The afore mentioned ad is from a catalog in 1866. The Peck and Snyder catalog was filled with all sorts of wonderful items. Football jerseys, stocking supporters, yachting shoes, Eureka rowing machines, house brand Indian clubs, jockstraps, velocipedes, Excelsior bait pails, mosquito shields for the head and that's not all. One could get gavels, police clubs, secret ballot boxes, trick cigars, ballroom dance guides, even Dutch and Irish dialect readings. These were the sorts of catalogs that came out when baseball was two words and a bicycle was $12.50.
You could also buy books of all sorts. Dictionaries, books on etiquitte, the science of self-defense, how to do card tricks and magic. You could even order a book of Honest Abe's jokes. When it came to sporting-goods and games, you could probably find it in Peck and Snyder's catalog. For those less inclined to indulge in physical activity, one could order a lawn tent and a hammock or two.
In my book Trail to Clear Creek, I'm sure my characters would have like to have shopped on Amazon before embarking on the Oregon Trail. I wonder if they could have ordered themselves a coverd wagon? Surely their other supplies could have come from there. Unfortunately, the wonder that is Amazon didn't exist back then. Sigh.
But fear not! You can tag along with my characters as they prepare for their journey, disembark from Independence Missouri, and travel the Oregon Trail with them. Oh, and did I mention you'll be traveling with a newly married couple who have five sons between them? The ultimate road trip! You can find the book here.