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2020-11-24 1:37:06 PM  
No. But I miss the heyday of "Computer Shopper" back when it was hundreds of 11x17" pages.

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2020-11-24 1:41:30 PM  
My dad always called it Monkey Ward. I love going through that wish book and the one that Sears put out too. We'd circle things we wanted intelligence and Homeland Security, leaving it for Mom to find while dropping hints like Ralphie trying for that Red Ryder BB gun.
 
2020-11-24 1:42:41 PM  
And of course it picked up the "Intelligence and homeland security" and stuck it in there just as I was hitting send dammitallsomuch
 
2020-11-24 1:54:08 PM  
Sears Wishbook FTW
 
2020-11-24 1:55:11 PM  

Uncle Eazy: No. But I miss the heyday of "Computer Shopper" back when it was hundreds of 11x17" pages.

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Yeah! I built a fair number of computers by buying parts out of that mag's ads.
 
2020-11-24 1:55:52 PM  
My siblings and I waited the coming of the Sears Wish Book every autumn.

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2020-11-24 1:56:52 PM  
The former Montgomery Ward is a five minute walk from here.  It's a Price Chopper now, though there are still some remnants of Wards.
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2020-11-24 2:00:27 PM  
Order? Wait, you order from those? As a kid I just dog eared the pages of toys I wanted and then made sure the catalog was easily accessible to the adults around me.
 
2020-11-24 2:04:15 PM  

darkhorse23: My dad always called it Monkey Ward. I love going through that wish book and the one that Sears put out too. We'd circle things we wanted intelligence and Homeland Security, leaving it for Mom to find while dropping hints like Ralphie trying for that Red Ryder BB gun.


There are some of them online at this website.  Last time I viewed one, I enabled Adobe Flash to make it easier to view the pages:

http://www.wishbookweb.com/the-catalo​g​s/
 
2020-11-24 2:19:11 PM  
We had a TV from them back in the day.

/But really, they got bankrupt and liquidated back in 2001...
 
2020-11-24 2:21:05 PM  
I remember "ordering" from the mail order catalog, all. The.  Time.
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2020-11-24 2:24:19 PM  
The Consumers Distributing catalog was the best when I was a kid, i spent so many hours daydreaming about all the cool toys.
 
2020-11-24 2:26:32 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: I remember "ordering" from the mail order catalog, all. The.  Time.
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Heh.  Me too.
 
2020-11-24 2:28:36 PM  

darkhorse23: My dad always called it Monkey Ward. I love going through that wish book and the one that Sears put out too. We'd circle things we wanted intelligence and Homeland Security, leaving it for Mom to find while dropping hints like Ralphie trying for that Red Ryder BB gun.


I've told my Xmas story about the Catalog before. The Sears Wishbook....you circle thing and wish.

I was 8 or so...and wanted a EZ BAKE OVEN. I circled it and talked about it...and Mom Got IT! I saw it in the place where parents hide things for Xmas.

Then Dad made her take it back because it would make me Gay and I got GI joe stuff instead.

I'm now married to a Former Marine.
 
2020-11-24 2:44:38 PM  
 
2020-11-24 3:06:17 PM  

optikeye: darkhorse23: My dad always called it Monkey Ward. I love going through that wish book and the one that Sears put out too. We'd circle things we wanted intelligence and Homeland Security, leaving it for Mom to find while dropping hints like Ralphie trying for that Red Ryder BB gun.

I've told my Xmas story about the Catalog before. The Sears Wishbook....you circle thing and wish.

I was 8 or so...and wanted a EZ BAKE OVEN. I circled it and talked about it...and Mom Got IT! I saw it in the place where parents hide things for Xmas.

Then Dad made her take it back because it would make me Gay and I got GI joe stuff instead.

I'm now married to a Former Marine.


Well. Dad knew something.
 
2020-11-24 3:20:20 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: I remember "ordering" from the mail order catalog, all. The.  Time.


