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Editorial Announcement Welcome to the May/June 2018 issue of Discovering ANTIQUES. This is my last contribution as Owner and Editor of the magazine. After several years of managing health concerns I have had to make the tough decision to pass on the torch. When I put the magazine up for sale, my biggest fear was that, being a “paper product” would seal its fate and send it the way of the “Dodo Bird” – to extinction! The positive response and interest in the magazine have restored my faith in what I have been doing for the last 18 years. I am really pleased that the magazine has been sold to another who shares my passion for the antique world. I am very pleased to introduce you to Kathleen Raines, who will be the new publisher! She has a great respect for the antique industry and will eventually incorporate her own personality and interests into handling of the magazine. As Kathleen takes over the reins of Discovering ANTIQUES, your continued support is really important! One of her interests is embracing the social media world and Kathleen intends to begin by adding Instagram to the magazine's media inventory. And remember, when visiting our advertisers, please let them know that you saw their ad in Discovering ANTIQUES! Jan Mather, Editor
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In a year filled with life changing decisions the purchase of Discovering ANTIQUES Ltd. is the one I am most excited by. After a long circuitous route including years spent in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer and Markerville I returned with my sheep flock to the family farm near Airdrie last fall. I grew up with an appreciation for quality and heritage acquired from both my parents and have been in many of your shops during my rambles around the province. The standard driving rule is that a stop is always warranted whenever an antique or quilt shop sign is spotted! In fact the single most appealing aspect of the business is the opportunity to take more road trips and visit as many shops and shows as possible. It might take me awhile but I do hope to meet many 4 • DiscoveringANTIQUES.com
of you in person over the next year. In the meantime expect a let’s-get-acquainted call or email very soon. Of course as a regular antique store shopper I have long been familiar with Discovering ANTIQUES and was thrilled that Jan and I were able to come to an agreement. I feel fortunate to be stepping into an established venture with strong partnerships in a sector that interests me and I thank Jan for her stewardship of the magazine over the last 18 years. These are big shoes to fill but I am determined to guide Discovering ANTIQUES through the ownership transition and ensure that it remains vibrant as the antique industry continues to evolve.
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Discovering ANTIQUES VOLUME 20 | NO. 2 | 2018 PUBLISHER Discovering ANTIQUES EDITOR Jan Mather SPECIAL ASSISTANCE from Catharina VanTooren LAYOUT & AD DESIGN Crystal Ink crystalink.ca CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Fred Hauck Susan Holme Manyluk Catharina VanTooren
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A passion for antiques creates a connection to a community.
By Jan Mather, Owner of Discovering Antiques, 2000 – 2018
Discovering ANTIQUES has provided me both a gratifying career and a strong connection to the antique community. It is a beautiful day in April, the year is 2000 and I am standing in a beautiful antique shop in Calgary Alberta’s community of Inglewood where I have the pleasure of working daily. In my hands is a new possession – an antique magazine which my husband and I have just purchased. I am so excited about doing articles, playing with the layout and especially learning about antiques. The May/June 2000 issue was my first. It was done quickly to keep on schedule, and with the assistance of the previous owners who were also providing the artwork support and all that entails for the interim. As wonderful as it was to have this new venture, I suddenly realized an important detail, I was going to have sell advertising to pay the bills?! Being in sales was not what I envisioned as I flipped through the full colour glossy pages. Sales Let’s just say I learned quickly how to not sell advertising. Initially, I would tuck a handful of magazines under my arm and enter an antique shop. For the next half hour I browse through the aisles, gazing at the variety of items waiting to be sold. Eventually, at the front counter I offer my bundle of magazines to be given to customers free of charge and quickly ask if they would like to advertise. When told, “No” I thank them and leave. Shops that were already advertisers only needed confirming, usually. It took a while, but between the magazine itself, and me a bit, the advertiser list finally grew and the bills got paid!
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Printing Early in 2000, while “selling” advertising in Edmonton, I was introduced to Craig Bell at McCallum Printing. Craig and I discussed the magazine and once the one condition that I needed was met, combined with a quote with the lowest rates received from any other printer, McCallum (now part of the Burke Group) has been our printer ever since. Over these past fifteen or so years, Craig was always there. We did not smooze, do lunch, etc., but he became my “rock” when it came to printing. Production and Design When my graphic design support announced a move to BC, I found myself scrambling to learn how to use a Macintosh computer and graphic software which appeared to be in a different language. Training was helpful but practice seemed to be the only way to overcome the feeling of being in a dark labyrinth of boxes, fonts etc. InDesign was
the new program, but my archaic equipment would have to do the job for the immediate future.
the number of times Wilf appeared in articles began to get on my nerves! Did he do it on purpose?
