By Jackie Garbarino
Museum Gift Shop and Volunteer Manager
On February 23rd, Dr. Keith and the museum crew were invited to tour Timco’s warehouse on Front Street and look for treasures for the museum.
For those of you who may not know, Timco has been a general store and permanent fixture on Grand Turk for more than 100 years. The chance to browse the collection of goodies stored there was an invitation we just couldn’t pass up.
Dr. Keith found 2 items of interest to the museum, a portable telephone exchange box and a kerosene powered Tilley FL-6 general purpose floodlight. Electricity didn’t come to Grand Turk until the early 1960s so having a kerosene floodlight was essential for lighting any outdoor activity at night, whether for work or fun.
I was able to supply the museum with a few dozen glass tumblers for movie nights.
It seems Mr. Magnus, who owned Timco and is now deceased, had difficulty parting with the promotional materials (like glassware) sent to him by his suppliers.
Our thanks to Mrs. Sylvia Lightbourne and Mr. Allen for allowing us to tour this fascinating historic building, and for the treasures we found.