Who doesn’t love the idea of getting the latest tech as a holiday gift? And yet… Continue reading The Trouble with Tech
I hadn’t realized Sears sold fruitcakes at Christmas as late as 1992… Continue reading Where are the fruitcakes of yesteryear?
In 1976, the year of America’s bicentennial, Neiman-Marcus hit a perfect note for their his and hers gift – real live Buffalos. Continue reading His and Hers, Hides and Furs
This Kodak flyer from 1937 is the opening trickle of a subsequent flood of future Black Friday madness. Continue reading Black Friday Starts Now
Behold that mighty marvel of miniaturization: two speakers, cassette tape recorder, AM FM radios, equalizer – the Boom Box. Continue reading When Boxes Boomed
Before Netflix, there was blockbuster. Before video, there was film. And always, there was porn… Continue reading In the days before Netflix
A few years back there was a reporter who noticed that virtually every gadget pictured in a Radio Shack newspaper ad from 1991 could now be replaced by iPhone apps. With these two pages from a 1981 S&H Green Stamps catalog, we’re almost in the same place… Continue reading Ancient History…from 1981
The big fashion fad of 1975 had to be the “Mood Ring” that changed color depending on your “mood”… Continue reading Feeling Moody?
This Cincinnati wholesale jeweler’s catalog boasts many pages of rings and other jewelry, and a few stunning color pages like this one of Howard watches. Continue reading A Jewel of a Watch
Top Value Stamps, 1969: You might expect to buy a model train made of diamonds from a catalog if the company is Neiman-Marcus, but would you expect to buy a full-size plane from a Top Value trading stamps catalog? Continue reading The Sky’s the Limit