Christmas Shopping Tips from MGHL

There are only a few days left to finish your Christmas shopping.  Are you stuck on what to buy?


McCall’s cover by Neisa McMein, December 1929

Modern Graphic History Library has some last minute gift suggestions that are sure to please everyone on your list.

First, for that hard-to-buy-for person that always exchanges every gift you give…

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by unknown artist, from Ladies’ Home Journal, December 1911

… you can’t go wrong with a Thermos.  The ad ensures that a Thermos gift will be so enthusiastically appreciated that it will never exchanged or returned.   However, there aren’t any guarantees about the item being regifted.

If you’re still looking for a present for your mother or your wife …

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by unknown artist, from Ladies’ Home Journal, December 1913

… why not get her a Hoosier Kitchen Cabinet?  The cabinet will add to her leisure and preserve her health, and she will appreciate the thoughtfulness, as have 600,000 other women who received one.  It is anticipated that there will be demand for  25,000 cabinets this season, so you will not want to miss out.

Remember, in addition to the new cabinet, you will also need new items to put inside of the new cabinet.

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by unknown artist, from Good Housekeeping, December 1952

A Kitchen-Aid mixer would be a nice addition.  It comes with its own Pyrex mixing bowl plus practical attachments such as an ice cream freezer.

A Presto Pressure Cooker would also sparkle in the new cabinet, when it’s not being used to cook holiday fruitcake in 1/4 of the usual time.

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by unknown artist, from Good Housekeeping, December 1952

Now for your father or brother or that special man in your life …

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by unknown artist, from Ladies’ Home Journal, December 1911

… we suggest Larter Shirt Studs.  They are the “correct” men’s jewelry for all occasions and come in a variety of prices, from $6 – $1000.

If you’re stuck on what to buy for the “family” Christmas present …

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by unknown artist, Ladies’ Home Journal, December 1913

… consider a Victrola.  For as low as $10, it’s a gift that will be appreciated by everyone and will provide lots of musical entertainment.  Plus, your family won’t be able to resist staring at the gramophone’s oak or mahogany finish.

Best of luck in finishing your Christmas shopping.


All images are from Modern Graphic History Library’s Periodicals Collection.

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.