“Heavily Silverplated Flatware”, evidently. Just look at her rapturous gaze! Continue reading What Makes a Woman Swoon?
Chicago Mail Order, 1941 An outfit for “Today’s Bride” of 1941, virtually as streamlined as any 1941 warplane. Because the bride was practical, the wedding gown was two-piece — ditch the coat and wear the sleeveless gown alone to dances. Because “all eyes (are) on your figure as you walk down the aisle” everything is … Continue reading What the Modern Bride was Wearing
Behold that mighty marvel of miniaturization: two speakers, cassette tape recorder, AM FM radios, equalizer – the Boom Box. Continue reading When Boxes Boomed
Let Spear be Your Santa Claus, ca. 1910 Clever Ikea and Container Store storage solutions are nothing new. Here’s a “bachelor chifferobe” from 1912. This single piece of furniture aims to provide the gentleman storage for everything he might need, as well as a writing desk! And “of course, a woman can use it too” … Continue reading A place for everything and everything in it’s place
The Catalog Blog is on a brief break before autumn officially starts, but will return in a week or so. See you then! Continue reading End-of-Summer Vacation
How rural was America in the 1930s? This rural: so many farmhouses didn’t yet have real plumbing… Continue reading “City Comfort for the Country”
Woven rugs weren’t cheap in the Depression. If you couldn’t afford one, you could get a a “Congoleum” rug for one-fifth of the price… Continue reading When is a Rug not a Rug?
Schools can fall prone to gadget envy just like the rest of us. In 1918 this must have involved buying Victrola record players and finding ways to use 78rpm records in educational situations. Continue reading High Technology in Education – 1918 style
It’s back to school time for kids everywhere. Teaching aids have shifted a lot in 95 years… Continue reading Back to School Around the Globe
Western Auto stores were celebrating three quarters of a century in 1984 and feeling expansive. Barely half the pages in this catalog featured car parts…. Continue reading More Western, Less Auto