The Museum of Industry in Stellarton, Pictou Co., is featuring a new exhibit, Glamour Plus Labour: clairtone in nova scotia.
The free exhibit, which runs until Jan. 31, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stellarton factory’s opening.
“Telling the Clairtone story is an opportunity to have fun with the groovy cultural and design trends of the 196Os,” said Debra McNabb, museum director. “As well, there is the serious story of skyrocketing success followed by crushing failure. In the middle are the workers.”
Clairtone Sound Corp., a Toronto-based stereo manufacturer, opened a large factory in Stellarton in 1966. At that time, Clairtone stereos were the latest trend in home entertainment. The company quickly became popular for its bold marketing style and innovative and quality designs before it closed in 1972.
“This exhibit opens a window to Nova Scotia’s past and gives people an understanding of what it was like to work in the electronics industry in the 1960s,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minster Tony Ince. “It’s wonderful that so many in the community contributed their sought-after artifacts to this exhibition, to allow people to come together, reminisce and share their memories.”
The exhibit showcases Clairtone products, including the company’s breakthrough stereo: Project G with its signature sound globes, as well as the other G series units, floor-model cabinet stereos, and colour televisions. It draws on the memories and memorabilia of former Clairtone workers.
“For the exhibit, we built a replica of two stations of the electronics assembly line so that visitors could see what is involved in chassis assembly,” said William Akkerman, one of Clairtone’s first employees in Nova Scotia. “For the people who worked there, the exhibit is a revival of a memory.”
For more information, visit https://museumofindustry.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/feature-exhibit .