Trends: 1954-2011


When : VernissageThursday, May 5, 2016, 19:00 to 20:30TH 28 1

             Exhibition:   Monday, May 2 to Friday, May 27, 2016

                                   Contact the library to insure that the Discovery Room will not be occupied at the time of your visit.


WhereBeaconsfield Library, Discovery Room 

            303 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A7


Everyone welcome. Free entrance

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This exhibition, sponsored in parts by the Société historique Beaurepaire-Beaconsfield Historical Society, has been produced by Alexandre Petitpas, student of DESS (Graduate Diploma) in Modern Architecture and Heritage at UQÀM. He prepared this exhibition as a research study during the summer 2015 semester, being interested in the Trend House program and especially in the Beaconsfield Trend House in Beaurepaire.
Precisely five years after the demolition of the Trend House that was located at the corner of Woodland Avenue and Lakeshore Road, Alexandre Petitpas presents: The Trend House Program, The Beaconsfield Trend House, Its Architect Philip P. Goodfellow, The Wood of the West and their Products, West Coast Modern Architecture, Typological Innovations, Technological Innovations and the Modern Interior of the '50s.
To produce this exhibition, he consulted the historical society's documentations and was able to meet with Michael Goodfellow, son of the architect of the Beaconsfield Trend House, Philip P. Goodfellow.

 

Housewife Heroines of World War II

 


When : VernissageThursday, February 4, 2016, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

             Exhibition:   Thursday, February 4 to Friday, February 26, 2016, during library opening hours

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WhereBeaconsfield Library, Discovery Room 

            303 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A7HousewifeSoldiers


Everyone welcome. Free entrance

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Housewife Heroines: Anglophone Women at Home in Montreal during World War II

 

Funded through the World War Commemorations Community Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Housewife Heroines tells the little-known World War II story of how so many Canadian women contributed to the war effort through their unpaid work at home. The project's focus is on English-speaking housewives in Montreal, the center of Canada’s Anglophone official language minority community.


In October and November 2015, the Housewife Heroines team brought together seniors and other community members, collaborators from various QAHN member-organizations, and members of QAHN’s staff and Montreal Committee, in a series of informal workshops focusing on the theme of women's domestic wartime contributions. These gatherings took place in Montreal, Westmount and Beaconsfield.


Historians Lorraine O’Donnell and Patrick Donovan have been heading up the Housewife Heroines research team, with administrative support from Dwane Wilkin at the QAHN office.


The next phase of this fascinating project was the creation of a travelling exhibition which will tour venues around Quebec.


Exhibition Sponsored by QAHN (Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network): 1 (877) 964-0409 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


WWI Western Front Photograph Exhibit - Part 2

 


This exhibit stems from the acquisition of an album containing 122 "Official War Photos" of the Great War.

 

The first exhibit held in 2014 with 43 large format images focused on the early years of the war. This exhibit of 40 other large format images continues with a focus on the Hindenburg line and the decimation of many towns and villages along the Western Front, in Belgium and in France.

 

These photos will be accompanied by interesting artifacts:

 

Items related to Lieutenant Bert Sargent and Derek Grout's book "Thunder in the Skies" 

Selected great works from the sketch book of Private Adam Reid enlisted in the Cameron Highlanders in 1915.

Items related to William Hill of the Royal Canadian Medical Corps (RCMC)

Gramophone records manufactured in Montreal's St-Henri district.

“Star War Map” published by the Montreal Star newspaper

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When : VernissageThursday, Novembre 5, 2015, 19:00 to 20:30

             Exhibition:   Tuesday, November 3 to Friday, November 27, 2015, during library opening hours

                                   Contact the library to insure that the Discovery Room will not be occupied at the time of your visit.

Where: Beaconsfield Library, Discovery Room 

            303 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A7


Everyone welcome. Free entrance


Information: Contact us



Western Front Photograph Exhibit Part 1

 

 

100 years ago, in August 1914, the German Army opened what became the Western Front by first invading Luxembourg and Belgium, then gaining control of important industrial and mining regions in Northern France. The Great War was fought underground, at Sea, and in the Air but most of the deaths occurred on the land in trenches.

