Century-old Delta cash register has a story to tell

The Delta Heritage Society has many items in its collection with fascinating stories to tell, although some of those tales are incomplete. This month the society is spotlighting four such items in the hopes members of the public might be able to shed some additional light on their stories.

Those who have any information are asked to email delta-museum@delta.ca.

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Cash register - courtesy Delta Heritage Society

1. Cash Register

The society is looking for additional information about this particular register which is quite unique in its operation. It is a “cheese cutter” register, manufactured in 1920, and it may have been used in Fisher’s Drug Store up to 1948. In 1978, it was brought in as an item on loan.

In order to process this item further, the society needs to know if this was, in fact, used in Fisher’s Drug Store. It also needs further information about the Magee family and whether there is anyone who recalls this item being placed on loan.


Glass window - courtesy Delta Heritage Society

2. Glass Window

This is a marvelous example of a single hung window which would have been found in a curved wall such as a turret. The craftsmanship to make this window using hand tools is remarkable. The window evokes memories of a time when Queen Anne style was prevalent in Delta, and speaks to the idea that “A man’s home is his castle.”

Unfortunately, the society has no information about which home this is from, or who may have donated it. It has been part of the collection since at least 1983.


brick dolly
Brick dolly - courtesy Delta Heritage Society

3. Brick Dolly

This is a unique hand truck, used to transport items short distances. It was identified as being used to transport bricks. It may have been used to transport items on a loading dock such as at a railway station, dock or feed or lumber store. If it is a brick dolly, would this have been part of the brick factory operation at McAdam Creek?


Flag, St. Mungo Cannery - courtesy Delta Heritage Society

4. Flag, St. Mungo Cannery

At first, this flag was brought into the archives as part of the records of the cannery, and then it was transferred to the museum in 1990. It appears to be a signal flag of some type, used to communicate with fishers on the Fraser River. The society is hoping to get more information about how the flag was used.

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