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Other Name
ASTROGRAPH AND CASE
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20120001000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ASTROGRAPH AND CASE
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1980
Materials
WOOD, GLASS, METAL
No. Pieces
5
Height
16.1
Length
43.7
Width
25.6
Description
1) ASTROGRAPH. TIN PAINTED BLACK WITH GLASS PANEL. UNDER GLASS ARE TWO SPOOLS CONTAINING STAR MAPS PRINTED ON CLEAR PLASTIC. TOP HAS TWO KNOBS WHICH FEED MAPS ON AND OFF SPOOLS. TOP HAS FLIP SWITCH. RIGHT AND BOTTOM HAVE REMOVABLE PLUGS WITH LIGHT BULBS ATTACHED INSIDE. BEHIND PLUG AT BOTTOM IS TIN LABEL THAT IS ENGRAVED, “CANADA, ASTROGRAPH MK.IA, REF. NO 6B/I82, SER. NO 3697/44.” LABEL ALSO HAS GENERAL ELECTRIC SYMBOL. LEFT SIDE HAS TWO FORKS WITH NUTS AND BOLTS FED THROUGH. RIGHT SIDE HAS ONE FORK WITH NUT AND BOLT. BOTTOM HAS RED RUBBER CAP ATTACHED TO BRASS CHAIN. 2) CASE, WOOD PAINTED SLATE BLUE WITH ALUMINUM HARDWARE. WHITE PAINTED LETTERING ON TOP READS, “CANADA, ASTROGRAPH MKIA, REF. NO. 6B/I82, SERIAL NO. 3697/43.” WITH LETTERING IS PAINTED GENERAL ELECTRIC SYMBOL. LEFT HINGE IS BROKEN. FRONT CENTER OF CASE HAS HANDLE WITH LEATHER STRAP. INSIDE HAS WOODEN DIVIDERS WITH THREE COMPARTMENTS ON RIGHT SIDE. WOODEN SPACERS AND MOUNTS ON LEFT SIDE COVERED WITH WHITE FELT IN SOME AREAS. 3) CAN, TIN. ORANGE RESIDUE AROUND LIP AT RIM. WHITE PAPER LABEL ON FRONT READS, “CANADA, R.C.A.F. 6B/98, 60N – 41N, R.A.F. 6B/193, SW157.” WRITTEN IN PINK HIGHLIGHTER AT TOP RIGHT CORNER OF LABEL IS, “8.” 4) SPARE PLASTIC PLUG WITH GLASS LIGHT BULB. 5) ONE ROUND HEAD BOLT WITH FLATHEAD SLOT AT TOP AND ONE HOMOLOGOUS SIX-SIDED NUT.
Subjects
ASTRONOMICAL T&E
TOOLS & EQUIPMENT FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
MILITARY
EDUCATION
History
DONOR DOUG PATCHING CAME INTO POSSESSION OF ASTROGRAPH AT THE TIME OF HIS FATHER DEL PATCHING’S PASSING ON FEBRUARY 4, 2004. THE ASTROGRAPH WAS LOCATED IN HIS FATHER’S HOME, BUT DONOR DOUG PATCHING RECALLS THE OBJECT, “MOVING AROUND WITH US.” DOUG PATCHING’S EARLIEST RECOLLECTION OF THE ASTROGRAPH’S EXISTENCE WAS WHILE HIS FATHER WAS, “WORKING AT THE LETHBRIDGE AIRPORT, HELPING TO DISMANTLE THE CF-100S. HE WOULD GO OUT DURING THE WINTER AND BRING HOME BUCKETS OF BOLTS.” DEL PATCHING LIVED ON A FARM SOUTH-EAST OF TOWN ON THE NORTH-EAST QUARTER “720 WEST OF THE 4TH NEAR WILSON SIDING.” AT THE TIME OF DONATION, DOUG PATCHING RELATED THAT, “AS A KID, IT WAS KINDA NEAT TO SEE STARS PROJECTED AND EVER SINCE THAT TIME I BOUGHT STAR MAPS. I WAS INSPIRED BY THIS THING.” THE ASTROGRAPH GIVES LONGITUDE, LATITUDE, STAR NAMES AND LOCATION. DOUG PATCHING SAID, “I THINK IT WAS MEMORABILIA, I’VE GOT HIS LOG BOOK WHEN HE WAS IN THE RCAF.” DEL PATCHING SERVED IN 1941/42 TO 1945 IN HALIFAX AS A NAVIGATOR. THE ASTROGRAPH’S LAST KNOWN USE WAS IN THE 1970S/80S AND, “MAY HAVE MADE IT TO WILSON JR. HIGH AS A TEACHER. HE HAD THE FIRST HAND-HELD CALCULATOR OF ANYONE IN SCHOOL.” HE TAUGHT SCIENCE BETWEEN 1970 AND 1980. ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, “DEL PATCHING WAS BORN IN ETZIKOM ALBERTA IN 1918. HE GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA WITH A B.SC (AGRICULTURE) IN 1939. FROM 1942 TO 1945 HE SERVED IN THE R.C.A.F. AS A NAVIGATOR WITH THE RANK OF FLIGHT SERGEANT, MAINLY FLYING NIGHTTIME IN HALIFAX BOMBING MISSIONS TO WESTERN EUROPE. FOLLOWING DISCHARGE, DEL PATCHING WORKED AT THE LETHBRIDGE AGRICULTURAL STATION IN 1945. IN 1946 HE MOVED TO THE FAMILY FARM NEAR WILSON SIDING WHERE HE FARMED FOR 26 YEARS. IN 1970, PATCHING COMPLETED A DEGREE IN EDUCATION AND LEFT FARMING TO TAKE UP A CAREER AS A TEACHER AT WILSON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN LETHBRIDGE UNTIL 1980 WHEN HE RETIRED. DEL PATCHING PASSED AWAY ON FEBRUARY 5, 2004 “ FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20120001000
Acquisition Date
2012-01
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, SHEET METAL
