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Other Name
"MARQUIS HOTEL"
Date Range From
1928
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CERAMIC, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P20150037000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"MARQUIS HOTEL"
Date Range From
1928
Date Range To
2015
Materials
CERAMIC, PAINT
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.08
Width
12.4
Description
BLACK, CERAMIC ASHTRAY. THE INSIDE OPENING OF THE ASHTRAY IS 6.4 CM. THE LETTERING ON THE TOP SAYS “THE MARQUIS HOTEL, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, CANADA.” THERE IS AN ABSTRACTED FLORAL DESIGN ON EITHER SIDE OF THIS LETTERING. THE FLOWERS ARE PAINTED RED AND THEIR STEMS PAINTED GREEN. THIS WORDING AND DESIGN REPEATS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE. THE LETTERING ON THE BOTTOM SAYS, “MADE IN JAPAN 29.” VERY GOOD CONDITION. USED WITH SOME WEAR APPARENT. BLACK PAINT IS WEARING OFF ON SOME PARTS OF THE SURFACE. SIGNIFICANT WEAR TO THE RED AND GREEN PAINT OF THE DECALS.
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HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
BUSINESS
History
ON DECEMBER 16, 2015, DONOR CHRIS MORRISON INFORMED COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN THAT SHE CAME INTO POSSESSION OF THE ASHTRAY WHEN SHE AND HER HUSBAND BECAME STEWARDS OF A WATERTON CABIN IN 1976. THE CABIN, LOCATED AT 103 CAMERON FALLS, WAS OWNED BY HER MOTHER-IN-LAW DOROTHY MORRISON (D. 1995). IT WAS AMONG ASSORTED FURNISHINGS LEFT BEHIND WHEN DOROTHY MOVED OUT AND CHRIS MOVED IN. THE DONOR’S RECOLLECTION OF THE ASHTRAY’S USE IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO IT BECOMING HER PROPERTY WAS AS A CONTAINER. MORRISON SAID, “IT WAS IN A [CABIN] WASHSTAND AND USED TO HOLD LITTLE OBJECTS LIKE ROLLED UP KEROSENE LANTERN TAPE WICKS”. ACCORDING TO MORRISON, IT WAS ALSO KNOWN AS “GRANDPA’S ASHTRAY”. GRANDPA REFERS TO JAMES J. MORRISON OF LETHBRIDGE. “HE ONLY SMOKED CIGARS” SAID THE DONOR, WHEREAS HER MOTHER-IN-LAW DOROTHY DID NOT SMOKE AT ALL. THE ASHTRAY’S USE AS A CONTAINER FOR LANTERN WICKS AND SMALL ITEMS CONTINUED RIGHT UP TO THE DAY THAT IT WAS OFFERED TO THE GALT IN 2015. ACCORDING TO HER OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, DOROTHY MORRISON, PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON NOVEMBER 26, 1995 AT THE AGE OF 83 YEARS. JAMES JACOB MORRISON, DOROTHY’S FATHER-IN-LAW, PASSED ON FEBRUARY 18TH, 1975 AT AGE 93. THE ASHTRAY IS MARKED WITH “MARQUIS HOTEL,” WHICH COULD REFER TO THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL THAT OPENED IN JUNE 1928. REALIZING A NEED FOR A FIRST-CLASS HOTEL IN LETHBRIDGE, ESPECIALLY ONE WITH A BANQUET HALL, THE BUSINESSMEN OF THE BOARD OF TRADE COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO THE HOTEL IN 1927. AFTER ITS OPENING, THE BOARD OF TRADE WOULD HOLD THEIR REGULAR, NOON-HOUR MEETINGS AT THE HOTEL FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. THE HOTEL CLOSED ITS DOORS IN 1985 AND THE BUILDING WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1988. THIS INFORMATION COMES FROM LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES AND A WRITE-UP ABOUT THE HOTEL IN THE PUBLICATION TITLED "WHERE WAS IT? A GUIDE TO EARLY LETHBRIDGE BUILDINGS," BY IRMA DOGTEROM. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES AND A COPY OF THE INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLICATION CITED ABOVE.
Catalogue Number
P20150037000
Acquisition Date
2015-12
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CHINA
Catalogue Number
P19770093000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1905
Date Range To
1910
Materials
CHINA
No. Pieces
1
Length
10.2
Width
8.3
Description
FLOWER SHAPED DISH. RAISED BUMPS AROUND EDGE OF ASHTRAY. BUMPS PAINTED GOLD. MOST OF THE PAINT WORN OFF. PICTURE OF A TRAFFIC BRIDGE OVER THE BELLY RIVER IS PAINTED IN THE CENTER OF ASHTRAY. PRINTED BELOW PICTURE: "BELLY RIVER BRIDGE LETHBRIDGE". CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE. HAS BEEN BROKEN AND REPAIRED. EDGE ON BOTTOM RIGHT SIDE IS CHIPPED.
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HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ARTIFACT PICKED UP AT SOUTHMINSTER CHURCH AUCTION. SCENE IS OF FIRST BRIDGE OVER BELLY RIVER. ARTIFACT BROKEN DURING CLEANING FEBRUARY '85. REPAIRED APRIL '88.
