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LAMP, BATTERY OPERATED

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Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, LEATHER, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P19641359000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
STEEL, LEATHER, GLASS
No. Pieces
2
Height
3.2
Length
14.9
Width
8.0
Description
PAINTED RED. LEATHER CARRYING HANDLE. "DISCARD JAN. 1960" PRINTED ON SIDE. METAL PLATE RIVETED TO BACK OF HEAD LAMP "EXCEL LIGHT, 4179". THUMB SCREW "ON/OFF" KNOB.
Subjects
LIGHTING DEVICE
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
USED BY FIRE DEPARTMENT IN FIRE FIGHTING OPERATIONS.
Catalogue Number
P19641359000
Acquisition Date
1964-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
SIDE-LIFT TUBULAR TYPE
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, CHROMED METAL
Catalogue Number
P19739474000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SIDE-LIFT TUBULAR TYPE
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
GLASS, CHROMED METAL
No. Pieces
2
Height
48.3
Diameter
15.0
Description
RED GLASS GLOBE. FITTED WITH A BARRICADE CAGE OF CHROMED TIN, EMBOSSED IN 2 PLACES: "DIETZ". BASE, CHROMED & EMBOSSED: "DIETZ KING" "FIRE DEPT.". KEROSENE TYPE
Subjects
LIGHTING DEVICE
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
CARRIED ON LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT AMBULANCE. MAY HAVE ALSO BEEN CARRIED ONOTHER FIRE FIGHTING VEHICLES. REF TO P196413590000-GA FOR GIFT CERTIFICATE.
Catalogue Number
P19739474000
Acquisition Date
1964-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
SIDE LIFT TUBULAR TYPE
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, CHROMED METAL
Catalogue Number
P19739463000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SIDE LIFT TUBULAR TYPE
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
GLASS, CHROMED METAL
No. Pieces
2
Height
45.8
Diameter
13.3
Description
CLEAR GLASS GLOBE, EMBOSSED: "MADE IN CANADA". FITTED WITH A BARRICADE CAGE OF CHROMED TIN, EMBOSSED IN 2 PLACES "DIETZ". BASE OF CHROMED TIM, EMBOSSED "DIETZ KING" "FIRE DEPT.". CHROME PLATING WORN OFF IN PATCHES. KEROSENE OPERATED.
Subjects
LIGHTING DEVICE
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
EXCEPT GLOBE-CANADA (PROBABLY A REPLACEMENT LENS) ORIGINALLY CARRIED ON LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT STEAM PUMP TRUCK NO. 1 (E.G. AMERICAN LA FRANCE TYPE 12).
Catalogue Number
P19739463000
Acquisition Date
1973-11
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
VEHICLE SEARCH LIGHT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CHROME, GLASS, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19960112051
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
VEHICLE SEARCH LIGHT
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1985
Materials
CHROME, GLASS, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Height
21.5
Length
42.5
Diameter
17.4
Description
.1 CHROME SHALLOW CONICAL-SHAPED LAMP HEAD WITH SMALL BULB INSIDE. GLASS COVER MARKED "GE"; PLATE AT SIDE OF HOUSING READS "UNITY MFG. CO. CHGO. U.S.A UNITY MODEL S6". CHROME SHAFT EXTENDS FROM ONE SIDE OF LAMP HEAD, WITH STEEL END. 39.5CM (L). .2 HANDLE. BLACK PLASTIC KNOB HANDLE WITH BRASS FERRULE JOINING CHROME FITTING FOR SHAFT. FITTING HAS HOLLOW CYLINDRICAL HOLE FOR INSERTING SHAFT; TIGHTENS BY MEANS OF PERPENDICULAR SCREW ON EXTERIOR. BACK OF INTERIOR CHROME DEVICE HAS GEARS WHICH ENABLE SEARCHLIGHT TO BE TURNED BY MEANS OF BLACK HANDLE. BLACK PLASTIC-COATED WIRE EXTENDS FROM SIDE OF HANDLE, 82.4CM(L). NO MARKINGS.
Subjects
LIGHTING DEVICE
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
HAND POINTED, VEHICLE-BASED SPOT LIGHT. *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
P19960112051
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
FIRE STATION LAMP
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P20020001000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FIRE STATION LAMP
Date
1919
Materials
BRASS, GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
80.0
Diameter
17.5
Description
THE LAMP HAS AN EXTERIOR COLOR OF SILVER. IT IS QUITE TALL AND NARROW WITH A LIGHTBULB ON THE TOP, BUT NO SHADE. THERE IS AN ORNAMENTAL DECORATION AT THE VERY TOP THAT IS SCREWED ON. ON THE SIDE OF THE LAMP, THERE IS A WRITTEN DEDICATION WHICH STATES, "PRESENTED TO W.D.L. HARDIE MAYOR AND COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC SAFTEY BY OFFICERS & MEMBERS OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT ON THE COMPLETE NOTORIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OCT. 1919."
