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Dec 20

Old Promotional Items from Chattanooga, Ohio

In the past, Christmas was the time when businesses gave away small handy and useful items to thank their customers as well as to advertise their business. These items often included calendars, notebooks, pencils, pens, and the like. Some businesses still send out promotional items, but it doesn’t seem that as many do today as in years past.

Below are photos of advertising items from some Chatt businesses years ago. These items may very well have been given away at Christmastime.

Yardsticks from Fisher Hardware and Implements. The bottom one is much heavier and is probably the older of the two:

Yardsticks from Fisher Hardware, Chatt, Ohio.

Yardstick from Fisher Hardware, Chatt, Ohio.

A fan from Fisher Hardware. This was probably used more in the summer months than at Christmastime:

Fisher Hardware, Chatt, Ohio.

Fisher Hardware, Chatt, Ohio.

A 3-D glass Rockwell picture from Bollenbacher’s Grocery:

Picture from Bollenbacher’s Grocery, Chatt, Ohio.

Back of picture from Bollenbacher’s Grocery, Chatt, Ohio.

A 1934 calendar from Johnson’s Garage. This elaborate calendar is made from paper products and is very fragile. There is a “basket” above the calendar:

1934 wall calendar from Johnson’s Garage, Chatt, Ohio.

1934 wall calendar, Johnson’s Garage, Chatt, Ohio.

1934 wall calendar, Johnson’s Garage, Chatt, Ohio.

A fan from Wendel’s Motor Sales. Fans must have been popular:

Wendel’s Motor Sales, Chatt, Ohio.

Wendel’s Motor Sales, Chatt, Ohio.

A Farmer’s Pocket Ledger from Fisher Hardware, 1953-54.

1953-54, Fisher Hardware, Chattanooga, Ohio

1953-54, Fisher Hardware, Chattanooga, Ohio

These items bring back some fond memories.

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  1. Deb Reichard

    I have one of those Bollenbacher Grocery pictures. I am going to have to go find the dang thing to see if it actually has the Bollenbacher Grocery thingy on the back. I don’t remember seeing that on it and wondered when I saw it what it actually was from. Thanks again Karen – you are such a mystery solver!

    Merry Christmas,
    Deb Reichard

    1. Karen

      I thought you said once that you had a picture like this. A friend gave it to me and it is really nice and in great condition. Let me know if yours has the store name on the back, too. Thanks for writing!

  2. Miriam Fetters

    Fans were popular – we didn’t have air conditioning “way back when.” You could use them in church or in meetings without making any noise. And some were very pretty!

    1. Karen

      You are absolutely right about fans and the person using it burned a few calories, too! My mom had a couple very pretty lacy fans. We sure didn’t need a fan the last couple days. Brrrr… Thanks for writing!

  3. marthalawler

    Thanks for showing the items from the Fisher Hardware. I don’t think I have any of those items any more. I also worked at the Bollenbacher Grocery one summer. It was a good experience. Thanks for all your postings. I really enjoy reading about Chatt!
    Martha Fisher Lawler

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