 

This exhibit is a result of acquiring a collection of 122 original "Official War Photos". The SHBBHS historical researchers have reproduced a selection of photos into large image formats and organized them by the battles where thousands of Canadians gave their lives as well as other themes.  In addition to a description of each image, informative background context with location maps will provide the visitor an introduction to the Great War.

 

Original WWI artifacts will also be on display.


 

When : Vernissage: Thursday, Novembre 6, 2014, 19:00 to 20:30

             Exhibition:   Friday, November 7 to Sunday, November 30,  2014, during library opening hours

                                  Contact the library to insure that the Discovery Room will not be occupied at the time of your visit.


Where: Beaconsfield Library, Discovery Room 

            303 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A7

 

Everyone welcome. Free entrance. 

 

Information: Contact us

 


Old Hand Tools

 

When : Vernissage: Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 14:00 to 16:00

         Exhibition: Tuesday, May 6 to Saturday, May 31, 2014 extended til Wednesday, June 11, 2014, during library opening hours


Where : Beaconsfield Library, media room

              303 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A7


Everyone welcome. No entrance fee.

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Description: Grouped and Itemized Exhibition of tools.

 

Idnum Desc. Use
Settling
70 Stone tool No. 1 Ancient stone tools found in Beaurepaire.These four items were discovered by Adrian Willison as he
dug a vegetable garden at 13 Thompson Point some years ago and he remarked that they looked like
“stone tools”. They were carefully ‘house broken’ and several years later seen by Dr. Gerard Leduc who
has studied stones and petroglyphs in Canada and New England for many years. He stated that they
were authentically created by human hands well in the past.
The Historical Society now wonders if any other Beaconsfield gardeners have discovered similar pieces
in their gardens, or elsewhere.
71 Stone tool No. 2 
72 Stone tool No. 3 
73 Stone tool No. 4 
112 Broad Axe Broad axe, 10", c. 1770-1810, marked with broad arrow (to denote crown property), and 'E' (probably
Royal Engineers). A broad axe had a short (18") handle and was used to square timbers.
113 Unpolled colonial Axe Head Pre-1760, marked with weight, '4' (pounds) of British manufacture
114 Polled colonial Axe heads (2) One is marked with a broad arrow to denote crown property, c. 1770-1800; Probably used to cut trees
and splitting tree trunks
115 Felling axe head American felling axe, with maker's mark 'T. GARRET', c. 1810-1830.
Lumberjack
33 Wedge A wood splitting wedge is a triangular shaped tool used to split logs.
34 Wedge with chain Wedge used to maintain spacing when sawing log. The chain allowed an easier recovery of the wedge
in the snow.
64 Crosscut Saw, two-man Large crosscut saw with blade of 7 feet long with a combination of plain and M teeth, with a handle at
each end, for cutting large logs or trees, to fell the trees or to cut felled trees into lumber. One man at
each end would pull-push alternaltely.
160 Two-handed Rip Saw Large rip saw with blade of 6 feet long with a combination of perforated lance and M teeth, with a
handle at each end, for cutting timber into board.
Hunting
27 Powder horn Container for gunpowder, and was generally created from cow, ox or buffalo horn.
46 Animal trap To capture animals.
57 Trap For hunting.
Blacksmith
53 Pincers (blacksmith) Holding hot metal.
74 Ladle In a foundry, a ladle is a vessel used to transport and pour out molten metals.
75 Ladle
190 Broken pair of pliers
Farrier
59 Horse shoes Protect horse's hoofs.
127 Horse shoes (2) To protect hoofs of ungulate mammals
128 Horse shoe (orthopaedic) Protect horse's hoofs. Specially made for deformed hoof.
129 Stirrup made of leather with A stirrup holds the foot of a rider, attached to the saddle by a strap. They are usually paired and are
wooded sole used to aid in mounting and as a support while using a riding animal. The stirrup was apparently
invented in China in the first few centuries A.D.
178 Farrier Pincers Farrier Pincers: used for removing nails and clean hoofs
Farm
9 Sickles A sickle is a hand-held agricultural tool used for harvesting grain crops or cutting forage.
18 Ploughshare In agriculture, a ploughshare is a component of a plough being the cutting or leading edge of a
moldboard which closely follows the coulter (one or more ground-breaking spikes) when plowing, and is
responsible for turning the earth over.
65 Fish spear (Peavey) Fork with barbed teeth. Unknown usage.
80 Bull’s nose perforator & nose Tool to pierce the nasal septum of domestic cattle, usually bulls, to insert a nose ring. The nasal