Subjects
LIGHTING DEVICE
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
THIS LAMP WAS GIFT TO THE MAYOR AND COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC SAFETY OF LETHBRIDGE W.D.L. HARDIE UPON THE NOTORIZATION OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN 1919. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE ASSOCIATED WITH LETHBRIDGE MAYOR W. D. L. HARDIE, THE ORIGINAL RECIPIENT OF THIS ARTIFACT. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF W. D. L. HARDIE WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM A TRIBUTE ARTICLE FROM THE JUNE 16, 1942 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. WILLIAM DUNCAN LIVINGSTONE HARDIE WAS BORN NEAR EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND IN 1862, AND THE FAMILY IMMIGRATED TO OHIO THE FOLLOWING YEAR. IN 1885 HARDIE MARRIED MARGARET KIRTLEY, AND THEY HAD FIVE CHILDREN: IANTHE, AGNES, E.W., JESSE, AND INZOLA. HARDIE FIRST CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1889, WHEN HE BECAME THE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF THE GALT NO. 1 MINE. AFTER FOUR YEARS HE RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES, WORKING FOR MINING COMPANIES IN PENNSYLVANIA, TENNESSEE, AND ALABAMA BEFORE RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1896 AS SUPERINTENDENT OF NORTHWEST COAL & NAVIGATION COMPANY. IN 1910 HARDIE LEFT THE GALT-OWNED COMPANY AND WORKED AS THE MANAGER OF THE DIAMOND COAL COMPANY UNTIL 1912, WHEN HE RAN FOR AND WON THE OFFICE OF LETHBRIDGE MAYOR. HARDIE SERVED AS MAYOR UNTIL 1928, WHEN HE WAS REPLACED BY ROBERT BARROWMAN. IN 1930 HARDIE HAD AN UNSUCCESSFUL RUN FOR THE LETHBRIDG SEAT IN THE PROVINCIAL GENERAL ELECTION. HARDIE WAS ACTIVE WITH THE LETHBRIDGE MASONS, THE ALBERTA UNION OF MUNICIPALITIES, AND HAD AN AVID INTEREST IN ASTROLOGY. HARDIEVILLE, THE FORMER HAMLET NORTHEAST OF LETHBRIDGE THAT WAS ANNEXED BY THE CITY IN 1978, WAS NAMED AFTER HIM. W. D. L. HARDIE DIED ON JUNE 16, 1942. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19880033000-GA FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIALS.
Catalogue Number
P20020001000
Acquisition Date
2002-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
FOLDING CHAIR STRETCHER
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, VINYL, NYLON
Catalogue Number
P20150010023
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FOLDING CHAIR STRETCHER
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
2005
Materials
METAL, VINYL, NYLON
No. Pieces
4
Height
14.4
Length
221.5
Width
51.2
Description
EMERGENCY FOLDING CHAIR STRETCHER. ADJUSTABLE, MEDIUM BURGUNDY COLOURED VINYL WITH SILVER COLOURED METAL, AND FOUR BLACK RUBBER WHEELS. OUTER RECTANGULAR FRAME WITH A SMALLER, ADJUSTABLE FRAME WITHIN. STRETCHER HAS THREE STRAPS: TWO WINE COLOURED NYLON SEATBELT STYLE STRAPS, WITH METAL AND BLACK PLASTIC BUCKLES, ON THE UPPER BODY. BLACK PLASTIC BUCKLE AT CHEST HEIGHT HAS "FERNO" IN GREY. THIRD BUCKLE IS A BLACK NYLON AND PLASTIC BUCKLE, ON THE LOWER BODY. BACK OF PLASTIC BUCKLE IS EMBOSSED WITH "ACCULOC CSR-10 A.C.W. ASIA, WOONSOCKET RI". RED STICKER WITH WHITE WRITING ON RIGTH SIDE OF STRETCHER, AT WAIST AREA, READS "FERNO". TWO RUBBER FEET AT THE FOOT END OF STRETCHER TO STABILIZE STRETCHER WHEN FULLY EXTENDED. VINYL IS IN TWO PIECES AND CAN BE REMOVED FROM INNER FRAME. GOLD COLOURED ZIPPERS AND SILVER COLOURED SNAPS HOLD VINYL IN PLACE. THERE ARE TWO GOLD ZIPPERS ON THE BACK OF THE FOOT PORTION, BOTH RUNNING VERTICALLY. THERE ARE ALSO TWO GOLD ZIPPERS ON THE BACK OF THE UPPER BODY PORTION, WITH ONE RUNNING HORIZONTALLY AND ONE VERTICALLY. METAL LABEL RIVETED ONTO FRAME AT FOOT OF STRETCHER READS "FERNO - WASHINGTON, INC. WILMINGTON, OHIO, U.S.A. SERIAL NUMBER 07-052255." FOUR FOLDABLE HANDLES, TWO AT HEAD AND TWO AT FEET. HANDLES HAVE TEXTURED BLACK PLASTIC GRIPS. GRIPS EMBOSSED WITH "HUNTWILDE CORPORATION". LOWER HANDLES (AT FOOT) HAVE METAL CYLINDERS THAT SLIDE OVER THE JOINT TO PREVENT HANDLES FROM FOLDING BACK IN. CROSSBAR AT KNEE AREA HAS A SMALL RECTANGULAR PIECE THAT SWINGS OUT AND ONTO A BOLT WHEN STRETCHER IS FOLDED INTO SITTING POSITION, WHICH PREVENTS STRETCHER FROM GOING BACK TO A LAYING DOWN POSITION. UPPER BODY PORTION CAN BE ADJUSTED TO FOUR DIFFERENT POSITIONS: LAYING TOTALLY FLAT TO SITTING AT AN APPROXIMATELY 45 DEGREE ANGLE. AT SHOULDER AREA ON RIGHT SIDE THERE IS A TRIANGULAR SHAPED CLIP, WHICH RELEASES THE UPPER BODY PORTION AND ALLOWS IT TO BE ADJUSTED TO A SITTING POSITION. VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. VINYL IS STRUCTURALLY VERY GOOD, WITH NO RIPS OR TEARS. SCUFF MARKS AND BLACK STAINS ALL OVER, ESPECIALLY ALONG THE EDGES. METAL FRAME IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. WHEELS AT THE FOOT ARE WORN MORE THAN THOSE AT THE HEAD.
