Friday, October 13, 2006

Vintage 1975 Sears Catalog

Sears Catalog - Fall/Winter 1975




15 Comments:

Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

Oh yes, this was the fabled catalogue with the one page that led everyone to believe some guy hiked his boxers up all the way to cause such an uproar over what might've been just a spec of dust that got embedded in the negative!

Fri Oct 13, 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, man...I remember those cheesy plaid jeans. I still resent my Mom for making me wear those.

Fri Oct 13, 04:07:00 PM  
Anonymous didi said...

Damn, I don't think I ever had any plaid jeans. Thank god for that. Saved me a lifetime of resentment. LOL

Fri Oct 13, 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

What? You saw his dinga-ling?

Fri Oct 13, 05:09:00 PM  
Anonymous rob said...

This picture just SCREAMS 70s.
It's so obvious. In other news: Sears at one time sold clown pants.

Fri Oct 13, 05:11:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

Well, I got to wear those silly plaid pants when I was about the same age as that boy.

Does Sears still publish catalogues? It seems to me that the traditional mail order business is on its way to being killed off by the Internet.

Fri Oct 13, 10:33:00 PM  
Blogger Steven Swain said...

Sears doesn't publish large general catalogs like this anymore, and hasn't for about 15 years. There are a number of specialty catalogs published undeer the Sears Shop at Home banner, but they're not produced or serviced by Sears. The name is licensed to direct marketer Hanover Direct

Sat Oct 14, 12:13:00 AM  
Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

Pretty much the tradition that most generations of the 20th Century had came to know and love got killed off in the past decade. Sears nowadays is becoming more like step up from Kmart's in my opinion (obvious since they've merged with them anyway).

And yes, that's what most people have speculated that they'd seen on page 602. Here's a few webpages that bring this up...
http://www.snopes.com/business/hidden/sears.asp

Sat Oct 14, 05:45:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

Then Sears has been out of the general mail order business for quite a bit longer than its counterparts over here. Though German mail order companies did get a temporary boost from the fall of the iron curtain, which delayed their demise by a couple of years. I think the last one ceased publishing a general catalogue two years ago.

Sat Oct 14, 06:51:00 PM  
Blogger Kangoon said...

I had a pair of plaid pants like that. I dug em!

Kev

Sat Oct 14, 07:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Jonas Clark-Elliott said...

Yes, that was the rumor - that a guy's hoo-haw was poking out of the leg of his boxers. Rumor claims that hundreds upon hundreds of catalogs were recalled, and many people say they knew someone who cut the offending pages out. According to Snopes, this is undetermined, there IS *something* there but Sears says they never made a fuss over it, claiming it's just a smudge on the photo.

Those checked pants are just hideous. I love lots and lots of said-to-be-abominable 70s things including wild shades of thick shag, bright orange metal fireplaces, and "mediterranean" decor. But that cute lil' kid is probably *not* happy that he had to wear those. Ick. In the early 80s, my mom gave me a few ickjy fashions, too, like "salt water sandals". Thankfully, I got few really bad items.

Mon Oct 16, 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what the hell are salt water sandals? Like salt water taffy perhaps?

Mon Oct 16, 07:44:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

You've heard of wash & wear? Those are eat & wear.

Mon Oct 16, 07:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Zubbby said...

I have a couple of 1976 Sears sales catalogs. They are great fun to look through when company comes over!

Mon Oct 16, 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omg i have some major cute plaid skinny jeans

Fri Aug 28, 05:30:00 PM  

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