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Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1925
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, PLASTIC, STEEL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19693765000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1925
Materials
BRASS, PLASTIC, STEEL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
24.5
Length
24.5
Width
15.3
Description
ON FRONT "MARCONIPHONE II L.F. AMPLIFIER". LABELLED TERMINALS BENEATH. PARTIALLY PAINTED BLACK. WHITE ADHESIVE TAPE AROUND CASE. CIRCULAR METAL SCREEN INLAID IN FRONT OF ARTIFACT. DIAL WITH BRASS POINTER WITH "FILAMENT" PRINTED BENEATH. TRAP DOOR ON TOP; NAMEPLATE INSIDE WITH THE MARCONI WIRELESS TELEGRAPH CO OF CANADA LIMITED MONTREAL. "PATENTED 1918-1923". SERIAL # 1924 TYPE #M2.
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TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
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History
REFER TO ATTACHED HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19693765000
Acquisition Date
1969-04
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ALUMINUM, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19880012008
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
ALUMINUM, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
15.5
Length
38.4
Width
34.8
Description
REMOTE AMPLIFIER IN ALUMINUM CARRYING CASE. 3 CHANNEL. 4 MICROPHONE INPUTS. MASTER CONTROL & VU METER. SWITCHABLE MICROPHONES. ALUMINUM CASE WITH BEIGE FINISH. PAINT CHIPPING & SCRATCHED. LID HINGED AT BACK AND NEAR FRONT DIAL TO LOCK LID DOWN. HANDLE PUSHES BACK INTO CASE. LID HAS SCRATCHES NEAR TOP RIGHT CORNER WHICH RESEMBLES A PORTRAIT. CORD COMES OUT OF BACK & STORED IN CASE. AMPLIFIER IS BOLTED TO BACK OF CASE. MICROPHONE INPUTS ARE BLUE. 3 GREY CHANNEL DIALS AND MASTER DIAL BLACK. RED TIP OUTPUT SWITCH. BLACK TIP MONITOR SWITCH. TOGGLE SWITCH BACK RIGHT CORNER. ALL DIALS, SWITCHES & PLUGS LABELED. PLUG OUT & LIGHT ON TOP LEFT SIDE OF AMP. TOP SPACE CONNECTS EACH SIDE OF AMPLIFIER THROUGH A CORD & WIRE. BROWN INDICATOR WINDOW WITH NEEDLE. "CJOC" WRITTEN IN BLACK FELT.
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History
THIS REMOTE AMPLIFIER WAS DONATED TO THE GALT MUSEUM BY LETHBRIDGE BROADCASTING LTD., THE ASSOCIATION THAT AT ONE TIME OWNED LETHBRIDGE'S FIRST RADIO STATION, CJOC. IT WAS BUILT BY CJOC STATION EMPLOYEE DOUG CARD. THE ALUMINUM CASE WAS MADE BY WESTERN METAL FABRICATORS OF LETHBRIDGE, AND THE CIRCUITRY WAS DESIGNED BY STATION EMPLOYEE GENE HUNT. IT WAS USED TO DO REMOTE BROADCAST FROM ON-LOCATION SETTINGS AROUND THE COMMUNITY. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON DEVELOPED THE FOLLOWING BRIEF HISTORY OF CJOC RADIO WITH INFORMATION FROM GALT ARCHIVES RECORD 20081033000. CJOC WAS THE FIRST RADIO STATION TO BROADCAST FROM LETHBRIDGE, AND ONE OF THE EARLIEST IN CANADA. THE STATION BEGAN OFFICIAL BROADCASTS ON JANUARY 9, 1924. A RADIO BROADCASTING LICENSE WAS GRANTED IN APRIL 1926 & ISSUED WITH THE CALL LETTERS CJOC. THE LICENSE OFFICE ASSIGNED "CJ", WHILE THE STATION CO-FOUNDER, JOHN ENDER "JOCK" PALMER, CHOSE THE "OC" IN REFERENCE TO HIS NICKNAME. THE STATION BEGAN BROADCASTING SPORADICALLY FROM PALMER'S MOTHER'S HOUSE. PALMER TOOK TWO PARTNERS, HAROLD ROBERSTON CARSON AND WILLIAM WALTER GRANT, INTO HIS BROADCASTING VENTURE, AND GRANT BUILT A 50 WATT RADIO TRANSMITTER. SOON THE STATION EXPANDED, MOVING TO THE BASEMENT OF THE HULL BLOCK, AND IN 1928 TO THE PENTHOUSE OF THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED MARQUIS HOTEL. ON AUGUST 13, 1928 JOCK PALMER AND WILLIAM GRANT SOLD THEIR INTERESTS IN CJOC TO CARSON FOR $100 AND $150 RESPECTIVELY. GRANT AND PALMER MOVED TO CALGARY, WHERE GRANT FOUNDED THE CFCN STATION AND BUILT RADIO EQUIPMENT, AND PALMER CONTINUED TO PURSUE HIS AVIATION INTERESTS. ON NOVEMBER 26, 1928 HAROLD R. CARSON, W.J. MILLICAN AND G.H. MILLICAN SIGNED A MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION CREATING LETHBRIDGE BROADCASTING LIMITED. IN 1933, CJOC ANNOUNCER HENRY VINEY AND TECHNICIAN BOB BUSS DID ONE OF THE FIRST REMOTE HOCKEY BROADCASTS IN CANADA. MR. VINEY DESCRIBED THE PLAY-BY-PLAY OVER A ONE-WAY TELEPHONE LINE FROM VEGREVILLE WHILE MR. BUSS REMAINED IN THE STUDIO AT LETHBRIDGE. IN THE FALL OF 1936 CJOC BEGAN “THE RADIO SCHOOL OF THE AIR”, THE FIRST SUCH PROGRAM OF ITS KIND IN CANADA. CREATED AS AN AID FOR TEACHERS IN CLASSROOMS THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA, THE PROGRAM FEATURED ‘PORTS OF CALL’ ON MONDAYS, “HEALTH HINTS AND HISTORY OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE HELPED MANKIND’ ON TUESDAYS, ‘MOTHER GOOSE’ STORIES ON WEDNESDAYS, ‘DRAMA’ PRODUCED BY AGNES DAVIDSON ON THURSDAYS, AND SING-SONG SESSIONS ON FRIDAYS. IN 1948 CJOC MOVED OUT OF THE MARQUIS HOTEL TO 1015 3 AVE. SOUTH. THE STATION WON THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS ‘AM STATION OF THE YEAR’ AWARD TWICE: FIRST IN 1952 AS CJOC LED A CAMPAIGN TO RAISE MONEY FOR A BOY SCOUT HALL IN LETHBRIDGE, AND AGAIN IN 1967 FOR THE STATIONS’ EXTRAORDINARY PUBLIC SERVICE DURING AN INTENSE WINTER BLIZZARD. CJOC BECAME THE COMMUNICATION HUB OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA DURING THE CRISIS, RELAYING MESSAGES BY RADIO AND KEEPING THE PUBLIC INFORMED OF DEVELOPMENTS. ON JANUARY 19, 2000 THE CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CRTC) APPROVED AN APPLICATION BY ROGERS BROADCASTING LIMITED TO REPLACE CJOC WITH A NEW ENGLISH-LANGUAGE FM STATION. THE NEW STATION WOULD REPLACE CJOC'S COUNTRY MUSIC FORMAT WITH AN ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FORMAT. CONDITIONS OF CRTC APPROVAL WERE THAT CJOC AND THE NEW STATION COULD BROADCAST SIMULTANEOUSLY FOR UP TO THREE MONTHS, AT WHICH TIME ROGERS WOULD SURRENDER THE BROADCAST LICENSE OF CJOC. CFRV 107.7 FM (THE RIVER) WAS LAUNCHED, AND LATER IN 2000 CJOC WENT OFF THE AIR. IN 2007 THE CALL LETTERS CJOC WERE ASSIGNED TO A NEW RADIO STATION IN LETHBRIDGE, 102.1 FM.
