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.

  • 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

  • Nathan - October 22, 2014 - 10:26 pm

    These are all such interesting illustrations – I’m especially intrigued by the unbreakable doll – perfect for babies! I’m sure the two-piece bathing suits would be a big hit today, too…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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I’m trying out a new widget from FlipSnack and thought I’d share here.

It is FREE and allows you to upload PDFs and share them in a nice, neat widget. {There is also a premium ad-free version}.

I decided to post a PDF file of my great-great grandfather, Ari Austin Agee as an example.  This is just a simple Legacy-created PDF, so it didn’t take me any time to make.

There are different options available – you call allow them to download the PDF.  You can merge all PDFs together.  You can also change the style and size of the widget.

And this is what I love.  You can actually put a number of different files on a cute little bookshelf like this….

With the free version, you can only add 3 books to a shelf – with 15 page each. There aren’t any restrictions if you subscribe to Flipsnack Premium, but the free version works for my purposes.

There are other services on the site as well, including SlideSnack {for PowerPoint}, PollSnack, TubeSnack, etc.

Have you ever used this service before?

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This shoebox full of old dollhouse pieces has been sitting in one of our old trunks, not seeing the light of day for years now.   We’ve carried it around from place to place as we’ve moved across the country.

I thought I’d pull it out and take some pictures of these family heirlooms.  I sent pictures to Andy’s mom, so I could get the history on where these came from.

They were actually her toys.  The house that went along with this furniture was stored in the attic and a squirrel munched on it. And the little plastic dolls {which had rubber bands in the joints} broke.  But the wooden furniture is still in great shape!

Since they were in the same box, I thought that maybe these figurines went with the dollhouse furniture, but they didn’t.  My husband’s great-great grandma and great-grandfather gave them to his mom.  They were from their childhood.  I’m not sure how old that makes them, but they’re in wonderful shape.  Aren’t they cute?

And so colorful!

Here you can see some of the furniture in more detail.  The vanities even have little mirrors on them.Do you have any old toys from your childhood?

  • Nick Woods - January 3, 2013 - 7:21 pm

    Jennifer, thank you so much for sharing pictures of the doll furniture sitting out so they can each be seen. Wow! They’ve traveled the world with you all, haven’t they! Hope the children might find some time to play with them and make up rooms with curtains cut out of fabric or catalogues and little table cloths made from the same stuff. I haven’t seen tiny dolls to fit the size of the furniture, but maybe I’ll find some at a craft store? Mom W.ReplyCancel

  • Grant Davis - January 3, 2013 - 8:46 pm

    I’m not sure if my comment was posted as I didn’t include my name and e-mail the first time. I just commented on what a treasure this was and how I had found “An Early Christmas Gift” on google books just before Christmas and shared it with Geneabloggers. “Treasurer Chest Thursday” would have been a good blog prompt to have used. Happy New Year to you!ReplyCancel

  • Debi Levy Austen - January 3, 2013 - 11:50 pm

    What great toys! I have a couple of toys from my childhood but the one I love the most is my Tiny Thumbelina doll. It was because of this doll that I found out about Santa Claus – saw it in the deserted playhouse and then under the Christmas tree a few weeks later. We also have the old army men that my dad and his brother used to play with in the 1930’s, although my brother has those. And I also have the radio that they listened to in the 30s and 40’s and later my sister and I listened to it while we colored in our Babes in Toyland coloring books. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Pat O'Donnell Kuhn - January 4, 2013 - 12:35 am

    these are so cute. what a treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Kandt Woods - January 4, 2013 - 2:30 am

    maybe Ellie could sew some curtains and such for doll house :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Thornton Woods - January 6, 2013 - 4:47 pm

    That’s so neat that you have that memory of realizing who Santa was. :)ReplyCancel

  • Climbing My Family Tree - January 6, 2013 - 4:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing Grant! And Happy New Year to you also!ReplyCancel

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I’m really looking forward to 2013.  2012 wasn’t a very good genealogy year for me.  No conferences.  Only a little bit of on site research.  And a huge data loss from my computer crashing.

I was set back a bit by the data loss.  I still technically have all of the information.   The documents are there.  It’s the transcribing and entering and citing that is gone.  And it has been discouraging to know that I need to re-do it.

But 2013 is a new year.

I have reset the folders that are being backed up online and made sure that I have the CORRECT genealogy folder being saved {that was the issue – I had the wrong folder being saved}. I’m anxious to get back to where I was in my researching and I’m hoping to set aside some time each week to get that done.

I also plan on being back on the blog again – I know that I’ve been quiet for a while.

I still haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to head to the NGS Conference in Las Vegas this year.  It’s technically within driving distance {even though it’s still quite a ways from El Paso – NOTHING is close to El Paso}.  Just trying to decide if I have the money and time to do it.  I would love to take some classes and meet up with fellow geneabloggers – and go to Vegas.:)  Are any of you attending?

  • Sierra - January 1, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    Seeing these photos makes me realize I miss all of your photos you post. They are always so vibrant and beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Galitz - January 2, 2013 - 6:05 am

    I’ve made my hotel reservations for NGS (not the conference hotel, tho)and will make my conference reservation just before the early-bird deadline.

  • Anne Gillespie Mitchell - January 2, 2013 - 10:39 pm

    I’ll be there. Should be fun! :-) And I am sorry about your data loss. I can’t imagine how painful that must have been.ReplyCancel

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William Homer & Florence Baker Weeks were my husband’s great grandparents.  They are buried in Vinland Cemetery, Vinland, Douglas county, Kansas.

  • Sheryl - December 4, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    Interesting that your husband’s great-grandmother was 5 years older than his great-grandfather. My grandmother was 3 1/2 years older than my grandfather–and I’ve always been fascinated by the age difference.ReplyCancel

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