Saturday, September 21, 2019


Picking up where we left off, this extensive set of tools belonged to one man. James Anthony immigrated from England around 1910 and worked on the rebuilding of Centre Block after the Parliament Hill fire of 1916.

More tools, of a bigger scale, up above.

And then there are sewing instruments.

I moved into a section of the museum concerning itself with energy- both uses and sources.

Here we have a fully disassembled Smart car.

Mining is part of the story here, with equipment displayed.

Some of that equipment is high tech, as satellites are used in a different way in the mining industry.

This item is a mapper, generating a three dimensional map of a mine to be used in computer models. I've also seen this used to create virtual maps of caves.

An interactive set nearby allows you to take a spin through a virtual mine, with each dot of light representing a single scan from the mapper. It creates an otherworldly effect as you use the control stick to navigate your way through one of four different scanned mines.


  1. Interesting exhibits and I like the sewing machines.

  2. You really make me book a flight soon to see it all for real!
    Just imagine what school kids can learn today online!

  3. Interesting exhibits. I like to have a play with that mapper!

  4. And today we can barely do anything without power tools.

  5. I'm not sure that I want to be even in that 'virtual' mine.

  6. Interesting exhibits, William !

  7. The disassembled Smart car is interesting!

  8. The old tools are more to my liking.

  9. @Nancy: thank you.

    @Iris: true.

    @John: I liked it.

    @Italiafinlandia: it was.

    @David: quite true.

    @Anvilcloud: it was different.

    @Karl: definitely.

    @Marleen: I agree.

    @Tom: they're good.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Marie: I like them.

  10. The virtual trips through those mines is definitely something I would be interested in taking.

  11. What an interesting display...I like the car, and the virtual tour!

  12. You seem to find such interesting places all of the time, William!

  13. The mine images look really spooky.

  14. Another great series of artifacts and photos of them ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. That disassembled smart car is fascinating to me. I know they are small but, it almost looks like a baby carriage here.

  16. I have visited the coal mine in Marcinelle Belgium where a fire broke out and 262 minors were killed ! Mostly Italians they worked Belgium in the mines. Terrible working conditions !

  17. @DJan: it's quite otherworldly, but also recognizable.

    @Barbara: thank you!

    @RedPat: I try to!

    @Red: they do, yes.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Sharon: it does.

    @Gattina: terrible indeed.

  18. My grandmother and mother had one of those old sewing machines.

  19. A fascinating museum in which I could spend a lot of time. I like your new banner photo too.

  20. Fabulous new fall header, though I shall miss my fish. I know, I know....

  21. Lovely header! Museums are fascinating.

  22. I like your new header!
    Interesting museum. I think I'd like to look at that smart car up close. Those interactive maps are fascinating. Very cool.

  23. Can you imagine those tools, back in the day? I drive by our local farms and wonder how they did it all.

  24. I'm intrigued by the sewing machines. Boy -- how did people do and create what they did with what they had then?

  25. sewing machine?? neat ... i have not sewed in a while. unless u count a button needing 2 put back on your shirt/pants!! lol!! i love joking ... have a great week! ( ;

  26. Wonderful displays. I love the old tools and the sewing machines:)

  27. @Maywyn: I found it fascinating.

    @Bill: I think my grandmother did.

    @Catalyst: thank you!

    @Joanne: thanks!

    @Magiceye: they are.

    @Laurie: thanks!

  28. @Kay: the smart car was quite a sight.

    @Jennifer: with more physical labour than today.

    @Jeanie: it was a lot harder work.

    @Beth: the only thing I can to is buttons.

    @Rosie: thanks!

    @Jan: definitely.