Looking through old catalogs.
When the 1976 JC Penny's Catalog came out, I was five years old.
I clearly remember seeing my grandmother using items on page 278 to document my unwrapping of stuff, that Christmas. 110 Instamatic with built-in flash. No more flash cubes. Man, we were livin' in the future. No need for a jet car, for me; the Jetsons were Now.
I wish to hell I'd been given some of the fine fitness equipment available at the time-- think of what a stud I'd be today, if only my parents had had the foresight to buy me and ExcerGym.
But I probably got something like the Play Family A-Frame House, as listed on page 356. Dig how the little Play Family people precisely fit a windpipe. Awesome.
I seem to recall having gotten a Big Wheel the year before. But I still wanted a Green Machine.
I definitely remember getting a LiteBrite that Christmas. Actually, I got two. Didn't ever really jack with either one of 'em, except for one afternoon when Mom ordered me into the dining room to play. Hm. What was Mama doing in the kitchen?
If you didn't have Lincoln Logs, you sucked. Hell, my Dad had Lincoln Logs.
Ooh, I had an Evil Knievel stunt motorcycle, and it rocked. But I think it was the next year.
I KNOW I got this hook and ladder fire truck that Christmas, or maybe the year before.
Say-- why is this woman from 1946 sniffing her underwear?
Why is the 1947 Christmas Catalog calling boys who hunt "gay"?
I recall my dad later on getting an AR-7, as featured in this catalog for $69.99. Hm. They seem to be missing from this year's Sears catalog.
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