The Scotchman in me persisted for many years attempting to do my own artwork which averaged 40 – 80 hours per issue. A graphic artist would review my work before uploading it to the printer in Edmonton. The best advice he ever gave me was a referral to another home-based graphic business, Crystal Ink, owned by Crystal Reynolds.
Susan Holme Manyluk – has been composing her narratives for us since the early 2002. Over the years, we have come to expect not just information, but facts wrapped around a good story woven like a piece of linen you will find in her shop.
Crystal and I agreed to terms in 2009 and she has handled all the graphics and layout since. Our working relationship strengthened over the years as we collaborated and continue to produce a quality publication, while building a strong bond based on trust. The Advertisers What comes to mind when I think of the antique store owners, is the hugs. And oh my, there were the hugs! What other “job” do you know of where hugs are a usual part of your day? Well lucky me, I was welcomed to a number of shops that way. At first it was a surprise, then it became just the way it was, and even now it can embrace me with a warm fuzzy feeling, like a blanket on a cold day. The Authors were the backbone entity. Three of them have been a large part of my history with the magazine for at least ten or more years: Fred Hauck – for ten years Fred’s articles have arrived via Canada Post requiring both transcribing and editing. When I didn’t understand something I clarified details to ensure quality content for my readers. There came a time when I almost threatened Fred about his passion for Wilf Carter. I respected that Fred is a fan, but
Catharina VanTooren - has a passion to find out about things – if something interests her, she immediately wants to know all about it. This means finding facts that tell her the who, what, when, where, why of something. Distribution Over the last few years I have been managing a degenerative muscle disease that has prevented me from carrying boxes of magazines. Distribution meant Jim, in Edmonton, did all the lifting at the warehouse prepping the boxes for their different carriers and doing the distribution to Edmonton and area shops. My Saturday trip down Highway#2 eventually became a community effort. Not one store owner minded going to my vehicle and getting their magazines, in fact each seemed more than happy to help! It was so neat! Recently, my health changed again and the warehouse crew has increased by two and for now, Highway #2 magazines are handled. The Readers I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge and thank everyone who has been a part of Discovering ANTIQUES. I cannot forget to thank you, the readers. It is your support of your local antique shops that has not only proved the value of this magazine but also of the value of local small business.
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Ammolite Truly Alberta's Gem By Catharina VanTooren, Dealer, Calgary, AB
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They call it one of the rarest gems on earth and it is found right here on our doorstep. In 1981 it received official gem status by the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO). I am referring to ammolite. Not commonly known, ammolite is considered a truly unique gem, displaying a spectacular array of colours that cannot be surpassed by any other means. But it took a long time to become a gem - without a doubt, a very long time! It started 400 to 66 million years ago when mollusks or sea squids, called ammonite, occupied the mainly warm waters of the world's oceans. During the Mesozoic Era (about the same time as the dinosaurs roamed the planet) the fossilized shells of these pre-historic marine creatures were buried in the sea bed, where they underwent continuous changes from the earth's pressure and heat. This resulted in the formation of layer upon layer of a mineral called aragonite, comprising of crystalline calcium carbonate (97%), iron (1%), silica (1%) and a trace each (1 %) of the minerals titanium and copper. Compare this natural wonder to
the formation of mother of pearl or abalone, the pearly internal layer of certain mollusk shells we are familiar with and which we recognize in various decorative uses.
Fossilizied version of an ammonite, the raw material to create ammolite.
The rare ammonite fossil, however, produced a rainbow of colours, from fiery reds to deep sea blues, rainforest greens and almost every colour in between, but surprisingly only in fossils found in Southern Alberta. The ammonite found elsewhere in the world is mostly colourless, making the Alberta discovery truly unique. Apparently, the transSketch and example of an ammonite.