Catalogue Number
P19880012008
Acquisition Date
1988-02
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
RAILYARD ROUNDHOUSE RADIO ANTENNA
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1983
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GALVANIZED STEEL, METAL, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20140016001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RAILYARD ROUNDHOUSE RADIO ANTENNA
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1983
Materials
GALVANIZED STEEL, METAL, RUBBER
No. Pieces
1
Height
137.5
Length
125
Width
125
Description
LENGTH OF GALVANIZED STEEL TUBE, FITTED AT TOP WITH ROUND METAL COLLAR. COLLAR HAS FOUR GOLD-COLOURED POLES RADIATING HORIZONTALLY FROM IT, AND A THICKER GOLD-COLOURED POLE EMERGING VERTICALLY AT CENTRE. A GREY METAL WIRE CURVES OUT OF THE TOP OF THE CENTRAL POLE AND ATTACHES BACK TO THE COLLAR. A METAL CABLE WITH THREADED JACK END AND BLACK RUBBER HOUSING EMERGES FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE GALVANIZED TUBE. TUBE HAS SOME RUST AND WEAR, POLES HAVE MINOR AREAS OF PAINT LOSS. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
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TRANSPORTATION
History
THIS ANTENNA WAS COLLECTED BY THE DONOR, LAURENCE HOYE, A PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF MATH AND FORMER ASSOCIATE VP ACADEMIC AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE AND AVID COLLECTOR OF RAILWAY EPHEMERA. ON MAY 28, 2014, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN INTERVIEWED HOYE ABOUT HIS COLLECTION, INCLUDING THE FIVE OBJECTS DONATED TO THE GALT MUSEUM. HOYE SAID: “I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE ON THE FARM AT LLOYDMINSTER [IN THE MID 1930S] THAT I COULD SEE OUT ON THE HORIZON STEAM TRAINS HAULING BOXCARS TO THE ELEVATORS WHERE WE USED TO DELIVER OUR GRAIN… I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED WITH THAT SO MAYBE THAT’S WHEN [MY INTEREST IN COLLECTING RAILWAY MATERIAL] GOT STARTED… I THOUGHT IT WAS KIND OF A NEAT THING TO DO, TO HAVE SOME OF THESE ITEMS AROUND. IT STARTED WITH SMALL THINGS AND THEN OBVIOUSLY GREW TO LARGER THINGS… THERE WAS A LOT OF [RAILWAY COLLECTIBLES] ON THE MARKET IN THE ‘70S… NOWADAYS, IT’S TOUGH TO COME BY.” REGARDING THIS SPECIFIC OBJECT, HOYE SAID: “I WAS QUITE INTRIGUED WITH THE RELOCATION OF THE RAILYARD OUT OF LETHBRIDGE [TO KIPP, IN THE EARLY 1980S]… OFTEN ON SUNDAYS WHILE THE CONSTRUCTION WAS SHUT DOWN I WOULD WALK THE FULL LENGTH OF THE WHOLE THING INCLUDING ALL THE HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES… THEY DEMOLISHED THE TOWER [AND] A LOT OF THE BUILDINGS… I SAW THEM TEARING DOWN THE ROUNDHOUSE AND I SPOTTED THAT ANTENNA STILL STICKING UP ATTACHED TO THE ROUNDHOUSE… I WALKED OVER TO THE GUY THAT WAS DRIVING THE BACKHOE, AND ASKED WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO WITH THAT. ‘AH, JUST THROW IT IN THE TRUCK WITH THE REST OF THE STUFF’ [HE SAID]. I SAID, ‘OKAY. I’D LIKE TO MY HANDS ON IT.’… SO HE WENT AND GOT IT, GAVE IT TO ME AND I GAVE HIM TWENTY BUCKS.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF DONOR.
Catalogue Number
P20140016001
Acquisition Date
2014-05
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PLASTIC, STEEL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19780130000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
WOOD, PLASTIC, STEEL, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
7.6
Length
30.4
Width
10.8
Description
DARK BROWN WOODEN BASE. HAS PURPLE TIN BOX ON TOP OF IT, WRITTEN IN WHITE "NATIONAL DISTRICT TELEGRAPH MESSENGERS - WESTERN UNION", SMALL HANDLE ENGRAVED WITH "513". SMALL PLASTIC WINDOW WITH MESSENGER RATES ON BOX AT TOP. WIRES COMING OUT OF TOP. BRASS FRAME SCREWED TO WINDOW. CLOTH COVERED WIRES CONNECTED TO BOLTS AT TOP. BLACK RESIDUE AROUND BOLTS & DOWN BACK OF WOOD.
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Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
FROM TELEGRAPH OFFICES IN VANCOUVER, (OBTAINED IN THE U.S.) IT RANG BUZZERS IN OFFICE ON A LARGE BOARD, INDICATING MESSENGERS TO BE SENT & WHERE.
