Treasure Hunting at Timco

Dr. Keith beside the soda machine used to provide soft drinks to the TCI up until 1973. Oh if we only had space for this at the museum!

Dr. Keith beside the soda machine used to provide soft drinks to the TCI up until 1973. Oh if we only had space for this at the museum!

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.

Is Dr. Keith considering a career change? Master brewer perhaps?

Is Dr. Keith considering a career change? Master brewer perhaps?

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.

Dr. Keith with Mr. Allen the manager of Timco and generous artifact  donor to the museum.

Dr. Keith with Mr. Allen the manager of Timco and generous artifact donor to the museum.

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.

Dr. Keith and Mitchell Loeb after successfully transporting one of the treasures down the steps.

Dr. Keith and Mitchell Loeb after successfully transporting one of the treasures down the steps.