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Other Name
POLICE CROWN GRAFLEX CAMERA CASE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PRESSED PAPER, STEEL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19960112062
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE CROWN GRAFLEX CAMERA CASE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
PRESSED PAPER, STEEL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
22
Height
25
Length
44.5
Width
22.7
Description
GREY PRESSED PAPER CASE WITH BLACK STEEL REINFORCED CORNERS. HINGED LID WITH THREE CLASPS AT FRONT; LOCK AT CENTRE. LEATHER CARRYING HANDLE AT TOP OF CASE MARKED "LETH POLICE" ACROSS TOP; "CITY POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH" STAMPED ON ADHESIVE LABEL BELOW. SCRATCHED INTO TOP RIGHT CORNER "OP2-007-073-004". INTERIOR OF CASE DIVIDED INTO FIVE COMPARTMENTS, WHICH CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING: .1 NINE 4 X 5 FILM HOLDERS. INCLUDE FOUR BLACK "RITEWAY" GRAPHIC FILM HOLDER WITH PLASTIC FRAME AND TWO PULL-OUT PANELS IN EACH. ALSO FOUR "FIDELITY DELUXE FIDELITY CUT FILM HOLDER OF SAME STYLE, AND ONE "LISCO REGAL" "LISCO CUT FILM HOLDER" ALSO OF SAME STYLE. ALL ARE SCRATCHED SLIGHTLY THROUGHOUT. .2 CAMERA. BROWN LEATHER CASE WITH "ANSCO" IN GOLD LETTERS ON LENS CAP SECTION. BLUE ADHESIVE LABEL ON TOP OF CASE WITH "CITY POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH". CASE OPENS BY SNAP ON FLAP; SMALL LEATHER CARRYING STRAP AFFIXED BY SIDE RINGS. CONTAINS 35MM CAMERA, FIXED TO CASE BY MEANS OF THREADED BOLT AT BOTTOM. BACK OF CAMERA OPENS; "AV 4286" STAMPED ON LOWER RIGHT INSIDE CORNER. BASE READS "MADE FOR ANSCO BY AGFA CAMERA WERK AG MUNCHEN GERMANY BY ANSCO-GAF". LENS MARKED "AGFA APOTAR..". INCLUDES FOLDED FILM INSTRUCTIONS. .3 PRINT COATER. WHITE CARDBOARD RECTANGULAR BOX WITH HOLE THROUGH CENTRE OF TWO SIDES. CONTAINS TWO BLACK PLASTIC VIALS WITH WHITE PLASTIC LIDS. MARKED ON SIDES IS "FOR BLACK AND WHITE PICTURES ONLY" AND "POLAROID PRINT COATER". EACH CONTAINS LONG SPONGE DAMP WITH DEVELOPING SOLUTION. .4 SET OF TWO IDENTICAL ALUMINUM BRACKETS. CONSIST OF LOOPED BAND CONNECTED TO RECTANGULAR-SHAPED BASE WITH THREADED BOLT FIXED ACROSS INTERIOR. .5 SET OF TWO IDENTICAL COILED BLACK CORDS (RUBBER COATED). TWO-PRONG PLUG AT ONE END, WITH HEAD FOR ROUND OUTLET AT OTHER END. "H" MARKED ON PLUG. .6 UNKNOWN DEVICE. GREY PLASTIC DISC WITH LARGE FLATHEAD BOLT AT TOP. BELOW IS STEEL SHANK, WITH POINTED END. .7 UNKNOWN DEVICE. STEEL CYLINDRICAL VIAL WITH FOUR HOLES PERFORATED AROUND LOWER END; ENGRAVED "GRAFLEX #2" WITH U.S. PATENT NUMBERS LISTED. THREADED LID WITH TINY HOOK FOR HANGING; INSIDE LID FIXED WITH STEEL SHANK WITH WIRE SPRING AROUND. EXTERIOR OF LID IS SERRATED VERTICALLY. .8 CLEAR PLASTIC PILL CONTAINER; WHITE LID. CONTAINS THREE PIECES WHITE CHALK. .9 KEY. CIRCULAR LOOP AT HEAD; HOLLOW SHANK. STEEL.