Catalogue Number
P19780130000
Acquisition Date
1978-04
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COPPER WIRE, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19780131000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1910
Date Range To
1920
Materials
COPPER WIRE, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.8
Length
10.2
Width
6.4
Description
CALL BOX. "CGE" EMBOSSED ON TOP. GREY-COLOURED. SMALL RECTANGULAR BOX ON TOP OF BASE. COPPER WIRE IN BOX - COMES OUT OF BOTTOM. TWO HOLES ON BASE FOR MOUNTING.
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TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
SOUND COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
REFER TO P19780129000 & P19780130000-GA FOR HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19780131000
Acquisition Date
1978-04
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ALUMINUM, STEEL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19980039015
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
ALUMINUM, STEEL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
6
Length
17.2
Width
19.3
Description
STEEL HEADPIECE, PAINTED BLACK. TWO BANDS RUN ACROSS TOP OF HEAD, WITH SINGLE ROD ATTACHING THEM TO EARPIECE ON EACH SIDE. ALUMINUM CASING ON EARPIECES WITH BLACK BAKELITE CAPS OVER SPEAKER SURFACE. CASINGS ENGRAVED "CANNON-BALL DIXIE C.F. CANNON CO. SPRINGWATER, N.Y. U.S.A.". BLACK CLOTH-WRAPPED POWER CORD WITH SINGLE-PRONGED HEAD AT ONE END. ENGRAVED "VAXLEY" AND EMBOSSED "MADE IN U.S.A. I.C.A.". CORD MEASURES 122 CM; SPLIT NEAR HEADPIECE WITH ONE STRAND RUNNING TO EITHER EARPIECE. TWO STRANDS FURTHER SPLIT, WITH METALLIC ENDS CONNECTING CORD TO BOLTS ON EARPIECES. POWER CORD SLIGHLTY SOILED AND DISCOLORED.
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HOME ENTERTAINMENT
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER. FOR HISTORY SEE P19980039001-GA/PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19980039015
Acquisition Date
1999-04
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, NYLON, RUBBER, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19705436000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
PLASTIC, NYLON, RUBBER, STEEL
No. Pieces
2
Height
13.3
Diameter
5.7
Description
1. EARPIECE, EMBOSSED "RADIOCRAFT HI-POWER HEAD PHONES". EARPIECE IS DAMAGED ON REAR SURFACE. PLASTIC APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN MELTED OR CHEMICALLY ALTERED. INNER EARPIECE IS CRACKED. CORD ORIGINATES DIRECTLY FROM BOTTOM OF EARPIECE AND ENDS IN A TWO-PRONGED PLUG. 2. HEADBAND WITH ONE EARPIECE. EARPIECE HAS ON/OFF SWITCH ON BACK COVER. NYLON COVER SURROUNDS CORD ENDING IN TWO-PRONG PLUG. ONE PRONG LARGER THAN OTHER.
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TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
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PROFESSIONS
History
*UPDATE* IN 2019 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ARTIFACTS, INCLUDING A RAZOR DONATED BY C. N. FRASER. RESEARCH USING THE GALT ARCHIVES AND THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARCHIVAL DATABASE FOUND THAT THE DONOR WAS CARL N. FRASER. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ON MAY 3, 1991, FRASER WAS BORN IN BARRIE, ONTARIO IN 1906. HE ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1909 WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS EDUCATION. THE OBITUARY STATES, "CARL WAS EMPLOYED WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE UNTIL RETIREMENT IN 1971." HE LOST HIS FIRST WIFE, FREDA MAY "QUEENIE" FRASER (NEE SHORTO), IN 1943. A LETHBRIDGE HERALD NEWS ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 26, 1943 DESCRIBES THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF HER DEATH. THE COUPLE HAS THREE CHILDREN, ROBERT "BOB" BOYD, NEILSON "NEIL" MCGREGOR, AND MURIEL JEAN GOIAN. FRASER'S SECOND WIFE WAS NAMED SARAH "SADIE" FRASER. CARL N. FRASER PASSED AWAY IN ON MAY 1, 1991 AT THE AGE OF 84 YEARS. INFORMATION ABOUT THE FAMILY WAS LEARNED FROM THE DONOR'S DAUGHTER, MURIEL GOIAN, DURING THE 2012 COLLECTIONS SURVEY OF MILITARY ARTIFACTS. FOR THAT INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19672486000. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19672476000 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES REFERENCED ABOVE AND CLIPPINGS FROM THE ARCHIVAL RESEARCH.
