Personally, I like two types of men--domestic and foreign.
~ Mae West (August 17, 1892 - November 22, 1980)
Catalogs from the late 1800s through the early 1900s are often described as the gems. They were the catalogs of a golden era because of their illustrations - many of them hand-done - and because of the cultural information they included. Later, the catalogs became more commercial as their producers figured people could go to books or elsewhere for much of that (botanical background).