Sears Catalogue, Part II

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In 1993. the Sears Catalogue was there before online shopping existed. You had a choice of ordering by mail or phone.

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Sears would deliver anything right to your doorstep, even a wooden swimming pool!

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Color was really celebrated in 1993.

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Look at how many choices you had for your jorts!

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Although, nothing compares to the classic!

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Sometimes, the color was all washed out and that was “in”, too.

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Little accents of color was appreciable. Watch out for those Crips!

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Not your average, boring socks in 1993!

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Members only had their own line of luggage at this moment in time.

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Typically, Members Only was known for their jackets, just like this one Corey Feldman is wearing in what must be Lost Boys.

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At a garage sale a few days back, I spotted a “VIP Only” jacket. Members versus VIP! What a rivalry.

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In 1993, it was trendy to wear biker shorts underneath another pair of shorts. Layers equaled more color!

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If this is the Canadian tuxedo…

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…this must be the Canadian prom dress.

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Too much denim!

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This is if you took one of those Jason Voorhees type jumpsuits and made a dress of it.

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These were considered classic, down to earth colors back then.

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Whoa, you boys are drowning in those things!

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I don’t like to think that a woman gave birth on the beach. Sand gets everywhere!

Vertical stripes were everywhere. I hope these do not resurface.

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This piece of furniture was to store all your VHSes.

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The entertainment center was an outfit that stored VCRs, televisions, gaming consoles, and stereos all in one place.

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What a status symbol!

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This picture illustrated the newer concept of motion detection lights.

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This touchtone pad was another mode of security for the home.

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He does not look happy.

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Gen X rules!

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Pure Moods!

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The perfect outfit for the first day of school.

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Thanks, again, to my great friend, Meghan, for sending me these wonderful catalogues!

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Sears Catalogue 1992

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My thoughtful friend, Meghan, sent me two giant Sears catalogues from 1992 in the mail recently. These fashions are 25 years old and are they ever fascinating.

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Our eyes used to have to work overtime to ascertain some of the complicated patterns.

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These colors are making my eyes water!

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This is some sort of cross between a jacket and a poncho.

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These elastic waistbands were if you got really bad gas.

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Speaking of really bad gas, McDonald’s has its own clothing line. Sears started to sell McKids clothing in 1987 and even opened up some freestanding stores. By 1991, things came crashing to a halt and all 47 of the stores were closed down. In 1997, McKids and WalMart got together, the two assholes of America. McKids was sold at WalMart for six years. Now the brand can be found in China, where the clothes are probably made for pennies on the dollar.

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This was one of the McKids outfits.

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Something like this would get a person kicked out of a place like Planet Fitness these days. There are guidelines on what to wear at that chain because they do not want their core clientele to be intimidated.

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This was when you could express yourself with overalls.

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Fishing for compliments.

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Hemlines were waaaay up in the summer of ’92.

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I don’t care for how butts look in jeans with no pockets.

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Sometimes when you are on a modeling shoot, you will have to pretend you are in warm weather when it is really 35 degrees.

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The boxer shorts look was short lived. They look like they are in dad’s undies.

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You really can’t do much if you are trying to keep your white jeans pristine.

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Sorry if these were the only jeans you could find when you went shopping back in the day. “Midnite Ice” was a market hog.

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If high heels were so great, men would wear them, too.

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Zip Zap Zop

Found

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I took a pleasant stroll through Cat’s Meow today. I found the perfect gift for the guy or gal who has everything, provided they do not have a phobia of clowns. This clown looks very friendly, though. These types of clowns should not cause too many problems.

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I am more concerned with guys like these.

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I was stupefied when I saw this. I have always known the Berenstain Bears to be secular. The children look worried.

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They probably remember this and are experiencing anxiety based on what they have heard.

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People used to lug around their big stereos with them in the 70s and 80s.

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I went to a Flea Market Festival this weekend and saw this CenterStage pin. CenterStage is a theatre company. Boy George is in there, too. Boy George recently participated in an episode of the television show, Gogglebox. It is a British series in which people watch television and give commentary.

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I bought this for myself for two dollars. It is from 1983. Don’t worry. This purse is all man made materials.

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I also got this keychain. If you know me, there is a decent chance I will call that number at some point in time.

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I found this at a garage sale. Check out Christie Brinkley and Chuck Norris teaming up.

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Endorsement gold!

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Remember when Chuck Norris jokes ruled the internet?

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This game gave me pause.

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The ages are ten and up.

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I am not sure this is the best game for those with raging hormones. It could lead to something that really should have never happened.

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I found this at an Estate Sale. The guy running the place wanted to know my nephew’s favorite Star Wars character bc of his YODA shirt. He was iffy about answering, so I told him to tell the guy, Jar Jar Binks. The guy was not pleased with that response.