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formation of colour occurred when a source of light interfered with a buried fossil during refraction, resulting in the formation of a gem quality specimen we came to know as ammolite. Ammolite is one of the world's few organic gemstones. Organic gems are derived from fossils or dead cells of once (pre-historic) living organisms, such as coral (skeletons of marine invertebrates), amber (fossilized plant resin) and jet (fossilized plants forming a coal substance). Pearl and ivory are organic gems as well, but are not formed from fossilized minerals. Brilliantly coloured ammolite, as said, is found in the southern part of Alberta, close to the City of Lethbridge. Two dedicated mining companies extract the fossils in an environmentally friendly manner. Once mined, the fossils are freed from their encasement, then sorted and prepared for the jewellery industry. Only when completely intact ammolite fossils are found, they will be set aside for preservation and will never be compromised for the making of jewellery. They may end up on display in worldwide museums or in private hands. But it is not only the focus of the jewellery industry that has attracted people's attention. Interesting is also the significance attributed to its spiritual and medicinal powers. It is said that a long time ago (<1492) a woman from the Blackfoot Tribe stumbled upon a piece of (then unidentified) ammolite while gathering firewood. Enduring a harsh Canadian Rockies’ winter, food was becoming scarce. The piece 'spoke' to her - radiating its medicinal powers. The· following day a large herd of bison appeared and thus saved the tribe from starvation. The First Nations' people therefore call the ammolite "Iniskim" 12 • DiscoveringANTIQUES.com
or buffalo stone and continue to use it in ceremonial bison hunting rituals. Followers of Feng Shui regard ammolite as an influential stone. Feng Shui is the Chinese art of harmonizing nature and directing the flow of energy known as Ch'i. The Feng Shui Masters claim that the fossil, being buried for millions of years, has absorbed cosmic energy from the universe - an energy that will transfer to the wearer or holder of a gem ammolite. Home decorators may incorporate Feng Shui elements in their designs, be it antique, vintage/retro or contemporary. It is believed that a home containing a piece of the ammolite fossil or a piece of the gem will be a happy home with a happy family. Offices might benefit as well, for it will promote good business opportunities. Unfortunately, and due to its rarity, ammolite is extremely pricey and is not often used decoratively. Feng Shui followers direct their focus more on jewellery, which will subsequently radiate its powers to the wearer. No two pieces of ammolite are the same. Certain colours will prevail over others. Red: is said to promote growth and energy; orange: creativity and libido; yellow: balContinued on Page 14
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High Intensity Medium Intensity
Low Intensity Ammolite Grading Matrix
Chart describing the different levels of GRADE.
ance and wealth; green: wisdom and intellect; and lastly blue, purple and violet: (the most rare colours found in ammolite) health, serenity, faith and knowledge.
1962, when amateur lapidaries displayed their simple ammolite wares at a local gem show in Nanton, Alberta that the groundwork for the success of ammolite was laid!
The hardness of natural ammolite is between 3.5 and 4.00 on MOH's scale, not very hard indeed. Therefore, ammolite, when used for making jewellery is sealed with a protective material which increases its hardness to about 8.0. Just as with other gemstones, the value of ammolite is largely dependent on colour, brilliance and intensity. The grading system runs from AAA showing three dominant colours, to Standard and B, which shows slight brilliance and only one colour. In the lower grades, matrix lines (the solid matter in which a fossil is embedded) maybe visible.
Ammolite jewellery is available in selected stores in various major cities. It can also be found in the mountain towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, so popular among tourists from far and wide, which cater to the distinguished buyer. There is an ammolite factory in Canmore where visitors may enjoy interpretive tours.
It was not until 1908 when a member of the National Geological Survey team provided the first descriptions of Ammolite and Canadian Ammonites along the St. Mary River in Southern Alberta. Then, it was not until
It is anticipated that the supply hidden in Alberta's soil will be exhausted in the very near future, making ammolite a solid investment potential. Sadly, once it is gone, it is gone forever. To use the words from one of the mining and manufacturing companies: "Ammolite is rare, precious and highly sought after - a true natural treasure." And it is right here in Alberta!
