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

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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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!

Flashback Potpourri (2001) (80s)

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These fine Revlon shades hit the market in 2001. The mood of the United States was extremely patriotic following September 11th. Red, white and blue was everywhere and Revlon wanted to make sure the colors could be worn on your nails, too.

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Bucket hats enjoyed a period of popularity in 2001. Twenty lucky Self Magazine readers won denim head buckets which I am sure they still have today.

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Self was also giving these capri pants away. Capris are basically not quite pants but also not shorts. The hem falls somewhere down the middle of the calf. I still wear these. I have never left 2001.

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This cereal was new on the scene in 2001. Sadly, not all cereals make it.

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This is Prince William in 2001. I do not think that is Princess Kate. The man in the background is sweating his balls off.

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Boy, am I hot.

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This 1986 ad stood out to me for one reason. There is no airbrush.

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There was a time when forehead lines were allowed to grace the pages of our periodicals.

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Not everyone dressed like Madonna in the 80s. Cheryl Tiegs models her own soft pastel line for Sears.

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Here is another outfit one could choose.

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There were many different types of pain killers competing for the top of the market in the 80s. Medipren did not last as long as mainstays like Tylenol.

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This poor gal had to take up a paper route in order to fund her habit. So many people smoked in the 80s that the brands of cigarettes available just went on and on. Players was stubbed out as more and more people quit.

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I found this 80s packaging at the flea market. It was common to sell about eight pairs at once back then. Places like Claire’s still does this.

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I wonder what they all get up to talking about at this place.

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This is an ad from the 80s. My boyfriend, Robert, commented, “These people were rich.”

Cosmo 2004

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Today I discovered that the big antique store in downtown Bay City has two basements. I found this 2004 issue of Cosmopolitan for $1.

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Omarosa was a contestant on Donald Trump’s reality game show, The Apprentice. I never watched it when it originally aired, but when Trump became president I decided to binge them. I wanted to see what Trump voters had gotten us into.

I knew before watching the show that Omarosa had a notorious reputation. Especially when reality TV was new, people loved to gossip about the people on the shows. When I watched Omarosa in action for myself, I kept waiting for her to get mean. I felt like she was treated unfairly by other contestants on the show, who probably had never been around black people in their lives. I felt she carried herself perfectly gine and others were simply intimidated.

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This photo went along with the article. Janice Dickinson was a model in the seventies and became a judge on America’s Next Top Model. She has called herself the first supermodel. I thought that was Cindy Crawford.

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This little device was among the first phones with video recording capabilities.

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This is exactly twenty years earlier for comparison’s sake.

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These babies aren’t around anymore as far as I know. Maybe at the dollar store. Capri Sun is all about the pouch. Can’t have one without the other.

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Low rider jeans were about all that was available in stores at this time. They started a millimeter from the butt crack.

Blue jean skirts were everywhere. They were worn at casual and formal events alike. Some were very very short.

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These probably smelled good. I would buy these today if I saw them.

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It seemed like everybody smoked in these days. People finally got their heads on straight and are no longer tempted by cigarettes, no matter what flavor they are.

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This flavor is mocha taboo. Cigarettes knew they were bad and tried to market on that.

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This is a giant mug I spotted at Habitat for Humanity. People used to cut off a proof of purchase called a Marlboro Mile off of the side of the pack of their cigarettes. They could pick up a catalogue at the store and send in their miles for prizes. This was one of them. They also had things like jean jackets.

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Finally, I saw this miniature jar that used to hold mayonnaise at the flea market. These days, people will put this much on one sandwich!

 

Wearable Art and Questionable Ads

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This “day-glo”, as they called the color palette, outfit was featured in a booklet entitled Wearable Art.

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The booklet was originally purchased at a now defunct retail chain called Frank’s Nursery and Crafts. I used to call it Frank’s Nursery and Craps. The store’s jingle went like this: “Beautiful things begin at Frank’s, Frank’s Nursery and Craft’s!”

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This beautiful parrot was made with fabric paints and glued gem stones.

