Monday, December 6, 2010

A Date With An Old Photo

I received an Ancestry Email with an article authored by my favorite Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor. Maureen announced the addition of the Historic Catalogs of Sears, Roebuck and Co., 1896-1993, online database in the Ancestry Collections.

I use old catalogs and magazines to help date many of my old photographs. The addition of the Sears Catalog will be a real boon to my research. With these catalogs you have the ability to search for accessories such as watches, jewelry and glasses prominently displayed in some of your family photographs and collections. Shoes, hats and clothing are all there as well.
This database is filled with facts and fodder to enrich those stories you write in your family history. Go browse this wonderful archive, but be careful, you could get lost for hours.

Ancestry - Historic Catalogs of Sears, Roebuck and Co, 1896-1999 - ($)

Sears - Sears Archives



I'd also like to share this year's Christmas present with you as it ties in with the Sears Catalog database. I gave myself thirty-five beautiful old magazines. (You'll remember I've often said, "I never met a magazine I didn't like, regardless of the century.") A little more than I would normally spend, but it is a treat that probably won't come around again. So, Merry Christmas to me!

They range in years from 1868 - 1931, and include names such as Harper's, Cosmopolitan, Munsey, Delineator, Boy's Life, Radio Digest and many more. I'm very excited to add these to my collection of photography and fashion magazines. Beautiful to look at, delightful to read.

And if you'd like to see the other uses I have for old magazines, read I Always Listen To Denise Olson on footnoteMaven.


Blogger Kristin said...

How did I just realize I could enlarge the pages and even print Shades off? This is wonderful!

December 6, 2010 at 4:10 PM  

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