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Other Name
MINIATURE GROOM DOLL
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19970054011
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MINIATURE GROOM DOLL
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
PAPER, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
14.0
Diameter
3.5
Description
PLASTIC GROOM DOLL WEARING A PAPER TUXEDO AND TOP HAT. TUXEDO HAS NO SLEEVES. TUXEDO CONSISTS OF WHITE SHIRT, BLACK TIE, WHITE VEST, BLACK JACKET, SILVER PANTS, BLACK SHOES, AND SILVER TOP HAT. THERE IS A WHITE AROUND NECK. ARMS ARE HELD ON BY COTTON STRING. TOP OF TOPHAT IS BROKEN.
Subjects
TOY
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
ITEM IS A SET WITH THE BRIDE (P19970054010-GA), AND IS POSSIBLY A CAKE TOPPER. ITEMS BELONGED TO DONOR'S AUNT, PHYLLIS MARY (WHITTON) MCDONELL, WHO CAME TO CANADA IN 1903 AT THE AGE OF 3 AND SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE. IN 1938 SHE MARRIED WILLIAM MCDONELL, WHO WAS A RANCHER AND A FARMER WHO WORKED FOR JOHN DEERE, BUT ALSO INVENTED AND BUILT CONASTOGA MOTOR HOMES. PHYLLIS WORKED AT CITY HALL AS A RECEPTIONIST, AND WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE SOUTHMINSTER CHURCH. THE COUPLE REMAINED IN LETHBRIDGE, AND DID NOT HAVE ANY CHILDREN. PHYLLIS PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A ROBE, TWO PURSES, AND A HATPIN DONATED BY MCDONALD. A PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD STATED PHYLLIS MCDONELL PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 13TH, 1997. ACCORDING TO THE MCDONELL'S HEADSTONE IN THE SAINT PATRICK CEMETERY (LETHBRIDGE), SHE WAS BORN IN 1903. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19970033013 FOR COPIES OF RESEARCH SOURCES USED.
Catalogue Number
P19970054011
Acquisition Date
1998-01
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
MINIATURE BRIDE DOLL
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19970054010
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MINIATURE BRIDE DOLL
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
11.5
Diameter
12
Description
PLASTIC DOLL BRIDE WEARING A WHITE PAPER DRESS WITH SILVER STARS WITH A CLEAR PLASTIC LAYER OVER THE SKIRT. DOLL IS HOLDING A BOUQUET MADE OF A PURPLE, YELLOW, PINK, AND BLUE PAPER FLOWERS. DOLL HAS BROWN HAIR, WITH A WIRE MESH VEIL ATTACHED TO THE HEAD. PLASIC SKIRT IS VERY FRAGILE, AND PAPER IS TURNED UP IN SOME AREAS, BUT OVERALL IS IN GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
TOY
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
ITEM IS A SET WITH THE GROOM (P19970054011-GA), AND IS POSSIBLY A CAKE TOPPER. ITEMS BELONGED TO DONOR'S AUNT, PHYLLIS MARY (WHITTON) MCDONELL, WHO CAME TO CANADA IN 1903 AT THE AGE OF 3 AND SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE. IN 1938 SHE MARRIED WILLIAM MCDONELL, WHO WAS A RANCHER AND A FARMER WHO WORKED FOR JOHN DEERE, BUT ALSO INVENTED AND BUILT CONASTOGA MOTOR HOMES. PHYLLIS WORKED AT CITY HALL AS A RECEPTIONIST, AND WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE SOUTHMINSTER CHURCH. THE COUPLE REMAINED IN LETHBRIDGE, AND DID NOT HAVE ANY CHILDREN. PHYLLIS PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A ROBE, TWO PURSES, AND A HATPIN DONATED BY MCDONALD. A PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD STATED PHYLLIS MCDONELL PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 13TH, 1997. ACCORDING TO THE MCDONELL'S HEADSTONE IN THE SAINT PATRICK CEMETERY (LETHBRIDGE), SHE WAS BORN IN 1903. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19970033013 FOR COPIES OF RESEARCH SOURCES USED.
