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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Magazine Madness: Women’s Day 1993

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In the 90s, douche had fallen out of favor. This left a big hole in the market where a lot of money had previously been flowing in.

Therefore, the yeast infection was hyped up. In a 1993 issue of Woman’s Day, these were among the ads to fight the vaginal menace.

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“I’ll never wash another applicator.”

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In a font half of the size of the rest of the type, the ad recommends first time sufferers contact a doctor. But after that, you can go crazy with this over the counter “cure”. If it were really a cure, you wouldn’t have to use it again.

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What does a bird have to do with yeast infections? Birds have lots of germs that should not come into contact with body parts suffering from yeast infections.

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I hear ya about the chemicals. The process of getting a perm was absolutely putrid smelling.

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This doesn’t look too fun, though. I wonder how long they had to be left in.

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This is me in the fourth grade in 1991. My older sisters had perms so naturally I wanted one to. I was so happy to be able to get one. I didn’t have any of the problems mentioned by the mother in the ad. I got my hair cut about a year later and the perm vanished.

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This is my sister, Jessica, on Spring Break at Daytona Beach in ’91. Her perm is on point. Her friend, Tanya, is rocking high bangs.

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Here is another picture of my sister’s friend for fun. Check out that pink Walkman she has. It looks like she has a B.U.M. Equipment shirt only in Spanish. Equipe de Bum? Also, the guy on the left…what happened to his foot???

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Back to Magazineland, this was a product one could use with their perm.

One time, I put as much mousse as I could fit into my hand without it tipping over. Then, I just put all of it in my hair. Was it ever crusty. Then a friend of mine called to see if I could go to Pizza Hut with her family. I went and must have looked ridiculous.

That is why I wish we had digital cameras back then. I probably would have had pictures of this had the technology been around then.

Before the 2000s, picture taking was normally reserved for special occasions or the once in a blue moon roll of film to take candids with-it could get expensive, buying film and then getting it developed.

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Whether you had a perm or not, you could do Topsy Tail. You could buy it for 12.95, but you don’t really need a tool to accomplish this style. It is basically tucking a pony tail into a parted slit above said pony tail.

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Here is Elsie and her family chowing down on some cheese and washing it down with Elsie’s breast milk.

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These baby bottles are just pitiful. They encourage parents to give their babies pop. Don’t say they don’t, Pepsi.

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“Yaaas.”

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Throwback Thursday is Everyday: Wednesday Edition

 

Old text books are a fine way of visiting the past. Many have stock photos that are rich in cultural history. The following excerpts are from a Home Economics book Bay City Central was using for the 1993 – 1994 school year.

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I suppose these units were designated to the classroom, as no one’s name is on the book plaque. One of the other purposes of book plaques of this particular nature is to list the condition of the book after use. Whomever used this book, whether it was one person or several, left it almost perfect. There are two discrepancies that stand out, however.

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When I  saw this page, I was fooled at first. I thought the lips on this page were some kind of little illustration. Then I grazed it with my fingers and was horrified. Someone had blotted their lips and the texture was lifted like braille, after all these years.

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A nice shade of lipstick, anyway.

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This was the other blemish. What is interesting about this one was something was whited out, then this message was written on top of it. Maybe they spelled “tarhok” wrong. But then, why white out the rest of it, too? I think someone whited out the original message and then the same person found their whited out message, and wrote it all over again. Maybe I am misreading this word, but I am sure it says tarhok. There is nothing in Urban Dictionary and Google offers nothing conclusive.

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Wow! She sure does need a lot of oranges and eggs!

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Nice flat top. Shopping and looking good.

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I feel so guilty for shopping in sweats when I see someone like this.

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What a nice array of drink boxes. I don’t see Capri Sun. This was before the country fell in love with the smooshy pack. There is Hi C. This picture was taken before Ecto Cooler painted the drink box aisle fluorescent green.

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People could enjoy a large glass of milk without worrying about hormones and other questionable substances.

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Men were not shy about showing off their legs at the beach back then.

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It is important to get a doctor’s advice when changing your diet.

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Reeboks are helping this gal to stay in shape.

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Whoa, buddy, slow down!

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A stylish gal takes advantage of a new method of cooking.

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Refrigerators now offered drinking water. Imagine that.

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We treat you right.

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This is the kind of stuff Kmart sold back then. I would know.

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The text described meat salesmen as very pushy. There are a lot of them in rotation right now. They seemed to have disappeared and then returned.

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When I see this picture^, I think this is what she ate from:

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Teddy Bears were big in fashion.

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Here is my sister, Jen, in a Teddy Bear shirt.

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Here is my sister, Jessica, in a nice pink Teddy Bear shirt. I, in the front, have Teddy Bears on my sweater. Micky Dolenz, of the Monkees, the third person in the picture, is probably admiring our Teddy Bears, but is not wearing any on that day.

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Don’t worry, the Buffalo Bike Path Killer is behind bars.

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Stay healthy and get enough sleep.

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How can a ‘fridge entertain?

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This is how, I guess!

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Have it your way!

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Taking the body fat test.

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Food photography is a very real art.

 

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Professionals photographed this Big Mac.

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A customer photographed this one. It is all in the lighting, you see.

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This picture has a lot going on. Acid washed jeans and big bangs stand out the most to me. She has bangs like my cousin used to have:

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Computers can help chefs in all sorts of ways.

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The computer helps this Home Ec class out. I like those stripey jeans.

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These foods are to be eaten sparingly. Someone has made a beautiful still life of them.

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This is a vintage coffee machine.

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This is a super vintage way of doing coffee, with a percolator.

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Don’t fall and break your ass!

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Milk does a body good.

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I came across some of these little clay charms at Chuckie’s Flea Market. People used to pair them up with hemp a lot of the time. They were very trendy in the 90s. This one looks like the Raisin Bran Sun on acid.

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He looks mean but you never know, he could be nice.

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This is the Lion King on Ketamine.

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This was at Chuckie’s, too.

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Get a load of that. I wonder if they are having fun or profiting?

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This was at Cat’s Meow in Essexville. This controversial piece of fiction was on the scene as late as 2001, if you can believe that.

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The mirror on the cover of this book was metallic. It reminded me of when “you” was Time’s Person of the Year. This book was religious.

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Finally, this. The cover art is just stupendous. It reminded me a lot of the school bus scene in Nightmare on Elm Street 2.