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Sears Catalog Highlights: Spring/Summer 1958

Sears Catalog Highlights: Spring/Summer 1958

Capsules, Ephemera, Featured Posts
I hope you enjoyed the gallery of Sears catalog covers I posted recently, because we're really going to get into it now. I've been combing through some classic catalogs of yesteryear to bring you the most interesting images of how people looked and lived back in the day. So here's some galleries from the Spring/Summer 1958 Sears catalog, arranged by area of interest. Images may take a few seconds to load. To see the full collection -- including full-size pictures -- from 1958 and other years, check out my Sears Catalog Museum. (Sorry fellas, no bras or panties in this gallery.) Women's Fashion Children's Fashion Men's Fashion Electronics & Appliances Sports & Games Home Decor Everything Else Random Neat Images
For No Particular Reason, Here’s a Bunch of Old Sears Catalog Covers

For No Particular Reason, Here’s a Bunch of Old Sears Catalog Covers

Ephemera
There are already a bunch of sites out there hosting and/or gently mocking vintage Sears catalogs, so do we really need another? Yes, yes we do. The thing is, I had forgotten just how huge some of those catalogs were. The yearly Wish Books -- aka Christmas toys -- were pretty big themselves, but the seasonal catalogs were typically well in excess of 1,000 pages each. That's a ton of material to comb through, and to be honest I'm not quite sure what the angle is going to be. So while I put a game plan together to ensure that it's worth your (and my) time, here's a sampling of old Sears seasonal catalog covers from 1960 to 1983. After '83 they got rather bland and generic, so I decided on that as the cutoff point. (If you want to see all of them, the complete set is on Flickr.) ...
Retrotisements — Back to School edition

Retrotisements — Back to School edition

Advertising, Retrotisements
One of the few advantages to being out of school is that I don't get to experience the huge buzzkill that occurs around mid-to-late summer, when the first Back to School ads start appearing. There you are, all happy and carefree when BAM! -- you walk into the mall and see giant displays of backpacks, notebooks, and other implements that have absolutely no use outside of school. So for the rest of the summer, you can't quite enjoy yourself on the same level because there's that little nagging reminder in your subconscious that any day now, it's all over. See, I don't have to deal with that anymore because I work for a living. Every day is like that, so eventually your soul is numbed and you kind of get used to it after awhile. Anyway, here's some ads to either get you back in the ...
Retrotisements: Halloween edition

Retrotisements: Halloween edition

Advertising, Retrotisements
It'll be at least another week or two before the usual bombardment of Christmas/holiday marketing kicks in, so let's take a minute to enjoy some classic Halloween-themed advertisements.  Not surprisingly, most of the ads you'll find are very costume or candy-centric, as Halloween is most definitely seen as a children's holiday.  Of course it wasn't always that way, and even today there are many visible vestiges of the holiday's pagan roots.  But I digress... Now I don't remember getting any Cracker Jack in my bag when I went panhandling for goodies (aka 'trick or treat').  And even if I had I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have had the gall to stand there and eat it right there on the person's front walk.  (Cracker Jack, 1954) Witchcraft?  No, that's just Procter & Gamble's patente