Hi We Sewists!
Back in late November I posted about a mystery Montgomery Ward catalogue that I had luckily come into possession of.

With the help of We Sew Retro contributors Tesia, Timewarpedwoman, Jessamyn, Matilda’s Girl, Cathy, Anne, Ivy, Patrice, Melissa and Tania I’ve been able to successfully date the catalogue as 1919!

Navy blue wool serge with black and red trimmings

The website links the above contributors supplied in the comments were invaluable… (and pretty addictive too!).

I’ve also just now had another confirmation of 1919… one tiny paragraph on the diamond rings page…

1919's newest styles

1919's newest styles

I know… how did I miss the diamond rings section?! :-)

I guess I was too busy ogling the asbestos tablecloth and place mats, toy machine guns and the maternity corsets… ouch!


1919's maternity and nursing corsets

Thanks again for all the help!

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Hello fellow sewists,
I hope you’re all having (or about to have) a wonderful Friday!

I have a mystery that I’d love your help on.

I have become the very happy and fortunate guardian/owner of a Montgomery Ward catalogue. A dear friend’s mother has sent it to me here in Melbourne all the way from Arizona and I’m so lucky!

There are more than 1,010 pages, but unfortunately I’m missing the front cover, the first five pages and the back cover and not-sure-how-many of the last pages… they also haven’t printed a date anywhere that I’ve found as yet.

The closest I’ve come to a clue is the middle of the catalogue lists the shipping rates from Chicago and it mentions the War Revenue act, which the internet tells me came in during 1917… so it’s later than that!

Montgomery Ward dresses

Montgomery Ward dresses

Anyone want to hazard a guess?

Living in Australia, this is the first I’ve heard of Montgomery Ward, but a little internet searching – and a careful look through these fragile pages – and I’m hooked! The harnesses, saddles and other horse gear alone runs from page 985 to… who knows! It goes beyond the 1,010 pages I have!

Montgomery Ward ladies suits

Montgomery Ward ladies suits

It is a fragile – and huge! – old thing and I’d love to be able to put a more accurate date than “after 1917″… anyone??

Montgomery Ward coats

Montgomery Ward coats