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  • Wedding Collectibles at the June meeting

    Next Meeting: Sunday, August 25, 3:30 PM Legends Golf & Country Club,

    Program: Golf cart museum tour and steak BBQ (see page 15 for details)

    August 2019

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    DIG & PICK

    Edmonton Alberta Canada

    Volume 44 Issue # 10 August 2019 This is the official publication of the Wild Rose Antique Collectors. All articles appearing in this publication express the individual opinions of the writers and are not necessarily those of the W.R.A.C. or the Editor. Articles contained in the bulletin may be reproduced by other clubs, except where prohibited by the author, provided proper credit is given. CLUB OFFICIALS FOR 2018/19 Phone Email address President Clinton Beck 780-474-7447 Vice President Bruce Gilbertson 780-914-7955 Secretary position vacant (Marjorie Berg, acting secretary) Treasurer Tom Fritz 780-454-7480 Membership John Horrigan 587-597-6277 DIRECTORS Editor Marjorie Berg 780-432-2244 Social/Prog. Kim Stade 780-479-1234 2020 SPRING SHOW Director/Chairman Bernie Haber 780-479-1234

    If you know of a club member who is ill or who has suffered a bereavement in their immediate family, please contact Susanne Balslov-Kulak 780-987-2851 and she will send out a card expressing the Club's best wishes or sympathy. The Club Address is: Wild Rose Antique Collectors, PO Box 38150, RPO Capilano, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2N5 Phone Number (780) 437-9722

    The Club meets the 4th Monday of each month (except July and December) at 7:30 P.M. at the Delwood Community Hall, 7515 Delwood Rd NW, Edmonton, Alberta. VISITORS WELCOME! Membership per year: $30.00 - Entitles 2 family members in the same household to all privileges of the Society (September 1 - August 31). Each member is entitled to one free classified ad per month. Non-members may place a classified ad of up to 30 words for $5.00 per issue. Business advertisement $40/month or $100/three months. Library books are due at the next meeting after they are checked out, after which the borrower's name may appear in the Dig & Pick. Fines will be assessed for overdue books.

    If you have any questions pertaining to our Library call: Gillian Budd 780-436-4436, Nancy Ross 780-479-7706, or Marvin Berger 780-436-4436. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions pertaining to advertising for the Spring show, call our resident expert Bill Borgwardt at 780-973-6655.

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    Wild Rose Antique Collectors General Meeting Monday, June 24, 2019

    President, Clinton Beck called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM

    All members present had received their Dig & Pick.

    Bill Ulrickson moved the adoption of the May 27, 2019 General Meeting Minutes ; seconded by Alan Thain. Motion carried.

    Correspondence: None received this month.

    Reports: Treasurer: Tom Fritz reported that all bills are now in and the 2019 Show & Sale brought a gross profit of $17,000.00. Also, he received a letter from the city re our Corporate Registry for 2018. We are “in compliance” and they no longer require the names of club directors.

    Social/Program Director: Kim Stade is on holidays, but the August meeting will be held on Sunday, August 25th – a tour of the golf cart museum at Legend’s Golf & Country Club followed by a steak BBQ dinner. Suggested arrival time: 3:30pm; tour: 4:00pm and dinner: 5:30pm. The cost of the dinner is $25 per person. The executive decided that the club will subsidize the dinner for $10 per member. That will bring the cost into line with what we have been spending for previous barbecues. Tickets were available tonight: $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Members may contact Nancy Ross to reserve tickets.

    Membership Director: John Horrigan was absent.


    New member, Karlis Poruks expressed his dismay at learning that Stantec is proposing a 69-story building in the park directly north of the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. He is concerned about the future of Canada’s railway hotels. He wants to encourage members to attend a public hearing.

    Bill Ulrickson wants members to be aware of SUN (Seniors United Now), The Voice of Seniors in Alberta. Members are encouraged to share their concerns re healthcare, housing, taxes, transportation, pension or anything that affects you. Toll-free 1-855-786-8669

    New Business: No new business.

    Attendance tonight: 33 Guests: 2

    Door Prizes: $25 Gift Certificate from the Rocky Mountain Antique Mall won by Gillian Budd. Heart floral box won by Cristina Lesnik.

    Raffle Prize: Crystal lidded box won by Clinton Beck.

    Adjournment: Moved by Brenda Thain; seconded by Bryce Ziegler, that the business portion of the meeting be adjourned at 7:45 PM. Carried.

    Program: Members showed their wedding collectibles.

    Clinton Beck, President Marjorie Berg, Acting Secretary

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    Wedding Collectibles at the June Meeting

    My collections don’t contain wedding collectibles, so I brought a matchbook from my November 23, 1963 wedding. Marj Berg

    I know a lot about wedding rings. Something I learned when I had my first jewelry store; they actually date from the Roman period. That’s when the first wedding rings were given out. They started out being made of tin-like metal and quickly progressed to gold which was a precious metal even back in Roman times. So, for 2,000 years the ring has been used for that purpose, as a sign of love between two people and the joining of two people together.

    One thing I’ve noticed is that young people are not so concerned about diamonds which were prevalent during my career but are looking for alternate stones; partly because of cost and partly because of manufactured diamonds and the negative association with wealth and status. Young people are getting ring tattoos and rings made out of everything from titanium to ceramics or wood. I still prefer gold and diamonds.

    Clinton Beck

    I don’t know if this went to a wedding or not, but this is a calendar plate from 1916 from Three Hills General store in Three Hills, Alberta and there’s a whole series of these with little Dutch kids on them and this one says “You will nefer yet feel sorry dot you und I togedder met”. Bill Borgwardt

    This is the top of my grandmother’s navy-blue wool wedding dress. It’s only the top because the skirt probably got used for skirts for her daughters. She came from England in 1910 to North Battleford and she hadn’t seen her betrothed for 7 years (he had come to Canada to homestead in 1903). He surprised her; he got on the train a couple of stops ahead to surprise her and she didn’t really recognize him. I still have letters from her auntie who would write: “keep warm. You’ve got to keep warm.” So, this is fully lined and it’s all put together with little hooks – there are no buttons and one side of the

    hook is made of thread. I don’t know if the neckpiece was ever white, but this garment has been through a fire. Gail Sabo

    This is an Occupied Japan bisque wedding cake topper, probably 1950s. Gail Sabo

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    I couldn’t resist bringing my two bride dolls – composition; $25 each and they are for sale, but these little guys are Gebruder Kuhnlenz of Germany from about 1915; bisque head, composition/paper mache body, mostly original clothing. They were really dirty and had to be cleaned up and I had to make a skirt to cover the original slip. The groom had a crack across his nose. He had glasses that I seem to have lost on the way here. Jana Sneep

    I brought two match books, one says Susanne and Klaus May 7, 1977. Susanne is my cousin. The other wedding matchbook says Belinda and Gordon September 3, 1977 and Gordon is also my cousin.

    Both of these couples are still together. David Schroeder

    I brought this weddin