SMALL ROCKS SEWN INTO AND ONTO THIS PURPLE SECTION. BACK OF VEST DEPICTS CONSEQUENCES OF FRACKING. TOP OF VEST ON BACK IS A SHADE OF PURPLE/PINK, WITH BLACK NETTING OVER IT. THERE ARE TWO BRIDGE TRUSSES ON THE WEARER’S RIGHT SIDE AND TWO GAS RIGS ON THE WEARER’S LEFT SIDE. BELOW THIS IS A STRIPE OF GOLD RIBBON, WITH 5 GOLD COLOURED KEYS AND FIVE SQUARE WOODEN BUTTONS ATTACHED HORIZONTALLY ACROSS THE VEST. BELOW GOLD STRIPE IS A PATCHWORK OF A VARIETY OF MATERIALS AND TEXTURES AND COLOURS INCLUDE VARIOUS SHADES OF PURPLE, GREEN, BLUE, RED, PINK, YELLOW, AND BROWN. MOST OF THE DIFFERENT PIECES OF MATERIAL ARE BORDERED WITH A RED FRINGE TRIM. ON WEARER’S LEFT SIDE, BELOW ARM HOLE, IS A SMALL SECTION OF BLUE FABRIC WITH THREE SMALL SEA SHELLS SEWN ON. BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE BACK OF VEST HAS A MEDIUM SIZED WHITE AND RED BUTTON (P20160014000.3). INSIDE OF VEST LINED WITH BLACK NETTING ON THE FRONT AND WITH GOLD, BLACK, AND RED NETTING ON THE BACK. .2: TAG. WHITE, HEAVY PAPER. HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK “CREATED BY CHERYL ATKINSON, BEV HALL, FRANCES SCHULTZ.” REVERSE HAS HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK “ART VEST. $200.XX” WITH 26-14 TYPED IN BLACK INK. 3.8CM LONG X 6.5CM WIDE .3: BUTTON: ROUND BUTTON, WHITE BACKGROUND. DEPICTS A GAS RIG WITH A RED DIAGONAL LINE ACROSS THE RIG. TEXT OF BUTTON READS: “WWW.NODRILLINGLETHBRIDGE.CA”. 6.5CM DIAMETER
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
History
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DONOR, CHERYL ATKINSON, CONDUCTED BY KEVIN MACLEAN IN MAY 2016. THIS VEST WAS CREATED AS PART OF AN ART GARMENT CHALLENGE PUT FORWARD BY THE TEXTILE SURFACE DESIGN GUILD. CHERYL WAS BOTH A PARTICIPANT AND AN ORGANIZER OF THIS ART CHALLENGE. CHERYL INDICATED THAT “PART OF THE CHALLENGE WAS TO WORK WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE GROUP WHO, MAYBE YOU HADN’T SPENT TIME TRYING TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH.” IN JANUARY 2014 THE GUILD GOT TOGETHER TO DETERMINE THE WORKING GROUPS AND THE THEMES THAT WOULD BE WORKED ON, BASED ON “WHAT THEIR INTERESTS WERE IN LIFE. SO, SOME PEOPLE CHOSE GARDENING, ANOTHER GROUP DID ART, LIKE PURE ART, AND OUR GROUP CHOSE THE ENVIRONMENT. AND, AT THE TIME, THE ENVIRONMENT IN LETHBRIDGE WAS UNDER THREAT, IN QUESTION BECAUSE THERE WAS A COMPANY THAT WAS PLANNING TO DO DIRECTIONAL DRILLING, FRACKING, IN WEST LETHBRIDGE, AND ONE OF THE MEMBERS WHO JOINED OUR GROUP WAS PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT IT, SO WE THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE A GOOD SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR OUR ART GARMENT.” PART OF THE REASON THE GUILD WANTED TO DO A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT LIKE THIS IS BECAUSE THE GROUP HAD GROWN CONSIDERABLY IN SIZE: “OUR GROUP HAS EXPANDED A LOT. IN THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS WE WENT FROM A GROUP OF ABOUT FIFTEEN PEOPLE TO A GROUP OF ABOUT FORTY PEOPLE, SO IT’S HARD TO GET TO KNOW FORTY PEOPLE INTIMATELY, SO WE WERE TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO CONNECT WITH EACH OTHER, LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR INTERESTS. AND SO, WE JUST, LIKE, HAD A CONVERSATION AND PEOPLE WERE TALKING ABOUT THINGS THEY WERE INTERESTED IN, AND THEN WE STARTED, I THINK WE PASSED AROUND A LIST OF, JUST LIKE A SHEET THAT PEOPLE WOULD WRITE DOWN KIND OF TOPICS OF THEIR INTEREST, AND THEN WE JUST STARTED MATCHING THEM UP, AND THEN WE PUT, WE DIDN’T WANT TO HAVE LIKE TEN PEOPLE ON ONE PROJECT AND ONE ON ANOTHER, SO WE TRIED TO SORT OF SPLIT THEM UP IF PEOPLE PUT DOWN MORE THAN ONE AREA OF INTEREST. SO, ENVIRONMENT JUST TURNED OUT TO BE FRANCES [SCHULTZ], BEV [HALL] AND I SO.” CHERYL INDICATED THAT THE ENVIRONMENT WAS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO GROUP MEMBER BEV HALL: “I THINK THAT THE ISSUE ABOUT THE FRACKING CAME UP AS WE DISCUSSED, LIKE, WHAT WE WERE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE VEST … BEV FOR INSTANCE, LOVES TO HIKE IN THE MOUNTAINS AND THAT SHE FEELS CONNECTED TO THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. AND I AM INTERESTED IN THINGS LIKE HERITAGE PLANTS AND NATIVE SPECIES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. I DON’T THINK ANY OF US HAD ANY, LIKE, WE’RE NOT TRAINED ENVIRONMENTALISTS IN ANY WAY. IT JUST SEEMED THAT THAT WAS AN AREA OF INTEREST THAT WE COULD USE AS A FOCUS FOR ART.” TO CREATE THE VEST, THE THREE WOMEN DIVIDED UP THE WORK: “WE DECIDED THAT TOGETHER WE WOULD MAKE A PATTERN AND CREATE THE SHAPE OF THE GARMENT. AND THEN, WE HAD A VERY TIGHT TIME PRESSURE, WE HAD SIX WEEKS TO FINISH IT … SO, WE DECIDED TO PARCEL IT OUT INTO PIECES. SO, FRANCES DID THE BACK, BEV DID THE SHOULDER AREA AT THE FRONT, AND I DID THE LOWER AREA AT THE FRONT. AND THEN BEV SEWED IT TOGETHER, AND THEN I EMBELLISHED IT AT THE END.” TO MAKE THE VEST, THE WOMEN USED FABRIC FROM THEIR COLLECTIONS: “WE KIND OF LOOKED AT THE MATERIALS THAT WE HAD, AND WE HAD QUITE A SELECTION! … AND TRIED TO DECIDE WHAT KINDS OF COLOURS OR TEXTURES, THINGS THAT WE COULD DRAW FROM ON OUR OWN PIECES, AND SOMETIMES WE SHARED THEM WITH THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT WERE – YOU KNOW, IF A PIECE OF MY FABRIC FIT BETTER IN BEV’S AREA, THEN I JUST GAVE HER, AND SHE COULD DECIDE WHETHER SHE’D USE IT OR NOT. AND THEN WE EACH TOOK OUR BITS HOME. BEV DID HER PART FIRST, AND THEN I ADDED MINE TO IT, SO SHE STARTED ON THE FRONT AND THEN I ADDED LATER, AND FRANCES DID THE BACK INDEPENDENTLY OF EACH OTHER. SO WE REALLY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THE WHOLE PIECE WAS GOING TO LOOK LIKE UNTIL IT CAME TOGETHER AS ONE. AND THEN, ONCE THE PIECE WAS TOGETHER, IT WAS MEANT TO BE SHOWED AT THE TEXTILE GUILD MEETING IN MARCH, AND WE HAD A LITTLE FASHION SHOW, AND WE SHOWED IT OFF, AND RESULTING FROM THE PIECES THAT CAME TOGETHER AT THAT TIME, WE HAD A, WE WERE INVITED TO SHOW THE ARTWORK IN THE DISPLAY CASES AT CASA FOR SIX WEEKS.” CHERYL DESCRIBES THE PIECE: “SO THE IMAGERY IN THE PIECE, AT THE FRONT, WE HAVE THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA REPRESENTED ON THE TOP, THE SHOULDER AREAS. SO, THE MOUNTAINS, THE COULEES, THE TREES, THE VALLEY, THE WATER. AND THEN IT GOES DOWN TO THE LOWER, WHAT WE WOULD IMAGINE THE UNDERGROUND LAYERS LOOK LIKE IN THE EARTH, THE GEOLOGY, THE WATER