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Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STRETCH COTTON, FELT
Catalogue Number
P19860012000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM SHIRT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
STRETCH COTTON, FELT
No. Pieces
1
Length
55.0
Width
46.0
Description
BLACK, YELLOW, ORANGE. MEN'S MEDIUM. BLACK BODY, GOLD STRIP ON FRONT AND BACK YOKES AND DOWN SLEEVES. BLACK STRETCH NECK, SLEEVE AND BOTTOM BANDS. ON FRONT: YELLOW AND BLACK FELT TIGER HEAD AND ORANGE FELT LETTERING "ELLISONS". RED STAIN AT RIGHT BREAST. BLACK SMUDGES AT RIGHT OF COLLAR. BLACK STAINS ON RIGHT SLEEVE. SMALL HOLE ON RIGHT SHOULDER.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
DONOR'S BROTHER EMIL (CHUMMY) SCHUMACHER, PLAYED BASEBALL IN THE CITY IN 1930'S FOR ELLISON TIGERS. MR. SCHUMACHER WAS A CLERK IN LETHBRIDGE HOTEL FOR 23 YEARS, AFTER WHICH HE MOVED NORTH & MANAGED A NUMBER OF HOTELS. HE WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE (JANUARY 1912) PASSED AWAY IN NOVEMBER 1979. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BASEBALL UNIFORM DONATED BY HELEN BLACKER. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. EMILIE “CHUMMY” OSCAR SCHUMACHER PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 67 ON NOVEMBER 7, 1979. IN AN ARTICLE, PUBLISHED AUGUST 24, 1934, CHUMMY IS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: “EMIL SCHUMACHER, CATCHER. WITHOUT DOUBT, “SCHUMMY” IS THE BEST BACKSTOP THE CITY BOASTS OF. HE HAS HAD A NEAR PERFECT FIELDING RECORD AND ASSUMES THE CLEAN-UP POSITION IN THE BATTING ORDER. A MEMBER OF THE COMMERCIAL CAFÉ SQUAD LAST SEASON.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19860012000
Acquisition Date
1985-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM PANTS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19930034002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM PANTS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
79.2
Description
GREY, CALF LENGTH PANTS, WITH DARKER GREY STRIPES. GATHERED AROUND BOTTOM SEAM (LEGS). BELT LOOPS, 4 BUTTON FLY & SINGLE BACK POCKET. BLUE PIPING DOWN OUTSIDE LEG SEAM. STAINED, SOILED & FRAYED. 2 HOLES ON LOWER RIGHT LEG, 1 NEAR OUTSIDE SEAM. 1 HOLE ON KNEE, WITH WHITE COTTON PATCH. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
UNIFORM BELONGED TO GEORGE ATKINSON WHEN HE PLAYED ON STERN FURNITURE FASTBALL TEAM. THE TEAM WERE FASTBALL CHAMPIONS IN 1934 & MANAGED BY LEO SINGER. SEE ALSO P19930034001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BASEBALL UNIFORM DONATED BY MARY ATKINSON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. GEORGE MARSHALL ATKINSON WAS BORN, RAISED, AND EDUCATED IN MANITOU, MB. HE TAUGHT SCHOOL FOR TWO YEARS IN RENNIE AND PURVES, MB BEFORE JOINING THE CPR IN 1925. IN 1929, GEORGE MARRIED MURIEL ATKINSON (NEE BLACKWELL) IN BETHUNE, SK. HE RETIRED IN 1970. GEORGE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 86 ON SEPTEMBER 5, 1992. AN ARTICLE FROM AUGUST 24, 1934 DESCRIBED GEORGE AS: “GEORGE ATKINSON, SECOND BASEMAN AND FIELDER. GEORGE HAS NOT SEEN A GREAT DEAL OF ACTION THIS YEAR, BEING USED LARGELY FOR UTILITY, BUT HE PERFORMS VERY WELL WHEN CALLED UP AND QUITE RELIABLE. WITH THE GAS COMPANY TEAM A YEAR AGO.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19930034002
Acquisition Date
1993-06
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
MAN'S SWIMSUIT
