Take, for example, this AMAZING Harper's Bazar from 1898! Isn't it incredible?? I love the ads. There's something bizarre about this Bazaar, though - check the spelling of the title - there's only one "a"! The magazine still exists, and there's a companion Web site that clearly spells it the correct (Turkish) way, so I checked out the history of this magazine on Wikipedia.
I knew it was a high-end magazine, but I had no idea how many of the 20th century's most celebrated photographers, artists and fashion icons got their start there! Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, Erte, Man Ray, Diane Arbus - they all shot or illustrated for Harper's. Fascinating!
|This $125 would cost a whopping $3231.74 today!|
How's this for wonderful - this magazine was a GIFT. Thank you, Dot! :D
Here's the "Fondy" artifact I mentioned in the subject line - this 1931 cook book, which was put out by the "Ladies of the Tabea Mission Society and their friends". (HOLY MOLY! I was just searching online for "Tabea Mission" and found that someone tried to sell this same cook book for FORTY BUCKS! Not surprisingly, no one bought it for that price!). The Tabea Mission society seems to have some ties with the Mennonites, but I couldn't find out much.
There are so many great things about this cook book, but my favorite thing is the ads. Most are just copy but some have great illustrations! The 2, 3 and 4-digit phone numbers also slay me, yet some ads only have an address! Can you imagine a local ad doing that now? That would be the kiss of death. Back then, though, you really just had to put your name - most people knew where you were and when you were open. What else did you need to know? :D
Check out these recipes - do they look incomplete to you? I'll bet they didn't to our great-grandmothers! They baked so much, they didn't need any "trivial" information, like what temperature to set the oven to or how long to bake. They just instinctively knew. Imagine this being the last recipe book on Earth - we'd all starve. :D
One thing that has changed for the better is our health care. Eighty-one years ago, you could claim treatment of heart trouble, "ciatica" (sp) and falling arches in the same quack "parlor". Thank goodness these places have been debunked! Sure, you can still find all kinds of "cures" these days, but they have to come with disclaimers and you can find all kinds of pro and con information online. Back then, you had to trust that this guy knew what he was doing. Something tells me he didn't. :D
Items like this make me want to seriously research our downtown and how it's changed through the years. Happily, I discovered quite a few businesses were still around, although they're spread far and wide in the city now. Still, it's heartening to know that some things haven't changed in 81 years.
Thanks for the great sale, Gene and Dot! We had a blast! Readers, I'll have more from this sale in future posts! :D