Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | May 31, 2016

Artifact of the Week. St. Lawrence Seaway Official Opening Cigarette Tin and Cornwall the Seaway City Lighter.


What a difference time makes.  In the late 1950s and 1960s, cigarette smoking was the norm.  Today it is another matter and it is doubtful that a commemorative cigarette box would be issued and if it was issued in Canada it would not feature the Queen and the British Union Jack.


Bottom of the Cigarette tin above with 50 cent excise stamp.  This tin contained 50 cigarettes.

The box measures 14.9 cm x 10.7 cm x 1.6 cm.


A lighter depicting the R.H. Saunders International Dam, Cornwall.  The bottom corner of the dam ends in Cornwall.


The reverse of the above lighter.  It would be unusual for a City to hand out promotional lighters today.

The City Crest was adopted at the time of Incorporation in 1945.  In terms of official heraldry it does not work.  The wheat sheaf depicts the rural community that surrounds Cornwall and the wavy line around the crest represents the river.  The formal coat of arms is much different and relates back to our heritage.  More on another blog.

These artifacts are both on display in the 1950s dining room in the Cornwall Community Museum.

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