Monday, March 18, 2013

St Marys Museum and Our Chemical Contribution

Join me on my trip to the St Marys Museum where you will find treasures from Victorian, Edwardian and early to mid-20th-century times. Furniture, fashion, decorative elements, artifacts, anything and everything relating to the household and lifestyle of this rural area. Typical of small town museums, it's quaint and charming, the staff is sweet, professional and very knowledgeable. Just ten walking minutes from the Dusty Victorian, the museum provides a lovely, nostalgic way to spend an hour or two amongst well crafted things made to last.

I would like to get my hands on this hall tree, unfortunately, this is not a store. 
These two vases were painting subjects also found in my studio

Just a very small sampling of the museum's collection; so much more is on display. 

The museum accepts items donated by local residents as long as it has a St Marys connection. Below is our contribution to their wartime collection. A bottle of Larvex found in our basement, it dates back to the Second World War. Not very glamourous and most certainly the most unappealing name for a product. I wasn't certain that it would be of any interest to the St Marys Museum, and so wrote to Trisha McKibbin, archive manager. She answered back "Yes, bring it in... it tells a story".

Unopened, with all its pamphlets and labels. Particularly interesting is this label that instantly brings the reader back into those rationing war times and talks about an object (a Larvex sprayer in this case) that would last for years because it's made of quality rust proof material. 

With disposable plastics saturating the market and landfills, a
 label such as this nowadays is unthinkable. 


GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Anyes,
That house looks a lot like your beautiful house! Thanks for showing some of the treasures housed there. I love seeing the antiques in museums, it's so much fun. That hall stand is quite grand, very pretty. Have a great week! Gina

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Gina,
Always a pleasure,

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Dear Anyes,

I hope I'm not dating myself, but I own my mother's button hook, the tool required to button up those many-buttoned shoes! Amazing to think that she used it almost 100 years ago!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Mark,
I wish I could see your mom's button hook in action. The buttons must have been sewn on the boots very, very securly to witstand the abuse.

maude said...

My great aunt had a hall tree that looked very similar to that, unfortunately no one in the family seems to have a clue what happened to it.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Maude,
Modern dwellings have plenty of closets, but the only main floor closet that was planned in our old victorian (under the main stair case), was converted into a powder room many years ago. A hall tree in our case, is almost a necessity.
Thanks for dropping in,