Subjects
PHOTOGRAPHIC T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. CASE IS FOR CROWN GRAFLEX CAMERA, ISSUED TO DETECTIVE GLEN B. MICHELSON IN 1961 BY ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH. MICHELSON JOINED LETH. CITY POLICE IN 1950, AND WAS PROMOTED TO DETECTIVE IN 1957. IN 1961 HE ATTENDED A SEVEN-WEEK TRAINING COURSE AT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH SCHOOL IN OTTAWA, WHERE CAMERA WAS ISSUED. CAMERA WAS STANDARD EQUIPMENT OF ALL ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IDENT BRANCHES IN CANADA. WHEN MICHELSON RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE HE SET UP THE CITY POLICE'S FIRST IDENT BRANCH, AND WORKED AS A QUALIFIED FINGERPRINT TECHNICIAN. THE ANSCO CAMERA WAS ALSO AMONG HIS EARLY EQUIPMENT, AND WAS USED AT CRIME SCENES ETC., THOUGH THE CROWN GRAFLEX WAS THE MORE COMMONLY USED CAMERA. ALTHOUGH THE CASE WAS DONATED TO MUSEUM BY POLICE, THE CAMERA ITSELF REMAINS (03/00) AT THE POLICE STATION. WAS IN USE FOR OVER 20 YEARS. THE CROWN GRAFLEX CAMERA WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF EQUIPMENT ACQUIRED FOR THE NEW INVESTIGATIVE BRANCH IN 1961. STANDARD TO EVERY ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH AT THE TIME, THE CAMERA TOOK HIGH QUALITY PHOTOS OF FINGERPRINTS AND CRIME SCENES. THE SMALLER ANSCO CAMERA WAS ALSO USEFUL FOR ACCIDENT AND CRIME SCENES. *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
P19960112062
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
"GRAFLEX - CROWN GRAPHIC"
Date Range From
1961
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P20080008013
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"GRAFLEX - CROWN GRAPHIC"
Date Range From
1961
Date Range To
1985
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL, GLASS
No. Pieces
2
Height
21.2
Length
26.0
Width
18.2
Description
CAMERA, FOLDING. HARD, BLACK PLASTIC CASE WITH VIIEWFINDER WINDOW. FRONT PANEL FOLDS DOWN TO REVEAL AN EXPANDABLE, ACCORDION FOLD, CAMERA LENSE. LENSE MOVES BACK AND FORTH ON METAL TRACKS. VARIOUS HOOKS AND KNOBS ON SIDE AND BACK OF CASE. FRONT OF CASE MARKED "GRAFLEX" ON SILVER COLORED PLAQUE. FRONT OF CAMERA MARKED, "CROWN GRAPHIC... SYNCHRO COMPUR." FRONT OF CASE DOES NOT CLOSE.
Subjects
PHOTOGRAPHIC T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS CROWN GRAFLEX CAMERA WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF EQUIPMENT ACQUIRED FOR THE NEW INVESTIGATIVE BRANCH IN 1961. IT WAS STANDARD TO EVERY RCMP IDENTIFICATION BRANCH AT THE TIME, THE CAMERA TOOK HIGH QUALITY PHOTOS OF FINGERPRINTS AND CRIPME SCENES, AND WAS USED LOCALLY FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS. RETIRED SUPERINTENDENT IN CHARGE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS FOR THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE, GLEN MICHELSON, WROTE A LETTER TO EXPLAIN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE IDENTIFICATION DEPARTMENT WHICH RELIED HEAVILY ON THE USE OF THE CAMERA. SEE BELOW: "IDENTIFICATION RECORDS (FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY) OF PRISONERS WAS STARTED BY THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE IN 1931 BY DETECTIVE SYD WALLIS. COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND FINGERPRINTS WERE DISTRIBUTED TO OTHER POLICE FORCES BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT IN THESE EARLY YEARS. THEN LATER A COPY OF THE FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS WERE FORWARDED TO THE R.C.M. POLICE, A NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE, IDENTIFICATION BRANCH AT THEIR OTTAWA HEADQUARTERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL POLICE FORCES IN CANADA AND IN OTHER