TRAVELLING UNDERGROUND, THE ROCKS THE SOIL, THINGS LIKE THAT. AND THEN ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE VEST, WE SEE ALL OF THAT DISRUPTED DURING THE FRACKING PROCESS. WE SEE FRACTURING HAPPENING. THE WATER AND THE EARTH ARE GETTING ALL MIXED TOGETHER AND DAMAGED AND, THE BIG EMBELLISHMENT ACROSS THE BACK, THERE IS A SERIES OF GOLD KEYS RIGHT ACROSS THE BACK OF THE VEST, AND THEY ARE, ACTUALLY, WE HAD JUST MOVED OUT OF THE BOWMAN ARTS CENTRE AT THAT PERIOD IN TIME, AND WE HAD A LOT OF STUDIO KEYS LEFT OVER THAT WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH, SO WE JUST SEWED THEM ON THERE, AND THEY REPRESENT THE DRILLING COMPANY THAT WAS PROPOSING TO DO THE FRACKING IN WEST LETHBRIDGE. SO, IT’S SUBTLE, BUT THERE IS KIND OF A MESSAGE THERE. AND THERE’S ALSO A BUTTON ON THE BACK FROM THE ANTI-FRACKING CAMPAIGN.” CHERYL WAS MADE CUSTODIAN OF THE VEST BECAUSE SHE WAS “SORT OF THE PROJECT LEADER … IT WAS ALSO MEANT TO FIT ME, SO I THINK THAT’S ALSO WHY I AM THE ONE THAT HAS CUSTODY OF IT.” SHE IS PROUD OF HOW THE GROUP COLLABORATION TURNED OUT AND FINDS IT A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO PART WITH THE VEST: “IT IS HARD TO PART WITH IT, BUT I CAN’T, I MEAN IT’S SORT OF A SNAPSHOT IN TIME. I MEAN IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY CURRENT AND IMPORTANT, AND I THINK WE ADDED SOMETHING TO THE CONVERSATION BY HAVING THIS ON DISPLAY AT THE TIME WHERE DECISION MAKING WAS HAPPENING. BUT I DON’T REALLY KNOW, LIKE I’M NOT GOING TO WEAR IT TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY OR SOMETHING, (LAUGHS) SO, I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO WITH IT SO.” INCLUDED IN THE DONATION PAPER WORK IS A SMALL DESCRIPTION OF THE VEST, FROM WHEN IT WAS DISPLAYED. THE TEXT READS AS FOLLOWS: “WHAT THE FRACK HAPPENED? CHERYL ATKINSON, BEV HALL, FRANCES SCHULTZ OUR WORLD IS A FRAGILE HOME. HOW WE EXPLOIT IT CAN HAVE DRASTIC EFFECTS FAR INTO THE FUTURE. THIS GARMENT IS AN ARTISTIC RESPONSE TO THE CURRENT, MAJOR ISSUE FACING THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. THE FRONT DEPICTS THE NATURAL GEO-LANDSCAPE OF THE CITY – PRISTINE SCENERY ABOVE GROUND AND THE MANY DIFFERENT GEOLOGIC LAYERS UNDERGROUND. THE BACK ATTEMPTS TO DEPICT WHAT FRACKING MIGHT DO TO THESE GEOLOGIC LAYERS, AS WELL AS THE THREAT TO THE SURFACE. HOUSES AND THE UNIVERSITY SIT AMONG OIL WELLS WITH THE GOLDEN KEYS SYMBOLIC OF THE SOURCE OF THE THREAT. MANY SURFACE DESIGN TECHNIQUES HAVE BEEN USED. THESE INCLUDE INDIGO DYEING, SHIBORI DYEING AND DISCHARGING, VEGETABLE PRINTING, TYVEK PAINTING WITH HEAT MOLDING, WAX BATIK, DYE PRINTING, BEADING, EMBROIDERY, COUCHING, MARBLING, ETC.” IN THE TEXTILE SURFACE DESIGN GUILD SPRING 2014 NEWSLETTER THE EXHIBIT IS DESCRIBED: “VESTED INTERESTS IS A COLLECTION OF ART GARMENTS CREATED COLLABORATIVELY BY TSDG MEMBERS. EACH VEST LOBBIES PASSIONATELY FOR A PERSONAL INTEREST HELD BY THE CREATIVE TEAM BEHIND ITS DESIGN. ON DISPLAY IN THE 2ND FLOOR SHOWCASE AT CASA UNTIL APRIL 26.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPY OF INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, THE EXHIBIT DISPLAY TEXT, AND THE TEXTILE SURFACE DESIGN GUILD SPRING 2014 NEWSLETTER.
