The picture that this came from was a 3 inch by 3 inch grainy photo taken circa 1930 from a browning box camera. It was impossible to blow this picture upend get a clear picture, as the resolution was so low that the entire picture pixilated. But we managed to get the basic shape of where all the women stood or sat and from there Marina laboured to recreate the photo one image and one square inch at a time. The drawing of this piece took months but the rewards thereafter are well worth it.
In interviewing people of the town about the cannery and about these women in particular, few knew of any here but some names did occur as possibilities. It was said of the female cannery workers that they were like a community or family unto themselves and their close bonds were extremely evident.
Kathy Paulos of the Ashcroft Museum was extremely helpful in supplying old cannery labels for this project. In doing so, eight were chosen and in addition to this, it became evident how popular our canned goods were to Canadians. We have the perfect climate for tomatoes, squash, pumpkin and potatoes. In fact, our potatoes were known throughout Canada as being the largest and the best. We supplied the railways which brought our product far and wide.
On investigating the cannery, the question of why it is no longer here reoccurred often. For answers to this it is worth going to our Ashcroft Museum where a story is waiting to be told