COUNTRIES AS WELL. LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE HAVE MAINTAINED AN EXCELLENT COLLECTION OF IDENTIFICATION RECORDS (FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS) SINCE THAT TIME. I STARTED MY CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT APRIL 14TH, 1947 BY JOINING THE R.C.M. POLICE FORCE IN LETHBRIDGE. I TRAINED IN REGINA AND ROCKCLIFFE “N” DIVISION HEADQUARTERS NEAR OTTAWA. I PURCHASED MY DISCHARGE FROM THAT FORCE JULY 31ST, 1950. I JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE FORCE AUGUST 29TH, 1950 UNDER THEN CHIEF GEORGE HARVEY. I RETIRED FROM THE CITY POLICE FORCE JULY 31ST, 1984. WHILE ON DUTY IN THE COMPLAINT OFFICE I BECOME INTERESTED IN FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY. I CONSIDERED THE IDENTIFICATION OF CRIMINALS ACT IN THE CRIMINAL CODE TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS. AS I MENTIONED, THIS HAD BEEN STARTED BY SYD WALLIS, DETECTIVE) IN 1931. I STARTED FINGERPRINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHING PRISONERS, ALSO DEVELOPING PICTURES IN A SMALL CLOSET LIKE DARK ROOM HARDLY SUITABLE FOR THAT PURPOSE IN THE BASEMENT OF THE OLD POLICE STATION, 5TH ST. & 5TH AVE. SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE. I STARTED PLAIN CLOTHES (DETECTIVE) WORK IN 1957 AND TAKING A FEW PICTURES AT CRIME SCENES. I OBTAINED GOOD INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FROM TWO WELL KNOWN PHOTOGRAPHERS IN LETHBRIDGE, DR. VICTOR SPACKMAN, AND NEILS KLOPENBERG. THEY WAS MORE THAN WILLING TO GIVE ME HELP. FOR ANY MAJOR CRIME SCENES WE CALLED THE R.C.M. POLICE IDENTIFICATION OFFICER TO TAKE FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS. THEY HAD A IDENTIFICATION BRANCH AT THE R.C.M. POLICE SUB-DIVISION OFFICE IN LETHBRIDGE. THIS OFFICER WAS ALWAYS WILLING TO GIVE US ASSISTANCE. ON FEBRUARY 27TH, 1961 UNTIL APRIL 14TH, 1961, I ATTENDED THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH SCHOOL IN OTTAWA AT THEIR HEADQUARTERS, (CLASS NUMBER 22). THIS COURSE OF INSTRUCTION INCLUDED FINGERPRINTS, PHOTOGRAPHY AND OTHER METHODS OF IDENTIFICATION, FOR ANY CRIME SCENE OR ACCIDENT REQUIRING POLICE INVESTIGATION. I WAS THE FIRST LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE MEMBER TO ATTEND SUCH A CLASS. I RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE AND SET UP THE FIRST CITY POLICE IDENTIFICATION BRANCH, AN OFFICE, WORK ROOM AND DARK ROOM, COMPLETE WITH FINGERPRINT FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT, CAMERAS AND CROWN GRAFLEX CAMERA TO TAKE PICTURES ANYWHERE, THEN TO DEVELOP THEM AND BE JUDGED ON OUR WORK, THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW POLICE STATION ADDITION WAS IN SEPT. 1963. I ENJOYED CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS AND DOING THE IDENTIFICATION WORK AT CRIME SCENES AND PHOTOGRAPHING THE SCENES AND OTHERS THAT REQUIRED INVESTIGATION. IN MY VIEW IT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT POLICE WORK AND IT WOULD GIVE ME GREAT SATISFACTION IF I COULD LOCATE A FINGERPRINT LEFT AT A CRIME SCENE THAT WOULD IDENTIFY THE PERSON BEING THERE, OR FIND ANY OTHER PHYSICAL EVIDENCE AT THE CRIME SCENE THAT WAS CONNECTED TO THE OFFENDER. I DID HAVE GREAT SUCCESS IN FINGERPRINTING AND WAS ABLE TO PHOTOGRAPH THE FINGERPRINTS AT CRIME SCENES, AND PROCESS THEM READY FOR COURT. I WAS ABLE TO QUALIFY MYSELF AS A FINGERPRINT EXPERT IN JUVENILE COURT, MAGISTRATES COURT AND ALBERTA SUPREME COURT (NOW CALLED COURT OF QUEENS BENCH.) I ALSO GAVE EVIDENCE AT CORONERS INQUESTS IN FINGERPRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY. FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE IS THE MOST COMMON, MOST SOUGHT