Column: Canadian Mail Order Catalogues

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Wednesday: Journal-Pioneer (Summerside)

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: Canadian Mail Order Catalogues

Snippet: Mail order catalogues are falling out of fashion with the reduced population in rural areas and the increased use of online shopping. Although a few companies still put out a yearly book listing many of the products they offer, eventually, they, too, will realise the irrelevance of the publication, and an historic icon that has filled mailboxes across Canada for more than 130 years will cease to exist.

I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. I haven’t looked at a major department store catalogue in years, so I don’t see the need to waste paper creating a book the vast majority won’t even flip through. On the other hand, the end of mail order catalogues spells the demise of the yearly in depth recording of fashion styles, appliance inventions and popular toys like the Rubix Cube.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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