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From the Collection

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various objects on display that are all ruby coloured

Featured items

There are more than 18,000 items in the museum's permanent collection. Each month we showcase a few for your viewing pleasure. For our latest items, see the Museum's Facebook page.

 Superfine Colours

Superfine ColoursManufactured in Britain, Genuine Superfine Colours was a popular paint brand for British artists in the 1800's. The small paint set pictured is a surviving Superfine Water Colours kit that was intended for children. It's interesting to note how dull the tones of these colours are compared to today's children's paint sets.


Donated to our collection by Al Chalk.

 Buddy Brooks' Man's Powder for Men
Buddy Brooks PowderBuddy Brooks' Man's Powder for Men was (believe it or not) a product originally marketed for men in the early 1920's. This talcum powder boasted a heavier, fluffier, and perfumed powder for "that touch of powder after shaving." The company would later advertise to women and children for use after bathing, but the powder's rather redundant name remained the same.
 Stereoscope

StereoscopeA predecessor to the 1960's View-Master, stereoscopes enjoyed many years of popularity from the 1850's to the 1930's as a home entertainment medium. A device used to view a stereoscopic pair of separate images, stereoscopes depicted the left-eye and right-eye views of the same scene to create the illusion of a single three-dimensional image. The image card pictured depicts a woman walking on a bridge in a wooded area.

 

Donated to our collection by Lawrence Donald.

Human Hair Wreath

Human Hair WreathDuring the Victorian era, the custom of making art from human hair became popular as a form of artistic memorial. To make a wreath, hair was collected from the deceased, formed into a shape and added to a horseshoe-shaped wreath. The top of the wreath was not connected and remained open to symbolize the ascent heavenward. This form of art was also used in jewelry and love tokens.

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