This week’s 52Ancestors’ Challenge is heirlooms. That works so well for me as I come from a sentimental family that passes things down from generation to generation. One of my most unique heirlooms is a set of shoe catalogs. My grandfather, William D. Hannah, manufactured shoes. As far as I can tell, in the early parts of the 20th century, the way in which shoes, and other things, were advertised was through catalogs. I am very fortunate that I have some of them.
This is one of my favorites. I really like the women in the shoe, pulled by that big butterfly.
While I am not sure when this one came out, I think it is very "Roaring Twenties,"
And here is a cute young woman who looks to me like she is about to dance in a show.
If I could talk to my grandfather, I would ask about who designed the catalogs, where they were sent, and why he kept these particular ones.