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Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19980051006
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
223.6
Width
175.2
Description
BEIGE/GREY WOOL BLANKET. THREE THIN AND ONE WIDE OFF-WHITE STRIPES ALONG WIDTH NEAR EACH END. ONE END OF BLANKET HEMMED; OPPOSITE UNHEMMED AND FRAYED SLIT OR TEAR, 9.5CM L, CUT INTO EACH SIDE OF BLANKET APP. 20 CM FROM HEMMED END. WHITE TAG STAPLED IN ONE CORNER; TYPED WITH ILLEGIBLE NUMBERS/LETTERS. OUTLINE OF WHITE STAR WOVEN INTO BLANKET BETWEEN STRIPES ON UNHEMMED END.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
MILITARY
History
CAME FROM PRISONER OF WAR CAMP 133 IN LETHBRIDGE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. ISSUED TO PRISONERS IN CAMP. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON DEVELOPED THE FOLLOWING BRIEF HISTORY OF PRISONER OF WAR CAMP 133 WITH INFORMATION FROM THE GALT MUSEUM BROCHURE "LETHBRDGE'S INTERNMENT CAMPS" AND THE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA WEBSITE. DURING WORLD WAR II THERE WERE 40 PRISONER OF WAR (P.O.W.) CAMPS CONSTRUCTED ACROSS CANADA TO HOUSE THE LARGE NUMBER OF INCOMING POWS - ENEMY MILITARY PERSONNEL THAT WERE CAPTURED IN COMBAT. CAMPS WERE BUILT IN ONTARIO, QUEBEC, THE MARITIMES AND ALBERTA. THE CAMPS IN LETHBRIDGE AND MEDICINE HAT WERE THE LARGEST, TOGETHER HOUSING 22,000 MEN. THE LETHBRIDGE CAMP, NO. 133, WAS BUILT IN THE SUMMER OF 1942, AND BY NOVEMBER OF THAT YEAR HOUSED 13,341 PRISONERS. THE CAMP WAS DIVIDED INTO SIX SECTIONS, EACH WITH SIX DORMITORIES, MESS HALLS, KITCHENS, AND ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES. MEALS WERE IN SHIFTS WITH PRISONERS SERVING AS COOKS. TAILOR, BARBER AND SHOE REPAIR SHOPS WERE ALSO STAFFED BY PRISONERS, AND NON-COMBAT POWS PRACTICED THEIR PRE-WAR PROFESSIONS AS MEDICAL DOCTORS AND DENTISTS. HOUSING AND RATIONS WERE THE SAME STANDARD AS FOR THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, WHICH SOMETIMES CAUSED RESENTMENT AMONG LETHBRIDGE CIVILIAN RESIDENTS, WHO WERE UNABLE TO OBTAIN MANY OF THE SAME SUPPLIES ON THEIR STRICT WARTIME RATION ALLOWANCES. WITH MANY YOUNG LOCAL MEN AWAY AT WAR, LOCAL FARMERS BEGAN TO REQUEST LABOUR ASSISTANCE FROM THE CAMP, ESPECIALLY FOR THE SUGAR BEET INDUSTRY. BY 1943 AN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AND SOME OF THE PRISONERS WORKED ON FARMS THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA. MOST OF THESE PRISONERS WENT FROM THE CAMP TO THE FARMS DAILY, BUT SOME WERE KEPT AT 'LODGES' AT THE MORE DISTANT FARMS FOR DAYS AT A TIME, WITH MINIMAL GUARDING. FOR THEIR LABOUR, THE PRISONERS WERE PAID 50 CENTS PER DAY. WITH WAR'S END, CAMP 133 CLOSED IN DECEMBER 1946 AND ITS PRISONERS WERE SENT BACK TO GERMANY. THE AREA WHERE THE CAMP STOOD EVENTUALLY BECAME AN INDUSTRIAL PARK AND PART OF THE FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTRE. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING A PURSE AND HAIR ORNAMENTS DONATED BY DORIS BALCOVSKE. CONNECTIONS MADE WITH THE NEXT-OF-KIN TO ACQUIRE FURTHER ARTIFACT-SPECIFIC INFORMATION WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. DORIS BALCOVSKE'S OBITUARY WAS FOUND ON THE CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME'S WEBPAGE. IT STATES THAT SHE WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1923. SHE WORKED FOR THE BANK OF MONTREAL FOLLOWING HIGH SCHOOL. SHE THEN WENT ON TO BECOME THE PROPRIETOR OF MARGO LADIES WEAR THROUGH THE 1950'S. SHE MARRIED HERB BALCOVSKE AND TOGETHER THEY HAD SANDRA BALCOVSKE AND MARCIA TAYLOR. DORIS PASSED AWAY ON 14 SEPTEMBER 2016 AT THE AGE OF 92 YEARS. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19980051003 FOR FULL OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P19980051006