septum being very sensitive, the cattle breeder will be able to control the bull with a slight move of the
97 Hay fork A hay fork is an agricultural tool used to lift loose material, such as hay or straw in a barn.
117 Hook Rough iron hook to grab and carry hay bale.
121 Hook Rough iron hook to grab hay bale.
123 Pickaxe A pickaxe is a hand tool with a hard head attached perpendicular to the handle.The pointed edge is
most often used to break up rocky surfaces or other hard surfaces such as near tree roots. The chiselled
end is used for purposes including cutting through roots.
141 Sheep Shears shearing wool off sheep
158 Post hole digger Post hole digger used to dig narrow holes to install posts, such as for fences
161 Hopper for seeds Hopper of seeds used when sewing seeds
167 Wooden Block with long chain Used to level soil or in barn?
171 Wheeled seed drill Makes a trench, drops seeds and brings back soil over them.
Woodworking
1 Ancient Spokeshave An early drawknive used to shape and smooth wooden rods and shafts: bows, arrow shafts and canoe
3 Transitional Plane A transitional plane has a wooden body with a metal casting set in it to hold and adjust the blade.
4 Gouge A gouge, one type of chisel, is used, particularly in creating concave surfaces.
6 Chisel, straight edge A chisel is a tool for carving or cutting a hard material such as wood.
7 Brace and Bit Used to drill holes, usually in wood.
8 Pincers Primarily used for removing objects such as nails out of a material that they have been previously
applied to. Also useful to hold red-hot metal pieces while shaping with hammer.
11 Breast drill Used for boring large holes in various materials.
22 Gimlet A gimlet is a hand tool for drilling small holes, mainly in wood, without splitting.
35 Axe To split or cut wood.
39 Chisels A chisel is a tool for carving or cutting a hard material such as wood.
40 Rasp Used to remove fine amounts of material from a workpiece
61 Rasp Tool used for shaping wood or other material The bar has sharp teeth. Rasps generally cut more
coarsely than files. In farriery, rasps are used to remove excess hoof wall from a horse's hoof.
82 Brace and Bit Used to drill holes.
92 Gouge A gouge, one type of chisel, is used, particularly in creating concave surfaces.
93 Spokeshaves Tool used to shape and smooth wooden rods and shafts: wheel spokes, chair legs, canoe paddles.
100 Hand saw (design on handle) To cut wood board.
101 Hand saw To cut wood board.
103 File Used to cut fine amounts of material from a workpiece
107 Spoke shaver (2) A traditinal tool used to shape and smooth wooden rods and shafts: wheel spokes, spindles, chair legs
and furniture. The modern version is now made of all metal.
108 Hammer, small To remove or drive-in small nails.
111 Drawknives (2) A drawknife is a traditional woodworking hand tool used to debark trees and roughly shape wood
square for timber or cylindrical for lathe billets. It is pulled or "drawn" (hence the name) toward the user.
163 Outside callipers used to measure the external size of an object
164 High speed hand drill with twist Used to drill small holes in wood.
165 Hand drill or "egg-beater" drill boring holes in different materials
166 Plane To smooth or shape the surface of wood
172 Vintage "Warranted Superior"
Hand Saw
174 Brace and Bit Used to drill large holes in wood.
Railway
89 CPR Rail Spike Holds railway plates.
90 CPR Rail Plate Holds railway ties.
91 CPR tools - wrench (CPR mark) Nut tightening.
Tinsmith
19 Tin snips Tin snips, also known as shears, are hand tools used to cut sheet metal and other tough webs.
126 Small Tin snips Tin snips, also known as shears, are hand tools used to cut sheet metal and other tough webs.
Prospecting
98 Old all iron hammer Usage unknown.
Construction
16 Smoothing trowel To smooth plaster or cement.
17 Trowel To apply plaster or cement.
122 Scraper Use for plaster
139 Auger An auger is a drilling device, or drill bit, to make deep holes in heavy timber. Used by carpenter.
144 Wire Gauge Sizing wire
175 Claw Hammer General purpose nail hammer
186 Chalk line Tool for marking long, straight lines on relatively flat surfaces. The string is laid across the surface to be
marked and pulled tight. Next, the string is then plucked or snapped sharply, causing the string to strike
the surface, which then transfers its chalk to the surface along that straight line where it struck.
Cabinetry
2 Ancient Plane Early planes were made from wood with a rectangular slot or mortise cut across the center of the body.
The cutting blade or iron was held in place with a wooden wedge. The wedge was tapped into the
mortise and adjusted with a small mallet in order to remove the desired amount of wood.
5 Marking Gauge (missing pieces) The purpose of the marking gauge is to scribe a line parallel to a reference edge or surface.
