Item RNT-ob-0005 - The Government of the Province of Alberta Prosperity Certificate

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The Government of the Province of Alberta Prosperity Certificate

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  • 1936 (Creation)

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1 certificate; 25.4 x 18.1 x 1.7

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Donated by Robert N. Thompson

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Object is a certificate reading "The Government of the Province of Alberta Prosperity certificate, Issued August 5, 1936", signed by William Aberhart - Social Credit, AB Premier 1935-43 and the Provincial Treasurer who's signature is unreadable. Writing in the corner reads "Presented to RN Thompson - 9 Sept 64". The certificate is framed in a black wooden frame.

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Object is in used condition; black wooden frame is chipped in some places and the certificate inside the frame is slightly weathered as a result of age.

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Robert N. Thompson


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Preferred citation Trinity Western University Archives and Special Collections, Robert N. Thompson fonds, RNT-ob-0005.

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Prosperity certificates were introduced in 1936 by the Social Credit Party-led government of Alberta as a proposed method to counteract the devastating impacts of the Great Depression. They held the value of a $1 bill, provided that the holder had attached a total of 104 stamps to the certificate. However, due to the cost of such stamps, and the fact that the certificate expired after only two years, the prosperity certificates were ultimately unsuccessful. It is interesting to note that Robert N. Thompson was once a member of the Social Credit Party of Canada.

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October 2022, MN

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Source used to describe the significance of Robert N. Thompson's Prosperity Certificate: An Act respecting Prosperity Certificates, SA 1936(2), c 4, retrieved on 2022-10-24

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  • Box: B 35
  • Box: B 35 S 6 Box 1