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This was back when Barbie proclaimed, “We girls can do anything!”

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“I wish I was an Oscar Meyer wiener.” Can you imagine wishing such a thing? Just why.

Adventures in Flea Marketing

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When I saw this at the Flea Market this weekend, I was amazed. This iconic relic was not only in its original package but made in the USA, of all places.

The t-shirt was a premium from Love’s Baby Soft, a perfume that was a rite of passage for girls in the 70s and 80s.

You may not have been ready for Charles of the Ritz or Tigress by Faberge, but you may have gotten this for your 12th birthday. It was all a little backward: They were telling you that you were growing up by making you smell like a freshly changed baby rump.

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Once, I bought a bottle just as a throwback and spritzed some on. My boyfriend Robert said, “I hate that stuff.”

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This cologne was for the bad boy set.

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If you smell this stuff, look out for your heart!

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I saw some nice vintage cabbage patch pins. The vendor informed me they were from the 80s.

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Robert said this one looked like Eric Cartman in a dress.

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This 1989 VHS tape promised to save you $5,000 everytime you bought a car. It was a $49.95 investment, which is wild for a VHS but a decent price for a secret or 25.

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I guessed these were from the 90s. They look like they are decorated with the Hamburger Helper glove.

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This 2007 book showed that dance moves a decade old were still cool.

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pop

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and lock

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Cargo pants are nice because you can carry a lot of things around in them.

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Finally, you could get your picture taken at department stores such as JCPenney or Sears back before digital cameras changed the world. They would normally throw in a few little pendents such as this one with your package.

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KISS on Oprah 1987

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In 1987, Oprah hosted KISS members, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons on her show.

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Gene boasted he slept with over 2,000 women.

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He must have gone through  a lot of these!

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Paul said they started the band to hook up with women. Oprah wanted to know if anybody ever wanted more than a hook up.

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Gene said there was no superficial crap expected in these hook ups like there was in dating. He then wanted to know if it was okay if he said crap. Oprah said that was fine.

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Some people looked disappointed.

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Others appeared like the wheels in their heads were turning.

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Some people looked like they wanted KISS to shut up and start playing.

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One woman got up and started to talk about the glamorous life of a groupie.

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She was met with mixed reactions.

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One gal stood up and started telling KISS off, that they had to be able to discern between “sluts” and real fans who might just want to talk.

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She looks like she wants to rock and roll all night and party everyday.

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KISS was big in the times when there was only a 5 cent deposit on bottles.

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Someone should give this to Gene Simmons to wear.

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Detroit Rock City!

Trashion of 1992

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In 1992, adding one’s own personal touches to otherwise plain clothing was at an all time high. Doo dads dangling from the wardrobe was trending and books like Creative Touches: How to Add Flair to Ready to Wear was there to help with ideas.

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This gal puts together a look that makes her look like decorated military personnel.

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This look called for excessive fabric as did so many in these days. The curtains/drapes look was acceptable. Looking like you were a piece of furniture covered up in a house that had been closed up for a decade was something many ladies went for.

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This is the girl that the tooth fairy brought Barbie’s Dream House to for losing a tooth.

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I don’t understand why these pants have elastic at the hems. Do his ankles swell and sometimes need breathing room?

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Romphim

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People used to love to replace their laces with frilly bows, which was something I thought was very pretty and could make a welcome comeback.

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Pleats were seen on almost every pants/shorts that was not denim.

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Moo

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Sunflowers were in their heyday during the 90s. Celebrities like Drew Barrymore used to wear them on the red carpet.

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The first kids from school to move into a gated community.

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What you wore when they invited you over.

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Even though she wants to show off this fancy outfit, she should still be wearing a life jacket.

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Cheesin’

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Just when we were about over panneling our entire homes with wood, we moved onto our vehicles.

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“Angel in the Centerfold”

Cool Jack-0-Melon!

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Her face froze this way.

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The cardigan, in one of its many forms, as it shifts in and out of fashion.

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You’re Beautiful!

Mac Toys and Quitting Smoking 1994

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Ever since I discovered the second basement at Bay City Antique Mall, it’s been dollar mags galore. I scored a Mac User from 1994 with my latest haul.

This beauty was featured on the cover. This was from a time when it was still a new concept to watch any sort of television from your home computer. That hologram is actually a sticker.

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This was light years before YouTube or Facetime. “Video camera as a desk accessory?” Apple is throwing a lot of concepts out there that we take for granted today.

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This is Eric Lechner. He has uploaded an image of what Connectix was broadcasting back in the day. No color!