10 Bevel Gauge Used to duplicate an existing angle, or set to a desired angle by using it with any number of other
measuring tools.
12 Torpedo level Instrument designed to indicate whether a surface is horizontal (level) or vertical (plumb). The bubble
level was invented by the French physicist and writer Melchisédech Thévenot (1620-1692) around
13 Mallet Usually used in carpentry to knock wooden pieces together, or to drive dowels or chisels.
14 Try square A traditional try square has a broad blade made of steel that is riveted to a wooden handle or 'stock',
used for marking and measuring a piece of wood.
21 Carpenter rule Measuring instrument made portable by folding.
50 File Used to remove fine amounts of material from a specific area of a workpiece such as in a square or
round hole or a rounded or edge surface.
52 Coping saw A coping saw is a type of hand saw used to cut intricate external shapes and interior cut-outs in
woodworking or carpentry.
84 Protractor Semicircular measuring instrument, for measuring angles in degrees (°).
102 Long Screw driver Tightening screws.
104 Tack Hammer or Upholstery An upholstery hammer (also called a tack hammer) is a lightweight hammer used for securing
Hammer upholstery fabric to furniture frames using tacks or small nails.
Usually, one face of the hammer is magnetized to aid in placement of tacks. Once started, the tacks
are driven with the other face. To apply tacks rapidly an upholsterer will hold tacks in the mouth and
spit them onto the magnetized face of the hammer.
110 Smoothing plane The smoothing plane is adjusted to remove small curls of wood and is typically the last plane used on
a wood surface, giving a superior flat finish.
162 Miter Saw Used to make accurate crosscuts and miters in a workpiece.
176 2 Fine files with file cleaner To smooth the surface of wood. Fine files regularly get clogged with abraded material.
177 C-clamps (2 pairs) Fastening device to hold or secure objects tightly together to prevent movement
179 Sharp Point Hole marking or pick.
180 Wood Chisel A chisel is a tool for carving or chipping away wood usually in corners where a plane cannot reach.
181 Jointer Plane The jointer plane is a long hand plane used primarily to straighten the edges of boards in the
operation known as jointing. Its long length is designed to 'ride over' the undulations of an uneven
surface, skimming off the peaks, gradually creating a flat surface.
182 Jack Plane A jack plane is the general-purpose bench plane, used for general smoothing of the edges, sizing of
timber. In preparing stock, the jack plane is used after the scrub plane and before the jointer plane and
smoothing plane. The name is related to the saying "jack of all trades" as jack planes can be made to
perform some of the work of both smoothing and jointer planes, especially on smaller pieces of work.
183 Scrub Plane The scrub plane has short soles with a narrow but thick blade and is used to quickly gouge large
amounts of wood from the surface of lumber.
184 Shoulder Plane The shoulder plane has a blade flush with the edges of the plane, allowing trimming right up to the
edge of a concave corner workpiece.
185 F-clamp Temporary holding device to hold or secure objects tightly together to prevent movement during
gluing. Longer than a C-clamp.
193 Two-sided saw
194 Frame or Bow Saw Frame saws can be used for almost any job: cross cutting, rip sawing, crosscutting wet wood, cutting
curves, and cutting shapes within a board because the blade is thin and can be inter-changed with
Leathersmith
152 Leather hole punch Make holes in leather
Household
23 Nutmeg grater Grating spices.
24 Wooden pastry crimper Tool to festooned pie edges.
26 Skimmer To remove unwanted particles on top of liquid.
28 Iron, detachable wooden handle Pressing clothes.
30 Candle snuffer The scissor-like tool could be used to trim the wick of a candle. A small receptacle catches the trimmed
bit of wick. This tool was rendered obsolete by the invention of self-snuffing wicks, which curl out of the
flame when charred.
31 C-Clamp Fastening device to hold or secure objects tightly together to prevent movement.
45 Ice Tongs To carry ice blocks.
48 Clothes line pulleys Pulleys at each end of clothes line to hang clothes to dry.
49 Cork screw To remove cork cap from bottles.
54 Scale (round) Weighing items.
55 Scale (brass) Weighing items.
66 Iron Pressing clothes.
67 Iron stand To rest hot iron on.
78 Bottle opener Piece of metal with a rectangular or rounded opening in one end containing a lip that is placed under
the edge of the bottle top, pulling it off when upward force is applied to the handle end of the opener.
79 Crochet hook A crochet hook (or crochet needle) is a tool with a hook at one end used to draw thread or yarn through
