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GALVANOMETER, BLASTING

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Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20030051003
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
4.2
Length
7.1
Diameter
5.9
Description
ROUND GAUGE. HAS AN ORANGE PLASTIC BASE. GAUGE IS VISIBLE THROUGH CLEAR PLASTIC COVER. GAUGE READS "C-I-L BLASTING GALVANOMETER GALVANOMETRE DE TIR MODEL 2" AND HAS A BLACK NEEDLE ON A SCALE FROM "0" TO "200". UNDERSIDE OF GAUGE HAS A BLACK CIRCULAR PIECE THAT IS REMOVABLE, WITH "C-I-L" EMBOSSED ON IT. ALSO EMBOSSED ON UNDERSIDE OF GAUGE IS "REPLACE WITH APPROVED POWER PACK WARNING!-ATTENTION NUTILISER QUE LA PILE SPECIFIEE".
Subjects
MINING & MINERAL HARVESTING T&E
Historical Association
COAL MINING
ASSOCIATIONS
History
RETRIEVED FROM THE MINERS' LIBRARY BUILDING ON 13TH STREET NORTH AFTER ITS CLOSURE. LIBRARY MATERIALS AND MINING MEMORABILIA WERE KEPT IN A DISPLAY CASE LOCATED IN THE SOUTH WEST CORNER OF THE MAIN FLOOR CLUB ROOM. THE ORIGIN OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY BEGINS WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY AND READING ROOM BY THE EMPLOYEES OF THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND COAL CO., IN 1890. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LIBRARY WAS FOLLOWING IN THE TRADITION OF THE MECHANICS' LIBRARIES, ALSO CALLED MECAHNICS' INSTITUTES, THAT SPRANG UP ACROSS EASTERN NORTH AMERICA IN THE MID 1800S. THEY WERE SELF-HELP INSTITUTES SET UP BY WORKING MEN TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR WORKING MEN SO THEY COULD BETTER THEMSELVES IN LIFE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO WANTED TO MOVE UP THE ECHELON IN THE COAL MINE. IT WAS ORIGINALLY HOUSED IN A SMALL BUILDING NEXT DOOR TO 108 5TH STREET SOUTH, AND MEMBERSHIP WAS NOT RESTRICTED TO MINERS. A YEAR LATER THE EMPLOYEES RENOVATED THE FORMER #1 BOARDING HOUSE, LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MACLEOD ROAD, FOR RELOCATION OF THE LIBRARY AND WHEN THIS LARGER BUILDING OPENED IT IS SAID TO HAVE HAD 300 BOOKS. WITH THE REORGANIZATION OF THE GALT COMPANIES IN 1904, THE AR&C COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES' READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY BECAME THE ALBERTA RAILWAY AND IRRIGATION COMPANY'S EMPLOYEE'S READING ROOM AND LIBRARY SOCIETY. THE LIBRARY CONTAINED 1500 BOOKS, PLUS MANY MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS. IN 1908 THE SOCIETY WAS REFERRED TO AS THE GALT MINER'S LIBRARY, AND STILL IN THE #1 BOARDING HOUSE BUILDING, IT CONTAINED A BILLIARD ROOM AND GYMNASIUM. THE NEXT KNOWN MOVE OF THE LIBRARY WAS IN 1917 WHEN THE GALT MINES LIBRARY PURCHASED THE BAILEY ST. SCHOOL AND MOVED IT TO 733 13TH ST. NORTH - WHERE IT IS STILL PART OF THE MODERN BUILDING THAT USED TO BE THE MINER'S LIBRARY. AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIBRARY IN THE YMCA IN 1919 AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CARNEGIE FUNDED LIBRARY IN GALT GARDENS, THE 'LIBRARY AND READING ROOM' ACTIVITIES BECAME OF LESSER IMPORTANCE. THE MINERS' LIBRARY BECAME MORE OF A SOCIAL CLUB WHICH HAS GIVEN GREAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MANY ASPECTS OF THE LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY. A BAR AREA IN THE CLUB'S BASEMENT PROVIDED A SPACE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS, OFFICE PARTIES, FUNERALS AND VARIOUS CLUB ACTIVITIES. THE UPSTAIRS BLACK NUGGET LOUNGE OFFERED MEALS, DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC, DARTS, POOL, CRIB AND VLTS. LONG TIME MEMBERS COULD BUY THEIR CHAIR AND HAVE THEIR NAME ON IT. A REGISTERED NON-PROFIT SOCIETY, THE CLUB MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FORMER ADAMS PARK BALL FIELD AND SPECTATOR STANDS, AND SUPPORTED MANY SPORTS AND SPORTS TEAMS THROUGH THE YEARS. