Getrödelt, gefunden, gefreut: department store stories and old news

Again, one month later. And as every month, Beswinges Fräulein is hosting her “Getrödelt, gefunden, gefreut”-series where everybody can show what he or she found at flea markets in the month before.

Well, there really was only one flea market this month, on a sunday where I decided to stay at home and sew instead. But I had a flyer I picked up a few weeks ago at another flea market, giving the adress of what was called a flea market and took place once a month on friday and saturday. Normally either my boyfriend or me have to work and getting there without the car (that my boyfriend needs to get to work) is rather complicated. So I had never been there. In this week we both had our week off and I begged him to go to this flea market on friday.

In fact it wasn’t a real market, but a small shop, where different sellers each had one corner/table/area. It was quite weird because that also meant that you had to pay in each zone seperately, a fact I of course didn’t knew until one of the sellers stopped me from going on and urged me to pay, obviously nervous that I could steal her treasures. Well, the misunderstanding was cleared very quickly and in the end I had found a handful of lovely items, I would like to show you.

A fabric-covered photo album, never used.

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The back cover shows the retailer’s sticker, Kaiser & Co. AG, Bern. Kaiser was one of the large department stores in Bern, run after the model of the famous “Le bon marché” in Paris. The family started their business in the late 19th century with a bookshop, in 1903/04 they built a house for their store, the Kaiserhaus, which still exists and is still named like this, though the Kaiser department store closed its doors in 1972.

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And it really is a fun coincidence: I don’t know if anybody still remembers, but I wrote one of my first posts on this blog (it didn’t survive the move to the new url, so I can’t link to it) about a 19th century church vestment and the previous owner told me that it might have come from the private collection of one member of the Kaiser-family. I was unable to prove this assumption, but still, I like the idea of having bought an item from an old Bernese collection.

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The second little piece I bought isn’t for myself, but for my boyfriend.

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I gave him a classic safety razor for christmas and when I saw this small travel razor for only 5 CHF I instantly bought it and gave it to him after we had left the shop, because he had waited so patiently while I was inside for a whole hour.

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As you see, one part of the handle is nearly black, this and the colour of the upper part makes me assume, that the handle is silver-plated. In the paper on the left are the blades and you see the price tag still attached, 0,95 CHF, bought at Loeb. Loeb is another department store in Bern, opened in 1881 and still family-owned. The bookshop I work at is located in the Loeb flagship store, which has been in this place, directly in front of the main station, since 1929. So crabwise, I work for this company.

The third and last thing I would like to show you has nothing to do with department stores, but tells stories as well.

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This are issues of the “Schweizerische Unterhaltungsblätter” from a whole year, namely from 1925.

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Or, put differently, 1694 pages of yesterday’s news 😀

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It took me the whole afternoon to get through it, without reading any of the longer articles. It has something of everything in it: fashion, a little crafting, news, reports, novels or short stories, recipes and household hints, riddles, celebrities, well, everything.

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I love old newspaper ads
a rococo-costume-group
a rococo-costume-group

I love things like this. Of course they are a lovely source for fashion, patterns and tutorials. But they are real time capsules, too. I love to read news, that have long become history. I love to see once popular faces that have long been forgotten, I love to see photos that will never be possible like this anymore.

New York's Hudson docks (compare to today)
New York’s Hudson docks (compare to today)
Chicago's North Michigan Avenue (compare to today)
Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue (compare to today)
the walking sticks and umbrella section in a lost property office
the walking sticks and umbrella section in a lost property office

I really had a hard time picking only a few favourites to show you.

American hair trend no. 1: style two thin strands on your forehead into the shape of a heart upside down
American hair trend no. 1: style two thin strands on your forehead into the shape of a heart upside down
American hair trend no. 2: becuase the page-boy cut was becoming boring...
American hair trend no. 2: because the page-boy cut was becoming boring…
Muriel Vanderbilt's first engagement, she married the same year but got divorced already in 1929 only to marry two more times
Muriel Vanderbilt’s first engagement, she married the same year but got divorced already in 1929 only to marry two more times
a report on first steps in sound film
a report about first steps in sound film, “How a talking film is produced”
anybody able to imagine reading about an airship accident in the news?
anybody able to imagine reading about an airship accident in the news?
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though I like 20ies fashion, this coat in the middle is definitely too much
anybody else feeling the urge to start playing tennis only to embroider a racket bag?
anybody else feeling the urge to start playing tennis only to embroider a racket bag?
once popular actresses I had never heard of (Betty Bronson, Alice Calhoun, Vilma Banky)
once popular actresses I had never heard of (Betty Bronson, Alice Calhoun, Vilma Banky)
when history was news: the suicide of Max Linder, three weeks after his death.
when history was news: the suicide of Max Linder, three weeks after his death.

And my absolute favourite: A couple, arguing if the new fashion to wear the ends of the stockings rolled in, is a mere female fashion or if men can wear it as well.

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look at her face! as if she sais “kidding?”

Never-ending fun for only 25 CHF, I won’t complain about that!

So much for today, see you soon,

love,

ette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sources: http://bauforschungonline.ch/aufsatz/warenhäuser-der-stadt-bern.html, http://www.snb.ch/n/mmr/reference/snb_bern_100_complete/source, http://www.loeb.ch/de/loeb/geschichte.html, http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanderbilt

6 thoughts on “Getrödelt, gefunden, gefreut: department store stories and old news

    1. Immerhin spart man sich so das Strumpfband^^
      Also den Rasierer, den er zu Weihnachten bekommen hat, benutzt er ganz normal. Den Reiserasierer haben wir jetzt noch nicht ausprobiert, aber es spricht nichts dagegen, ausser dass die Platzerparnis unterwegs nicht so gigantisch ist und ich die Ledertasche doch vorher in Sicherheit bringen würde. Aber sonst wird er sicher irgendwann einmal ausprobiert werden, allerdings mit neuen Klingen.

  1. Diese Unterhaltungsblätter würde ich auch lieben! Gerade Dinge aus dieser Zeit finde ich sehr faszinierend.
    Ich sollte auch endlich mal auf einem Flohmarkt nach solchen Schätzen stöbern. ^^

    1. Besonders solche “allgemeinen” Zeitschriften findet man doch in schöner Regelmässigkeit (also im Gegensatz zB zu expliziten Modejournalen, die dann sehr teuer werden können) auf guten Flohmärkten und in Antik- und Trödelläden. Versuch nur, ein wenig die Preise zu vergleichen. Manche Händler und Antiquariate wollen direkt 100-200€ für solche Sachen, da muss man wissen, ob es einem das Wert ist. Für diesen Wälzer habe ich jetzt 25 Fr. gezahlt, also in etwa 20€, das fand ich voll ok.
      Ach ja, und Platz nehmen sie weg und Umziehen mit einem Karton voll solcher Bücher ist keine Freude 😉

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