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CHEETAH PATTERN, “LETHBRIDGE DISTRICT”
Date Range From
1963
Date Range To
1963
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20140034006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CHEETAH PATTERN, “LETHBRIDGE DISTRICT”
Date Range From
1963
Date Range To
1963
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.5
Length
190
Width
134
Description
COTTON FLEECE BLANKET WITH CHEETAH-SKIN PATTERN IN YELLOW, BEIGE AND BROWN ACROSS THE BODY, SURROUNDED BY A BROWN BORDER. A TRIANGULAR PIECE OF BLUE FABRIC IS APPLIQUED AT THE LOWER CENTRE OF THE BLANKET, WITH A RED AND YELLOW MAPLE LEAF DESIGN AT ITS MIDDLE POINT. OVER THE BLANKET’S FACE 33 EMBROIDERED FABRIC AND LEATHER PATCHES IN A VARIETY OF COLOURS, SHAPES AND DESIGNS ARE HANDSEWN. A RED AND WHITE NYLON CORD WITH TASSLED ENDS IS SEWN TO THE BACK AT THE TOP CENTRE EDGE. BLANKET FABRIC IS WORN IN SOME AREAS; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
THIS BLANKET BELONGED TO THE DONOR, DON CHAPMAN. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE CHAPMAN FAMILY WAS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR AT THE TIME OF DONATION. THE CHAPMANS RESIDED IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1958 TO 1963. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE FROM LACOMBE, ALBERTA, AFTER DON’S FATHER STUART ACCEPTED THE POSITION OF ADMINISTRATOR OF THE GALT REHABILITATION CENTRE, LOCATED IN THE OLD GALT HOSPITAL BUILDING. IN 1963 THE FAMILY MOVED TO LANGLEY, B.C. WHERE STUART BECAME THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE LANGLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. WHILE IN LETHBRIDGE, DON WAS ACTIVE IN BOY SCOUTS, ATTAINING QUEEN’S SCOUT STATUS AND BEING CHOSEN AS ONE OF TWO LETHBRIDGE SCOUTS TO TRAVEL TO NEW MEXICO ON AN “ADVENTURE TRIP” IN 1963. ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED DON CHAPMAN ABOUT HIS FAMILY’S TIME IN LETHBRIDGE AND MEMORIES RELATED TO THE SPECIFIC DONATED OBJECTS. CHAPMAN SAID: “I WAS BORN IN 1947 AND WE CAME [TO LETHBRIDGE] BECAUSE MY FATHER GOT A JOB HERE… IT WAS EXCITING. WE HAD NO IDEA WHERE LETHBRIDGE WAS… IT WAS KIND OF LIKE, FINALLY THE FAMILY IS GETTING A FINANCIAL FOOTING AND THERE WAS A CAREER PATH AHEAD… THE MOVE TO LETHBRIDGE WAS KIND OF LIKE A NEW START… CERTAINLY FOR ME, LETHBRIDGE WAS FORMATIVE YEARS… SCOUTING WAS A SIGNIFICANT UNDERTAKING IN MY LIFE, I WAS QUITE COMMITTED TO IT… IT WAS A WAY TO LEARN FUNDAMENTAL LIFE SKILLS AND MEMBERSHIP… YOU WOULD LEARN WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE IN A GROUP, WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE ON A TEAM… I BELONGED TO THE 14TH LETHBRIDGE SCOUT TROOP AND IT WAS CENTERED IN THE MCKILLOP UNITED CHURCH… A LOT OF IT WAS CENTERED AROUND AN ANNUAL CAMP. WE WOULD GO OUT FOR AT LEAST A WEEK… INTO THE EASTERN SLOPE OF THE ROCKIES… YOU HAD TO LEARN HOW TO COOK… YOU HAD TO LEARN SURVIVAL SKILLS, YOU HAD TO LEARN HOW TO TIE KNOTS, SINGING AROUND THE CAMPFIRE AT MEETINGS… IT WAS KIND OF A FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.” OF HIS SCOUTING TRIP