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19900007004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MAN'S SWIMSUIT
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
94
Width
35.5
Description
NAVY BLUE COTTON FABRIC, SLEEVELESS, WITH 2 BUTTONS FOR FASTENING, LEFT SHOULDER ONLY. 1 PCE GARMENT WITH LEGS ABOUT MID-THIGH. FLAP OR PANEL SEWN AROUND MIDDLE (SKIRT-LIKE APPEARANCE) FABRIC IS STRETCHABLE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
DONOR ACQUIRED AS A YOUNG MAN. SUIT HAS BEEN USED. DONOR NOTED THAT THEY WERE NOT VERY FLATTERING & WHEN WET COULD BE "REVEALING". WILLIAM HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ON 6 APRIL 1920. HIS PARENTS WERE MARION SCORESBY SKELTON AND HERBERT SCORESBY SKELTON. EDUCATED LOCALLY, MR. SKELTON WORKED AT THE DOMINION EXPERIMENTAL FARM (NOW THE LETHBRIDGE RESEARCH CENTRE) FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A REPORTER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN 1943. AFTER FIVE YEARS AT THE NEWSPAPER, HE BECAME NEWS DIRECTOR AT RADIO STATION CJOC ON 15 FEBRUARY 1948. DURING HIS FIRST TWO YEARS AT THE RADIO STATION, MR. SKELTON WAS THE ONLY EMPLOYEE IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. MR. SKELTON ORGANIZED THE FIRST FULL-TIME NEWS DEPARTMENT AT THE RADIO STATION AND WAS NEWS DIRECTOR FOR THE JOINT RADIO – TELEVISION OPERATIONS OF SELKIRK COMMUNICATIONS IN LETHBRIDGE AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA. BY THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT IN APRIL 1978, CJOC HAD EIGHT EMPLOYEES IN THE NEWS DEPARTMENT. WILLIAM SKELTON MARRIED MARY THERESA FRANCIS IN SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, LETHBRIDGE ON 3 AUGUST 1957. THE COUPLE DID NOT HAVE CHILDREN. DURING HIS LIFE MR. SKELTON WAS VERY ACTIVE AS A VOLUNTEER WITH MANY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA BOY SCOUT COUNCIL, WINSTON CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL, THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC INFORMATION, LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, YWCA BUILDING FUND DRIVE, 1975 CANADA WINTER GAMES PROTOCOL COMMITTEE, LETHBRIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 1981 ALBERTA SUMMER GAMES, PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISOR FOR THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM, A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE LETHBRIDGE JAYCEES, SOUTHERN ALBERTA COUNCIL ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND THE LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT UNITED WAY, AMONG OTHERS. HE ALSO VOLUNTEERED HIS SERVICES WITH LETHBRIDGE OVERTURE CONCERTS, THE ALBERTA MOTOR ASSOCIATION, LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT JAPANESE GARDEN SOCIETY AND THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE COMMITTEE FOR AN INDEPENDENT CANADA. WILLIAM SKELTON DIED ON 13 JULY 1998, AGE 78, AND IS BURIED IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY IN LETHBRIDGE. MARY THERESA SKELTON (NEE FRANCIS) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF DR. AND MRS. JAMES R. FRANCIS AND THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF REVEREND JAMES ROBERTSON D.D., A FORMER MODERATOR OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA. A TEACHER AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE FROM 1945 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT, MARY