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Other Name
SET FOREARM COVERS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19960112053
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SET FOREARM COVERS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
34
Width
19.3
Description
SET OF TWO FLUORESCENT ORANGE NYLON FOREARM COVERS. TRIMMED WITH WHITE COTTON BAND AT TOP EDGE; ELASTICIZED AT OTHER. INTERIOR STAMPED "A910..".
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. *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
P19960112053
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
SLIP-ON BOARD
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970094033
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SLIP-ON BOARD
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.8
Length
8.2
Width
6.6
Description
NAVY BLUE COTTON BAND, SEWN ALONG LENGTH TO FORM TIE SHEATH; OPEN AT TOP AND BOTTOM. EMBROIDERED ON FRONT ARE THREE WHITE CHEVRONS, SURMOUNTED BY CROWN.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094033
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CLIP-ON UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, CHROME
Catalogue Number
P19960112031
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CLIP-ON UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
POLYESTER, CHROME
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.8
Length
38.1
Width
5.6
Description
NAVY BLUE POLYESTER CLIP-ON WOMEN'S TIE. STIFFENED KNOT FORMED AT TOP; TAIL FALLS BEHIND MAIN TIE. WHITE TAG SEWN TO REVERSE WITH "100% POLYESTER MADE IN FAIT AU CANADA CA 00472".
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
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
P19960112031
Acquisition Date
1996-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
WOMEN'S POLICE UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19960112024
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
WOMEN'S POLICE UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
1
Length
39.03
Width
3.7
Description
NAVY BLUE NYLON WOMAN'S CROSS-OVER NECKTIE WITH A BLACK PLASTIC BUTTON JOINING THE TWO ENDS. TIE SECURES AROUND NECK WITH A STRIP OF VELCRO AT THE BACK OF THE NECK BAND. NO LABELS OR OTHER MARKINGS. LIKE NEW.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
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
P19960112024
Acquisition Date
1996-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
POLICE UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19960112023
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
1
Length
44.53
Width
3.5
Description
NAVY BLUE NYLON BOW TIE WITH AN ADJUSTABLE NECK STRAP THAT HAS A STEEL CLIP THAT ATTACHES TO A RING SEWN TO THE BACK OF THE BOW. NO LABELS OR OTHER MARKINGS. LIKE NEW.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
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
P19960112023
Acquisition Date
1996-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SET, 2 SLIP-ON BOARDS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970094034
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SET, 2 SLIP-ON BOARDS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Height
0.8
Length
8.2
Width
6.6
Description
SET, 2 BLUE COTTON BANDS. EACH SEWN ALONG LENGTH TO FORM TIE SHEATH; OPEN AT TOP AND BOTTOM; TAPERED SLIGHTLY TOWARD TOP. THREE WHITE CHEVRONS EMBROIDERED ON FRONT OF EACH.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094034
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
MEN'S UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19960112032
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MEN'S UNIFORM TIE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
2
Length
130.3
Width
6.2
Description
ROYAL BLUE NYLON MAN'S TIE. SLIGHTLY CREPED TEXTURE. REVERSE OF TIE HAS WHITE TAG WITH "100% NYLON "SANDWEAVE" BY GENTRY SMALL END THRU HERE". INCLUDES CARDBOARD PACKAGING, ORIGINAL FROM PURCHASE. PIECE FOLDS AROUND TOP OF TIE, AND HAS SLIGHT HOOK AT TOP TO HANG ON MERCHANDISE RACK. READS "GENTRY WASHABLE 100% NYLON 'SANDWEAVE'". REVERSE HAS WASHING INSTRUCTIONS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
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
P19960112032
Acquisition Date
1996-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
COMMEMORATIVE BUCKLE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19960112035
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COMMEMORATIVE BUCKLE
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
METAL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
3
Height
1.2
Length
9.5
Width
7
Description
SILVER BELT BUCKLE WITH GOLD RELIEF DESIGN. FLOWERS AT TOP RIGHT AND LEFT; CENTRE HAS "POLICE LETHBRIDGE" CREST. GEOMETRIC PATTERN AROUND BORDER. BUCKLE IS ELLIPTICAL, WITH SMALL PIN AT REVERSE AND ALSO RECTANGULAR RING. STAMPED "01"; READS "AWARD DESIGN MEDALS, INC. P.O. BOX 1088 NORMAN, OKLA. 73070". BUCKLE IS SEALED IN ORIGINAL PLASTIC PACKAGING. INCLUDES PLASTIC VELVETEEN-COVERED BASE WITH CLEAR PLASTIC LID EMBOSSED "AWARD DESIGN MEDALS".
