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Other Name
CITY POLICE PANTS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, GABARDINE
Catalogue Number
P19770085009
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CITY POLICE PANTS
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, GABARDINE
No. Pieces
1
Length
108.0
Width
35.0
Description
WOOL SERGE, BLACK, WITH MAROON STRIPE DOWN EACH LEG. BUTTONS FOR SUSPENDERS, ZIPPERED FLY WITH HOOK CLOSURE. POCKETS FRONT & REAR, 1 HOLE HAS BEEN REPAIRED. LABEL SEWN INSIDE: "ALBERT'S MENS APPAREL" & A SERIES OF NUMBERS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
STANDARD UNIFORM PANTS OF CITY POLICE.
Catalogue Number
P19770085009
Acquisition Date
1976-09
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
CITY POLICE GREATCOAT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19770085011
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CITY POLICE GREATCOAT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
131.5
Width
51
Description
FULL LENGTH, OPEN PLEATS, BLACK QUILT LINING. DOUBLE BREASTED 6 BUTTONS EACH SIDE. EPAULETS WITH BUTTONS. BLACK WOOL SERGE OUTER BODY. 2 SLASH POCKETS AT WAIST; STRAIGHT FLAPS. INSIDE RIGHT BREAST POCKET. REACH THROUGH SLITS IN SIDES
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
INDIVIDUALLY TAILORED BY TIP TOP TAILORS TORONTO. STANDARD ISSUE. GREATCOAT REPLACED EARLIER BUFFALO COAT OF CITY POLICE. "K. HUTSMAN".
Catalogue Number
P19770085011
Acquisition Date
1976-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
RCMP TROUSERS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970105005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP TROUSERS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
105.2
Width
40.4
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL TROUSERS WITH YELLOW STRIPE ALONG LENGTH OF EACH OUTER LEG. WAISTLINE AND POCKETS LINED WITH BLUE COTTON. WHITE TAG WITH "R.C.M.P." AND WASHING INSTRUCTIONS INSIDE WAIST. ZIPPERED FRONT WITH HOOK AND EYE CLOSURE; BUTTONED TAB OPPOSITE ON WAISTBAND.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR WAS A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FROM 1957 TO 1989. FOR MORE INFORMATION REFER TO P19970105001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19970105005
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
RCMP FATIGUES
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970105007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP FATIGUES
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
COTTON, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
76.2
Width
42.5
Description
BROWN COTTON TUNIC WITH STAND-UP COLLAR AND FOUR FRONTAL POCKETS. FIVE BRASS BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; ONE ON EACH BREAST POCKET AND SHOULDER TAB. ALL BUTTONS EMBOSSED WITH RCMP EMBLEM. UNLINED; NO TAGS OR MARKINGS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR WAS A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FROM 1957 TO 1989. JACKET WORN WITH PANTS (006) BY DONOR TO CLEAN STABLES ETC. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE REFER TO P19970105001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19970105007
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.N.W.M.P. BREECHES
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19672564002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.N.W.M.P. BREECHES
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1920
Date
1908
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
105.0
Width
43.0
Description
BLUE WOOL SERGE, YELLOW LEG STRIPE AND "PEG" ON SIDES. INSIDE LEG WOOL GUSSET LACED AT THE CALF. FRONT SINGLE SLIT POCKET, BUTTONS FOR SUSPENDERS & 3 BUTTOFLY. UNDER POCKET FLAP IN INK "SGT CRAIG J.", VERY FADED. "SGT CRAIG J."
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
TROUSERS APPEAR TO BE ROYAL NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE ISSUE OF 1904 OR LATER & CONSISTENT WITH JACKET. SEE P19672564001-GA FOR HISTORY & REFERENCES.
Catalogue Number
P19672564002
Acquisition Date
1967-03
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
POLICE CHAPLAIN
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960112012
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE CHAPLAIN
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
80
Description
WHITE COTTON-BLEND SHORT SLEEVE MENS COLLARED SHIRT WITH A BLACK BADGE ON THE RIGHT ARM WITH "CHAPLAIN" WRITTEN AND OUTLINED IN YELLOW TEXT. BOTH ARMS ARE TORN WHERE BADGES WERE REMOVED. INSIDE OF COLLAR HAS A LABEL MARKED "RANGE 600 65% POLYESTER 35% COTTON/COTON FABRIQUE PAR UNION MADE SAINTHILL LEVINE UNIFORMS". SHOULDERS ARE TORN BADLY, BUT REST OF SHIRT IS UNDAMAGED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
WORN BY THE CHAPLAIN OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT. POLICE NO LONGER HAVE A CHAPLAIN. FOR MORE HISTORY SEE P19960112116. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112012
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM TROUSERS
Date Range From
1965
Date Range To
1975
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19970084002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM TROUSERS
Date Range From
1965
Date Range To
1975
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
136
Width
40.5
Description
NAVY BLUE PAIR OF WOOL UNIFORM PANTS WITH TWO FRONT WELT POCKETS WITH BUTTON. BACK OF PANTS HAVE A HIGH WAISTBAND, WITH A "V" SHAPE DIP IN THE CENTRE. PANTS FASTEN WITH A BUTTON FLY. HAS BRIGHT YELLOW STRIPE DOWN SIDE SEAMS OF PANTS, FROM HIP DOWN TO THE CUFF THAT HAVE A BLACK LEATHER BOOT STRAP SEWN ONTO BOTTOM OF EACH LEG. EACH SIDE OF WAISTBAND HAS TWO PLASTIC BUTTONS ON EACH SIDE IN THE FRONT TO FASTEN SUSPENDERS. PANTS SHOW LITTLE WEAR OR DAMAGE
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FOR HISTORY OF KEN VEALS PLEASE SEE P19970084001-GA, OR P19970111001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19970084002