Catalogue Number
P19705436000
Acquisition Date
1970-03
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
AGT HEADSET
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20020031001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
AGT HEADSET
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1980
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.5
Length
24.0
Width
15.2
Description
THE HEADSET IS PRIMARILY BLACK WITH SILVER METAL BITS. THE HEAD BAND IS MADE OF THIN SILVER WIRE THAT IS FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO BEND WITH PRESSURE. THERE IS A BLACK PATCH AT ONE SIDE. ON A METAL BAR, THERE IS A MICROPHONE AND AN EARPIECE (SPEAKER). THIS METAL BAR IS SUBSTANTIALLY THICKER AND NOT FLEXIBLE. ON THE SPEAKER THERE ARE THE NUMBERS "118". THERE IS A BLACK CORD THAT IS ATTACHED TO THIS SPEAKER AND IS ATTACHED TO THE BAR. AT THE END OF THE ELECTRICAL CORD THERE IS A PLUG IN THAT HAS ON IT THE NUMBER "396A".
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PROFESSIONS
History
THESE WERE USED BY THE DONORS MOTHER WHILE SHE WORKED FOR AGT BETWEEN 1955 AND 1980 (25 YEARS). FOR FAMILY HISTORY SEE P20010070001-GA *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING CLOTHING ITEMS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. DAGMAR CHRISTINA SIMPSON (NEE OLSEN) PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 14, 2001 AT THE AGE OF 88. SHE MARRIED LAWRENCE PATRICK (LARRY) DOYLE ON DECEMBER 4, 1940. LAWRENCE WAS BORN IN PEI IN 1910. HE MOVED TO VULCAN IN 1920, STAVELY IN 1924, AND TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1937. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 58 ON MARCH 28, 1969. LAWRENCE WAS THE SON OF GEORGE FRANKLIN AND MINNIE MAGDALEN DOYLE. DAGMAR WAS REMARRIED ON MARCH 29, 1975 TO CLARE C. SIMPSON. CLARE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BELLEVILE, ON AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1930 TO WORK FOR AGT. HE ENLISTED IN 1939 AND WAS A POW FOR 3.5 YEARS FOLLOWING DIEPPE. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 75 ON FEBRUARY 18, 1983. THE DONOR, BARBARA DOYLE, IS THE DAUGHTER OF DAGMAR AND LAWRENCE. IN 1969, BARBARA WAS MARRIED TO PAUL TURNER AND IN 1983, SHE WAS THE WIFE OF MR. B.F. MCFADDEN. SEE PERMANENT FILE P2001007 FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE COLLECTION, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY BARBARA DOYLE. ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2018, PUNDYK SAT DOWN WITH DOYLE FOR AN INTERVIEW REGARDING THAT DONATION. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: DOYLE EXPLAINED THAT HER MOTHER DAGMAR OLSEN – THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THE ARTIFACTS – WAS BORN IN STAVLEY AND WAS THE THIRD OF FOUR SISTERS. GROWING UP IN A HOUSE OF DAUGHTERS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN OLSEN’S LIFE. DOYLE DESCRIBED THE SISTERS BY SAYING, “BESSIE WAS THE OLDEST, AND NORAH WAS THE SECOND OLDEST, AND THEN MY MOTHER, AND THEN VICKI. AUNT VICKI WENT BIG [BY MOVING] TO TORONTO. SHE WANTED TO GET OUT OF TOWN. SHE WAS BORED. SHE WAS BORN IN STAVELY AND THERE WAS NO WAY SHE WAS GOING TO STAY THERE. SHE WAS THE