Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item CHL_1988.027.005 - Fan

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CA CHL CHL_1988.027.005

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CM 3811 Fan Green blue paper with water-colour floral design in dark green, light pink, dark pink and blue with silver veins on leaves and metallic brown band along top edge; paper glued to thin wooden struts attached to ivory struts near base/handle; structure gathered and secured with a brass nail.

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One fan from a collection [CM 3808 - CM 3812], of handkerchiefs and fans, that were gifts given in 1916, to Mildred Farrow, the donor's mother, by their Chinese domestic servant, Fong. Fan used by Miss Margaret E. Farrow in "The Mikado" presented in the Chilliwack United Church Hall, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 8-9, 1936. Her costume was made in Chilliwack by Mrs. Fumi Kojima [dressmaker] a Japanese resident, Margaret Farrow was not sure if the yellow sash went with the costume. She rented straw sandals from Vancouver to wear with costume and borrowed a wig from her cousin in Vancouver who had performed in the "Mikado" in Vancouver. Mrs. Mildred Farrow was born in New Westminster, November 12, 1879, and was adopted into the A.C. Wells family. She was a life member of the Carman Church, Womans Missionary Society. Her home was at 46998 Prairie Central Road. She died on June 28, 1964. Her husband, Arthur Farrow, was born on December 8, 1881, in Dudley, Worcestershire, and came to Chilliwack in 1899 to work on the Wells farm in Sardis. Arthur worked there for eight years, the latter three as herdsman until he left to take charge and buy cows for the Hygienic Dairy in Matsqui. Arthur came back to Chilliwack in 1910, when he married Mildred Wells. [See costume CM 3807, archive's photograph P5916 and program 988.79].

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