Catalogue Number
P19770093000
Acquisition Date
1976-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILVER PLATE, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P19738813000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
SILVER PLATE, GLASS
No. Pieces
3
Height
4.4
Length
8.6
Width
8.6
Description
WINDMILL SCENE AND FLORAL DESIGN EMBOSSED ON OUTER EDGE. CLEAR GLASS LINER. FLORAL DESIGN AND WINDMILLS ON TOP OF ASHTRAY. ALL PIECES ARE SQUARE SHAPED. LID REMOVES TO REVEAL GLASS LINER. LINER IS REMOVEABLE AS WELL. GLASS LINER IS CHIPPED AND ONE CORNER IS BROKEN. GLASS IS FULL OF TINY BUBBLE. THERE ARE FOUR GROOVES ON LID FOR CIGARS, ETC. LOTS OF OXIDATION ALL OVER METAL.
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HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
REFER TO P19738806000-GA FOR DONOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN ARTIFACT SURVEY, WHICH INCLUDED AN ASHTRAY DONATED TO THE MUSEUM BY ELINOR GLOVER. AS PART OF THE SURVEY PROCESS, PUNDYK CONTACTED GLOVER’S DAUGHTER DIANE GLOVER. NO ITEM SPECIFIC INFORMATION COULD BE ADDED TO THE ARTIFACT FILES. FURTHER ARCHIVAL RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED REGARDING THE DONOR’S FAMILY, INCLUDING HER FATHER WILLIAM PALFREY, WHOSE NAME IS MENTIONED IN RELATION TO THE ARTIFACTS IN THE INITIAL RECORDS. PALFREY’S OBITUARY WAS PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ON JULY 3, 1973. IT REITERATED MOST OF THE INFORMATION LISTED IN THE INITIAL HISTORY AS RECORDED IN P19738806000, ADDING THAT HE WAS MARRIED TO ANNIE PALFREY. TOGETHER THEY HAD ONE DAUGHTER, ELINOR GLOVER (THE DONOR). HE PASSED AWAY IN EDMONTON AT THE AGE OF 81 YEARS. HIS HEADSTONE IN LETHBRIDGE’S MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY LISTS HIS YEAR OF BIRTH AS 1891. THE DONOR’S OBITUARY WAS FOUND PUBLISHED ONLINE IN THE EDMONTON JOURNAL. IT RECORDS THAT ELINOR KAY GLOVER (NEE PALFREY) WAS BORN ON OCTOBER 7, 1934. SHE MARRIED KENNETH GLOVER IN LETHBRIDGE IN AUGUST 1959, ACCORDING TO A LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 18, 1959. THE COUPLE HAD THREE CHILDREN: BRIAN, DIANE, AND KAREN. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19738813000 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING LETHBRIDGE HERALD CLIPPINGS.
Catalogue Number
P19738813000
Acquisition Date
1973-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COPPER
Catalogue Number
P19760025000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1910
Materials
COPPER
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
10.8
Description
EMBOSSED ON FACE OF ASHTRAY: FORT ENTRANCE & GATE & WORDS "OLD FORT GARRY GATE WINNIPEG". CRACKS AROUND EDGE, DISCOLORED & BENT. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT. FLORAL PATTERN AROUND GATE AND ALONG EDGE OF ASHTRAY. EXTREME OXIDATION AND ASH DISCOLORATION.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
BELONGED TO FATHER OF DONOR, ROBERT B. TAYLOR, BELIEVED BY DONOR TO DATE TO TURN OF THE CENTURY. (PROBABLY NEWER - SOUVENIR). *UPDATE* RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED INTO THE LIFE OF ROBERT BRUCE TAYLOR AS PART OF A 2018 COLLECTION AUDIT LED BY COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK. THE AUDIT INCLUDED AN ASHTRAY DONATED BY TAYLOR’S DAUGHTER, FLORENCE FLAVELL. ATTEMPTS TO LOCATE THE DONOR’S AND TAYLOR’S NEXT-OF-KIN WAS UNSUCCESSFUL. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS DEVELOPED THROUGH ARCHIVAL RESEARCH. ROBERT BRUCE TAYLOR WAS BORN ON 26 JULY 1876 IN CLINTON, ONTARIO AS RECORDED ON HIS FIRST WORLD WAR ATTESTATION PAPER GLEANED FROM HIS SERVICE FILE ACCESSED THROUGH THE DIGITAL ARCHIVES OF THE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES OF CANADA. HE WAS MARRIED TO HIS WIFE AND THE DONOR’S MOTHER, RUTH TAYLOR (NEE PETTIT) AT THE TIME OF ENLISTMENT. HE WAS DISCHARGED UPON MOBILIZATION IN 1919. HE PASSED AWAY IN CALGARY, ALBERTA ON 30 OCTOBER 2018. RUTH TAYLOR PASSED AWAY OF 24 WEDNESDAY 1950 AT THE AGE OF 80 YEARS. MRS. TAYLOR WAS BORN IN SIMCOE, ONTARIO AND CAME WEST IN 1898. BOTH ROBERT AND RUTH WORKED WITH THE SALVATION ARMY THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA. THEY LIVED IN 1902 UNTIL 1920. BOTH MRS. AND MR. TAYLOR WERE LAID TO REST IN LETHBRIDGE ALONG WITH THEIR SON, ROBERT (D. 1905). THERE IS NO OTHER EVIDENCE OF THE FAMILY LIVING IN LETHBRIDGE. ACCORDING TO THE DONOR’S OBITUARY PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ON 24 JUNE 1989, FLORENCE LAURETTE FLAVELL WAS BORN IN PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MANITOBA ON MAY 17, 1902. SHE CAME TO LETHBRIDGE AS A CHILD WITH HER PARENTS. SHE WAS A GALT SCHOOL OF NURSING GRADUATE, STUDYING AT THE SCHOOL FROM 1919 TO 1923. SHE PRACTICED NURSING UPON GRADUATION UNTIL HER RETIREMENT IN 1967. FLAVELL PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON 21 JUNE 1989 AT THE AGE OF 87 YEARS. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19760020000 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING HARD COPIES OF ARCHIVAL RESEARCH.
