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Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, COTTON, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19950037018
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
STEEL, COTTON, PAPER
No. Pieces
55
Description
1. CASE: 20CM X 12.5CM X 6.4CM RECTANGULAR STEEL CASE WITH ROUGH ETCHED PATTERN ON SURFACE WHICH IS PAINTED BLACK. CASE HAS HINGED LID WITH TWO STEEL LOCK LOOP LATCHES RIVETED TO FRONT. FRONT OF BOTTOM HAS HINGED STEEL HANDLE. EMBOSSED ON LID IN GOLD IS "FIRST AID KIT" AND GOLD SEAL WITH CROSS AT CENTER AROUND OUTSIDE READS "MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES CO. OF CANADA LTD.". TWO STEEL BRACKETS WITH KEY-HOLE OPENINGS ARE MOUNTED AT BACK CORNERS OF CASE FOR HANGING KIT ON WALL. OUTSIDE OF CASE HAS A FEW WHITE PAINT SPLATTERS. EACH CLASP HAS "USA EXCELSIOR STANFORD CONN." STAMPED ON IT. GLUED ON INSIDE OF LID IS WHITE PAPER SHEET WITH LIST OF CONTENTS AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE. ACROSS TOP IS "M-S-A FIRST AID KIT (REG. U.S. AND CAN. PAT. OFFICES)" AND "10 UNIT TYPED". 2. ADHESIVE PLASTER: 10.2CM X 5.8CM X 1.8CM BROWN CARDBOARD BOX WITH FLAP OPENING ALONG TOP EDGE. AT LEFT OF FLAP IS MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES LOGO WHICH IS SAME AS ON LID OF CASE. FLAP READS "ADHESIVE PLASTER (1/2 INCH X 2 1/2 YARDS) 2 PER PACKAGE" AND IN BOTTOM RIGHT IS "CAT. NO. FA-2755". HAS IDENTICAL ON BOTTOM. INSIDE BOX ARE TWO ROLES OF WHITE ADHESIVE TAPE WITH ALUMINUM TUBING. TAPE IS YELLOWED AND DRY AND BOTH HAVE BEEN USED PREVIOUSLY. ON END OF BOX IS BLACK BORDERED AREA WHICH READS "DISTRIBUTED BY MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES CO. BRADDOCK, THOMAS AND MEADE STS, PITTSBURGH, PA." AND "MADE IN U.S.A". STAMPED AT OPPOSITE END IN BLACK INK IS "4D06". 3. IODINE: CARDBOARD BOX OF IDENTICAL SIZE AND MAKE TO (2.). HAS SAME LOGO ON FLAP AND ADDRESS ON END AS (2.). PRINTED ON FLAP IS "MILD TINCTURE OF IODINE, U.S.P. (ALCOHOL 46% - IODINE 2% W/V) 3 APPLICATOR VIALS (10CC EACH) PER PKG." AND IN BOTTOM RIGHT IS "CAT. NO FA-2904". ON BROAD SIDE OF BOX IS DIAGRAM OF USE AND DIRECTIONS. STAMPED IN BLACK INK ON ONE END IS "6C06". ONE CORNER OF BOX HAS IODINE STAINS. BOX CONTAINS THREE GLASS VIALS 9.7CM X 1.7CM (D) WITH PAPER TUBING COVER. EACH VIAL HAS BLACK PLASTIC CAP WHICH SCREWS ON AND HAS "MSA" RAISED ON TOP. EACH PAPER TUBE HAS FOUR HOLES IN IT AS WELL AS BLACK PRINTED LABEL. LABEL CONTAINS SAME INFORMATION AS BOX FLAP AS WELL AS MANUFACTURE INFORMATION ALSO THE SAME AS ON BOX. AT MIDDLE OF LABEL IS RED AREA WITH WHITE SKULL AND CROSS-BONES WITH "POISON" OVER TOP IT. ONE VIAL HAS IODINE STAINS AT TOP. 4. GAUZE BANDAGES: CARDBOARD BOX IDENTICAL IN SIZE AND SHAPE TO (2.). BOX FLAP HAS MSA LOGO AT LEFT END AND READS "1 IN. X 6 YDS. GAUZE BANDAGES (STERILIZED AFTER PACKAGING) 4 PER PACKAGE" WITH "CAT. NO. FA-2868" IN BOTTOM RIGHT. BOTTOM FLAP IS IDENTICAL TO TOP. ON SIDE OF BOX IS "COMPRESSED GAUZE ROLLER BANDAGES 1 IN. X 6 YDS. 4 PER PACKAGE (STERILIZED AFTER PACKAGING) FOR DRESSING WOUNDS, BURNS AND SPRAINS." ALONG WITH MSA ADRESS. INSIDE ARE FOUR 3.7CM X 2.5CM X 1.6CM BUNDLES OF GAUZE WRAPPED IN WHITE PAPER. EACH HAS PAPER LABEL WITH GREEN TOP AND BOTTOM BORDER. EACH READS "T.M. M-S-A REG." AND GAUZE BANDAGE 1 INCH BY 6 YARDS (STERILIZED AFTER PACKING). AT BOTTOM IS "MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES CO. PITTSBURGH, PA. MADE IN U.S.A.". STAMPED IN BLUE INK ON TOP FLAP OF BOX IS "G077B". 