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE BREECHES
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19960112105
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE BREECHES
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
71.5
Width
37.5
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL POLICE UNIFORM BREECHES WITH 3 FRONT & 2 REAR POCKETS. BRASS ZIPPER & METAL CLIP FASTEN FLY. PANTS HAVE A NARROW BURGUNDY WOOL STRIPE DOWN OUTSIDE SEAM OF PANTS, FROM WAISTBAND TO THE CUFF. WAISTBAND HAS BUTTONS INSIDE TO FASTEN SUSPENDERS. HIPS ARE FLARED WITH NARROW CALVES WITH 12 EYELETS ON EACH TO LACE UP. A LARGE PANEL OF FABRIC IS SEWN ON REAR AND INSIDE OFLEGS FOR EXTRA STRENGTH. LABEL ON INSIDE OF WAISTBAND MARKED "TAILORED ESPECIALLY FOR W. WEST" "DATE: JUNE 6-?" "ORDER NO 3415" & "KEN BAKER'S MENS WEAR". PANTS ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, WITH LITTLE DAMAGE OR WEAR EVIDENT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO ONE OFFICER, IN 1961 WHEN THE MOTORCYCLE TRAFFIC DIVISION WAS INTRODUCED, SGT. WEST REQUESTED THEY WEAR DIFFERENT COLOURED UNIFORMS W/ BOOTS & BREECHES. PANTS WERE BORROWED FROM THE CITY OF EDMONTON AS AN EXAMPLE, AND IN 1961 THE PANTS TAILOR MADE BY LEO SINGER IN LETHBRIDGE. SEE P19960112001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY ON MOTORCYCLE CORPS. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112105
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.M.P. TUNIC WITH BELT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970105004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. TUNIC WITH BELT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
78
Width
45.5
Description
BROWN WOOL SERGE SERVICE ORDER TUNIC. FOUR WHITE METAL BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; ALSO ONE ON EACH OF TWO BREAST POCKETS AND TWO ON EACH SLEEVE AND COLLAR TAB. LEFT SLEEVE HAS SHOULDER FLASH WITH "ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE GENDARMERIE ROYALE DU CANADA" IN GOLD. THREE GOLD STARS BELOW, AND FIREARM INSIGNIA ON LOWER SLEEVE. RIGHT SLEEVE HAS SHOULDER FLASH AND TWO GOLD CHEVRONS. TUNIC HAS SOME BROWN COTTON LINING AT COLLAR AND ON POCKETS. INCLUDES WOOL BELT WITH NICKEL-PLATED BUCKLE; LINED WITH BROWN COTTON ON REVERSE. TWO BRASS COLLAR PINS WERE ADDED AT A LATER DATE. THESE ARE NOT A PART OF THE ORIGINAL ARTIFACT AND HAVE BEEN INCLUDED TO MAKE THE ARTIFACT MORE COMPLETE. THESE COLLARS ARE NOT ARTIFACTS IN THE COLLECTION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR WAS A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FROM 1957 TO 1989. TUNIC'S INSIGNIA DENOTES RANK OF CORPORAL WITH OVER FIFTEEN YEARS' SERVICE. DONOR WAS A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FROM 1957 TO 1989. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE REFER TO P19970105001-GA. TWO BRASS COLLAR PINS WERE ADDED AT A LATER DATE, AND ARE NOT A PART OF THE ORIGINAL ARTIFACT. THEY DO NOT SHARE THE SAME HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970105004
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CITY POLICE COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BUFFALO HIDE, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19770085004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CITY POLICE COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Materials
BUFFALO HIDE, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
135
Width
57
Description
BROWN 3/4 LENGTH BUFFALO FUR COAT, COTTON QUILT LINING. WOOD BUTTONS & LEATHER LOOP. 2 OUTSIDE, 1 INSIDE POCKET. SMALL CHAIN SEWN IN FOR HANGING. BUTTONS NOT ORIGINAL. TORN ALONG BACK & AROUND SHOULDER. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BUFFALO COATS USED BY CITY POLICE UNTIL ABOUT THE 1960'S. REPLACED BY LIGHTER COATS & JACKETS. BETWEEN 2008 AND 2009, RET. LETHBRIDGE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT GLEN MICHELSON STATED THAT THE FUR COATS WERE “A MUST WALKING THE BEATS ON COLD WINTER NIGHTS” FOR BEAT CONSTABLES. HE BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE SOMETIME “AROUND 1956” AND REPLACED WITH “GREAT COATS AND PEA JACKETS”. MANY FUNNY RET. OFFICER STORIES EXIST AND MICHELSON ADDED THAT “AROUND 1948, GRANT YOUNG CONSTABLE WAS STANDING STILL AT THE CORNER OF 4TH AVENUE AND 6TH STREET AND A DOG USED HIM AS A FIRE HYDRANT.” *UPDATE*: ON NOVEMBER 24TH, 2016, UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE GRAD STUDENT JOSH READ, FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, INTERVIEWED RETIRED LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE (FORCE) MEMBER MARCEL ST. ONGE ON ACCOUNT OF HIS INTEREST IN THE FORCE’S PAST USE OF FUR CLOTHING IN POLICE PATROLS. ON DECEMBER 2ND, 2016, READ JOINTLY INTERVIEWED RETIREES BILL PLOMP AND GLEN MICHELSON ON THE SAME SUBJECT. TO READ COPIES OF THESE TWO INTERVIEWS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR DONATION P20080002002.
Catalogue Number
P19770085004
Acquisition Date
1976-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1951
Date Range To
1968
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19960112136
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1951
Date Range To
1968
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
No. Pieces
1
Length
96.3
Width
51.7
Description