Catalogue Number
P19760025000
Acquisition Date
1975-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
MATCH HOLDER/ASHTRAY
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19780033000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MATCH HOLDER/ASHTRAY
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
6.4
Length
11.4
Description
BASE IS AN ASHTRAY. HAS CIGARETTE STAIN ON IT. MATCH HOLDER IS GROOVED. BASE IS SQUARE WITH BENT CORNERS TO HOLD CIGARETTES. MATCH HOLDER IS A CUP HELD IN CENTER OF TRAY WITH A SCREW. SCREW COMES UP THROUGH BOTTOM AND IS CORRODED SLIGHTLY. SLIGHT CORROSION ON BASE.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
**UPDATE 20 SEPTEMBER 2013: FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE VAN HORNE FAMILY, PLEASE SEE THE ELECTRONIC AND PERMANENT FILES OF DONATIONS P19672878000 AND P19651981000. REFERENCED FILES INCLUDE A TRANSCRIPTION OF AN ORAL INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY THE VAN HORNE’S GRANDDAUGHTER MIRIAM SMITH IN 2012.
Catalogue Number
P19780033000
Acquisition Date
1967-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POTTERY, VELOUR
Catalogue Number
P19960004007
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Materials
POTTERY, VELOUR
No. Pieces
12
Description
1. ASHTRAY. 2.7CM (H) X 17.9CM (L) X 13.7CM (W). ASHTRAY IS BROWN ON BOTTOM AND GREEN ON TOP, POTTERY HAS GLOSSY FINISH. IS AN ODD SHAPE THAT IS ALMOST TRIANGULAR. HAS TWO DEPRESSED TRIANGLES FOR TRAYS OPPOSITE EACH OTHER. ARE SEPARATED BY A RAISED MIDDLE WITH FIVE DEPRESSED GROOVES FOR PLACING CIGARETTES ON. BOTTOM IS CONVEX IN SHAPE WITH A DEPRESSED LINE THROUGH THE CENTRE WHERE CIGARETTES REST. HAS UNFINISHED RIM AND READS INSIDE "SUNBURST CANADA" WITH A CIRCLE WITH RADIATING LINES TO REPRESENT THE SUN. ON OTHER SIDE IS "107". FINISH IS WEARING OFF IN PLACES. 2. ASHTRAY: 21.5CM (L) X 20.3CM (W) X 3.1CM (H). POTTERY HAS AN ORANGE TOP WITH BROWN HIGHLIGHTS BOTTOM IS BROWN. IS TRAINGLE WITH CONCAVE MIDDLE. HAS RAISED EDGE AROUND MIDDLE WHERE FIFTEEN CIGARETTES CAN REST IN BETWEEN LONG PIECES OF THE EDGE. UNDERNEATH RAISES IN TWO LEVELS TOWARDS THE MIDDLE. HAS UNFINISHED RIM AND INSIDE READS "SUNBURST" WITH LOGO BELOW AND THEN "CANADA". AT BOTTOM READS "105". HAS MINOR CRACKS IN MIDDLE. 3. ASHTRAY: 30.1CM (L) X 16.7CM (W) X 3.5CM (H). ASHTRAY IS SHAPE OF WAVY BANNER/FLAG. MIDDLE IS YELLOW, GREEN, AND REDDISH-ORANGE DESIGN, IS SMOOTH AND SLOPES CONCAVE. REST IS BROWN WITH GLOSSY FINISH, HAS FOUR PARALLEL GROOVES FOR CIGARETTES ON EACH END. GROOVES ARE VISIBLE ON REVERSE, HAS UNFINISHED OVAL WITH FOUR KNOBS AS RIM. IN MIDDLE ENGRAVED IS "SUNBURST CANADA 33" WITH SUNBURST LOGO IN MIDDLE. 4. ASHTRAY: 16.2CM (W) X 30CM (L) X 3.5CM (H). IDENTICAL TO #1 EXCEPT IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT IN WAVY SHAPE. 5. ASHTRAY: 19.7CM (W) X 20.4CM (L) 3.5CM (H). TRIANGULAR ASHTRAY IS BROWN ON BOTTOM AND EDGES WITH CONCAVE MIDDLE. ON EACH ROUNDED POINT ARE TWO GROOVES FOR CIGARETTES. MIDDLE IS YELLOW, GREEN AND RED. ON REVERSE IS CONVEX WITH UNFINISHED CIRCLE RIM. READS "SUNBURST CANADA 12" WITH LOGO IN MIDDLE. HAS "2.00" IN BLACK FELT ON BOTTOM. HAS SMALL SOILING ALONG ONE CORNER. 