Subjects
LAND TRANSPORTATION-HUMAN-POWERED
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS EMERGENCY FOLDING STRETCHER WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF DONATION, JESSE KURTZ, DEPUTY CHIEF – SUPPORT SERVICES (RETIRED), EXPLAINED THAT THE STRETCHER WAS “USED PRIMARILY IN AMBULANCES FOR MOVING PATIENTS DOWN STAIRS OR AROUND TIGHT CORNERS. WE USE A MORE STAIR FRIENDLY VERSION NOW.” IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004), TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994), RAYMOND “RAY” PETIT (HIRED 1965, RETIRED 1998), AND LAWRENCE DZUREN (HIRED 1959, RETIRED 1992). BROWN EXPLAINED: “IT WAS MORE OR LESS TO TAKE PEOPLE DOWN STAIRS. SIT THEM UP, STRAP THEM IN, HAD WHEELS ON IT. IT WAS FOR A PERSON THAT DIDN’T HAVE ANY SERIOUS INJURIES MORE OR LESS … IT WAS LIKE A LITTLE CHAIR, FOLD UP, SIT THEM DOWN … GO DOWN THE STAIRS ONE AT A TIME – THUNK, THUNK, THUNK, THUNK.” LAZENBY EXPANDED SAYING: “I HATED THIS STRETCHER. THIS WAS A FOLDING STRETCHER … ACTUALLY THE OLD STAIR-CHAIR, BASICALLY. THEY HAVE MODERNIZED AND IMPROVED THIS DRAMATICALLY. BUT THIS PUZZLE OF A STRETCHER – YOU USED TO BE ABLE TO SET IT UP SO THAT IT CAME INTO A CHAIR … ANY TIME YOU WENT UP INTO AN APARTMENT BUILDING THAT WAS UNDER THREE STORIES, THERE’S NO ELEVATOR, SO YOU SOMETIMES HAD TO CARRY PEOPLE DOWN THREE FLIGHTS OF STAIRS. THIS WAS THE CHAIR OF CHOICE A LOT OF TIMES, IT WAS THE STRETCHER OF CHOICE, BECAUSE IT WAS LIGHTER THAN THE OTHER ONE AND IT WAS EASIER TO MANEUVER AROUND CORNERS … IT WAS A PUZZLE TO PUT TOGETHER AND TO TAKE APART AND I JUST NEVER EVER – I HATED THIS THING. TO THIS DAY, WHEN THE PARAMEDICS SAY ‘WE’RE GONNA NEED THE STAIR CHAIR’, I GRIT MY TEETH AND I CRINGE A LITTLE BIT, I THINK BECAUSE I THINK OF THIS THING, EVEN THOUGH THE NEW ONE IS WAY BETTER. THIS WAS IN SERVICE WHEN I GOT HERE AND I WOULD SAY THAT THIS WAS IN SERVICE ON THE AMBULANCES UNTIL ABOUT … 7 YEARS AGO, GIVE OR TAKE. SO THE BETTER PART OF 15 YEARS THAT THAT WAS IN SERVICE WHILE I WAS HERE.” HE CONTINUED: “THE WORST PART ABOUT THIS IS THAT WHEN YOU PUT A PATIENT ON IT AND YOU LIFTED THEM UP TO GO DOWN THE STAIRS, IT FELT UNSTABLE ENOUGH FOR THEM THAT THEY ALWAYS WANTED TO PUT THEIR ARMS OUT, AND THE SECOND THAT THEY GRABBED ON TO SOMETHING, WELL THEN YOUR CENTRE OF GRAVITY IS LOST AND THEN YOU WERE REALLY IN IT. LIKE YOU THOUGHT, ‘GEEZ, WE COULD ACTUALLY DROP THIS GUY.’ BUT THAT’S WHAT I DISLIKED PROBABLY THE MOST ABOUT THIS THING, OUTSIDE OF HAVING TO PUT IT TOGETHER.” PETIT ADDED: “IF YOU GO TO THE BUILDINGS UP HERE ON LONDON ROAD, SOME TWO STORY BUILDINGS AND THE STAIRS ARE VERY NARROW AND VERY TIGHT, WE USED TO USE THIS TYPE. SO IN OTHER WORDS, INSTEAD OF PUTTING HIM ON A STRETCHER, YOU’D PUT HIM ON THE SEAT. ONE GUY GETS AT THE BACK AND ONE GUY GETS AT THE FRONT AND TAKE THE PERSON DOWN … OVER THE YEARS I GOT A BAD BACK AND GUESS WHERE I GOT THE BAD BACK FROM? IT WAS LIFTING, DOING THINGS LIKE THIS, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY CUMBERSOME.” DZUREN AGREED: “THAT’S JUST A CONFINED SPACE STRETCHER … YOU CAN’T [ALWAYS] GET THE BIG STRETCHER IN, SO YOU CAN PUT THEM ON THAT PARTICULAR ONE. IN AN ELEVATOR, YOU CAN’T GET THAT BIG ONE IN THERE. SOME OF THE ELEVATORS, THE RESIDENTIAL ONES, THEY DON’T, AT LEAST IN THE DAYS GONE BY, THEY DIDN’T THINK ABOUT HAVING TO ACCOMMODATE STRETCHERS. I WOULD PROBABLY SAY IT’S A RARE OCCASION THAT WE HAD TO USE THAT. CAUSE A LOT OF TIMES … IF THE PERSON WAS FAIRLY PHYSICALLY OKAY, YOU COULD TAKE HIM OUT, JUST HOLD HIM. ONE GUY BY THE ARMS, ONE GUY BY THE LEGS, WE HAD A TECHNIQUE THERE WHERE YOU COULD QUITE EASILY TAKE HIM OUT THAT WAY WITHOUT DOING HIM ANY HARM, YOU KNOW. IF HE HAD A BROKEN ARM, WELL, WE COULDN’T DO THAT, SO YOU’D HAVE TO USE ONE OF THOSE.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010023
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE 100 YEARS
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS
Catalogue Number
P20020089002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE 100 YEARS
Date
2002
Materials
GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
16.7
Diameter
6.5
Description
CLEAR WINE GLASS. LIP OF GLASS HAS GOLD EDGING. ON 2 SIDES OF GLASS ARE THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE LOGO OVER AN IMAGE OF THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE AND READS "1902-2002 LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE 100 YEARS". STEM OF GLASS IS HEXAGONAL.
