Eaton's Once Upon a Christmas
Eaton's Artifacts at the WDM
The WDM has a large selection of things ordered from the Eaton’s
catalogue by Saskatchewan shoppers. Household items, farm equipment, toys
and games ... trains from East to West delivered Eaton’s parcels near and
The WDM artifact collection holds Eatonia and Viking washing machines, Eaton’s treadle sewing machines, an Eaton’s Bulldog stationary gas engine, autoharps and accordions, radios and razors, clocks and cameras, shoes and skates - all ordered from the Eaton’s catalogue.
Eaton’s Catalogue Houses
Ordering a house through the catalogue ... Nonsense! It wasn’t
nonsense in the early years of the 20th century. Mail-order house
packages from T. Eaton and several other companies were a good option
for those farm families who lived miles away from the nearest lumber
yard. The new Winning the Prairie Gamble exhibit at the Saskatoon
Western Development Museum features partial replicas of a home plan
ordered through the Eaton’s catalogue - the Earlsfield model, the most
popular style built on the prairies during the late teens and early
Dozens of Earlsfield houses still stand on the prairies today. In 2005, the WDM salvaged materials from an Earlsfield house on the Miller farm south of Cut Knife for use in the Winning the Prairie Gamble exhibit.