6. ASHTRAY: 19.2CM (L) X 15.9CM (W) X 4CM (H). OVAL ASHTRAY IS BROWN ON BOTTOM AND DARK GREEN AND BROWN IN MIDDLE, POTTERY HAS GLOSSY, PEARL FINISH. IS CONCAVE WITH RAISED DIAGONAL PEAK IN MIDDLE WITH FIVE GROOVES FOR CIGARETTES MOLDED IN PEAK. ON REVERSE IS TWO SEMI-CIRCLE UNFINISHED RIMS. READS "SUNBURST CANADA" WITH LOGO ON ONE SIDE, MIDDLE IS A DEEP GROOVE WHERE PEAK IS, AND ON OPPOSITE SIDE IS "106". FINISH IS WEARING OFF IN SPOTS. HAS SMALL CIRCULAR DENTS IN POTTERY. 7. ASHTRAY: 22.2CM (L) X 11.9CM (W) X 4.8CM (H). RECTANGULAR TRAY IS BROWNISH-ORANGE ON BOTTOM WITH TWO PARALLEL UNFINISHED LEGS RUNNING THE WIDTH OF THE TRAY. HAS "SUNBURST CANADA 18" WITH THE LOGO ENGRAVED ONTO THE BACK. IS A CONVEX CURVE. ON TOP IS CONCAVE SLOPE OF RECTANGLE. ENDS ARE PART OF SLOPE, LENGTH HAS WALLS UP WITH HANDLE/LIPS IN MIDDLE ACROSS FROM EACH OTHER. HAS FOUR GROOVES FOR CIGARETTES ON EACH LIP. HAS MINOR FLAWS ON TRAY. IS LOSING FINISH IN SPOTS. 8. ASHTRAY: 33.3CM (L) X 14.7CM (W) X 3.3CM (H). POTTERY IS A GREENISH-BROWN ON BOTTOM AND HAS THIS COLOUR MIXED WITH LIME-GREEN INSIDE. IS AN ODD SHAPE WHICH LOOKS GENERALLY LIKE A RECTANGLE WITH FIVE POINTS. SIDES SLOPE DOWN WITH A FLAT SURFACE THAT HAS A RAISED ZIG-ZAG PATTERN IN MIDDLE (LOOKS LIKE AN "M" WITH LONG LINES AT BEGINNING AND END OF LETTER). UNDERNEATH HAS RAISED UNFINISHED RIM WITH KNOBS. READS IN CORNER "SUNBURST CANADA 15" WITH THE LOGO ON THE LEFT. HAS SMALL HOLES IN POTTERY. 9. ASHTRAY: 33.6CM (L) X 14.9CM (W) X 3.6CM (H). ASHTRAY IS SIMILAR TO #8 EXCEPT SWIRL PATTERN OF LIME GREEN ON SURFACE IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT AND LIGHTER. ALSO UNFINISHED RIM IS COVERED IN BLUE VELOUR AND READS "1.50" IN BLACK MARKER ON BOTTOM. VELOUR HAS LOOSE THREADS, SOME SOILING ON SURFACE. 10. ASHTRAY: 14.2CM (L) X 14.2CM (W) X 3.7CM (H). YELLOW-BROWN-GREEN SQUARE ASHTRAY HAS LIME GREEN EDGES. SURFACE IS FLAT WITH A MAPLE LEAF IMAGE MADE OF EQUILATERAL TRIANGLES THAT ARE BOTH ENGRAVED AND ETCHED. ETCHED ALONG BOTTOM IS "1867 1967". ON BOTTOM IS A SQUARE UNFINISHED RIM. ENGRAVED IN MIDDLE IS "SUNBURST CANADA". TOP LEFT CORNER IS CRACKED AND HAS BEEN GLUED TOGETHER, PIECES ARE MISSING. 11. ASHTRAY: 42.8CM (L) X 19.1CM (W) X 4.5CM (H). GREEN AND BLUE TRAY IS OVAL WITH POINTED ENDS AND HAS SMALL POINT ALONG ONE LENGTH SIDE. HAS RAISED RIDGE IN MIDDLE WITH FIVE GROOVES FOR CIGARETTES. SURFACE IS A SOLID DARK BLUE. BOTTOM HAS TWO LONG UNFINISHED RIMS WITH FOUR KNOBS ON BOTH. READS "SUNBURST CANADA 11" WITH LOGO ON LEFT. HAS DEEP GROOVE WHERE RIDGE IS ON TOP. HAS LONG CHIP OUT OF RIM. MINOR SOILING ON TOP. 12. ASHTRAY: 28.2CM (L) X 18.2CM (W) X 4.1CM (H). GENERALLY OVAL TRAY IS WIDER ON ONE SIDE THAN THE OTHER. ON WIDE SIDE HAS A ROUNDED BULGE WITH A TRIANGLE IN IT THAT READS "AUTOLEC". IN MIDDLE IS RAISED AREA THAT HAS FOUR GROOVES ON TOP FOR CIGARETTES. ON BOTTOM MIDDLE IS INDENTED AND HAS LOGO THAT READS "22 SUNBURST CANADA". ON BACK OF BULGE ENGRAVED IS "AUTO ELECTRIC SERVICE COMPANY, LIMITED 50TH ANNIVERSARY 1918-1968". PIN-HOLES IN BACK AND A FEW ON TOP.