Subjects
FOOD SERVICE T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ITEMS WERE PRODUCED FOR THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN 2002. THE GALT MUSEUM SUPPORTED TWO CELEBRATORY FUNCTIONS BY PROVIDING A DISPLAY OF POLICE ARTIFACTS AT THE LETHBRIDGE LODGE HOTEL.
Catalogue Number
P20020089002
Acquisition Date
2003-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
COMMEMORATIVE TRAVEL MUG
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STAINLESS STEEL, PLASTIC, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20030020000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COMMEMORATIVE TRAVEL MUG
Date
2002
Materials
STAINLESS STEEL, PLASTIC, RUBBER
No. Pieces
3
Height
16.5
Length
11.6
Diameter
7.8
Description
1. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. STAINLESS STEEL MUG WITH CAP. ONE SIDE OF MUG HAS "LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE" LOGO ALONG WITH " "IN PARTNERSHIP, PROUDLY SERVING OUR COMMUNITY" 100 YEARS 1902-2002", IN BLACK. OPPOSITE SIDE HAS "LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE" CENTENNIAL LOGO. THERE IS BLACK PLASTIC HANDLE ON ONE SIDE. LID IS RIM WITH BLACK PLASTIC CENTER. THERE IS A SLIDING MECHANISM TO COVER AND UNCOVER HOLE IN LID. LID HAS A GREY RUBBER SEAL INSIDE. ON BOTTOM OF MUG IS A RING OF BLACK FOAM. IMPRESSED INTO BOTTOM OF MUG IS "18-8 STAINLESS STEEL CHINA". 2. CARRYING CASE. DARK BLUE VELVETEEN BAG. CLOSES WITH BLACK CORD DRAWSTRING. NO MARKINGS
Subjects
FOOD SERVICE T&E
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
SAFETY SERVICES
History
MUG WAS PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH OTHER ITEMS (P20020038005-6-GA) CELEBRATING THE 2002 CENTENNIAL OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE.
Catalogue Number
P20030020000
Acquisition Date
2004-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
POLES AND CANVAS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS, NYLON
Catalogue Number
P20140019001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLES AND CANVAS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1985
Materials
CANVAS, NYLON
No. Pieces
1
Length
212
Width
67
Description
RECTANGULAR PIECE OF OFF-WHITE CANVAS, WITH TWO RED NYLON STRAPS SEWN AT EACH VERTICAL EDGE. CANVAS IS FOLDED OVER AND SEWN ALONG BOTH HORIZONTAL EDGES, CREATING TWO LENGTHWISE CHANNELS. ALL SEAMS ARE REINFORCED WITH DOUBLE-STITCHING. FRONT OF CANVAS HAS REPEATING CIRCULAR WATER STAINS ALONG THE CENTRE AND VARIOUS SPOTS OF DISCOLOURATION THROUGHOUT. TEXT AT THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER READS “L F D” IN BLACK MARKER. BACK OF CANVAS HAS SIMILAR WATER STAINING, AND TEXT ACROSS THE CENTRE READING “DISCARD” IN BLACK MARKER. A STAMP AT THE RIGHT SIDE DEPICTS A CIRCULAR CREST AND READS “CITY OF LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPT” IN BLUE INK. OVERALL GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
LAND TRANSPORTATION-HUMAN-POWERED
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
HEALTH SERVICES
History
THIS CANVAS STRETCHER, ALONG WITH TWO WOODEN POLES, WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT DURING MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, PRIOR TO THE INCORPORATION OF PARAMEDIC STAFF IN THE DEPARTMENT IN THE MID 1980S. AMONG DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL, IT IS REFERRED TO AS “POLES AND CANVAS”. ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED LAWRENCE DZUREN, RETIRED FIRE CHIEF, WHO SERVED WITH THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT FROM 1959 TO 1992. OF THE POLES AND CANVAS, DZUREN SAID: “[THIS] WOULD BE IN THE AMBULANCE AND THERE’S TWO BIG WOODEN POLES, NICELY SANDED DOWN. WHEN YOU GOT THE PATIENT YOU WOULD ROLL HIM TO THE SIDE, TUCK THAT UNDER, ROLL HIM BACK ONTO [THE CANVAS], PUT THE POLES IN, AND PICK HIM UP, ONE [FIREMAN] ON EACH END… THAT’S THE WAY WE CARRIED PATIENTS OUT OF WHEREVER WE HAD TO CARRY THEM… I RECALL GOING TO ONE, THERE WAS A BLIZZARD GOING ON, WE GOT THIS BIG FELLA… HE WAS ABOUT 6’5”, AND WE HAD TO GET HIM OUT OF THE BASEMENT … WITH POLES LIKE THIS… YOU THINK YOU CAN MANIPULATE, AND WE USUALLY DID SUCCEED IN GETTING THEM OUT OF THERE, BUT IT WAS WITH A LOT OF BACK BREAKING STUFF TO GET HIM UP THE STAIRS… BECAUSE ONE GUY IS UP THERE TO LIFT THIS WAY, AND THE OTHER GUY IS BENDING DOWN… [POLES AND CANVAS] CAME OUT OF SERVICE WHEN WE STARTED GETTING PARAMEDICS [IN THE MID TO LATE 1980S]. THEY DID AWAY WITH IT, WHICH I WAS KIND OF SURPRISED, BECAUSE WE FOUND IT SUCH AN EASY WAY OF DOING IT. BECAUSE NOW… THE PARAMEDICS AND NURSES PICK THEM UP AND MANUALLY SET THEM ONTO THE BED, WHERE WITH THIS… WE COULD JUST PICK THEM UP, PUT THEM ON [THE BED] AND AWAY WE WENT. BUT THEY FOUND [A METHOD] THAT’S MAYBE MORE EFFICIENT, OR EASIER ON THE PATIENT.” ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CLIFF ‘CHARLIE’ BROWN, RETIRED PLATOON CHIEF, WHO SERVED WITH FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES FROM 1966 TO 2004. OF THE POLES AND CANVAS, BROWN SAID: “THAT’S WHAT I WAS TRAINED ON… THAT WAS OUR ‘SCOOP AND RUN’. WHEN WE WENT TO ANY KIND OF EMERGENCY, WE TOOK THE CANVAS WITH US… VERY LITTLE FIRST AID AT THE SCENE, LIKE NEXT TO NONE, UNLESS THERE WAS BLEEDING… IT WAS MOSTLY SCOOP AND RUN… GET THEM TO THE HOSPITAL AS QUICK AS WE COULD… RATHER THAN CARRY [A STRETCHER WITH A METAL FRAME] UP THE STAIRS, WE’D GO UPSTAIRS AND PUT THE PATIENT ON THE POLES… THE [FIREMAN] ON THE BOTTOM, IF [THE PATIENT] WAS STARTING TO SLIDE OFF, THEY’D END UP WITH THEIR LEGS AROUND THE [FIREMAN’S] NECK, AND THERE WAS NOTHING YOU COULD DO… YOU HAD TO GET DOWN, AND IT WASN’T THE PERSON’S FAULT BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE STRENGTH ON THE SLIPPERY CANVAS TO HANG ON.” ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 MACLEAN INTERVIEWED TREVOR LAZENBY, LIEUTENANT WITH LETHBRIDGE FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, WHO TRAINED AS A PARAMEDIC AND STARTED HIS CAREER IN LETHBRIDGE WORKING AS A DISPATCHER IN 1994. OF THE POLES AND CANVAS, LAZENBY SAID: “I NEVER USED THESE, BUT I HAVE HEARD A THOUSAND STORIES ABOUT POLES AND CANVAS – SOME GOOD, WHERE THEY WORKED INCREDIBLY WELL, AND SOME NOT SO GOOD, WHERE IT WAS ALMOST COMICAL THE WAY THINGS UNFOLD. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU GO UP A TWO-STOREY OR THREE-STOREY WALKUP WITH NO ELEVATOR, AND IF YOU’VE GOT [FIREMEN] WHO ARE HEIGHT MISMATCHED… WHEN YOU STARTED GOING DOWN STAIRS, THERE WERE REALLY NO STRAPS ON THESE THINGS TO HOLD PEOPLE – THEY WERE LIKE A MILITARY LITTER. SO AS THE ONE [FIREMAN] IS GOING DOWN THE STAIRS, THE PATIENT STARTS TO SLIDE. THERE WERE STORIES WHERE GUYS WERE TRYING TO HOLD THE POLES UP AS HIGH AS THEY POSSIBLY COULD SO THE [PATIENT] WOULDN’T SLIDE DOWN… PRETTY SOON HIS LEGS ARE HANGING OVER YOUR SHOULDERS!... BUT WHEN I WAS NEW [IN THE MID-1990S], I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I GOT TOLD ‘OH THE POLES AND CANVAS ARE WAY BETTER THAN THOSE STRETCHERS YOU GUYS ARE USING TODAY BECAUSE OF THIS AND THIS’ [AND] I AM SURE THAT IN SOME WAYS THEY WERE; I NEVER DISCOUNTED IT.” SEE PERMANENT FILE P20150010001-GA FOR FULL TRANSCRIPTS OF REFERENCED INTERVIEWS ALONG WITH OTHERS WITH FIRE/EMS MEMBERS AND ADDITIONAL RELATED RESEARCH.
