Egg collection

A Moment from Yesterday

June 2, 2021 | Opinion | Volume 25 Issue 12
Laureen Harder-Gissing | Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Photo: The Canadian Mennonite Collection / Mennonite Archives of Ontario

We wish we knew more about George Hamm of Didsbury, Alta., and his egg collection. This photo was found in The Canadian Mennonite files from the 1960s, but it was not published in the newspaper. His collection was later listed in the Royal Alberta Museum inventory. Even in this side view, we sense his pride and passion for these marvels of the natural world. We share his wonder and we wonder more about his story.

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database, see

More moments from yesterday:
Fruit basket
Helena Reimer
B.C. baptism
Herman Walde
Group photo

Photo: The Canadian Mennonite Collection / Mennonite Archives of Ontario

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I was only 11 years old when I helped my dad, George Hamm, with his record keeping. Using a straight pen with ink, I carefully marked the eggs with their identification numbers. Amazingly, I never damaged any of the eggs, as delicate as they were!

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