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HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
INDUSTRY
History
FOR MORE HISTORY ON SUNBURST COMPANY OPERATION, SEE P19960004001-GA AND PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS INTERN KIRSTAN SCHAMUHN CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF PERSONAL ARTIFACTS. ON 26 NOVEMBER 2018, SCHAMUHN INTERVIEWED RUTH DAW REGARDING HER PRREVIOUS DONATIONS. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: ON THE DONATION OF MEDALTA POTTERY, DAW RECOUNTED HER MEMORIES OF MEDALTA: “I WORKED AT MEDALTA POTTERY THE SUMMER BETWEEN GRADE 11 AND GRADE 12.” “I ACTUALLY WORKED [FOR] TEN DOLLARS A WEEK! AND WE WORKED [WITH] PRISONERS OF WAR. THEY WORE BLUE SHIRTS AND THEY DID THE HEAVY WORK—BLUE SHIRTS WITH A BIG RED CIRCLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR BACKS.” “IT WAS REALLY GOOD. IT WAS VERY HOT. WE HAD TO RIDE OUR BICYCLE ALL OVER THE FLATS.” “THEY PUT THE GLOSSY COAT ON AND THEN YOU HAVE TO SPONGE THE BOTTOM OFF, SO THAT THE GLOSSY COAT DIDN’T STICK. SO THAT’S WHAT I WAS DOING. WORKING WITH THAT AND DIPPING AND WORKING…AND STACKING AND IF THERE WAS SOME STUFF THAT HAD TO BE CLEANED UP, THAT’S BASICALLY WHAT I WAS DOING AS WELL. AT THAT TIME IT WAS QUITE A PRIMITIVE SET-UP AND THEY DIDN’T PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES VERY MUCH AT ALL. THE WAGES WERE VERY POOR BUT IT WAS A JOB.” “WE WERE DOING THE HEAVY RESTAURANT WARE, THE WHITE WITH THE GREEN LITTLE CIRCLE AROUND IT, WHICH THEY DON’T MAKE ANYMORE, [BECAUSE] THEY DON’T REALLY NEED TO HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT ANYMORE. THEN WHEN THESE THINGS CAME FOR SALE, OF COURSE I KNEW WHERE THEY WERE [FROM] AND WHAT THEY CAME FOR.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HER MOTIVATION TO COLLECT MEDALTA POTTERY, DAW ELABORATED, “I HAD A SPECIAL COLLECTION. I WAS COLLECTING…BECAUSE I KNEW WHERE THEY WERE [FROM], I KNEW HOW THEY WERE MADE. AND I’D ACTUALLY HELPED THEM MAKING SOME OF THEM AND SO I WAS JUST DOING IT FOR A COLLECTION AND THEN I DECIDED I’M GOING TO MAKE THE MOVE. MY HUSBAND PASSED AWAY…ABOUT TWENTY YEARS AGO AND I HAD TO MOVE TO A SMALLER PLACE SO I HAD TO PRETTY WELL GET RID OF EVERYTHING AND THAT’S WHEN I TRIED TO FIND [THE COLLECTION] A GOOD HOME. BUT YOU DON’T REALLY SEE THEM ON THE SHELVES ANYMORE.” “I HAD WORKED IN MEDALTA AND I WAS INTERESTED IN THE TYPES OF [POTTERY], I THOUGHT THEY WERE DECORATIVE AND I USED THEM FOR THAT. I WOULD HAVE THEM FOR A DISPLAY OR FOR EVEN ON THE WALL. JUST AS AN EXAMPLE OF LOCAL POTTERY.” “I WOULD JUST PICK THEM UP – THEY WERE KEPT ON THE SALE RACKS IN THE ‘70S AND THE ‘80S BECAUSE THEY REALLY WEREN’T BEING USED ANYMORE.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HAVING THE POTTERY IN HER HOME, DAW RECALLED, “I HAD LITTLE KIDS SO YOU COULDN’T REALLY HAVE ANYTHING AROUND THEM THAT WAS REALLY BREAKABLE. I DON’T KNOW [IF I] REALLY MADE MUCH USE OF THEM, BUT THEY WERE DECORATIVE. THE HOUSES WERE TOO SMALL TO HAVE VERY MUCH AROUND IF YOU HAD SMALL CHILDREN AROUND.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960004001 FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19960004007
Acquisition Date
1996-02
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS
Catalogue Number
P19950073001
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Materials
GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.1
Diameter
9.1
Description
CLEAR GLASS HAS BROWNISH TINT. IS PUCK SHAPED WITHOUT A TOP. BOTTOM HAS NUMEROUS RAISED RINGS WHICH HAVE THE SMALLER CIRCLES BEING ENCIRCLED BY THE LARGER ONES. ON SIDES HAS GREEN, READS "ANGLO DISTRIBUTORS GIFTWARE AT WHOLESALE PRICES" THREE TIMES. ONCE READS "PHONE 328-6661 328-6662", READS TWICE "426-6 ST SOUTH LETHBRIDGE-ALTA.". HAS SMALL STARS AND DOTS FOR DECORATION. ON TOP EDGE ARE THREE GROOVES FOR CIGARETTES TO REST. IS SCRATCHED, SURFACE DIRT ON BOTTOM.
