Saturday, January 1, 2011

Not your usual Sears Catalog

I just can't pass up new data bases on Ancestry.com.  They have digital images of Sears Catalogs starting in 1896.  What a great way to see what our ancestors were buying (or maybe wishing to buy).  I came across this page from the 1896 catalog.  I highlighted a couple of things our ancestors could purchase from Sears in 1896 which I found interesting.
You could buy Cocaine, Codeine, and Opium from good old Sears, Roebuck and Company.  If you get a chance check out those catalogs.  What a way to make the lives of your ancestors seem more 'real'.  Looking at many of the items listed here, it appears our ancestors were a constipated lot.  There seems to be no shortage of laxative or cathartic medicines.

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