Catalogue Number
P19750120000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1930
Materials
WOOD, SHEET METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
7.6
Length
12.7
Width
51.0
Description
MARKED ON BACK "R. LIVINGSTON, SUPT., GALT MINE, LETH. ALTA". WOOD AROUND SIGN PAINTED GREEN AT ONE TIME. BACKGROUND OF SIGN PAINTED BLACK AT ONE TIME.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
ADVERTISING MEDIUM
Historical Association
COAL MINING
History
FROM FRONTIER, SASKATCHEWAN. SENT TO FRONTIER IN THE LATE '20'S OR DURING THE '30'S. THESE SIGNS WERE DISPLAYED ON SEVERAL GRAIN ELEVATOR CO. BLDGS IN THIS AREA WHERE EXCELLENT GRADE GALT COAL WAS SOLD IN LARGE QUANTITIES DURING THIS ERA. DONOR DROVE A TEAM OF HORESES 12 MILES TO HAUL COAL TO HIS FARM. SPECIAL BINS WERE BUILT NEAR THE ELEVATORS TO STORE COAL. COAL SHIPPED VIA C.P.R. BY BOXCAR FROM LETHBRIDGE. CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE. *NOTE* SIGN MISSING AS OF 2004 INVENTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19750120000
Acquisition Date
1975-07
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, SHEET METAL
Catalogue Number
P19770335000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1925
Date Range To
1930
Materials
WOOD, SHEET METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
91.4
Length
151.1
Width
4.3
Description
SIGN SAYS "GALT BURNS ALL NIGHT COAL, FOR SALE HERE TAYLOR SIGN WORKS CALGARY". WOOD FRAME AROUND SIGN PAINTED GREEN AT ONE TIME. BACKGROUND OF SIGN PAINTED BLACK AT ONE TIME. WORDS AND SYMBOLS ARE PAINTED ON SIGN IN YELLOW, WHITE AND BLACK. PAINT IS BADLY CHIPPED AND SCRATCHED OFF AT THE FACE OF THE SIGN. HEAVILY WORN. FRAME UNSTABLE; MOULDING LOOSE; NAILS PROJECT THROUGH FRAME; TOP LEFT CORNER BADLY DAMAGED; 3 PUNCTURE HOLES IN SHEET METAL; NUMEROUS DENTS; PAINT CHIPPED, EXPOSING METAL BACKING.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
ADVERTISING MEDIUM
Historical Association
COAL MINING
Catalogue Number
P19770335000
Acquisition Date
1977-02
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19960010008
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.6
Length
45
Width
35.4
Description
WOOD SIGN, PAINTED ECRU WITH BLACK AND RED STENCILLED PRINT. READS IN LARGE BLOCK LETTERS "BELL SIGNAL 1 BELL STOP 2 BELLS DOWN 3 BELLS HOIST". NAIL HOLE IN EACH CORNER. WOOD IS DRY AND SPLIT, AND PAINT IS CHIPPING THROUGHOUT. DENT IN TOP SURFACE, NEAR UPPER EDGE OF SIGN.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
COAL MINING
History
FOUND BY DONOR IN A MINE ON HIS SUMMER PROPERTY IN THE BEAVER MINES AREA. MINE WAS ABANDONED AFTER WWII DUE TO LOW GRADE OF COAL. ITEM SALVAGED PRIOR TO DONOR'S RETIREMENT FROM U OF L (PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR) TO THE WEST COAST IN 1996.
Catalogue Number
P19960010008
Acquisition Date
1996-03
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
GALT COAL
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19990035171
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GALT COAL
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1940
Materials
PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
0.1
Length
65.5
Width
50.5
Description
RECTANGULAR. YELLOW BACKGROUND. AT THE TOP, PRINTED IN BLACK IS "WE RECOMMEND". BELOW THIS IN BLACK WITH A WIDE BLUE OUTLINE IS "ALBERTA'S HIGHEST GRADE DOMESTIC COAL". IN THE MIDDLE IS A BLACK GALT COAL LOGO WITH "GALT COAL" PRINTED IN FLUORESCENT ORANGE, AND "BURNS ALL NIGHT" IN BLACK. TO THE RIGHT OF THE LOGO, IN LARGE BLACK LETTERS IS "GALT". BELOW THIS IS "THE DEEP SEAM HARD COAL MINED BY" IN BLACK, AND "LETHBRIDGE COLLIERIES LTD." IN BLUE.
Subjects
ADVERTISING MEDIUM
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
COAL MINING
RETAIL TRADE
History
SEE P19990035001-GA FOR DONOR HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19990035171
Acquisition Date
2000-07
Collection
Museum
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