Author's note: Selected text and information has been taken from various commercial ammolite brochures. The author would like to extend her thanks to the companies involved. 14â€‚ â€˘ DiscoveringANTIQUES.com
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“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney There is nothing more “Alberta” than the sight of a big red barn. The backs of these grand buildings sway with age as time passes. Like the settlers and homesteaders that built them, Alberta Barns are grey and weathered by the Prairie Sun many falling to the effects of harsh Alberta winters and heavy snow loads. For Alberta Homesteaders, building a barn was often part of the requirements of gaining the homestead lands under Canada’s “Dominion Lands Act.” As the land was settled, barns dotted the Alberta Landscape and became part of the agricultural history of our Province. But like the stories of our grandparents as time and generations pass, barns like memories fade and begin to disappear. Alberta born Debora Rice-Salomons grew up with memories of barn dances at her grandfather’s (Russell Rice) barn east of Torrington, Alberta. As a little girl, she remembers spreading dance wax; sitting on the floor 20 • DiscoveringANTIQUES.com
polisher to get an extra shine on the hayloft dance floor; and dancing with her father at the Rice Barn dances. Deb's father, Laurel Jay Rice, passed away when she was seven years old, so these barn dance memories became how she remembered her dad. Aunt Lola Hazel (nee Rice) of Knee Hill County explains her Grandfather Frank Rice was convinced by his three then unmarried sons to install a “fir dance floor” in their barn to host dances in hopes of enticing marriageable young women to the family farm for evenings of dancing. When the Rice Barn was built in 1924, the Rice boys travelled by horse and wagon to the Eagle Hill Saw Mill northwest of Olds, to purchase the lumber for the dance floor. The trip took three days, slowed down by deep coulees on the trail. Uncle Ron Rice tells how his father and uncles would have to unload half the lumber from their horse-drawn wagon to climb the steep hills between the farm and the mill. Then they
would unload the balance of the lumber at the top of the hill before going back to bring the second half of the load up. Quite an undertaking to get a girl to dance with you!
The path to her dream of barn dances and hosting events was clearly in her sights. Next was county approvals; engineers; blueprints and budgets and of course plans.
Debora dreamed of having a Barn like the “Rice Barn,” and when she hit a milestone birthday, she decided it was now or never to make her dreams come true. She began searching for the right property and barn. In early 2017, Debora purchased the “Rattray Homestead” one mile east of Cremona, Alberta.
Plans to rescue and restore the old barn. Plans to bring back memories of barns past. Plans to dance. Plans for dreams of "Historic Barn" to come true.
This historic property included a 1915 Eaton’s Catalogue House and a 1908 Historic Barn. This property was homesteaded in 1903 by Jack Rattray and stayed in the family until the passing of Jack’s son, Grant, in 2014. Neighbour Lynn Reid tells how Jack Rattray worked at the Elkton Sawmill to earn the lumber to build the barn that stands on the property today. The house “ordered from the Eaton’s Catalogue” came on the train to Carstairs, and was picked up by Jack with horse and wagon and brought to the land for construction. The house is a “four square” with verandahs on the east and south sides typical of the 1915 era in Alberta. But it is the Barn that caught Debora’s eye. Years of harsh Alberta Weather had taken a toll on the Rattray barn. The west foundation wall had fallen in, the roof was sagging, and there was three feet of pigeon poop in the loft. With her dream firmly in place, Debora began the barn rescue. Many a local farmer stopped by the barn construction site to check out the work and provide free advice on how the barn should be saved. Economics dictated it would be cheaper to build a new barn than to rescue the historic farm buildings. For Debora, the economics were overruled by her dreams.
Debora has a plan; a good plan; a tough plan. Will it be easy? No. Will it be fun? Yes Will it be worth it? Definitely. Images of the disrepair of the original barn.
Flying shakes as the barn was rescued.
Barn renovation almost complete.
