When I first began researching for my ultimate wish list, which turned into A Collector's Guide to Merry Mushrooms, I stumbled upon the answer to what was the deal with those pieces that sure looked like Merry Mushrooms but not quite. They were part of the Canadian line of Merry Mushrooms. More on them is the blog entry Family Album: Meet the Canadian Cousins and Family Album: More Canadian Connections.
But because 50-year-old foreign catalogs are difficult to find and those that are for sale are often very pricey, my wish list and book was limited to the two Simpsons-Sears catalogs I was able to find online. Since then, I bandied about the idea of acquiring what Canadian catalogs I could.
There they were! I literally clapped my hands and leaned over the page to get a closer look. But only a waste can, bread box, and canister set. Hmm. This was very exciting but there must be more, right?
Checked the index. Merry Mushrooms weren't listed at all like they are in many of the American Sears catalogs. Looked up everything relating to kitchen, appliances, clocks, towels, tiles. Nothing.
Flipping through again, I found the salt and pepper shakers, either a small canister or sugar bowl, coffee mugs, and a plate! Oddly, they aren't listed anywhere for sale. The introduction to the Canadian-Made Woodenware featured on the page simply says, "Spices, knives, other accessories shown are not included." The hunt continues!
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