LaSalle Auto Brochure, 1939 “Gee, our old LaSalle ran great!” warbled Archie Bunker in the theme song of the “All in the Family” TV show. As well it should have – it was built by Cadillac as a slightly-more-affordable car series. MSRP in 1939: $1800. Value today: $38,000 – $83,000 (And just to make me … Continue reading Cadillac, Jr.
Neiman-Marcus Christmas Book, 1969 / One of the the most famous items ever placed for sale ($10,600) in a catalog, the “Honeywell Kitchen Computer” was the first time most people were introduced to something we might now call a “home computer.” Continue reading If she can only cook as well as Honeywell can compute.
In the middle of the 20th century's Great Depression, Sears Roebuck and Co., the nation's biggest retailer, coined a name for their Christmas catalog: the “Wish Book.” Maybe it was because in 1935 too many families could only wish they could buy all the wonderful things pictured in it's pages. But the name stuck, because … Continue reading The Wish Book: A Century of American Catalogs