YOUNGEST, SO SHE GOT THINGS THAT THE OTHERS DIDN’T GET IN THEIR LIFE. NORAH TOOK TO CALGARY. SHE WENT UP THERE AND SHE WORKED FOR A WHILE AT PACKING COOKIES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BESSIE WAS [WORKING] WITH MRS. JOURNEK AND THEN IN CALGARY THAT WAY TOO.” MOVING ON TO DESCRIBE HER MOTHER, DOYLE ILLUMINATED, “SHE WORKED [AS A TELEPHONE OPERATOR] FROM WHEN SHE WAS 15 IN STAVELY FOR ABOUT 7 YEARS. SHE WAS THERE FOR THE FIRST TELEPHONES COMING IN. THEN SHE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE. SHE KNEW MY DAD FROM STAVELY, AND THEN HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE AS WELL AND THEY LIVED SEPARATELY IN A BOARDING HOUSE UNTIL THEY GOT MARRIED…SHE HAD BREAKS [IN BETWEEN WHEN SHE FIRST STARTED WORKING AND HER RETIREMENT] WHEN SHE COULDN’T WORK BECAUSE OF THE WAR. [ADDITIONALLY,] I WAS BORN IN ’42, AND ONCE YOU HAD A CHILD, YOU COULDN’T GO TO WORK. EVEN WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER, THE WOMEN COULD NOT GO TO WORK BECAUSE THEY WERE MAKING WAY FOR THE PEOPLE COMING BACK FROM THE WAR FOR THE JOBS. THAT WAS REALLY HARD ON MY MOTHER. SHE WAS SO INDEPENDENT AND TO NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE HER OWN MONEY AND EVERYTHING [WAS DIFFICULT].” “[THIS HEADSET] WOULD HAVE BEEN FROM HER JOB, [THOUGH] I DON’T REMEMBER SEEING THAT [IN HER HOME],” DOYLE SAID, “I GUESS JUST THAT THEY GAVE [THE HEADSET] TO HER WHEN SHE RETIRED. THAT’S PROBABLY WHAT HAPPENED.” ABOUT HER MOTHER’S WORK, DOYLE CONTINUED, “[SHE CHOSE TO BECOME A TELEPHONE OPERATOR] BECAUSE IT WAS A PLUM JOB. [BEING] 15 YEARS OLD AND YOU STEP RIGHT INTO A PLUM JOB? SHE WAS A PIONEER [AS A WORKING WOMAN]. [FURTHERMORE], SHE WAS A TELEPHONE PIONEER BECAUSE SHE STARTED [SO EARLY]. SHE WAS BORN IN 1914, AND BY THE ‘20S SHE WAS WORKING… THERE WEREN’T MANY JOBS FOR WOMEN IN LETHBRIDGE. IT WAS ALMOST [LIKE] SOME WOMEN WERE TURNING DOWN THEIR NOSES AT HER, BECAUSE SHE WAS WORKING. SHE REALLY WANTED TO WORK, SO SHE WENT BACK AND FORTH A FEW TIMES BEFORE FINALLY SHE RETIRED WHEN SHE WAS 60." "I LOVED [HAVING A WORKING MOM],” DOYLE EXCLAIMED, “SHE BOUGHT CLOTHES, AND I COULD WEAR HER CLOTHES, AND WE COULD WEAR EACH OTHER’S CLOTHES. SHE BOUGHT ME REALLY NICE CLOTHES, SO THAT WAS ANOTHER THING TOO. [HER JOB] BROUGHT IN THE HOUSE WE ARE IN. [THE HOUSE] I AM IN NOW WAS THEIR HOUSE. SHE REALLY LOVED THIS HOUSE AND IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN BOUGHT HAD IT BEEN SHE HAD NOT BEEN WORKING, BECAUSE MY DAD HE DIDN’T MAKE THAT MUCH MONEY." “[THOUGH] SHE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT HER WORK,” DOYLE EXPLAINED, “I JUST KNOW THAT SHE JUST REALLY LOVED TO GO TO WORK. THAT WAS A REALLY, REALLY GOOD JOB [BECAUSE IT] WAS A GOVERNMENT JOB AT THAT TIME. SHE RETIRED WHEN SHE WAS 60, SO SHE WORKED A LOT.” “I WOULD SAY [HAVING A JOB INFLUENCED] MY MOTHER’S FASHION AND HOW SHE COULD AFFORD TO WEAR CLOTHES LIKE THAT, BECAUSE SHE BOUGHT REALLY GOOD CLOTHES, [SUCH AS] WOOL CLOTHES AND EVERYTHING BECAUSE SHE WORKED. MY MOTHER DRESSED TO THE NINES. SHE REALLY LIKED CLOTHES…SHE BOUGHT CLOTHES TO GO TO WORK, AND IN THE ‘60S THE YOUNG WOMEN THERE WORKING IN THE TELEPHONE BUILDING, THEY