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Artefact: Speed Skates
Accession #: 95.63.05 A&B
Year: 1940s

These speed skates were worn by Betty McGhee in the 1940s. The goal of speed skating is to cover the most amount of distance in the least amount of time. The design of the skate helps the speed skaters accomplish that. The blade of the skate ranges from 38 to 45 cm in length and about 1.25mm thick. There is very little curve in the blade compared to hockey or figure skates which allows the skater to glide in long, straight lines.

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Artefact: Transistor Radio
Accession #: 80.02.235
Year: 1930s

On August 31st, 1920 the first radio news program was broadcast. Over the next 30 years radio broadcasting became more popular. Families would gather around the radio in the evening and listen to news, sports broadcasts, live music, and political addresses. Broadcasting was not only an important source of entertainment, it connected Canadians to the world outside of their homes, and helped them develop a sense of community.

This radio is a transistor radio which is a small portable radio that runs on transistor-based circuitry. Following their invention in 1954; they became one of the most popular communication devices in history. Their compact size changed the listening habits of people allowing them to constantly stay connected where ever they went.



Artefact: Goalie Glove
Accession #: 2000.07.01 A & B
Year: 1930s

In the early 1900s, players began to wear hockey gloves that were made from leather and stuffed with animal hair for padding. Today, hockey gloves are more commonly made of synthetic leather. Goalies wear different styled gloves on each hand; on their stick hand, they wear a glove called the blocker which has the long pad on the back of their forearm, and on their free hand, they wear a catching glove shaped similar to a baseball glove which was designed to catch shots.



Artefact: Catcher Mitt
Accession #: 2017.22.40
Year: 1940s

This leather catcher mitt was used by the Army & Navy Pats from Edmonton, Alberta.  Baseball quickly grew in popularity in the early 1920s and 1930s. The major league teams began losing players to the war in 1943 and less people were attending games. A major league owner tried to maintain the interest of fans by establishing a separate league for women, leading to the development of the Army & Navy Pats women’s baseball team. Before the establishment of a professional women’s league, they mainly played at an amateur level for universities and local sports days.



Artefact: Snowshoes
Accession #:  93.54.01a & b
Year: 1910s - 1920s

This style of snowshoes are from 1910.  They were originally trimmed with small red pom-poms. The frames on snowshoes were usually made from durable ash wood and the lacing was made from deer, caribou and moose hide. The toe and tail section were placed in a cross pattern with light babiche, a string material made from rawhide. The central body of the shoe was made with a thicker babiche to support heavy weight suspension.

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Artefact: Jockey Helmet
Accession #:  88.15.02
Year: 1950s

This jockey helmet was worn by Honored Member Jimmy Fitzsimmons a horse racing athlete. Thoroughbred racing is the racing of a special breed of horse over courses that range from 1.5- 2.5 km. They are known for their agility and speed. Their average speed is 70km/hr.