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Other Name
PARAMOUNT THEATRE SALVAGE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20070023001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PARAMOUNT THEATRE SALVAGE
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2007
Materials
CLOTH
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.6
Length
146.5
Width
91.2
Description
SWATCH OF CARPET, RED BACKGROUND WITH FILIGREE PATTERN IN BLACK, GREEN, OCHRE, AND TAN COLOURS. SEAM ALONG LENGTH OF CARPET. CARPET HEAVILY WORN IN TWO PLACES. LOOSE THREADS AROUND EDGES AND STAINED THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
SWATCH OF CARPET REMOVED FROM STAIRWELL OF PARAMOUNT THEATRE AFTER ITS CLOSURE IN 2007. CARPET APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ORIGINAL TO THE BUILDING (SEE 19752201444 AND 19752201445 IN ARCHIVES FOR EARLY IMAGES OF THEATRE. PHOTOS TAKEN AT GRAND OPENING OF THEATRE). THE SAME PATTERN REMAINED IN USE IN THE THEATRE'S LOBBY UNTIL AT LEAST 1968 (SEE199110764140 IN ARCHIVES). NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH JOEY SHACKLEFORD (GRANDSON OF A.W. SHACKLEFORD) IN 2010 AND HE SAID THE RUG SAW A LOT OF TRAFFIC. THE SEAMS WOULD FALL APART AND GET FIXED UNTIL THEY COULDN'T BE FIXED ANYMORE. WHEN NEW CARPETS WERE PURCHASED THEY TRIED TO PICK OUT DARK PATTERNS THAT WERE SIMILAR TO THE OLD ONES. THEY WANTED THE RUGS TO WEAR WELL. ACCORDING TO SHACKLEFORD, THE LOBBY, BACK OF THE THEATRES AND AISLES WOULD HAVE BEEN CARPETED. IN JANUARY OF 1946, MAJESTIC THEATRES, OWNED BY A. W. SHACKLEFORD AND FAMOUS PLAYERS, PURCHASED A SITE AT THE CORNER OF EIGHTH STREET AND FOURTH AVENUE FOR THE FUTURE PARAMOUNT THEATRE. THE 950-SEAT PARAMOUNT THEATRE COST $250,000 TO CONSTRUCT AND OPENED ITS DOORS ON OCTOBER 9, 1950. DURING IT’S 61 YEAR HISTORY (IT CLOSED IN 2007), SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT AND THE SOUND OF MUSIC WERE THE TWO OF THE TOP SHOWS, GRACING SCREENS FOR 13 AND 11 WEEKS, RESPECTIVELY. EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVELY, IN 1997 AND 1998 "THE TITANIC" RAN FOP 24 WEEKS. ROBERT SHACKLEFORD, CAPITOL’S HOUSE MANAGER AND A. W. SHACKLEFORD’S YOUNGEST SON, SAID, “THE PARAMOUNT BECAME A LANDMARK IN THIS CITY… IT WAS CONSIDERED THE FINEST THEATRE OF ITS TIME, NOT JUST IN LETHBRIDGE, BUT ANYWHERE.” IN ADDITION TO THE THEATRE, THREE OTHER BUSINESSES WERE HOUSED IN THE PARAMOUNT’S BUILDING, ALL OPENING OCTOBER 4TH, 1950: DON’S FLOWER AND GIFT SHOP, MARGOT’S LADIES WEAR, AND BROWN’S MUSIC SUPPLIES. THE PARAMOUNT DINER OPENED ITS DOORS ON OCTOBER 9, 1950, AND CLOSED IN 2005. DOUGLAS SHACKLEFORD, A. W. SHACKLEFORD’S ELDEST SON, MANAGED PARAMOUNT THEATRE FOR ITS FIRST YEAR, WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE NEW PARAMOUNT THEATRE, DOUGLAS SHACKLEFORD RESPONDED, “[IT’S] THE BEST IN THE WEST.” IN 1951, THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE RECEIVED THE LARGE MERIT AWARD, THE HIGHEST HONOUR AWARDED BY THE MOTION PICTURE THEATRE INDUSTRY. AN ACCOMPANYING PLAQUE STATED, “SELECTED BY THE SKILLED TECHNICAL EDITORS OF EXHIBITOR AND THEATRE CATALOG TO RECEIVE THE “LARGE MERIT AWARD” INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION AS ONE OF THE MOST MODERN AND WELL APPOINTED OF ALL CURRENT THEATRES IN 1951.” THE THEATRE BOASTED STATE-OF-THE-ART SOUND AND PROJECTOR EQUIPMENT. THE PROJECTORS WERE THE FIRST OF THEIR KIND TO BE INSTALLED IN WESTERN CANADA. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN OCT 1950, HARRY BOYSE, HEAD PROJECTIONIST, SAID, “THE PARAMOUNT’S PROJECTION SUITE IS ULTRA MODERN. IT IS EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST PROJECTORS AND HAS SOUND EQUIPMENT THAT LEAVES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO BE DESIRED.” ANOTHER MODERN FEATURE OF THE THEATRE WAS THE ONE-WAY GLASS LOCATED BETWEEN THE MANAGER’S OFFICE AND THE AUDITORIUM AND FOYER. MANY DESIGN FEATURES OF THE PARAMOUNT STRESSED COMFORT. KROEHLER SLIDE-BACK CUSHIONED SEATS ALLOWED FOR CUSTOMERS TO REMAIN SEATED WHILE ALLOWING OTHERS TO PASS. LIGHTING SYSTEMS WERE DESIGNED TO GRADUALLY DECREASE AND INCREASE IN BRIGHTNESS SO THAT CUSTOMERS COULD ACCLIMATIZE. ADDITIONAL COMFORTS INCLUDE A WAITING LOUNGE, A WATER FOUNTAIN GUARANTEEING COLD WATER, A PRIVATE VIEWING ROOM FOR THOSE ON CALL, PRIVATE PARTIES, OR SMALL CHILDREN, AND A HEATING SYSTEM THAT EVENLY DISTRIBUTED HEAT. THROUGHOUT ITS OPERATIONS THE PARAMOUNT CINEMA UNDERWENT MANY RENOVATIONS AND FREQUENTLY UPDATED ITS TECHNOLOGY TO MEET MODERN STANDARDS. IN 1968, PARAMOUNT THEATRES ADDED A SECOND THEATRE, WHICH HELD 580 SEATS, MAKING IT THE FIRST MULTI-SCREEN THEATRE COMPLEX IN LETHBRIDGE. HENCEFORTH, IT WAS KNOWN AS PARAMOUNT CINEMA. IN 1985, SEAT WIDTH AND LEG ROOM WAS INCREASED, AND THE “CADILLAC” OF THEATRE SEATS WERE INSTALLED. IN 1988, 18 SURROUND SPEAKERS AND A DOLBY STEREO AMPLIFIER SYSTEM WERE INSTALLED. AT SOME POINT, THE PARAMOUNT RECEIVED A NEW CINEMASCOPE SCREEN. ACCORDING TO ROBERT SHACKLEFORD, THE GENERAL MANAGER OF LETHBRIDGE THEATRES LTD., “YOU RENOVATE OR STAGNATE… THAT’S BEEN MY POLICY ALL MY LIFE.” IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING ENTERTAINMENT, PARAMOUNT THEATRE SERVED THE COMMUNITY BY ALLOWING VARIOUS EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE INSIDE. IN JANUARY OF 1953, THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH BURNED DOWN, AND SUNDAY SERVICES WERE HELD AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE UNTIL A NEW CHURCH WAS BUILT. THE ST. MICHAEL’S SCHOOL OF NURSING HELD ITS GRADUATION CEREMONIES AT THE THEATRE DURING THE 1960S. THE PARAMOUNT HOSTED MANY CONCERTS, INCLUDING THE LETHBRIDGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL. AFTER UPDATING SCREEN TECHNOLOGY TO CINEMASCOPE, THE FRONT THREE ROWS WERE REMOVED. SHACKLEFORD SAID, “THAT’S WHEN WE DECIDED THE FRONT ROWS WERE TOO CLOSE FOR THE GIANT SCREEN AND WE EXPANDED THE STAGE TO ACCOMMODATE THE SYMPHONY…” IN 1978, THE SHACKLEFORD FAMILY ALONG WITH PARAMOUNT CINEMA HOSTED A WEEKEND-LONG EVENT TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF FILM. THEY SCREENED OLD CLASSIC FILMS, AND OFFERED TICKETS, POPCORN, ICE CREAM AND DRINKS FOR $0.50 AND $0.10, RESPECTIVELY, REFLECTIVE OF 1928 PRICES. FAMOUS PLAYERS BOUGHT OUT THE SHACKLEFORD FAMILY AROUND 1990. IN THE FOLLOWING YEARS, THE PUBLIC COMPLAINED ABOUT DETERIORATING CONDITIONS OF THE THEATRE. SUCH COMPLAINTS WERE IGNORED BY FAMOUS PLAYERS. A LETTER IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD IN OCT 2004 ENCOURAGED THE PUBLIC TO WRITE TO THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS TO VOICE THEIR DISAPPROVAL FOR THE STATE OF THE PARAMOUNT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE PERMANENT RECORD, DVD WALKTHROUGH AFTER CLOSURE AND ARCHIVES 19752201444, 19752201445, 199110764140. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING A PORTRAIT OF ALFRED WILLIAM SHACKLEFORD (P20060025001-GA), OWNER OF THE SHACKLEFORD THEATRES. 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 MANAGED 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 DIRVE-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.
