Catalogues Yesterday and Today: Changing Goods, Changing
Canadian History, Social Studies, Language Arts, Information Technology
Change, Ways of life, Technology, Fashion
- Mail-order catalogues on this site
- Current Sears catalogue (to bring in)
- Other contemporary mail-order catalogues (to bring in)
- Ask each student to bring in one or more mail-order catalogues from
including at least one current Sears catalogue.
- Break up the class into groups of three or four students and perform
- Ask each group to select a historical catalogue from this site. The
must locate the catalogue on the site.
- Using the list of specific areas to compare (see below), ask each
compare the goods available in the historic and contemporary catalogues.
Suggested areas to compare:
- Items for sale: Look at clothing, appliances, toys, sports equipment,
- What has stayed the same?
- What has changed?
- What has disappeared?
- For items that have disappeared, has anything replaced them?
- Some items to look at in both old and new catalogues are gloves,
handkerchiefs, hats, electric irons, hot plates, radios, phonographs,
stoves, barn equipment, cream separators, harnesses, and washing
- Then, lead a class discussion about the changes in goods available
now, reasons for these changes, and how the changes affect our health,
and daily lives.
- Identify objects that have now fallen out of use but that could be
to us today.