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Other Name
BOY SCOUTS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BAKELITE, WOOD, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19970107058
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BOY SCOUTS
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
BAKELITE, WOOD, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Height
6.5
7.0
Length
15
18.0
Width
7.6
7.4
Description
2 PIECE TELEGRAPH KEY AND SPEAKER. TELEGRAPH KEY IS BLACK METAL, WITH A BLACK PLASTIC HANDLE, AND IS MOUNTED ON A SHELLACED RECTANGULAR PIECE OF WOOD. ITEM IS ATTACHED TO SECOND PIECE WITH ONE OFF-WHITE WIRE. SPEAKER IS A RECTANGULAR BLACK BAKELITE BOX, WITH A SMALL LIGHT BULB IN THE TOP LEFT HAND CORNER, NEXT TO A BLACK SWITCH ON THE RIGHT. BELOW THE SPEAKER ITEM IS MARKED "HEATHKIT CODE OSCILLATOR MODEL CO-1", "HEATH COMPANY - BENTON HARBOR, MICH. A SUBSIDIARY OF DAYSTROM, INC.". KEY IS MARKED IN WHITE "CJB26003A", AND BOTTOM IS COVERED IN BEIGE FELT. BOTH PIECES ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
Subjects
TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR ITEMS WERE USED TO HELP BOY SCOUTS LEARN MORSE-CODE. *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
P19970107058
Acquisition Date
1997-10
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, BRASS, VELOUR
Catalogue Number
P19694116000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1930
Materials
WOOD, BRASS, VELOUR
No. Pieces
1
Height
128.0
Length
65.8
Width
42.5
Description
OAK CABINET, CARVED TOP. VELOUR AND WOOD SPEAKER PANEL. BRASS FITTINGS AND SWITCHES. PAPER LABEL ON BACK. "CAUTION DISCONNECT ELECTRICALPLUG BEFORE REMOVING CABINET BACK". STILL FUNCTIONAL. "WESTINGHOUSE 99".
Subjects
TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
HOME ENTERTAINMENT
EDUCATION
History
HISTORY UNKNOWN-DONATED TO SCHOOL FOR TEACHING PURPOSES. *UPDATE* IN 2010 NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF PALLET RACKING. SHE WAS UNABLE TO FIND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR DONOR OR NEXT OF KIN.
Catalogue Number
P19694116000
Acquisition Date
1969-06
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1925
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
OAK, PLASTIC, TIN, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19683246000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1900
Date Range To
1925
Materials
OAK, PLASTIC, TIN, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
20.6
Length
39.4
Width
24.1
Description
TWO DIALS NO. 1 TO 100 IN FRONT. CRACKED AND CHIPPED CABINET. WOOD BODY WITH HINGED LID AT TOP. FRONT DISPLAYS BROWN BAKELITE DIALS (2) MARKED "1" TO "100" IN ADDITION TO TWO CONTACTS, 1 JACK, AND 3 POINTERS. FRONT BOTTOM CRACKED. APPEARS THAT LABEL WAS REMOVED FROM ONE SIDE.
