The City of Edmonton Archives’ online catalogue has a rotating exhibit where we highlight our archival photographs, usually the top 200 requested images. We also put together themed exhibits and sometimes we tie this blog into them, for example the royal visit in July 2011.
Right now we have a fun exhibit up called Holiday and Winter Fun in Edmonton. I thought I’d put a post together with some of my favourite Christmas images from the exhibit and then highlight some other Christmas related material we have at the Archives.
We have quite a few Christmas cards in our private record collections and it was difficult to choose which cards to feature. In the end, I managed to narrow it down to two. I really like this simple card from 1937 with its message of peace on the front (a quote from Tennyson’s Ring Out, Wild Bells) and the wish for joy on the back.
The thorny issue of Christmas shopping hours has caused all sorts of headaches for City administration in the past. A 1955 bylaw (No. 1716) on “the early closing of shops” had 19 amendments until it was repealed in 1967. There were petitions asking for exceptions for certain types of businesses and some of the amendments grant them. Other amendments were to clarify when businesses were allowed to stay open late. Five of the amendments dealt specifically with Christmas, specifying when stores would be allowed to stay open for Christmas shopping. Yet another bylaw (no. 1436, which was passed December 8, 1952) required businesses, with specified exceptions, to close on holidays.
Do you have an idea on a theme for the rotating exhibit? Leave a comment if you do and we’ll see what we can do!
MS-29 Beatrice Gremm Dunn fonds
MS-482 P. Sorenson collection
RG-8 City of Edmonton. City Clerk’s fonds
Wondering what a fonds is? We have a glossary of archival terms.