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Dresden Plate Quilt

Dresden Plate Quilt

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a. An unfinished plate/prairie flower quilt topper made in the 1930s. The quilt was made by Mary Ellen (Cairns) Smith of Sanctuary Saskatchewan. Mary Ellen Smith was Brenda (Ayers) McLeod's grandmother. Brenda got this quilt from her mother Marion (Smith) Ayers, who told her about how every detail on the flowers represented a dress made by Mary Ellen Smith; Special occasions, baby showers, weddings and the harvest picnic. The quilt topper itself is made up of a hand sewn top and a purple backing. The quilt also has twelve prairie flowers on the white background and a purple sheet for the backing. The two are separate. The quilt has a purple patch missing from the front and is held together with a safety pin. It has a couple stains on the boarder along with orange stains on the white part. The edges are very worn and are fraying. b. A large piece of purple fabric that goes along with the quilt. The ends are faded and frayed.

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016.08.01ab

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Fire Extinguisher (Plastic)

Fire Extinguisher (Plastic)

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This is a red plastic fire extinguisher with a metal pump that connects to a rubber hose. The model is "PTP-25 Pump Tank,"and has the maker's mark "Underwriters'Laboratories Inc." It also says "Flag Fire Equipment Ltd, Windsor Ontario". Flag’s PTP-25 is the first and only fire extinguisher made of Polyethylene Plastic to be thoroughly tested, approved and listed by The Underwriters Laboratories. It is built to stand rugged use and is virtually unbreakable This item was used by Peggy's husband Bill Perfitt in D'arcy B.C. and he worked in a fire camp for B.C.F.S. in the 1970-80s.

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016.03.01

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Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher

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This is a copper, red fire extinguisher manufactured by "General Fire Extinguisher Corp"in Windsor, Ontario. It says "Quick Aid General Where The Fire Starts."The model is P-909 and it is a 5 gallon tank. It has a metal pump with a rubber hose attached, the end of which has been melted shut. This item was used by Peggy's husband Bill Perfitt in D'arcy B.C. and he worked in a fire camp for B.C.F.S. in the 1970-80s.

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016.03.02

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Electro Bugs

Electro Bugs

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Three "Electro Bugs" manufactured by Challenger Electronics in Vancouver BC. These are large stainless steel whistle control boxes that are curved and affixed to a belt, worn by men involved in grapple yarding or steel spar skyline operations. Two of these belts (b,c) are older in design than a) and b,c were considered more difficult to use. All whistle systems use a dual button or trigger system to ensure the whistle is not activated by accident. This system was used by the Valleau logging to improve communication technology, productivity and work place safety. See accession # 014.26.01 for history.

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014.26.21abc

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Fedtro 10-15 watt horn

Fedtro 10-15 watt horn

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A "Powerhouse Fedtro" 10-15 watt horn for whistle signals used in yarding operations for communication between yarder operator and men on the ground. This unit was likely used with the "Talkie Tooter" system utilized by Valleau logging. These communication systems were necessary for work place safety, communication and productivity. See accession # 014.26.01 for history.

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014.26.17

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Motorola walkie-talkie

Motorola walkie-talkie

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Motorola "Handie - Talkie" FM radio phone that was used by Valleau logging in the 1980s- 1990s. Orange label affixed reads "166.14/2100' also "do not adjust controls". Item is a rectangular in shape with an on/off icon + two turning knobs marked "A"+"S". The bottom compartment snaps off and would have held the battery. Two wires extend from the bottom. There are two radio jacks and one antenna and wires. This type of unit greatly improved communication between the yarder operator and the men on the ground, improving safety and productivity at work. See accession # 014.26.01 for history.

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014.26.16abcd

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Talkie Tooter

Talkie Tooter

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A "Talkie Tooter Safety Tone System" patent NO870229, Made in Canada. There is a label on the unit and it is engraved "UHF, freq 469.2375, Valleau logging, Ryan river, 1st tone: 1000 HZ, 2nd tone 1700HZ". Label is abraded and fading. a) It is a red plastic box with hardware for mounting on a work belt. b) It is a coiled cord with a small red box on one end. This box has a button that would be depressed to speak into a mic so the "riggin' slinger" (man on the ground) could talk to the operator man in the cab of the steel spar. The mic unit is missing. Used for work safety during yarding operations. See accession # 014.26.01 for history.

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014.26.18

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Talkie Tooter battery charger

Talkie Tooter battery charger

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A Talkie Tooter battery charger. This item was used to power the talkie tooter system. It is a blank box with a stainless steel face. Three cords emerge from the face, two used to power talkie tooter and one to plug into power source. See accession # 014.26.01 for history.

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014.26.19

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Talkie Tooters

Talkie Tooters

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These are two talkie tooters. The item is a long square rectangular object with "Talkie Tooter" inscribed on the side. The unit has a curved block handle and is depressed in tandem with pushing a button to "toot" the whistle. The units have a canvas belt affixed so that a logger could wear these units in the field. The units had a mercury switch and could only be activated when right side up to ensure they were not accidentally triggered signalling the operator when it wasn't required. These units replaced the "Electro Bug" belts and were considered a great improvement in communication technology at the time. See accession # 014.26.01 for history.

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014.26.20ab

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