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Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRICK
Catalogue Number
P19990035203
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1980
Materials
BRICK
No. Pieces
3
Description
1. 6.7CM(H) X 21.9CM(L) X 10.5CM(W). REDDISH COLOURED. HAS SOME WHITE DISCOLORATION. STAMPED INTO THE TOP IS "CALGARY". CORNERS AND EDGES HAVE BEEN CHIPPED SOMEWHAT. 2. 6.0CM(H) X 21.2CM(L) X 10.1CM(W). REDDISH COLOURED. HAS SOME WHITE DISCOLORATION. THE TOP HAS A RECTANGULAR INDENT WITH BEVELED EDGES. IN RELIEF, IN THE INDENT ARE FOUR SHAPES. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: A SMALL CIRCLE, TWO SIDES OF A BOX, AN "X", AND A HORIZONTAL LINE THAT GOES THROUGH A SMALL CIRCLE ON THE END. 3. 6.9CM(H) X 21.2CM(L) X 10.8CM(W). REDDISH COLOURED. HAS SOME WHITE DISCOLORATION. THE TOP HAS A RECTANGULAR INDENT WITH BEVELED EDGES. STAMPED IN THE INDENT IS "CG CO". CORNERS ARE SLIGHTLY CHIPPED.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
TRADES
History
SEE P19990035001-GA FOR DONOR HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19990035203
Acquisition Date
2000-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
"D.C. Co" BRICK
Date Range From
1906
Date Range To
1914
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FIRED CLAY
Catalogue Number
P20120034000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"D.C. Co" BRICK
Date Range From
1906
Date Range To
1914
Materials
FIRED CLAY
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.6
Length
20.7
Width
9.1
Description
RED/BROWN COLOURED. VARIOUS AREAS OF WHITE RESIDUE AROUND EDGES. THE TOP HAS RECTANGULAR INDENT WITH BEVELED EDGES. STAMPED IN THE INDENT IS "D.C. CO". TOP LEFT CORNERS HAVE LARGE CHIPS MISSING. VARIOUS SMALLER CHIPS THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
COAL MINING
INDUSTRY
History
DONOR HARRY FISHER BECAME A RESIDENT OF DIAMOND CITY, ALONG WITH HIS PARENTS, IN APPROXIMATELY 1956/57. PRIOR TO THE FAMILY’S RELOCATION TO DIAMOND CITY, THE FISHERS WERE EMIGRANTS FROM GERMANY, HAVING BEEN UPROOTED FROM THEIR HOMELAND IN POLAND/LATVIA. UPON ARRIVAL IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA, THE FISHERS LIVED IN TURIN, AB FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS WHERE THEY WORKED BEETS. HARRY STARTED SCHOOL IN DIAMOND CITY IN GRADE THREE, GRADUATING FROM PICTURE BUTTE SCHOOL IN 1962. DUE TO HIS CULTURAL/LANGUAGE CHALLENGES, HE WAS INITIALLY HELD BACK IN GRADES, BUT LATER ADVANCED QUICKLY CATCHING UP TO HIS PEERS IN GRADE EIGHT. FISHER RECALLED PLAYING AS A CHILD IN DIAMOND CITY ALONG “THE COULEE TOPS” IN THE LATE 1950S. IT WAS IN THIS AREA THAT HE CAME ACROSS LOOSE BRICKS FROM THE FACTORY, LEARNING OVER TIME ABOUT THE COMMUNITY’S MINES AND BRICK PRODUCTION. HIS PARENTS HOME, HE SAID, WAS THE OLD TRAIN STATION. THEY DUG-OUT THE FORMER BASEMENT OF THE HOTEL AND THEIR ROOT CELLAR WAS THE BASEMENT FROM THE MINE’S TIPPLE. HE RECALLED THE TIPPLE WAS TORN DOWN IN THE LATE 60S. “AS A KID” HE TOLD TECH KEVIN MACLEAN ON JANUARY 8, 2013, “WE KNEW THE BRICKS WERE THERE. THE SCHOOL WAS BUILT OF BRICK, THE LIONS, FEHRS, AND RUSSELS’ [HOMES] ALL BUILT OUT OF BRICK. I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF THE BRICK WAS NOT FROM THE DIAMOND CITY COAL CO..” FISHER RECALLED BRICKS ON HIS PARENTS’ DIAMOND CITY FAMILY HOME. LATER, WHEN FISHER’S OWN FAMILY BOUGHT AN OLD HOUSE NORTH OF PARK LAKE, HE WENT BACK, COLLECTED SOME OF THE CHILDHOOD PROPERTY’S DISCARDED BRICK AND RECYCLED IT INTO A FIREPLACE HE CONSTRUCTED AS PART OF HIS NEW HOME’S ADDITION. REFERENCES TO BRICK PRODUCTION AS PART OF THE DIAMOND CITY MINE’S OPERATION CAN BE FOUND IN BOTH THE COMMUNITY’S LOCAL HISTORY BOOK “THE HISTORY OF DIAMOND CITY AND COMMERCE” AND IN ALEX JOHNSTONE’S “LETHBRIDGE COAL INDUSTRY.” THE “D.C. CO.” MARKING ALIGNS WITH THE YEARS 1906 TO 1914 WHEN THE COMMUNITY MINE WAS OPERATED UNDER THE NAME “DIAMOND COAL CO. LTD.” FURTHER, JOHNSTONE WROTE IN HIS 1989 BOOK THAT TEST HOLDS DUG IN DIAMOND CITY IN 1905, “FOUND INDICATIONS OF IRON ORE, VAST QUANTITIES OF BUILDING STONE AND REMARKABLY GOOD QUALITY BRICK EARTH.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20120034000
Acquisition Date
2012-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CAPITOL THEATRE, ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
1973
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FIRED CLAY
Catalogue Number
P20130001000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CAPITOL THEATRE, ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
1973
Materials
FIRED CLAY
No. Pieces
1
Height
6
Length
20.5
Width
9.5
Description
CLAY BRICK, LIGHT RED IN COLOUR WITH AREAS OF WHITE RESIDUE. NO VISIBLE TEXT PRESENT. RECTANGULAR INDENT WITH BEVELED EDGES AT TOP. BOTTOM IS ROUGH IN TEXTURE. SOME CHIPS AND AREAS OF LOSS ALONG EDGES.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
LEISURE
TRADES
History
THIS BRICK WAS RETRIEVED FROM THE CAPITOL THEATRE DURING ITS DEMOLITION IN OCTOBER 1973, BY BOB SHACKLEFORD, THE OPERATOR OF LETHBRIDGE THEATRES LTD. A PHOTOGRAPH IN THE GALT ARCHIVES (20131008001) SHOWS BOB AND HIS WIFE MILDRED AT THE DEMOLITION, WITH THE BRICK UNDER BOB’S ARM. THE DONOR, JOEY SHACKLEFORD, IS THEIR SON, AND FOUND THE BRICK AND PHOTOGRAPH IN A CEDAR CHEST OWNED BY HIS PARENTS. AT THE TIME OF DONATION, JOEY TOLD GALT COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN THAT HIS DAD HAD WANTED TO “GET DOWN THERE ON THE LAST DAY AND GET A BRICK”. THE CAPITOL THEATRE WAS DEMOLISHED BEGINNING OCTOBER 24, 1973 AS PART OF OTHER DEMOLITION AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ON 5TH AVENUE SOUTH THAT RESULTED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF LETHBRIDGE CENTRE MALL AND THE PROVINCIAL BUILDING. LETHBRIDGE THEATRES LTD. WAS OWNED BY THE DONOR’S GRANDFATHER, ALFRED WILLIAM SHACKLEFORD. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF MAYOR SHACKLEFORD WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM ARCHIVES CANADA ONLINE AND A LETHBRIDGE HERALD TRIBUTE ARTICLE FROM MAY 31, 1992. A.W. SHACKLEFORD WAS BORN IN ESSEX, ENGLAND IN 1899 AND CAME TO CALGARY WITH HIS PARENTS IN 1909. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL HE TRAINED AS A DRAFTSMAN BUT WAS EMPLOYED BY THE FILM EXCHANGE AND FOX FILMS. IN 1921 HE WAS HIRED TO MANAGE THE KING'S THEATRE IN LETHBRIDGE AND BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH MARK ROGERS, A LETHBRIDGE BUSINESSMAN WHO OWNED THREE LOCAL MOVIE THEATRES. SHACKLEFORD ALSO BECAME PARTNER IN THE AMUSEMENT COMPANY THAT OPENED THE HENDERSON LAKE PAVILLION IN 1924. BY 1925 HE WAS PART-OWNER OF THE FORMER EMPRESS THEATRE ON 5TH AVENUE SOUTH, RENAMING IT THE ROXY. HE THEN TEAMED UP WITH THE FAMOUS PLAYERS COMPANY TO REMODEL THE FORMER PALACE THEATRE AND RENAME IT THE CAPITOL. SHACKLEFORD ALSO OPENED THE THEATRE IN THE FORMER COLLEGE MALL, BUILT THE 960-SEAT PARAMOUNT THEATRE ON 4TH AVENUE SOUTH, AND TOOK OVER OPERATION OF THE DRIVE-IN THEATRE AT THE SOUTH CITY LIMITS. SHACKLEFORD WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN CIVIC LIFE, ACTIVE IN GROUPS INCLUDING THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE GYRO CLUB, UNITED WAY, LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT EXHIBITION BOARD, BOARD OF TRADE, ST. AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH, AND THE ALBERTA THEATRE OPERATORS ASSOCIATION. HE AND HIS WIFE ADA HAD TWO SONS, ROBERT AND DOUGLAS. AFTER SEVERAL TERMS AS ALDERMAN STARTING IN 1939, SHACKLEFORD FIRST SERVED AS MAYOR FROM 1944 - 1947, AND FOR TWO MORE TERMS FROM 1952 - 1955 AND 1957 - 1961. HE WORKED FOR 68 YEARS IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS, RETIRING AT AGE 90. W.A. SHACKLEFORD DIED IN LETHBRIDGE ON MAY 30, 1992. SEE PERMANENT FILE P20060025001 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHY OF ROBERT SHACKLEFORD WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE DECEMBER 19, 2001 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, AND HIS WIFE MILDRED’S OBITUARY. ROBERT SHACKLEFORD WAS BORN IN 1924 AND FROM AN EARLY AGE, BOTH HE AND HIS BROTHER DOUG WORKED IN THEIR FATHER’S MOVIE THEATRES. BOB SERVED ABOARD A DESTROYER IN THE PACIFIC DURING WWII, AND MARRIED HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART MILDRED IN 1947. HE EARNED A DEGREE IN BUSINESS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AND RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE JOINED THE FAMILY BUSINESS, OPERATING THE CAPITOL THEATRE, PARAMOUNT THEATRE, AND GREEN ACRES DRIVE-IN. IN 1990 FATHER AND SON RETIRED, SELLING THE TWO REMAINING THEATRES OPERATED BY LETHBRIDGE THEATRES LTD., THE PARAMOUNT AND LETHBRIDGE CENTRE CINEMAS, TO FAMOUS PLAYERS. BOB WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE ROTARY CLUB, ELKS, AND THE LEGION. BOB SHACKLEFORD DIED ON DECEMBER 17, 2001. MILDRED SHACKLEFORD DIED ON MAY 25, 2013. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P20130001000
Acquisition Date
2013-02
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
CONSTRUCTION BRICKS (2)
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CLAY
Catalogue Number
P19860031000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CONSTRUCTION BRICKS (2)
Date
1904
Materials
CLAY
No. Pieces
2
Description
.1 6 CM TH. X 9.8 CM WTH X 20.7 CM LTH. RED BRICK, BADLY CHIPPED UPPER RIGHT CORNER AND LOWER RIGHT CORNER. STAMPED "PERRY REDCLIFF". .2 6.5 CM TH. X 11 CM WTH. X 21.8 CM LTH. ORANGE BRICK, CHIPPED BACK LOWER LEFT CORNER. STAMPED "WATSON".
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
TRADES
History
CAME FROM DEMOLISHED CHIMNEY AT 937-7 STREET SOUTH. THE HOUSE WAS BUILT IN 1904.
Catalogue Number
P19860031000
Acquisition Date
1985-08
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1919
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FIRED CLAY BRICK
Catalogue Number
P19860160000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1919
Materials
FIRED CLAY BRICK
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.7
Length
26.2
Width
10.0
Description
RED-ORANGE. BRICK HAS BEEN USED. RECTANGULAR. ALL SURFACES FLAT EXCEPT RECESSED TOP WITH RAISED LETTERS "LBTCO". BOTTOM SURFACE VERY ROUGH, SOME MORTAR PRESENT.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
TRANSPORTATION
History
COLLECTED AT SITE OF C.P.R. STATION LETHBRIDGE. C.P.R. STATION CURRENTLY UNDERGOING RENOVATION FOR NEW USE AS CHINOOK HEALTH OFFICES (1986). MADE BY LETHBRIDGE BRICK & TERRA COTTA CO. SOURCE: "BRICKS IN ALBERTA" JACK M. MANSON (1983).