AFTER, POSITIVE AND VALUABLE OF ALL TYPES OF EVIDENCE ENCOUNTERED IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS. THE FINDING OF A FINGERPRINT, HOWEVER AT THE CRIME SCENE IS NOT PROOF OF GUILT BY ITSELF, NOR ANY INDICATION OF GUILT UNTIL ALL THE ELEMENTS AND FACTS OF THE CASE ARE CONSIDERED, BUT IT PROVES THE PRESENCE AT THE SCENE OF THE OFFENCE OF THE PERSON WHO MADE THE FINGERPRINT IMPRESSION. THE PRESENCE OF THAT PERSON AT THE SCENE OF THE OFFENCE CANNOT BE REFUTED OR DENIED. IT MAY BE ALIBIED BUT IT IS POSITIVE AS TO HIS OR HER PRESENCE WHETHER OR NOT THAT PRESENCE WAS LEGITIMATE. FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION IS BASED ON THE ACCEPTED FACT THAT NO TWO FINGERPRINTS HAVE EVER BEEN FOUND TO BE IDENTICAL IN EVERY DETAIL. ONLY ONE PERSON AND ONLY ONE FINGER OF THAT PERSON CAN MAKE A GIVEN IMPRESSION, THE IMPRESSION CANNOT BE DUPLICATED BY ANY OTHER FINGER IN THE WORLD. IT WAS GRATIFYING AND AN HONOUR TO BE NAMED AS A FINGERPRINT EXAMINER BY THE SOLICITOR GENERAL OF CANADA IN THE CANADA GAZETTE APRIL 11TH, 1970. THIS WAS ANOTHER FIRST FOR THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE. THIS WAS PURSUANT TO SECTION 594 OF THE CRIMINAL CODE OF CANADA. I ALSO ATTENDED AN ADVANCED IDENTIFICATION SERVICES FIELD SEMINAR HELD AT MYNARSKI PARK, PENHOLD ALBERTA ON OCT. 15TH, 1971. ALSO AN INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR IDENTIFICATION CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR AT BOISE IDAHO, USA IN MAY 1982 ON IDENTIFICATION TECHNIQUES. AFTER I WAS PROMOTED TO THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BRANCH, OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FORCE WERE SELECTED TO ATTEND THE R.C.M. POLICE IDENTIFICATION COURSE IN OTTAWA. THE IDENTIFICATION SECTION HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE FORCE. D.N.A. EVIDENCE IS NOW CONSIDERED TO BE IMPORTANT AND CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE IN IDENTIFICATION WORK." FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. CAMERA CASE WAS PREVIOUSLY ACCESSIONED. SEE P19960112062.
Catalogue Number
P20080008013
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
LOUD SPEAKER
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ALUMINUM, NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19960112052
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LOUD SPEAKER
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
ALUMINUM, NYLON
No. Pieces
1
Length
32.2
Diameter
22.5
Description
GREY ALUMINUM MEGAPHONE WITH A NAMEPLATE ON THE SPEAKER MARKED "ARMACO", WITH A GREY PLASTIC WRIST BAND THAT HAS A BLUE & WHITE CORD ATTACHED TO IT AND IS ALSO CLIPPED TO THE BOTTOM OF THE HANDLE. BLACK TRIGGER ON HANDLE TO ACTIVATE SPEAKER. RED STICKER ON BASE OF SPEAKER MARK "LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE" STAMPED "LETH" ON BASE. SURFACE WORN AND SCRATCHED.
Subjects
SOUND COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*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
P19960112052
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
REMOTE DISPATCH RADIO
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1975
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P19960112069
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
REMOTE DISPATCH RADIO
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1975
Materials
STEEL, RUBBER
No. Pieces
1
Height
25
Length
13.5
Width
11.2
Description
TABLE MICROPHONE. LIGHT GREY STAND AND HEAD, WITH DARK GREY SHAFT, MOUTHPIECE REVERSE OF HEAD, AND PLASTIC PUSH BUTTON ON STAND. "MOTOROLA" BENEATH MOUTHPIECE. BLACK ELECTRICAL CORD EXTENDS FROM BACK; RUBBER CRACKING. DEVICE ON END FOR CONNECTING TO RECEIVER.