TO NEW MEXICO, CHAPMAN SAID: “[THESE OBJECTS] REALLY CENTER AROUND… [THE] ADVENTURE TRIP IN 1963 THAT WE TOOK DOWN TO NEW MEXICO… I ATTAINED QUEEN’S SCOUT STATUS [THAT YEAR]… I THINK THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME ANY GROUP OF PEOPLE HAD GONE FROM ALBERTA… THE ENDPOINT IS THE PHILMONT SCOUTING RANCH… WHICH IS A HUGE RANCH, STILL IN EXISTENCE, AND HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF SCOUTS GO THERE FROM THE UNITED STATES… THERE WERE 50 OF US, AND SO THAT’S WHY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THESE ARTIFACTS, I’M “DON CHAPMAN – 50” BECAUSE I WAS NUMBER 50… THE VAST MAJORITY OF SCOUTS IN THE STATES HAD NOT SEEN CANADIAN SCOUTS BEFORE… THE WAY THE PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH WORKS IS YOU GO INTO A MAIN AREA WHERE THERE ARE ABOUT 500 TWO-MAN TENTS, AND THEN YOU GO OFF ON THE CAMPING JOURNEY THROUGH THE RANCH.” OF THIS SPECIFIC OBJECT, CHAPMAN SAID: “THE BLANKET IS A SELF-MADE CAMPFIRE BLANKET, SO WHEN YOU WERE OUT AND DOING YOUR CAMPFIRES YOU’D HAVE A BLANKET – IF YOU DECIDED TO MAKE ONE. SO I JUST BOUGHT A CHEAP BLANKET AND STARTED TO PUT MY [TRADED BADGES] ON IT… I’M SURE [IT] WAS MADE NOT LONG AFTER THE TRIP… THE SIGNATURE [BADGE] FOR OUR TRIP WAS THE WILD ROSE [AND] WE’VE GOT THIS PINK AND BLUE BADGE HERE WITH THE WILD ROSE IN THE CENTRE… IT MUST HAVE BEEN MADE UP POST THAT TRIP BECAUSE IT’S GOT [THE APPLIQUED BLUE SCARF] AND I WOULD HAVE WORN THAT SCARF [DURING THE TRIP]… NOT MANY PEOPLE WENT TO THE EFFORT… MOST OF THE KIDS WHO WENT INTO SCOUTS DIDN’T GO AROUND AND PICK UP ALL OF THE [TRADED BADGES]… THE BOY SCOUTS DOWN [IN NEW MEXICO] DIDN’T HAVE THINGS LIKE THIS. SCOUTS THERE HAD A WHOLE DIFFERENT KIND OF UNIFORM, SO [I] TRADED WITH OTHER PEOPLE… I MIGHT HAVE [DECORATED THE BLANKET] IN THE FALL BEFORE WE MOVED, BETWEEN THE TRIP AND THE SUMMER, BECAUSE… WHEN I WAS ON THIS TRIP, MY DAD, MOM, AND THREE SISTERS WENT OUT TO BRITISH COLUMBIA FOR DAD TO BE INTERVIEWED FOR THIS JOB, AND MAYBE COME FALL WHEN SCOUTS STARTED AGAIN, I WANTED TO SHOW THE STUFF OFF HERE [BECAUSE] DAD HAD NOT YET BEEN OFFERED THE JOB [IN LANGLEY].” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS REPORTING ON CHAPMAN’S NEW MEXICO TRIP.
Catalogue Number
P20140034006
Acquisition Date
2014-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BLANKET STRIP
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BUCKSKIN, BEADS, SINEW
Catalogue Number
P19739145000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BLANKET STRIP
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
BUCKSKIN, BEADS, SINEW
No. Pieces
1
Length
106.7
Width
8.9
Description
GEOMETRIC BEADWORK PATTERN WITH CROSS IN CIRCLE MOTIF REGULARLY SPACED. BACKED ON BUCKSKIN. ARTIFACT APPEARS COMPLETE. BEADS ARE RED, GREEN, WHITE, BLUE, YELLOW. BUCKSKIN BACKING SOILED, WORN. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT. *NOTE* LOOSE TASSELS
Subjects
BEDDING
PERSONAL GEAR
INDIGENOUS
Historical Association
DECORATIVE ARTS
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION METHOD INDICATE SIOUX ORIGINS. BLANKET STRIPS ORIGINAL USE TO JOIN A BUFFALO ROBE USED AS A BLANKET. WITH TRADE BLANKETS, STRIPS BECAME MORE DECORATIVE THAN FUNCTIONAL, OFTEN USED TO JOIN COURTING BLANKETS OF DIFFERENT COLORS. STRIPS OVER TIME BECAME LARGER IN WIDTH & FANCIER. MAY HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH SIOUX IN CANADA, OR TRADED/GIFT TO ALBERTA NATIVE.
