1959 may well have the dorkiest era of the 20th century for boys clothes… Continue reading What 50s Teenage Boys Rebelled Against.
I see these melamine plates and fantasize about throwing the kind of cocktail parties my parents once did, all early-60s Pink Hyacinth and Tropicana Turquoise. Continue reading Mid-Century on a Platter
Once again we see there was nothing Sears didn’t used to sell. Continue reading “Help yourself and your child to a happier and more normal life”
What the well-dressed house was wearing in 1958 – affordable, practical, up-to-the minute tubular furniture. Continue reading Totally Tubular
Give Him a Collection of Cliches for Christmas! Continue reading Duds for Dad
I just love this 1951 catalog cover. Who cares what’s inside — if you’re going to put a spaceship on the cover with scientists inside the Mission Control controlling the launch with clipboards, I’ve already bought into it. Continue reading Apparently it IS Rocket Science
Sears, Spring 1954 The Allies didn’t just liberate Europe after World War II, they liberated women’s fashion if these 1954 Sears pages are anything to go by. Pants, shorts, haltertops, short haircuts and skin are suddenly highly visible in the casualwear pages. Just the thing for the young woman-about-town. Of course, if you were a … Continue reading Modern Women, Modern Fashion.
All the essentials you need for your family fallout shelter… Continue reading Cold War, Hot Bargains
Spencer Gifts, 1954 “What shall we get Aunt Gladys? A square foot of Texas… a burro.. or a shoe rack?” Spencer Gifts, long the ubiquitous merchant of weird gifts in malls across the country (such malls as still remain, anyway) once purveyed their gifts via catalogs like this 1954 edition. On the front cover, for … Continue reading “It’s just what I wanted!”
You wouldn’t remember this, but once upon a time banks used to give you a toaster when you opened a new bank account. Why a toaster? Well, why not? Continue reading A Toast to Toasters