It’s that time again – time to shop through the ages!!  This time, we’re shopping through the 1904 Sears, Roebuck, & Co. catalog.

Let’s begin with some men’s clothing.  I tried to get some “working man’s” clothes in there along with the business attire. Most of my ancestors were farmers or manual laborers, so I’m sure they weren’t in suits and ties on a daily basis.

And the boys.  The little sailor suit on the right makes me smile.:)

And on to women’s clothing.

And the girls.  Don’t the waists look kind of low on these dresses?

What were the babies wearing?  They were absolutely drowning in their outfits, weren’t they?

And on to random things that I found amusing in the rest of the catalog…

Dancing floor wax – “sprinkle it on the floors and the dancers will do the rest”!

The reversible rag doll – “two dolls in one”.   It says that it’s “one of the biggest selling rag dolls ever placed on the market.”The Rosetta Stone of the early 1900’s!  Foreign languages taught by graphophone.  You could learn French or Spanish.I thought this pack of celebrity playing cards was interesting.  The cards show “portraits of world renowned celebrities of the stage.” and had gold edges.A cure for the opium and morphine habit.  I wonder how many people were actually addicted to opium and morphine in this time period.  How horrible.:(I thought this was kind of neat – you could put a photograph on a watch case or dial.  Have any of you had one of these treasures passed down to you? I believe that I might have a few of these postcards – of a family farm and some elementary school pictures.  They seem to have been really popular in this time period.Looking for something to do?  You could make a burlap rug!A set of solid silver salt cups, in a leather case.  Those who ordered this must have had some extra money to spend.Have any of you ever seen one of these railroad attachments before?  I had never heard of this, but it makes sense.  In a time when there were very few good roads for bikes, you could have a nice smooth ride on the rails.  I would be a bit concerned about a train coming though!Look at this Viaticum Cabinet or Sick Call Outfit.  I am assuming this is to give Communion to those who are unable to attend church.  Please correct me if I’m wrong.  Have you ever come across one of these in an antique shop?Here are some Communion sets.Many of us have ancestors who were members of societies.  I thought that these rosettes were neat – they actually attach to buggy bridles.  Kind of like the bumper sticker of the day.:)I can’t imagine living 100 years ago – without toasty vehicles and homes.  I would probably want to wear a “throat and chest shield” too!Oh. My. Goodness.  How could anyone type with one of these contraptions??I love the bangs!  I wonder how real they looked.I had never heard of wax cylinder records before, have you?

Isn’t this a gorgeous selection of earrings?

Well, that’s it for this edition of Shopping Through the Ages!!  See you next time, when we shop through 1905.

  • Wendy - January 7, 2012 - 6:40 am

    I like the pocket typewriter — 1904 texting.ReplyCancel

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I always love the New Year.  New beginnings.  A fresh start.  Out with the old.

And while I didn’t set any resolutions, I did make some goals.  I already posted my genealogy goals here.

I have a few personal ones too – one of which is to participate in the Bataan Memorial Death March this coming March at White Sands, NM.  I’m not doing the full march of 26.2 miles – I just don’t have enough time to get myself into that kind of shape.  I am, however, doing the “honorary” march of 15.2 miles.  Still not a walk in the park, but I think it will be doable for me.

So, what am I doing when I have a free moment now?  Walking and walking.

If there is someway to do genealogy research while out on the walking path, I’d like to hear it!  I have some podcasts on my iPod that I can listen to, but I think that’s about as far as I can get with that.

The plus is that when I get home from walking 6 or 8 miles, I just want to sit on the couch for a while.  And while I’m sitting on my couch I CAN do genealogy.  So, maybe I’ll have some extra time for it after all!:)

I’m interested in hearing if any of you have every done the Bataan Memorial March before.  Or even more if you have a relative that was in the actual Bataan Death March!!

And on to this week’s favorite finds.

And, as always, a few pictures from this past week…

We went on a hike to Aztec Caves in the Franklin Mountains State Park here in El Paso.  It was only 1.5 miles round trip, but with 5 kids, a steep incline, and a bunch of icy spots near the top of the path, it felt like much farther!  And I”m telling you – going down was SOOOO much harder than going up.

We made it though!And if you want to know the story behind this bizarre photo, you’ll have to read this post on my other blog.:)

  • Lisa F - January 6, 2012 - 5:41 am

    What a great goal. I look forward to hearing more. 15 miles is no small feat. When I trained for the half-marathon I only found podcasts feasible. I once tried tweeting while running but even on the track it was a bit too sketchy.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - January 6, 2012 - 6:11 am

    Thanks for the mentions, Jen. It was a good week for me on the blog. Envious of Heather…my family doesn’t even have a swamp names after them!