Catalogue Number
P19970054010
Acquisition Date
1998-01
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
CALUMET PIPE PREFORM
Date Range From
1700
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STONE
Catalogue Number
P19738041000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CALUMET PIPE PREFORM
Date Range From
1700
Materials
STONE
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.6
Length
8.6
Width
5.5
Description
17.5 MM (BOWL HOLE) X 10 MM (STEMHOLE). DARK RED PIPE STONE. SEVERAL SPOTS OF BLUE PAINT ON BODY. THERE ARE SEVERAL HORIZONTAL INCISED LINES. THERE IS AN ABANDONED STEM HOLE STARTED ON OPPOSITE SIDE FROM PRESENT STEM HOLE. ABRASION MARKS ON ONE SIDE. AN UNFINISHED PREFORM, APPARENTLY BEING DESIGNED AS A BLACKFOOT STYLE PLATFORM PIPE. APPARENTLY DISCARDED DUE TO MANUFACTURING OR MATERIAL IMPERFECTION. ROTARY ONE WAY DRILLING USED FOR HOLES.
Subjects
PERSONAL GEAR
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
ARCHAEOLOGY
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
BLACKFOOT. IN 2017, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A HATPIN, BROOCH, AND BUTTON DONATED BY ALVA MARION BUSSARD. HER HUSBAND, LAWRENCE HAYWORTH BUSSARD, WAS ALSO A DONOR TO THE MUSEUM. COLLECTIVELY, THE COUPLE DONATED 31 ARTIFACTS BETWEEN THE YEARS 1964 TO 1973. ALVA M. BUSSARD (NEE MCMOW)’S OBITUARY STATES SHE WAS BORN IN NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK ON OCTOBER 28, 1908. SHE MOVED WEST WITH HER FAMILY IN 1910 AND GREW UP IN THE OLDS-DIDSBURY AREA. SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE H. BUSSARD (B. 1906) ON SEPTEMBER 12, 1937. THEY LIVED IN VERMILLION UNTIL 1948, THEN MOVED TO DRUMHELLER. THEY RELOCATED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1950 WHEN LAWRENCE TOOK THE JOB OF PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT. THE COUPLE HAD A SON, DENNIS JAMES (JIM) BUSSARD. LAWRENCE PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 5, 1967 AT THE AGE OF 59 YEARS. L. H. BUSSARD’S OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD SPELLS HIS NAME “LAURENCE” AND STATES THAT HE MARRIED ALVA (SPELLED “ELVA”) ON DECEMBER 12, 1936. ACCORDING TO ALVA’S OBITUARY SHE MOVED TO SIDNEY, B. C. IN 1969. SHE THEN BACK TO RED DEER IN 1978 WHERE SHE PASSED AWAY ON MAY 2, 1998. ON NOVEMBER 28, 2017, PUNDYK SPOKE OVER THE PHONE WITH ALVA AND LAWRENCE’S SON, DENNIS BUSSARD OF RED DEER, ALBERTA, ABOUT THE 31 ARTIFACTS DONATED BY HIS PARENTS. HE DID NOT RECOGNIZE THE ARTIFACTS, BUT PROVIDED INFORMATION ABOUT HIS MOTHER. DENNIS STATED HE LEFT HIS PARENTS’ HOME IN 1956. HE ADDED TO THE INFORMATION FROM ALVA’S OBITUARY THAT SHE AND HER FAMILY MOVED TO SASKATCHEWAN BRIEFLY BEFORE MOVING TO ALBERTA FROM NEW YORK. HE EXPLAINED HIS MOTHER BECAME INVOLVED WITH HER FAMILY’S GENEALOGY AND FOUND HER BIRTH CERTIFICATE WHICH SPELLED HER NAME “ALVA” AND SHE ADOPTED THAT SPELLING. PRIOR TO THAT DISCOVERY, HIS MOTHER SPELLED HER NAME “ELVA,” WHICH IS THE REASON RECORDS EXIST WITH THAT SPELLING. THE GALT HOLDS A PAINTING DONATED BY L. H. BUSSARD THAT IS SIGNED “E. M. BUSSARD,” WHICH WAS DENNIS’S MOTHER. HE SAID THAT SHE BEGAN PAINTING FREQUENTLY AFTER HE LEFT HOME IN 1956. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19651668000 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, INCLUDING LETHBRIDGE HERALD CLIPPINGS.
