So what were we reading exactly one hundred years ago? Skimming through the ads, you can’t help but notice the urgent headlines promoting books about the Great War — what we now call World War One…. Continue reading What We Were Reading 100 Years Ago…
One hundred and fifteen years ago, it was understood by one and all that finer homes deserved having a reed organ in their parlor. If you wanted music, you had to play it yourself… Continue reading Every home deserves an organ
Once upon a time, Allstate wouldn’t just sell you car insurance coverage, they would sell you car seat covers. Such a thing barely exists nowadays, and certainly not looking like these examples… Continue reading Beauty that gives you that “New Car” thrill all over again…from Allstate
“Edison and Music” Diamond Disc catalog, 1920 – Thomas Edison invented recorded music in 1878 to instant acclaim. It's funny, selling a product whose end result is music with nothing but words. But Edison's writers gave it their best shot… Continue reading The Phonograph with a Soul: Many Words about Music
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
Why is this woman smiling? Perhaps because “a career as a Tupperware dealer is exciting and rewarding!” Continue reading We’re Having a Party, a Tupperware Party!
All the latest (ca. 1969) exercise trends are here. Slant board – Check. Tetherball – sure. Weird vibrating belt massager thingee – not so sure about that one. And then there’s that…sweatsuit. Continue reading The Compleat 1960s Home Gym
You could buy ANYTHING from an American catalog in the 20th century, up to and including your own two-story home for $700. Shipped right to you. Complete – Lumber, hardware, paint, heater and plumbing. Some assembly required. Continue reading House Built…by the House Wreckers
Montgomery Ward Groceries and Bargains for November 1909 – Click to see all the goods you would be getting in closeup: rice, peas, coffee, sugar, syrup, raisins, tea, corn, spices, even soap, and, ummm, 10 pounds of prunes… Continue reading 125 Pounds of Provisions for $9.20
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.