Catalogue Number
P20070023001
Acquisition Date
2008-08
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PLASTIC BAG RUG
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20010079003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PLASTIC BAG RUG
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Materials
PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.7
Length
73.4
Width
43.0
Description
A SMALL, MULTICOLORED (RED, WHITE, BLUE, ORANGE ARE MOST FREQUENTLY SEEN) RUG THAT IS MADE OUT OF PLASTIC BAGS WOVEN TOGETHER. THE DESIGN IS ONE OF REPEATING OVALS.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
DECORATIVE ARTS
History
MADE BY THE GRANDMOTHER OF THE DONOR, MRS. MYRTLE TIDBALL WHO HOMESTEADED AND LIVED NEAR CARSTAIRS. OFTEN REUSED PLASTIC BAGS IN THIS WAY. **UPDATE 9 APRIL 2020: IN 2018, GALT COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A RELEVANCY AUDIT OF THE MUSEUM’S ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION WHICH INCLUDED AN EXAMINATION OF CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT RECORDS, DONATED BY DUANE KING IN 2001. PUNDYK CONTACTED THE DONOR’S SPOUSE LEONA KING ON NOVEMBER 5, 2018 TO SOLICIT COMMENTS FROM HER ON THE ENTIRE DONATION OFFER (P20010079001-005). KING ATTRIBUTED ALL OBJECTS TO EITHER HER GRANDMOTHER MYRTLE TIDBALL OR HER PARENTS CLARENCE AND EILEEN LEEK. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE TO ACCESS THE INTERVIEW AND KING’S DETAILED COMMENTS ON THE ITEMS.
Catalogue Number
P20010079003
Acquisition Date
2001-12
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19940037009
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1970
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
2
Length
99
Diameter
20
Description
1. SMALL RUG MADE OF BRAIDED NYLON STRIPS WOUND INTO FLAT CIRCLE AND STITCHED IN PLACE. UNFINISHED, WITH END PIECES HELD WITH WOODEN CLOTHES PIN. RUG IS PRIMARILY GREY AND BLUE IN COLOR, WITH BEIGE AND BURGUNDY. SOME SNAGS. 2. BRAIDED NYLON STRIP: 2CM (W) X 41CM (L). APPEARS TO BE THE BEGINNING OF A RUG, OVAL IN SHAPE. WOVEN INTO ITSELF RATHER THAN STITCHED TOGETHER AS FIRST PIECE WAS. ALSO UNFINISHED, WITH LOOSE ENDS HANGING. BEIGE, PINK AND BLUE IN COLOR. NYLONS ARE SNAGGED AND CUT IN SEVERAL PLACES. 3. GREY NYLON FRAGMENT: 79CM (L) X 16.5CM (W). CUT AND SNAGGED THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
DOUKHABOR ARTIFACT, IS USING OLD NYLONS. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING ITEMS DONATED BY LENORA DUCE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A FAMILY HISTORY DOCUMENT FROM THE CARDSTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY. LENORA ADELAIDE (LAIDA) DUCE (NEE SHEFFIELD) WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 2, 1898 AT CARDSTON, AB. SHE WAS THE ELDEST DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM W. AND LENORA HUDSON SHEFFIELD. AT THE AGE OF 17 SHE TOOK A JOB WITH AGT AND ON JUNE 1, 1916 SHE WAS APPOINTED AS AGENT CHIEF OPERATOR, A POSITION SHE HELD UNTIL HER MARRIAGE ON FEBRUARY 2, 1921 TO WILLIAM HINMAN DUCE. LENORA PASSED AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2000. WILLIAM HINMAN DUCE WAS BORN IN CARDSTON, AB ON JULY 23, 1896, THE SON OF THOMAS WILLIAM AND RHODA ADELAIDE HINMAN DUCE. HE WORKED FOR DUCE BROTHERS, A STORE WHICH SOLD SHOES, MEN’S CLOTHING, AND FURNITURE. HE ALSO SERVED IN THE R.N.C.V.R. DURING WWI, TRAINING ON THE WEST COAST AND SERVING IN HALIFAX UNTIL DECEMBER 23, 1918. WILLIAM ALSO SOLD INSURANCE FOR A FEW YEARS, WORKED AT CARDSTON MOTORS, FORD MOTORS IN TABER, INSPECTED CROPS FOR PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE, AND OPERATED A FARM IMPLEMENT BUSINESS. IN 1952, WILLIAM SOLD THE FAMILY HOME IN CARDSTON AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. HE PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 27, 1971 AT THE AGE OF 74. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE CARDSTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING A BIB AND SHORTS DONATED BY LENORA S. DUCE. ATTEMPTS MADE TO LOCATE NEXT-OF-KIN OR INDIVIDUALS ABLE TO SPEAK ABOUT THE ARTIFACTS PROVED UNSUCCESSFUL.
Catalogue Number
P19940037009
Acquisition Date
1994-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19950067014
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
180
Width
110.5
Description
RED WOVEN WOOL RUG WITH BLUE, PINK, AND GREEN WOVEN IN STRIPS ALONG SIDE BORDERS. BOTTOM AND TOP HAVE SIMILAR STRIPS, BUT IN GREEN, ORANGE AND BLUE. STRIPS ARE INTERWOVEN WHERE THEY CROSS AT CORNERS. ENDS HAVE FRINGE, APPROXIMATELY 5CM IN LENGTH. RUG APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN WOVEN IN SECTIONS AND PIECED TOGETHER, ESPECIALLY APPARENT ALONG CENTRE LENGTH OF SEAM, WHICH HAS BEEN STITCHED WITH WHITE YARN. ONE SECTION ON ONE END OF RUG DOES NOT FOLLOW THE PATTERN ON REST OF BORDER. INSTEAD OF GREEN, ORANGE AND BLUE STRIPS, IT IS WOVEN WITH TEAL, RED, AND DARK BLUE. BACK OVERLAPS WHERE THIS SECTION IS WOVEN TO REST OF RUG. OTHER END ALSO HAS INCONSISTENCY, WITH THIN YELLOW STRIP BETWEEN GREEN AND ORANGE. SMALL HOLE ALMOST WEARING THROUGH ALONG CENTRE SEAM ABOUT ONE THIRD OF LENGTH FROM ONE END.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
HANDWOVEN DOUKHOBOR ARTIFACT. FOR MORE HISTORY SEE P19950067001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2010 NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONTACTED ELSIE MORRIS NEE KONKIN (WHO DONATED THE ARTIFACTS ON BEHALF OF HER MOTHER) IN ORDER TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HISTROY OF THE OBJECTS AND THEIR CONNECTION TO THE DOUKHOBORS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA. SEE BELOW. MORRIS HAD NOTHING TO ADD. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN APRON DONATED BY ELIZABETH KONKIN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ELIZABETH KONKIN AKA ELSIE MORRIS IS THE DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM KONKIN AND ELIZABETH P. KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW). ELSIE WAS MARRIED TO TERRANCE GORDON “TERRY” MORRIS. TERRY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 25, 2012. WILLIAM KONKIN PASSED AWAY MARCH 3, 1977 AT THE AGE OF 72. ELIZABETH KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW) WAS BORN IN CANORA, SK ON JANUARY 22, 1907, THE DAUGHTER OF PETER AND ELIZABETH WISHLOW (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). AT THE AGE OF 6 SHE MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT BRILLIANT, BC, THEN LATER HER FAMILY MOVED TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT SHOULDICE, AB. IT WAS HERE THAT SHE MET AND MARRIED WILLIAM KONKIN. IN 1939, THE COUPLE MOVED TO THE VAUXHALL AREA TO FARM UNTIL THEIR RETIREMENT, AFTER WHICH THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. ELIZABETH PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON APRIL 8, 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. 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. IN 2016, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH KONKIN'S DAUGHTER, ELSIE MORRIS. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY WAS CREATED USING THAT INTERVIEW AND CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003002.