OLIVE GREEN WOOL PEA JACKET. DOUBLE-BREASTED, WITH TWO ROWS OF FOUR BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE. BUTTONS EMBOSSED "POLICE FORCE" WITH CROWN AT CENTRE. LEFT SLEEVE HAS TWO WHITE STAR BADGES SEWN NEAR SHOULDER; RIGHT SLEEVE HAS THREE WHITE CHEVRONS. EACH SHOULDER TAB HAS "3" SHOULDER TITLE/PIN. ZIPPERED VERTICAL POCKET AT LEFT BREAST; ALSO TWO FRONTAL WAIST POCKETS AND ONE INNER RIGHT BREAST POCKET WITH TAG EMBROIDERED "TIP TOP CLOTHES BY TIP TOP TAILORS". BLACK THREADS REMAIN ON UPPER SLEEVES WHERE SHOULDER TITLES(?) REMOVED. RAYON LINING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO BILL WEST, THE 16TH PERSON ON THE FORCE. HE WAS GIVEN THE NUMBER 3 AFTER BEGINNING SERVICE IN 1951. ORIGINALLY FROM CARDSTON. HE BEGAN HIS TRAINING AT 19 AND WAS THE FIRST MAN UNDER 25 TO BE HIRED. TRAINING CONSISTED OF LECTURES FROM 2-4 DAILY FOR EIGHT MONTHS. WEST SERVED FOR 35 YEARS. HE POUNDED THE BEAT FOR FIVE YEARS (5 NIGHT SHIFTS/4 DAY SHIFTS) THEN SERVED WITH TRAFFIC AFTER 1956 WHERE HE REMAINED UNTIL RETIRING AS SUPERINTENDENT IN 1986. FOR FOUR YEARS, SGT. WEST'S PATROL WAS UNIQUE IN THE HISTORY OF THE MOTORCYCLE SERVICE WHEN HE OPERATED A BIKE AND SIDECAR THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. WHEN THE MOTORCYCLE TRAFFIC DIVISION WAS INTRODUCED, SGT. WEST REQUESTED THEY WEAR DIFFERENT COLOURED UNIFORMS W/ BOOTS & BREECHES. IT IS CLAIMED THAT THE KHAKI UNIFORM WAS PUT INTO SERVICE IN 1951 AND REMAINED IN USE UNTIL 1969 WHEN CHEIF CARPENTER WANTED A CONSISTENCY IN UNIFORM DUE TO THE PUBLIC'S TENDENCY TO TREAT TRAFFIC OFFICERS DIFFERENTLY. AFTER 1969, TRAFFIC OFFICERS WORE THE BLUE UNIFORM WITH BLACK RIDING BOOTS. FOR ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFO ON THE LATE BILL WEST, PLEASE REFERENCE THE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112136
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
DETECTIVE'S SHIRT, LONG SLEEVED
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20000017002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DETECTIVE'S SHIRT, LONG SLEEVED
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
90
Width
50
Description
NAVY BLUE LONG SLEEVED DETECTIVE'S SHIRT. LABEL SEWN UNDER COLLAR "SPORTSMAN MFD BY SAINTHILL LEVINE & CO LIMITED." INK SMUDGE ON LABEL, BUT NO INFO FILLED IN BLANKS. TWO BREAST POCKETS. SILVER KING'S CROWN BUTTONS AND SILVER "POLICE" SHOULDER TITLES. SOME WEAR MARKS TO INTERIOR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
SHIRT BELONGED TO GLEN B. MICHELSON. MICHELSON JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE IN 1950, FINGERPRINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHING PRISONERS. HE SET UP THE CITY'S FIRST INVESTIGATION BRANCH IN 1961 AFTER FINISHING A SEVEN WEEK COURSE AT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH SCHOOL IN OTTAWA. HIS TRAINING HELPED QUALIFY HIM AS A FINGERPRINT EXPERT IN JUVENILE COURT, MAGISTRATES COURT AND THE ALBERTA SUPREME COURT (NOW COURT OF QUEENS BENCH). MICHELSON WAS NAMED AS A FINGERPRINT EXAMINER BY THE SOLICITOR GENERAL OF CANADA IN 1971, RETIRING AS SUPERINTENDENT IN CHARGE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS ON JULY 31, 1984. THE CITY POLICE IDENT UNIT HAD ITS ORIGINS IN 1931, WHEN DETECTIVE SID (SYDNEY) WALLIS TOOK CHARGE OF A NEW CRIMINAL IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM IN LETHBRIDGE. HE COLLECTED PHOTOS AND FINGERPRINTS FOR EVERYONE CHARGED UNDER THE CRIMINAL CODE, SHARING HIS RECORDS AND EQUIPMENT WITH THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR EXPERTISE. QUALIFIED AS A FINGERPRINT TECHNICIAN, DETECTIVE MICHELSON SET UP THE FIRST FORMAL IDENTIFICATION BRANCH IN 1961. ITS MAIN PURPOSE WAS TO PROCESS CRIME SCENES AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS FORE LATENT EVIDENCE. FINGERPRINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHING REMAINED THE BACKBONE OF THE DEPARTMENT'S WORK. HOWEVER, FORENSIC INVESTIGATION EXPANDED TO INCLUDE SUCH PROCEDURES AS BITE MARK IDENTIFICATION, TIRE MARK AND FOOT PRINT ANALYSIS, VOICE IDENTIFICATION (PIONEERED IN LETHBRIDGE), AND NOW DNA TESTING. THE CURRENT IDENTIFICATION UNIT CONSISTS OF ONE SERGEANT AND FOUR CONSTABLES.
Catalogue Number
P20000017002
Acquisition Date
2000-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE DRESS TUNIC
Date Range From
1967
Date Range To
1981
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19960112115
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE DRESS TUNIC
Date Range From
1967
Date Range To
1981
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
No. Pieces
3
Length
84
Width
47.8
Description
NAVY BLUE/BLACK HIGH COLLAR DRESS TUNIC. FOUR SILVER BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE. SILVER BUTTON ALSO ON EACH OF FOUR FRONT POCKETS. TWO ON EACH SLEEVE CUFF. LEFT SLEEVE OF UNIFORM HAS MARKSMAN BADGE ABOVE CUFF, AND THREE GOLD STARS ON UPPER SLEEVE. RIGHT HAS CHEVRON WITH THREE GOLD STRIPES. BRASS COLLAR DOGS ARE OF LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE CREST. BRASS SHOULDER TITLES READING "POLICE" ON BOTH SHOULDERS. DETACHABLE WHITE COLLAR; STAMPED "TIP TOP TAILORED MADE IN ENGLAND". UNIFORM INCLUDES GOLD LANYARD AROUND RIGHT SHOULDER. BELT MISSING TAG INSIDE LEFT BREAST POCKET READS "24239 - JOHN BLACK DON LEE 6-3-68".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. FORMAL DRESS UNIFORM; WOULD BE WORN WITH RED BELT, WHITE GLOVES AND WELLINGTONS. DON LEE CLAIMED IN 2006 THAT THE UNIFORM’S SERGEANTS’ CHEVRON WAS ADDED IN 1981. BASED ON CHEVRON’S LACK OF CROWN AND 3 STARS (1 FOR EVERY FIVE YEARS) ON OPPOSITE ARM’S CUFF, HE WOULD DATE UNIFORM’S LAST DAYS OF WEAR TO APPROXIMATELY 1982. THE GOLD LANYARD WAS STANDARD WEAR WITH THE DRESS TUNIC. ANYONE WEARING THE NON-DRESS, SERVICE TUNIC WORE A WHITE LANYARD. THE UNIFORM WAS THE FIRST FORMAL TUNIC OF ITS KIND TO BE ISSUED TO POLICE OFFICERS. LEE RECALLED WEARING IT ON REMEMBRANCE DAYS, FOR MEDAL CEREMONIES AND FOR THE POLICEMAN’S BALL. IT CAME WITH A WIDE-STRIPPED PANT THAT FEATURED AN ELASTIC STRAP THAT WENT AROUND THE WEARER’S BOOT HEEL. THE PANTS WERE WORN SUSPENDERS – NO BELT. LEE BEGAN HIS SERVICE WITH THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE IN 1967. IN 1995, BY THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT, HE HAD BEEN PROMOTED UP THROUGH THE RANKS TO THE OFFICE OF ACTING CHIEF OF POLICE. HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS SERVICE INCLUDE SUPERVISING 70 UNIFORMED RANKS IN TRAFFIC AND PATROL DIVISIONS, 2ND IN COMMAND FOR MAJOR CRIME INVESTIGATION, S.W.A.T. COMMANDER AND MEMBER RECRUITING AND TRAINING. AT THE TIME THAT HE WORE THE UNIFORM, LEE WAS IN THE PATROL AND TRAFFIC DIVISIONS, PROVIDING FIRST RESPONSE TO MAJOR INCIDENTS IN ADDITION TO INVESTIGATING VEHICLE ACCIDENTS AND ENFORCING TRAFFIC LAWS. FOR MORE DETAILS ON HIS CAREER, SEE THE HARDCOPY FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112115
