From the Sears catalog...

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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by Kitty » Mon May 22, 2017 8:07 pm

Yes, actually that reminds me that there were numbers in our cursive book in second grade, but they only taught us the letters.
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Tue May 23, 2017 1:15 pm

Some girls' clothing. In the clothing sections of these early catalogs, the apparel itself seems to be drawn and a photographed head placed atop it. I think the poses they give the figures are interesting—distinctly Victorian, and rather odd to modern eyes.
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by Kitty » Tue May 23, 2017 4:22 pm

I like that the measurements are listed instead of s m l xl. Much more accurate back then. These are the kinds of dresses that a little girl might get in big trouble if she sat in the cinders wearing it.
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Tue May 23, 2017 7:48 pm

Say what?
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by Kitty » Tue May 23, 2017 10:04 pm

I was curious, and looked this up. First I looked up reefer jacket. The first definition was:
a thick, close-fitting, double-breasted jacket.

Another, clearer definition was the following:

reefer jacket
NOUN [COUNTABLE] BRITISH

a jacket made of thick dark-blue wool, worn especially by sailors

I then looked up reefer, and one definition was the following:

reef·er

a refrigerated truck, railroad car, or ship.

So it does make sense! Hope this was enlightening. It was to me!
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Tue May 23, 2017 10:15 pm

Yes, thanks for the research! That does make sense. I'm glad there's an explanation for it. :D

Did you notice the descriptions? "The swellest reefer of the season"..."a very nobby and swell double-breasted reefer..." I've heard "swell" of course as a slang word, but not with an -est on it. "Nobby"—I haven't a clue.

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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by Kitty » Wed May 24, 2017 9:03 am

From Merriam Webster's dictionary:

Nobby comes from the noun "nob," which is used in British English to mean "one in a superior position in life." ("Nob" may have begun as a slang word for "head," but etymologists aren't completely sure. A possible connection to "noble" has been suggested as well.)

Who knew we would learn so much from a 100 year old Sears catalogue??
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Wed May 24, 2017 9:46 am

:D So "nobby" then I guess would mean like refined, high society? Another language thing I've noticed: the continuous use of the word "cheap" to describe the company and the products. Today "cheap" a lot of the time suggests poor quality. A company would say "inexpensive" or more likely "affordable." Apparently "cheap" didn't have that negative connotation then.

Here is another clothing page. I don't see a lot of difference between these. :?: I guess the exact design at the bottom was important.
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by Kitty » Wed May 24, 2017 10:11 am

Yes, it's the design on the skirts. It's funny what they considered 'short' back then. I guess that means the ankles were visible!
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Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Wed May 24, 2017 1:58 pm

Oh, I understand now. They were short enough not to drag the ground so they wouldn't get wet and the hem wouldn't get in the way if you walking vigorously. I didn't pick up on that. Still pretty long though.

Besides getting custom-made clothes, you could also prescribe your own eyeglasses and order them from Sears.
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