From the Sears catalog...

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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:59 pm

This is from the 1897 reproduction. I love the variety of Victorian style headings.
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:38 pm

One of the things I like best about browsing the old catalogues is the descriptions they use. Here's an example from the '27 catalogue. I really want one of these clocks after reading this copy! If this alarm clock were being sold in a catalogue today, it would just say something like " Nickel-plated case, 8-day movement. Height 6 in. Shipping weight 2 3/4 lbs." :(
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by Kitty » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:29 pm

This seems like a really cool clock! I love the poetic tone... "It is as inevitable as the dawn itself."
You trying to tell me you didn't hear that shriek? That was something trying to get out of its premature grave, and I don't want to be here when it does. - Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

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Post by donnie » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:44 pm

Yes, and it makes you feel that by buying one, you're joining that "cheery good morning" punctual nationwide crowd. :)

Here's another bit from the '27 catalogue. I wonder why the organist Ralph Waldo Emerson has the exact same name as the famous writer. And what would be a wonder bean??
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by Kitty » Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:06 pm

I'm totally googling these songs in the near future!!! I'd not heard of a Kentucky wonder bean before, but this is what the dictionary says:
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:36 pm

Yes, I didn’t have much luck with Google on the Kentucky Wonder Bean, either, except where to order seeds if I want to plant some next spring. :roll:

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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:06 pm

Kind of creepy there, Mr. Sears... :|
This is from an online one at the Internet Archive. The date of the catalogue isn't given, but looks to be ~1912-1920.
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by Kitty » Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:28 pm

Pretty strange! These are small, so these were probably for children. I bet they looked very weird in person.
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:55 pm

From the '22 catalogue. One thing music of this era had: variety. :) Sybil must have been quite a virtuoso.
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:36 pm

What I'm wondering is: wouldn't filling this thing and emptying it be a massive job??
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