Spiegel always had the hottest lingerie catalog models.

All those poor kittens.
 
2020-11-24 3:24:40 PM  
Yeah, it was pretty dreamy.  We would get the JC Pennys and Montgomery Wards Christmas catalogues every November or so.  So freaking awesome.

At the same time...as I looked at that webpage, Im shocked at the prices of things.  Granted, my old man probably wasn't making squat in the 1970s.  But a lot of toys were like between $5 and $20, and the unspoken comment that was impressed upon us was that we couldn't afford a lot of the things.  We were not poor by any stretch, but I guess inflation did the number on most prices.
 
2020-11-24 3:26:02 PM  

Ginnungagap42: My siblings and I waited the coming of the Sears Wish Book every autumn.


SOOOOOO much this.

The Wish Book was seasonal kiddie porn.
 
2020-11-24 3:32:59 PM  

freakay: Yeah, it was pretty dreamy.  We would get the JC Pennys and Montgomery Wards Christmas catalogues every November or so.  So freaking awesome.

At the same time...as I looked at that webpage, Im shocked at the prices of things.  Granted, my old man probably wasn't making squat in the 1970s.  But a lot of toys were like between $5 and $20, and the unspoken comment that was impressed upon us was that we couldn't afford a lot of the things.  We were not poor by any stretch, but I guess inflation did the number on most prices.


Well, not just inflation. But at that time 'home economics' was the basic chore for women.
They'd have the monthly budget honed down to the pork chop and they had a 'savings' for Xmas...a savings that mostly was inline with their upbringing from the depression age.
"You'll get a orange in your stocking, some nuts, a puzzle and then a toy under the tree and you'll like it"
 
2020-11-24 3:52:28 PM  

optikeye: freakay: Yeah, it was pretty dreamy.  We would get the JC Pennys and Montgomery Wards Christmas catalogues every November or so.  So freaking awesome.

At the same time...as I looked at that webpage, Im shocked at the prices of things.  Granted, my old man probably wasn't making squat in the 1970s.  But a lot of toys were like between $5 and $20, and the unspoken comment that was impressed upon us was that we couldn't afford a lot of the things.  We were not poor by any stretch, but I guess inflation did the number on most prices.

Well, not just inflation. But at that time 'home economics' was the basic chore for women.
They'd have the monthly budget honed down to the pork chop and they had a 'savings' for Xmas...a savings that mostly was inline with their upbringing from the depression age.
"You'll get a orange in your stocking, some nuts, a puzzle and then a toy under the tree and you'll like it"


Yes there was an element of that.
 
2020-11-24 3:56:40 PM  

freakay: optikeye: freakay: Yeah, it was pretty dreamy.  We would get the JC Pennys and Montgomery Wards Christmas catalogues every November or so.  So freaking awesome.

At the same time...as I looked at that webpage, Im shocked at the prices of things.  Granted, my old man probably wasn't making squat in the 1970s.  But a lot of toys were like between $5 and $20, and the unspoken comment that was impressed upon us was that we couldn't afford a lot of the things.  We were not poor by any stretch, but I guess inflation did the number on most prices.

Well, not just inflation. But at that time 'home economics' was the basic chore for women.
They'd have the monthly budget honed down to the pork chop and they had a 'savings' for Xmas...a savings that mostly was inline with their upbringing from the depression age.
"You'll get a orange in your stocking, some nuts, a puzzle and then a toy under the tree and you'll like it"

Yes there was an element of that.


Well, I think a bit of it was that you had two "Food" holidays back to back. With Thanksgiving as being a feast, and Christmas being another feast. That really sucks up a budget for a household that's barely making power and heat bills.
 
2020-11-24 4:00:47 PM  
TheHighlandHowler

The former Montgomery Ward is a five minute walk from here. It's a Price Chopper now, though there are still some remnants of Wards.