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
R.N.W.M.P. TUNIC
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, BRASS, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19672564001
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.N.W.M.P. TUNIC
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1920
Date
1908
Materials
WOOL, BRASS, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
69.0
Width
42.0
Description
RED WOOL SERGE, NAVY BLUE EPAULET (OR SHOULDER STRAPS) WITH BRASS BUTTON. COLLAR PATCHES IN NAVY BLUE, BRASS COLLAR FASTENERS. BELLOWS TYPE BREAST POCKET C/W FLAP & BRASS BUTTON. 1 PR. HIP POCKETS, SQUARE CUT WITH FLAPS, NO BUTTON. 2 BRASS BELT LOOPS, (1 EA SIDE). BADGES: 2 STARS MID UPPER LFT ARM. KINGS CROWN, 3 STRIPE CHEVRON, SPUR BADGE BETWEEN. ALL BADGES EMBROIDERED GOLD ON BLACK BACKGROUND. 5 BRASS BUTTONS DOWN FRONT. 2 BRASS, BUTTONS LOWER RT SLEEVE CUFF. BUTTONS MISSING ON LFT CUFF. ALL BRASS BUTTONS, KINGS CROWN & MARKED "R.N.W.M.P.." INSIDE TUNIC "SGT CRAIG J. 4812" IN INK. SHOULDER TITLES & COLLAR BADGES MISSING (STOLEN JNE 1975), AND CROSSED PISTOL BADGE LFT CUFF, WAR SERVICE STRIPE, RT. CUFF & SERVICE MEDAL BAR UPPER LFT BREAST ABOVE POCKET.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BADGES INDICATE THAT CRAIG WAS A NON COMMISSIONED OFFICER WITH RANK OF SARGEANT, SERVING FOR AT LEAST 10 YRS (2 SERVICE STARS). HE WAS A ROUGHRIDER (RIDING INSTRUCTOR-SPUR BADGE), SERVED IN W.W. I & WAS LIKELY A MARKSMAN WITH REVOLVERS. CRAIG DIED AT AGE 62, OCT. 15 1952 IN LETHBRIDGE. HE JOINED THE ROYAL NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE FORCE DEC. 22 1908, DISCHARGED JULY 24 1911. REJOINED FEB. 15, 1915 WITH CALVARY DRAFT FOR W.W.I RETURNED FROM OVERSEAS & AGAIN DISCHARGED ON AUG 29 1922 TO JOIN ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE FORCE. ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE QUARTERLY OBITUARY IDENTIFIES CRAIG HAS HAVING ACHIEVED RANK OF CONSTABLE, ALTHOUGH JACKET INDICATES RANK OF SARGENT. ALSO NOTED ON ORIGINAL CATALOG SHEET IS APPOINTMENT AS RIDING MASTER, THIS IS NOT MENTIONED IN THE OBITUARY. REF: "ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE QUARTERLY" VOL #4, & "UNIFORMS OFCANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE" J.J. BOULTON. WIDOW DONATED UNIFORM IN 1967. BORN IN ARMAUGH, IRELAND IN 1890, JOSEPH CRAIG EMIGRATED TO CANADA AT THE AGE OF SEVENTEEN. IN 1908 HE JOINED THE ROYAL NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE AT CALGARY AND FOLLOWING A THREE YEAR TERM, HE WAS DISCHARGED IN 1911. HE REJOINED IN 1915 AND WAS RECRUITED OVERSEAS WITH THE SIBERIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE "B" SQUADRON DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR. AFTER HIS RETURN IN 1919, CRAIG BECAME CHIEF RIDING INSTRUCTOR AT THE LETHBRIDGE BARRACKS. IN 1922, CRAIG TRANSFERRED TO THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE BECAUSE HE BELIEVED IT WAS "POLICE WORK", BUT RETURNED TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE WHEN THE PROVINCIAL FORCE WAS ABSORBED IN 1932. HAVING ACHEIVED THE RANK OF SERGEANT, CRAIG RETIRED FROM THE MOUNTED POLICE THAT SAME YEAR AND SETTLED IN BOW ISLAND AND LETHBRIDGE TO TRAIN AND RAISE POLICE DOGS AND HORSES. IN LETHBRIDGE HE OPERATED CRAIGAVON KENNELS AND RIDING SCHOOL. JOSEPH CRAIG PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1952 AT THE AGE OF 52 YEARS.
Catalogue Number
P19672564001
Acquisition Date
1967-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BUFFALO FUR COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BUFFALO FUR, CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20080002002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BUFFALO FUR COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Materials
BUFFALO FUR, CLOTH
No. Pieces
1
Length
139.7
Width
64.8
Description
BUFFALO FUR COAT, WOODEN BLACK PEG BUTTONS ALONG LENGTH OF COAT, TWO OUTER WAIST POCKETS AND INNER CHEST POCKET. LABEL ABOVE INNER CHEST POCKET READS, "H. D. MERRICK." FUR IS MATTED, LINING IS WORN AND EXPOSED LEATHER PARTS ARE CRACKING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR'S FATHER, FRANCIS ALLAN KORTH, RECEIVED FUR COAT WHEN DONOR'S GRANDFATHER AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE OFFICER FRANCIS (FRANK) RAYMOND KORTH, PASSED AWAY NOVEMBER 27, 1998. BETWEEN 2008 AND 2009, RET. LETHBRIDGE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT GLEN MICHELSON STATED THAT THE FUR COATS WERE “A MUST WALKING THE BEATS ON COLD WINTER NIGHTS” FOR BEAT CONSTABLES. HE BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE SOMETIME “AROUND 1956” AND REPLACED WITH “GREAT COATS AND PEA JACKETS”. MANY FUNNY RET. OFFICER STORIES EXIST AND MICHELSON ADDED THAT “AROUND 1948, GRANT YOUNG CONSTABLE WAS STANDING STILL AT THE CORNER OF 4TH AVENUE AND 6TH STREET AND A DOG USED HIM AS A FIRE HYDRANT.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20080002001 AND PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BUFFALO COAT DONATED BY KELLY KORTH. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. FRANCIS “FRANK” RAYMOND KORTH PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 27, 1988 AT THE AGE OF 74. HE WAS BORN ON MAY 30, 1924 IN WOODHOUSE, AB. HE WAS MARRIED TO EVYON DOROTHY ROBINSON ON JUNE 18, 1947 AND JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE ON AUGUST 12, 1950. HE RETIRED FROM THE POLICE ON AUGUST 27, 1981 AS A DETECTIVE SERGEANT. SEVERAL ARTICLES ABOUT BUFFALO COATS APPEARED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD OVER THE YEARS. ON JANUARY 22, 1954 AN ARTICLE DISCUSSED THE POSSIBILITY OF THE RCMP SWITCHING FROM BUFFALO COATS TO NYLON PARKAS: “BELIEVED TO BE MUCH MORE PRACTICAL AND COMFORTABLE THAN THE MORE COLORFUL BUFFALO HID, THE PARKA HAS ZIPPERS INSTEAD OF BUTTONS AND WEIGHTS ONLY ABOUT ONE-THIRD AS MUCH AS THE BUFFALO COAT.” ANOTHER ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 11, 1956 GIVES MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE COATS: “IN SPITE OF ITS AWE-INSPIRING APPEARANCE, THE BUFFALO COAT HAS ITS DISADVANTAGES. ITS 24 POUNDS HANG HEAVILY ON ITS WEARER’S SHOULDERS. ITS WEIGHT AND BULKINESS ARE A DISTINCT HANDICAP IN A FOOT-RACE DOWN A BACK LANE. AND IN ADDITION TO RESPECTFUL GLANCES THE COAT COLLECTIONS LARGE QUANTITIES OF DIRT AND GRIT. SO THE [WINNIPEG] POLICE DEPARTMENT IS EXPERIMENTING, AS IS ITS COUNTERPART IN EDMONTON, WITH NEW TYPES OF COATS EQUALLY WARM BUT LESS AWKWARD.” *UPDATE*: ON NOVEMBER 24TH, 2016, UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE GRAD STUDENT JOSH READ, FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, INTERVIEWED RETIRED LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE (FORCE) MEMBER MARCEL ST. ONGE ON ACCOUNT OF HIS INTEREST IN THE FORCE’S PAST USE OF FUR CLOTHING IN POLICE PATROLS. ON DECEMBER 2ND, 2016, READ JOINTLY INTERVIEWED RETIREES BILL PLOMP AND GLEN MICHELSON ON THE SAME SUBJECT. TO READ COPIES OF THESE TWO INTERVIEWS, PLEASE SEE THIS DONATION'S PERMANENT FILE. SEE ALSO PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20080002002
Acquisition Date
2008-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.M.P. BREECHES
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19860112003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. BREECHES
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
97.4
Diameter
86
Description
NAVY BLUE WITH YELLOW LEG STRIPE. 5 BUTTON FLY, 2 SLASH POCKETS, 1 WATCH POCKET, RT SIDE. LACED LEGS AT CALF. FULL PEG (JODPHUR).
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
WORN WITH THE REVIEW ORDER UNIFORM (OTHER RANKS) & WITH THE SERVICE ORDER NO. NIFORM. SEE P19860112001-GA FOR HISTORY & REFERENCES. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING THE GAUNTLETS DONATED BY BERY ALLAN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BERESFORD ‘BERY’ ALLAN WAS BORN NOVEMBER 7, 1907 IN WINNIPEG. RAISED BY HIS GRANDPARENTS, HE SPENT MOST OF HIS YOUTH IN VANCOUVER. HE JOINED THE R.C.M.P. IN 1932 AND WAS POSTED THROUGHOUT CANADA, INCLUDING BRITISH COLUMBIA, ALBERTA, MANITOBA, ONTARIO, AND THE NORTH WEST TERRITORIES. IN NOVEMBER 1937, BERY WAS PART OF THE MUSICAL RIDE AND PERFORMED IN MADISON SQUARE GARDENS IN NYC. HE ALSO SERVED ON THE ESCORT DETAIL FOR KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH WHEN THEY VISITED BANFF. BERY MARRIED HIS TRUE LOVE, GRACE HELENA, BEFORE MOVING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1944. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING HIS RETIREMENT IN 1959, AT THE RANK OF STAFF SERGEANT, BERY TOOK OVER AS THE CIVIL DEFENCE TRAINING OFFICER IN LETHBRIDGE. HE ALSO SPENT APPROXIMATELY 15 YEARS WITH THE FAMILY COURT DIVISION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT. BERY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2001. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARD COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS INTERN KIRSTAN SCHAMUHN CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF PERSONAL ARTIFACTS. ON 19 NOVEMBER 2018, SCHAMUHN INTERVIEWED ROSEMARY ALLAN REGARDING HER FATHER’S, BERESFORD “BERY” ALLAN’S, DONATION. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: OF THIS ARTIFACT, ROSEMARY ALLAN EXPLAINED, “THE BREECHES WITH THE YELLOW STRIPE WENT WITH THE RED SERGE, AND THAT ALL WENT WITH THE BOOTS.” “THE RED SERGE WOULD COME OUT FROM TIME TO TIME FOR THINGS LIKE PARADES, OR PEOPLE VISITING FOR CERTAIN REASONS. BUT IT DID COME OUT FROM TIME TO TIME.” “I CAN REMEMBER HIM WEARING THEM FROM TIME TO TIME BECAUSE HE WOULD HAVE TO PREPARE TO WEAR THEM.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE BOOTS AND GAUNTLETS BEING PART OF HER FATHER’S SPECIAL OCCASIONS UNIFORM, ROSEMARY ALLAN RECALLED, “YES, THEY WERE.” ON HER FATHER’S CAREER WITH THE R.C.M.P., ROSEMARY ALLAN REMEMBERED “HIS TRAINING HE RECEIVED IN SASKATCHEWAN. I DON’T KNOW WHEN THAT WAS, HE GOT TO LETHBRIDGE AFTER HIS TOUR OF DUTY IN THE YUKON. HE WAS THE ONLY CROWN REPRESENTATIVE IN THE NORTH.” “I DON’T KNOW WHEN THE ALASKA HIGHWAY WAS [BUILT], BUT AFTER IT OPENED HE WAS THERE, MAYBE FOR ANOTHER YEAR, A YEAR AND A HALF OR SO, AND [THEN] HE WAS MOVED AND RELOCATED BY THE R.C.M.P TO LETHBRIDGE.” “HE WAS NEVER MOVED AFTER BECOMING THE STAFF SERGEANT OF THE R.C.M.P. DETACHMENT IN LETHBRIDGE, HE WAS ALWAYS THERE.” “[AFTER LEAVING THE R.C.M.P.] HE WORKED FOR CIVIL DEFENSE FOR A YEAR, AND AFTER CIVIL DEFENSE HE WAS HIRED TO BECOME A PROBATION OFFICER TO WORK WITH THE YOUNG, THE YOUTH OFFENDERS.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19860112001 FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19860112003
Acquisition Date
1986-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
DEMONSTRATION ALARM BOX
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19760095000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DEMONSTRATION ALARM BOX
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOD, STEEL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
3
Height
183.5
Width
32.0
Description