Catalogue Number
P20160014000
Acquisition Date
2016-05
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
Less detail
Other Name
THREE-PIECE SUIT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19950073176
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
THREE-PIECE SUIT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
3
Length
77.7
Width
45
Description
1. NAVY BLUE WOOL SUIT JACKET WITH THIN RED AND BLUE PINSTRIPES. SILVER-BLUE RAYON LINING. TWO FRONT POCKETS WITH FLAPS AND TWO INSIDE BREAST POCKETS. RIGHT BREAST POCKET HAS LABEL WITH "WOODWARD'S MENS SHOPPE" AND TAG BELOW WITH "PURE VIRGIN WOOL". TWO BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; THREE BUTTONS AT EACH CUFF. WIDE LAPELS; SINGLE-BREASTED. 2. VEST: 61.2CM (L) X 39.5CM (W). MATCHING VEST. 6 BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE. TAPERED TO A "V" AT BOTTOM OF FRONT WITH TWO POCKETS. HALF BELTED WITH ADJUSTABLE BUCKLE. RAYON TAFETTA BACKING (MATCHING JACKET LINING). 3. TROUSERS: 96CM (L) X 36CM (W). MATCHING TROUSERS. TWO FRONT POCKETS AND TWO BACK POCKETS. ZIPPER, BUTTON, AND HOOK CLOSURE AT WAIST. HEMMED AT BOTTOM AND ALTERED AT WAISTBAND TO DECREASE SIZE. WAISTBAND AND POCKETS LINED WITH GREY COTTON. WIDE STRAIGHT CUT LEGS WITH HOLE IN RIGHT KNEE AND SMALL HOLE IN RIGHT LEG HEM.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
BUSINESS
PERSONAL CARE
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE DONATED AS PART OF THE ING ESTATE (P19950073023). SHE EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ING FAMILY FROM PERMANENT FILE P19950073001, WHICH CONTAINS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED WITH HAROLD ING JR., SON OF HAROLD AND MYRA, IN HIS ROOM AT THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL IN SEPTEMBER 2005. MYRA WAS BORN IN GOLDEN B.C. TO SHIN-BOW AND CHOW TING RAH; HER FATHER ORGINALLY EMIGRATED TO CANADA TO WORK ON CANADIAN RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND LATER BECAME A RESTAURANTEUR, WHERE MYRA DEVELOPED HER ENGLISH SKILLS AS A WAITRESS. "IN 1906 MY DAD [HAROLD ING SR.] LEFT HONG KONG FOR VANCOUVER, HE COULDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH... HE'S GOT TO BE A WAITER, A BUSBOY... AND HE LEARNED ALL THE WAY UP, IN THE MEANTIME PICKING UP ENGLISH... WENT TO WINNIPEG. THIS IS BEFORE ME. BY THEN HE KNEW THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF RESTAURANTING." MYRA AND HAROLD SR. MARRIED AND ADOPTED HAROLD JR. WHEN HE WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY OF ELEVEN IN 1944, IN VANCOUVER. "ME AND MY TWIN SISTER WERE SOLD BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY. SO DAD, MY MOM PICKED ME AND DAD SAID YES THAT'S GOOD... I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY SISTER IS... THERE'S NO WAY OF FINDING OUT." THE ING FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE LATE 1940S, AND HAROLD SR. OWNS AND OPERATES THE NEW MOON CAFE AND TWO GROCERIES, WHICH ARE RUN BY THE FAMILY AND NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS THAT HAROLD SR. SPONSORED. "AT APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS OLD [MY FATHER] INTRODUCED ME TO THE NEW MOON CAFE, AND I WAS A BUSBOY AT THE AGE OF FIVE... IN 1951 HE SHOWED ME MY FIRST HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL... BECAUSE HE WAS THE OWNER... HE'D WAKE UP AT FIVE IN THE MORNING TO GO TO THE CAFE, OFF AND ON TO THE GROCERY STORE AND MIGHT BE DONE AT EIGHT AT NIGHT, SUPPER