Like many of you, the heyday of department stores and discount stores is still filled with warm feelings of nostalgia. So imagine my delight in stumbling across these photographs taken at a Kmart sometime in the 1970s. I have little other information to go on here -- no year or location. But perhaps one of my eagle-eyed readers can discern both from some clues in these pics. What they show is a very busy Kmart somewhere (presumably) in the western United States. All I know is that the store -- located right next to a Safeway -- was packed that day and people were really into the yarn. Enjoy!
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
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.) ...
The buzz behind Metallica's new album, Death Magnetic, continues to build prior to its September 12 worldwide release. This is easily the most hyped Metallica released since, well, St. Anger. The stream represents 60% of the final 10-song product, an unexpected amount of accessibility for the band. Here's what you'll hear when you visit their site: "The Day That Never Comes" - Decent for the first 4 minutes, then it gets much better. And hey, a Kirk Hammett solo! "My Apocalypse" - Pretty kickass I must say. Reminds me a lot of "Dyers Eve". "Cyanide" - I've heard this one the most, and it's growing on me. Love that drum/bass bit at the beginning and the end. Very reminiscent of the Black Album era. "All Nightmare Long" - CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUGGA RRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAA