Lyrics from an old rock song….and it also fits this 2-page spread from the middle of the 1958 Standard Equipment catalog. Continue reading Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign
Neiman-Marcus, 1959 NM’s Christmas catalogs are celebrated for their outlandish “His and Her” offerings and their “fantasy gifts.” Their first such stunt appeared in this 1959 holiday catalog. Stanley Marcus had been overseeing company Christmas catalogs since the 1920s, but in 1950s the mystique of larger-than-life Texas was growing in the public eye. How to … Continue reading The First Christmas Fantasy
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