knotted loops. The crochet hook's earliest use appears to have been in the late 18th century or early
86 Oyster knife Has a short, thick blade for prying open oyster shells
94 Fork Long handle fork. Usage unknown.
125 Ice tongs To carry ice blocks.
131 Ice tongs To carry ice blocks.
132 Fire extinguisher c 1940s A fire extinguisher, or extinguisher, is an active fire protection device used to extinguish or control
134 Iron Pressing clothes.
135 Iron Pressing clothes.
136 Iron Pressing clothes.
137 Skimmer To remove unwanted particles.
143 Apple corer for removing the core and pips from an apple
149 Crumb tray
150 Crumb tray
156 Rug hook
157 Pump for Coleman lamp
187 Egg beater
188 Bread knife
189 Fine metal thread bobbin
192 Funnel
Garden
15 Brush hooks A brush hook (also called a bush hook, ditch blade, ditch bank blade, or ditch blade axe) is
a gardening instrument resembling an axe with a 12-inch (30 cm) curved blade and a 36-inch (91 cm)
handle; commonly used by surveying crews and firefighters to clear out heavy undergrowth from trails.
58 Edge trimmer Gardening tool used for trimming (cutting, pruning) hedges or shrubs.
69 Garden Rake Toothed Bar Used to collect leaves, hay, grass, etc., and, in gardening, for loosening the soil, light weeding and
levelling, removing dead grass from lawns.
96 Pruning Saw For pruning branches.
120 Small curved fork Agricultural tool used to move small amounts of soil?
124 Pruning shears To prune hard branches of trees and shrubs, sometimes up to two centimeters thick. Invented by the
French aristocrat Antoine Francois Bertrand de Molleville, former Louis XVI minister, around 1815.
159 Rake Garden
General Use
42 Screw drivers For tightening screws.
60 Wrought Iron Hammer Probably home made. Usage unknown.
62 Whetstone Whetstones are used to grind and hone the edges of steel tools and implements.
68 Metal tool box For storage.
83 Knife sharpener Sharpening knives.
140 Oil can Lubrication
142 Pulley Lifting by rope
148 Tire-pressure gauge To measure the pressure of tires on a vehicle.
151 Oil lamp
153 Lantern made for portable and outdoor use
154 Wrench
173 Vintage Handyman Tool Box
Sheet metal work
41 Riveting Hammers The round edge is used for boring rivets; the finishing is done with the face.
106 Tin snips Tin snips, also known as shears, are hand tools used to cut sheet metal and other tough webs.
Plumbing
109 Pipe wrench The pipe wrench is an adjustable wrench used for turning soft iron pipes and fittings with a rounded
surface. The design of the adjustable jaw allows it to lock in the frame, such that any forward pressure
on the handle tends to pull the jaws tighter together.
Mechanic
38 Open-end Wrench For tightening bolts.
81 Open-end Wrench For tightening bolts.
88 Wrench
105 Hack saw A hacksaw is a fine-tooth hand saw with a blade held under tension in a frame, used for cutting
materials such as metal or plastics.
155 Hexagonal Wrench Special application
168 Wrench
169 Monkey Wrench Adjustable wrench, a later American development of eighteenth-century English coach wrenches. It
was popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but is now used only for heavier tasks
170 Monkey Wrench
Hardware
51 Bolt (square) Holding large beams together.
76 Hook
77 Hook Found in the garden. Usage unknown.
99 3 Square nails  3” to 3-1/2” Rough iron square nails found in the Rigaud region.
116 Pin Rough iron pin found in garden. Unknown usage.
118 Chain Rough iron.
119 Hooks(3) Rough iron.
133 Clevis A clevis fastener is a three-piece fastener system consisting of a clevis, clevis pin, and tang. The clevis
is a U-shaped piece that has holes at the end of the prongs to accept the clevis pin. The clevis pin is
similar to a bolt, but is only partially threaded or unthreaded with a cross-hole for a split pin. The tang
is a piece that fits in the space within the clevis and is held in place by the clevis pin.
146 Nail
Butchering
36 Butcher Saw To cut bones.
130 Butcher Knife Butchering
Personal hygiene
56 Razor Strop A razor strop is a flexible strip of leather or canvas used to straighten and polish the blade of a straight
razor, a knife, or a woodworking tool like a chisel.
63 Straight razor A straight razor is an old-fashioned razor with a blade that can fold up into its handle. They are also
called open razors and cut-throat razors and are used to shave beard.
85 Hair curler? To curl hair?
87 Razor (blade missing) Razor without the blade; to shave beard.
145 Hair Clippers hair cutting
147 Shaving brush Small brush used to apply shaving soap or shaving cream to the face when shaving
Medical
95 Cane Hand made with leather rings; to help walking.
200 Complete portable set of dentistry Used by a student in the School of Dentistry of the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y. in 1944-45 for
the treatment of patients under the supervision of his professor.

