February 2012

Old Booklets Make Interesting Reading

A promotional booklet nearly a century old turns out to be a jackpot of information!

For someone who genuinely loves history, finding copies of original documents can be unexpected sources of history.  Earlier today I was searching for information on Sears, Roebuck & Co., since I am writing about a character who works as a typist for the company in the 1920s -- Sears was a major employer of female typists in the 1920s.  I was delighted to come across a digitized copy of "A Visit to Sears, Roebuck and Co." -- a promotional booklet that describes the generous working conditions and the process of filling orders from the point of view of an anonymous visitor -- during my search.