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Artefact: Curling Broom
Accession #: 90.20.02
Year: 1940s

This broom belonged to honored member and builder Ray Kingsmith. Original curling brooms like this one, called ‘corn brooms’, were made of a wood shaft and looked like something used to sweep floors. Curling originated hundreds of years ago in Scotland and quickly became a very popular sport in Canada. Eventually brooms began to be manufactured with synthetic materials and a flat faced design, rendering these early corn brooms essentially obsolete. The sweeping technique of corn brooms is quite different from the modern technique of synthetic flat-faced brooms.