This week's artifact has the Museum staff puzzled. These tags were found in a bucket with some short chains. After some cleaning they are looking brand new; however, we are not sure what these would have been used for. The front and back of the tags look identical and each has a large hole in the top and a smaller hole in the bottom. Initially it was thought that these tags were used by miner's as a means of identification, another suggestion that we received was that these tags were used for dairy cows. Do you know what these tags were used for? Let us know in the comments or contact us!
On the railway, lanterns were an important method of communication. The colour of each lantern represented a different message, and sometimes unique motions could be made with them to give instructions to the conductors. The red lantern was most often used to signal that the train should stop at a particular location. They were also commonly placed on the back of the caboose to mark the end of the train. Blue lanterns would be hung on equipment that was not to be moved. When a box car needed to be worked on, a blue lantern could indicate that it should remain at that spot. The yellow lanterns, which look orange or amber when unlit, were used to mark "camp cars", the railway cars that workers lived in when they were working away from home. Sometimes they were also used by workers to indicate that the railway switches were aligned properly, and the train could continue. Green lamps could mean "proceed with caution" among other things. White or clear lanterns were typically used by the brakemen to give instructions to the conductor (red ones were also sometimes used). They were swung by hand, and each motion sent a different message. For example, moving the light back and forth horizontally at waist height meant that the train should stop, while moving it vertically meant that it could go ahead.
One Man's Family was an American radio soap opera that aired between 1932 and 1959. It was written by Carlton E. Morse, and was the longest-running uninterrupted dramatic radio program. The episodes were divided into books and chapters. Over its 27 year span, the program presented 136 books with 3,256 chapters.
The production was set in the Sea Cliff area of San Francisco and was entered around stockbroker Henry Barbour, Franny, and their five children (Paul, Hazel, Clifford, Claudia, and Jack). The program made reference to a number of the San Fransisco area.
The drama made its television debut in prime time in 1949 and was on television until 1955.
Stop by the museum to see this awesome piece along with the rest of our collection!
Getting the Village School ready for visitors is a big job and means documenting all of the artifacts that will be moved to the Village School once it has been restored, not to mention the huge amount of work that will have to take place to restore the building. Our summer staff are working very hard to get all of our many artifacts documented in our books and computer, which means we come across some very interesting things! This week we have been working on documenting the Three Hills Ridge School items that were brought to the museum in 1987, and came across this letter addressed to the Chief Attendance Officer of the Department of Education. It was written during the Great Depression on June 6, 1935. It asks the Department of Education for permission to pay their teacher below minimum wage for the upcoming year (September 1, 1935 to June 30, 1936). A follow up letter was then written on July 22nd, which lists the many reasons why the Board of the Three Hills Ridge School District will not be able to pay their teacher full minimum wage. Read these invaluable letters below to get a glimpse into the experiences and struggles of Kneehill County residents during the Great Depression.
This vintage school primer, with a copyright date of 1895, is an artifact found on one of our bookshelves in our schoolroom. The book covered a range of different health topics, from brain tissues to workouts to the use of alcohol.
Here is an excerpt from the section entitled "Errors in the Use of Alcohol,"
"If this view of the question is the correct one, how utterly foolish is the practice of those who are continually prescribing for themselves doses of this poisonous substance for any trifling disturbance of their health. And how much worse is the practice of taking the various forms of alcohol when the person so taking them is in good health and merely indulges in drinking for the purpose of bringing about a temporary stimulation. And worse than all the others is the practice of those who not only indulge in the stimulants themselves, but who ask others to join in with them under the name of good-fellowship, when none of them are to be benefited by so doing, but rather all of them are in danger of being injured by the act."
Soon all of these school books will be relocated to the First Village School, which was moved onto museum grounds during the month of June from its previous location on 4th Ave.
Back in 2017 our staff wrote a new post each week about a different artifact from our Museum collection. We no longer keep up this tradition as we have moved on to other projects, but we have left them on our site for interest's sake. Enjoy this sneak peek of our Museum and make sure to stop on by to see more!