Spors Book of Bargains, 1939: They didn’t call it the Great Depression for nothing. You leaf through a catalog like this one and you can feel the hunger and the desperation that the Spors Company promised to address… Continue reading The Beauty of Selling
Oh, the Deco! You would expect a place that sells fine china to do so with taste and grace, and this catalog certainly climbs to the heights of the 1930s styles. Royal Doulton, Wedgwood and the like were names to draw visitors to Hamilton, Ontario from the 1890s until 1985. Continue reading Canada’s Most Talked About Gift Shop
Regalia Manufacturing, Fair Supplies, ca. 1931. Somehow, I don’t think the county fair is quite what it used to be. Too bad. The Regalia company put out an impressive, slightly oversized catalog with dozens of ways to promote your fair – posters, pennants, roadside signs, license plate toppers, and the delightful spare-tire cover pictured here… Continue reading Meet Me at the Fair…
LaSalle Auto Brochure, 1939 “Gee, our old LaSalle ran great!” warbled Archie Bunker in the theme song of the “All in the Family” TV show. As well it should have – it was built by Cadillac as a slightly-more-affordable car series. MSRP in 1939: $1800. Value today: $38,000 – $83,000 (And just to make me … Continue reading Cadillac, Jr.
It's 1939. Buy 100 baby chicks for $7.50; sell the eggs or the grown hens, and help your farm earn extra income! Continue reading Because We Need the Eggs
“They know me as a catalog and yet on lonely nights
I bring them dreams and fancies and a wealth of real delights.” Continue reading 1933: Sears Commissions a Poem