Friday Finds: 1914 Tiffany & Company “Blue Book” Mail Order Catalog

In addition to inheriting bags of shells, baskets, and the occasional sea sponge with the house, I also became the owner of boxes and boxes of books. Since my focus and priorities were to renovate and move in, I didn’t have the opportunity to look through these boxes until recently.

My favorite book so far has to be the 1914 Tiffany & Company “Blue Book” mail order catalog.

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Before the days of online shopping, items were often purchased through mail order catalogs. The first mail order Tiffany catalog or “Blue Book” was published in the United States in 1845.

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The catalog exemplifies the brand’s luxury and high style image with the wood grain textured leather and gold gilt. Every item the store sold that year is listed in this catalog from diamonds and pearls to fine china. Shocker, but Tiffany diamonds are just as expensive back then as they are today.

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