SKELTON WAS ALSO ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. MRS. SKELTON WAS A MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN; THE SENIOR HIGH NOVELS, NON-FICTION AND DRAMA AD HOC CURRICULUM COMMITTEE OF ALBERTA EDUCATION; THE LETHBRIDGE SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION; AND A DRIVER FOR LETHBRIDGE MEALS ON WHEELS. MRS. SKELTON WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM DURING THE TIME OF THE MUSEUM’S FIRST RENOVATION AND EXPANSION IN 1983-1985. MARY SKELTON DIED ON 23 AUGUST 2000, AGE 80, AND IS BURIED BESIDE HER HUSBAND IN MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY. [SOURCES: THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, VARIOUS ISSUES; WHO’S WHO IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA 1988-1989 (HISTORICAL RESEARCH CENTRE, 1989) PAGES 739-740]
Catalogue Number
P19900007004
Acquisition Date
1990-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
JUDOGI C/W BLACK BELT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1949
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, FELT
Catalogue Number
P19790274000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JUDOGI C/W BLACK BELT
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1949
Materials
COTTON, FELT
No. Pieces
2
Length
147.3
Width
88.9
Description
.1. WHITE COTTON JUDOGI. HAND STITCHED. REPAIRS THROUGHOUT. THERE ARE EVEN REPAIRS DONE ON REPAIRS. BADLY FRAYED, HOLES/RIPS UNDER EACH SLEEVE. YELLOWED, ESPECIALLY ON TOP PART OF JUDOGI. .2. JUDOGI BELT, COTTON 20.3 (L) CM. BLACK COTTON SEWN OVER WHITE, SEWN ONTO FELT LINGER. BADLY FRAYED & WORN. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
DONOR USED JUDOGI UNTIL THE LATE 1940S. HIS MOTHER KEPT REPAIRING THE SUIT WHICH WAS PASSED ONTO DONOR'S WIFE FOR REPAIR, WHEN THEY MARRIED. DONOR WAS UNABLE TO OBTAIN A NEW JUDOGI DURING THE DEPRESSION. DONOR STARTED TEACHING JUDO IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1952. HE TAUGHT IN RAYMOND, ALTA. FROM 1943-1951. SEE FILE FOR ADDITIONAL HISTORY. NARRATIVE BELOW SOLICITED FROM FLORENCE SENDA IN EARLY 2010 WHEN THIS ARTIFACT WAS EXHIBITED AS PART OF THE GALT’S TREASURES & CURIOSITIES DISPLAY. THE NARRATIVE BECAME THE BASIS FOR THE ARTIFACT’S LABEL COPY IN THE EXHIBIT. *** THIS UNIFORM BELONGED TO YOSHIO SENDA. YOSHIO WAS BORN IN 1922 IN MISSION CITY, BC AND STARTED JUO AT AGE 8 YEARS, EARNING HIS SHODAN (1ST DEGREE BLACK BELT) IN 1938. THIS UNIFORM WAS PROBABLY PURCHASED AROUND THAT TIME. WHEN WWII BROKE OUT AND ALL PEOPLES OF JAPANESE DESCENT WERE EVACUATED FROM 100 MILES INLAND FROM THE COAST OF BC, THE SENDA FAMILY MOVED TO ALBERTA TO THE BEET FIELDS IN THE PICTURE BUTTE AREA. IN 1943, THE RAYMOND JUDO CLUB (THE FIRST IN ALBERTA) WAS STARTED WITH MR. YOSHIO KATSUTA AS HEAD SENSEI, AND YOSHIO SENDA WAS ASKED TO GO TO RAYMOND AS AN ASSISTANT SENSEI. DURING HIS 7 YEARS IN RAYMOND, YOSHIO EARNED HIS NIDAN (2ND DEGREE BLACK BELT), LEARNED THE TRADE OF PAINTING AND PAPER HANGING FROM MR. KATSUTA, AND MET AND MARRIED FLORENCE HIRONAKA. IN 1952, YOSHIO, FLORENCE AND CHILDREN RONALD AND MAE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE YOSH STARTED HIS OWN BUSINESS, “YOSH SENDA PAINTING AND DECORATING”. THAT FALL, DAVE ROBERTS ASKED YOSH TO TEACH JUDO AT THE OLD YMCA, AND AS THE SAYING GOES THE REST IS HISTORY FOR JUDO IN LETHBRIDGE. YOSH WORKED AT HIS TRADE DURING THE DAY AND VOLUNTEERED TO TEACH JUDO 3 – 4 