Subjects
TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
Catalogue Number
P19683246000
Acquisition Date
1968-05
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
HOMEMADE SHORTWAVE RADIO, TUBES AND SPEAKER
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, GLASS, CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20090031014
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HOMEMADE SHORTWAVE RADIO, TUBES AND SPEAKER
Date Range From
1937
Date Range To
1950
Materials
METAL, GLASS, CLOTH
No. Pieces
7
Height
18.0
Length
25.7
Width
45.7
Description
HANDMADE METAL RADIO WITH BROADCAST DIAL. ALSO INCLUDES SPEAKER, OSCILATOR COIL, BOXED WESTINGHOUSE TUBE AND BOXED ROGERS TUBE - 7 PIECES. 1. RADIO, HANDMADE. RECTANGULAR METAL BASE. TOP HAS FOUR PERFORATED METAL COLUMNS, FIVE UNPERFORATED METAL COLUMNS, ONE HOLLOW BROWN COLUMN WRAPPED IN COPPER WIRE, THREE MEDIUM SIZED GLASS TUBES AND A SQUARE BOX MARKED "HADLEY TRANSFORMERS, LOS ANGELES". THE FRONT OF THE BASE HAS ONE ROD STICKING OUT AND ONE LARGE DIAL WITH MARKED WITH NUMBERS "BROADCAST KILOCYCLES" AND DEPICTING A WORLD. THE DIAL IS ATTACHED TO A METAL BOX WITH AN OPEN TOP WHICH EXPOSES MULTIPLE SLATS. ALSO ATTACHED IS A ROWN CLOTH ELECTRICAL CORD WITH TWO-PRONG PLUG. 18.0 CM HIGH BY 25.7 CM LONG BY 45.7 CM HIGH. 2. OSCILATOR TUBE, WIRE, PAPER AND UNKNOWN MATERIALS. ONE END OF TUBE HAS A HOLE IN IT. TUB IS WRAPPED IN WIRE. SOME PAPER IS EXPOSED. TUBE IS LARGELY BLACK/BROWN IN COLOR EXCEPT FOR ONE END WHICH SHOWS AN UNKNOWN WHITE SUBSTANCE. 8.6 CM HIGH BY 4.8 CM IN DIAMETER. 3. SPEAKER, UNMOUNTED. FRONT OF SPEAKER IS CONCAVE, LINED WITH HEAVY, GREY PAPER. OUTSIDE IS SILVER COLORED METAL WITH A COLUMNAR SILVER COLORED BACKING PIECE HELD ON BY A SINGLE SCREW. ATTACHED TO THE BACK OF THE SPEAKER IS A SQUARE BOX FILLED WITH PAPER AND WIRES WHICH CONNECTS TO A BROWN CLOTH ELECTRICAL CORD WITH A FOUR-PRONGED PLUG. BLUE LABEL MARKED, "OXFORD... OXFORD TARTAK, RADIO CORP., MADE IN USA". 10.9 CM HIGH BY 21.0 CM IN DIAMETER. 4. BOXED TUBE. BLACK, GOLD AND WHITE, RECTANGULAR CARDBOARD BOX MARKED, "WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRONIC TUBE..." TUBE TYPE "6CA7/EL34". GLASS TUBE INSIDE MARKED "6CA7/EL34" AND "XF5, L2E" BOTTOM OF TUBE IS BROWN PLASTIC WITH SINGLE PLASTIC PRONG SURROUNDED BY EIGHT METAL PRONGS. 2 PIECES. 5.0 CM HIGH BY 13.0 CM LONG BY 5.0 CM WIDE. 5. BOXED TUBE. GREEN, YELLOW AND WHITE CARDBOARD BOX MARKED, "GUARANTEED, ROGERS, ELECTRONIC TUBE". TUBE TYPEE "12AF6". SMALL GLASS TUBE INSIDE HAS A POINTED TOP. GLASS MARKED, "12AF6, AUTOMATIC". BOTTOM OF TUBE HAS 7 METAL PRONGS. 2 PIECES. 2.5 CM HIGH BY 7.9 CM LONG BY 2.3 CM WIDE.
