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Object Name Protector, Check
Object Number 2009.048.002
Description Check Protector
Gray metal case; with crank handle on right side; white metal key "THE ILLINOIS LOCK CO. U.S.A. / ILLINOIS" ; case of machine with dark and light blue lettering and fitted with sliding plastic knobs that adjust numerical settings; lettering on case reads "LOCKED / DOLLARS CENTS / PROTECTION" and "Paymaster" in script near base; two switches on left side of machine, one reading "REPEAT / CLEAR"; torn gold sticker on back of machine with red and black lettering "FOR FREE SERVICE / PAYMASTER CHECKWRITER LTD. / 3282 E. 1ST AVE. VANCOUVER, B.C. V5M 1B8 / TEL. 253 - 4431"; with manufacturer's plaque on back near base; fitted with four rubber feet.
Provenance Peter Heppner began hauling gravel and soil in the 1940s using a single axle gravel truck. He loaded the gravel and soil by hand using a shovel. When it came to unload the material it was done the same way - by hand, using a shovel. As time passed more equipment was added. Another truck or two, a small loader replaced the shovel and the hydraulics on the trucks raised the boxes thus eliminating the back breaking shovelling. Later a bulldozer was added to level the material.

The gravel and soil were hauled to farmers for their farm yards and lanes. Material was hauled to homeowners for their driveways and gardens. Subdivisions were built. In the winter the equipment was used for snow removal. More trucks and the personal to operate the trucks and equipment were added.

Office equipment became a necessity. The pencil and pen used to add columns and address statements were tedious and caused fingers to cramp. To add the columns of figures an adding machine was bought. A typewriter was bought to address the statements. To give the checks a professional look a cheque writing machine was added. When the computer was introduced it eliminated the need for the previous office equipment.