It’s that time again.  Time to shop through the ages.  This time, we’ll be taking a look at the 1909 Sears catalog.

Let’s start with fashion. The women were still wearing uncomfortable corsets and unusually large hats.:)


The proportion they have drawn these ladies seems very strange to me.  I’m assuming that they are making their waists look smaller, but their torsos look very weird.

2014-01-01_0072014-01-01_008I would be seriously off balance with one of these hats on my head.2014-01-01_015I think that these shoes are probably supposed to be a brown/tan color, but red seems to be the color used in almost all of the color pages in the catalog.

And the kids. Here are some interesting little hats.:)


And boys in short pants.2014-01-01_010These little girls are adorable, but I’m not sure how easy it would be to play with a big hat on your head.2014-01-01_028

And on to the men’s clothing.  I just love the “Hercules Invincible Work Shirts”.

And here are some more fashionable clothes.2014-01-01_036

There were a variety of hats available.  I just love their names.2014-01-01_0252014-01-01_026

Moving on to the rest of the catalog…..

I just love how these women are reading/relaxing while they are doing the laundry.  The magic of a washing machine. I wonder how much muscle it actually took to use one of these.

2014-01-01_029And this vacuum cleaner looks handy.  It also looks like it takes two people.  Apparently the children get to do the hard labor while mom gets to do the vacuuming.:)


The glory of a bathroom. It must have been so nice to add a bathroom to your house.2014-01-01_012I think that these cylinder records look so interesting.  I’ve never seen one in person before.2014-01-01_020Little dolls and of course a doll “go-cart” or stroller.  What would little girls do without them?2014-01-01_021I love the section of the house plans.  I wonder if any of my ancestors lived in houses that they saw on the pages of this catalog.2014-01-01_022

I think it’s interesting that strollers were called “go-carts”.  Our language is forever changing.


You could buy just about anything in this catalog – including handcuffs or a “nipper”.2014-01-01_032

I always wondered how women of this time period got their hair to be so poofy.  It has all become so clear to me. Padding.:)2014-01-01_033

You could now buy an automobile or an “auto cycle”.2014-01-01_050

You’d also need some automobile goggles to wear.

They had a nice selection of windows and doors.2014-01-01_037

I can’t imagine swimming in a dress.  No wonder why this poor lady needs “water wings”.2014-01-01_038

There were a number of different toys and games available to keep the little ones happy and occupied.

Teddy Bears “have come to stay” and were “more popular than ever”.

You could also scare your friends with a pretend spider or bug.

Or maybe play a game of table croquet or “Playing Possum with Taft”.


You could buy “Tom Sawyer’s Play Tent” for your little darling.  Or maybe a circle swing.

These two products scare me.  I would have to say that they aren’t the best designs for a pin cushion or a pipe.  What do you think?2014-01-01_041

There were a number of different veils available.  One for mourning.  Another for riding in an automobile.  And a couple for infants.  Those poor kids look like they’re suffocating!!2014-01-01_042Here are some various products.  A Japanese Grass suit might come in handy if you were hunting.  Maybe you’d like an electric hair brush.  Or a tropic foot warmer. Or a pants match scratcher.:)2014-01-01_043

Here are some available chairs.2014-01-01_044

And a cream separator.  Life as a housewife in 1909 must have been hard!!  I’m sure that they were excited about all of the new and improved products available.2014-01-01_045I would love to find one of these desk/shelves sets at an antique store sometime.  They are gorgeous.2014-01-01_046

I wonder how many people actually had telephones in 1909. 2014-01-01_047

What kid wouldn’t want a toy grocery store or a mechanical engine?  2014-01-01_048Some more interesting items.  “Neck Lace”.  A pearl studded dog collar.  Conversation tubes for those who are hard of hearing. Hot water dolls (that’s actually a pretty good idea!).  A cigarette maker.  A graveyard shell.2014-01-01_049

This must have been so exciting to watch!!!2014-01-01_051

And a few more various items.  An Eskimo doll.  A Pyrographic Outfit (which I believe is woodburning). Hygenic Skin Food. Lavender Smelling Salts – for fainting spells.:) And The Electric Questioner.2014-01-01_052

That’s it for this edition of Shopping Through the Ages.  Join me next time, when we shop through 1910.

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Yes, I was a child of the 80’s.

My sticker book was one of my prized possessions when I was a little kid.  I stuck it full of stickers and spent a lot of time just looking through them.  And sniffing the scratch-and-sniffs.

Apparently, I wanted everyone to know that it was MINE.  Jennifer.  Jennifer.  Jennifer.  Jennifer.  Jennifer.  Jennifer.

I’m pretty sure that my Grammy Eleanore gave me that roll of Jennifer stickers. She liked to order things from the “Current” catalog, which was full of stationary and such.

2014-01-02_001I’m not so sure about how easy it was to peel those stickers off and trade them.  I can tell which ones I tried to peel off – and they ended up ripped.:)2014-01-02_002These were the ones everyone wanted.  The scratch-and-sniffs.  Because, who doesn’t want a sticker that smells like a pickle?  Or a stack of pancakes?  Or a cowboy boot??