    Oh, and Andy is being a bit dramatic isn’t he? ;) It’s a good photo though!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Wilkinson Rojo - January 6, 2012 - 8:04 am

    Thanks so much for mentioning my “Swamp Yankee” story. I’ve been getting a lot of humorous comments on my blog, and especially on Facebook. Comments are the best part of blogging, don’t you think?ReplyCancel

  • Sierra - January 6, 2012 - 10:56 am

    Your goal inspires me to go on a long walk today! Lisa’s comment above gives me the idea to catch up on some Genealogy Gem Podcasts while I am walking. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Goodrum - January 6, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    Thanks for another shout out this week.

    Still chuckling over the bread…priceless!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lanctot - January 7, 2012 - 8:55 am

    Good luck on your 15 mile goal! I’m still trying to make it just walking past the fridge :)

    As for “research” while you’re walking, you may consider just taking a tape recorder to make notes to yourself while listening to podcasts or webinars (you know you’ll have ideas popping into your head the whole time!), so you can remember to do those things when you are sitting comfortably on your sofa!ReplyCancel

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I don’t know if you recall the problems I’ve had trying to get the Civil War pension record for John Edwards, my 3rd great-grandfather.

You can read about my ongoing saga here and here and here.

To put it short and simple, he died in 1931 and his records aren’t in the National Archives along with the majority of the Civil War pensions.  The first time I tried getting his pension packet was about 8-10 yrs ago – and to no avail.  I tried again a few times over the years, getting very discouraged.  This past January I got serious about it.  I made a lot of phone calls to a lot of departments I didn’t know existed.  I finally was told that the records were with the VA and not NARA.  I put in my request and got a confirmation that they received it.  And then I waited and waited and waited and waited some more.  I tried calling the VA a few months back – have you ever done that before?  Suffice it to say that I didn’t get through to anybody and I had just about given up on ever getting my hands on these records.

On Christmas, my mom called and said she’d received a package the day before – from the VA.  (I put her address on the request since I knew we were moving and didn’t know if it would be forwarded to me!).  I now have his entire pension packet – and it was FREE!!!

The best Christmas present EVER!!!

I will be sharing some of the things I’ve discovered from the records in the coming weeks.

Have any of you gotten Civil War records from the VA before? 

  • Wendy - January 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Way to persevere!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Roelker - January 5, 2012 - 11:10 am

    It’s a banner day at Jen’s house! How very cool. I didn’t even realize that the VA maintained some Civil War pension files, although I suppose it makes sense. Have fun digging through your file!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - January 5, 2012 - 4:39 pm

    Oh, how exciting. I’m eager to see what you received — I hope you’ll share it. My great-grandfather’s file arrived in December and I’m just now having a thorough look. The photocopies were not in order and it is hard to tell which papers go together as one document. I posted a bit about it last night and will continue to post and share some of the documents.

    I hope you find lots of great information after your long, long wait to receive the file. Like Heather, I’m surprised that his file was with the VA instead of NARA. You are some persistent lady! Good for you.ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - January 6, 2012 - 8:48 am

    How exciting – I can’t wait to hear what you find!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - January 6, 2012 - 9:54 am

    Oh, Jen, that is so exciting! I know you’ve been trying and waiting for a long time! I can’t wait to hear what you find out!ReplyCancel

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Since I have a cool new tool on my blog that makes these picture grids, I thought I’d try it out with some of my favorite posts from 2011.  Hover over each picture for a link to that specific post.  Enjoy!! :)  Let me know what you think…

How My Great-Great Grandma Lost Her Arm

I have been wondering about the details of my great-great grandmother’s accident since I was a little girl. IView full post »

Tombstone Tuesday: Getting Muddy is Better Than Getting Shot

This is the story of how I found my great-great-great grandparents graves and lived to tell the tale. This storyView full post »

Tombstone Tuesday: The surprise at the end of the muddy trail

This is a continuation of last week’s Tombstone Tuesday, in which Ellie and I very bravely ventured down a muddyView full post »

A Glimpse into my Grandma’s Life: 1941

Besides the wonderful picture that I was reunited with last week, the woman who contacted me also gave me a glimpseView full post »

The interesting life of Rev. John Peter Hogstad, Missionary to Madagascar

When I began my genealogical journey 12 years ago, I never imagined that I’d have any kind of connection toView full post »