WORE JEANS. BUT MY MUM WAS THE [DRESSY TYPE] —SHE LOVED TO DRESS UP.” “I WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE,” DOYLE CONTINUED, “[I LEFT MY PARENTS’ HOUSE] WHEN I WAS 18 BECAUSE I WAS IN RESIDENCE WHEN I WAS DOING MY LABORATORY STUFF. I WAS A LAB TECHNICIAN FIRST. AFTER I GOT MARRIED IN ’64, WE LIVED FIVE YEARS HERE BEFORE WE STARTED MOVING AROUND. IT WAS ’71 [WHEN] WE LEFT AND WENT TO SASKATCHEWAN, REGINA.” “[I RECEIVED THESE ITEMS FROM MY MOTHER] AFTER SHE PASSED AWAY. [THEY WERE] IN THE HOUSE,” DOYLE STATED, "ALL OF THIS STUFF WAS IN THE HOUSE ON THE SOUTH SIDE. I FEEL LIKE MY MOTHER IS STILL IN THE HOUSE. I HAD REALLY GOOD PARENTS. WE WEREN’T POOR, BUT WE WEREN’T RICH EITHER, YOU KNOW. WE WERE JUST COMFORTABLE, BUT THEY WORKED VERY HARD FOR IT. THEY BOTH WORKED VERY HARD.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20010070001 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20020031001
Acquisition Date
2002-07
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, STEEL, BAKELITE
Catalogue Number
P19880012035
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
BRASS, STEEL, BAKELITE
No. Pieces
1
Length
16.0
Width
16.0
Description
FOLDED DIMENSIONS ABOVE. HEADPHONES CONSIST OF TWO SWIVEL MOUNTED EAR PIECES CONNECTED BY PARALLEL INSULATED STEEL BANDS WHICH FIT OVER THE HEAD. CLOTH INSULATED WIRES FOR PLUGGING INTO SOUND SOURCE. "ACME TRIMM INC. LIBERTYVILLE ILL. U.S.A." ON BOTH EARPHONES.
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TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
THIS HEADSET WAS DONATED TO THE GALT MUSEUM BY LETHBRIDGE BROADCASTING LTD., THE ASSOCIATION THAT AT ONE TIME OWNED LETHBRIDGE'S FIRST RADIO STATION, CJOC. IT WAS ACQUIRED BY THE STATION BETWEEN 1947 AND 1950 FOR STUDIO USE. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON DEVELOPED THE FOLLOWING BRIEF HISTORY OF CJOC RADIO WITH INFORMATION FROM GALT ARCHIVES RECORD 20081033000. CJOC WAS THE FIRST RADIO STATION TO BROADCAST FROM LETHBRIDGE, AND ONE OF THE EARLIEST IN CANADA. THE STATION BEGAN OFFICIAL BROADCASTS ON JANUARY 9, 1924. A RADIO BROADCASTING LICENSE WAS GRANTED IN APRIL 1926 & ISSUED WITH THE CALL LETTERS CJOC. THE LICENSE OFFICE ASSIGNED "CJ", WHILE THE STATION CO-FOUNDER, JOHN ENDER "JOCK" PALMER, CHOSE THE "OC" IN REFERENCE TO HIS NICKNAME. THE STATION BEGAN BROADCASTING SPORADICALLY FROM PALMER'S MOTHER'S HOUSE. PALMER TOOK TWO PARTNERS, HAROLD ROBERSTON CARSON AND WILLIAM WALTER GRANT, INTO HIS BROADCASTING VENTURE, AND GRANT BUILT A 50 WATT RADIO TRANSMITTER. SOON THE STATION EXPANDED, MOVING TO THE BASEMENT OF THE HULL BLOCK, AND IN 1928 TO THE PENTHOUSE OF THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED MARQUIS HOTEL. ON AUGUST 13, 1928 JOCK PALMER AND WILLIAM GRANT SOLD THEIR INTERESTS IN CJOC TO CARSON FOR $100 AND $150 RESPECTIVELY. GRANT AND PALMER MOVED TO CALGARY, WHERE GRANT FOUNDED THE CFCN STATION AND BUILT RADIO EQUIPMENT, AND PALMER CONTINUED TO PURSUE HIS AVIATION INTERESTS. ON NOVEMBER 26, 1928 HAROLD R. CARSON, W.J. MILLICAN AND G.H. MILLICAN SIGNED A MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION CREATING LETHBRIDGE BROADCASTING LIMITED. IN 1933, CJOC