 

20th Century Canadian Pottery

 


When: Vernissage: Sunday, May 5, 14:00 to 16:00 

           Exhibition: Tuesday, April 30 to Friday, May 31, 2013, during library opening hours

 


Where: Beaconsfield Library, Media Room 

            303 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A7

 


Everyone welcome. Free entrance. 

Information: Contact us

 

Description: 20th century Canadian pottery including Beauceware, Blue Mountain, Evangeline and others.

 

The Beaurepaire-Beaconsfield Historical Society will mount a remarkable exhibition during the month of May 2013 in the Media Room of the Beaconsfield Library with a display of between two and three hundred different pieces of commercially-produced 20th century Canadian pottery - the product of a centuries-old industry which died almost completely during the 1980s and lost its last survivor in 2004.


In addition to the main exhibit, there is also a very special mini-display of individual pieces of art pottery, one from each of the Canadian provinces, very kindly loaned by Mme Jacqueline Beaudry-Dion, our speaker on May 16th at 19:30 and President of the Association des collectionneurs de céramique du Québec.


The basic exhibit contains a wide range of pieces of commercial domestic pottery from approximately twenty-seven different potteries, none of which are still producing. These potteries include Alliston, Artisan, Beauceware/Céramique de Beauce (1940-1985), Blue Mountain (1947-2004), Campbell (1859-1928) (became Canada Potteries), CCC, Chalvignac, Chatelaine, ElWill (1953-1984), Estriceram (1973-89), Evangeline (1964-1985), Ipperwash, Laurentian (1940-1985), Maîtrise d’Arts Chambly (1939-1952), Mark/Miller CP & S, McMaster (1938-1988), Meadowcroft (1966- ), Medalta, Medicine Hat (1910-1912), Quebec Artcraft, Quebec Art Pottery (1947-1950), Ridgways Vitreous Hotel China, Royal Canadian Art, Stone Chinaware of St. Johns (1877-1893), St. Lawrence Ceramics (1949-1973), Sunburst, Vandesca-Syracuse China of Canada (1947-1994), and ‘Unidentified’ (always marked Canada, and usually showing a three-digit number).


Eastern Canadian potteries, which the public may be aware of, probably include Blue Mountain, Evangeline and Beauceware, with Blue Mountain coming first. Indeed Blue Mountain (also known as BMP) will be familiar to most habitués of displays, exhibits, thrift shops and garage sales. Most of it displays the graceful shapes and unforgettable greenish-blue glazes of the second half of the twentieth century and it is named after the mountains close to the factory at Collingwood, Ontario.


Evangeline, as you may guess, began life in New Brunswick and is named for the Acadian heroine of Longfellow’s epic poem. However, like many other national business entities, there was a move to Quebec under new ownership and production in Labelle for a good number of years.


