Vintage Christmas Balls – A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!
Dec04

Vintage Christmas Balls – A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!

The quintessential Christmas ornament is without any doubt, the Christmas ball. You could easily decorate a Christmas tree with nothing but balls, and it would be perfectly acceptable. Be they glass, the traditional choice, paper, plastic or foam, a Christmas tree isn’t a Christmas tree without some balls. This is a tribute to vintage Christmas balls of catalogs past. As ususal, I’ve combed through the archives at...

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Fashion Square Mall Sears Ads
Nov13

Fashion Square Mall Sears Ads

Fashion Square Mall Sears is closing. This is Sears on East Colonial Drive. Today was the last day. Soon, it’ll be demolished to make way for something new. I’ll always have a soft spot for Sears and Roebuck. My mom took me there often when I was a kid. My Sears was at the Cutler Ridge Mall, back in the 1980s. This Orlando Sears very much reminds me of that one from my youth. Same basic floor plan, although this one was...

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Artificial Christmas Trees! A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!
Dec12

Artificial Christmas Trees! A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!

  In this entry to the Christmas Catalog Extravaganza series, I give you Artificial Christmas Trees! I really thought this was a rather recent invention, but a little research proved me entirely wrong. Check out Wikipedia for the full history. In terms of these catalogs though, 1942 is one of the first advertised versions I found, proudly exaulting the low cost and the lack of falling needles. But first, a little about me....

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Christmas Hard Candy! A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!
Dec04

Christmas Hard Candy! A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!

Hard candy. Boiled sweets. Teeth Crackers. Call them whatever you like, these colorful, iron hard confections remind us of Christmas at Granny’s house. Whether they be fruit or mint flavored, drops or ribbons, tinned or jarred, we kept going back for more! And if mom or dad told us we’d had enough, granddad had a private stash by his recliner that he’d share on the sly. This is a tribute to that time honored holiday...

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Christmas Fruitcake! – A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!
Nov29

Christmas Fruitcake! – A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!

Tis the season for a new batch of classic department store Christmas catalog time travel! And today, I bring you that classic Christmas cliche, in all of it’s kitschy glory: The Christmas Fruitcake. These images are culled primarily from Sears Catalogs, from 1937 to 1988. The catalog fruitcake is a perennial favorite, though I don’t recall if I’ve ever once tried a slice. Given that it’s reputation precedes it...

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