Card Holder

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2019.ast.194

Description:

This is a small wooden cardholder intended to hold business-card sized cards. It consists of a wooden base, has a taller vertical back and a lower vertical front. It is open on the left and right ends. It is varnished with a dark varnished and as curved top surfaces of the front and back. There is black felt affixed to the base of the holder.

Primary Materials: Wood

Dimensions (cm): Length = 9.5, Width = 4.4, Height = 5.5

Function:

This cardholder is designed to hold vertical a small stack of small rectangular cards, such as a set of business cards or the Visitor cards (2019.ast.193) or New Access Road cards (2019.ast.195) printed for David Dunlap Observatory in the 1960s.

Condition:

Excellent: The wooden surface of the stand is in excellent condition and the felt base is attached across the whole surface of the base. There are a few marks, including one prominent dent on the front of the holder about 0.4 cm across. There are a few minute marks on the corners of the holder where the varnish has been worn or chipped off.

Date of Manufacture: 1960s?

Provenance:

This card holder was kept at the Observatory until 2009 when upon the sale of the Observatory it was moved to the University of Toronto’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the St George Campus. In 2017 it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.