"SERIAL #20114C" AND "17" ON BACK OF ALARM BOX. DEMONSTRATION UNIT CONSISTS OF A WOODEN STAND WITH A TRIANGULAR BRACED BASE. AN ALARM BOX IS AT TOP OF THE STAND, A GONG IS MOUNTED BELOW THIS, AND A GONG MOUNTED ON A CONTROL BOX IS AT THE BOTTOM. AT THE BACK OF THE STAND IS AN AUTO BATTERY MOUNTED AT THE TOP, A RESET SWITCH BELOW THE BATTERY, AND A CIRCUIT BOARD BELOW THE SWITCH. BOX IS RED, PENTAGONAL SHAPE, WITH FRONT OPENING. TOP FEATURES A FIST DESIGN AND EMBOSSED WORD: "GAMEWELL". DOOR OF BOX FEATURES WHITE LETTERING: "FOR FIRE". INSIDE DOOR IS PLASTIC COVERED OPENING, A HANDLE MARKED: OPEN, AND A WHITE HOOK WITH RED LETTERING BELOW: "PULL DOWN HOOK". LETTERING FLANKED BY DOWN POINTED ARROWS. BACKSIDE OF DOOR AND OPENING AREA FEATURE SILVER/BLACK LABELS SHOWING: PATENT NUMBERS, SERIAL NUMBER, UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES OF CANADA, FIRE ALARM, NORTHERN ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED, MADE IN CANADA, ETC. TWO KEYS AVAILABLE TO LOCK BOX VIA KEYHOLE INSIDE DOOR. THE MIDDLE GONG IS MOUNTED ON A MAHOGANY BLOCK AND FEATURES A SPRING LOADED HANDLE AND TWO COILS. THE GONG IS STAMPED IN GOLD; THE NORTHERN ELECTRIC & MANUFACTURING CO. LTD. THE BOTTOM GONG IS MOUNTED ON A BLACK/SILVER METAL CONTROL BOX FEATURING A SILVER SWITCH AND A RED INDICATOR LIGHT. THIS BOTTOM UNIT IS MARKED WITH A CLENCHED FIST SYMBOL AND: THE GAMEWELL COMPANY, NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS. KINGSTON AUTO BATTERY AT TOP REAR OF STAND IS BLACK METAL & HAS A PRODUCT LABEL: KINGSTON AUTO BATTERY...KINGSTON PRODUCT CORP. KOKOMA, INDIANA, U.S.A. BATTERY IS WIRED FOR A WALL PLUG, 115 V. A.C., 65 WATTS. THE RESET SWITCH BELOW THE BATTERY FEATURES THE WORDS: TRIP AND RESET. THE CIRCUIT BOARD AT THE BOTTOM REAR OF THE STAND IS WIRED TO THE VARIOUS ITEMS ON THE DEMONSTRATION UNIT, AND IS LABELLED: MOTOROLA, MADE IN CANADA.
Subjects
REGULATIVE & PROTECTIVE T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
UNIT CONSTRUCTED BY LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL TO DEMONSTRATE ALARM SYSTEM USE TO SCHOOL CHILDREN. UNIT WAS COLLECTED FROM NO. 1 FIRE HALL WHEN ABANDONED BY FIRE DEPARTMENT. NO. 1 FIRE HALL WAS CONSTRUCTED IN 1908-1909. ARCHITECT: J.A. MCDONALD, CONTRACTOR: SMITH BROS. & WILSON.
Catalogue Number
P19760095000
Acquisition Date
1975-03
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
UNIFORM, MILITARY (NURSE)
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1918
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19920008002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
UNIFORM, MILITARY (NURSE)
Date Range From
1914
Date Range To
1918
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
54.0 (W/O SLEEVES)
Width
43.5
Description
BLUE BLOUSE. DOUBLE BREASTED FRONT WITH 6 BUTTONS AT EACH SIDE. BUTTONS ARE BRASS WITH MEDICAL CORP INSIGNIA ON THEM. SHOULDERS HAVE EPAULETTES WITH BRASS MILITARY INSIGNIA. EACH HAS A "CANADA" PIN, TWO PIPS INDICATING RANK OF 1ST LIEUTENANT, AND A BRASS BUTTON. ONE POCKET ON RIGHT BREAST. BOTTOM 4 BUTTONS ON RIGHT SIDE MISSING KEY CLASPS; REPLACED BY SAFETY PINS. COLLAR IS HELD WITH 2 LOOP HOOKS; ONE MISSING. RED LINING. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
HEALTH SERVICES
History
DONOR IS SISTER TO UNIFORM'S FORMER OWNER (DECEASED) MRS. HELEN HALL (NEE NOBLE) FROM TABER AREA. MRS. HALL SERVED OVERSEAS FOR MOST OF THE WAR YEARS ON ACTIVE SERVICE (W.W. I) AS A NURSE FOR THE CANADIAN MILITARY. SEE P19920008001-GA AND P20090010001 FOR MORE HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19920008002
Acquisition Date
1992-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970075002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1965
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
10.5
Length
16
Width
11
Description
WHITE HEAVILY STARCHED COTTON NURSES CAP. CAP WAS A FLAT PIECE OF FABRIC FOLDED INTO A STANDUP BRIM, AND A POINTED CROWN. THERE IS THE REMNANTS OF A TAG ON THE EDGE MARKED "DONNA MELLORM?". ALSO MARKED "M.H." IN ONE CORNER. ITEM HAS THREE PAPER CLIPS ATTACHED TO KEEP HAT IN PLACE, BUT WITHOUT HAT STILL MAINTAINS SHAPE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-HEADWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
FROM DONORS UNIFORM FROM THE ST. MICHAEL'S SCHOOL OF NURSING. DONORS MAIDEN NAME WAS FLETT. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE P19970075001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A NURSE’S UNIFORM DONATED BY MARION WRIGHT. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY RUTHANN LABLANCE WITH THE DONOR, MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT), AND HER CLASSMATES MARLENE SIMPSON (NEE BACHMEIER) AND MARY ANN PRASKACH (NEE SERA). THE THREE WOMEN STUDIED TOGETHER AT ST. MICHAEL’S NURSING SCHOOL AND GRADUATED IN 1966. NONE OF THE THREE WOMEN HAD ANYTHING SPECIFICALLY TO SAY ABOUT THE NURSE’S CAP. THEY DID RECALL THAT THEY RELIED ON SAFETY PINS TO HOLD THEIR UNIFORMS TOGETHER. ASKED ABOUT THE OTHER NAMES WRITTEN IN HER UNIFORM, MARION REPLIED: “OH, IT WAS PROBABLY REUSED … THEY WOULD NEVER WASTE A THING, AT ST. MIKES WE WERE TAUGHT TO CONSERVE … NOTHING WAS THROWN OUT THAT COULD BE REUSED, WHETHER IT WAS ON THE NURSING UNIT OR AS FAR AS OUR UNIFORMS WERE CONCERNED. I REMEMBER ONE INCIDENT: I WORKED IN THE OPERATING ROOM AT ST. MIKES AND I BRIEFLY WORKED THE “OR” AT THE FOOTHILLS HOSPITAL AND I COULDN’T GET OVER [IT], I KEPT RUNNING TO THE GARBAGE AND PULLING OUT WHAT THEY WERE THROWING AWAY BECAUSE IT WAS STILL GOOD. AND WE WOULD NEVER CONSIDER THROWING AWAY THINGS THAT COULD BE RE-STERILIZED AND REUSED.” MARY ANN ADDED: “OUR UNIFORMS WERE WASHED FOR US. … SO WHEN WE GOT OUR UNIFORMS, SOMETIMES WE GOT THE WRONG HAT AND STUFF.” THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE: SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”. MARION WRIGHT (NEE FLETT) GRADUATED FROM THE ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING IN 1966. SHE MARRIED DR. GERALD A. WRIGHT AND AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING IN 2007, THEY HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR 25 YEARS. GERALD WAS BORN ON MAY 7, 1917 IN SOUTH WALES. HE IMMIGRATED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1951. HE WAS PREDECEASED BY HIS FIRST WIFE, ISOBEL WRIGHT. GERALD PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 31, 2007. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW AND FOR HARD COPIES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND “OUT OF THE BLUE:SCIENCE, SERVICE, SANCTITY: ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING YEARBOOK 1966”.