Did they ever get Arnold to do ads.... GET TO THE PRICE CHOPPAH
 
2020-11-24 4:16:21 PM  

optikeye: I've told my Xmas story about the Catalog before. The Sears Wishbook....you circle thing and wish.

I was 8 or so...and wanted a EZ BAKE OVEN. I circled it and talked about it...and Mom Got IT! I saw it in the place where parents hide things for Xmas.

Then Dad made her take it back because it would make me Gay and I got GI joe stuff instead.

I'm now married to a Former Marine.


I hope your husband sees this and finally gets you that EZ Bake Oven this year.
 
2020-11-24 4:16:28 PM  

Ginnungagap42: My siblings and I waited the coming of the Sears Wish Book every autumn.

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I had Major Matt Mason's moonwalker.  It got tangled in my sister's hair somehow when we were playing and they had to cut a chunk of hair out. I got punished but no malice was intended.  It just happened.
 
2020-11-24 4:26:06 PM  

optikeye: freakay: Yeah, it was pretty dreamy.  We would get the JC Pennys and Montgomery Wards Christmas catalogues every November or so.  So freaking awesome.

At the same time...as I looked at that webpage, Im shocked at the prices of things.  Granted, my old man probably wasn't making squat in the 1970s.  But a lot of toys were like between $5 and $20, and the unspoken comment that was impressed upon us was that we couldn't afford a lot of the things.  We were not poor by any stretch, but I guess inflation did the number on most prices.

Well, not just inflation. But at that time 'home economics' was the basic chore for women.
They'd have the monthly budget honed down to the pork chop and they had a 'savings' for Xmas...a savings that mostly was inline with their upbringing from the depression age.
"You'll get a orange in your stocking, some nuts, a puzzle and then a toy under the tree and you'll like it"


You forgot the roll of Life Savers.
 
2020-11-24 4:34:17 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: optikeye: I've told my Xmas story about the Catalog before. The Sears Wishbook....you circle thing and wish.

I was 8 or so...and wanted a EZ BAKE OVEN. I circled it and talked about it...and Mom Got IT! I saw it in the place where parents hide things for Xmas.

Then Dad made her take it back because it would make me Gay and I got GI joe stuff instead.

I'm now married to a Former Marine.

I hope your husband sees this and finally gets you that EZ Bake Oven this year.


Or a Marine with "Real Hair" and "Fung FU Grip"
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2020-11-24 5:33:15 PM  
When we bought our house in 2003, the water heater in service was Montgomery Ward branded, and as best I could determine was from about 1985. It served another 12 years or so before I decided it was time to replace it before it caused a flood.
 
2020-11-24 6:02:49 PM  

optikeye: Barricaded Gunman: optikeye: I've told my Xmas story about the Catalog before. The Sears Wishbook....you circle thing and wish.

I was 8 or so...and wanted a EZ BAKE OVEN. I circled it and talked about it...and Mom Got IT! I saw it in the place where parents hide things for Xmas.

Then Dad made her take it back because it would make me Gay and I got GI joe stuff instead.

I'm now married to a Former Marine.

I hope your husband sees this and finally gets you that EZ Bake Oven this year.

Or a Marine with "Real Hair" and "Fung FU Grip"
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I love how his eyes and the set of his mouth seem to be saying "Mm-hmm..."
 
2020-11-24 6:15:51 PM  
We were Sears and JCPenney kids.
 
2020-11-24 6:15:59 PM  

optikeye: freakay: optikeye: freakay: Yeah, it was pretty dreamy.  We would get the JC Pennys and Montgomery Wards Christmas catalogues every November or so.  So freaking awesome.

At the same time...as I looked at that webpage, Im shocked at the prices of things.  Granted, my old man probably wasn't making squat in the 1970s.  But a lot of toys were like between $5 and $20, and the unspoken comment that was impressed upon us was that we couldn't afford a lot of the things.  We were not poor by any stretch, but I guess inflation did the number on most prices.

