From the Sears catalog...

This is the place for talking about vintage books, posting random vintage photos, and anything else vintage paper memorabilia!
User avatar
Kitty
Posts: 4558
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:57 pm

Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by Kitty » Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:38 am

Yes! I'd imagine this was put outside for the most part and left, maybe with a curtain around it or something. If you'd bathe in the kitchen as it suggests, I'd think there would be lots of splashies all over the place when ready to drain! (or is a drain on the bottom a given?)
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)

User avatar
donnie
Posts: 3615
Joined: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:28 am

Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:43 pm

I assumed you'd probably be filling it and emptying with a bucket. That would be a pretty labor-intensive bath! But maybe they did have hoses and a means to drain it otherwise. I hope they did, if they moved it around.

User avatar
donnie
Posts: 3615
Joined: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:28 am

Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:06 pm

Combs from the 1922 catalogue. If the currency inflation calculator I use is correct, the 89¢ comb would be $13.30 in today's money!
Attachments
Screen Shot 2019-01-01 at 7.54.15 PM.png
Screen Shot 2019-01-01 at 7.54.15 PM.png (267.57 KiB) Viewed 213 times

User avatar
Kitty
Posts: 4558
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:57 pm

Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by Kitty » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:46 pm

They were probably something they kept forever as opposed to the ones that are sort of throw-away that we have now.
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)

User avatar
donnie
Posts: 3615
Joined: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:28 am

Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:43 pm

Yes, as is the case with a lot of other things, I'm sure. That's funny to think about, a pocket comb being a valuable possession, isn't it? I'm sure there were people on a budget who bought the 7.5 inch one when they would really have preferred the 10 inch comb. :)

User avatar
donnie
Posts: 3615
Joined: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:28 am

Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:41 pm

From the 1909 catalogue.
Attachments
1909fall-motorbuggy.jpg
1909fall-motorbuggy.jpg (816.88 KiB) Viewed 149 times

User avatar
Kitty
Posts: 4558
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:57 pm

Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by Kitty » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:46 pm

Fascinating! I doubt it was noiseless, though, as it is advertised.
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)

User avatar
donnie
Posts: 3615
Joined: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:28 am

Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:58 pm

Yes, I think that was a wee bit of an exaggeration. They did have some electric autos back then, but this one has a gasoline engine.

A couple of other interesting things: it's $395 for the complete car. You can get it for $370 with some pieces missing. (However, they do recommend the complete car, as you will want fenders and a top sooner or later.) :lol:

And from the first paragraph: "...we had in mind a maximum speed that was reasonable and fast as anybody should ride; namely, 25 miles per hour." But also notice that the headlights are basically kerosene lamps. So maybe it would be better not to be going over 25. :D

User avatar
Kitty
Posts: 4558
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:57 pm

Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by Kitty » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:32 pm

That price is $10940 in today's money according to the inflation calculator. From their description, I would think this is the best car ever made! Even a child could use it! (but why would you want one to?) That makes me wonder when age limits were put in place to operate a motor vehicle.
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)

User avatar
donnie
Posts: 3615
Joined: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:28 am

Re: From the Sears catalog...

Post by donnie » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:37 pm

Kitty wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:32 pm
Even a child could use it! (but why would you want one to?) That makes me wonder when age limits were put in place to operate a motor vehicle.
I wondered the same thing. I'm sure licensing wasn't in place yet, as cars were so rare. That would be an interesting thing to know (but how do you search for the history of driver's licenses? :) )

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest