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  • H. Viney WWII Helmet
  • Accession #: 1980.02.862
    Year: 1940s


    This helmet was worn by honoured member Henry Viney during his time serving in WWII. It is a British-style MK2 helmet that was used by the Canadian forces. The helmet is an improved version of the famous British Brodie helmet that had been developed and issued to soldiers during the First World War. The helmet is made of steel with a leather lining and a wide brim designed to protect against shrapnel.

     Henry Viney served five years in the instructional staff of the Canadian Army during the Second World War and upon his return began working for CFCN Calgary. Viney began his broadcasting career in 1932 and continued broadcasting across four decades. In 1967, he received the Foster Hewitt award as Canada’s Outstanding Sportscaster. Viney was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. 




    Artefact: Football Helmet
    Accession #: 2007.03.01
    Year: 1950s


    Football helmets began to be used in the 1920s and were made of hardened leather that covered the top of the head and the ears. They had no facial protection or straps to fasten them to the players head. It was not until the 1950s that helmets began to resemble there modern incarnations consisting of hardened plastic, face masks and chin straps. The first plastic helmets had minimal inner protection and face masks of only a single bar across the lower portion of the helmet.

     This helmet was worn by Honoured Member Elmer ‘Rollie’ Miles of the Edmonton Eskimos during the 1950s. Miles is a member of the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame and is a 3 time Grey Cup champion. He played multiple positions including running back, linebacker, defensive back and special teams.





    Artefact: Fencing Foil
    Accession #: 2001.08.02
    Year: 1950s

    Fencing comprises three subdivisions, each named after the specific blade used: the foil, the epee and the sabre. Modern foil blades are up to 110 cm in length with a maximum weight of 500 grams and a blunted point. Foil fencers score points by making touches with the point of their sword only on the torso of their opponent. Since the hand is not an eligible area to score touches, foil swords have a very small hand guard. The hilts of foil swords often have a pistol-like grip such as this one or a small crossguard and wrist strap.

    Fencing is one of the oldest Olympic sports and developed from the historical practice of swordsmanship throughout Europe, with its practice as a sport emerging toward the end of the 19th century. Modern-day fencing requires the use of helmets, coats, gloves and other protective equipment. It is one of only five sports having been featured in every modern Olympic Games.




    Artefact: Tennis Racquet
    Accession #: 80.01.02
    Year: 1930-38

    This wooden tennis racquet was used by Honoured Member Marjorie Eustace in the 1930s. She started her career in 1922 when she entered and won the Provincial Tennis Tournament. She went on to win 49 City of Calgary Open Championships, 21 Alberta Championships, and 4 Western Canadian Championships. Marjorie Eustace dominated tennis in Alberta until her retirement in 1958. Marjorie is also a 9 times Alberta Ladies Singles Champion, and a 16 times Calgary Ladies’ champion.



    Artefact: Lacrosse Stick
    Accession #: 2001.42.13
    Year: 1935

    This Lacrosse stick is from 1935, the handle is made from wood and the netting is made from leather. The game of lacrosse is one of the oldest games in Canada. Originally, it was a field game or ritual played by Indigenous groups; lacrosse is similar to the game Algonquian language groups refer to as Baggataway. It became popular among settlers in the 1850s. Lacrosse was confirmed has Canada’s official summer sport in 1994.



    Artefact: Golf Cleats
    Accession #: 95.18.01a
    Year: 1948

    Cleats have been worn in a variety of sports since the 1500s. One of the earliest references to spiked shoes being used for golf was in an 1857 copy of The Golfer’s Manual. In 1891, cleats with a separate screw-in spikes were introduced; these provided golfers with better footing but they damaged the greens and clubhouse floors. In the 1980s, show manufactures began to focus on the athletic side of footwear and were making shoes that were more flexible. It was not until the 1990s that shoe manufactures introduced a golf shoe that had nonmetal cleats which were more comfortable and less damaging to the greens.