Catalogue Number
P19739145000
Acquisition Date
1973-
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19930050007
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
205.0
Width
182.0
Description
OLIVE GREEN WOOL BLANKET. DARK GREEN WOOL HAS BEEN WOVEN ABOUT 15CM FROM EITHER END CREATING TWO 11CM WIDE STRIPES. THE SEAMS AT NARROW END OF BLANKET HAVE BEEN REINFORCED WITH BLACK WOOL IN HERRING BONE STITCH. IN ONE CORNER IS WHITE COTTON LABEL WITH RED PRINTING. HAS COAT OF ARMS FOR HUDSON'S BAY CO. WITH TWO RAMPANT DEER WITH SHIELD INLAID WITH CROSS. AROUND IT IS PRINTED "HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY INCORPORATED 1670". AROUND SEAL READS "ALL GENUINE HUDSON'S BAY COINT BLANKETS BEAR THIS SEAL". ACROSS BOTTOM READS "THE SEAL OF QUALITY" AND "MADE IN ENGLAND". ALL PRINTING IS FADING AND WORN. BLANKET HAS SEVERAL SMALL HOLES AND STAINS. ONE SIDE HAS A COUPLE OF GREEN PAINT SPLATTERS. EDGES AND CORNERS OF BLANKET ARE WORN AND FRAYING SLIGHTLY.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
MILITARY?
History
BLANKET IS CLAIMED TO BE W.W.I. BRITISH ISSUE. HOWEVER, BLANKET WAS ALSO CLAIMED TO BE USED BY DONOR'S UNCLE, SLIM COX, CA. 1905. ORIGIN IS NOT CLEAR. IT IS KNOWN THAT MR. COX WORKED IN THE BREWERY FOR APPROX. 60 YEARS. *UPDATE* IN 2012 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. HE LEARNED THE FOLLOWING. ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, ALBERT WILLIAM COX (KNOWN AS SLIM) CAME TO CANADA WITH HIS PARENTS FROM ENGLAND IN 1902. HE BEGAN WORKING AT THE BREWERY IN 1910, AND IN 1915 HE ENLISTED IN THE 39TH CANADIAN BATTERY AND WENT OVERSEAS. IN 1918 HE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE RESUMED HIS POSITION AT THE BREWERY. COX IS ONE OF THE FEW SOLDIERS TO HAVE TWO ATTESTATION PAPERS WITH DIFFERENT SERVICE NUMBERS AND SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT DETAILS. THE FIRST (FROM FEBRUARY 6TH 1915) INDICATES THAT HIS YEAR OF BIRTH IS 1888 AND ANSWERS NO TO ANY PREVIOUS MILITARY SERVICE. THE SECOND (DATED OCTOBER 11, 1915) LISTS HIS YEAR OF BIRTH AS 1889, AND INDICATES THAT HE HAD 2 MONTHS SERVICE WITH THE 13 MOUNTED RIFLES. BOTH FORMS LIST HIS WIFE ANNIE’S ADDRESS IN LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA AND HIS BIRTHPLACE BEING GILDFORD SURREY ENGLAND. HIS FIRST SERVICE NUMBER RETRIEVES TWO DIFFERENT SOLDIER’S FILES WITH THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, WHILE HIS SECOND NUMBER RETRIEVES ONLY HIS LATER FILE. IT IS POSSIBLE (BUT ONLY SPECULATED) THAT IN ORDER TO CLEAR UP THE CONFUSION BETWEEN THE TWO SOLDIERS, COX WAS GIVEN THE OPTION OF FILLING OUT A NEW FORM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF HORSEHAIR GAUNTLETS DONATED BY JACK AND MARY BAILEY. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. GEORGE WILLIAM “JACK” BAILEY WAS BORN ON APRIL 26, 1914 IN LETHBRIDGE, AB TO GEORGE AND ANNIE BAILEY. HE MARRIED MARY LOUISE BAILEY (NEE BUTTREY) IN MEDICINE HAT, AB ON JANUARY 1, 1940. JACK PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 82 ON MARCH 5, 1997. MARY LOUISE BAILEY (NEE BUTTREY) WAS BORN IN MEDICINE HAT, AB ON JANUARY 1, 1918, THE DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM AND SUSAN (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) BUTTREY. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON MAY 16, 2002. GEORGE ARTHUR BAILEY WAS BORN IN BRISTOL, ENGLAND AND CAME TO CANADA IN 1906, WHERE HE HOMESTEADED IN THE IRON SPRINGS DISTRICT IN 1907. IN 1912, GEORGE MARRIED ANNIE ELIZABETH BAILEY (NEE COX). THE COUPLE MOVED TO MONTANA IN 1912 AND REMAINED THERE UNTIL 1920 WHEN THEY RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE. IN 1927, GEORGE AND ANNIE MOVED TO SHAUGHNESSY, AB SO THAT GEORGE COULD TAKE WORK AS STABLE-BOSS. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON SEPTEMBER 14, 1968. ANNIE ELIZABETH BAILEY (NEE COX) WAS THE DAUGHTER OF JOHN WALTER AND JANE ELIZABETH COX (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). ANNIE WAS BORN IN SURREY, ENGLAND AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1905. SHE MARRIED GEORGE BAILEY AT DIAMOND CITY IN 1912. SHE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON MARCH 25, 1976. ANNIE HAD TWO BROTHERS: JOHN WALTER COX AND ALBERT WILLIAM “SLIM” COX. ALBERT WILLIAM “SLIM” COX MOVED TO CANADA WITH HIS PARENTS IN 1902 AND BEGAN WORKING FOR THE BREWERY IN 1910. HE ENLISTED WITH THE 39TH BATTERY IN 1915 AND SERVED OVERSEAS UNTIL 1919. HE RETURNED TO HIS POSITION WITH THE BREWERY, FINALLY RETIRING IN 1954. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 IN JULY 1966. SLIM WAS MARRIED TWICE: FIRST TO ANNIE TURNER WHO PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 35 ON OCTOBER 8, 1927; AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE WAS TO DOROTHY EMILY SULLIVAN (NEE WYLIE). THEY WERE MARRIED IN SEPTEMBER 1948. DOROTHY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 96 ON OCTOBER 18, 1989. (SHE HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN MARRIED TO MICHAEL SULLIVAN) JOHN WALTER “WALLY” COX WAS BORN IN GUILDFORD, SURREY, ENGLAND AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1906, WHERE HE WORKED FOR THE LETHBRIDGE BREWERY FOR 26 YEARS. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 61, A SINGLE MAN, ON JUNE 28, 1947. ANNIE, ALBERT, AND JOHN WERE THE CHILDREN OF JOHN WALTER AND JANE COX (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). JOHN WALTER PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 72 ON NOVEMBER 9, 1937. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, HE “CAME TO LETHBRIDGE FROM SUSSEX, ENGLAND 31 YEARS AGO, AND HAS RESIDED HERE SINCE.” JANE (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85 ON DECEMBER 30, 1946. SHE WAS BORN IN DORSET, ENGLAND AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE WITH HER HUSBAND. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19930050007
Acquisition Date
1993-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, PLASTIC, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20000097001
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2000
Materials
POLYESTER, PLASTIC, PAPER
No. Pieces
3
Height
9.5
Length
39.4
Width
34.0
Description
BLANKET IN ORIGINAL PACKAGING. BLANKET HAS A WHITE BACKGROUND, WITH DIAMOND SHAPES OVERLAYING BACKGROUND. THE DIAMOND SHAPES EACH HAVE A PATTERN WITHIN THEM, VARYING FROM CHECKERBOARD AND TARTAN PATTERNS, TO FLORAL AND LEAF DESIGNS, OF VARYING COLOURS. BLANKET HAS LIGHT BLUE TRIM ON TOP AND BOTTOM EDGE. BLANKET IS FOLDED UP AND ENCASED IN CLEAR PLASTIC. A PAPER INSERT SHOWS A PICTURE OF BLANKET AND READS "FASHION PRINT BLANKET FITS FULL & TWIN SIZE BEDS".
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
DOMESTIC
History
BLANKET WAS A GIFT TO DONOR (MUSEUM DIRECTOR) AT THE ORLANDO CALLING LASTBEAVER BUNDLE TRANSFER WHICH TOOK PLACE AT HIS HOME ON THE BLOOD RESERVE, SEPTEMBER 4, 2000. DONOR'S FACE WAS PAINTED WHICH MEANS THAT SHE HAD THE RIGHT TO SEE THE INDIVIDUAL OBJECTS AND TO DANCE WITH ANY OF THE OBJECTS. THIS WAS A GREAT HONOUR FOR THE GALT MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES.
Catalogue Number
P20000097001
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SYNTHETIC (POLYESTER/NYLON), PLASTIC, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20000097002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2000
Materials
SYNTHETIC (POLYESTER/NYLON), PLASTIC, STEEL
No. Pieces
2
Height
11.5
Length
46
Width
38
Description
LIGHT PINK BLANKET. HAS A DARKER PINK TRIM ON TOP AND BOTTOM EDGE. HAS A TAG ON ONE SIDE THAT READS "100% POLYESTER CA 00350 MADE IN U.S.A. FABRIQUE AU E.U.". AT BOTTOM OF TAG ARE CLEANING INSTRUCTION SYMBOLS IN RED AND YELLOW. BLANKET IS FOLDED AND IN A CLEAR PLASTIC BAG, WITH WHITE EDGING. ONE SIDE OF PLASTIC BAG HAS A WHITE PLASTIC ZIPPER ON IT; EMBOSSED ON ZIPPER IS "IMEX VINYL PACKAGING". THERE IS A TEAR IN THE BAG NEAR ZIPPER.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
DOMESTIC
History
BLANKET WAS A GIFT TO DONOR (MUSEUM DIRECTOR) AT THE ORLANDO CALLING LAST BEAVER BUNDLE TRANSFER WHICH TOOK PLACE AT HIS HOME ON THE BLOOD RESERVE, SEPTEMBER 4, 2000. THE DONOR'S FACE WAS PAINTED WHICH MEANS THAT SHE HAD THE RIGHT TO SEE THE INDIVIDUAL OBJECTS AND TO DANCE WITH ANY OF THE OBJECTS. THIS WAS A GREAT HONOUR FOR THE GALT MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES.