ANNOUNCER HENRY VINEY AND TECHNICIAN BOB BUSS DID ONE OF THE FIRST REMOTE HOCKEY BROADCASTS IN CANADA. MR. VINEY DESCRIBED THE PLAY-BY-PLAY OVER A ONE-WAY TELEPHONE LINE FROM VEGREVILLE WHILE MR. BUSS REMAINED IN THE STUDIO AT LETHBRIDGE. IN THE FALL OF 1936 CJOC BEGAN “THE RADIO SCHOOL OF THE AIR”, THE FIRST SUCH PROGRAM OF ITS KIND IN CANADA. CREATED AS AN AID FOR TEACHERS IN CLASSROOMS THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ALBERTA, THE PROGRAM FEATURED ‘PORTS OF CALL’ ON MONDAYS, “HEALTH HINTS AND HISTORY OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE HELPED MANKIND’ ON TUESDAYS, ‘MOTHER GOOSE’ STORIES ON WEDNESDAYS, ‘DRAMA’ PRODUCED BY AGNES DAVIDSON ON THURSDAYS, AND SING-SONG SESSIONS ON FRIDAYS. IN 1948 CJOC MOVED OUT OF THE MARQUIS HOTEL TO 1015 3 AVE. SOUTH. THE STATION WON THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS ‘AM STATION OF THE YEAR’ AWARD TWICE: FIRST IN 1952 AS CJOC LED A CAMPAIGN TO RAISE MONEY FOR A BOY SCOUT HALL IN LETHBRIDGE, AND AGAIN IN 1967 FOR THE STATIONS’ EXTRAORDINARY PUBLIC SERVICE DURING AN INTENSE WINTER BLIZZARD. CJOC BECAME THE COMMUNICATION HUB OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA DURING THE CRISIS, RELAYING MESSAGES BY RADIO AND KEEPING THE PUBLIC INFORMED OF DEVELOPMENTS. ON JANUARY 19, 2000 THE CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CRTC) APPROVED AN APPLICATION BY ROGERS BROADCASTING LIMITED TO REPLACE CJOC WITH A NEW ENGLISH-LANGUAGE FM STATION. THE NEW STATION WOULD REPLACE CJOC'S COUNTRY MUSIC FORMAT WITH AN ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FORMAT. CONDITIONS OF CRTC APPROVAL WERE THAT CJOC AND THE NEW STATION COULD BROADCAST SIMULTANEOUSLY FOR UP TO THREE MONTHS, AT WHICH TIME ROGERS WOULD SURRENDER THE BROADCAST LICENSE OF CJOC. CFRV 107.7 FM (THE RIVER) WAS LAUNCHED, AND LATER IN 2000 CJOC WENT OFF THE AIR. IN 2007 THE CALL LETTERS CJOC WERE ASSIGNED TO A NEW RADIO STATION IN LETHBRIDGE, 102.1 FM.
Catalogue Number
P19880012035
Acquisition Date
1989-02
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
STERLING AUDIOVOX
Date Range From
1923
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
ALUMINIUM, METAL
Catalogue Number
P19900022002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STERLING AUDIOVOX
Date Range From
1923
Date Range To
1930
Date
1923
Materials
ALUMINIUM, METAL
No. Pieces
2
Diameter
36
Description
REMOTE AMPLIFIER & SPEAKER HORN. "STERLING AUDIOVOX" HORN HIGHLY DECORATIVE DESIGN SPADE MOTIVE IN GOLD & BLACK. AMPLIFIER PORTION HAS TERMINALS FOR WIRE CONNECTION & RECEPTACLE FOR HORN. TOP OF AMPLIFIER IS BROKEN, BUT COMPLETE. HORN MARKED "STERLING AUDIOVOX". SURFACE SCRATCHES & DENTS. AMPLIFIER MARKED "STERLING LOUD SPEAKER R1284 A STERLING TELEPHONE & ELECTRIC CO. LTD. 210 TOTTENHAM COURT RD., LONDON, W.1.". AROUND DIAL ON THE TOP IS "A WAY FROM DIAPHRAM" AND "DIAPHRAGM". BASE IS CRACKED ACROSS ITS TOP.
Subjects
TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
HOME ENTERTAINMENT
History
DONOR ACQUIRED NEW IN SASKATCHEWAN, BEEN IN THE FAMILY SINCE NEW.
Catalogue Number
P19900022002
Acquisition Date
1990-05
Collection
Museum
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