Onoway Museum's Whimsical
Memories from Times Past
Many decades ago,
coloring books were popular "toys"
for young children. In recent years, there's been
a resurgence of coloring
books, this time definitely aimed at adults.
colouring book in the Onoway Museum
collection features Lana Turner, probably one of
Hollywood's most popular
actresses for many years in the 1940s, 50s and
beyond. This particular colouring
book is huge - 14" x 11". On one of the final
pages, the exceedingly
careful young colorer took credit for her fine
work but noted that the coloring
was done by "Kathleen Petrie and the Crayons"!
She couldn't have done
it without them.
Turner walking her dog. The young
owner of this book
infinite care to colour the tiny
squares of Lana's jacket
to create a very
shiny see-through piggy bank
drop coins in the slot.
If the return of
coloring books is an omen, you might want
to watch for piggy banks. This was one way to
teach young children to save
money. There is something satisfying about
hearing that clink of the coin as it
hits the bottom of the glass or ceramic
container. Not all savings banks were
in the shape of a pig but it added to the
children's fun. This see-through
glass bank allowed the child to see his savings
accumulate and, because there
was no plug on the underside, the only way to
get money out was to smash the
bank with a hammer. More fun!
Coach John Tyschuk
led the Onoway Midgets to the playoffs in
the Hi-way 16 West League. The equipment and the
rules have changed
considerably since then.
In today's fast
food culture (and perhaps culture as a
whole?) everyone seems to be in a rush; you toss
things out then buy something
new to impress others. As you hold your paper
coffee cup from Tim Hortons or
the flimsy plastic one that fits under the
trendy coffee pod machine, try to
visualize the heavy stoneware that was once
commonplace in any restaurant or
even at home. It was an investment and was used
year after year in restaurants across
the province and country.
Bourke was in goal when the
Onoway Midgets won this
trophy in 1968-69.
its second year of competition in
volleyball, both the boys and girls
from Onoway topped the league.
heavy mug (made from clay at
Medalta Potteries in
Medicine Hat) was not
to be handled lightly.