Collecting and Connecting
Curatorial blog from the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
To understand the story behind this turbofan engine, one has to go way back in time, to the mid 1960s. Back then, de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (DHC), a company known today as Bombardier Aerospace Toronto, was a world leader in short take off and landing (STOL) technology.
What is the nature of science as practiced in micro-gravity? The instrumentation is simple, well-designed and robust; digging below the surface, we discover that this experimental elegance derives from years of preparation, design, equipment construction, and testing. How do we find (and collect!) science within this prodigious enterprise?
I knew none of this history as I admired the thresher in the warehouse: what caught my eye was the striking hand-painted striping, scrollwork, lettering, and scenes that adorned the thresher’s surface.
A comment in an email I received from a member of the donor family, Caroline Walker, piqued my curiosity: her mother-in-law, the machine’s former owner, Willa Walker, from Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, was the Wing Officer of the Women’s Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force
Two Canadians, John Robert Connon (1862-1931), and William James Johnston (1856–1941), contributed to the development of 19th century panoramic photography.
This installment on the Cirkut Panoramic Camera will focus on the camera, some history of the Century Camera Company, and the challenges of accurately dating the artifact.