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BUCKLE "01" LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE ISSUED - NOV 4/88. *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
P19960112035
Acquisition Date
1996-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FABRIC, LEATHER, BRASS, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19990022003
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Materials
FABRIC, LEATHER, BRASS, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Length
6.5
Width
6.0
Description
ONE PIECE SEWN INTO A FLATTENED CYLINDER; WIDTH RANGES FROM 5.2-6.0 CM; THE EPAULETTES ARE BLACK FABRIC WITH RIBBON (4.3 CM) WRAPPED AROUND THE CYLINDER. ON THE RIBBON ARE THIN STRIPES: GOLD, BLACK, GOLD, BLACK, GOLD. THE OUTER GOLD STRIPES AND THE BLACK STRIPES ARE 2 CM WIDE, WHILE THE INNER GOLD STRIPE IS 1 CM WIDE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THE SHOULDER FLASHES ARE FROM THE CRASH RESCUE UNIFORM WORN BY CAM HUTCHINSON-MACLEAN. HE BEGAN HIS CRASH RESCUE SERVICE IN EDMONTON IN 1981 BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED TO KENYON FIELD (LETHBRIDGE AIRPORT) IN 1985. MR. HUTCHINSON-MACLEAN LEFT THE SERVICE IN 1989 HOLDING THE RANK OF FIRE RESCUE 3 (CAPTAIN). THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS NO LONGER STATIONED AT THE AIRPORT.
Catalogue Number
P19990022003
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SHOULDER FLASHES; FIRE DEPARTMENT
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19990022002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHOULDER FLASHES; FIRE DEPARTMENT
Date Range From
1989
Date Range To
1999
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Height
12.0
Width
11.0
Description
TWO SHOULDER FLASHES; TRIANGULAR SHAPED; BLACK FABRIC WITH YELLOW THREAD BINDING THE EDGES. IN YELLOW THREAD IS THE SYMBOL FOR TRANSPORT CANADA AND THE WORDS "TRANSPORT CANADA". THE CREST ON THE FLASHES IS COMPRISED OF GOLD, YELLOW AND RED THREADS. THE CREST IS THE SAME AS THE CAP BADGE ON HAT (P19990022001-GA). IN THE CENTRE OF THE CIRCLE IS A RED MAPLE LEAF.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THE SHOULDER FLASHES ARE FROM THE CRASH RESCUE UNIFORM WORN BY CAM HUTCHINSON-MACLEAN. HE BEGAN HIS CRASH RESCUE SERVICE IN EDMONTON IN 1981 BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED TO KENYON FIELD (LETHBRIDGE AIRPORT) IN 1985. MR. HUTCHINSON-MACLEAN LEFT THE SERVICE IN 1989 HOLDING THE RANK OF FIRE RESCUE 3 (CAPTAIN). THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS NO LONGER STATIONED AT THE AIRPORT.
Catalogue Number
P19990022002
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
OUTER BITE SLEEVE
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
JUTE, NYLON, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20080008002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
OUTER BITE SLEEVE
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
1990
Materials
JUTE, NYLON, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
10.8
Length
71.4
Width
31.5
Description
BITE SLEEVE. PADED RECTANGULAR SLEEVE WITH ONE OPEN END. OUTER PART OF SLEEVE COVERED IN WOVEN JUTE THAT IS SOILED AND WORN THROUGHOUT. ONE GREEN CLOTH AND METAL BUCKLE ON EACH SIDE OF SLEEVE, NEAR OPENING. ALSO NEAR OPENING IS ONE BROWN CLOTH STRAP AND A SMALL BROWN CLOTH LOOP. INSIDE OF SLEEVE LINED WITH BRIGHT ORANGE NYLON. WHITE TAG INSIDE SLEEVE MARKED, "RAY ALLEN M.F.G., COLORADO SPRINGS, CO., U.S.A., 23C".
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, THE SLEEVE WAS USED FOR AGRESSION TRAINING WITH HIS DOG ZORKO. THIS SLEEVE "IS WHAT WE CALL AN OUTSIDE SLEEVE. IT IS WHAT YOU START YOUR DOG ON. THE DOG SEES IT, CAN GET A FULL MOUTHFUL, IT IS EASY TO BITE. YOU CAN FEEL IT IS FAIRLY SOFT. THAT IS WHAT WE START DOGS ON. AS THE DOG LEARNS CONTROL, THE CALLS AND ALL THE THINGS, THEN WE MOVE ON TO [A SMALLER] SLEEVE WHICH IS GENERALLY WORN UNDER A JACKET OR UNDER A COAT OR SWEATER SO THE DOG CAN'T SEE IT YET IT PROVIDES PROTECTION TO THE PERSON DOING THE QUARRYING [ACTING AS AN OBJECT OF SEARCH, PURSUIT OR ATTACK]." THIS PARTICULAR SLEEVE WAS ISSUED TO KAYE RIGHT BEFORE HE RETIRED AS A POLICE DOG HANDLER SO IT IS IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE. KAYE SAID, "GENERALLY THEY WOULD WEAR OUT FAIRLY QUICKLY". TODAY, MOST BITE SLEEVES ARE NOT JUTE COVERED. IN ADDITION, "THEY HAVE GONE TO A FULL SUIT [SIMILAR TO THE OUTSIDE BITE SLEEVE]... FOR THE BODY SO THEY HAVE PROTECTION EVERYWHERE AND NOT JUST THE ARMS. THE DOWNSIDE OF THESE [SLEEVES] WAS QUITE OFTEN YOU GOT BIT AND IT WASN'T WHERE YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO GET BIT... IF YOU TRIPPED AND FELL AND SUDDENLY EXPOSED SOMETHING THAT WASN'T THE SLEEVE, THEN YOU GOT BIT." SLEEVES WERE TYPICALLY WORN BY MEMBERS OF THE CANINE UNIT OR OTHER POLICEMEN. KAYE SAID, "USUALLY TO GET INTO THE CANINE UNIT, YOU HAVE TO QUARRY. WE CALLED THAT QUARRYING SO THEY WOULD PUT THIS STUFF ON. THAT IS HOW I GOT INTO IT, THAT IS HOW I STARTED. IT IS LIKE APPRENTICING." FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF ZORKO AND THE CANINE UNIT SEE P20080008001. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008002
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
STRAIGHT TIE, CLIP-ON