Debora and the team at Mountain View Events (Craig, Brad & Maribeth) will open “The Heritage Centre” with its wondrous Historic Barn and Heritage Home summer 2018 to clients wishing to book the venue for Weddings and Special Events. Visit us online: www.mvetheheritagecentre.com
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Handsome William Frederick Hogarth, Esq. By Susan Holme Manyluk, HolmeHus Antiques at The Farm with The Good Food, Red Deer, AB
Who the Hell? William Frederick Hogarth was a typical Victorian-era Canadian. Born in Brantford, Ontario in 1864, a few short years before Confederation, he grew up in a railroading family. His father worked for the Grand Trunk Railroad, and William – like many small boys of that era – would have been interested in this burgeoning form of transportation. The future expansion of rail was seen as the future expansion of the Canadian nation. As track was laid, as people and goods could be quickly transported through large tracts of undeveloped terrain, through towering forests and over rivers and streams, unfordable for parts of each year; the development of Canada’s frontier became a certainty. The push west was gaining momentum. In the early 1880’s, like many young men of the day, William “went west” and built a homestead in Manitoba. He also worked for the Manitoba and Northwestern Railroad. When Canadian Pacific eventually absorbed the smaller company, William was sent to Fort William in the winter of 1886. The former North West Fur Company post was becoming a railhead on Hudson Bay, linking land and sea transportation and bringing new inhabitants and growth to the area. In 1893, the ever-ambitious William saw a business oppor22 • DiscoveringANTIQUES.com
tunity in Fort William - he established a small feed and confectionary store. When in 1907 his growing grocery business outgrew its existing premises, he constructed a block on Syndicate Avenue to house his growing enterprises. In 1898, William F. Hogarth had fulfilled his civic duty by being elected to town council, and in 1901 became the Mayor of Fort William. Under his leadership, public sewage services were expanded, a larger cemetery was established, and street signs erected; as the former fort grew and entered the 20th Century on an optimistic note. During his tenure he was also honoured to welcome to the Lakehead, the future King George V and Queen Mary, on their Grand Tour of Canada. In later years, he served as President and General Manager of the Mount McKay and Kakabeka Falls Railway, and by the 1920’s was instrumental in the establishment of a municipal golf course, for the recreational well-being of the local citizens. Handsome still at age seventy-two, he died in 1936; having led a busy and successful life, shepherding his adopted city from a languishing former fur-trading post, onward to become a thriving port and railhead hub of urban stature. In 1970, Fort William and Port Arthur amalgamated and were renamed Thunder Bay.
And this is where antiques enter into the story… A few weeks ago, I was ‘running my trapline’ (as my very favourite fellow-dealer terms “the hunt”) on a Friday afternoon; delivering many dozens of fresh free-range eggs produced by our hard-working hens, to various long-term customers. This duty was interspersed with a few stops at some of Red Deer’s second-hand emporiums – just on the chance of making a score.
the “Souvenir of Fort William” plate, as the front helpfully established it to be. At that moment, I was not even sure exactly where Fort William had been located – somewhere “down east”, I presumed. As I discovered, it was a popular name given to various locations, but the “Kakabeka Falls” narrowed it down to the North West Fur Company fort located on Hudson Bay.
And, score I did… at the Missions location, a shopping cart was being wheeled out, full of assorted items to be shelved, as I was headed to the till with an armload of books. The blue and white plate tucked under the Tupperware was impossible to ignore. I freed it from its “trap,” paid for my purchases, and headed for home.
The plate is exactly ten inches in diameter, with a deep centre well (making it more of a bowl configuration) that depicts Kakabeka Gorge and Waterfall. The rolled rim has six cartouches, featuring a close-up of the falls and of Mount McKay in the two at the top and bottom. The remaining four show a handsome two-story school, the city hospital, the sturdy customs house and the ‘new’ city hall, featuring a fine clock tower, front and centre. All are very imposing edifices and excellent examples of late Victorian colonial
And, that’s how I met W.F. Hogarth…you can hopefully see his name as the “designer and importer” on the large backstamp of the plate in the picture. Needless to say, I was instantly intrigued to uncover the history of
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Souvenir of Fort William plate. Front and back stamp.
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architecture. The buildings’ reproductions in cobalt underglaze are also excellently done; including every exacting detail on each structure. The surrounding trees are lifelike and the skyline above is filled with light. The Kakabeka Waterfall roars over the gorge-edge, depicted so that you almost feel the rising icy mist as it plunges downward; then settles and calms as the water has room to spread and still. The light gleaming on its surface is wonderfully realistic and makes you feel as if you stood where the actual photographs would have been taken. The many tiny crosshatched lines making up the images, indicated this plate was transfer-decorated, not hand-painted, in classic cobalt blue on white. That much was obviously apparent from a close-up, firsthand study of the plate itself.