Catalogue Number
P20140019001
Acquisition Date
2014-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
“HARBER-LITE 1956”
Date Range From
1956
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20150012002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“HARBER-LITE 1956”
Date Range From
1956
Materials
CANVAS, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
10
Length
138
Width
22
Description
GREEN CANVAS STRETCHED BETWEEN TWO GREEN METAL POLES. WHEN COLLAPSED, CANVAS IS CINCHED TOGETHER WITH TWO GREEN CANVAS STRAPS WITH BUCKLE CLOSURES. WHEN EXPANDED, TWO METAL CROSS SUPPORT BRACES SPAN THE WIDTH OF THE STRETCHER. LOOPED METAL HANDLES ARE ATTACHED TO SUPPORT BRACES. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
LAND TRANSPORTATION-HUMAN-POWERED
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
MILITARY
HEALTH SERVICES
History
THIS STRETCHER WAS RECOVERED IN SPRING 2015 FROM A STORAGE AREA IN THE BASEMENT OF THE ENMAX CENTRE SPORTS ARENA, WHERE SUPPLIES RELATING TO LETHBRIDGE’S CIVIL DEFENSE POLICE AND DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS/RISK MANAGEMENT HAD BEEN STORED FOR AT LEAST 30 YEARS PRIOR. DURING MARCH AND APRIL 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CURRENT AND RETIRED CITY STAFF THAT WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MANAGEMENT OF THE SUPPLIES AND DISASTER RESPONSE SERVICES, INCLUDING DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT JESSE KURTZ, RETIRED DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF MIKE ROSS, FORMER CITY DIRECTOR OF DISASTER SERVICES JOE KARL, FORMER CITY EMERGENCY SERVICES CO-ORDINATOR DENNIS JOBE, AND FORMER ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CITY MANAGER/RISK MANAGEMENT & INSURANCE OFFICER LEO VANDENHEUVAL. PREVIOUS RESEARCH INTO THE LETHBRIDGE CIVIL DEFENSE POLICE WAS CONDUCTED IN 2009, WHEN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ROBERT GARDNER, A FORMER C.D. POLICE MEMBER (SEE RECORD P19870044001 FOR MORE INFORMATION). THE AUXILIARY CIVIL DEFENCE POLICE WAS ORGANIZED IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1951 AFTER THE PROVINCE APPEALED TO ALBERTA MUNICIPALITIES TO PREPARE DEFENCES IN CASE OF AN ENEMY ATTACK, INCLUDING A NUCLEAR STRIKE. THE C.D. POLICE WERE NOT OFFICIALLY PART OF THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE. THE AUXILIARY VOLUNTEERS DID, HOWEVER, RECEIVE TRAINING FROM THE CITY POLICE AND WHEN CALLED OUT BY THE C.D. DIRECTOR, CAME UNDER THE CONTROL OF CHIEF CONSTABLE JAMES H. CARPENTER.THE C.D. POLICE DISBANDED FOR UNKNOWN REASONS IN 1963. GARDNER WAS 33 WHEN HE JOINED THE C.D. POLICE IN 1960, AND EXPLAINS HIS MOTIVATION TO VOLUNTEER WAS BASED ON HIS PERCEPTION THAT A FUTURE WAR WAS LIKELY TO OCCUR – ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE PERIOD’S EVENTS, WHICH INCLUDED THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS. GARDNER REMEMBERED TRAINING UNDER THE POLICE CHIEF AND SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE FORCE, BUT MAINTAINED THAT OUTSIDE OF INITIAL TRAINING, C.D. POLICE OPERATIONS WERE NOT DIRECTED BY THE CITY POLICE. GARDNER SAID THAT MOST C.D. POLICE VOLUNTEERS WERE “MIDDLE AGED AND STAYED ON DUE TO THE THREAT OF WAR”. JOE KARL SAID: “[IN] LATE 1972 THE CITY MANAGER… [ASSIGNED ME TO] LOOK AFTER DISASTER SERVICES/CIVIL DEFENCE… IT’S HAD DIFFERENT NAMES AS TIME WENT ON… THIS EQUIPMENT… IS A CASUALTY COLLECTING UNIT, WITH WATER BOTTLES, BOOTS, RAIN GEAR, COVERALLS. THERE WERE STRETCHERS [AND] BLANKETS. THESE WERE ALL STORED AT THE OLD MUSEUM [ORIGINAL GALT MUSEUM BUILDING, BEFORE THE 1985 EXPANSION] NEAR THE BOILER ROOM… THAT’S WHERE I FIRST INHERITED THE STUFF. THERE WAS REALLY NO RECORD KEPT OF ANYTHING… [WHEN] WE FOUND OUT WE COULDN’T PUT [THE SUPPLIES] BACK INTO STORAGE [AT THE MUSEUM], BEING SAFETY OFFICER I KNEW AND SCOUTED ALL THE OTHER BUILDINGS IN THE CITY. THE SPORTSPLEX, DOWN IN THE DEEP BASEMENT, HAD A ROOM THAT WAS DRY AND UNOCCUPIED… SO I PUT THE STUFF DOWN THERE AND THAT’S BASICALLY WHERE IT WOUND UP… AT THAT TIME EACH MUNICIPALITY RECEIVED A MERE PITTANCE OF DOLLARS TOWARDS DISASTER SERVICES… 12-1500 EMPLOYEES AND THE ONLY SAFETY PERSON WAS ME… THEN AS THE MUNICIPAL ACT CHANGED, THE EMPHASIS WAS PUT ON POLITICALLY BY THE PROVINCE TO ESTABLISH A PEACETIME SCENARIO … IN THE BASEMENT OF THE OLD COURTHOUSE, THERE [WAS] A ROOM WHERE AN EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE WITH ALL THE COMMUNICATIONS HAD BEEN SET UP… FOR GAS, WATER, SEWER, MAYOR, DEPARTMENT HEADS… [THE STRETCHERS AND BLANKETS] WERE USED IN HOSPITAL EXERCISES… TO SEE HOW PREPARED [STAFF WERE], HOW THEY COULD HANDLE MASS CASUALTIES… WE WOULD DO UP 30/40 KIDS IN BROKEN ARMS, AMNESIA, BURNS, FRACTURES, LOSS OF LIMB… THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS VERY GOOD, [DOING] TRAINING AND MOCK SCENARIOS.” ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD RANGING FROM 1957 TO 2006 DESCRIBE MOCK DISASTER EXERCISES TAKING PLACE ON A SEMI-REGULAR BASIS, TO TEST THE PREPAREDNESS OF FIRE, AMBULANCE, HOSPITAL, AND CITY ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF. DENNIS JOBE SAID: “SHORTLY AFTER THE EDMONTON TORNADO [IN 1987] THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT DECREED THAT EVERYONE, COUNTIES, CITIES, SHOULD HAVE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN… SO THE CITY WAS INSTRUCTED THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO PUT ONE TOGETHER… I WORKED FOR THE CITY MANAGER… WE WERE AWARE… THAT WE HAD TO HAVE SOME KIND OF PREPARATION… SO WE KNEW WHERE [THE SUPPLIES] WERE [AND] COUNTED THINGS… AND WE DID USE IT A COUPLE OF TIMES [WHEN] WE HAD AN EXERCISE.” LEO VANDENHEUVAL SAID: “WE USED TO HAVE THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE IN THE BASEMENT OF THE COURT HOUSE… THE REASON IT WAS THERE IS THAT THEY HAD ROOM [AND] IT WAS QUITE A STRONG, FULL CONCRETE FACILITY THAT COULD PERHAPS WITHSTAND A LOT OF DAMAGE… I WOULD HAVE BEEN INVOLVED BACK IN THOSE DAYS AS WELL FROM THE RISK MANAGEMENT STANDPOINT AND BECAUSE I WAS THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE CITY WHENEVER THINGS WENT SIDEWAYS. THE CITY MANAGER WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THAT TEAM [AS WELL AS] THE FIRE CHIEF, POLICE CHIEF, ALL THE DIRECTORS… COMMUNITY SERVICES… ENGINEERING… THE MAYOR… THAT WHOLE TEAM WOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED TOGETHER TO WORK TOGETHER IN A DISASTER SITUATION… NOTHING OF [HIGHLY EMERGENT] SIGNIFICANCE HAS EVER HAPPENED IN LETHBRIDGE. WE’VE NEVER HAD TO OPEN UP HOUSING CENTRES LIKE THE CIVIC CENTRE OR THE AREAS TO ACCOMMODATE THAT KIND OF THING BECAUSE WE’VE NEVER HAD A DISASTER THAT BIG… THE BIGGEST ONE THAT COMES TO MIND IS THE 1995 FLOOD… AT THAT TIME THERE WAS SOME TALK THAT WE WOULD GET THE MILITARY INVOLVED… BUT BACK THEN IT REQUIRED APPROVAL FROM OTTAWA, SO IT WAS AWFULLY DIFFICULT TO BRING THE MILITARY IN… TO SOME EXTENT WE KNEW THAT [THE CIVIL DEFENSE] EQUIPMENT EXISTED… [SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT] MIGHT HAVE COME INTO THE SYSTEM IN THE LATE ‘80S WHEN DENNIS JOBE WAS AROUND… BECAUSE HE HAD CERTAIN CONTACTS WITH THE MILITARY, BECAUSE HE WAS A RETIRED ARMY OFFICER… [IT IS IMPORTANT THAT] SOMEBODY WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION [IS] AWARE [AND] THAT IT’S INVENTORIED AND KEPT UP TO DATE.” MIKE ROSS SAID: “WHEN I BECAME DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF IN 1998 [THAT POSITION] WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS… WE WERE GOING THROUGH THE BUDGET AND [ASKED] ‘WHAT’S THIS $1000 WE PAID TO THE ENMAX CENTRE?’ BECAUSE THERE WAS A RENTAL [FEE] THAT NO ONE SEEMED TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT… WE DID SOME INVESTIGATION AND THEN WE FOUND OUT THAT THERE WAS ALL THIS MATERIAL THAT WAS STORED IN THE DEEP BASEMENT… WE STARTED TO DO SOME RESEARCH AND FOUND OUT THAT IT WAS PART OF A MOBILE HOSPITAL UNIT DATING BACK TO THE COLD WAR… IT [HAD BEEN] BASICALLY FORGOTTEN ABOUT… [IN 2006/2007, HEALTH CANADA] CONTACTED THE CITY AND SAID ‘ON OUR BOOKS THERE IS A [MOBILE] HOSPITAL IN LETHBRIDGE. DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHERE IT IS?’ AND THIS MESSAGE CAME TO ME AS THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CO-ORDINATOR … SUGGESTED THAT [THE SUPPLIES] HAD COME TO THE CITY IN THE ‘50S OR EARLY ‘60S… THE MATERIAL THAT’S THERE NOW IS PROBABLY A THIRD OF WHAT WAS THERE WHEN WE DID THE AUDIT… WE FOUND THINGS LIKE RADIATION BURN DRESSING THAT HAD A ‘BEST BY’ DATE… IV BOTTLES AND IV SOLUTION [THAT] INSTEAD OF BEING CLEAR, WAS CLOUDY… WE KEPT THE STRETCHERS [AND] A BUNCH OF BLANKETS BECAUSE WE FELT THAT… THEY WERE STILL GOOD AND WE COULD USE THEM IN A CURRENT DAY EMERGENCY… SO I REMOVED SOME OF THAT STUFF AND PUT IT OVER [IN] THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE [AT] THE OLD COURTHOUSE.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, COPIES OF ORIGINAL EMERGENCY SERVICES SUPPLY INVENTORIES, AND RESEARCH MATERIAL ON LETHBRIDGE’S CIVIL DEFENSE POLICE. FOR OTHER ARTIFACTS RELATING TO CIVIL DEFENSE IN LETHBRIDGE, SEE RECORDS P19870044001, P19870044002, P19960112110, P19960112111, P19970094001, AND P20090038000.