Catalogue Number
P19970075002
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CAP, “GSN”
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20140006005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CAP, “GSN”
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
3
Height
0.1
Length
60
Width
30
Description
.A - TRIANGULAR PIECE OF WHITE, STARCHED COTTON WITH WIDE HEM ALONG BOTTOM EDGE AND CONCAVE CURVES ALONG EACH UPPER SIDE. TOP IS HEMMED AND HAS TWO HORIZONTAL BUTTONHOLE ALONG EDGE. A SMALLER PIECE OF WHITE COTTON IS SEWN ONTO THE BACK OF THE TOP HEM, AND MARKED WITH HANDWRITING IN BLACK INK READING “GSN”. MINOR WEAR ALONG EDGES, BROWN STAINED DOT NEAR BOTTOM CENTRE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 0.1 X 60 X 30 .B & .C – WHITE ROUND PEARLIZED BUTTONS, ATTACHED NEAR CENTRE OF TRIANGULAR PIECE OF FABRIC AT EDGES OF CONCAVE CURVES. PINNED TO .A WITH METAL SAFETY PINS. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 0.1 X 1.4 X 1.4
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
EDUCATION
History
AT THE TIME OF DONATION, GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PAST ARCHIVIST ELAINE HAMILTON IDENTIFIED THIS CAP AS BEING PART OF THE “OLDEST UNIFORM” HELD IN THE ALUMNAE’S COLLECTION. THIS CAP, ALONG WITH P20140006001, P20140006002, P20140006003, AND P20140006004, WAS USED TO DRESS THE ALUMNAE’S MANNEQUIN THAT WAS ON DISPLAY IN THE ATRIUM AT THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL HOSPITAL. IN SUMMER 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE PAST ARCHIVISTS OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING COLLECTION, SHIRLEY HIGA, ELAINE HAMILTON, AND SUE KYLLO, ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE GSN ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION AND THE HISTORY OF THE COLLECTED ARTIFACTS. HIGA, THE EARLIEST GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST, SAID: “I TRAINED MOSTLY AT THE GALT. THE STUDENTS, WE ALL KNEW EACH OTHER, HELPED EACH OTHER BECAUSE THERE WERE MOSTLY STUDENTS THERE: ONE REGISTERED NURSE FROM 7AM TO 7PM. THE REST WERE ALL US STUDENTS THAT RAN THE HOSPITAL SO, BUT WE WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS AND WE HELPED EACH OTHER… WE HAD SUCH GOOD RAPPORT BETWEEN THE STUDENTS IN MY CLASS… I JOINED [THE ALUMNAE] WHEN I GRADUATED IN 1955… I WAS INTERESTED IN HOW EVERYBODY TURNED OUT, AND THE ALUMNAE SORT OF KEPT IN CONTACT WITH THEM, AND IT WAS QUITE IMPORTANT TO ME. I FELT QUITE HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE OTHER [NURSES]… IT’S NICE WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE REUNIONS. YOU SEE ALL THESE GIRLS YOU WORKED WITH, MAYBE ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT YOU REMEMBER THEM… I REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE ARCHIVIST, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT OFFER TO DO THINGS… I WAS INTERESTED IN ALL THE HISTORY AND ALL THE THINGS THAT THE GIRLS THOUGHT ABOUT IT… [THE ARCHIVIST WAS TO] KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED, AND KEEP TRACK OF THE STUFF WE COLLECT[ED]… [THE COLLECTION IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE] I LIKE EVERYBODY TO KNOW ABOUT THE GALT AND HOW WE TRAINED AND HOW IT PROGRESSED… AS YOU GET OLDER YOU KIND OF HAVE MEMORIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP, AND YOU KNOW YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS… [WHEN] YOU LOOK AT [THE OBJECTS] YOU REMEMBER.” ELAINE HAMILTON BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN THE LATE 1980S AFTER SHIRLEY HIGA STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, HAMILTON SAID: “I THINK THE RETIRED NURSES DECIDED THAT THEY SHOULD FORM A GROUP TO HELP THE STUDENTS… I WASN’T THERE BUT IT WAS ’45 WHEN THEY FORMED, AND THEY DID THINGS FOR THE NURSES STUDENTS LIKE, THEY BOUGHT FURNITURE [FOR STUDENT RESIDENCES]… THEY DID A WHOLE BUNCH OF BAKE SALES AND CRAFT SALES; THEY WORKED AT THE BULL SALE OUT AT THE EXHIBITION GROUNDS. THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THAT TO RAISE MONEY FOR LITTLE THINGS THAT COULDN’T BE BOUGHT OTHERWISE, LIKE THE PATIENT COMFORT, LIKE PATIENTS WOULD COME IN WITHOUT TOOTHBRUSHES AND COMBS… THEY HAD A BANQUET [FOR NURSING STUDENTS], AND THEY HAD A TEA WITH OUR PARENTS TOO, FOR US IN THE RESIDENCE… FOR ME, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WAS THE BANQUETS, AND HAVING MY CLASSMATES COME EVERY FIVE YEARS, BECAUSE THEY ARE LIKE SISTERS TO ME… OF COURSE I LIKE HISTORY AND ARCHIVES TOO SO [THE COLLECTION] IS KIND OF IMPORTANT TO ME TOO… WE LIVED TOGETHER, AND ATE TOGETHER, AND CRIED TOGETHER AND DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR THREE YEARS, BECAUSE WE LIVED RIGHT IN A RESIDENCE. SO, WE BECAME VERY CLOSE… AND IF YOU WORK IN THE ALUMNI, YOU BECOME KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE FAMILY TOO BECAUSE THERE’S NOT THAT MANY OF US THAT GO TO OUR MEETINGS, SO WHEN WE GET TOGETHER, IT’S KIND OF NICE TO SHARE WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON… IT’S A FELLOWSHIP.