Subjects
SOUND COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
MICROPHONE USED IN CONJUCTION WITH REMOTE DISPATCH RADIO, P19960112068 AND PHONE, P19960112070. FOR HISTORY ON THE MICROPHONE, PLEASE SEE P19960112068 OR FOR A IN DEPTH HISTORY ON IT AND THE RADIO REFERENCE THE PERMANENT FILE. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE DISPATCH EQUIPMENT’S OPERATION, SEE ASSOCIATED MOTOROLA REPEATER EQUIPMENT P19960112070. *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
P19960112069
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, NICKEL
Catalogue Number
P19960112002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
PLASTIC, NICKEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.3
Length
42.2
Width
2.1
Description
BLACK PLASTIC WHISTLE ATTACHED TO A NICKEL CHAIN LANYARD WITH A HOOK ON THE END. WHISTLE IS VERY WORN, WITH GREEN BUILDUP ON THE SURFACE.
Subjects
SOUND COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
USED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES DURING THE 1960'S APPROX. BETWEEN 2008 AND 2009, RET. LETHBRIDGE POLICE CHIEF TERRY WAUTERS CLAIMED THAT THE POLICE WHISTLE WAS “USED BY FOOT PATROL OFFICERS TO DRAW ATTENTION TO OFFENDERS SUCH AS JAY WALKERS, PEDESTRIANS WALKING AGAINST TRAFFIC LIGHTS, ETC..” *NOTE* AS OF 9 NOVEMBER 2007, COLLECTIONS STAFF BELIEVE THIS OBJECT HAS BEEN CATALOGUED TWICE UNDER NUMBERS P19960112034 AND P19960112002. TECHNICALLY, THEREFORE, THIS OBJECT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS RECORD NEVER EXISTED. ADDITIONALLY, THE ARTIFACT IS LABELLED WITH THE TWO DIFFERENT NUMBERS - ONE ON THE LANYARD HOOK AND THE OTHER ON THE WHISTLE BODY. *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
P19960112002
Acquisition Date
1996
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1975
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL
Catalogue Number
P19930061000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1975
Materials
METAL
No. Pieces
3
Height
173
Length
57
Width
38
Description
RADIO REPEATER EQUIPMENT CONSISTS OF TWO RELATED GRAY "MOTOROLA CABINETS, AN UPRIGHT CABINET AND A SMALLER, BOX-LIKE CABINET. THE UPRIGHT CABINET HAS A GRAY FINISHED BODY WITH CHROME ACCENTS. THE TOP OF CABINET DISPLAYS A STYLIZED MANUFACTURER MARK THAT READS “MOTOROLA”. BELOW THAT A WHT PANEL DISPLAYS THREE SQUARES THAT READ THE MICRO-AMPS AND THE VOLTAGE. THE PANEL'S GLASS FACE IS BROKEN WITH A REMNANT OF INTACT GLASS REMAINING ON THE LEFT PANEL SIDE. MAJORITY OF BODY IS MADE UP OF A DOOR WITH A DETACHED HANDLE AND KEY IN KEY HOLE. TOP CENTER OF DOOR IS OUTFITTED WITH A CIRCULAR YLLW VENT THAT FEATURES A VELVET-LIKE TEXTURE. WHEN DOOR IS OPEN FUSES, OUTLETS AND MECHANICAL WORKINGS ARE REVEALED. RADIO REPEATER HAS A FEW SCRATCHED AND DENTS. MANUFACTURER'S PLATE, "CB63A-1-60", "XXXPATENTED 1952-1957". 3 PLUS PCES. DUE TO DISASSEMBLED PARTS, INCLUDING THE HANDLE, ON THE CABINET'S INTERIOR FLOOR. THE BOX-SHAPED CABINET HAS AN IDENTICAL GRAY BODY FINISH WITH TOP AND REAR VENTS. THE CABINET'S FRONT AND BACK PLATES CAN BE FULLY REMOVED BY USE OF A KEY. A CONTROL PANEL IS INSET INTO THE FRONT PLATE, FEATURING "MOTOROLA", A SPEAKER AND DIALS "VOLUME" AND "SQUELCH". THE REAR MANUFACTURER'S PLATE IS MARKED "MODEL MC63GKB-1000A". 1 PCE.
