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Christmas Shopping In Brevard 100 Years Ago

Picturing The Past  


Last updated 12/16/2019 at 2:52pm

For most of its nearly 60 years in downtown Brevard, Plummer's was located on West Main Street, where Highland Books is today. Its Toyland Department was a popular place for creating Christmas wish lists and for shopping. (Courtesy photo)

Have you finished your holiday shopping? A look through the December issues of local newspapers through the years offers a nostalgic look at some gifts (and prices) from the past.

One hundred years ago, in 1919, Plummer & Trantham advertised, "Dolls that go to sleep, dolls that cry, dolls with curly hair" at prices ranging from 10 cents to $8.

Their "Toyland" department carried a wide array of gift options for good little girls and boys – dishes, drums, games, pull toys, rattles, trains and more.

In 1931, during the Great Depression dolls could be purchased for 5 cents to $5 at Pl...

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