Then, in order to learn more, the detective work began… First, I pulled Kovel’s New Dictionary of Marks, Pottery and Porcelain, 1850 to the Present, from my library. On page 145, we find that Rowland and Marcellus Co. backstamp. It was used between 1893 and 1900 by an American company importing into North America transferwares manufactured in the Staffordshire area of England. That information gives us an accurate date and place of origin to add to what the old atlas revealed about which Fort William was the inspiration behind the plate’s creation. Next, I resourced an old friend who I knew had a brother living in present-day Thunder Bay. Mary gave me lots of background about grain terminals (of which her brother engineered a number), amethyst deposits in the area, and the “new” old Fort William. This extensive historical site was relocated years ago and is an outstanding recreation of a North West Fur Company trading post. They focus on the time span of 1800 to about 1820, before the take-over of the fur trade by the Hudson Bay Company.
Several telephone calls were exchanged with their very helpful staff gleaning further bits of information, and a referral to the Thunder Bay Museum. Their curator and the archivist, Michael de Jong, was also very helpful, enjoyed exchanging observations on the discovery I had made in Red Deer and promised to research their records. He also led me to further website information on Mayor Hogarth’s achievements. The next conversation with Michael revealed that the museum does have a copy of the Fort William Souvenir plate – but no record of precisely when the plates were ordered, for what purpose (sale or giveaways), how large the order might have been or how long delivery would have taken, from start to finish. Finally, we went to good-old Google… There we learn that the Rowland and Marcellus Co. was one of the most successful wholesalers and retailers of souvenir decorative items being imported into North America. Ceramics collecting was very popular throughout the 19th Century, as the growing middle class of industrialists, merchants, and land developers gained economic power. Rowland and Marcellus met this demand by importing vast quantities of wares made at many factories in the Staffordshire area. Operating out of New York, they received the shipments by sea, and then distributed overland by rail. Japan, Germany, and Austria were also major producers of advertising and souvenir soft-paste and hard-paste porcelain items. The images utilized were either artist-created or photo- reproduced motifs, and were given to engravers to faithfully copy onto steel - or more often copper- plates using a set of burin gravers of various sizes to “cut” fine lines that formed a reproduction of the photo, including shading, light and dark areas and every minute detail of the original. These copper plates were then “inked,” (in this case with cobalt) then sheets of tissue Continued on Page 26
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paper were “printed” with the image. These sheets of tissue were next applied to unfired ceramic bodies. This required care and control, that images were centered cleanly, edges meeting properly, with no smudging or wobbly bits. Cobalt was the only type of glaze that could handle the very high initial firing temperatures required by porcelain, turning it from a dirty black to many shades of vivid blue, through to palest pastel. The result was fired again with a hard, clear, shiny overglaze and resulted in a very handsome cabinet display piece, or an item of functional dinnerware. The Victorians were fond of colour and “blue and white” collections were avidly displayed in china cupboards, breakfronts, and on plate rails of their time. This was no doubt why the good W.F. Hogarth, business owner and civic leader extraordinaire, placed his order with Rowland and Marcellus of New York. I wonder if he supplied the original photographs used, and how many plates were ordered at the time. His choice of a design featuring four civic views reflecting the city of Fort William’s health, education, com-
merce, and governmental accomplishments was cleverly done, as a means to advertise Fort William’s many attributes in a very pleasing way. His obvious love for nature and the beauty of the surrounding countryside shows the pride of place that William Hogarth felt for his home. He picked a very enduring way, a very Victorian way to preserve those images for the future. Based largely on intuition, I am guessing that the Fort William plate is relatively rare; vastly more of the same design featuring Niagara Falls would have been made, based on its popularity as a tourist destination. Plates featuring Robbie Burns and Shakespeare were also produced in large numbers in the same format of blue on white surrounded by cartouches of “views”, from their respective lives. Online prices listed on different sites vary quite a bit, ranging from $25.00 to over $200.00. According to the 2009 Miller’s Antiques book, the Canadiana section; Mr. Hogarth’s version would fall in the latter range. Not too bad for a quick trip ‘round “The Trap Line.”