Subjects
SOUND COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
RADIO REPEATER WAS PURCHASED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN 1963. THE FIRST RADIO REPEATER BASE IN THE CITY WAS BY BOTH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE REPEATER'S OPERATION, SEE ASSOCIATED MOTOROLA DISPATCH POLICE EQUIPMENT P19960112068-70. A RADIO REPEATER IS A COMBINATION OF A RADIO RECEIVER AND A RADIO TRANSMITTER THAT RECEIVES A WEAK OR LOW-LEVEL SIGNAL AND RETRANSLATES IT AT A HIGHER LEVEL OR HIGHER POWER, SO THAT THE SIGNAL CAN COVER LONGER DISTANCES WITHOUT DEGRADATION. IN DISPATCHING, AMATEUR RADIO, AND EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMUNICATIONS, REPEATERS ARE USED EXTENSIVELY TO RELAY RADIO SIGNALS ACROSS A WIDER AREA. WITH MOST EMERGENCY (AND SOME OTHER) DISPATCHING SYSTEMS, THE REPEATER IS SYNONYMOUS WITH THE BASE STATION, WHICH PERFORMS BOTH FUNCTIONS. THIS INCLUDES POLICE, FIRE BRIGADE, AMBULANCE, TAXICAB, TOW TRUCK, AND OTHER SERVICES. A FEATURE THAT DEFINES THE REPEATER IS THE FACT THAT IT TRANSMITS AND RECEIVES AT THE SAME TIME, (SIMULTANEOUSLY). A DUPLEX REPEATER USES TWO RADIO FREQUENCIES; AN "INPUT" FREQUENCY, WHICH IT MONITORS FOR SIGNALS, AND AN "OUTPUT" FREQUENCY, ON WHICH IT RETRANSMITS THE RECEIVED SIGNALS AT A HIGHER POWER OR HIGHER ALTITUDE. THE INPUT IS THE FREQUENCY ON WHICH MOBILE RADIOS, OR HAND-HELD RADIOS, TRANSMIT TO REACH THE REPEATER. THE OUTPUT IS THE TRANSMITTER FREQUENCY FOR THE REPEATER WHICH REPEATS THE AUDIO FROM THE RECEIVED SIGNAL ON THE INPUT. THIS ALLOWS AN INCREASE IN THE RANGE CAPABILITIES OF PORTABLE DEVICE. IT COULD BE A BASE STATION WHICH ALLOWED A OPERATOR TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER RADIOS IN THE FIELD. THE FACT THAT THE TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER ARE ON AT THE SAME TIME MEANS SOME ELECTRICAL ISOLATION MUST EXIST TO KEEP THE REPEATER'S OWN TRANSMITTER FROM DEGRADING THE REPEATER RECEIVER. IF THE REPEATER TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER ARE NOT ISOLATED WELL, THE REPEATERS OWN TRANSMITTER BLINDS THE REPEATER RECEIVER. PART OF ISOLATING THE TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER IS KEEPING THE INPUT AND OUTPUT FREQUENCIES DISTANT. THE FURTHER APART THESE TWO FREQUENCIES, THE EASIER IT IS TO KEEP THE TRANSMITTER FROM INTERFERING WITH THE RECEIVER. THIS IS AN ENGINEERING PROBLEM WITH MANY POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS. LETHBRIDGE VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADES PROVIDED PROTECTION FROM 1886 TO 1909, WHEN A PROFESSIONAL FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS ORGANIZED. IT EMPLOYED 12 FIRE FIGHTERS OF ALL RANKS IN 1910, ITS FIRST FULL YEAR OF OPERATION. BY 1985, THE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYED 122 FIRE FIGHTERS OF ALL RANKS. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TOOK OVER THE HORSE-DRAWN AMBULANCE FROM GALT HOSPITAL IN JUNE 1912. WHEN IT ACQUIRED THE AMBULANCE SERVICE, THE DEPARTMENT BEGAN TO EMPHASIZE FIRST AID TRAINING EVEN MORE THAN PREVIOUSLY. BY 1913, ALL MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT HELD ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATES. THIS MADE LETHBRIDGE ONE OF THE FIRST INTEGRATED SERVICES IN THE COUNTRY THE EVER-INCREASING RESPONSIBILITIES ASSIGNED TO THE DEPARTMENT WERE NOT ONLY FOR FIRE PROTECTION, BUT FOR AMBULANCE AND RESCUE SERVICES AS WELL. IT ALSO INCLUDED PREVENTIVE SERVICES SUCH AS PUBLIC EDUCATION AND TRAINING, INSPECTIONS, AND INVESTIGATIONS. LETHBRIDGE FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE WAS A FULLY PROFESSIONAL BODY, SECURE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT IT COULD HANDLE WHATEVER MEDICAL EMERGENCY OR FIRE THAT MIGHT OCCUR.
Catalogue Number
P19930061000
Acquisition Date
1993-10
Collection
Museum
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