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Object ID # 1960.007.008
Object Name Cushion
Title Agnes Macphail's O.S.C.I. Cushion Cover
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Year Range from 1907
Year Range to 1908
Artist Unknown maker
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County
Description Owen Sound Collegiate Institute cushion cover that belonged to Agnes Macphail
The front of the cushion cover is beige, with large black-edged letters, "O.S.C.I." embroidered at the top [Owen Sound Collegiate Institute]. Below this are pinkish-red, black-edged letters, also satin-stitched: "Dum Vivimus Vivamus [the school's motto]. There is a diagonally-placed, tri-colour ribbon at the lower right corner. This represents the school colours of red, black and yellow. The reverse side has a plain pink-coloured piece of fabric. The two side ends of the cover have beige decorative twisted fringes. There is no manufacturer's identification. It is possible that it was a home-made item. The beige fabric appears to be garbadine.
Provenance Agnes C. Macphail (b. 1890-d. 1954) grew up in Proton Township and Artemesia Township, in Grey County. In order to further her education, she had to board in Owen Sound, Grey County so that she could attend the Owen Sound Collegiate Institute [O.S.C.I.]. She did not complete her highschool degree there, due to a disagreement with Principal Murray, but finished in Stratford, Ontario. She then attended Stratford Normal School. She later became a teacher and then in her 30s, became a politician. She became Canada's first female Member of Parliament in 1921.
Collection Textiles, Household Linens Collection
Material Fabric/Embroidery Thread/Ribbon/Thread
Dimensions W-70 L-46.5 cm
Found Ceylon, Municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County
People Macphail, Agnes
Reany, Gertha Macphail
Search Terms Owen Sound Collegiate & Vocational Institute (O.S.C.V.I.)