Well, not just inflation. But at that time 'home economics' was the basic chore for women.
They'd have the monthly budget honed down to the pork chop and they had a 'savings' for Xmas...a savings that mostly was inline with their upbringing from the depression age.
"You'll get a orange in your stocking, some nuts, a puzzle and then a toy under the tree and you'll like it"

Yes there was an element of that.

Well, I think a bit of it was that you had two "Food" holidays back to back. With Thanksgiving as being a feast, and Christmas being another feast. That really sucks up a budget for a household that's barely making power and heat bills.


Yet people here all the farking time say that things were better in the "good old days".  No, no they weren't.  They were just like that.  One car per family (and a shiat car too, with no entertainment features beyond a radio, crap mileage, horribly unreliable, poor handling and acceleration (compare the 0-60 times of something like a V6 Camry to 1960s and 1970s muscle cars and prepare to be shocked), and basically no safety features), no pay TV (19"-25", in color if you were lucky), no cell phones, no computer or internet, two kids shared a bedroom (these days, with 3,000 to 4,000 sq ft houses, kids get their own bathrooms), clothing from Monkey Wards and Sears, not designer duds from Gucci et al, and a vacation was a car trip a couple states away, not a plane trip to somewhere like Hawaii.

/and if you weren't a WASP, everything was twice as bad as above
 
2020-11-24 6:17:30 PM  

optikeye: Barricaded Gunman: optikeye: I've told my Xmas story about the Catalog before. The Sears Wishbook....you circle thing and wish.

I was 8 or so...and wanted a EZ BAKE OVEN. I circled it and talked about it...and Mom Got IT! I saw it in the place where parents hide things for Xmas.

Then Dad made her take it back because it would make me Gay and I got GI joe stuff instead.

I'm now married to a Former Marine.

I hope your husband sees this and finally gets you that EZ Bake Oven this year.

Or a Marine with "Real Hair" and "Fung FU Grip"
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I still have mine 45 years later. I have one with a pullstring that talks.

"Let's set up camp here".
 
2020-11-24 6:29:18 PM  

optikeye: darkhorse23: My dad always called it Monkey Ward. I love going through that wish book and the one that Sears put out too. We'd circle things we wanted intelligence and Homeland Security, leaving it for Mom to find while dropping hints like Ralphie trying for that Red Ryder BB gun.

I've told my Xmas story about the Catalog before. The Sears Wishbook....you circle thing and wish.

I was 8 or so...and wanted a EZ BAKE OVEN. I circled it and talked about it...and Mom Got IT! I saw it in the place where parents hide things for Xmas.

Then Dad made her take it back because it would make me Gay and I got GI joe stuff instead.

I'm now married to a Former Marine.


"Well, Dad, that GI Joe made me realize I'm a sucker for men in uniform. Thanks!"
 
2020-11-24 7:05:07 PM  

Geotpf: not a plane trip to somewhere like Hawaii.


The Brady Bunch went to Hawaii. They were mid century modern. Even had a gay dad and a lesbian housekeeper. And the older kids where stoned AF most of the time.
Greg Brady Stoned
Youtube 764MzeWYn8k
 
2020-11-24 7:14:24 PM  

WTFDYW: optikeye: Barricaded Gunman: optikeye: I've told my Xmas story about the Catalog before. The Sears Wishbook....you circle thing and wish.

I was 8 or so...and wanted a EZ BAKE OVEN. I circled it and talked about it...and Mom Got IT! I saw it in the place where parents hide things for Xmas.

Then Dad made her take it back because it would make me Gay and I got GI joe stuff instead.

I'm now married to a Former Marine.

I hope your husband sees this and finally gets you that EZ Bake Oven this year.

Or a Marine with "Real Hair" and "Fung FU Grip"
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I still have mine 45 years later. I have one with a pullstring that talks.

"Let's set up camp here".


