Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
What's Going On
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
JIM: Columbia Merchants Gear up for Christmas, 1927
The Dillon Drug Company enticed Shoppers with a Toy Wonderland. Two doors away, H. Taylor offered boxed men's four-in-hand ties from 50 cents up and noted that H. Taylor was the sales agent for Atwood Kent radios and Thomas Edison Phonographs. C.R. Barger Insurance was more practical, telling newspaper readers that life insurance would be the best Christmas gift a family could get. Grand old mercantile families and businesses are mentioned: Mrs. George Lowe. S.H. Grinstead, Goff Brothers Store, The Royal Cafe, Young-Moore, Morris Epperson & Frances X Merkely, Murray & Jones, Lerman Bros., new to Columbia that year. And more, in this Christmas shopping.
Click on headline for complete story with photo(s)
Early December 1927 found the U.S. economy humming along, despite a mild recession. In fact, consumer prices had declined a bit, so those with money had more buying power, and with the tobacco markets just opening, Columbia merchants eagerly sought the Christmas trade.
In the December 6th edition of the News, Morrison's meat market offered (oddly enough) candles "suitable for Santa Claus," while a front page card from Russell & Co. (at that time still ensconced in the grand old building on the corner of Jamestown Street and the Public Square), solemnly assured the wee folk, via their parents, that jolly old St. Nick would "be at our store every Saturday until Xmas from 8 to 3 o'clock."
Local entrepreneur Mrs. George Lowe offered handkerchiefs for men, women, and children along with "other novelties for X-mas gifts," and theS.H. Grinstead Co., Phone 69, a produce and poultry house, encouraged turkey producers to sell to them early to get the best prices. H. (Herb) Taylor, his Men's Shop already well established in Columbia, had no fewer than three ads in paper that week, one for a free pair of trousers with every tailored suit ordered; another proclaiming a three-day bargain blowout; and the third for "a most excellent display of Christmas ties," priced at fifty cents to two dollars. One of the ads mentioned in passing that he also was local sales agent for Atwood Kent Radio and Edison Phonographs.
The Dillon Drug Co. enticed Christmas shoppers with the promise of a Toy Wonderland with everything from simple toys to elaborate creations "with which to please the children;" the Goff Brothers Store was "well stocked with seasonal goods," everything from ladies' galoshes to stair carpet. The Royal Cafe suggested Whitman's Candies as "the gift that's always acceptable," and Young-Moore Co. assured readers anything bought at their store would "bear the stamp of quality."
C.R. Barger Insurance reminded wage earners that a solid life insurance policy was the best gift a man could give his family, and Messrs. Morris Epperson and Frank Merkley were practically popping buttons off their advertising vest with news the first-year-of-production Ford Model A would be available for viewing in Columbia on December 17th at their Adair Sales Co. showroom.
Albin Murray & Lula Jones of the firm Murray & Jones, next door to the News office, Phone 12, one of Columbia's stand-alone big box stores of the era, offered hats, shoes, underwear, furniture, rugs, mattresses, Queensware, and myriad other clothing and household items a seasonal savings prices.
Lerman Bros., a chain store addition to the Columbia shopping scene earlier in the year, occupied the brand new Miller Building near the north corner of the square. It got into the spirit of Christmas giving by announcing "a worthwhile prize to the student obtaining the highest scholastic average at the end of the first semester." Details were to follow in the next week's paper.
Images of the Dillon Drug Co. ad and one of the H. Taylor ads appear elsewhere on this page.
This story was posted on 2017-12-02 05:37:28
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
More articles from topic Jim: History:
JIM: The history of the White Cash Markets
JIM: In olden days, in 1937, it had already snown by now
Jim: While at Lindsey Wilson JC, Gordon Crump wrote for ACN
Early October 1957: Big Doings in Adair County
BJF: A question inspired by JIM's Adair Drive-in ad
JIM: 1952 News ad announced opening of Adair Drive In
JIM: Jane Lampton Pink Cottage Marker made news 25 Sep 1957
Horace T. Walker: a Man of Many Parts
JIM: Interesting finds from 1964 News
Will this 72,249th end of the world prediction be true this time?
View even more articles in topic Jim: History
Bank of Columbia
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Quick Links to Popular Features
Looking for a story or picture?
Try our Photo Archive or our Stories Archive for all the information that's appeared on ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.