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OF THOUGHTS & MEMORIES by Fred Hauck, Collector, Redcliff, AB
In case some of you have wondered, how collecting and writing for Discovering ANTIQUES started for me…. Over the years, as both a vendor and a collector I frequented many shows, and Discovering ANTIQUES magazine was always by the front doors. Some of these shows no longer exist, like the Blue Mountain Show in Calgary, one I participated in several times. I had kept several copies of the magazine and noticed the centre page complimentary listing of shows and auctions. At the time (ten years ago) I was finishing plans for an antique and old car swap meet, in Redcliff where I live, and called to have it listed. During our conversation, I mentioned that I had written for several years for a Saskatchewan farm toys magazine. Asked if I would like to submit an article and thought if my show was in Redcliff I should write accordingly. The 30 • www.DiscoveringANTIQUES.com
Redcliff Cigar Factory, showcasing my original cigar box from 1915 was my first article. That was 2008, and I have been a regular contributor ever since. Topics to write about was never a problem as I focused on items I knew about and had an interest in. I collect three main topics – music history, Stampede history and agriculture history. A yearly Stampede issue became a good fit as the magazine is a Calgary publication and it should on occasion have Calgary content, especially for a 100th Anniversary article in 2012. This deadline approached a little faster than anticipated and combined with a telephone call from Jan, forced me to finish the article and mail it. Being under pressure works well. This particular article was just on the 1912 Stampede. At that time I did not have the 1912 and 1919 programmes – the first two Stampedes. Next year is the 100th
Anniversary of the second Stampede known as the Victory Stampede which celebrated the end of the First World War, and it will be a good opportunity to feature these two programmes. The Stampede article for 2010 featured Wilf Carter’s biography, and Wilf made it into many of my articles, including every one in 2015. The History of Chuckwagon Racing was written in 2011. Giving it to a radio friend, Dan Buttler, resulted from an interview with me on the radio before the Thursday night’s races. And, thanks to an article in 2014 about the Stampede Post Office, I received many responses. As the article could be found online, while researching family items two families have entrusted me with Stampede collectables that add to my Stampede postal collection beyond my wildest dream.
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An article to come would include the Model T Ford,I built from spare parts that I found or friends supplied. I had a grandfather and great-grandfather who owned Model T’s as their first automobile. Wilf Carter had a Model T Coupe as his first car, and I have a picture of it at the ranch in Cremona, AB. The second is about the movie “Calgary Stampede” starring Hoot Gibson. It was a silent film shot at the 1925 Calgary Stampede. I have several items relating to the movie including a glass poster slide which is quite rare.
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An unusual article in 2015 involved the colour Pink; there were several Christmas articles and one year I received a Time Life book with illustrations of cast iron McCormick-Deering ten to twenty tractor and threshing machine from the 1920’s. These toys seemed like a dream to me then but now I own tractors, and threshing machines, one of each was pictured in a 2013, 2014 toy article. Continued on Page 32
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For many years there has always been the World Championship Blacksmith Competition, until 2017, and an article on the Village Blacksmith featuring the many items made at the competition would have been special.
I have received horseshoes annually and programs first by Eric and then by Eric’s daughter Riley and friend Alex. Again, thank you to those people who keep my collecting needs fulfilled.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the following individuals for their assistance while feeding my collecting and Stampede dreams…. Thanks to the magazine I was fortunate to get to know Barbara (Peeper) Williams (Doc and Chickie Williams’ daughter). I wrote about Doc and Peeper who were old-time country music performers. And Chickie helped me greatly through correspondence from her home in West Virginia. I have received horse shoes annually and programmes first by Eric at the Blacksmith’s Championship and then by Eric’s daughter Riley and friend Alex. Again, thank you to those people who keep my collecting needs to be fulfilled. With the mention of the Stampede, there have been a lot of friends who have looked after me over the years since 1984. In 2009, I wrote the history of CFCN Radio. They have been friends I made in radio because of the Stampede CFCN Revival, CFAC folks like Jimmy Hughes and his daughter Jody. I see Jimmy every year, and he has given me some super collectables. A few friend son the grounds who have given me Stampede collectables and are at the GMC tent. They always look after me – Hugh, Tony and especially Sarah. They even keep me hydrated. I look forward to seeing them every year. I should also thank two people who have taken photographs for me over the last 10 years, Pat (my mother) and Tom. I should also thank Mike for his input and finding more collectables for me. It’s been a great ride these past ten years. Usually involving someone on the other end trying to decipher my chicken scratch. For that, I thank Jan Mather for the text and Crystal Reynolds for the layout. I have written for many publications both in the United States and Canada, and this magazine is my favourite.
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