Catalogue Number
P19860160000
Acquisition Date
1986-12
Collection
Museum
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Calgary - in sandstone

https://collections.galtmuseum.com/en/permalink/library2684
Author
Cunniffe, Richard
Publisher
Historical Society Of Alberta
Material Type
Book
Material Type
Book
Author
Cunniffe, Richard
Place
Calgary, Alberta
Publisher
Historical Society Of Alberta
Publication Date
1969
Subjects
Calgary, Alberta - Buildings
Call Number
Pamph C86
Collection
Library
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Other Name
SILVER COUNTERWEIGHT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20010036003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SILVER COUNTERWEIGHT
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1990
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.5
Length
15.4
Width
14.5
Description
SILVER METAL WEIGHT ABOUT THE SIZE OF AN INDEX FINGER. THIS WEIGHT HAS A SMALL METAL LOOP AT THE TOP WHICH IS ATTACHED TO A LONG THIN METAL WIRE THAT HAS EQUALLY INTERSPERSED SMALL BALLS. AT THE END OF THIS WIRE, THERE IS A HOOK. THE WIRE IS TAPED TOGETHER WITH DUCT TAPE AT TWO PLACES TO KEEP IT IN A LOOP.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
AGRICULTURE
History
USED BY THE ST. MARY RIVER IRRIGATION DISTRICT. IN 2008, UNIVERSITY STUDENT AND GALT PROGRAM STAFF MEMBER DYLAN JOHNSON PARTICIPATED IN A UOFL APPLIED STUDIES PROGRAM, CONDUCTING RESEARCH WORK ON ST. MARY’S IRRIGATION DISTRICT (SMRID) OBJECTS DONATED TO THE GALT IN 2001. THE OBJECTS WERE ACQUIRED AS PART OF A GALT IRRIGATION EXHIBIT (STREAMS IN THE DESERT) IN 2000 AND WERE SEVERELY UNDER DOCUMENTED. JOHNSON CONSULTED WITH FORMER AND PRESENT ST. MARY’S IRRIGATION DISTRICT STAFF MEMBERS AS PART OF HIS RESEARCH. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS EXTRACTED FROM INTERVIEW(S) CONDUCTED BY JOHNSON. TO DETERMINE WHICH INTERVIEWS ARE RELEVANT TO THIS ARTIFACT, PLEASE REFER TO THE ARTIFACTS’ PERMANENT FILE (20010036001-11) AND THE RESEARCH PAPER’S REFERENCES. THIS WAS LIKELY GIVEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO THE SMRD (THE CROWN OPERATED IRRIGATION DISTRICT) FOR USE RECORDING WATER LEVELS. THE STEVENS COMPANY BEGAN AROUND 1911 AND THEIR RECORDERS BEGAN TO BE USED A BIT LATER BY THE SMRD IN THE 1930S. THE RECORDER HAD SEVERAL COMPONENTS TO IT, INCLUDING P20010036005, P20010036002 AND P20010036004 WHICH, REPRESENTS THE CLOCK WEIGHT, THE FLOAT AND THE STEVENS' RECORDER. THE FLOAT SAT IN A RECORDING WELL (AKA CULVERT) THAT WAS JUST OFF THE CANAL STREAM AND WOULD RISE AND FALL WITH THE WATER LEVEL. THE INFORMATION THE FLOAT RECEIVED ABOUT WATER LEVELS WAS TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE SILVER COUNTERWEIGHT TO THE RECORDER BOX. THIS WAS DONE BY THE COUNTERWEIGHT BEING WRAPPED AROUND THE WHEEL SYSTEM ON THE FRONT OF THE BOX (THE BEADS ON THE COUNTERWEIGHT PREVENTED THE LINE FROM SLIPPING DUE TO AN INCREASE IN WATER KEEPING IT ON THE WHEEL AS THEY WOULD FIT INTO HOLES INSIDE OF IT), AS THE FLOAT ROSE AND FELL THE WHEEL WOULD BE PULLED ONE DIRECTION OR ANOTHER AND WOULD BE RECORDED BY THE PEN AND GRAPH. THE FUNCTION OF THE CLOCK WEIGHT WAS TO OPERATE THE TIME/WATER VELOCITY RATIO ON THE GRAPH WHICH WAS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTANDING THE GENERAL FLOW OF THE WHOLE CANAL. IT WOULD PULL THE GRAPH ALONG (WEIGHED ABOUT 8-10 LBS) TO PROJECT THE TIME SEGMENT OF THE RATIO. EACH OF THESE COMPONENTS WOULD HAVE COME INTO USE AT DIFFERENT TIMES BUT THE ENTIRE SYSTEM AS WE SEE IT TODAY WOULD NOT HAVE EXISTED BEFORE THE 1960S. THE GRAPH, THEREFORE, RECORDED WATER LEVELS AND CAN BE READ IN THIS MANNER: EACH SOLID LINE VERTICALLY REPRESENTED ½ FOOT IN THE WATER LEVEL WHILE EACH INDIVIDUAL LATERAL LINE REPRESENT 1 HOUR (USUALLY THE GRAPH RECORDED AT 24 HOUR INTERVALS). THESE WOULD BE RECORDED AND BACKED UP BY CALCULATIONS THAT THE WATER SUPERVISORS WOULD MAKE AND THE WATER LEVEL-TIME RATION WOULD BE USED TO CALCULATE WATER VELOCITY. THE WHOLE SYSTEM WAS LOCATED AT “MIDDLE COULEE” (AS LABELED ON THE BOX) WHICH IS A SITE LOCATED NEAR DEVIL’S COULEE. IT IS NORTH OF RAYMOND, WEST OF WARNER IN AN AREA CALLED THE RIDGE RESERVOIR.
Catalogue Number
P20010036003
Acquisition Date
2001-10
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
COAL SHUTE & COVER
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON
Catalogue Number
P19910036002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COAL SHUTE & COVER
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
IRON
No. Pieces
1
Height
50.1
Diameter
53.2
Description
COVER HINGED ON ONE SIDE, METAL HALF RING HANDLE. "LETHBRIDGE IRON WORKS" RAISED LETTERING ON COVER. IRON FLUE BELOW COVER. "LETHBRIDGE IRON WORKS CO. LTD." EMBOSSED ON LID. HINGES ON LID RUN DIAMETER OF LID. INSIDE OF CHUTE IS IRON PLATED. CHAIN AND WIRE ARE SUSPENDED FROM INSIDE OF LID.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
MADE BY LETHBRIDGE IRON WORKS FOR BUILDING CONTAINING WASHROOMS IN GALT GARDENS PARK. COAL WAS USED TO HEAT BUILDING & PROTECT FROM FREEZING. STRUCTURE BUILT IN 1940'S & LATER COVERTED TO GAS. DEMOLISHED IN APRIL 1991.
Catalogue Number
P19910036002
Acquisition Date
1991-04
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
STANDARD BANK OF CANADA
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1919
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
VITREOUS STONEWARE
Catalogue Number
P19770300000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STANDARD BANK OF CANADA
Date Range From
1908
Date Range To
1919
Materials
VITREOUS STONEWARE
No. Pieces
2
Height
12.7
Length
97.8
Width
54.6
Description
MAIN OVAL PORTION OF CREST DEPICTS RAMPANT LION SYMBOL HOLDING AN UPRIGHT BANNER. THE BANNER SHOWS FOUR QUARTERED SECTIONS: UPPER LEFT - 3 RUNNING LIONS. LOWER LEFT - HARP. UPPER RIGHT - RAMPANT LION. LOWER RIGHT - 2 RUNNING LIONS. A SMALLER TRIANGULAR PIECE ATTACHES TO THE BOTTOM OF THE OVAL CREST. THIS SECOND PIECE (17.8 CM X 16.5 CM X 12.7 CM) SHOWS A BEAVER CENTERED IN A FLORAL DESIGN. BORDER OF OVAL CREST PIECE IS EMBOSSED: "STANDARD BANK OF CANADA" EST 1873" EMBOSSED LETTERING HAS BEEN CHISELLED OFF THE CREST FACE. CREST FACE IS GENERALLY CHIPPED AND MARKED. STAMP MARKS ON SIDE OR MARGINS OF OVAL CREST: "5637AX" "ATLA-" "++". STAMP MARKS ON SIDE OF TRIANGULAR PORTION: "5637AX". WHITE ON GREEN.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
BANK LOCATED IN COALHURST AB. & OPERATED FROM 1908 TO 1919. SEE FILE ATTACHED FOR ADDITIONAL HISTORY & LETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 APRIL 1976.
