A long, long time ago, when you wanted to make a phone call you couldn’t dial the telephone number yourself. Actually, you haven’t really “dialed” a number in ages either Continue reading Hello, Central? Give me Mr. Stromberg or Mr. Carlson!
All sufficiently old catalogs are textbooks – time capsules of a cultural fragment, frozen at moment in time. Some catalogs try to BE textbooks. Continue reading The Golden Ages of Hollywood
During most of the 20th century you could earn a decent wage drawing hand-lettered advertisements. These 18 Show Cards are small masterpieces of Art Deco design which framed hand-lettered sales messages… Continue reading Art (Deco) Supplies
Three groups of chairs by three different designers, from three different eras, yet all irresistibly modern… Continue reading Three Chairs
We’ve got groovy guitars…and dynamic drums…for your rock and roll combo. Continue reading A Gaggle of Groovy Guitars
Unabashedly and unashamedly industrial, this 1947 catalog. Aimed at men who get things done. Continue reading Mad Skils
In case there were any body parts, you know, which need to be vibrated… Continue reading “Our popular priced home vibrator”
To start the new year, a catalog from the very start of a new century – January 1900 Continue reading The seedlings of a new century
Abbot Magic Catalog #25, 1997 I ask you – how many catalogs feature products named a “modernistic amputation?” Only catalogs for magicians, that’s what. Want to saw a lady in half? Escape from chains? Make a Ghost walk? The Abbot’s catalog will reveal all the secrets. Actually, they never reveal the secrets in the catalog … Continue reading Tricks and Treats
In 2009, 16 years after the demise of the “Big Book” Sears was still pumping out awesome specialized publications like this tool catalog, whose layouts and photography here could set any handyman’s heart racing…. Continue reading 21st-Century Sears, Well-Tooled.