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20140008002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STRAIGHT TIE, CLIP-ON
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Materials
POLYESTER, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.75
Length
37
Width
6
Description
DARK BLUE POLYESTER STRAIGHT TIE WITH METAL CLIP AT BACK OF KNOT. BOTTOM END IS FOLDED INTO A POINT. VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS TIE WAS WORN BY THE DONOR, RET. CONSTABLE PAULETTE DECOSTE, AS PART OF HER DAILY SERVICE UNIFORM DURING HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE AND DARCIE JAMES WERE BOTH GRADUATES OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AT LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WERE HIRED IN DECEMBER 1980 AS THE CITY’S FIRST TWO POLICEWOMEN. ON MARCH 19, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED DECOSTE ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE SAID: “I WAS 25 WHEN I GOT HIRED ON [WITH THE POLICE SERVICE]. IT WAS ALL FOREIGN TO ME, THE LANGUAGE WE USED. . . WHAT PROTOCOLS WERE. . . RESPECT FOR RANK… WHAT YOU WERE FACED WITH ON THE STREET … WE DID DISPATCHING AND WALKED THE BEAT. WE [GOT] MEALS FOR PRISONERS [AND] ANSWERED CALLS TO SERVICE… IT WAS NEW TO THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE FEMALE OFFICERS, AND BEING LOOKED AT IN THE SAME LIGHT AS A MALE OFFICER… DIDN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. SO THAT WAS CHALLENGING… AND THAT WAS OUTSIDE AND THEN SOMETIMES INSIDE. NOT EVERYBODY WAS PRO ‘WOMEN FOR POLICING’ AT ALL, AND THAT CHALLENGE WAS HARDER THAN THE ONE ON THE STREET.” DECOSTE CONTINUED: “[DARCIE JAMES AND I] WERE KIND OF LIKE FIXTURES, WE WERE GOING TO BE THERE, AND WE WEREN’T GOING AWAY… SOME OF THE MEMBERS, STILL TO THIS DAY, DON’T LIKE FEMALES IN THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND THAT’S PROBABLY NORMAL IN A LOT OF CASES… WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S UNIFORMS OF COURSE, AND THEN DARCIE AND I DID GET FLOWN TO CALGARY TO BE SIZED BY THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE. I THINK WE ONLY GOT TWO PAIRS OF PANTS, A SKIRT, AND A TUNIC. SO WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S PANTS [AND] TAKE THEM TO THE SEAMSTRESS … THE ONLY THING THE MEN DIDN’T HAVE WAS THE SKIRT, AND WE NEVER REALLY WORE THOSE… WE WERE ALSO ISSUED A PURSE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY BECAUSE WE NEVER CARRIED A PURSE, I MEAN, WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO PUT IN IT?... WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANGE ROOM TO BEGIN WITH; IT WAS A BATHROOM THAT WE HAD TO SHARE… BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS COULD HAVE CARED LESS THAT WE WERE THERE OR NOT… SO, I’D COME TO WORK IN MY UNIFORM, BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO CHANGE IN THE HALLWAY, OR THE BATHROOM, IF SOMEONE WAS IN THERE.” DECOSTE CONCLUDED: “[I WAS ON THE FORCE] 25 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS AND 16 DAYS… THE WAY HAS BEEN PAVED IN MANY ASPECTS, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS LONG AS THE PERSON IS QUALIFIED, THEN GENDER SHOULD NOT MATTER AT ALL AND THEY SHOULDN’T LOWER STANDARDS OR RAISE THEM – JUST TREAT EVERYBODY FAIRLY… WE’RE HERE, AND WE’RE HERE TO STAY, AND WE CAN DO THE JOB. I WAS NEVER TREATED WITH KID GLOVES OR HAD ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT AT ALL, NEVER, THROUGHOUT MY CAREER… YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT.” ON MARCH 5, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED STAFF SERGEANT DARCIE JAMES ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JAMES’ DONATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO GALT ARCHIVES. JAMES SAID: “AFTER GOING THROUGH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, I WAS VERY INTRIGUED, AND THEN I KNEW WHAT MY PASSION WAS… [WHEN I WAS HIRED TO THE FORCE] THEY GAVE US A TRAINING BOOK, AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE NUMEROUS PORTIONS OF THE BOOK, SO THEY ASSIGNED YOU TO A TRAINER [AND] YOU WERE WITH THIS TRAINER FOR 3-6 MONTHS AND THEN YOU HAD TO ACHIEVE. [THE INSTRUCTORS] WERE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE… DAVE HASTIE [MY TRAINER] CHALLENGED ME THE WHOLE TIME. FOR 3 MONTHS I WOULD GO HOME AND I WOULD SAY ‘IS THIS FOR ME’? THEN WE FORMED A FRIENDSHIP [AND] I WAS VERY FORTUNATE… PAULETTE AND I WERE THE ONLY WOMEN FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, SO WE SORT OF SET THE STANDARD AT THAT TIME AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE… THEN THEY STARTED BRINGING ON MORE FEMALE MEMBERS… WE HAD TO WORK A BIT HARDER TO GET NOTICED [AND] IF A FEMALE MEMBER MESSED UP, THEY WOULD REFER TO IT AS ‘OK, WELL ALL WOMEN ARE GOING TO BE THAT WAY’. PAULETTE AND I RECOGNIZED THAT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING, SO WE WERE EACH OTHER’S SUPPORT BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE… THERE’S STILL THAT OLD STIGMA THAT MAYBE WE’RE IN A MAN’S ROLE AND WE’RE NOT [AS] SUCCESSFUL IN IT… IT’S CHANGED A LOT BUT THAT PERCEPTION IS STILL THERE. BUT WE’VE PROVEN [OURSELVES] OVER TIME.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW, AND COPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES, AND INTERNAL MEMORANDI ON DECOSTE AND JAMES.