Subjects
TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
TRADES
History
ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, WENDY AITKENS IN AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY NICOLE HEMBROFF, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT, IN JULY OF 2011, THE RADIO AND ITS COMPONENTS WERE LIKELY MADE BY HER FATHER, WALLY JAMIESON. SHE SAID, "WALLY STUDIED RADIO TECHNOLOGY AT THE NATIONAL SCHOOL IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA FROM 1937-1939. HE WAS FASCINATED BY RADIOS AND ALL THINGS ELECTRICAL. THIS RADIO MAY HAVE BEEN A SCHOOL PROJECT OR IT MAY HAVE BEEN SOMETHING HE MADE FOR THE PURE CHALLENGE OF BUILDING HIS OWN RADIO. I REMEMBER HIM MENTIONING HIS HOMEMADE RADIO WHEN HE WAS NEAR THE END OF HIS LIFE. IT IS WRAPPED IN LETHBRIDGE HERALDS AND EDMONTON JOURNALS FROM THE LATE 1940S." AITKENS SAID HER DAD'S INTEREST IN RADIOS STARTED WHEN HE WAS A BOY. WHEN HER FATHER WAS GROWING UP IN SYLVAN LAKE, AB HIS "UNCLE GOT HIM A CRYSTAL RADIO SET WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 12 YEARS OLD. HE'D BEGGED FOR IT. ONCE HE PUT IT TOGETHER HE WAS HOOKED. I HAVE DAD'S RADIO OPERATOR'S LICENSE [FOR THE PROVINCE OF] ALBERTA. IT'S NUMBER 7. IT DIRECTED THE REST OF HIS LIFE. HE HAD THE KNOWLEDGE OF AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER. " ACCORDING TO THE DONOR, HER FATHER GAINED HIS KNOWLEDGE THROUGH EXPERIENCE - LIKE MANY MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY. WHILE SOME OF HER FAMILY HAD GONE TO NORMAL SCHOOL, HER GENERATION WAS THE FIRST TO ATTEND UNIVERSITY. FOR FAMILY HISTORY SEE P20090030001.
Catalogue Number
P20090031014
Acquisition Date
2009-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
MOTOROLA STARTAC
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20100020003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MOTOROLA STARTAC
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2010
Materials
PLASTIC, METAL, PAPER
No. Pieces
4
Height
2.0
Length
12.4
Width
6.0
Description
CELLULAR, FLIP PHONE WITH BATTERY PACK, PLASTIC HOLDER AND CHARGER - FOUR PIECES. 1. FLIP PHONE, BLACK PLASTIC. MARKED, "MOTOROLA" ON FRONT. THICK ANTENNA COMES OUT OF TOP. "MODEL: 109291138A TYPE ZZDA" MARKED ON WHITE STICKER. PHONE FLIPS OPEN TO REVEAL EARPIECE, GRAYSCALE SCREEN, AND KEYPAD. THREE SMALL BUTTONS ONE ONE SIDE OF PHONE. PORT ON BOTTOM OF PHONE. SMALL CRACK IN SCREEN. 2.0 CM HIGH BY 12.4 CM LONG BY 6.0 CM WIDE. 2. BATTERY, BLACK, PLASTIC. SEMI RECTANGULAR SHAPED BATTERY CLIPS ON TO OUTSIDE OF FLIP PHONE. MARKED "STARTAC" ON FRONT. BACK MARKED "MOTOROLA 3.6 V LITHIUM ION BATTERY..." ON WHITE STICKER WITH HOLOGRAM MARKED "MOTOROLA ORIGINAL" ON ONE SIDE. FOUR METAL CONNECTION POINTS ON TOP EDGE OF BATTERY. 1.3 CM HIGH BY 4.1 CM LONG BY 5.0 CM WIDE. 3. CELL PHONE HOLDER, BLACK PLASTIC. MOULDED TO SHAPE OF CELL PHONE WHICH SLIDES INTO HOLDER AND CLICKS INTO PLACE. PLASTIC BELT CLIP IS ATTACHED BY A SPRING-LOADED HINGE TO BACK OF HOLDER. CLIP MARKED, "MOTOROLA". "15856126" OBSCURED BY CLIP. 3.7 CM HIGH BY 9.4 CM LONG BY 5.5 CM WIDE. 4. CELL PHONE CHARGER, BLACK, PLASTIC. RECTANGULAR SHAPED PLUG WITH PRONGS THAT FOLD IN ON HINGES. BACK MARKED "MODEL: PSM4604B...MOTOROLA, AC POWER SUPPLY..." BLACK CHORD COMES OUT OF BOTTOM AND ENDS IN MALE PORTION OF PLUG MARKED, "PUSH, TOP". PLUG HAS ONE HORIZONTAL, FLAT PRONG. 2.5 CM HIGH BY 187.2 CM LONG BY 4.8 CM WIDE.
