You never know what you’re going to stumble across when you head down to the basement for cookie dough! This week’s throwback was an accidental find, and an old one at that!
Fresh cookies are, of course, a staple at Fitterer’s. We bake them every morning, and enjoy spreading a little joy in the form of sugar to our awesome customers. Last week, while prepping the morning’s treats, we stumbled upon a roll of media memorabilia. The bundle was full of newspapers and miscellaneous prints of varying age, held together by a piece of masking tape marked “1927-1983”.
We carefully peeled back this old tape, and started going through the stack of papers, some clearly older than others. The roll contained several articles on the Fitterer family, Fitterer’s Furniture and downtown Ellensburg, from assorted publishers.
An especially old set of pages stood out right away, not due to discoloration or damage, but the advertisements! The name stood out as well, “The Evening Record” was a predecessor to the “Daily Record’ we know today! The year on the paper: 1927.
The first ad we saw was for Fitterer Brothers Furniture, featuring a Colonial Range for $79.50. We’ve come across a few Fitterer’s ads of this vintage in frames, but never in a true publication, so this was a fun find! Any newspaper approaching 100 years old is rare, especially one in such great condition with such little protection!
On the back page ( Page 4.) , Yantis Furniture has a competitor ad for various home furnishings, situated above a vintage ad for Camel cigarettes. Cigarette ads are certainly something you see less of these days!
Each ad in this 91 year old newspaper is truly a fantastic look into the past! The hand drawn artwork done for these antique ads, and even the font type isa beautiful testament to the way things used to be done.
Enjoy browsing the photos of one of our oldest throwback finds!