Catalogue Number
P20140008002
Acquisition Date
2014-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TIE CLIP, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NICKEL, ENAMEL
Catalogue Number
P20140008003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TIE CLIP, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Materials
NICKEL, ENAMEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.5
Length
6.5
Width
1.75
Description
FLAT BAND OF NICKEL WITH SPRING CLIP MECHANISM AT BACK. CENTRE OF BAND HAS CREST WITH BLUE ENAMEL DEPICTING CROWN, RIBBONS, AND TEXT READING “CITY OF LETHBRIDGE – POLICE LETHBRIDGE”. RUST ON SPRING OF CLIP; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS TIE CLIP WAS WORN BY THE DONOR, RET. CONSTABLE PAULETTE DECOSTE, AS PART OF HER DAILY SERVICE UNIFORM DURING HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE AND DARCIE JAMES WERE BOTH GRADUATES OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AT LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WERE HIRED IN DECEMBER 1980 AS THE CITY’S FIRST TWO POLICEWOMEN. ON MARCH 19, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED DECOSTE ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE SAID: “I WAS 25 WHEN I GOT HIRED ON [WITH THE POLICE SERVICE]. IT WAS ALL FOREIGN TO ME, THE LANGUAGE WE USED. . . WHAT PROTOCOLS WERE. . . RESPECT FOR RANK… WHAT YOU WERE FACED WITH ON THE STREET … WE DID DISPATCHING AND WALKED THE BEAT. WE [GOT] MEALS FOR PRISONERS [AND] ANSWERED CALLS TO SERVICE… IT WAS NEW TO THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE FEMALE OFFICERS, AND BEING LOOKED AT IN THE SAME LIGHT AS A MALE OFFICER… DIDN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. SO THAT WAS CHALLENGING… AND THAT WAS OUTSIDE AND THEN SOMETIMES INSIDE. NOT EVERYBODY WAS PRO ‘WOMEN FOR POLICING’ AT ALL, AND THAT CHALLENGE WAS HARDER THAN THE ONE ON THE STREET.” DECOSTE CONTINUED: “[DARCIE JAMES AND I] WERE KIND OF LIKE FIXTURES, WE WERE GOING TO BE THERE, AND WE WEREN’T GOING AWAY… SOME OF THE MEMBERS, STILL TO THIS DAY, DON’T LIKE FEMALES IN THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND THAT’S PROBABLY NORMAL IN A LOT OF CASES… WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S UNIFORMS OF COURSE, AND THEN DARCIE AND I DID GET FLOWN TO CALGARY TO BE SIZED BY THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE. I THINK WE ONLY GOT TWO PAIRS OF PANTS, A SKIRT, AND A TUNIC. SO WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S PANTS [AND] TAKE THEM TO THE SEAMSTRESS … THE ONLY THING THE MEN DIDN’T HAVE WAS THE SKIRT, AND WE NEVER REALLY WORE THOSE… WE WERE ALSO ISSUED A PURSE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY BECAUSE WE NEVER CARRIED A PURSE, I MEAN, WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO PUT IN IT?... WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANGE ROOM TO BEGIN WITH; IT WAS A BATHROOM THAT WE HAD TO SHARE… BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS COULD HAVE CARED LESS THAT WE WERE THERE OR NOT… SO, I’D COME TO WORK IN MY UNIFORM, BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO CHANGE IN THE HALLWAY, OR THE BATHROOM, IF SOMEONE WAS IN THERE.” DECOSTE CONCLUDED: “[I WAS ON THE FORCE] 25 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS AND 16 DAYS… THE WAY HAS BEEN PAVED IN MANY ASPECTS, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS LONG AS THE PERSON IS QUALIFIED, THEN GENDER SHOULD NOT MATTER AT ALL AND THEY SHOULDN’T LOWER STANDARDS OR RAISE THEM – JUST TREAT EVERYBODY FAIRLY… WE’RE HERE, AND WE’RE HERE TO STAY, AND WE CAN DO THE JOB. I WAS NEVER TREATED WITH KID GLOVES OR HAD ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT AT ALL, NEVER, THROUGHOUT MY CAREER… YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT.” ON MARCH 5, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED STAFF SERGEANT DARCIE JAMES ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JAMES’ DONATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO GALT ARCHIVES. JAMES SAID: “AFTER GOING THROUGH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, I WAS VERY INTRIGUED, AND THEN I KNEW WHAT MY PASSION WAS… [WHEN I WAS HIRED TO THE FORCE] THEY GAVE US A TRAINING BOOK, AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE NUMEROUS PORTIONS