Catalogue Number
P20150012002
Acquisition Date
2015-03
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PORTABLE ULTRAVIOLET SET
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, GLASS, VINYL, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19830018000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PORTABLE ULTRAVIOLET SET
Date
1944
Materials
METAL, GLASS, VINYL, PAPER
No. Pieces
7
Height
40.8
Diameter
20.2
Description
CIRCULAR METAL BASE WITH ELECTRIC CORD. UPPER PORTION OF THE LAMP CONSISTS OF 2 METAL RODS THAT FORM 3 SIDES OF RECTANGLE BEFORE CONNECTING TO A BASE. BETWEEN THE RODS IS A METAL HALF CYLINDER SHADE BEHIND A GLASS TUBE/BULB. DIAL ON BASE RANGES FROM 1-6 MINUTES. MODEL NAME IS SUN KRAFT. OPERATING & SAFETY INSTRUCTION ON METAL PLATE ATTACHED TO BASE. A NOTE REGARDING SAFETY APPROVAL BY THE CANADIAN ENGINEERING STANDARDS ASSOCIATION IS LOCATED ON A PAPER LABEL BELOW THE BULB CASE, 22.3 X 43.4 CM. IS MADE OF VINYL WITH BLACK HANDLE. CLASP ON FRONT. BACK HAS 2 HINGES, 4 RUBBER PROTECTORS ON BOTTOM. .1 UV LAMP, HANDLE MOUNTED ON REVERSE REFLECTOR. REFLECTOR SWIVEL MOUNTED AT BOTTOM. .2 UV GOGGLES, BROWN CLOTH MASK GREEN PLASTIC LENSES AND BLACK FRAMES. GREEN CLOTH BANDS. GREEN TRIM ON MASK. .3 HINGED LATCH ON FRONT STAMPED "MADE IN U.S.A.". .4 PAPER MANUAL "HOW TO USE YOUR SUN CRAFT" OPERATIONAL MANUAL. BLUE COVER WITH WHITE TEXT. .5 NOTICE SHEET, "AUTOMATICTIME-SWITCH CONTROL". SINGLE PINK SHEET SHOWS MINOR SOILING. .6 FOLDED ADVERTISMENT SHEET "SUN KRAFT QUARTS ULTRAVIOLET LAMP MODEL "A-1", "$98.00". .7 SINGLE FOLD ADVERTISEMENT SHEET "ULTRAVIOLET RAY HEALTH BUILDER" WHITE COVER WITHE BLACK TEXT. PAPER SHOWS STAINING.
Subjects
LIGHTING DEVICE
MEDICAL & DENTAL T&E
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
THE FOLLOWING NARRATIVE WAS SUBMITTED BY PAT DE BOER TO THE GALT IN 2009. MY DAD PURCHASED THIS MEDICAL DEVICE SOMETIME BETWEEN 1945 AND 1949. IF HE BOUGHT IT IN 1945, HE WOULD HAVE STILL BEEN LIVING ON THE FARM AT GRANUM AND IT WAS NOT UNCOMMON TO HAVE SALESMEN DRIVE INTO THE YARD SELLING ALL SORTS OF THINGS. IF HE BOUGHT IT BETWEEN 1946 AND 1949 HE WOULD HAVE BEEN LIVING IN VANCOUVER AND I AM GUESSING THAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN PURCHASED FROM A SALESMAN THAT CAME TO THE HOUSE. THESE MEDICAL DEVICES WERE USUALLY “GUARANTEED” TO CURE ALMOST ANYTHING BUT I THINK THAT DAD WOULD HAVE BOUGHT IT TO HELP WITH HIS BRONCHITIS. THE HIGH HUMIDITY IN VANCOUVER WAS HARD ON HIS LUNGS. I DON’T EVER REMEMBER SEEING DAD USE IT, ALTHOUGH I AM SURE HE DID (AT LEAST IN VANCOUVER). WE MOVED TO PENTICTON, BC IN 1949 WHERE IT WAS MUCH DRIER AND I DON’T HAVE ANY RECOLLECTION OF HIM USING IT THERE EITHER, ALTHOUGH I THINK HE PROBABLY DID, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE FIRST MOVED. I CAN REMEMBER, THOUGH, THAT I WAS ALLOWED TO “PLAY” WITH IT ON THE ODD OCCASION, AS LONG AS MY MOTHER SUPERVISED. I REMEMBER FEELING VERY GROWN UP WHEN I WAS ALLOWED TO PUT ON THE GOGGLES AND HAVE THE LIGHT SHINING ON ME BECAUSE I FELT I WAS RECEIVING A “WONDERFUL ADULT HEALING PROCEDURE”. IT WAS KEPT IN THE CLOSET OVER THE STAIRS FOR AS LONG AS THEY WERE IN PENTICTON AND BROUGHT WITH THEM WHEN THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1962. AFTER THEY MOVED, IT WAS PUT IN A CLOSET AND FORGOTTEN ABOUT. MY DAD DIED IN 1975 AND MOM STAYED IN THE HOUSE UNTIL SHE DIED IN 1980. MY OLDEST DAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND MOVED INTO THE HOUSE AFTER MOM DIED AND THE “MARVELOUS MEDICAL MACHINE” REMAINED IN STORAGE UNTIL MY DAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND MOVED INTO THEIR OWN HOUSE IN COALDALE. WE CLOSED MOM AND DAD’S HOUSE DOWN IN 1983 AND THE MACHINE WAS GIVEN TO THE GALT MUSEUM AT THAT TIME. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY MOM NEVER GOT RID OF THIS ITEM. THE ONLY EXPLANATION IS THAT MY MOTHER WAS A GREAT SAVER AND VERY RARELY EVER DISPOSED OF ANYTHING BECAUSE “YOU MIGHT NEED IT ONE DAY”.
Catalogue Number
P19830018000
Acquisition Date
1983-04
Collection
Museum
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