Catalogue Number
P19770300000
Acquisition Date
1976-04
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20030018000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, BRASS
No. Pieces
8
Height
212.5
Length
91.8
Width
16.7
Description
SOLID WOOD WITH A LARGE GLASS PANE CENTERED HORIZONTALLY. ON BOTH SIDES OF GLASS PANE IS A LARGE ROUND STICKER THAT IS BLACK AND GOLD. IN CENTER IS THE IMAGE OF A MAN RUNNING WITH WINGS ON HIS FEET AND HELMET, AND A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS IN ONE HAND, AND THE LETTERS "FTD" BELOW HIM. THERE IS A GOLD BORDER AROUND PERIMETER OF STICKER, WITHIN WHICH READS "FLORISTS' TRANSWORLD DELIVERY SINCE 1910". THERE IS AN OVAL MAIL SLOT IN BOTTOM OF DOOR WITH A BRASS COVER ON ONE SIDE. DOOR ALSO HAS A BRASS KEYPLATE WITH SKELETON KEY HOLE AND ROUND BRASS DOORKNOBS (2 PCE). THERE ARE 3 HINGES ON ONE SIDE OF DOOR; COMES WITH 5 BRASS SCREWS.
Subjects
BUILDING COMPONENT
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
DOOR WAS LOCATED IN THE MARQUIS HOTEL, SERVING AS AN INTERIOR ENTRANCE BETWEEN THE HOTEL'S LOBBY AND THE MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP. AN IDENTICAL DOOR EXISTED ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE LOBBY, SERVING THE AIR CANADA OFFICE. THE EDMUNDSON FAMILY ACQUIRED THE FLOWER SHOP ON JULY 15, 1938 WHEN DONOR'S FATHER, FRED, BOUGHT THE OPERATION FROM FLORENCE MAHEN. THE BUSINESS, ITS ASSETS AND DEBTS WERE ACQUIRED BY EDMUNDSON FOR $50. "FTD" WAS FORMED IN 1914 IN ORDER TO TRADE DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL ORDERS BETWEEN THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN FLORISTS. THE MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP BECAME AFFILIATED WITH FTD SOMETIME AROUND 1939. FRED EDMUNDSON MARRIED DONOR'S MOTHER IN 1940 AND DONOR WAS BORN IN 1943, GROWING UP IN THE FLOWER SHOP'S ENVIRONMENT. EVENTUALLY, THE DONOR BEGAN WORKING FULL-TIME IN THE BUSINESS (1964) AND BY THE 1970S WAS IN FULL CONTROL OF THE OPERATION. IN NOVEMBER 1985 THE MARQUIS HOTEL'S MECHANICAL SYSTEM FAILED AND THE OWNERS, THE ROYAL BANK, WERE FORCED TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO RE-INVEST AGAIN INTO MAINTAINING THE HOTEL'S OPERATION. DUE TO ONGOING PROBLEMS, IT WAS DECIDED TO CLOSE THE HOTEL AND CONSEQUENTLY, THE FLOWER SHOP WAS GIVEN TWO WEEKS NOTICE TO VACATE. ALTHOUGH A DIFFICULT MOVE, WITH LITTLE NOTICE, AND WITH CHRISTMAS LOOMING, THE BUSINESS WAS MOVED TO ITS CURRENT 6TH STREET LOCATION. THE DOOR WAS OBTAINED AT NO COST BY THE EDMUNDSON'S JUST PRIOR TO THE HOTELS DEMOLITION IN THE LATE 1980S. IT WAS MOVED TO THE BUSINESS' 6TH STREET LOCATION TO BE USED AS A CENTERPIECE DISPLAY ITEM. IT'S WEIGHT, HOWEVER, BROUGHT IT INTO DISUSE AND IT WAS MOVED TO DONOR'S HOME UNTIL DONATION TO THE MUSEUM. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON INTERVIEWED THE DONOR, PHIL EDMUNDSON, RELATING TO A NEW DONATION OF MATERIALS FROM THE MARQUIS HOTEL/MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP. SEE RECORDS P20140046001 AND P20140046002 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20030018000
Acquisition Date
2003-07
Collection
Museum
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