Good morning, afternoon, or evening! I hope this finds you all well and healthy as we prepare to navigate another long winter. A wintry mess is expected here in Easton sometime today and it looks like our neighbors to the north and west will get fresh snow for skiing season.
We have been pretty busy at the Museum as people come in to purchase a number of our unique gifts! Puzzles, ornaments, and photography books are big sellers. Thank you for doing your shopping with us and supporting the Society through your purchases! The Museum will be open next week between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday to help you complete your Christmas shoppng. I may have a quick errand to run as the week gets busy, so if you are going to be in Easton any specific day, please feel free to give me a call or email so I can make sure I am available.
Christmas shopping isn't new by any stretch of the imagination. This ad, taken from the Easton Journal, December 1885, lists gift ideas sold by one of our Easton merchants, George G. Withington. He had a pharmacy on Center Street where he also sold goods and sundries for special occasions. Pharmacies of those old days were not much different than today's pharmacies, where one can find a selection of gift items and stationery as well as the usual medicines and health related items. In a time when limited transportation options (and a lack of online shopping!) kept things local, our merchants were counted on to supply a wide variety of items to meet household needs. This ad from Withington gives us a sample of gifts that could be purchased for someone special.
Until next week, stay well,
Anne Wooster Drury