Back in the 90's...The people that brought you "Mondo 2000" and eventually Wired Magazine...
Had a "Barbie Liberation Organization" movement. Where they would purchase Talking Barbie Dolls and Talking GI JOE dolls...and swap the voice boxes on them.
So..the Barbie would say "EAT LEAD COBRA" and the GI JOE would say "MATH IS HARD, LET'S GO SHOPPING"
Barbie Liberation Organisation
Youtube eMHMf9y-27w
 
2020-11-24 9:54:40 PM  
 
2020-11-24 10:00:43 PM  
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2020-11-24 10:01:26 PM  

Ginnungagap42: My siblings and I waited the coming of the Sears Wish Book every autumn.

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My grandmother passed it around among all the kids. When we were small, it inspired our letters to Santa. When we were teens, we wrote our initials next to the items we wanted.
 
2020-11-24 10:08:16 PM  

optikeye: freakay: Yeah, it was pretty dreamy.  We would get the JC Pennys and Montgomery Wards Christmas catalogues every November or so.  So freaking awesome.

At the same time...as I looked at that webpage, Im shocked at the prices of things.  Granted, my old man probably wasn't making squat in the 1970s.  But a lot of toys were like between $5 and $20, and the unspoken comment that was impressed upon us was that we couldn't afford a lot of the things.  We were not poor by any stretch, but I guess inflation did the number on most prices.

Well, not just inflation. But at that time 'home economics' was the basic chore for women.
They'd have the monthly budget honed down to the pork chop and they had a 'savings' for Xmas...a savings that mostly was inline with their upbringing from the depression age.
"You'll get a orange in your stocking, some nuts, a puzzle and then a toy under the tree and you'll like it"


We got a tangerine in our stocking every year. In our little town, tangerines appeared around Thanksgiving and were gone before New Year's Eve. They couldn't be purchased at any other time of year. Just the smell makes me think of Christmas. My kids never understood or appreciated the tangerine in their stockings. Now, I can't find tangerines at all . . . only clementines. I miss tangerines.
 
2020-11-24 10:20:42 PM  

Geotpf: two kids shared a bedroom


Depending on whether we were with parents, an Aunt, or grandparents, we were placed three to five kids per room. The resulting fights were spectacular. It's a miracle we got along as well as we did. Every house had exactly one bathroom. When we lived with our grandparents, we used to walk next door and ask the old couple who had no children at home to let us borrow the bathroom.
 
2020-11-24 11:22:54 PM  
 
2020-11-24 11:49:08 PM  
I worked at a Montgomery Wards many years ago; those pension-stealing, commission-thieving scumbags should be drawn and quartered right in the middle of the food court.
 
2020-11-25 1:14:51 AM  
But remember, Amazon is evil.
 
2020-11-25 7:51:38 AM  

optikeye: WTFDYW: optikeye: Barricaded Gunman: optikeye: I've told my Xmas story about the Catalog before. The Sears Wishbook....you circle thing and wish.

I was 8 or so...and wanted a EZ BAKE OVEN. I circled it and talked about it...and Mom Got IT! I saw it in the place where parents hide things for Xmas.

Then Dad made her take it back because it would make me Gay and I got GI joe stuff instead.

I'm now married to a Former Marine.

I hope your husband sees this and finally gets you that EZ Bake Oven this year.

Or a Marine with "Real Hair" and "Fung FU Grip"
[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

I still have mine 45 years later. I have one with a pullstring that talks.

"Let's set up camp here".

Back in the 90's...The people that brought you "Mondo 2000" and eventually Wired Magazine...
Had a "Barbie Liberation Organization" movement. Where they would purchase Talking Barbie Dolls and Talking GI JOE dolls...and swap the voice boxes on them.
So..the Barbie would say "EAT LEAD COBRA" and the GI JOE would say "MATH IS HARD, LET'S GO SHOPPING"
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That is some Clutch Cargo level shiat. A+ Would laugh again.
 
2020-11-25 9:24:47 AM  

Geotpf: optikeye: freakay: optikeye: freakay: Yeah, it was pretty dreamy.  We would get the JC Pennys and Montgomery Wards Christmas catalogues every November or so.  So freaking awesome.

