Shopping Through the Ages: 1906

It’s that time again! Time to shop through the Sears & Roebuck Catalog.  This time, we’ll be shopping through 1906.

Let’s start with fashion…..

Don’t you just love these bathing suits?  I can’t even imagine trying to swim in that dress.

I just love the huge hats.

There were many different types of dolls available.  Here are a few of them: The “Exceptional Large Size Dolls for the Money” cracks me up.  A Buster Brown doll.  The “Unbreakable Leather Doll” {baby’s friend!} and even an infant talking doll.  I wonder what it sounded like.

These rings are kind of creepy looking…

An automobile MackIntosh – I guess cars were becoming popular and one needed a special coat to ride in one.:)I just love this watch, engraved with  your name on it.The new and improved Universal Keyboard!!You really can buy anything at Sears.  Including a cork extension for short legs.Or even an artificial leg – at half price!

I bet that these were a real hit.  A scarf pin that lights up!!Electric insoles for bad circulation and cold feet.Who doesn’t love hot chocolate?  How about a whole “chocolate set”??I’ve seen lockets for necklaces, but this one is on a bracelet.Fun for the kids!  A Mohawk Indian Wigwam.  “Every boy likes to play Indian”.  “Remember, a happy boy makes a happy home. You can make your boy happy by putting him in possession of a wigwam of his own”In every catalog edition, there always seems to be one or two pages that have a bit of color added.  This time it is tan shoes.  For some reason, these remind me of wicked witch shoes.There is also a page on different rug patterns in color.

Not so sure if I’d like to try this electric liniment.  Apparently, it is called that, “because the application produces a feeling similar to the feeling produced by a mild charge of electricity.”  Yikes!I love the many varieties of bookshelves available.  I’d never seen a corner bookshelf before and the revolving ones are so cool!!There were obviously so many different societies during this time period.  Look at all of the different society charms.I always love looking at the different cures that are offered.  Blood builder.  Mexican Headache Cure.  Peruvian Wine of Cocoa.And lastly, you could even order imported palm plants.

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  • Susan Donaldson - January 5, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    I love these old illustrations. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Debi Levy Austen - January 5, 2013 - 11:27 pm

    Yay – Shopping Through the Ages is Back! Not only do I love looking at all of this stuff, it’s especially fun to see what things cost back then. I’ve been transcribing letters from my grandmother to my grandfather the 1917ish time period and I love reading about going out for a ride in the “machine” (AKA car). She talked a lot about the weather as they, apparently, had to plan their drives around the weather. She could have used the MackIntosh. I also find buying an artificial leg through a catalog very interesting.ReplyCancel

  • Climbing My Family Tree - January 6, 2013 - 4:46 pm

    Yes, it would have been strange having to dress for/plan around the weather to do something simple as hopping in the car. We are so spoiled. :) I wonder why the world “machine” went out of style in describing a car. In Russian, the word for car is “mashina”. :) You are so lucky that you have those letters. I really need to find the relatives that may have ended up with letters in my family!!ReplyCancel

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