by Shanna Hatfield
Many of the historical stories I write take place in the 1890s and early 1900s.
There are any number of sources that give some detail about the day to day way of life back then, but one of my favorite resources is a replica of an old mail-order catalog.
1897 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue, I ordered it on the spot and could hardly wait for it to arrive. From Skyhorse Publishing, this replica of an original Sears catalog is full of all the nitty-gritty info that I so often search for online and can't find elsewhere.
You can find everything in this catalog from Bibles, bath soap and buggies to china, rocking chairs and telephones.
There were some things in here that make me laugh, (a lot), like Bust Cream. I wonder how many women purchased it back in the day, or the bust developer?
Ever wondered what baby teethers looked like in the 1890s? They've got some in there. You can discover types of candy, popular book titles, selections of garden seeds, musical instruments, china patterns, and so much more.
If you are writing a story set in the late 1800s or early 1900s, this book is a great resource to have on hand to find out what every day products were available, what they were called.
And if you aren't writing a story - it's certainly a fun way to spend an hour or two, perusing all those old, fascinating items.
When she isn’t writing or consuming copious amounts of chocolate, Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller, and fondly recalls the days of her youth spent on an Eastern Oregon farm.
She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Romance Writers of America.
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