Subjects
TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
DONOR KEVIN MACLEAN SAID AT TIME OF DONATION, "I WILL NOT CARRY A CELL PHONE!! ! I REJECT WHOLEHEARTEDLY THE COMMERCIAL/POPULAR NOTION THAT CELL PHONE USE WILL PROVIDE ME WITH A HIGHER QUALITY OF LIFE. WHEN I VISIT MALLS OR PUBLIC SPACES, I AM DISMAYED TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE WALKING AROUND WITH PHONES HELD TO THEIR EARS OR IN THEIR HANDS, TEXTING, OBLIVIOUS TO THE WORLD AROUND THEM. I SOMETIMES WONDER WHAT CAN BE ALL THAT IMPORTANT THAT, AT THAT MOMENT, THEY HAVE TO USE THEIR CELL PHONE. MAYBE I AM SHOWING MY AGE, BUT I THINK THERE'S TOO MUCH COMMUNICATION ABOUT, WELL, NOTHING. AND, WHO BENEFITS BY THIS REGULAR 'NEED' OF CELL TECHNOLOGY? IT IS THE PHONES' PROVIDERS - NOT THE USERS. AND, DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ABOUT PEOPLE WHO TEXT AND TALK ON THEIR CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING. MY CELL PHONE WAS BOUGHT BY MY PARENTS, MAC AND BARB MACLEAN IN APPROXIMATELY 2003. I DISTINCTLY RECALL ENJOYING A BIRTHDAY SUPPER WITH THEM AT THE LOCAL KEG RESTAURANT WHEN THEY ASKED ME, 'WOULD YOU LIKE A CELL PHONE FOR CHRISTMAS KEVIN?' TO WHICH I REPLIED, 'NO, AND IF YOU BOUGHT ME ONE I WOULDN'T CARRY IT.' WELL, GUESS WHAT, THEY BOUGHT ME (OR RATHER THEMSELVES) FOR CHRISTMAS ANYWAYS - THIS ONE. AND THEY PAID FOR THE CELL'S PLAN TOO - GOOD THING BECAUSE I SURE AS HELL WOULD NOT HAVE. THE PHONE WAS NOT CARRIED BY ME FOR MORE THAN A COLLECTION OF DAYS/WEEKS OVER ALL THE YEARS THAT I OWNED IT. THE ONLY OCCASIONS I CHOSE TO CARRY IT WERE TIMES WHEN MY PERSONAL SAFETY WAS AT RISK (HIKING) OR WHEN A TRADITIONAL PHONE WAS ENTIRELY UNAVAILABLE (CAMPING AND TRIPS ABROAD). IF YOU ASKED ME, I COULDN'T EVEN TELL YOU MY CELL PHONE'S NUMBER. AND EVEN IF I DID KNOW, I WOULDN'T TELL YOU BECAUSE I WOULD WANT YOU TO CALL ME ON - IS YOUR MESSAGE REALLY THAT IMPORTANT??' DON'T GET ME WRONG, I DO LIKE PHONES GENERALLY. I HAVE A 1938 BAKELITE LANDLINE PHONE AT HOME AND, I WATCH, WITH GREAT INTEREST, AS PAYPHONES ACROSS THE CITY DISAPPEAR FROM THE PUBLIC LANDSCAPE. OF COURSE, I'M INTERESTED IN THEIR DISAPPEARANCE ON ACCOUNT THAT I'M THE ONLY ONE LEFT WHO USES THEM. IN MAY 2010, I VISITED EUROPE AND IT WAS DECIDED BETWEEN MY WIFE AND ME THAT A NEW CELL PHONE WITH A TEXTING CAPACITY WOULD BE ADVANTAGEOUS. MY MOTOROLA, THEREFORE, WAS SUCCEEDED BY A NEW PHONE WHICH I CARRIED AND USED IN HOLLAND AND GERMANY. ONCE HOME, HOWEVER, IT, TOO, TOOK PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN THE SAME LOCATION AS MY DESPISED MOTOROLA - THE BOTTOM SHELF OF MY OFFICE BOOKCASE." FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20100020003
Acquisition Date
2010-05
Collection
Museum
Images
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