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Museum staff posing on steps of the ROM, 1914
Date of Image: 1914
People: Mary Hand (cataloguer); unnamed guards
Museum ID Number: ROM2004_1306_24
Image Number: ROM2004_1306_24

Six guards, who often had other jobs such as window glazer or door attendant, stand proud in their Museum uniforms. The year is 1914, and some guards have war medals pinned to their chests. Museum carpenters fill the back row. Miss Mary Hand, in the front, was a cataloguer in the Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology.

Nowadays the dress of Museum guards is more casual. In addition to fulfilling their their traditional duties of securing the galleries, they are considered front-line visitor staff who are well informed about the Museum’s collections.

Publications: Rotunda Winter 2000 pg. 52

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