EVENINGS A WEEK. AT FIRST, YOSH WOULD GET HIS MOTHER TO PATCH THE SUIT, BUT BY THE TIME I MARRIED YOSH, THIS SUIT WAS VERY WELL WORN AND NEEDED PATCHING AFTER EVERY PRACTICE. I ALSO REMEMBER SEWING HEAVY SHEETING ON THE 50 YEAR OLD TATAMI, DAMAGED BY USE AND THE EFFECTS OF OUR DRY CLIMATE. LATER, CLUB MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO RAISE ENOUGH MONEY TO PURCHASE A NEW TATAMI. A NEW YMCA BUILDING WAS BUILT, GIVING THE CLUB A LARGER AREA TO PRACTICE. IN 1967, THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE JUDO CLUB WAS FORMED. OVER THE YEARS, YOSH WAS A CANADIAN HEAD COACH TAKING THE CANADIAN TEAM TO MANY OLYMPIC GAMES, PAN-AM JUDO TOURNAMENTS, WORLD JUDO TOURNAMENTS, CULTURAL EXCHANGES TO JAPAN, ETC. HE RECEIVED MANY AWARDS, TOO MANY TO MENTION HERE, BUT I WILL LIST A FEW. 1989 – RECIPIENT OF “HONORARY DOCTOR OF LAW” DEGREE FROM THE U OF L 1991 – DECORATED “THE ORDER OF SACRED TREASURES, GOLD AND SILVER RAYS”, CONFERRED BY HIS MAJESTY, THE EMPEROR OF JAPAN 2007 – RECEIVED HIS KUDAN (9TH DEGREE BLACK BELT), THE FIRST AND ONLY IN CANADA TO DO SO 2007 – YOSH SAW HIS DREAM OF HAVING A FREE-STANDING JUDO DOJO, AND THE LETHBRIDGE KYODOKAN CLUB OPEN AT 2775 28 AVE S 2008 – RECIPIENT OF THE ORDER OF CANADA SADLY, YOSHIO SENDA PASSED AWAY SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2009. ***
Catalogue Number
P19790274000
Acquisition Date
1979-10
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
"VETS" HOCKEY SWEATER
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20180015000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"VETS" HOCKEY SWEATER
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
68.2
Width
48
Description
BLACK TURTLENECK SWEATER WITH OCHRE TRIM AT SLEEVES, NECK, AND WAIST. SWEATER IS WOOL-BLEND KNIT; SWEATER HAS YELLOW FELT LETTERS SEWN ON CHEST “VETS”. BACK OF SWEATER HAS YELLOW OUTLINE FROM MISSING “4” PATCH. SWEATER HAS HOLES ON RIGHT-WEARING SLEEVE BELOW ELBOW AND AT ARMPIT; SWEATER HAS HOLES ON SIDES OF NECK AND AT SIDES OF WAIST; SWEATER HAS HOLES ON LEFT-WEARING SLEEVE BELOW ELBOW, AT CUFF, AND ON FRONT AT SHOULDER. BACK OF SWEATER HAS HOLES OF LEFT-WEARING SLEEVE AND RIGHT-WEARING SLEEVE. SWEATER IS SOILED AND STAINED; FRONT IS FADED ON CHEST. OVERALL GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
ON JUNE 14, 2018, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED HAROLD PALMER REGARDING HIS DONATION OF A LETHBRIDGE VETS TEAM HOCKEY SWEATER. THE SWEATER BELONGED TO HAROLD PALMER’S FATHER, MURRAY YALE PALMER. ON HIS FATHER’S CONNECTION TO THE SWEATER, HAROLD PALMER RECALLED, “IT WAS IN MY DAD’S HOCKEY BAG AND HE DIED IN 1971. I NEVER REALLY WENT THROUGH STUFF UNTIL JUST RECENTLY…I’VE HAD IT SINCE 1971 IN MY POSSESSION BUT I’VE NEVER DONE ANYTHING WITH IT. [MY FATHER’S] DAD WAS A DOCTOR IN WW I, IN THE FIELD, SO HE WOULD BE VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE WAR EFFORT. HE WOULD BE IN THE HOME AS A YOUNG BOY AND HIS DAD WAS AWAY IN THE SERVICES. HE PLAYED HOCKEY ALL HIS LIFE. HE HAD TOLD ME [ABOUT] VARIOUS TEAMS THAT HE HAD PLAYED FOR AND WHEN HE DIED AT SIXTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD, HE DIED ON THURSDAY AND THEY HAD PLAYED HOCKEY ON MONDAY NIGHT WITH THE OLDTIMERS. WE GREW UP KNOWING THAT DAD PLAYED HOCKEY AND THAT HE ALWAYS HAD A RINK IN THE BACK YARD.” “[MY SON] GOT [THE CONNECTION] THAT THERE WAS A HOCKEY TEAM BY THE NAME OF “VETS” IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1919…THIS IS WHERE THE SWEATER ORIGINATED FROM THEN, BECAUSE THERE WOULDN’T BE MANY HOCKEY CLUBS CALLED “VETS”.” “[MY FATHER] LIVED IN CLARESHOLM AT ONE TIME BECAUSE HIS DAD WAS A MEDICAL DOCTOR AND HE WOULD BE A YOUNG MAN THEN…HE WAS A RURAL DOCTOR, HE WAS A COUNTRY DOCTOR. THEY DEFINITELY LIVED IN THAT AREA AT ONE TIME.” “MY DAD HAD A RINK IN OUR BACK YARD FROM THE POINT THAT HE BOUGHT THREE LOTS IN RED DEER. [THE] FIRST [LOT] WAS THE HOUSE, THE SECOND ONE WAS PLANED OFF FOR A BASEBALL FIELD AND THEN IT WAS HOCKEY RINK IN THE WINTER TIME.” “[THE RINK] WAS FOR US KIDS. IN FACT IT WAS NOT UNCOMMON FOR MOTHER TO BE FEEDING TWO, HALF A DOZEN KIDS IN THE KITCHEN WITH THEIR SKATES ON THAT HAD BEEN PLAYING ON THE RINK ALL MORNING. SHE JUST LET THEM COME IN WITH THEIR GEAR ON AND EVERYTHING AND HAD LUNCH AND THEN THEY’D GO OUT AND PLAY AGAIN AFTER LUNCH.” “I PLAYED HOCKEY ALL MY LIFE TOO. THE BIG THING ABOUT THE SHEET IN THE BACK YARD [WAS] WE HAD TO CARRY THE WATER FROM THE PUMP WHICH WAS ABOUT A BLOCK AWAY. WE WOULD LOAD UP TOBOGGANS AND GO AND GET FIVE GALLON PAILS OF WATER TO FLOOD THE RINK. THERE WAS A LITTLE WORK ATTACHED TO IT ALL SO.” “[MY FATHER] PASSED AWAY IN RED DEER, AND HE’D BEEN IN RED DEER FROM 1939 TIL HIS PASSING.” PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES OF ALBERTA NOTES THAT THE LETHBRIDGE VETS WAS CONSIDERED A SENIOR TEAM. THE VETS WON THE 1919-1920 ALBERTA SENIOR PLAYOFFS, HOWEVER LOST IN THE 1919-1920 WESTERN CANADA ALLAN CUP PLAYOFFS. THE VETS COMPETED IN THE 1922-23 ALBERTA SENIOR PLAYOFFS AGAIN. LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM 1923-1924 LIST PALMER AS A PLAYER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE VETS HOCKEY TEAM, AND IN 1926-1927 LIST MURRAY PALMER AS A PLAYER IN CLARESHOLM, ALBERTA. MURRAY YALE PALMER WAS THE SON OF SPRAGUE MURRAY PALMER AND ARLETTE PALMER. SPRAGUE PALMER WAS A DOCTOR IN LETHBRIDGE AND CLARESHOLM FOLLOWING HIS SERVICE IN WW1 AS A DOCTOR WITH THE 22ND CAVALRY FIELD AMBULANCE. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, COPIES OF LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, AND COPIES OF PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES OF ALBERTA RECORDS PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20180015000-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20180015000
Acquisition Date
2018-06
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BOYS' TEMPLE COSTUME
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
1979
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILK, COTTON, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20060018002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOYS' TEMPLE COSTUME
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
1979
Materials
SILK, COTTON, PAPER
No. Pieces
6
Description
BOYS' TEMPLE COSTUME. 1. (2 PCE)GLD PAPER CAP WITH PRPL WITH WHT CUSHION . 2. SHEER WHITE KIMONO, LENGTH 78.0, WIDTH 105.3. ADORNED WITH PRPL DYE AND STAMPED WITH GLD CELESTIAL BIRD DESIGN. LEFT SLEEVE HAD YLLW AND GRN THE RIGHT SLEEVE ALSO HAS A BIT OF YLLW. 3. PRPLE HAKAMA SKIRT, LENGTH 56.0, WIDTH 57.8. BATIK REPEATED PATTERN IN TWO ROWS ACROSS BOTTOM HALF OF PANT. SILK RIBBON ACCENTS BELT AREA OF SKIRT. SKIRT TIES ON BOTH SIDES FOR CLOSURE. 4. (2 PCE) BELT IS SHEER WITH GLD IMPRINT OF FLOWER, LENGTH 128.0, WIDTH 4.6.TEXT ON BACK READS, "WOMEN'S BUDDHIST ASS'N, NEW WESTMINSTER B.C."