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, HAMILTON SAID: “IT’S AN ACCUMULATION OF ARTIFACTS FROM THE HOSPITALS AND FROM OUR TRAINING DAYS. AND, IT’S PART OF THE HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE IN A WAY, BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WAS HERE FOR QUITE A WHILE… I’M A CARE GIVER AND I LIKE TO LOOK AFTER STUFF. SO, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT IT GOT CARED FOR… I THINK WITH THE CLOSING [OF THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING, IN 1979] WE GOT ALL THE CHARTS, AND WE ALREADY HAD THINGS FROM THE GALT HOSPITAL IN OUR STUFF THAT PROBABLY SOMEBODY [BEFORE HIGA] ACCEPTED… WHEN WE WENT INTO THE MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL [IN 1955] IT WAS ALL BRAND NEW, STAINLESS STEEL, SO THERE WAS NONE OF THE ENAMEL STUFF, AND THEN WHEN THE MUNICIPAL CLOSED [IN 1988], THE OPERATING ROOM GAVE US A LOT OF THINGS. THERE WERE A LOT OF DONATIONS THEN FROM DIFFERENT SPOTS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT TO MOVE STUFF SINCE IT WAS OLD… WE GOT A PLACE [FOR STORING THE COLLECTION IN THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL], ACTUALLY ABOVE THE WASHERS IN THE LAUNDRY FIRST. BUT IT WAS PRETTY MOIST UP THERE. AND THEN THEY GAVE US A ROOM IN THE SEWING ROOM, WHICH WAS VERY NICE, OUR OWN SEPARATE LITTLE ROOM THERE FOR OUR STORAGE… WE HAD THINGS UP ON A SHELF AND WE HAD A TRUNK IN THERE, AND… WE HAD ALL THE LETTERS FROM THE RESIDENCE… WE HAD A DISPLAY CASE THAT THEY BUILT AT THE REGIONAL [IN THE HOSPITAL ATRIUM] AND WE HAD STUFF IN THERE, AND WE’D MOVE IT AROUND… HAVING THE DISPLAY CASE WAS IMPORTANT TO ME, AND CHANGING THE UNIFORM ON [THE DISPLAY MANNEQUIN] EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, AND HAVING HER IN DIFFERENT OUTFITS… I ALWAYS HAD IT ALL TIDY FOR A REUNION… I WOULD CHANGE THE UNIFORM FOR THEM, DEPENDING ON WHAT CLASS WAS HAVING THEIR REUNION.” SUE KYLLO BECAME THE GSN COLLECTION ARCHIVIST IN 2010 AFTER ELAINE HAMILTON STEPPED DOWN. OF THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, KYLLO SAID: “[I ATTENDED THE GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING] FROM ’66 TO ’69, AND I JOINED IN 1976 AFTER I CAME BACK TO LETHBRIDGE. I HAD TWO LITTLE KIDS AND I WANTED TO GET OUT AND MEET PEOPLE AND THE ALUMNI GAVE ME THAT… I WANTED TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH MY NURSING FRIENDS AND SEE IF I CAN HELP OUT IN SOME WAY… THE ALUMNI IS THE WAY TO GO TO KEEP OUR NURSING MEMORIES ALIVE AND I WANT TO DO THAT. SO NOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME WAY MORE THAN WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MOTHER THAT WANTED TO GET OUT… IT MEANS COMPANIONSHIP [AND] TO HELP EACH OTHER.” OF THE GSN COLLECTION, KYLLO SAID: “I DON’T KNOW HOW IT GOT STARTED. I WOULD THINK THAT MRS. BOYCHUCK WOULD HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH IT BECAUSE [SHE] WAS VERY ACTIVE IN THE ALUMNI AT THE BEGINNING, AND I WOULD THINK THAT IF ANYBODY, IT WOULD BE HER THAT STARTED COLLECTING THE ODD LITTLE THING, AND THEN IT WENT TO SHIRLEY. I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS ANYBODY BEFORE SHIRLEY… OUR ALUMNI ONLY STARTED IN [1945], SO THERE WERE THOSE PERIODS WHERE I DON’T THINK ANYBODY CARED ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF… TO ME, IT MEANS AN AWFUL LOT. IT MEANS THAT WE EXISTED REALLY… IF WE DIDN’T HAVE ALL THIS STUFF, WELL WHAT WERE WE? A NURSE, WHAT DOES A NURSE DO? WITH THIS WE CAN SHOW THEM THAT WE DIDN’T JUST GIVE BEDPANS. WE DID A LOT OF THINGS, AND I’M REALLY PROUD THAT WE HAVE WHAT WE’VE GOT.” OF THE SITUATION LEADING UP TO THE DONATION OF THE GSN COLLECTION TO THE GALT MUSEUM, KYLLO SAID: “WE HAD A DISPLAY AT THE NORTH END OF THE HOSPITAL [THAT] WAS GOING TO STAY THERE [AND ADDITIONAL COLLECTION STORAGE] AND WE DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM... WE WERE ALWAYS UNDER THE IMPRESSION OF ALL THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS THAT WE ALWAYS HAD A PLACE IN THAT HOSPITAL… NOW THAT ALL THE OLD GUYS HAVE GONE, THEY JUST UP AND MOVED [THE COLLECTION, IN FALL 2012] AND DIDN’T CARE. THEY WERE BUILDING A NEW WING AND ‘TO HECK WITH YOUR GUYS’ STUFF’… NOBODY WANTED TO EVEN TALK TO US ABOUT IT. I FINALLY GOT AHOLD OF THE GUY IN CHARGE OF MAINTENANCE, [HE] SAID, “WELL IT’S UPSTAIRS IN THE PENTHOUSE.” WELL, WE KNEW WHAT THE PENTHOUSE WAS LIKE, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY HOT AND YOU DON’T WANT [THESE ARTIFACTS] IN SOMEPLACE REALLY HOT, SO I WANTED IT OUT OF THERE… SO THAT’S WHEN IT WENT OUT INTO A STORAGE LOCKER. AND IN THE STORAGE LOCKER… IT WAS JUST NOT CLEAN ENOUGH TO BE IN THERE… WE WERE VERY DISAPPOINTED.” HAMILTON ADDED: “WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE FOR [THE COLLECTION], AND IT’S IN PEOPLE’S GARAGES AND BASEMENTS AND LIVING ROOMS… [THE MUSEUM IS HOUSED IN] THE GALT HOSPITAL. AND A LOT OF OUR MEMBERS TRAINED HERE. SO IT’S PRETTY SPECIAL TO THEM, AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE SOMETHING HERE TO BE REMEMBERED BY… IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US TO LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES.
Catalogue Number
P20140006005
Acquisition Date
2014-03
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Museum
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