Catalogue Number
P19950067014
Acquisition Date
1995-10
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
RUSSIAN RUG
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19950067013
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RUSSIAN RUG
Date Range From
1890
Date Range To
1900
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
216
Width
162.5
Description
HANDWOVEN WOOL RUG WITH PINK, BLUE, BEIGE, BLACK, AND BROWN GEOMETRICAL PATTERN. HANDSTITCHED HEM AT EITHER END, WITH DARNED HOLES THROUGHOUT. RUG IS HEAVILY SOILED, WITH SMALL DARKER STAINS IN SEVERAL PLACES, MORE CLEARLY VISIBLE FROM REVERSE SIDE. SIDE EDGES ARE NOT COMPLETELY STRAIGHT.
Subjects
FLOOR COVERING
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
WEDDING GIFT TO ELIZABETH (NOHORNOFF) WISHLOW, MOTHER OF DONOR. RUG WAS BROUGHT TO CANADA FROM RUSSIA IN 1899. HANDWOVEN BY TURKISH WEAVERS, AND USED TO COVER BED SHELVES IN SOD HOUSES. WHEN BEDS WERE EVENTUALLY USED, IT COVERED THE SPRINGS. FOR MORE DONOR HISTORY SEE P19950067001-GA. DOUKHOBOR ARTIFACT. *UPDATE* IN 2010 NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONTACTED ELSIE MORRIS NEE KONKIN (WHO DONATED THE ARTIFACTS ON BEHALF OF HER MOTHER) IN ORDER TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HISTROY OF THE OBJECTS AND THEIR CONNECTION TO THE DOUKHOBORS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA. SEE BELOW. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN HAND WOVEN BY ELIZABETH (NOHORNOFF) WISHLOW. THIS RUG HAD A SECOND PIECE JOINED TO THE ORIGINAL. THE RUG WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE IN PART FROM SCRAP PIECES OF WOOL. ELSIE MORRIS MENTIONED THAT THE DOUKHOBORS USED SCRAPS FROM OTHER PROJECTS IN MANY OF THEIR RUGS (WHETHER IT BE SCRAPS OF FABRIC FOR RAG RUGS OR SCRAPS OF STRING FOR PIECES LIKE THIS) BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT TO LET ANYTHING GO TO WASTE AND THEY "COULDN'T AFFORD OTHERWISE." THEY FREQUENTLY USED WOOL (AS IN THE CASE OF THIS RUG) OR LINEN BECAUSE IT WAS READILY AVAILABLE AND WOMEN COULD SPIN THIS RAW MATERIAL INTO THREAD. THE RUG, LIKE MANY DOUKHOBOR ARTIFACTS, IS BRIGHTLY COLORED IN ORDER TO LIVEN UP THE DECOR OF THE HOME. AS HOUSES HAD GRAY, MUD-PLASTERED WALLS, COLORFUL BLANKETS AND RUGS WERE A WONDERFUL WAY TO BRIGHTEN UP THE HOME. RUGS LIKE THIS WERE OFTEN USED TO COVER BED SHELVES IN SOD HOUSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN APRON DONATED BY ELIZABETH KONKIN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ELIZABETH KONKIN AKA ELSIE MORRIS IS THE DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM KONKIN AND ELIZABETH P. KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW). ELSIE WAS MARRIED TO TERRANCE GORDON “TERRY” MORRIS. TERRY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON OCTOBER 25, 2012. WILLIAM KONKIN PASSED AWAY MARCH 3, 1977 AT THE AGE OF 72. ELIZABETH KONKIN (NEE WISHLOW) WAS BORN IN CANORA, SK ON JANUARY 22, 1907, THE DAUGHTER OF PETER AND ELIZABETH WISHLOW (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). AT THE AGE OF 6 SHE MOVED WITH HER FAMILY TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT BRILLIANT, BC, THEN LATER HER FAMILY MOVED TO A DOUKHOBOR SETTLEMENT AT SHOULDICE, AB. IT WAS HERE THAT SHE MET AND MARRIED WILLIAM KONKIN. IN 1939, THE COUPLE MOVED TO THE VAUXHALL AREA TO FARM UNTIL THEIR RETIREMENT, AFTER WHICH THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. ELIZABETH PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON APRIL 8, 2000. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. 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. IN 2016, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED FROM A TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH KONKIN'S DAUGHTER, ELSIE MORRIS. A FULL HISTORY OF THE KONKIN FAMILY WAS CREATED USING THAT INTERVIEW AND CAN BE FOUND WITH THE RECORD P20160003002.
Catalogue Number
P19950067013
Acquisition Date
1995-10
Collection
Museum
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