Catalogue Number
P20000097002
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BLANKET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RAW FLAX YARN
Catalogue Number
P20160003007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BLANKET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1990
Materials
RAW FLAX YARN
No. Pieces
1
Length
139
Width
99.5
Description
HAND-WOVEN BLANKET MADE FROM RAW FLAX. THE BLANKET IS COMPOSED OF 2 SECTIONS OF THE SAME SIZE OF MATERIAL THAT ARE JOINED TOGETHER WITH A SEAM AT THE CENTER. ON THE FRONT SIDE (WITH NEAT SIDE OF THE STITCHING AND PATCHES), THERE ARE THREE PATCHES ON THE BLANKET MADE FROM LIGHTER, RAW-COLOURED MATERIAL. ONE SECTION OF THE FABRIC HAS TWO OF THE PATCHES ALIGNED VERTICALLY NEAR THE CENTER SEAM. THE AREA SHOWING ON ONE PATCH IS 3 CM X 5 CM AND THE OTHER IS SHOWING 5 CM X 6 CM. ON THE OPPOSITE SECTION THERE IS ONE PATCH THAT IS 16 CM X 8.5 CM SEWN AT THE EDGE OF THE BLANKET. THE BLANKET IS HEMMED ON BOTH SHORT SIDES. ON THE OPPOSING/BACK SIDE OF THE BLANKET, THE FULL PIECES OF THE FABRIC FOR THE PATCHES ARE SHOWING. THE SMALLER PATCH OF THE TWO ON THE ONE HALF-SECTION OF THE BLANKET IS 8CM X 10 CM AND THE OTHER PATCH ON THAT SIDE IS 14CM X 15CM. THE PATCH ON THE OTHER HALF-SECTION IS THE SAME SIZE AS WHEN VIEWED FROM THE FRONT. THERE IS A SEVERELY FADED BLUE STAMP ON THIS PATCH’S FABRIC. FAIR CONDITION. THERE IS RED STAINING THAT CAN BE SEEN FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE BLANKET AT THE CENTER SEAM, NEAR THE EDGE OF THE BLANKET AT THE SIDE WITH 2 PATCHES (CLOSER TO THE LARGER PATCH), AND NEAR THE SMALL PATCH AT THE END FURTHER FROM THE CENTER. THERE IS A HOLE WITH MANY LOOSE THREADS SURROUNDING NEAR THE CENTER OF THE HALF SECTION WITH ONE PATCH. THERE ARE VARIOUS THREADS COMING LOOSE AT MULTIPLE POINTS OF THE BLANKET.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
BEDDING
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
DOMESTIC
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
THE KONKINS WERE A RUSSIAN-SPEAKING FAMILY FROM THE TOWN OF SHOULDICE, ALBERTA, NEAR CALGARY. THEY AND MANY OTHER RUSSIAN FAMILIES COMPOSED THAT TOWN’S DOUKHOBOR COLONY. IT WAS THERE WILLIAM KONKIN MARRIED ELIZABETH WISHLOW. IN 1928, THEIR DAUGHTER, ELSIE WAS BORN. THEY LATER MOVED TO A FARM IN VAUXHALL, ALBERTA. THE PRECEDING AND FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH DONOR ELSIE MORRIS, WHICH WAS CONDUCTED BY COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON FEBRUARY 17, 2016. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION COMES FROM FAMILY HISTORIES AND TEXTS PROVIDED BY THE DONOR. