I’m a bit impressed for the contents of the Eaton’s Fall and Winter Catalogue. It’s a very old Canadian mail order catalogue, in somehow, the ancestor of websites such as Amazon. I was thinking that this kind of services in the past is not very common today, because the most of the e-commerce sites are quite specific and centered only in one type of products. For example you can use Best-Buy for electronics or iTunes for music, but there’s no much sites like Amazon in which you can order almost everything you want, from books to movies, from clothes to electronics. And it is spreading even more and more. Probably Amazon is going to be the perfect replacement for the ancient mail order catalogues.
I tried to find some products in the Eaton’s Fall and Winter Catalogue with no luck. Using the search terms “robot”, “droid”, “tv”, “radio”, “future”, “nuclear”, “war”, “science” or “maths” return no results at all. This is because in the culture of our generation has been mainly used concepts from after the World War II. We cannot live today without those terms in our lifes, such as “science fiction”. The most similar books related to “science fiction” are in the section called “Mechanical Books for Home Study,” for the “science”, and then we need to browse into another section called ”High-Class Recent Fiction” to find the “fiction” part of the term. In the first one, there are titles like “Light and Heavy Timber Framing Made Easy,” “Hodgson’s Modern Estimator and Contractors,” or “The Steel Square,” all of them available on-line, in somehow, and authored by Frederick Thomas Hodgson, who seems to write several books of that kind in the catalogue.
- “Light and Heavy Timber Framing Made Easy.” Amazon, Archive.org (full-text), Google Books, Hathi Trust, and OpenLibrary (full-text).
- “Hodgson’s Modern Estimator and Contractors.” Amazon, Google Books, and Hathi Trust.
- “The Steel Square.” Amazon (it seems to be an original edition), Archive.org (full-text), Hathi Trust (full-text), Google Books, and OpenLibrary (full-text).
In the second section, and despite of the big sets fo books Bible-related, there some books that attracted my attention. Besides, this section has more titles than the section before. There are here some of them.
- “The Beloved Vagabond,” by William John Locke. Amazon (edition of 1922), Archive.org (full-text), Google Books (included in “The Living Age”, pp 385), Hathi Trust (full-text), OpenLibrary (edition of 1922), and Project Gutenberg (full-text).
- “Coniston,” by Winston Churchill. Amazon (reprint), Archive.org (full-text), Google Books, Hathi Trust (full-text), OpenLibrary (full-text), and Project Gutenberg (full-text).
- “Satan Sanderson,” by Hallie Erminie Rives. Amazon, Archive.org (full-text), Google Books, Hathi Trust (full-text), and OpenLibrary (full-text).
There have been science fiction in my life from I can remember, so it is pretty hard for me to figure out a life with no science fiction at all. Definitely, we live interesting times (and with better readings than the past).
And finally, just a curiosity, I would like to say that I consider really interesting the section about musical instruments and the prices you can find on it. Pianos are on sale just for a half of a dollar!