Bloggers’ Dinner with FamilySearch

Eating out at a Southern BBQ would have been great in itself.  Real macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, and of course lotsView full post »

NGS 2011 Charleston – Day One

We were up bright and early for our first day of the Conference.  I felt like a kid on the first day of school. View full post »

Charleston NGS 2011: Day 2

Day One was all excitement.  I took tons of pictures.  I met lots of people. I entered tons of raffles (still waitingView full post »

A Peek at Charleston

Ellie and I made it to Charleston Sunday night and were able to spent two wonderful days sightseeing with my friendView full post »

Genealogy for Kids: Cemetery Scavenger Hunt

I have to admit that while I was creating this scavenger hunt, my husband was kind of creeped out.  And he was warningView full post »

Newspaper Find: People View Night Blooming Cereus

Listening to Geneabloggers Blog Talk Radio last Friday, I was pointed in the direction of a great site which has manyView full post »

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: The Three Sisters

We went to visit my husband’s grandma while we were staying in Kansas. She is almost 96 years old, which I thinkView full post »

Introducing: Genea-Comics, #1 The Court Record Lift

My daughter Ellie likes to draw, so I’ve commissioned her to start a series of genealogy relatedView full post »

Genea-Comics #2: The Brick Wall Buster

Here is the second installment of Genea-Comics from my daughter, Ellie.  I have come up with most of the ideas and sheView full post »

In Print

I finally got the latest issue of Family Tree Magazine in the mail a couple of days ago.  For some reason, my friendView full post »

Monday Madness: Solomon M. Hattery’s Accident

This is a stretch for Madness Monday.  No, he wasn’t crazy, but he was drunk and acting crazy. I found this inView full post »

Having a Slight Panic Attack

I’m a seasoned Army wife and am getting very used to packing up and moving every couple of years. ItView full post »

Treasure Chest Thursday: Meet Dee, My Security Blanket

This is hard for me to admit to the whole genealogy blogosphere, but I was a little Linus.  I carried around thisView full post »

Children of Carl Magnus Klarstrom, Part Ten: Charlotta Eugenia Viktoria Klarström

Charlotta Eugenia Viktoria Klarstrom, (or Eugenia as she was called), was my great-grandmother. She was the tenth (andView full post »

Shopping Through the Ages: 1903

Join me this week as we shop though the 1903 Sears, Roebuck, & Co. catalog. You can find the catalogs online ifView full post »

Oh, and please bear with me for the next few days as I make some modifications to my blog design.  I have some work to do on header design and such and thinks might look a little awkward until I get it fixed.

  • Larry Hollingsworth - January 4, 2012 - 7:07 pm

    A genealogy colage, it reminds me of a homemade quilt, could you imagine touching a square, and get the family story behind each square. Like the concept.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 4, 2012 - 9:03 pm

      Larry – I love thinking of it as a genealogy quilt!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Bishop - January 4, 2012 - 7:20 pm

    That hover feature is really cool, Jen! I enjoyed revisiting some of your posts – you had some great ones last year. Best wishes to you and your family for 2012!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 4, 2012 - 9:02 pm

      Thanks Shelley! I like the hover feature too. When I choose the posts I want to use, I can also choose whether I want to have the text show up when I hover over it, or else the text can be under the posts also.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - January 4, 2012 - 7:23 pm

    Your new picture grid tool is very fun. Is it offered through blogger? I know blogger has several new ways of present blog posts but I thought (think) they cannot be used for just one post. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 4, 2012 - 8:59 pm

      Nancy, it’s not through blogger. I have a self-hosted WordPress site and just upgraded my “theme” to ProPhoto4 – which is primarily used for photography blogs. Blogger seems to be adding new things all the time though – maybe they’ll offer it soon!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - January 4, 2012 - 8:33 pm

    Love the photo collage and the way you presented your favorite posts! You have a beautiful web site, I have been here several times. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 4, 2012 - 9:00 pm

      Thanks Susan!!ReplyCancel

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Francis L. Lee was my 4th great-grandfather, and father to Sarah Jane Lee (a sister of my ancestor Samuel E. Lee).

She married Jacob Sowder in Montgomery County, VA in 1839.

I love this document, because it appears to have their actual signatures.

  • Theresa Casteel - January 11, 2012 - 11:52 am

    Impending?…it sounds like doom. :-)
    After 26yrs I can say marriage isn’t all that bad.
    Regards,
    TheresaReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 11, 2012 - 11:04 pm

      Ha! You’re right. I don’t know why I worded it that way. I’ve been married for 13 and have been very happy. No doom here! :)ReplyCancel

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