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003001. ACCORDING TO A NOTE THAT WAS ATTACHED TO THIS LIGHTWEIGHT BLANKET AT THE TIME OF ACQUISITION THE BLANKET IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN MADE C. 1920S. MORRIS SAYS HER MEMORY OF THE BLANKET DATES AS FAR BACK AS SHE CAN REMEMBER: “RIGHT INTO THE ‘30S, ‘40S AND ‘50S BECAUSE MY MOTHER DID THAT RIGHT UP UNTIL NEAR THE END. I USE THAT EVEN IN LETHBRIDGE WHEN I HAD A GARDEN. [THIS TYPE OF BLANKET] WAS USED FOR TWO PURPOSES. IT WAS EITHER PUT ON THE BED UNDERNEATH THE MATTRESS THE LADIES MADE OUT OF WOOL AND OR ELSE IT WAS USED, A DIFFERENT PIECE OF CLOTH WOULD BE USED FOR FLAILING THINGS. [THE] FLAIL ACTUALLY GOES WITH IT AND THEY BANG ON THE SEEDS AND IT WOULD TAKE THE HULLS OFF… IT’S HAND WOVEN AND IT’S MADE OUT OF POOR QUALITY FLAX… IT’S UNBLEACHED, DEFINITELY… RAW LINEN." THIS SPECIFIC BLANKET WAS USED FOR SEEDS MORRIS RECALLS: “…IT HAD TO BE A WINDY DAY… WE WOULD PICK DRIED PEAS OR BEANS OR WHATEVER BEET SEEDS AND WE WOULD BEAT AWAY AND THEN WE WOULD STAND UP, HOLD IT UP AND THE BREEZE WOULD BLOW THE HULLS OFF AND THE SEEDS WOULD GO STRAIGHT DOWN [ONTO THE BLANKET.” THE SEEDS WOULD THEN BE CARRIED ON THE BLANKET AND THEN PUT INTO A PAIL. OF THE BLANKET’S CLEAN STATE, MORRIS EXPLAINS, “THEY’RE ALWAYS WASHED AFTER THEY’RE FINISHED USING THEM.” WHEN SHE LOOKS AT THIS ARTIFACT, MORRIS SAYS: “I FEEL LIKE I’M OUT ON THE FARM, I SEE FIELDS AND FIELDS OF FLAX, BLUE FLAX. BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT SHE USED IT FOR. SHE DID USE IT IF SHE WANTED A LITTLE BIT OF THE FLAX THEN SHE’D POUND THE FLAX, BUT THAT WASN’T OFTEN. IT WAS MOSTLY BEANS AND PEAS.” IT IS UNKNOWN WHO WOVE THIS BLANKET. PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, OBITUARIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND FAMILY HISTORIES.
Catalogue Number
P20160003007
Acquisition Date
2016-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, WOOL, VELVET
Catalogue Number
P19694679000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date
1920
Materials
COTTON, WOOL, VELVET
No. Pieces
1
Length
36.2
Width
35.5
Description
BLACK COTTON BACK. PATCHWORK PATTERN ON FRONT IN PURPLE, RED, BLUE, BLACK, WHITE, BROWN, ORANGE, YELLOW, PINK, GREY AND GOLD.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
MADE BY DONOR'S MOTHER. PATCHWORK CUSHION. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES INCLUDING THIS CUSHION DONATED BY ESSIE M. COLLINS. RESEARCH FOUND ESSIE MAY COLLINS' OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. IT STATES THAT SHE WAS BORN IN ONTARIO. SHE MOVED WEST TO VANCOUVER IN 1910, THEN WINNIPEG, AND FINALLY ENDED UP IN CALGARY. SHE TAUGHT THERE AT THE GARBUTT BUSINESS COLLEGE FOR OVER 25 YEARS. SHE RETIRED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1954, WHERE SHE PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON 6 MARCH 1974 AT THE AGE OF 89 YEARS. HER TWO SURVIVING SIBLINGS WERE CORA DEVINE OF LETHBRIDGE AND HAROLD W. COLLINS OF PARKSIDE, SASKATCHEWAN. ONLINE RECORDS ON THE GENEALOGY WEBSITE, ANCESTORY.CA, FOUND AN ESSIE MAY COLLINS BORN ON 23 MARCH 1885 IN SIMCOE, ONTARIO TO JAMES COLLINS AND MARGARET ANNIE E. WICE. IT IS SPECULATED THAT THIS IS THE BIRTH RECORD FOR THE DONOR. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING OBITUARY AND ANCESTORY.CA RECORD.