OF THE BOOK, SO THEY ASSIGNED YOU TO A TRAINER [AND] YOU WERE WITH THIS TRAINER FOR 3-6 MONTHS AND THEN YOU HAD TO ACHIEVE. [THE INSTRUCTORS] WERE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE… DAVE HASTIE [MY TRAINER] CHALLENGED ME THE WHOLE TIME. FOR 3 MONTHS I WOULD GO HOME AND I WOULD SAY ‘IS THIS FOR ME’? THEN WE FORMED A FRIENDSHIP [AND] I WAS VERY FORTUNATE… PAULETTE AND I WERE THE ONLY WOMEN FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, SO WE SORT OF SET THE STANDARD AT THAT TIME AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE… THEN THEY STARTED BRINGING ON MORE FEMALE MEMBERS… WE HAD TO WORK A BIT HARDER TO GET NOTICED [AND] IF A FEMALE MEMBER MESSED UP, THEY WOULD REFER TO IT AS ‘OK, WELL ALL WOMEN ARE GOING TO BE THAT WAY’. PAULETTE AND I RECOGNIZED THAT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING, SO WE WERE EACH OTHER’S SUPPORT BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE… THERE’S STILL THAT OLD STIGMA THAT MAYBE WE’RE IN A MAN’S ROLE AND WE’RE NOT [AS] SUCCESSFUL IN IT… IT’S CHANGED A LOT BUT THAT PERCEPTION IS STILL THERE. BUT WE’VE PROVEN [OURSELVES] OVER TIME.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW, AND COPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES, AND INTERNAL MEMORANDI ON DECOSTE AND JAMES.
Catalogue Number
P20140008003
Acquisition Date
2014-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BELT, DRESS UNIFORM
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FELT, NICKEL
Catalogue Number
P20140008004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BELT, DRESS UNIFORM
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Materials
FELT, NICKEL
No. Pieces
3
Height
1.75
Length
87.5
Width
5.5
Description
BAND OF RED FELT WITH NICKEL BUCKLE AND CLASP AT OPPOSITE ENDS. BAND IS THREADED THROUGH SLITS IN BUCKLE AND CLASP AND FASTENED WITH STRIPS OF RED VELCRO. MINOR SCRATCHES ON BUCKLE. VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS BELT WAS WORN BY THE DONOR, RET. CONSTABLE PAULETTE DECOSTE, AS PART OF HER DRESS UNIFORM DURING HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE AND DARCIE JAMES WERE BOTH GRADUATES OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AT LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WERE HIRED IN DECEMBER 1980 AS THE CITY’S FIRST TWO POLICEWOMEN. ON MARCH 19, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED DECOSTE ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE SAID: “I WAS 25 WHEN I GOT HIRED ON [WITH THE POLICE SERVICE]. IT WAS ALL FOREIGN TO ME, THE LANGUAGE WE USED. . . WHAT PROTOCOLS WERE. . . RESPECT FOR RANK… WHAT YOU WERE FACED WITH ON THE STREET … WE DID DISPATCHING AND WALKED THE BEAT. WE [GOT] MEALS FOR PRISONERS [AND] ANSWERED CALLS TO SERVICE… IT WAS NEW TO THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE FEMALE OFFICERS, AND BEING LOOKED AT IN THE SAME LIGHT AS A MALE OFFICER… DIDN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. SO THAT WAS CHALLENGING… AND THAT WAS OUTSIDE AND THEN SOMETIMES INSIDE. NOT EVERYBODY WAS PRO ‘WOMEN FOR POLICING’ AT ALL, AND THAT CHALLENGE WAS HARDER THAN THE ONE ON THE STREET.” DECOSTE CONTINUED: “[DARCIE JAMES AND I] WERE KIND OF LIKE FIXTURES, WE WERE GOING TO BE THERE, AND WE WEREN’T GOING AWAY… SOME OF THE MEMBERS, STILL TO THIS DAY, DON’T LIKE FEMALES IN THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND THAT’S PROBABLY NORMAL IN A LOT OF CASES… WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S UNIFORMS OF COURSE, AND THEN DARCIE AND I DID GET FLOWN TO CALGARY TO BE SIZED BY THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE. I THINK WE ONLY GOT TWO PAIRS OF PANTS, A SKIRT, AND A TUNIC. SO WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S PANTS [AND] TAKE THEM TO THE SEAMSTRESS … THE ONLY THING THE MEN DIDN’T HAVE WAS THE SKIRT, AND WE NEVER REALLY WORE THOSE… WE WERE ALSO ISSUED A PURSE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY BECAUSE WE NEVER CARRIED A PURSE, I MEAN, WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO PUT IN IT?... WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANGE ROOM TO BEGIN WITH; IT WAS A BATHROOM THAT WE HAD TO SHARE… BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS COULD HAVE CARED LESS THAT WE WERE THERE OR NOT… SO, I’D