Certainly, the major contributor to this particular display, and understandingly so, is Céramique de Beauce (known as Beauceware in Ontario) with about one hundred individual pieces displayed. The most prolific child of a Government of Quebec initiative in 1939, it was designed to retain residents of the Beauce in that region year-round, particularly as the clay soils of that region were most suitable for pottery making. As well, the school that was set up to train potential potters was affiliated with the prestigious École du meuble de Montréal and the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, and it is considered that these were proponents of the Quebec version of the Arts and Crafts movement. Pierre-Aimé Normandeau, one of the founders of modern ceramics in Quebec was a major figure of the former and was instrumental in training and influencing numerous Quebec potters, for example, Jacques Garnier (see black satin ashtrays) and Raymond Lewis.


Perhaps the most stellar designer for Céramique de Beauce was Jean Cartier (1924-1996) who, after graduating with honours from the Montreal school of furniture design, pursued further training in Paris and Stockholm. He is still recognized today as one of the greatest ceramic designers Quebec has ever produced. (See Heritage series kitchen canisters and Bluestone casserole and onion soup bowls)


Another stellar pair of designers whose work was produced by Beauce are Denise Goyer and Alain Bonneau (known generally simply as Goyer-Bonneau) and their famous tea set. (See photograph)


Indeed the sheer volume and variety of Beauce pottery production remains without equal in the history of Quebec and Canadian pottery. Its repertoire reflects actual social patterns and developments; for example, 1200 models of lamps were produced in the latter half of the twentieth century, and almost one-quarter of the whole Beauce production, which was also associated with advertising, was taken up by ashtrays (see shelf), and then toward the end of the 1960’s it saw the emergence of copious sets of French onion soup bowls (see selection). Another range of products is the Paysan design dishes first produced in 1949 and expanded in 1963. Its immense popularity became the image of the company. (See table setting)


Now moving westward as the Canadian population has always tended to, the province of Alberta has been and still is the scene of much commercial pottery production, although, sadly, there is not much in this exhibit, only seven pieces. Yet the Medicine Hat region has been well known for its clay-- yes, of course, Medalta -- and indeed there is one rare piece, a plain white jug, made by the short-lived Medicine Hat Pottery (1910-1912).


Finally, in one corner on a separate table, you will find not Beauceware, but Boozeware, which was inherited from one of Thompson Point's most historical and illustrious families, unfortunately no longer in Beaconsfield.

 

In conclusion, the historical society hopes that you have enjoyed your visit to the display and that it has piqued your interest and will encourage you to learn more about this aspect of our culture.

 

 

A Touch of the Past: Iroquois Creations by Willma Lahache

 


When: Vernissage: Sunday, April 29, 14:00 to 16:00

           Exhibition: April 24 to May 26, 2012, during library opening hours

 

Where: Beaconsfield Library, Media Room

            303 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, H9W 4A7

 

Everyone welcome. Free entrance.

Information: Contact us

 

Description: Exhibition of First Nations artefacts including the great Iroquois Clothing Creations by Willma Lahache


Click on the pictures to view them full size.

This year’s exhibit in the Beaconsfield Library Media Room:  

Vernissage: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Exhibit ongoing until July 25, 2011.


 



 

June Exhibit and Roberta-Angell 2010 Prizes Award

 


Visit the exhibit “Return to Childhood” of vintage and traditional toys, for young or young at heart, girls and boys,

offered by the Société historique Beaurepaire-Beaconsfield Historical Society,

in the Beaconsfield Library, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd,

during the month of June, Mondays from 1 to 9 pm, Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 9pm.

 

The Vernissage will be on Monday June 7th, 2010, from 7 to 8:30 pm, coinciding with the presentation of the Society’s 2010 Roberta-Angell Prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 


A display in the Media Room of the Beaconsfield Library in June-July 2009 that encompasses a variety of the more long-lasting evidence of artistic and creative needlework produced by our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. The aim throughout has been to display items that were made by women, and the occasional child, roughly between the second half of the nineteenth and the middle of the twentieth century, to beautify and furnish their homes and enrich or facilitate everyday life. These artefacts were conceived and produced for domestic use and enjoyment, as well as for display and they range from trousseau finery, through baby clothes (a few pieces actually worn by some of us who are still here today), bed linens, table linens, wall hangings, blankets, and more.