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HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE DONATED AS PART OF THE ING ESTATE (P19950073023). SHE EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ING FAMILY FROM PERMANENT FILE P19950073001, WHICH CONTAINS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED WITH HAROLD ING JR., SON OF HAROLD AND MYRA, IN HIS ROOM AT THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL IN SEPTEMBER 2005. MYRA WAS BORN IN GOLDEN B.C. TO SHIN-BOW AND CHOW TING RAH; HER FATHER ORGINALLY EMIGRATED TO CANADA TO WORK ON CANADIAN RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND LATER BECAME A RESTAURANTEUR, WHERE MYRA DEVELOPED HER ENGLISH SKILLS AS A WAITRESS. "IN 1906 MY DAD [HAROLD ING SR.] LEFT HONG KONG FOR VANCOUVER, HE COULDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH... HE'S GOT TO BE A WAITER, A BUSBOY... AND HE LEARNED ALL THE WAY UP, IN THE MEANTIME PICKING UP ENGLISH... WENT TO WINNIPEG. THIS IS BEFORE ME. BY THEN HE KNEW THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF RESTAURANTING." MYRA AND HAROLD SR. MARRIED AND ADOPTED HAROLD JR. WHEN HE WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY OF ELEVEN IN 1944, IN VANCOUVER. "ME AND MY TWIN SISTER WERE SOLD BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY. SO DAD, MY MOM PICKED ME AND DAD SAID YES THAT'S GOOD... I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY SISTER IS... THERE'S NO WAY OF FINDING OUT." THE ING FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE LATE 1940S, AND HAROLD SR. OWNS AND OPERATES THE NEW MOON CAFE AND TWO GROCERIES, WHICH ARE RUN BY THE FAMILY AND NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS THAT HAROLD SR. SPONSORED. "AT APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS OLD [MY FATHER] INTRODUCED ME TO THE NEW MOON CAFE, AND I WAS A BUSBOY AT THE AGE OF FIVE... IN 1951 HE SHOWED ME MY FIRST HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL... BECAUSE HE WAS THE OWNER... HE'D WAKE UP AT FIVE IN THE MORNING TO GO TO THE CAFE, OFF AND ON TO THE GROCERY STORE AND MIGHT BE DONE AT EIGHT AT NIGHT, SUPPER AND IMMEDIATELY TO CHINATOWN [FOR] GAMBLING, PUTTING DOWN MAH JONG." HAROLD JR. ATTENDED WESTMINISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DURING THE DAY, AND CHINESE SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE EVENINGS - HIS FATHER WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, AND THE ORGANIZATION RAN THE SCHOOL, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS, FILM SCREENINGS, AND BANQUETS, FUNDED BY MEMBERSHIP FEES. HAROLD'S YOUNGER BROTHER, CALVIN, "GOT SENT TO A BOARDING SCHOOL SOMEWHERE. HE WAS GIFTED, BUT HE HAD A BYPASS SURGERY, HE HAD SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS HEART. HE COULDN'T HANDLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, SO THEY SENT HIM TO B.C." AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND A BRIEF STINT IN CALGARY, HAROLD JR. RAN ING'S GROCERY FOR HIS FATHER, AND IN THE LATE 1960S AND EARLY 70S ALSO WORKED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A SALESMAN AT SEARS. BOTH HAROLD SR. AND MYRA ING PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S, AND THE OBJECTS ENCOMPASSING DONATION P19950073001-231 WERE COLLECTED FROM THE FAMILY HOME. FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN DETAILS ON THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950073001
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CHINA, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19950073002
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1980
Materials
CHINA, PAPER
No. Pieces
3
Description
1. 13CM (L) X 13CM (W) X 2.5CM (H). WHITE CHINA SQUARE ASHTRAY HAS PINK, BLUE AND YELLOW FLOWERS ON BROWN AND GREEN FOLIAGE WITH BIRD PATTERN. EDGE IS GREEN AND SCALLOPED. SIDES SLOPE UP AND OUT GENTLY WITH BOTTOM BEING FLAT. BOTTOM READS "OLD FOLEY JAMES KENT LTD STAFFORDSHIRE MADE IN ENGLAND CHINESE ROSE". HAS "SQUARE 4" ENGRAVED ON BOTTOM. HAS GREEN PAPER STICKER ON FRONT THAT READS "EATON'S 4L 252 2.95 EA". 2. 10.7CM (L) X 10.7CM (W) X 2.2CM (H). IDENTICAL TO #1 EXCEPT SMALLER. ALSO, TAG READS "2.50 EA". PATTERN IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. 3. 12.9CM (W) X 12.9CM (L) X 3CM (H). SIMILAR TO #1 EXCEPT IS ROUND WITH ONE SECTION OF THE SIDE NOT BEING SCALLOPED, BUT PROTRUDES OUT. ALSO DOES NOT HAVE "SQUARE 4" ENGRAVED ON BACK. HAS PAINT SPOT ON BOTTOM.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE DONATED AS PART OF THE ING ESTATE (P19950073023). SHE EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ING FAMILY FROM PERMANENT FILE P19950073001, WHICH CONTAINS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED WITH HAROLD ING JR., SON OF HAROLD AND MYRA, IN HIS ROOM AT THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL IN SEPTEMBER 2005. MYRA WAS BORN IN GOLDEN B.C. TO SHIN-BOW AND CHOW TING RAH; HER FATHER ORGINALLY EMIGRATED TO CANADA TO WORK ON CANADIAN RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND LATER BECAME A RESTAURANTEUR, WHERE MYRA DEVELOPED HER ENGLISH SKILLS AS A WAITRESS. "IN 1906 MY DAD [HAROLD ING SR.] LEFT HONG KONG FOR VANCOUVER, HE COULDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH... HE'S GOT TO BE A WAITER, A BUSBOY... AND HE LEARNED ALL THE WAY UP, IN THE MEANTIME PICKING UP ENGLISH... WENT TO WINNIPEG. THIS IS BEFORE ME. BY THEN HE KNEW THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF RESTAURANTING." MYRA AND HAROLD SR. MARRIED AND ADOPTED HAROLD JR. WHEN HE WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY OF ELEVEN IN 1944, IN VANCOUVER. "ME AND MY TWIN SISTER WERE SOLD BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY. SO DAD, MY MOM PICKED ME AND DAD SAID YES THAT'S GOOD... I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY SISTER IS... THERE'S NO WAY OF FINDING OUT." THE ING FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE LATE 1940S, AND HAROLD SR. OWNS AND OPERATES THE NEW MOON CAFE AND TWO GROCERIES, WHICH ARE RUN BY THE FAMILY AND NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS THAT HAROLD SR. SPONSORED. "AT APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS OLD [MY FATHER] INTRODUCED ME TO THE NEW MOON CAFE, AND I WAS A BUSBOY AT THE AGE OF FIVE... IN 1951 HE SHOWED ME MY FIRST HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL... BECAUSE HE WAS THE