COME TO WORK IN MY UNIFORM, BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO CHANGE IN THE HALLWAY, OR THE BATHROOM, IF SOMEONE WAS IN THERE.” DECOSTE CONCLUDED: “[I WAS ON THE FORCE] 25 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS AND 16 DAYS… THE WAY HAS BEEN PAVED IN MANY ASPECTS, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS LONG AS THE PERSON IS QUALIFIED, THEN GENDER SHOULD NOT MATTER AT ALL AND THEY SHOULDN’T LOWER STANDARDS OR RAISE THEM – JUST TREAT EVERYBODY FAIRLY… WE’RE HERE, AND WE’RE HERE TO STAY, AND WE CAN DO THE JOB. I WAS NEVER TREATED WITH KID GLOVES OR HAD ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT AT ALL, NEVER, THROUGHOUT MY CAREER… YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT.” ON MARCH 5, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED STAFF SERGEANT DARCIE JAMES ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JAMES’ DONATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO GALT ARCHIVES. JAMES SAID: “AFTER GOING THROUGH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, I WAS VERY INTRIGUED, AND THEN I KNEW WHAT MY PASSION WAS… [WHEN I WAS HIRED TO THE FORCE] THEY GAVE US A TRAINING BOOK, AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE NUMEROUS PORTIONS OF THE BOOK, SO THEY ASSIGNED YOU TO A TRAINER [AND] YOU WERE WITH THIS TRAINER FOR 3-6 MONTHS AND THEN YOU HAD TO ACHIEVE. [THE INSTRUCTORS] WERE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE… DAVE HASTIE [MY TRAINER] CHALLENGED ME THE WHOLE TIME. FOR 3 MONTHS I WOULD GO HOME AND I WOULD SAY ‘IS THIS FOR ME’? THEN WE FORMED A FRIENDSHIP [AND] I WAS VERY FORTUNATE… PAULETTE AND I WERE THE ONLY WOMEN FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, SO WE SORT OF SET THE STANDARD AT THAT TIME AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE… THEN THEY STARTED BRINGING ON MORE FEMALE MEMBERS… WE HAD TO WORK A BIT HARDER TO GET NOTICED [AND] IF A FEMALE MEMBER MESSED UP, THEY WOULD REFER TO IT AS ‘OK, WELL ALL WOMEN ARE GOING TO BE THAT WAY’. PAULETTE AND I RECOGNIZED THAT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING, SO WE WERE EACH OTHER’S SUPPORT BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE… THERE’S STILL THAT OLD STIGMA THAT MAYBE WE’RE IN A MAN’S ROLE AND WE’RE NOT [AS] SUCCESSFUL IN IT… IT’S CHANGED A LOT BUT THAT PERCEPTION IS STILL THERE. BUT WE’VE PROVEN [OURSELVES] OVER TIME.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW, AND COPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES, AND INTERNAL MEMORANDI ON DECOSTE AND JAMES.
Catalogue Number
P20140008004
Acquisition Date
2014-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20150010002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
2015
Materials
METAL, RUBBER
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.6
Length
105.5
Width
27.0
Diameter
4.5
Description
LARGE METAL AND RUBBER BOLT CUTTERS. HANDLE GRIPS ARE 11.2CM LONG PIECES OF BLACK RUBBER. HANDLES ARE A MEDIUM RED, WITH A GREEN STRIPE NEAR THE BLADE ADJUSTMENT BOLTS. WRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER JUST BELOW ONE OF THE STRIPES OF GREEN: "P 4". EMBOSSED JUST ABOVE THIS MARKING IS "U.S. PAT. NO. 2910900". ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE HANDLE FROM THE "P 4" MARKING IS WHAT REMAINS OF A RECTANGULAR SILVER STICKER. ABOVE THIS STICKER, EMBOSSED IN AN OVAL: "HKP". ON THE OTHER HANDLE, ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE CUTTERS AS THE "HKP" IS EMBOSSED: "TOOL NO. 0590M". THE JAWS OF THE BOLT CUTTERS ARE BLACK AND BOTH SIDES OF THE JAWS ARE EMBOSSED WITH: 2 "HKP" IN AN OVAL AND 2 "NO. 5". STAMPED ON EACH SIDE OF THE JAWS, ONCE PER SIDE, IS "HC - CUTS HARD CHAIN 1/2 CAP". JUST BETWEEN THE JAWS AND BLADES, STAMPED INTO THE METAL, ON THE SAME SIDE AS THE "P 4" MARKING: "MADE BY H.K. PORTER INC. BOSTON, MASS 02143". ONE OF THE BOLTS NEAR THE BLADE, ON THE SILVER STICKER SIDE, IS STAMPED WITH "535X". EMBOSSED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE, NEAR THE TIP, "U.S. PAT." AND "PEND". OVERALL IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. THE RED FINISH ON THE HANDLES HAS FLAKED OFF AND THERE ARE SECTIONS WHERE THE FINISH IS LOOSE. THE RUBBER HAND GRIPS ARE SCUFFED AND SCRATCHED ALL OVER. SOME RUST ON THE JAWS AND BLADE AREA.