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
RELIGION
COMMEMORATIVE
History
COSTUMES WERE WORN BY THE YOUNGEST MEMBERS OF THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE LOCATED IN RAYMOND, ALBERTA. FOR AT LEAST FIFTY YEARS, CHILDREN DRESSED UP IN THE ELABORATE GARMENTS AS PART OF RELIGION’S ‘CHIGO’ OR YOUNG-CHILDREN CEREMONY. THE PROCESSIONAL EVENT REQUIRED THAT THE CHILDREN DRESS AS HEAVENLY BEINGS. BOYS WORE A STIFF HAT OF LACQUERED GAUZE CALLED AN ‘EBOSHI’ WHILE GIRLS WORE THE CROWN OF THE PHOENIX BIRD KNOWN AS A ‘TENKAN’. THE CEREMONY WAS CONDUCTED AT THE RAYMOND BUDDHIST TEMPLE EVERY FIVE YEARS, COMMENCING ON THE DATE OF THE TEMPLE’S DEDICATION (1929) AND ENDING ON ITS FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY IN 1979. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE PAPER LOTUS FLOWERS WERE MADE LOCALLY AND THE GARMENTS WERE IMPORTED FROM JAPAN. FOR ALMOST EIGHTY YEARS, THE TEMPLE SERVED THE SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF MANY AMONG SOUTHERN ALBERTA’S JAPANESE COMMUNITY. IT ACTED AS A CENTRE FOR TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST TEACHING AND JAPANESE CULTURE UNTIL ITS CLOSING IN 2006. THESE COSTUMES, IN ADDITION TO OTHER SPIRITUAL OBJECTS INCLUDING THE TEMPLE’S SHRINE, WERE DONATED TO THE GALT AS PART OF THE TEMPLE’S CLOSING AND EVENTUAL SALE. CEREMONY WHERE THIS COSTUME WAS LAST WORN WAS PERFORMED FOR THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE'S FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY IN 1979. PERFORMED FOR THE TEMPLE'S INAUGURATION, 10TH, 20TH, 25, 30, 35, 40...ETC EVERY 5TH YEAR. DONOR HAS PHOTOS OF COSTUMES BEING WORN DURING THE ANNIVERSARIES (SEE PERMANENT FILE). DONOR PRESUMES THAT THE MATERIAL DATES TO 1929 TO 1930. SEE P20070014000 FOR INFORMATION ON GIRLS CHIGO COSTUME AND P20030041001 FOR COMPLETE HISTORY ON BUDDHIST TEMPLE. ON APRIL 26, 2009 THE BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA, LOCATED IN LETHBRIDGE, WAS THE SITE OF AN O-CHIGO CHILDREN’S PARADE, HELD AS PART OF THE TEMPLE’S DEDICATION CEREMONY. VISUAL DOCUMENTATION OF O-CHIGO COSTUMES, REPRESENTING THE ONE DONATED, CAN BE FOUND IN THE GALT’S ARCHIVES, RELATED TO THE 2009 DEDICATION EVENT. ADDITIONALLY, O-CHIGO RELATED PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND RELATED TO THE HISTORY OF THE TABER BUDDHIST CHURCH IN THE GALT’S ARCHIVES. FINALLY, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM IS IN POSSESSION OF HISTORIC 40S ERA FOOTAGE OF TEMPLE EVENTS, RELATED TO THE RAM’S COLLECTION OF A SHRINE FROM PICTURE BUTTE.