5. TRIANGULAR BANDAGE: 9.8CM X 5.5CM X 2CM BROWN CARDBOARD BOX WITH TOP OPEN FLAP. LEFT END OF FLAP HAS MSA LOGO AND BOTTOM RIGHT HAS "CAT. NO. FA-2144". FLAP READS "40 IN. TRIANGULAR BANDAGE (STERILIZED AFTER PACKAGING) 1 PER PACKAGE". SIDE OF BOX HAS TWO DIAGRAMS DEMONSTRATING BANDAGE USE. END OF BOX HAS MSA ADRESS LIKE THE OTHER BOXES. STAMPED ON TOP FLAP IN BLACK INK IS "O664C". INSIDE BOX IS BANDAGE WRAPPED IN WHITE PAPER. HAS WHITE PAPER LABEL WHICH READS "TRIANGULAR BANDAGE 40 INCH CRAVAT (STERILIZED AFTER PACKAGING)" AND "DIRECTIONS: FOR USE AS A SLING, TO COVER DRESSING OR FOR TYING SPLINTS." AND HAS MSA LOGO, TITLE AND ADDRESS ACROSS BOTTOM. 6. ADHESIVE COMPRESSES (BANDAIDS): CARDBOARD BOX IDENTICAL IN SHAPE AND SIZE TO (2.). LEFT END OF FLAP HAS MSA LOGO AND AT BOTTOM RIGHT IS "CAT. NO. FA-12415". FLAP READS "1 INCH ADHESIVE COMPRESSES 16 PER PACKAGE". STAMPED IN BLACK INK ON FLAP IS "O013C". BOTTOM FLAP IS IDENTICAL BUT WITHOUT INK STAMP. ON SIDE OF BOX ARE FOUR DIAGRAMS WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE. ON BACK OF BOX IS BORDERED AREA WITH "ADHESIVE COMPRESSES 16 PER PACKAGE " AND "EACH PAD MEDICATED WITH 1/730 GRAIN MERTHIOLATE (SODIUM ETHYL MERCURI THIOSALICYLATE, LILLY)". BENEATH THIS IS MSA TITLE AND ADDRESS. INSIDE BOX ARE16 BANDAIDS WITH PAPER WRAPPING. FRONT HAS MSA LOGO AT LEFT END AND "M-S-A ADHESIVE COMPRESS MEDICATED WITH 1/730 GRAIN MERTHIOLATE (SODIUM ETHYL MERCURI THIOSALICYLATE, LILLY)." AND "REMOVE COVERING FROM ADHESIVE. PLACE PAD OVER WOUND." WITH MSA TITLE AND ADDRESS ACROSS BOTTOM. ON BACK IS "IF THIS WRAPPER IS OPENED OR TORN STERILITY CANNOT BE ASSURED.". 7. ADHESIVE COMPRESSES: IDENTICAL TO (6.) EXCEPT FOR CONTENTS. BOX CONTAINS ONLY 12 BANDAIDS AND TWO ARE DIRTY AND WARPED BADLY. 8. BURN OINTMENT: BOX IS IDENTICAL IN SIZE AND SHAPE TO (2.). TOP FLAP HAS MSA LOGO AT LEFT AND AT RIGHT IS "CAT. NO. FA-12505". PRINTED ON FLAP IS "FOILLE FOR BURNS 6 TUBES (1/8 OZ. AVOIR.) PER PKG.". BOTTOM FLAP IS IDENTICAL AND STAMPED ON END OF BOX IN BLACK INK IS "4F06". ON SIDE OF BOX ARE TWO DIAGRAMS DEMONSTRATING USE WITH DIRECTIONS. ON BACK OF BOX IS SAME INFORMATION WITH INGREDIENTS AND WRITTEN DIRECTIONS ALONG WITH MSA TITLE AND ADDRESS. INSIDE BOX IS SMALL STEEL PAIR OF SCISSORS WITH BLUNT ENDS. AS WELL THERE IS CARDBOARD FRAME WHICH FOLDS TO MAKE SLOTS FOR OINTMENT TUBES. THERE ARE THREE GREEN PLASTIC TUBES WITH CONTAINING OINTMENT. EACH TUBE HAS EMBOSSED YELLOW LABEL LISTING CONTENTS AND MSA MANUFACTURING INFORMATION. ONE TUBE IS CRACKED. 9. TOURNIQUET & FORCEPS: 10.1CM X 5.5CM X 3.4CM BROWN CARDBOARD BOX WITH TOP FLAP OPENING. TOP FLAP HAS MSA LOGO AT LEFT END AND AT RIGHT END IS "CAT. NO.FA-2146". PRINTED ON FLAP IS "TOURNIQUET & FORCEPS 1 EACH PER PACKAGE". ONEEND HAS "7F06" STAMPED IN BLACK INK. OPPOSITE END HAS MSA TITEL AND ADRESS.ON FRONT SIDE OF BOX ARE THREE DIAGRAMS OF USE OF TOURNIQUET WITH INSTRUCTIONON BACK SIDE OF BOX IS SKELETAL DIAGRAM WITH MAJOR ARTERIES LABELLED WITH PRESSURE POINTS FOR CONTROLLING ARTERIAL BLEEDING PRINTED AT BOTTOM. INSIDE BOX IS 96CM WHITE COTTON BELT TOURNIQUET WITH GALVANIZED STEEL BUCKLE. WHITE COTTON LABEL IS SEWN TO BELT NEAR BUCKLE WHICH READS "M-S-A TOURNIQUET" ALONG WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE AND MSA TITLE AND ADDRESS. BOX ALSO CONTAINS ONE PAIR OF TWEEZERS WITH POINTED ENDS. SIDES OF EACH ARM HAS RAISED FLUTED GRIP. STAMPED INTO END IS "M.S.A. CO.".