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL PARKS THAT HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN FUNDS FROM THE LIBRARY. THE CLUB WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BUILDING PAVAN PARK, AND VARIOUS SPORTS VENUES. AS MEMBERSHIP IN THE CLUB DWINDLED THE CLUB'S SALES COULD NOT COVER THE DAILY COSTS OF RUNNING THE OPERATION. IN 2000 FUNDRAISING EFFORTS WERE UNDERTAKEN, AND ALONG WITH AN AUCTION AND CRAFT AND BAKE SALES, THE CLUB SOLICITED DONATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY. HOWEVER, BY 2003 THE CLUB HAD ONLY 300 MEMBERS (LESS THAN 1/3 OF THAT 3 YEARS PRIOR) AND AFTER 113 YEARS IT WAS FORCED TO CLOSE IT'S DOORS. AT THE TIME OF ITS CLOSURE THE LETHBRIDGE MINERS' LIBRARY CLUB WAS THE LONGEST STANDING MEN-ONLY CLUB, AND THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY RUNNING CLUB IN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P20030051003
Acquisition Date
2004-04
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
SINGLE SHOT BLASTING UNIT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RUBBER, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19780017000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SINGLE SHOT BLASTING UNIT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
RUBBER, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
17.8
Width
3.8
Description
ENGRAVED PLATE "DEPT. OF COMMERCE BUREAU OF MINES". "PERMISSIBLE SINGLE-SHOT BLASTING UNIT APPROVED FOR SAFETY, RELIABILITY AND DURABILITY APPROVAL NO. 1200P ISSUED TO THE MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES CO. CAUTION: NOT PERMISSIBLE UNLESS USED WITH RUBBER COVERED WIRE OF LENGTHS NOT EXCEEDING 500 FT. FOR NO. 14, 350 FEET FOR NO. 16 OF 200 FT. FOR NO. 18." LIP ENDS DISPLAY NIPPLE AND HOOKS TO ATTACH TO CASE. BRASS PLATE SOLDERED TO TOP STAMPED "60". BLACK RUBBER NOZZLE MOUNTED AT TOP.
Subjects
MINING & MINERAL HARVESTING T&E
Historical Association
COAL MINING
Catalogue Number
P19780017000
Acquisition Date
1967-06
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1927
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20100017002
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1927
Date Range To
1965
Materials
IRON, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.8
Length
83.1
Width
32.7
Description
PICK, MINER’S, WOODEN HANDLE SOILED AND SCRATCHED THROUGHOUT. IRON PICK AT TOP OF HANDLE HAS TWO POINTED ENDS, FINISH IS WORN ON BOTH ENDS OF PICK, MINOR RUST ON PICK, STAMP MARKS INCLUDE “1”, “6”, “2..80.” HANDLE IS NOT ORIGINAL TO PICK.
Subjects
MINING & MINERAL HARVESTING T&E
Historical Association
COAL MINING
History
PICK ACQUIRED BY DONOR AS A RESULT OF COAL-RELATED, EXPLORATION DRILLING WORK WITH WHICH HE WAS ENGAGED IN THE EARLY 1980'S. DONOR WORKED IN THE CAPACITY OF A FIELD MANAGER/EXPLORATION GEOLOGIST FOR "PRECAMBRIAN SHIELD RESOURCES," WHICH WAS CONTRACTED BY "UNION GAS" TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL COAL RESERVES BETWEEN KIPP AND PICTURE BUTTE, AB. GODFREY CONDUCTED EXPLORATORY WORK FROM 1981-1983. THE KIPP SHAFT WAS RE-OPENED BY PRECAMBRIAN SHIELD RESOURCES FOLLOWING AN AGREEMENT WITH THE SITE'S OWNER, PETRO CANADA. THE MOTIVATION BEHIND THE 2+ YEAR EXPLORATION OPERATION WAS THE UNDERLYING CONCERN THAT THE WORLD'S GAS SUPPLY WAS RUNNING OUT AND THE COLUTION WAS THE GASIFICATION OF KNOWN OR KNEW COAL RESERVES. WHILE CONDUCTING DRILLING WORK NEAR SHAUGHNESSY, AB, GODFREY WAS GIVEN THE PICK HEAD BY A LOCAL RESIDENT. GODFREY REGULARLY "GOT TO KNOW PEOPLE" AS A RESULT OF ONGOING NEGOTIATIONS TO DRILL ON PRIVATELY-OWNED LANDS IN ORDER TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND THICKNESS OF THE COAL SEAMS. GODFREY CAN NO LONGER RECALL THE SOURCE OF THE PICK HEAD. FOLLOWING ITS ACQUISITION, HE LOANED IT TO THE "ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION BOARD ENERGEUM MUSEUM" IN CALGARY AS PART OF ITS SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM - APPROX. 1985-2000. THE PICK'S WOODEN HANDLE IS NOT ORIGINAL TO THE PICK HEAD.
Catalogue Number
P20100017002
Acquisition Date
2010-04
Collection
Museum
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