Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas Shopping in 1833

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Hunt, A Lady Reading
Loretta reports:

In the early 19th century, Christmas wasn’t even close to the gigantic consumer event it is today. “20 Great Gift Ideas Under $25” or “50 Must-Have Gifts under $100” or some other list didn’t appear in every periodical, and holiday sales were not ubiquitous. Or even existent, apparently.

But sellers did offer a gentle nudge here and there. In the advertising pages of the December 1833 Court Journal, I came upon these.

Painting: William Henry Hunt, A Lady Reading (aka A Lady Reading; Mrs.

William Hunt), ca. 1835, courtesy Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

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Unknown said...

I would definitely add The Standard Novels and Romances to my list along with Urania's Mirror, because it was designed by a Lady. ;-)

Gretchen in Greenwood said...

No Christmas present is as delightful as a book-it was the first present I remember, in 1956, and I will receive one just as thankfully in 2015.

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