AND IMMEDIATELY TO CHINATOWN [FOR] GAMBLING, PUTTING DOWN MAH JONG." HAROLD JR. ATTENDED WESTMINISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DURING THE DAY, AND CHINESE SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE EVENINGS - HIS FATHER WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, AND THE ORGANIZATION RAN THE SCHOOL, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS, FILM SCREENINGS, AND BANQUETS, FUNDED BY MEMBERSHIP FEES. HAROLD'S YOUNGER BROTHER, CALVIN, "GOT SENT TO A BOARDING SCHOOL SOMEWHERE. HE WAS GIFTED, BUT HE HAD A BYPASS SURGERY, HE HAD SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS HEART. HE COULDN'T HANDLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, SO THEY SENT HIM TO B.C." AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND A BRIEF STINT IN CALGARY, HAROLD JR. RAN ING'S GROCERY FOR HIS FATHER, AND IN THE LATE 1960S AND EARLY 70S ALSO WORKED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A SALESMAN AT SEARS. BOTH HAROLD SR. AND MYRA ING PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S, AND THE OBJECTS ENCOMPASSING DONATION P19950073001-231 WERE COLLECTED FROM THE FAMILY HOME. FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN DETAILS ON THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950073176
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY "BACEDA"
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20110026000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY "BACEDA"
Date
1955
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
90
Length
56
Width
18.2
Description
SUIT JACKET, NAVY BLUE, DOUBLE BREASTED WITH EIGHT BRASS BUTTONS. EACH BOTTOM HAS EMBOSSED, “CANADIAN PACIFIC” WITH BEAVER MOTIF IN CENTER. EACH CUFF HAS TWO SMALL BRASS BUTTONS WITH SAME DECORATION. WIDE PEAKED LAPELS WITH ONE BUTTON HOLE ON EACH SIDE. POCKETS AT FRONT ON LEFT AND RIGHT WITH SQUARE CUT FLAPS. FRONT LEFT BREAST POCKET WITHOUT FLAP. PADDED SHOULDERS. INSIDE HAS BLACK POLYESTER LINING WITH SEAM AT BOTTOM DETACHED IN PLACES. RIGHT AND LEFT BREAST POCKETS. INSIDE RIGHT BREAST POCKET IS TAG THAT READS, “GORDON CAMPBELL LTD., VANCOUVER, CANADA, MR. B. BACEDA., DATE NOV/55, NO.3059-G 9955.” SPARE BLACK BUTTON UNDER LEFT BREAST POCKET. SLEEVES LINED WITH WHITE, BLUE AND GREY STRIPED COTTON. FABRIC LOOP AT INSIDE BACK COLLAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
TRANSPORTATION
INDUSTRY
BUSINESS
History
ACCORDING TO INFORMATION PROVIDED BY DONOR DOUG HEGLAND AT THE TIME OF DONATION, THE JACKET WAS ACQUIRED IN 1983 FROM A LOCKER AT THE "OLD STATION" IN LETHBRIDGE WHEN STAFF MOVED TO A NEW TRAIN STATION AT KIPP YARD. THE DONOR FOUND THE JACKET AS A RESULT OF WANTING SOME OF THE STATION’S OLD LOCKERS. DONOR STARTED A CAREER WITH THE CPR IN 1978. ACCORDING TO INFORMATION SOLICITED FROM BRUNO BACEDA’S SON LONNIE IN FEBRUARY 2012, “BRUNO BACEDA LIVED IN THE LETHBRIDGE AREA HIS WHOLE LIFE. HE WAS A BAGGAGE MASTER WITH THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY IN 1959 AND WORKED FOR A WHILE AS CONDUCTOR.” ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, “BRUNO JOHN BACEDA PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON DECEMBER 13, 2004 AT THE AGE OF 76. BACEDA WAS BORN IN COALHURST ON NOVEMBER 7, 1928 WHERE HE ATTENDED SCHOOL AND BEGAN HIS 38 YEAR CAREER WITH THE CPR.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20110026000
Acquisition Date
2011-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail