After a very long break, I’m back again with Shopping Through the Ages. This year we’ll be shopping through the 1910 Sears & Roebuck catalog.

Here are some of the fun things that I found…..

The 1910 model Sears Auto-Cycle…

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Items to help keep your baby safe.  A very primitive looking walker and the “Holdem” baby strap.  Really, I can’t imagine having a baby before the advent of high chairs.

2014-12-30_0022I liked this full-page spread on Bibles.  It was one of the few pages in color.

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Along with the pages on carpets.  They had some very colorful patterns available.

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Some interesting pins.  You can tell that this catalog is before WWII.  The swastika was an emblem bringing good luck.  I wonder how many people got rid of that pin when WWII started.

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I found some exotic perfumes.  The scent of the Orient and Royal Shamrocks.

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Here are some interesting toys:

A celluloid doll and bathing outfit.  Mechanical toy books. Architectural building blocks (I LOVE these!!). A tiny town post office, complete with postmaster cap. Tin soldiers in camp. Toy automobiles.
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Here are a couple more toys – a toy grocery store so that kids can play storekeeper.:) Also toy sewing machines – which actually makes a good stitch.

2014-12-31_0009Here are a few of the Christmas offerings…. ornaments, Santa Claus masks, stockings, and Christmas remembrance booklets.

2014-12-31_0010Here are a few examples of girls’ clothing.  I can’t imagine my little girls walking around in one of these outfits.  The hats!!

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And a few examples of men’s clothing.2014-12-31_0005And then a LOT of women’s clothing, because it’s fun to see what was in fashion.

2014-12-31_00112014-12-31_00132014-12-31_00142014-12-31_0015And here are some colorful shoes.  The ones on the bottom look very pointy!2014-12-31_0007I found maternity skirts and “waists” or blouses. These women don’t look very pregnant to me though.  They have some awfully tiny waists.:)

2014-12-31_0029A few toys…. trains, bank, mechanical airships and planes.

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And Teddy Bears!! Made famous by Theodore Roosevelt.

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Look at the details of this wallpaper!  Have you found any of these while remodeling an old house??

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This is quite the dining room suite.  What beautiful furniture.  2014-12-31_0018

And a full-up bathroom.  What a luxury.:)2014-12-31_0019Here are a couple of books that I found.  “The Life of Theodore Roosevelt” and “Wizard of Oz”.
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I thought that these were a bit creepy looking.  I don’t think I’d want a head shaped pitcher or tobacco jar. Not that I need a tobacco jar.:)

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Here is a basketball hoop – which appears to be closed during a match.  That would slow the game down a bit, wouldn’t it?

I’m sure that most women would need these water wings.  Who on earth could swim in a dress without being pulled to the bottom??

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This was one of my favorite pages in this edition.  Children’s costumes!!2014-12-31_0023Wouldn’t you love to ride in one of these in the winter?  I would in theory.  I’m sure that it was COLD though!!  I’ll stick to the comfort of my heated car.

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I also found a “Leather Stork Bag” or diaper bag as we’d call it today. Enough room for bottles and diapers.

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And look at this early telephone – and a peanut vending machine!!2014-12-31_0027

Here are some items from Japan.  2014-12-31_0028Rings….
2014-12-31_0031Comical conversation cards, a beautiful easel/writing desk, and a gyroscope top.
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And lastly, a graveyard shell.  2014-12-31_0034

Next time, I’ll be shopping through 1911.

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I was feeling artsy over the Christmas holidays and decided to make a “subway art” style poster of our last names using Photoshop.

I opened a new file and chose I color (I always love green).

I then typed out a lot of the last names of our ancestors (just the main lines up the tree). I used a different font for each one.  There are many free fonts available online, so you’re not stuck with just the ones that came with your computer.  When I finished, I added a texture over the top to make it look a bit weathered.  Here is what the file looked like when I was finished:

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I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.  Here it is on the wall:2015-01-02_0001

As you can see, the one mistake I made is the size.  It didn’t fit into the frame I have (so I cut the sides a bit rather than spending more money). What do you think?

 

  • Cherie Cayemberg - January 2, 2015 - 7:21 pm

    As always, I’m in awe of you my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Gould Hall - January 3, 2015 - 1:33 am

    I just love it!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Mcdonald - January 3, 2015 - 2:38 am

    very niceReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Riley Holley - January 3, 2015 - 4:08 am

    Love this! Cannot wait to do this for my office! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Jalores Edwards - January 3, 2015 - 4:31 am

    Loved this!ReplyCancel

  • Gary Coler - January 4, 2015 - 2:11 am

    Wow – good job! Didn’t know something like this was possible.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Ridgway Denton - February 13, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    ♥ it!ReplyCancel

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2014-12-31_0038I’m so glad that my mom saved this book for me. I’m the eldest child, so, of course, mine is overfilled with report cards, tests, awards, etc. I think that as you go down the line to my sister and then two brothers, theirs aren’t nearly as full as mine.   But that’s the way it goes – I understand that now that I have 5 children of my own!:)

2014-12-31_0036Even silly poems.  Not sure who this was for.:)2014-12-31_00372014-12-31_0039

Now I feel a little bit sad that my kids don’t have a School Days book – but we homeschool and it wouldn’t be the same. They’d have to write that their favorite teacher is me.:)2014-12-31_0040

Do you have one of these books from your childhood?

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