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Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 93
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

  Looking through the 1908 Sears catalog replica loaned to us by Moultrie's George Murphy, I came across pages on Granite and Marble Memorials.  The idea came into my head that this is really good research ground for genealogists and family historians!
   Think about can compare headstones you find to those in the catalog.and some of these look very familiar to me.  I know our local cemeteries are full of memorials from the Sears catalogs of yesterday.
   You can even write for a special "catalogue or ornamental fencing" for "lawns, parks, cemeteries and grave lot enclosures, which also illustrates single grave guards and a big assortment of large cast iron lawn vases and lawn settees of wood, wire and steel."
   You can order the 1908 Model Josephine Bicycle, the neatest, most perfect signed, elegant finish ladies bicycle for $16.65.
   Juvenile bicycles start at $13.60 for boys and for girls.
   The 1908 bicycle looks pretty much like a bicycle you'd see today.especially at the beach because they have real tubed tires!  You can buy a pair of "Improved America Tires" for $4.10.
   There's a complete department for "Stereoscopic View" items.  Seen through the stereoscope, a stereoscopic view brings the original scene directly before us in a way that seems almost like magic, so wonderful is the effect of distance, depth, relief and solidity.  The marvelously true to life appearance everything seemingly of full natural life size, the wonderful detail, the perspective, distinct and real as if alive, makes the stereoscopic view a most delightful entertainment.
   Seen for the first time, the effect is almost startling, and if you have never looked through the scope at one of these wonderful pictures you have still before you one of the real pleasures of life.
   The No. 20K2512  Our Best Stereo-Graphoscope, made with oiled cherry frame, fine varnished mahogany hood, all trimmings nickel plated and highly polished, patent folding handle, first quality materials and best workmanship throughout. Extra large lenses of very highest quality.  65 each with postage 25.
   There's a page advertising Stereoscopic Views of the great plant of Sears, Roebuck & Co.,  50 views for 35 or you may purchase the 50 views plus a quality hardwood stereoscope for 50.  The views range from the "Magnificent Marble Entrance of the Administrative Building" to "A Fire Drill by the Fire Company" and "Automatic Telephone Switchboard".
  You could also order 100 Children's story Views for 98 or Fair Japan - 100 colored views for 85.  You could order 100 colored stereoscopic Views of the Holy Land  for 85 with special sets for Hunting & Fishing, Indians & Cowboys and Camp Fire Memories - 100 views for 85 each!
   A view pages over there are pages of  advertising for the new "Talking Machine" with the most expensive - Type FH Harvard Disc Talking Machine at $15.90. 
   Columbia Records has page after page of available records for $2.50 a dozen.with titles like "I'm Wearing My Heart Away for You," "In the City of Sighs and Tears," "In the good Old Summer Time,"  "Break the News to Mother," "Rip Van Winkle Was a Lucky Man," "She's Just a Little Different from the Others that I Know."
   You can choose from Baritone Solos With Orchestra Accompaniment or Baritone Solos with Piano Accompaniment.  You may choose Yodle Songs. Tenor.  You may choose from Bass Solos or Baritone and Tenor Duets.Vocal Trios, Male Voices.Minstrels, Laughing Songs (Including "I'm Old, but I'm Awfully Tough!"), Special Talking Records including an Address by the late President McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition and Lincoln's Speech at Gettysburg.
   The list is almost endless!
   I wonder if any of this music has survived until today? 

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