Catalogue Number
P19694679000
Acquisition Date
1969-10
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS
Catalogue Number
P19990049006
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
CANVAS
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.6
Length
164.5
Width
112.4
Description
RECTANGULAR, HEAVY CANVAS. COLOR LOOKS TO BE OFF-WHITE, HOWEVER HAMMOCK IS VERY DIRTY. EACH EDGE OF HAMMOCK IS HEMMED. THE TWO ENDS OF HAMMOCK EACH HAVE SIXTEEN ROUND HOLES IN THEM. THE EDGES OF THE HOLES ARE EMBROIDERED WITH HEAVY THREAD. A FEW OF THE HOLES ARE RIPPED. HAMMOCK HAS A FEW SMALL TEARS. MULTIPLE STAINS ON BOTH SIDES OF HAMMOCK.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
MILITARY
LEISURE
History
DONOR RECEIVED HAMMOCK FROM DAVE MENZIE IN ABOUT 1948. MENZIE USED HAMMOCK IN THE NAVY. DONOR WORKED WITH MENZIE AT WESTERN GROCERS. DONOR USED HAMMOCK FOR SEVERAL YEARS, CAMPING AND FISHING. DONOR HAS LIVED HERE SINCE 1930. HE CAME WITH HIS PARENTS FROM WINNEFRED (EAST OF BOW ISLAND). SEE PRIOR DONATIONS. *UPDATE* IN 2012 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. HE LEARNED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, “DAVID MENZIE WAS BORN, RAISED AND EDUCATED IN LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA AND PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON NOVEMBER 26, 2008. HE SERVED IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE IN WWII. ACCORDING TO DAVID MENZIE’S SURVIVING DAUGHTER MARY MCCRIMMON OF SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA, “ I HAVE VERY LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT MY DAD. I WAS VERY YOUNG WHEN HE GOT SICK AND SPENT THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN A CARE CENTER. HE WAS IN THE NAVY AND SHIPPED OUT FROM HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING SERVICE RECORDS, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE DONATED BY LLOYD TRONE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE DONOR WAS FOUND IN HIS OBITUARY, PUBLISHED IN THE JUNE 1, 2010 ISSUE OF THE CROWSNEST PASS HERALD. LLOYD TRONE WAS BORN IN 1928 IN MEDICINE HAT, AND MOVED WITH HIS FAMILY TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1930. HE WORKED FOR CANADA PACKERS FOR 25 YEARS AND RETIRED TO THE CROWSNEST PASS, WHERE HE PASSED AWAY IN MAY 2010. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19990049001-GA FOR HARDCOPY OF DONOR'S OBITUARY.
Catalogue Number
P19990049006
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BABY PILLOW SLIP
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, LACE
Catalogue Number
P19940006011
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BABY PILLOW SLIP
Date
1934
Materials
COTTON, LACE
No. Pieces
1
Length
34.4
Width
24.8
Description
WHITE COTTON PILLOW SLIP HAS TWO STRAIGHT SEAMS ALONG LENGTH AND WIDTH. THE OTHER LENGTH IS FOLDED OVER, AND THE LAST SIDE IS OPEN FOR PILLOW INSERTION. THIS SIDE HAS A SEAM, AND THEN AT THE END THERE IS A STRIP OF CHAIN STITCHING. THIS SIDE IS TRIMMED WITH WHITE SCALLOPED LACE AND HAS BLUE ZIG-ZAGS ALONG CASE'S EDGE. THERE IS SOILING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE PILLOW AND THE SEAMS ARE FRAYING. CASE HAS BEEN STARCHED.
Subjects
BEDDING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
SEE HISTORY OF P19940006001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PILLOWCASE DONATED BY PAT JOHNSTON. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND MEMORIES: NEW DAYTON & DISTRICT 1900-1978. PAT AND BILL JOHNSTON WERE CLOSE PERSONAL FRIENDS OF THE ORIGINAL OWNERS OF THESE ITEMS, WALTER SINCLAIR PAGE AND HELEN HACKNEY PAGE (NEE WOOD). WALTER SINCLAIR PAGE WAS BORN IN LEEDS, ND AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1934 WHERE HE SETTLED IN NEW DAYTON, JOINING HIS MOTHER’S BROTHERS CARROL LEE ATKINS AND RALPH ATKINS, WHO HAD SETTLED IN THE AREA IN 1907. IN 1966 THE PAGES MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE FOLLOWING WALTER’S RETIREMENT. WALTER PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 70 ON DECEMBER 28, 1978. HELEN HACKNEY PAGE (NEE WOOD) WAS BORN IN ENFIELD, IL AND WAS MARRIED TO WALTER PAGE IN 1926. HELEN MOVED FROM NEW DAYTON TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1966 AND REMAINED IN LETHBRIDGE UNTIL DECEMBER 1993 WHEN SHE MOVED TO A LONG TERM CARE FACILITY IN CANMORE, AB. HELEN PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 91 ON FEBRUARY 2, 1994. WALTER AND HELEN HAD TWO SONS WHO BOTH DIED IN INFANCY. THEIR NAMES AND THEIR DATES OF BIRTH/DEATH ARE UNKNOWN AS NO FURTHER INFORMATION WAS AVAILABLE. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND MEMORIES: NEW DAYTON & DISTRICT 1900-1978. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES, WHICH INCLUDED 5 ARTIFACTS DONATED BY PAT JOHNSTON. RESEARCH CONDUCTED FOR CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NEXT-OF-KIN WAS UNSUCCESSFUL.
Catalogue Number
P19940006011
Acquisition Date
1994-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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