Montgomery Ward

Montgomery Ward

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Montgomery Ward

Benjamin Franklin is credited with honor of creating the first mail order catalog, selling scientific and academic books by mail in 1744. Secondly, was Hammacher Schlemmer, in New York City, which sold tools and hardware in 1848.

However, Aaron Montgomery Ward makes history in 1872 with the first ever “mass” mailing of the mail order catalog. Catalogs were mailed to even the most remote families in America.
Montgomery Ward department stores became icon’s dotting the country and based in Chicago, IL.

Unbeknownst to many, such as me, Rudolph the Red Reindeer was created by a copywriter for Montgomery Ward in 1939.

By May of 2001, Montgomery Ward was gone. Today Montgomery Ward still exists as its former self through catalog sales.

This Montgomery Ward feed sack is stunning. The color of the rust exhibits a perfect patina. It is a great representation of a “JunkMaster” – you know who you are! This is truly one of a kind!

{To see more of this Feed Sack Handbag click here!}

Sunday, January 1, 2012

It has been a difficult year, and not mine alone. I thank my Lord, my son is now safely home from Iraq. While he was away, he suffered a great loss of another soldier in Afghanistan that he called ‘friend’. No young man, not my son, should ever have to experience this My greatest gratitude is to that man’s family for their sacrifice. Please remember him in his commitment and honor to all of those who went and marched before him, that is what he believed to be true. “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friend”. Do not pity the soldier, this is what they believe in, honor them for their commitment. I will pray that my grandchildren will be worthy of these soldiers sacrifice.

I was given the great privilege, this past year, of helping my father to leave this world. It was called hospice. I called it telling someone you love, “Yes, I love you enough to help you die”! I learned so much from him while he was in hospice. One of those beliefs was that dying is beautiful. Please don’t turn away from someone that you love when they are leaving. Witnessing ‘the leaving’ can be as much of a beauty of life as ‘the birth’. Please make sure to see and recognize the little things in life, for they are greater than you believe them to be.

The loss of income has become very serious over this last year, thus, the reason I have said, not mine alone. Step out of your home at dusk and tell me that as you look one direction and then the other, that you do not see thresholds that have gone dark and the families have left. My heart bleeds deeply for these homes that are left alone. I pray for this great country. I had promised myself that I would not turn political here, but, it is serious and worthy of your consideration. Please, please do!

With the New Year, and after struggling through this last, I am going to do my best to come back to the surface. I have so very much missed you, and thank you for checking back in with me!

All of my sincere love and thoughts to you and all those you love . . . Happy New Year! . . . And Prosper!