Catalogue Number
P19738041000
Acquisition Date
1964-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CHAUTAUQUA PUPPET STAND
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19970107001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CHAUTAUQUA PUPPET STAND
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
3
Height
2.4
Length
122.5
102
Width
27
50.9
Description
THREE SECTION WOODEN PUPPET STAND, WITH A LARGE CENTRE PIECE, AND TWO SIDE FLAPS. BEIGE CENTRE PIECE HAS THE IMAGE OF A JESTER WEARING A STRIPED RED AND BLUE OUTFIT IN A CIRCLE IN THE CENTRE, SURROUNDED BY A CROWN ON THE TOP, AND BRITISH FLAG ON EACH SIDE. ONE SIDE FLAP HAS AN IMAGE OF A LION ON THE TOP, WHILE THE OTHER HAS THE HEAD OF A UNICORN, BUT OTHERWISE ARE THE SAME. FLAPS HAVE THE IMAGE OF NAKED WOMEN PLAYING 2 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN THE CENTRE, WITH A DRAMATIC MASK ON THE BOTTOM. FLAPS ARE MOSTLY DARK GREEN, WITH A WHITE TRIM AROUND THE OUTSIDE EDGE.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
TOY
Historical Association
LEISURE
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR PIECE COULD BE AS EARLY AS 1924, AND USED AS A PUPPET STAND AT THE 'CHATAUQUA' FESTIVAL HELD IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE ALLEY BEHIND OLD ST. PAT'S ON 4TH AVENUE. DONOR WAS GIVEN THE PIECE FROM A GENTLEMAN IN HARDIEVILLE, WHOSE FATHER MAY HAVE BEEN HIRED AS A CASUAL WORKER TO SET UP THE PROPS. PUNCH AND JUDY WERE HAND PUPPETS POPULAR DURING THIS TIME. ON 6 OCTOBER 2010, DONOR AB CHERVINSKI WAS RE-CONTACTED IN AN EFFORT TO SOLICIT NEW INFORMATION ON THE PUPPET STAND. IT WAS ASSIGNED AS A RESEARCH PROJECT TO STUDENTS IN A UOFL MUSEUM STUDIES CLASS. WHEN CONTACTED BY THE STUDENTS, CHERVINSKI CLAIMED THAT THE STAND CAME INTO HIS POSSESSION IN THE 40S OR 50S. HE OBTAINED IT FROM A TRAVELLING CHAUTAUQUA GROUP WHO PERFORMED CHEAP ENTERTAINMENT IN TENTS AS FREELANCE WORK. THEY WERE, HE BELIEVED, TEMPORARILY LOCATED NORTH OF 3RD AVENUE AND 9TH STREET. AB’S INTEREST IN THEATRE AND HIS BUG TO COLLECT LED HIM TO COLLECT THE STAND. THE GROUP GAVE THE STAND UP FOR FREE ON ACCOUNT THAT THEY WERE ON THEIR LAST LEGS AND ABOUT TO DISBAND. TO SEE THE STUDENTS’ EMAIL, PLEASE REFERENCE THE PERMANENT FILE. AB CHERVINSKI WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1920 AT THE GALT HOSPITAL. HE STARTED WORK FOR AGT IN 1943 AND WORKED THERE FOR 37 YEARS, FIRST AT LETHBRIDGE, AND THEN BECAME AREA MANAGER FOR TABER. HE MOVED BACK TO LETHBRIDGE 4-5 YEARS AGO. AB HAD AN ANTIQUE STORE IN TABER FOR 5 YEARS. HE IS MARRIED TO BUELLA, AND HAS THREE CHILDREN, GEAN, KENNETH, AND LEONARD. PARENTS WERE MARY AND JOSEPH CHERVINSKI. FOR MORE INFO SEE 'THE WHO'S WHO IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA 1990-91 ED". *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON DEVELOPED A BIOGRAPHY OF AB CHERVINSKI, THE DONOR OF THIS OBJECT, WITH INFORMATION FROM LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM 1982, 1989, AND 2011. ADAM ABRAHAM 'AB" CHERVINSKI WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 24, 1920 IN LETHBRIDGE. AS A TEENAGER HE WORKED AS A MESSENGER BOY FOR THE CPR TELEGRAPH OFFICE. CHERVINSKI BRIEFLY LIVED IN ONTARIO DURING HIS SERVICE WITH THE AIR FORCE, BUT RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE WORKED FOR ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TELEPHONES FOR 37 YEARS. HE WAS A LIFELONG COLLECTOR OF ANTIQUES, AVID LOCAL HISTORIAN, AND HEAVILY INVOLVED IN MUSICAL THEATRE. AB CHERVINSKI DIED ON JUNE 2, 2011. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19970107001-GA FOR HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ABOUT CHERVINSKI. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN ARTIFACT SURVEY, WHICH INCLUDED A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY ADAM ABRAHAM CHERVINSKI. EXTENSIVE RESEARCH CONDUCTED TO LOCATE THE DONOR'S LIVING NEXT-OF-KIN WAS UNSUCCESSFUL.
Catalogue Number
P19970107001
Acquisition Date
1997-10
Collection
Museum
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