OWNER... HE'D WAKE UP AT FIVE IN THE MORNING TO GO TO THE CAFE, OFF AND ON TO THE GROCERY STORE AND MIGHT BE DONE AT EIGHT AT NIGHT, SUPPER AND IMMEDIATELY TO CHINATOWN [FOR] GAMBLING, PUTTING DOWN MAH JONG." HAROLD JR. ATTENDED WESTMINISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DURING THE DAY, AND CHINESE SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE EVENINGS - HIS FATHER WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, AND THE ORGANIZATION RAN THE SCHOOL, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS, FILM SCREENINGS, AND BANQUETS, FUNDED BY MEMBERSHIP FEES. HAROLD'S YOUNGER BROTHER, CALVIN, "GOT SENT TO A BOARDING SCHOOL SOMEWHERE. HE WAS GIFTED, BUT HE HAD A BYPASS SURGERY, HE HAD SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS HEART. HE COULDN'T HANDLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, SO THEY SENT HIM TO B.C." AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND A BRIEF STINT IN CALGARY, HAROLD JR. RAN ING'S GROCERY FOR HIS FATHER, AND IN THE LATE 1960S AND EARLY 70S ALSO WORKED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A SALESMAN AT SEARS. BOTH HAROLD SR. AND MYRA ING PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S, AND THE OBJECTS ENCOMPASSING DONATION P19950073001-231 WERE COLLECTED FROM THE FAMILY HOME. FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN DETAILS ON THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950073002
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS
Catalogue Number
P19950073003
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1990
Materials
GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.5
Length
19.2
Width
15.3
Description
GLASS ASHTRAY HAS THREE SECTIONS AND IS CONCAVE. IS "Y" OR LILLY SHAPED. EDGES ARE PINK AND MIDDLE HAS GREEN, BLUE, BROWN, AND RED ABSTRACT DESIGN. HAS SPARKLY PIECES OF FOIL UNDER GLOSSY FINISH. UNDERSIDE IS WHITE. TOP EDGES ARE CURVED AND SMOOTH WITH THREE PIECES GROOVING INWARDS TO CREATE THE "Y" SHAPE. ON BOTTOM IS GOLD AND RED RECTANGLE STICKER THAT READS "HAND MADE GENUINE VENETIAN VETRO ARTISTICO VENEZINO GLASS MADE IN MURANO ITALY". HAS SMALL SCRATCH ON BOTTOM.
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
MURANO IS A SMALL VENETIAN ISLAND THAT IS WORLD FAMOUS FOR ITS GLASS BLOWING TECHNIQUES AND ABILITIES. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE DONATED AS PART OF THE ING ESTATE (P19950073023). SHE EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ING FAMILY FROM PERMANENT FILE P19950073001, WHICH CONTAINS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED WITH HAROLD ING JR., SON OF HAROLD AND MYRA, IN HIS ROOM AT THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL IN SEPTEMBER 2005. MYRA WAS BORN IN GOLDEN B.C. TO SHIN-BOW AND CHOW TING RAH; HER FATHER ORGINALLY EMIGRATED TO CANADA TO WORK ON CANADIAN RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND LATER BECAME A RESTAURANTEUR, WHERE MYRA DEVELOPED HER ENGLISH SKILLS AS A WAITRESS. "IN 1906 MY DAD [HAROLD ING SR.] LEFT HONG KONG FOR VANCOUVER, HE COULDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH... HE'S GOT TO BE A WAITER, A BUSBOY... AND HE LEARNED ALL THE WAY UP, IN THE MEANTIME PICKING UP ENGLISH... WENT TO WINNIPEG. THIS IS BEFORE ME. BY THEN HE KNEW THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF RESTAURANTING." MYRA AND HAROLD SR. MARRIED AND ADOPTED HAROLD JR. WHEN HE WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY OF ELEVEN IN 1944, IN VANCOUVER. "ME AND MY TWIN SISTER WERE SOLD BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY. SO DAD, MY MOM PICKED ME AND DAD SAID YES THAT'S GOOD... I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY SISTER IS... THERE'S NO WAY OF FINDING OUT." THE ING FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE LATE 1940S, AND HAROLD SR. OWNS AND OPERATES THE NEW MOON CAFE AND TWO GROCERIES, WHICH ARE RUN BY THE FAMILY AND NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS THAT HAROLD SR. SPONSORED. "AT APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS OLD [MY FATHER] INTRODUCED ME TO THE NEW MOON CAFE, AND I WAS A BUSBOY AT THE AGE OF FIVE... IN 1951 HE SHOWED ME MY FIRST HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL... BECAUSE HE WAS THE OWNER... HE'D WAKE UP AT FIVE IN THE MORNING TO GO TO THE CAFE, OFF AND ON TO THE GROCERY STORE AND MIGHT BE DONE AT EIGHT AT NIGHT, SUPPER AND IMMEDIATELY TO CHINATOWN [FOR] GAMBLING, PUTTING DOWN MAH JONG." HAROLD JR. ATTENDED WESTMINISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DURING THE DAY, AND CHINESE SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE EVENINGS - HIS FATHER WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, AND THE ORGANIZATION RAN THE SCHOOL, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS, FILM SCREENINGS, AND BANQUETS, FUNDED BY MEMBERSHIP FEES. HAROLD'S YOUNGER BROTHER, CALVIN, "GOT SENT TO A BOARDING SCHOOL SOMEWHERE. HE WAS GIFTED, BUT HE HAD A BYPASS SURGERY, HE HAD SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS HEART. HE COULDN'T HANDLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, SO THEY SENT HIM TO B.C." AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND A BRIEF STINT IN CALGARY, HAROLD JR. RAN ING'S GROCERY FOR HIS FATHER, AND IN THE LATE 1960S AND EARLY 70S ALSO WORKED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A SALESMAN AT SEARS. BOTH HAROLD SR. AND MYRA ING PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S, AND THE OBJECTS ENCOMPASSING DONATION P19950073001-231 WERE COLLECTED FROM THE FAMILY HOME. FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN DETAILS ON THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950073003
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19950073004
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1990
Materials
GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
5
Length
10.4
Width
10.4
Description
HEAVY GLASS ASHTRAY IS LIGHT TO DARK GREEN WITH BRONZE COLOURED HIGHLIGHTS. IS CUBED TRAPEZOID WITH TOP BEING WIDER THAN THE BOTTOM. MIDDLE HAS CONCAVE DIAGONAL OVAL WITH ROUNDED POINTS ON TWO OPPOSITE SIDES FOR CIGARETTES TO REST ON. ON BOTTOM IS BLUE STICKER THAT READS IN BLACK AND PEN "D1H ASH-DOWNS 3.50". HAS SMALL GROOVES ON OTHERWISE FLAT AND SMOOTH SIDES. INSIDE OVAL IS RED ROUND STICKER WITH SCALLOPED EDGES AND BLUE RIBBON ACROSS. READS "HAND MADE VENETIAN GLASS IN ITALY".