Subjects
METALWORKING T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THESE BOLT CUTTERS WERE 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 THEY WOULD BE “USED AT EMERGENCY SCENES TO CUT CHAINS OR PADLOCKS OFF DOORS OR FENCES TO GAIN ACCESS. SIMILAR, BUT LIGHTER [BOLT CUTTERS ARE] STILL USED TODAY.” 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 CALLED THEM “OUR FAVOURITE TOOL … THERE WERE A LOT OF PLACES THAT WE WENT, THE GATES WERE LOCKED, JUST HAD A CHAIN WITH A PADLOCK ON IT. YOU WOULDN’T EVEN THINK TWICE. THESE BOLT CUTTERS ARE FOUR FEET LONG AND HAD SUCH A FULCRUM ON IT – YOU’D JUST CUT THE CHAIN AND IN WE’D GO. WE WOULDN’T EVEN ASK PERMISSION IF IT WAS AN EMERGENCY; WE’D JUST CUT THEM AND IN WE’D GO. WE USED THE BOLT CUTTERS LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF TIMES … WE TRIED NOT TO CUT THE PADLOCK IF WE DIDN’T HAVE TO, BECAUSE THE PADLOCK, THEY HAD A KEY FOR IT; BUT THE CHAIN, WE TRIED TO CUT IT BACK FAR ENOUGH THAT IF THEY HAD TO TAKE THE PADLOCK OFF, THEY COULD STILL USE THE CHAIN. WE TRIED NOT TO DO ANY MORE DAMAGE THAN NECESSARY, BECAUSE PEOPLE THAT WERE HAVING PROBLEMS, HAD ENOUGH DAMAGE WITHOUT US WRECKING MORE THAN NECESSARY.” LAZENBY ADDED: “WE ACTUALLY CARRY THREE SIZES OF THESE AND THIS LOOKS LIKE THE LONGEST … THESE ARE IN SERVICE TODAY AND I BELIEVE THESE WILL BE IN SERVICE FOR MANY, MANY YEARS TO COME.” PETIT AGREED, SAYING: “WE USED IT QUITE OFTEN … EVERY TRUCK HAD ONE … I PROBABLY USED IT 10-12 TIMES AT LEAST. AND IT WAS USUALLY IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA WHERE THEY HAVE IT ALL FENCED.” DZUREN ALSO AGREED, EXPLAINING HOW USEFUL THE BOLT CUTTERS COULD BE: “EVEN INTO BUILDINGS, THAT SOME BUILDINGS HAD LOCKS ON THE OUTSIDE NATURALLY, SO TO GET IN THERE, RATHER THAN CAUSING TOO MUCH DAMAGE, IN THE OTHER WAY THEY WOULD CUT THE LOCK, OR THE CHAIN LINK, AND GET INTO THE ENCLOSURE OR BUILDING THAT WAY.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010002
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
OFFICE DESK
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1997
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
OAK, NEWSPAPER, MOTHER-OF-PEARL
Catalogue Number
P20110027000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
OFFICE DESK
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1997
Materials
OAK, NEWSPAPER, MOTHER-OF-PEARL
No. Pieces
1
Height
76.4
Length
167.8
Width
86.4
Description
DESK, OAK WITH MOTHER-OF-PEARL CALL BUTTONS ON TOP FRONT RIGHT CORNER. TOP SURFACE HAS: WORN FINISH, AREA OF DARK BLACK STAINING NEAR FRONT CENTER, AND WATER DAMAGE CAUSING WOOD TO SPLIT AT THREE PLACES ON RIGHT SIDE. SEVEN DRAWERS, WITH THREE ON LEFT, THREE ON RIGHT AND ONE AT CENTER. DRAWER FACES HAVE BEVELED EDGES AND WOODEN HANDLES. BOTTOM TWO DRAWERS ON RIGHT, BOTTOM DRAWER ON LEFT AND CENTER DRAWER HANDLES HAVE CHUNKS OF WOOD MISSING. LEFT SIDE OF CENTER DRAWER HAS WHITE PAINT. LOCKING MECHANISMS AT TOP RIGHT, CENTER AND LEFT DRAWERS. ABOVE DRAWERS AT LEFT AND RIGHT ARE PULL OUT BOARDS. SIDES AND REVERSE OF DESK HAVE PANELED WOOD. RIGHT SIDE HAS FRAGMENT OF CORD EXTENDING FROM THE EDGE OF CALL BUTTONS. TOP DRAWER ON RIGHT HAS THREE LOOSE WOODEN SEPARATORS, ONE IN RIGHT MIDDLE AND ONE IN LEFT MIDDLE. SPILLED INK HAS STAINED THE BOTTOM OF TOP LEFT DRAWER INSIDE. FRAGMENT OF NEWSPAPER ON THE UNDERSIDE OF TOP CENTER DRAWER HAS, “FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1913.”
