Month: February 2012

CMAGScsi 5 - Camp Coffee

Deep Research Case 5: Camp Coffee

Camp Coffee was developed in 1876 for Scottish Highlander soldiers on campaign in the Sudan who really wanted a cup of coffee. Made with chicory, the coffee substitute was mixed with warm milk and ready to go. It’s still developed in Scotland today and sold throughout the world. Did your parents or grandparents have a bottle of this in their cupboard?

CMAGScsi 4- Mountview Video Sign - Corrected

Deep Research Case 4: Mountainview Video Sign

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at collections@cmags.org.

Mountview Video Plus started out as the Mountview Supermarket in the 1970s, owned and operated by Roy and Virginia Bray. Mountview became a video store in the 1980s and today is replaced by Elevation Gallery on Main Street. Do you remember the Supermarket? How about the squeaky saloon doors to the “secret” room in the back of the video store?

CMAGScsi 3- Juke Box

Deep Research Case 3: JUKEBOX, circa 1950s-1980s

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at collections@cmags.org.

This “Seeburg Wall –o– matic 200” is believed to have been one of a few models in the booths at the Canmore Hotel. While it was manufactured between 1957 and 1959, it must have been used up until the 1980s, with songs by Bonnie Tyler, Culture Club and the Pointer Sisters as selections. Did you pop in a quarter for 2 plays?

CMAGScsi 2 - Postal Scales

Deep Research Case 2: Postal Scales, circa 1870s

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at collections@cmags.org.

Up until 1840, the price of mailing a letter was based on how far it was going and how many sheets of paper there were. It was after this when mail started being weighed. This scale has 4 weights that balance on the left and a letter tray on the right. The price for 4 ounces is 1 ½ D, or 1 ½ English pence. Did you see this used in the Canmore Post Office?