Subjects
HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORY
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING ONE DONATED AS PART OF THE ING ESTATE (P19950073023). SHE EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON THE ING FAMILY FROM PERMANENT FILE P19950073001, WHICH CONTAINS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW COLLECTIONS TECH KEVIN MACLEAN CONDUCTED WITH HAROLD ING JR., SON OF HAROLD AND MYRA, IN HIS ROOM AT THE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL IN SEPTEMBER 2005. MYRA WAS BORN IN GOLDEN B.C. TO SHIN-BOW AND CHOW TING RAH; HER FATHER ORGINALLY EMIGRATED TO CANADA TO WORK ON CANADIAN RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND LATER BECAME A RESTAURANTEUR, WHERE MYRA DEVELOPED HER ENGLISH SKILLS AS A WAITRESS. "IN 1906 MY DAD [HAROLD ING SR.] LEFT HONG KONG FOR VANCOUVER, HE COULDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH... HE'S GOT TO BE A WAITER, A BUSBOY... AND HE LEARNED ALL THE WAY UP, IN THE MEANTIME PICKING UP ENGLISH... WENT TO WINNIPEG. THIS IS BEFORE ME. BY THEN HE KNEW THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF RESTAURANTING." MYRA AND HAROLD SR. MARRIED AND ADOPTED HAROLD JR. WHEN HE WAS BORN INTO A POOR FAMILY OF ELEVEN IN 1944, IN VANCOUVER. "ME AND MY TWIN SISTER WERE SOLD BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST TOO MANY. SO DAD, MY MOM PICKED ME AND DAD SAID YES THAT'S GOOD... I DON'T KNOW WHERE MY SISTER IS... THERE'S NO WAY OF FINDING OUT." THE ING FAMILY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE IN THE LATE 1940S, AND HAROLD SR. OWNS AND OPERATES THE NEW MOON CAFE AND TWO GROCERIES, WHICH ARE RUN BY THE FAMILY AND NEW CHINESE IMMIGRANTS THAT HAROLD SR. SPONSORED. "AT APPROXIMATELY FIVE YEARS OLD [MY FATHER] INTRODUCED ME TO THE NEW MOON CAFE, AND I WAS A BUSBOY AT THE AGE OF FIVE... IN 1951 HE SHOWED ME MY FIRST HUNDRED DOLLAR BILL... BECAUSE HE WAS THE OWNER... HE'D WAKE UP AT FIVE IN THE MORNING TO GO TO THE CAFE, OFF AND ON TO THE GROCERY STORE AND MIGHT BE DONE AT EIGHT AT NIGHT, SUPPER AND IMMEDIATELY TO CHINATOWN [FOR] GAMBLING, PUTTING DOWN MAH JONG." HAROLD JR. ATTENDED WESTMINISTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DURING THE DAY, AND CHINESE SCHOOL AT THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE EVENINGS - HIS FATHER WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, AND THE ORGANIZATION RAN THE SCHOOL, CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS, FILM SCREENINGS, AND BANQUETS, FUNDED BY MEMBERSHIP FEES. HAROLD'S YOUNGER BROTHER, CALVIN, "GOT SENT TO A BOARDING SCHOOL SOMEWHERE. HE WAS GIFTED, BUT HE HAD A BYPASS SURGERY, HE HAD SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS HEART. HE COULDN'T HANDLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, SO THEY SENT HIM TO B.C." AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND A BRIEF STINT IN CALGARY, HAROLD JR. RAN ING'S GROCERY FOR HIS FATHER, AND IN THE LATE 1960S AND EARLY 70S ALSO WORKED AS A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND A SALESMAN AT SEARS. BOTH HAROLD SR. AND MYRA ING PASSED AWAY IN THE 1990S, AND THE OBJECTS ENCOMPASSING DONATION P19950073001-231 WERE COLLECTED FROM THE FAMILY HOME. FOR A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, COPIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN DETAILS ON THE CHINESE NATIONAL LEAGUE, SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950073004
Acquisition Date
1995-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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