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This was the Newton. It was like taking one of these:

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And trying to make it smart. No telephone capabilities, though.

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If you wanted to keep your Newton on you at all times, you could order one of these ginormous slings.

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Other companies developed their own versions over the years. Nothing like this ever really took off until you could talk on it.

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This was Apple’s digital camera. You could save 32 photographs on it. We all had to start somewhere.

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This is what you could use to buy your $689.95 digital camera.

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1994 was an era where people were hacking up their lungs from smoking so much in the 80s.

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Nicotine patches were introduced so people had a chance to beat the coffin nails.

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People got creative with ways to stop addiction.

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Tobacco companies also upped the ante with creativity to keep as many people smoking as they could. Mmmm, Turkish Jade.

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Exercise always helps when trying to quit smoking.

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Sometimes, something as simple as brushing your teeth will cut nicotine cravings.

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Besides, smoking turns teeth brown.

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Forgotten Paperbacks

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Don’t Tell Mom…I guessed the girl on the right was pregnant, because look at how the sister seems to be holding her stomach.

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The back of the book does not go into any details about what the secret might be, only that Carrie had run away for five months. Teens, you are going to want help from an adult in the case of a pregnancy. Whatever Carrie has to hide, I am sure her mother is just glad she is home and would probably be supportive.

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The Cat’s Meow had two copies so best friends could read them at the same time.

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I guessed Jennifer was probably pregnant.

According to the back of the book, it turned out Jennifer hated school. It is a good thing Jennifer has a friend to turn to.

Dare she tell anyone? the caption reads.

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She probably gets pregnant.

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What dimension are those children even in?

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She is working those pegged jeans. Is their last name Goat?

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This was a book of 70s poetry.

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This is a little sample of some of the prose.

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I can see why the book is entitled Alone…The ellipsis makes the title all the more isolated.

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If your parents say no, rebel by ruining a bunch of stuff and plowing through the new groceries.

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I was most creeped out by the title of the author’s previous work.

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Reading is fun!

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I was not sure if this was for sale…but I was surprised this old fashioned hair tie made it through the decades. THESE THINGS USED TO BE EVERYWHERE IN THE 80S IN EVERY COLOR.

These poor guys were left in frames being sold. I hope the actual person is doing better than his baby pics today.

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That is a very romantic photo for a bunch of buttons.

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Mother’s Day Edition

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I treat readers to this 1985 ad. These get a bad rap, but little kids are hard to keep track off. Might as well harness them and show them who is master. I have seen an alternative and it is much worse:

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In 1998, the medical industry had just the thing for women who were not ready to become mothers.

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It was called Norplant, and as the name suggests, it is implanted under a woman’s skin.

 

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One of its claims is that it is “less visible”. This is more visible than ever and I wonder what alternative they are referring to!

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In the late 80s, air bags were beginning to be regularly manufactured in cars. Advertising painted a picture of how these protective devices worked.

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Mom is the real star here!

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Thanks, Mom, for doing things like packing our lunches as children.

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Thank you for steering us away from people who wear this hat.

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Thank you for buying us all those cheesy toys with your hard earned money.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Church Trends 1991

18493297_10211433066254882_1967238284_oAlong with school annuals (yearbooks), my favorite keepers of culture are church directories.

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These don’t pop up at thrift stores very often, so I was lucky to find one from 1991.

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This was right at the height of the acid wash jean fad.

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It was one of those rare trends that was not just recycled from the past. It really was something new to fashion. Acid washing was patented in 1986.

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The discovery of acid washing was an accident. Rifle Jeans Company in Italy accidentally tumbled jeans and pumice stones wetted with a weak solution of bleach in a washing machine without water.

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Not everyone approved.

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I have a feeling this poor man also fell asleep in church.

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This father does NOT look happy. That probably comes from battling an entire lifetime over the unfortunate name “Dorko”.

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She goes to church alone.

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Fashion became very nautical during this period.

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On the tail end of the Me decade, looking like you just stepped off of a yacht was acceptable, even in church.

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Preppy polo shirts were also seen everywhere. Unbutton it a little for some extra flare.

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This is a Sally Jesse Raphael doppelganger.

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My boyfriend, Robert, said it looks nothing like her. Just because the doppelganger doesn’t have on the trademark red glasses, he has trouble seeing the resemblance.

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Color was how youth rebelled in 1991.

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She could have been on America’s Next Top Model if it was a thing back then.

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Shoulder pads couldn’t be big enough!

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If you were wearing something fancy, puffy sleeves were a romantic choice.

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These types of glasses adjusted shading to the type of lighting the viewer was exposed to.

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Big hair was still holding out as late as ’91.

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Plain leather purses were favored by women.

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God bless you!