Catalogue Number
P20060018002
Acquisition Date
2006-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
TRADITIONAL SLOVAKIAN COSTUME
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, LACE, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P20060037000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TRADITIONAL SLOVAKIAN COSTUME
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON, LACE, RAYON
No. Pieces
7
Description
SLOVAKIAN COSTUME INCLUDES 7 PIECES: SKIRT, COLLAR, APRON, VEST, BONNET, SASH AND BLOUSE. 1. WHT LACE COLLAR WITH A BAND OF SEQUINS WRAPPED IN THICK SILVER THREAD. SAFETY PIN CLOSURE. 37(L) X 37 (W). 2. BL RAYON VEST DISPLAYS ASYMMETRICAL DESIGN. RIBBON DESIGN MADE FROM WEAVE METAL BRAID. SILVER STAR/FLORAL EMBOSSED BUTTONS, LINING THE FRONT OPENING. EMBROIDERED FLORAL DESIGN DECORATES FRONT VEST. OFF WHT LINING STAMPED “MARTIN OTEPKA HLUBOKA” ON LOWER FRONT/LEFT CORNER. 51(L) X 39(W). 3. OFF WHT CHIFFON BLOUSE. SHORT WAISTED PLEADED BODY AND LARGE LACE CUFFS. SAFETY PIN CLOSURE. 38 (L) X 66 (W). 4. LACE WHT BONNET. EMBROIDERED BAND NEAR TOP BACK FEATURES EMBROIDERED GEOMETRIC DESIGN. WHT EMBROIDERED SASH RIBBON ATTACHED TO BACK. 24 (L) X 18 (W). 5. OFF WHT SASH RIBBON WITH EMBROIDERED FLORAL MOTIF. ENDS ARE FRAYING. 63.5 (L) X 4 (W). 6. ROYAL BL APRON. ATTACHED WHT BELT EDGED WITH YLLW AND EMBROIDERED WITH FOAL MOTIF IN PNK, YLLW AND WHT. BASE OF APRON FRAYED AND FEATURES EMBROIDERED FLORAL MOTIF BORDER. 61.5 (L) X 74 (W). 7. PRPL AND WHT PERMA-PLEATED SKIRT WITH WHT COTTON EDGING. SQUARE PATCH ON BACKSIDE IS A DIFFERENT PRPL AND WHT PATTERN. STRING AT TOP OF WAIST ACTS AS CLOSURE. 87.5(L) X 74(W).
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
THE TRADITIONAL SLOVAKIAN COSTUME BELONGED TO MRS. KATHERINA (KATIE) BRECKA (NEE KADLICEK) (1908-1997), AN IMMIGRANT TO THE PICTURE BUTTE AREA. BORN IN ROVENSKO, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, MRS. BRECKA IMMIGRATED TO CANADA WITH HER HUSBAND AND TWO YOUNG SONS IN 1938. LIMITED BY THE NUMBER OF PERSONAL BELONGINGS SHE COULD BRING TO CANADA, BRECKA BROUGHT THIS DRESS BECAUSE IT REPRESENTED HER BEST SET OF CLOTHING AND WAS AN IMPORTANT REMINDER OF HER HOME. SHE SET THE CLOTHING ASIDE FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, FESTIVALS, DANCES AND FOR CHURCH. UNAWARE THAT THIS WAS NOT COMMON FASHION IN CANADA SHE IS QUOTED SAYING “I NEVER THINKING DRESSES DIFFERENT HERE IN THIS COUNTRY, NOW I GO TO EATON’S”. DRESS WAS ALSO WORN BY VIOLIN PLAYER, CAROLYN KLAUSE, DURING A RECITAL IN WETASKIWIN, AB. THE DONOR REQUESTED THE COSTUME FROM MRS. BRECKA ON BEHALF OF THE VIOLINIST. KLAUSE PLAYED A CZARDAS, A NATIVE DANCE FROM MRS. BRECKA'S HOME LAND. AFTER THE LONG JOURNEY FROM SLOVAKIA TO CANADA, THE BRECKA FAMILY HAD A SHORT ONE MONTH STAY IN IRON SPRINGS WHERE THEY WORKED IN SUGAR BEET FIELDS. AFTER THAT, THEY MOVED TO THE FARM THAT THEY PURCHASED FROM JOHN SCHUMAKR IN PICTURE BUTTE. KATIE BRECKA SURVIVED HER HUSBAND JOHN BRECKA (WHO DIED IN 1960), LIVING IN PICTURE BUTTE UNTIL HER DEATH (JUNE 6, 1997) AT THE AGE OF 88. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING THIS TRADITIONAL SLOVAKIAN COSTUME. THE PERMANENT FILE INDICATES THAT KATIE WAS BORN ON NOVEMBER 23, 1908. HER AND JOHN BRECKA'S SONS WERE NAMED VLADIMIR AND DRAHOTIN (STAN). IN 1942, AFTER THE FAMILY WAS SETTLED IN CANADA, THEY HAD A DAUGHTER NAMED YARMILA (GERALDINE). THE DONOR, CATHRYN BRECKA IS THE WIFE OF VLADIMIR. THE DATE OF THE VIOLIN RECITAL IN WETASKIWIN WAS MARCH 1978. THERE IS A NOTE IN THE PERMANENT FILE THAT STATES THAT THE COSTUME IS PRESUMED TO BE MADE BY FAMILY. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20060037000
Acquisition Date
2006-10
Collection
Museum
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