Another great week. I had a woman send me a picture of my grandma from 1941, which I had never seen before.  I will be sharing that tomorrow.:)

Here are a few of my favorite finds from this past week…

And a few pictures from this week…

  • Heather Wilkinson Rojo - October 7, 2011 - 8:11 am

    Jen, thanks for mentioning my blog post about the Genealogy Cruise that stopped in Boston. However, I wasn’t ON the cruise, I just met up with the cruisers during their time in port at Boston. So you can add me to the “jealous list”, too! I’d love to take one of these genealogy cruises someday.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - October 7, 2011 - 6:00 pm

      Sorry for confusing it!! Maybe someday we can meet on a cruise! :)ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - October 10, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Jen. One day I plan on cruisin’ Alvarado Street myself :-)ReplyCancel

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I ♥ this picture of Andy’s grandma. She was quite the lady.

Ola Louise {Davidson} Weeks   (June 21, 1915- September 13, 2011)

  • Dee - October 5, 2011 - 6:33 pm

    She was quite an attractive lady…

    Great photo.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - October 6, 2011 - 5:44 am

    That’s a great hat!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - October 13, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    A stunning picture! :)ReplyCancel

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It’s time for another edition of “Shopping Through The Ages” – and this post is devoted to 1902.

Let’s start with women’s clothing.  The hats were still big.  Furs were still in.  And women were still squeezing themselves into uncomfortable corsets.  I’m wondering in what year I”ll see a big change in fashion.

And the girls.  There was a lot of plaid action going on…

I can’t imagine my kids in one of these hats.

Everybody needs underwear – even “fat men”!!

I’ve heard of fish net stockings, but a fish net shirt?

For some reason, this “indestructible doll head” is kind of disturbing to me.  I’m sure it looked fine once a body was added to it.:)

It can “be given to the smallest child with perfect safety, as the metal is covered with a pure, wholesome paint which is manufactured especially for the purpose.”  I wonder how safe it actually was.

Do YOU play?  “The New Parlor Game, Table Tennis, is the craze of society”.

It must have been so difficult watching toddlers over 100 years ago – the stoves alone had to have been a nightmare. We think we have it hard now!!  This “baby tender” must have been a life saver.

I thought this match box was interesting.  You could actually slide a photograph into it – so you could see your loved one every time you lit a match.:)

Talk about an Easy Bake Oven!!  It’s a mini working range for kids.

This is seriously cooler than a piggy bank.  The coin actually get shot into the bear!

It looks like basketball was becoming popular. Don’t you just love the goal?

I’m not so sure that I’d want to use this as a normal chair – even with the cushion on!  It says that “no germs can possibly affect the air”.

I always wondered how women could fit all of their clothes in a trunk when they took long trips.  Isn’t this neat??

Instead of a wheelbarrow, you could get a barrel cart.  Apparently, you have to provide your own barrel though – any kerosene, molasses or vinegar barrel would fit.

The Acme Folding Bath Tubs with Instantaneous Heater Combined.

Don’t you love these color carpet samples??  Gorgeous.

My great-great grandfather was a blacksmith during this time period.  I wonder if these readily available blacksmithing kits took away from his business.

Have any of you ever used wooden measuring cups before?  Neat!

How about some “Female Pills for Weak Women”?  They were “for all female diseases.”

I had never heard of rope portieres before, but I’m assuming that they go over a set of curtains for decoration.

An odometer for your carriage!!

For some reason, I didn’t really imagine people roller skating in 1902.  I wonder what they would think of roller derby.:)

Well, that’s it for this edition of Shopping Through The Ages!  See you next time.:)

  • Susan D - October 4, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    I loved this posting on past fashions. Thank you for such a comrpehensive picture of the times.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne - October 18, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Love these time themed posts! Oh, and “portieres” were put in doorways. Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

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I was going to have my next installment of Shopping Through the Ages posted today, but that didn’t happen. It will be coming soon!

You get a picture of yours truly instead…

Yes, I was possibly the chubbiest baby on earth.  4 months old and 18 1/2 pounds.  According to my mom, she couldn’t button up the back of my dresses since my neck was so big.

And I have to add that I’m feeling quite old since my baby photos are starting to fade!!

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This was a laminated newspaper clipping found amongst Louise Weeks’ papers. I am unsure as to the date/newspaper but it is most likely the local Lawrence, KS newspaper and Charles died Dec. 13, 1987, so it is most likely around that time period.

Graveside services for Charles G. Weeks, 76, formerly of Lawrence, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Vinland Cemetery in Vinland.  Glen Amend will officiate.

Mr. Weeks died Saturday in the Irving, (Tex.) Community Hospital.

He was born April 8, 1911, in Council Grove and was raised in the Oakridge community north of Lawrence.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in North Africa during World War II.

He owned and operated Weeks Water Hauling Service in Lawrence.  For the past 30 years, he had lived in Texas and was a mechanic.

Survivors include his wife, Felina, of the home; four sons, Jerry, Irving, Tex., Kenneth, DeSoto, Charles, Greenville, Miss. and Ronald, Wichita; three daughters, Marian Cashatt, Lawrence, Carol Bergsten, Omaha, Neb., and Glenna Mae, Baton rouge, La.; two brothers, Lyle, Eudora, and Ordell, Sun City, Ariz.; a sister, Florence Whitaker, Cleveland; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey Funeral Home.

  • nick woods - November 24, 2011 - 6:57 pm

    How embarassing to read Uncle Glen’s obituary and see Uncle Ardell’s name spelled Ordell! Also, referring to Uncle Glen as Charles when everyone in this county knew him by Glen.
    Since they were identical twins named Charles Glen and George Ardell the Funeral Home should have known from long-standing friendship of the families how to spell the names!
    Well! Got that off my chest!lol Their niece, Elizabeth Weeks WoodsReplyCancel

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