Catalogs help historians learn about the past in the following ways:
Compare the prices of these items to those in stores today.
|Items still being sold
Many of the things we use today have changed very little.
Catalogs can tell us about objects that are not available today.
|Trends in style
These were popular choices in their day. What is popular today?
|Trends in purchasing
Catalogs show us the items people needed and used. What would we buy today?
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