Subjects
MEDICAL & DENTAL T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COAL MINING
History
SEE P19950037001-GA. FIRST AID KIT IS FOR USE IN MINES. POSSIBLY USED IN ONE OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINES. USED BY WILLIAM H. SHORT, THE LAST FIRE CHIEF OF THE OLD NO.1 FIRE HALL IN LETHBRIDGE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BELT DONATED BY SHARON DEREK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK, IS THE NIECE OF AGNES SHORT. AGNES CHRISTINA SHORT WAS BORN ON APRIL 20, 1916 TO WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA SHORT (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE GRADUATED FROM LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE AND THEN ATTDNED THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR NURSING TRAINING, WHICH SHE GRADUATED FROM IN 1939. AGNES WAS THE SUPERVISOR AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1939-1945. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE NURSING STAFF OF LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT #51 FROM 1947 UNTIL 1958. SHE WAS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING AT THE LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT FROM 1964 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT. SHE RETIRED IN 1980 AFTER 42 YEARS OF NURSING. AGNES PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 ON OCTOBER 20, 1994. WILLIAM HENRY SHORT WAS AGNES’S FATHER. HE WAS BORN IN LONDON, ENGLAND IN 1889 AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1909. HE INITIALLY WORKED FOR THE CITY WATERWORKS DEPARTMENT IN LETHBRIDGE FOR TWO YEARS, BEFORE SPENDING 51 YEARS IN SERVICE OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE OVERSAW THE INTRODUCTION OF MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINES, SWITCHING FROM HORSE POWERED WAGONS, IN 1913. HE ALSO SAW THE DEPARTMENT GROW IN SIZE FROM ONLY 13 TO 49 MEN. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 18, 1974. WILLIAM’S WIFE BERTHA L. SHORT PASSED AWAY ON JULY 28, 1989. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE ABOUT AGNES’S LIFE, THE SHORT FAMILY LIVED IN NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL, WHERE WILLIAM WAS FIRE CHIEF. WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA ALSO HAD ANOTHER CHILD, WILLIAM D. SHORT. HE WAS BORN ON AUGUST 16, 1916 AND PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 5, 1990. HE WAS MARRIED TO MYRTLE (NEE NELSON) SHORT AND THEIR CHILDREN INCLUDE THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY SHARON DERRICK. ON 1 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED DERRICK REGARDING HER DONATION. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED WERE CONNECTED TO THE DONOR’S GRANDFATHER, WILLIAM H. SHORT AND HIS CAREER AS FIRE CHIEF IN THE NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL IN LETHBRIDGE. “YOU SEE, DURING THE YEARS THAT HE WAS THE FIRE CHIEF,” DERRICK BEGAN, “THEIR QUARTERS ACTUALLY WERE IN THE BACK OF THE FIRE HALL. SO STUFF KIND OF GOT ACCUMULATED THERE. THE WHOLE FAMILY [LIVED IN THE FIRE HALL]. WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I WAS THERE ALL THE TIME. MY FATHER [WILLIAM D. SHORT] WAS A CAPTAIN IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, BUT MY GRANDFATHER WAS THE FIRE CHIEF.” WHEN ASKED IF SHE HAD ANY MEMORY OF SEEING HER GRANDFATHER WEARING ANY OF THE ARTIFACTS, SUCH AS THE HELMET (P19950037014) OR