27 December 2008
Old Sears catalogs complete online
Want to browse Christmas "wish books" from Sears (and Spiegel, J.C. Penney, FAO Schwartz) from when you were a kid? Want to know what your parents paid for your Christmas presents.
Catalogs from 1940 to 1988 are stored here. Be patient while they load; some have 600 images.
Embedded above are the pages showing microscope sets ($5 - $15), chemistry sets with lots of toxic materials ($5 - $28), and a Lionel train for $40. I wonder what the latter would go for now on eBay new-in-box. Would have been a better investment than General Motors stock...