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In the Victorian Era, artists would use hair to create these masterpieces. Each element of the piece would be a different family member. Our's is made out of string and replicates one's made out of hair.
In the waiting room you can find a variety of trunks, rounded top trunks often belonged to wealthy individuals who used it as a symbol of wealth while flat top trunks belonged to middle class. These trunks have travelled the world from Europe to Canada and everywhere in between.
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These kerosene powered signal lamps would be used at night by trains and station agents to signal stop, slow down, and clear. They are six standard colours: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and "Lunar" White.
The Train Order Board operated as a stop light for trains, and would hang outside of the station. It would be operated by levers inside the station agent's office. If the board was in a red position it meant stop, yellow meant to slow down and that there was a message to be passed to the train using a train order hoop. Green meant clear, proceed ahead.
This is one of the earliest versions of a copy machine. You would wet a piece of onion paper( similar to tissue paper) and place it on top of a freshly typed document. Place it in the press and screw it down, let it sit for a few minutes and you now have a copy.
Orders were attached within this hoop and the pole was then held up to a passing train. The crewman on the passing train would stick out his arm and “catch” the hoop with his whole arm. After pulling off the order, message, list, or waybill, the hoop was then tossed off the train and the stationmaster, or telegraph operator, would then have to trek along the track to recover the pole and, occasionally, a returned message.
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