You can tell that these were scratched and scratched and scratched. Believe it or not, I scratched that pickle sticker today and could still faintly smell it.2014-01-02_003And of course the shiny foil stickers (on the right).  Those were special ones that I wouldn’t think of trading.  2014-01-02_004And who could forget the puffy stickers??  They were so….puffy.  And strange.  I think that these are supposed to be light bulb people.  Who like syrup.


Do you have any sticker books from your childhood or was it a passing fad?

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I spent the whole week from Christmas to New Year’s Eve sick with a cold.  Although it was crummy feeling sick during the holidays, it did give me a chance to get a bunch of genealogy done while I was curled up in a blanket at the computer.2014-01-01_003

Thankfully, we made our gingerbread house BEFORE the cold came on…


We should be moving from El Paso sometime this summer, but I have no idea where we’ll be going (that’s Army life for you!).  I’m hoping that it’s somewhere a little more genea-friendly than El Paso.  We are far off the beaten path here and a trip to any conference is very far away.  Also, I have no ancestors from this neck of the woods (and there definitely aren’t any trees here!).   I’m hoping for a posting to Europe, or maybe Virginia.  We’ll see what happens – it’s not in my hands, so I’ll try to be excited about wherever we’ll be heading.:)

I do have a few goals/ancestors I want to focus on this year:

1. Join the DAR.  This has been on my goal list for at least 3 years, but I haven’t made the time to do it.  I need to make the time.  I have plenty of ancestors to choose from, so I need to pick one and do the paperwork.

2. I need to focus on re-entering the information on my Swedish ancestors.  I lost a lot of the info in my data loss a couple of years ago and I’ve put of re-entering it.  It’s tedious (especially since I don’t speak Swedish).  It makes entering the census records into my program difficult and time-consuming.  It needs to be done though.

3.  Brick Walll: John Robertson (1804-1879) – born in Kentucky, died in Washington County, Iowa.

4. Brick Wall: Henry Woods from England, father to Thomas Woods (1859-1934)  of Lockport, New York.

5. Work on untangling the Cossaboons of New Jersey and finding the correct line.

6. Brick Wall: Sophia Talbot , b 1819 in Missouri, married to John C. Davidson.  I am so close, yet so far away. I have the correct family, but can’t find exactly where she fits in.

7. Work on my Agee and Lee lines in Virginia.  I haven’t spent a lot of time on siblings of my ancestors and need to do that.

8. Get all of my paperwork digitized and the papers filed away in my huge filing cabinet.

Let’s see if I can stay on track this year and make some progress on some of my brick walls.:)

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The older couple in the front middle are my great-great grandparents, John Edgar Robertson (1866-1954) and Mary Ursula Becker Robertson (1864-1943).

They had a total of ten children and 3 of them were dead by 1925, so I am assuming that the other 7 people here are their remaining children.

I am pretty sure that my great-grandmother, Marie Margaret Robertson Thornton is the woman on the left in the back.

Their other living children were: Harry Charles, George Edgar, Helen Alta, Louise Cecelia, Clyde Joseph, and Louis Anthony.  If anyone can identify which is which, I would love to know.:) Thanks!2013-10-20_022

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Juliette Potter Cavit was my 4th great-grandmother.  Her son, George T. Cavit, died during the Civil War and she applied for a Mother’s Pension.
2013-10-21_011…On this 10 day of Sept, one thousand eight hundred and ninety, personally appeared before me, a County Judge in and for the County and State aforesaid, duly authorized to administer oaths Juliette Cavit, aged 74 years, a resident of Burkmere, County of Faulk State of S. Dak, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the mother of George T. Cavit, who enlisted under the name George T. Cavit, at Washington Co, Ia., on the X day of August 1862, in Co. A. 25 Regt Ia the war of the Rebellion, who died at Millikens Bend, La on the 26 day of May, 1863, from the effects of Lung disease incurred at Millikens Bend, La on the ++ day of May 1863. That said son left neither widow, nor child under sixteen years of age, surviving. That she is without other present means of support than her own manual labor. That she has applied for a pension; the number of her application is 409819. That she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the Act of June 27, 1890. She hereby appoints PATRICK O’FARRELL, of Washington D.C., her lawful attorney to prosecute her claim and agrees to allow him a fee of ten dollars. That her Postoffice address is Burkmere, Faulk Co., S. Dak.

Samuel H. Haughn
S. Whitney Juliette Cavit X her mark

Also personally appeared Samuel H. Haughnm residing at Faulkton SD, and S Whitny, residing at Faulkton SD, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, say they were present and saw Juliette Cavit the claimant, make her mark to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with her of 7 years and years respectively, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
Samuel H. Haughn
S. Whitney

State of South Dakota County of Faulk ss;
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 10 day of Sept, AD 1890…

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