THE FIRE PANTS (P19950037008), DERRICK RECALLED, “YES, BECAUSE LETHBRIDGE WAS SMALL AT THE TIME AND WHEN WE LIVED IN THE FIRE HALL AND THE BELLS WENT OFF, WE WOULD OFTEN WALK OVER TO HAVE A LOOK AT THE FIRE. I WOULD SEE MY GRANDFATHER OUT THERE, AND I’D SEE MY FATHER WHEN HE WAS ON SHIFT. THERE WERE SOME HUGE FIRES RIGHT DOWNTOWN. I CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT DATES – PROBABLY BACK IN THE LATE ‘40’S, EARLY ‘50’S. [IN ONE INSTANCE], MY DAD WAS ALSO ON THE BACK OF A FIRE TRUCK, SPEEDING TO A FIRE, AND ANOTHER TRUCK CAME ALONG AND HIT HIM IN THE BACK. HE SUFFERED VERY SEVERE INJURIES FROM THAT. AND I SAW THAT TOO. I WAS JUST ON MY WAY BACK TO SCHOOL.” “WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I WAS ALWAYS IN AND OUT [OF THE FIRE HALL],” DERRICK WENT ON, “THERE WAS A BELL TOWER THERE, WHERE THEY HUNG THE WET HOSES UP TO DRY. THERE WERE RICKETY OLD WOODEN STAIRS GOING ROUND AND ROUND ALL THE WAY UP TO THE TOP OF THE FIRE HALL TO WHERE THE BELL USED TO BE. I USED TO GO UP AND DOWN THOSE STAIRS, AND HOP AND PLAY. AND IN THE BASEMENT THERE WAS PRISON CELLS, BECAUSE IT USED [TO BE] THE POLICE STATION MANY, MANY YEARS BEFORE. IT WAS A COMBINATION OF FIRE AND POLICE. AND, THERE WAS A BIG FURNACE DOWN THERE. I USED TO GO DOWN AND WATCH THE FIREMEN PUSH COAL INTO THE FURNACE TO KEEP IT GOING. IT WAS AN INTERESTING PLACE TO BE AROUND.” “MY GRANDFATHER WAS ON THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF FIRE CHIEFS,” DERRICK CONTINUED, “HE WAS VICE-PRESIDENT IN NEW YORK. THEY HAD ASKED HIM TO COME UP AND TAKE THE PRESIDENCY, BUT AFTER MUCH CONSIDERATION, HE DECIDED HE DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE THE FAMILY FOR THE TWO YEAR TERM IN NEW YORK, SO HE TURNED THAT ONE DOWN. THOUGH HE DID REMAIN ON THE BOARD FOR MANY YEARS.” AN ARTICLE IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2000 READS, “WILLIAM SHORT RETIRED AS LETHBRIDGE FIRE CHIEF IN 1962, ENDING A CAREER AS CHIEF WHICH BEGAN IN JANUARY 1945.” A HERALD ARTICLE FROM 1974 ADDITIONALLY STATES THAT SHORT “JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN 1911. HE WAS PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT IN 1919 AND CAPTAIN IN 1922.” AN ADDITIONAL ARTICLE TITLED, “LETHBRIDGE WELL PROTECTED BY MODERN FIRE DEPARTMENT,” PUBLISHED IN 1967 IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD READS, “[IN 1910] THE FIRST FIREHALL THAT [WAS] LOCATED AT 4TH STREET AND 2ND AVENUE SOUTH WAS TORN DOWN. IT WAS A TWO-STOREY BUILDING. A THREE-STOREY FIREHALL WAS BUILT IN ITS PLACE ON THE SAME SITE. THAT EARLY BUILDING HOUSED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT, SERVED AS CITY HALL AND THE POLICE STATION…” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE REASON FOR THE DONATION OF HER FAMILY’S ARTIFACTS DURING THE 2018 INTERVIEW, DERRICK EXPLAINED, “I WAS THE EXECUTOR FOR MY AUNT’S WILL AND WHEN SHE PASSED AWAY SHE [WAS LIVING IN] MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER’S HOME. ALL THIS STUFF HAD BEEN LEFT IN THE HOUSE, SO WHEN WE WERE CLEANING IT OUT FOLLOWING HER DEATH, WE CAME ACROSS ALL THESE THINGS. WHILE I KEPT SOME AS MEMENTOS, MY SISTER AND I [DECIDED TO DONATE OTHER ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM].” PLEASE PERMANENT FILE P19950037001, FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19950037018
Acquisition Date
1995-05
Collection
Museum
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