Saturday, December 19, 2015

Shopping Saturday - Christmas Shopping in 1899

These Christmas ads were published in the Celina Democrat newspaper in Ohio on December 14 and December 21, 1899.

I love the drawing of the family with a glimpse into their home at Christmas. Dolls and toys were mentioned in many of the ads published on December 14. I was surprised to see the "X-Mas" spelling used in several of the ads.

This ad from December 21 was from optician and jeweler Henry I. Schunck. In addition to jewelry, he had an interesting collection of items for sale from novelties to musical instruments, Graphophones and records, Kodaks, and sewing machines. The Graphophone was an early record player that played wax cylinder records.

This ad was published on December 14, 1899 and is from another combination jeweler and optician. Sewing machines seemed to be a big item that year and what a bargain for $12!

Thanks to the Ohio History Connection for scanning the microfilm pages for me. The Celina Democrat is available online at Chronicling America for the years 1910-1918. The Ohio History Connection has additional years available on microfilm, starting with 1898.

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