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
FURNISHINGS
PROFESSIONS
History
DESK BELONGED TO DONOR’S FATHER JERRY YAMAMOTO WHO PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 11, 1997. IN MAY 2012, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DONOR TERRY YAMAMOTO. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE INTERVIEW’S TRANSCRIPTION. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HIS FIRST MEMORY OF THE DESK, YAMAMOTO RESPONDED BY SAYING, “WELL… IT GOES BACK TO WHEN I WAS ABOUT ELEVEN YEARS OLD. MY DAD BUILT THE HOUSE, HE BUILT IT ON HIS OWN AND THE FIRST YEAR WE MOVED IN THERE I WAS ELEVEN LIKE WE LIVED IN THE BASEMENT WHILE HE BUILT THE UPSTAIRS. AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER THAT DESK HAS BEEN THERE SINCE THE TIME WE MOVED IN SO I WAS ELEVEN SO THAT WOULD BE 1963. IT WAS IN WHAT WE CALLED HIS RADIO ROOM. HE WAS A RADIO TECHNICIAN FOR THE RCMP AND HE JUST HAD IT SET IN THERE FOR HIS MUSIC AS A DESK. YEAH, HE DID YOU KNOW WELL HE FIXED RADIOS HE WAS A RADIO TECH FOR THE RCMP SO HE WOULD TINKER AROUND FIXING RADIOS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. HE WAS ALSO A HAM OPERATOR. [FOR] AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER HE WAS WITH THE RCMP. I WAS BORN IN ‘52, 1952 SO IT HAD TO BE AROUND THAT TIME OR AFTER THAT HE JOINED THE RCMP BECAUSE AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER HE ALWAYS WORKED WITH THEM. HE STARTED OUT AS OPERATING RADIOS THEN JUST WENT ON COURSES AND WHATEVER WITH THE RCMP AND THEN HE BECAME THE RADIO TECHNICIAN FOR SOUTHERN ALBERTA. [WHEN HE STARTED, HE WAS DOING] THE RADIO TRANSMISSION WITH EVERY COP IN THE CARS. AND BASICALLY THE RCMP SENT HIM BACK AND PUT HIM ON TRAINING FOR RADIO TECHNICIAN AND HE WAS WITH THEM UNTIL HE RETIRED. HE LIKED IT BECAUSE HE SERVICED NOT ONLY THE CAR RADIOS BUT ALL THE RADIO TOWERS FOR SOUTHERN ALBERTA. THE ONE THING HE REALLY ENJOYED WAS HE HAD RETIRED AND THEN WHEN THE OLYMPICS CAME, THE SKIING, THE WORLD CUP IN 1980, SECURITY OR WHATEVER. THE RCMP SENT HIM OUT TO OTTAWA ON A SPECIAL, BROUGHT HIM OUT OF RETIREMENT, SENT HIM TO OTTAWA FOR A SPECIAL COURSE AND THEN HE HAD TO HE WAS UP AT LAKE LOUISE AND BANFF AND THEY WERE DOING ALL THE SECURITY ON THE TOWERS AND EVERYTHING.” WHEN ASKED IF SHE REMEMBERED ANY OF THE HISTORY OF THE DESK BEFORE HIS FATHER’S USE, YAMAMOTO SAID, “ALL I REMEMBER IS HIM SAYING IS THAT IT CAME FROM THE FORT MACLEOD RCMP BARRACKS AND HIM AND JUDGE GORE-HICKMAN HAD COLLECTED WEIRD THINGS. BUT ANYWAYS IT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH JUDGE GORE-HICKMAN SO I DON’T IF HE ACTUALLY HAD IT IN THE BEGINNING AND GAVE IT MY DAD TOOK IT BUT IT DID ACTUALLY COME FROM THE FORT MACLEOD RCMP BARRACKS. [MY FATHER] AND JUDGE GORE-HICKMAN WERE FRIENDS OF A DIFFERENT KIND AND LIKE I SAY THEY COLLECTED WEIRD THINGS.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE DAMAGE ON THE TOP SURFACE OF THE DESK, YAMAMOTO EXPLAINED, “YEAH, THAT WAS PROBABLY MY FAULT, I WAS USING IT FOR MY BEDDING PLANTS AND IT GOT SPRAYED WITH WATER. YOU KNOW I HAD THEM SITTING THERE I HAD A BOARD OVER TOP FOR A WHILE THERE.” ACCORDING TO INFORMATION PROVIDED BY KIM GUNN AND FORWARDED BY TOM EDGAR IN AN E-MAIL AT THE TIME OF DONATION, “THE DESK IS AN OLD RCMP DESK THAT WAS STANDARD ISSUE TO RCMP OFFICES ACROSS CANADA. WHEN THE RCMP GOT NEW DESKS IT WAS GIVEN TO DR. GORE-HICKMAN’S DAD FOR USE IN HIS OFFICE AT THE OLD POLICE STATION ON 5TH STREET. GORDIE REMEMBERS JERRY Y. AND THE DESK BEING IN HIS DAD’S OFFICE. HE SAYS HIS DAD AND JERRY WERE GOOD FRIENDS. GORDIE SAYS THAT HIS DAD STARTED OUT AS A POLICE MAGISTRATE AND THAT IS WHY HIS OFFICE WAS AT THE POLICE STATION.” *UPDATE* AT THE TIME OF CATALOGUING IN AUGUST, 2013, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH DISCOVERED SOME ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTS IN THE TOP CENTER DRAWER. UPON CONSULTATION WITH DONOR, THESE DOCUMENTS WERE TRANSFERRED TO GALT ARCHIVES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20110027000
Acquisition Date
2011-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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