One Hour in the Past E203 – Shopping

E203 – Shopping

Have you ever noticed that a simple information search can lead you in strange and wonderful directions?  As in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, historical research can lead you down a winding rabbit hole that might take you off your original path and lead you to new and amazing historical places!

This podcast series starts with that premise!

Adrian Petry, Visitors Services Coordinator and Kathleen Powell, Supervisor of Historical Services and Curator, both from the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, have challenged each other to explore the weird and wonderful places that one hour of research on a topic will take them.  Join them as they share their findings!

On this episode…

On this episode of One Hour in the Past, Kathleen and Adrian look at the history of shopping. The rabbit holes and tangential side-bars abound in this hilarious discussion of shopping carts, catalogues, and shopping malls.



1 – Orla Watson’s design for the “Store Basket and Carriage” (Shopping Cart), 1949.

2 – Physics of Casters!

3 – The Pen Centre, c. 1964, Copyright: St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre.

4 – The Eaton’s Catalogue, c. 1901

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