CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM TIMES PAST

CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM TIMES PAST

It’s always interesting to look through our Museum’s archives… since T’is the Season, I wanted to have a look at our collection of Christmas cards.  The papers vary, the photos vary, the years vary, but the wishes are all the same!  Enjoy a closer look at a few:                                                                             Merry Christmas!                      ...
AL WILSON’S CARTOONS ~ THE CHRISTMAS EDITION

AL WILSON’S CARTOONS ~ THE CHRISTMAS EDITION

Many of Al Wilson‘s cartoons relate to specific happenings from about 1958 - 1974, especially in the Comox area.  We know you’re enjoying this popular series, and are happy to share this month’s edition with you!   Once again, we’d like to give a special shout out to Al and Carol!  We know they check out this monthly series, and we so appreciate their generosity in giving us permission to share the collection with all of you!       This month we offer you three Christmas pieces:          ...

THE WICKENBY NEWSLETTER ~ NOVEMBER

  This is another in our series: the Wickenby Register Newsletter.  The newsletters were printed twice yearly; they include information about 12 Squadron RAF, memories of service men and women, the occasional recipe, stories of times past… But perhaps the thing that spoke to both Mel and me when we saw them was the inclusion of a poem on the back of each issue. This month, both poems shared were penned by a special lady, Audrey Grealy. The Few was written to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain:     A Dedication was written to mark the occasion of the dedication of the Monument to the Royal Air Force and Allied Air Forces of World War Two at Plymouth Hoe on September 3, 1989:...

WHO WORKS IN OUR MUSEUM’S LIBRARY?

As with all activities in our Museum, our Library depends on volunteers for its success – for us, the key person is Allison, our Librarian.   Allison was a member of the AFIS staff in the 1990s, then worked at 19 Wing Medical Centre. Since retirement from the Public Service of Canada, she has been a member of the library staff, spearheading the work needed to keep the book and photograph collections, along with the collection records, in excellent order. She is a wealth of knowledge about our collections and helps point all the volunteers, as well as our visitors, in the right direction as they approach her with research questions.  She is always gracious and makes time for all of us.         Dan works with Allison to sort newly purchased and donated books.  He chooses books that will be offered in the Gift Shop.  This process helps the Museum purchase new books to augment our collection.  Dan is also a member of the Photo Process team; he is the energy behind the massive collection of aircraft photos.               Carol is Team Leader for the Photo Process group.  She came to us with an arts and photography background as well as skills with infographics.  She has been instrumental in devising the system we follow with donated photographs.  In addition, she oversees the scanning of our logbooks, and helps work on research projects.             Val is a member of the Photo Process team.  She works with Carol to sort, number, file, and scan donated photos.  She also...
WELCOME TO OUR MUSEUM LIBRARY!

WELCOME TO OUR MUSEUM LIBRARY!

Have you had the good fortune to spend time in our Museum Library?  It has quite the history: “The Air Force Indoctrination School (AFIS) opened at CFB Comox in 1982 to give CanadianForces (CF) officers and non-commissioned members serving their first tour on an air base a sound introduction to air force operations, history and heritage. Being a school, particularly in the time before the Internet, a library was a ne- cessity to provide students with appropriate reference material. When AFIS moved to Building 11 in 1986, the Library, still small, was located upstairs in the student lounge. The Comox Air Force Museum (CAFM), founded in 1982 as a small collection of artefacts in Building 22, also moved to Building 11 in 1986, developed greatly and was accredited as a CF Museum in September 1987. In October 1994, CAFM acquired a large collection of over 2500 books, thousands of photographs, hundreds of periodicals, dozens of aircraft models and many military artefacts from the estate of the late Geoffrey Rowe of Victoria. This magnificent gift became known as the Geoffrey Rowe Collection – the donation was recognized by the official naming of the room as the Geoffrey Rowe Memorial Library in June 1995. When AFIS closed in 1996, the library material not transferred to Winnipeg, and all of the Geoffrey Rowe Collection, became part of CAFM. The Library moved to its current location on the north side of the ground floor of Building 11 in October 2003 after the Totem Times, the 19 Wing newspaper, moved elsewhere. The Library is the “information arm” of the Museum. The book collection now...
THE WICKENBY NEWSLETTER ~ OCTOBER

THE WICKENBY NEWSLETTER ~ OCTOBER

  This is another of our series: the Wickenby Register Newsletter.  The newsletters were printed twice yearly; they include information about 12 Squadron RAF, memories of service men and women, the occasional recipe, stories of times past… But perhaps the thing that spoke to both Mel and me when we saw them was the inclusion of a poem on the back of each issue.  We hope that you’ll enjoy these two:        ...

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