At the same time...as I looked at that webpage, Im shocked at the prices of things.  Granted, my old man probably wasn't making squat in the 1970s.  But a lot of toys were like between $5 and $20, and the unspoken comment that was impressed upon us was that we couldn't afford a lot of the things.  We were not poor by any stretch, but I guess inflation did the number on most prices.

Well, not just inflation. But at that time 'home economics' was the basic chore for women.
They'd have the monthly budget honed down to the pork chop and they had a 'savings' for Xmas...a savings that mostly was inline with their upbringing from the depression age.
"You'll get a orange in your stocking, some nuts, a puzzle and then a toy under the tree and you'll like it"

Yes there was an element of that.

Well, I think a bit of it was that you had two "Food" holidays back to back. With Thanksgiving as being a feast, and Christmas being another feast. That really sucks up a budget for a household that's barely making power and heat bills.

Yet people here all the farking time say that things were better in the "good old days".  No, no they weren't.  They were just like that.  One car per family (and a shiat car too, with no entertainment features beyond a radio, crap mileage, horribly unreliable, poor handling and acceleration (compare the 0-60 times of something like a V6 Camry to 1960s and 1970s muscle cars and prepare to be shocked), and basically no safety features), no pay TV (19"-25", in color if you were lucky), no cell phones, no computer or internet, two kids shared a bedroom (these days, with 3,000 to 4,000 sq ft houses, kids get their own bathrooms), clothing from Monkey Wards and Sears, not designer duds from Gucci et al, and a vacation was a car trip a couple states away, not a plane trip to somewhere like Hawaii.

/and if you weren't a WASP, everything was twice as bad as above


I have trouble squaring all the whippersnapper whining about how easy older people had it when materially it just isn't true.
When "college boy" was a common insult, and so on
 
2020-11-25 1:00:19 PM  
 
2020-11-25 1:10:50 PM  

optikeye: darkhorse23: My dad always called it Monkey Ward. I love going through that wish book and the one that Sears put out too. We'd circle things we wanted intelligence and Homeland Security, leaving it for Mom to find while dropping hints like Ralphie trying for that Red Ryder BB gun.

I've told my Xmas story about the Catalog before. The Sears Wishbook....you circle thing and wish.

I was 8 or so...and wanted a EZ BAKE OVEN. I circled it and talked about it...and Mom Got IT! I saw it in the place where parents hide things for Xmas.

Then Dad made her take it back because it would make me Gay and I got GI joe stuff instead.

I'm now married to a Former Marine.


I can't find just the right kung fu grip joke here, but there are so many to choose from!

My dad wasn't terribly awful about it, but he did instigate a number of tactics intended to make me grow up into the kind of man he thought I should be. I'm honest, responsible and kind. But most of the details he envisioned for my life won't happen. And he never complained or challenged my choices, so I'm good with him doing what he thought was best but accepting self determination.

Did you learn to cook anyway?

Mazel tov, by the way!
 
2020-11-25 3:16:47 PM  

Dybbuk Schmybbuk: Here is every Christmas catalog from all the stores. Have a fun trip down memory lane;)


Thanks for the website.  Do you happen to know if there is a site for old Service Merchandise catalogs?
 
2020-11-25 4:44:07 PM  

Chuck87: Dybbuk Schmybbuk: Here is every Christmas catalog from all the stores. Have a fun trip down memory lane;)

Thanks for the website.  Do you happen to know if there is a site for old Service Merchandise catalogs?


You are one sick puppy.
 
2020-11-25 5:01:06 PM  

Chuck87: Dybbuk Schmybbuk: Here is every Christmas catalog from all the stores. Have a fun trip down memory lane;)

Thanks for the website.  Do you happen to know if there is a site for old Service Merchandise catalogs?


I don't, my sister sent me that one.
I'm sure there's somebody out there to geek that together though!
 
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