The Ladies Home Journal – January 1905

I still haven’t figured out the best way to share my The Ladies Home Journal (I wrote about it here) with you. So, I’ve decided to take pictures of ads or pictures that I’d like to show you and will share them once a week. Many of the articles are too long for me to retype out and my attempts at scanning them in have failed to be readable.

I loved this picture though.

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The Ladies’ Home Journal – 1905

Last year I acquired January through December 1905 of The Ladies’ Home Journal at an insanely reasonable price. Okay, it was a little pricey, but not nearly as much as you would think. It was affordable for me, so they became mine!

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I’m really interested in life at the turn of the century and this seemed a perfect way to see what a typical housewife was doing over 100 years ago. And I’m trying to figure out a way to share the articles with you. I haven’t even begun to explore many of them because I wanted to wait to experience them here. 

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The articles are long and the pictures are too interesting not to share also.

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Music in the home was important.

photo (16)And one could dream too!

photo (17)Interesting and useful ads throughout.

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As many of you know, magazines were much larger back then. I can’t just scan the articles on my scanner and they are quite long to type out. I don’t have one of those wand scanners and I’m not even sure that would work. I’ll figure out a way though. If you have any ideas, I’m open for suggestions!






My New Project


My husband and I were exploring one of our favorite little antique stores when we came across the book, Catch Words of Cheer. This little leather covered gem of a book is a series of daily quotes which was compiled by Sara A. Hubbard and first published on September 23, 1905. Our book is a fifth edition published in April of 1907. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I am.

The above is taken from the “About” section of a new blog that I’ve created. I had planned to begin at the beginning on January 1st. But, no surprises here…I forgot. This is such a neat little book that I wanted to share and what better way to do that then to portion it out a day at a time. If you decide to check it out, be sure to read the “Foreward” which explains, in Sara Hubbard’s words what the book is all about. And if you decide to follow along, I hope it brings you words of cheer.


Click here or on either picture to visit Catch Words of Cheer!


Simple Sunday

I’d like to share with you the birthday gift that Jim gave me back in November. I’ve been wanting one for so long and it is very special to me. We found it at an antiques fair where Jim’s express purpose in taking me there was to find a proper birthday gift for me. And he did good! I had a tough time allowing him to spend the money on it, but in the end I gave in. I’m like that. I mean, he would have felt so bad if I didn’t let him get it for me…



It didn’t scan very well, but isn’t it lovely? Correct me if you know better, but I’m assuming this is an ambrotype (you would think I’d know much more than I actually do).
The leather case that holds it is in very good condition and the two wee little latches that close it are still intact.

Antique Store Find…

Jim and I found an autograph album during a recent visit to one of our favorite antique malls. It isn’t full and I already have one so I wasn’t even going to consider buying it… till we saw this page.

Jim said that the fancy printing on this page was worth the $12 they were asking for the album. And so it became ours!


Actually there are only a few pages with writing on them and the dates range from 1886 to 1903 and almost all who signed it seem to hail from Maple Rapids, Michigan, which we had never actually heard of, even though both of us are lifelong Michiganders.