- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Art
- Department Art and Memorials
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 2002/01/01
- Latest 2002/12/31
- Inscription (recto): J Maddison (verso): Beulah Sime Musselwhite 2002 by Johnnene Maddison, London, Ontario, Hand-dyed fabric, photo transfer, hand and machine stitching, hand beading 66 x 42 cm Beulah Sime Musselwhite worked for Victory Aircraft in Malton, Ontario. She worked inside the factory keeping track of products in the tool crib then later she worked on the Lancaster Bomber, crawling up behind the nosecone to connect the gas and oil lines to the panel in the cockpit. She was paid $42.00 a week and was expected to buy war bonds and work uniforms out of her pay. Beulah said them men in general treated the women well and only remembers one incident where a male employee was harassing the girls with lewd and suggestive talk. Beulah took her hammer and swung it at him causing him to run away. She reported him to the matron and by 4 pm two guards escorted him out of the factory and he was fired. His behaviour could not be tolerated because women were needed so desperately for war work. Beulah worked on the first Lancaster Bomber, which was never shot down after completing 57 missions. She liked pillbox hats and twice lost them off the streetcar and watched as they were run over. One winter the show banks along the streets of Toronto were so high that all you saw from the other side of the street were hats marching along on top of the snow. She preferred to wear beige, brown and peach. Thank you to Jim Vollans for the photos of his bomber "The Vicious Virgin"
- Medium mixed media
- Support fibreframe
- Materials Not applicable
- Person / Institution Subject, Musselwhite, Beulah SimeAssociated institution, Victory Aircraft
- Measurements Height 66.0 cm, Width 42.0 cm
- Related activity War work
- Caption Beulah Sime Musselwhite
- Additional Information “Beulah worked on Lancaster bombers, connecting the gas and oil lines to the panel in the cockpit. Although the men generally treated the women well, Beulah remembered one incident when a man harassed them. Beulah swung her hammer at him and then reported him to the matron. He was fired that same day. His behaviour was unacceptable because women workers were desperately needed. Beulah preferred to wear beige, brown, and peach.”
- Caption Stitches in Time
“It is the intrinsically feminine task of mending and patching that enters my work today.” Johnnene Maddison
Through quilts, contemporary artist Johnnene Maddison interprets the unique ways in which Canadian women balanced work, family, and leisure in their wartime lives.
Johnnene Maddison's mother was one of millions of North American women, more than one million of whom were Canadian, who worked in a factory during the Second World War. Inspired by her mother's wartime experience, she searched for other women workers. Maddison found 37, each with a distinct story, but all with one thing in common: the need to balance work with family, motherhood, and leisure.
For Johnnene Maddison, quilts best express the texture of women's wartime experiences. Recycled fabrics recall women's thrift and ingenuity. The technique of photo-transfer, capturing women's memorabilia, makes each quilt a testament to personal experience. Patched and pieced together, the quilts evoke women's resourcefulness in holding together the home front while also supplying the needs of the military.