“Girls’ Toys” get pride of place in the catalog — the first 8 pages. But what toys! When it’s not about dolls, it’s about housewives. “Gifts for the young hostess” it says on this 2 page spread. Throw a party just like Mommy does with doll-sized dinnerware (actually, the mid-century modern set at the lower right IS pretty cool.) There are sewing machines and baby chairs and dish cleaning sets (how exciting!) just like Mommy uses. On the next pages there are kitchenettes, washers and dryers, irons, and vacuum cleaners, just like Mommy spends her days with.
There is also a fake mink and some travel bags, just like Mommy uses when she wants to get away from the kids and maybe Daddy too. I’m almost surprised that there weren’t Miltowns or Valium tablets just like Mommy took.
Next time, we’ll see what the boys of 1961 were expected to play with.