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The mystery object in this kid’s hand takes away from the vest, no matter how flashy.

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A bit of the very trendy valley girl dialect to describe this puffy paint sensation.

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That is a lot of denim, but that’s how it was done back when this booklet was published in 1990.

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Bigger is better.

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It would be a shame to get that apron all stained with food spills.

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Let’s give these models a round of applause.

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I found this ad in a 1984 Family Circle. I feel bad that she is so addicted to cigarette smoking that she cannot even hit the slopes without a few puffs.

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This was a public service announcement about keeping your kids away from poison. What a close call. How did it even get to the point where the kid is just about to take a big sip of bleach? Also, no products like these ever featured skull and crossbones on their packaging. This was an artistic liberty taken by the creator to show a point.

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It was okay with this contest if you wanted to enter pictures of your child hitting a fat cigar.

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Childhood is not easy.

Selling Out

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Lights, Camera, Action!  This shot is from the crowd at an 80s festival along the lines of Live Aid. A lot of hard work went into bringing you your MTV.

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Speaking of hard work, this Mickey calculator could cut homework times in half.

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It took AA batteries. Such a thing beats solar powered calculators which never seemed to get enough sun to work reliably. Cute 80s sticker, too. Koalas were a trend then and need to see a resurgence in today’s day and age.

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It is uncertain whether this particular Disney hunk of plastic used a trademark or not.

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Sew what.

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3 hours to satisfaction. One has the option of making jorts in this pattern, whatever suits the fancy of the designer. The models would have really worked those jorts so I am not sure why it was decided they should wear long jeans.

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Throwing jarts in jorts. Jorts is jean shorts for anyone WTFing it right now.

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A twofer. Where else would you see two toilet paper firms team up? In the 80s, anything was possible.

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This was before The Flintstones got their shit together. Who is that little boy and why is Dino green?

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This is Blinkers. Owls were big like Koalas back in the 80s.

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This unfortunate dude has an eye in the middle of his forehead. Someone probably worked really hard at a carnival game to win him.

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Do not iron this dolly.

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A somewhat dangerous if innocent game along with a 1995 Geoffrey Giraffe of Toys R Us fame.

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Women’s Health 1992

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This Nordic Track ad was featured in an upper middle class targeting home and garden magazine from the late 90s.

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My, how workout gear had changed in the course of a few years. Here is a gal from Reader’s Digest Health: Women’s Health demonstrating the necessity for physical fitness, 1992.

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She doesn’t want to have sex with you because you have Dorito breath.

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This couple was featured in a chapter about sexually transmitted diseases.Ron, as he is called, gave this gal an STD that he did not know he had because it lay dormant in men.

She now experiences a pretty rough seven days per month. I can’t believe they used this photograph to portray the two.

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This seems more realistic.

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Perhaps just this. We don’t even need to see his face.

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I saw this and was pretty sure it was Julia Roberts that had done some modeling for stock photos before rising to fame. I showed my boyfriend, Robert, and he said it looks nothing like her. Oh come on.

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Real life is not the movie, Pretty Woman. If a dude approaches you at night wanting directions, remain cautious.

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“Lets go home and play Girl Talk.”

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“Big girls play Truth or Dare.”

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She made these cool before J.Lo was even a Fly Girl.

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Denim shirts used to be big time.

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If you’re real edgy, you might pair sweatpants with a windbreaker top.

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Be the talk of the town!

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Shop local.

Health Nuts 1992

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The thrift store gods have been looking down on me favorably. I found a set of Reader’s Digest Health Encyclopedias for the picking at Cat’s Meow in Essexville, Michigan.

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Dollar Bag of Books Central

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One book focused on pregnancy. All women deserve a Lamaze partner like this. Confession: My first attempt at spelling Lamaze was llamas. Naaaay Baaaaah

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At some point after this series was published (1992), women revolted against the matronly “fashion” options they were given by maternity designers.

Pregnant and stylish are not  mutually exclusive.

Poor gal seems to be saying this dorky frock was the best she could find.

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This seatbelt safety model is in the same boat. She is driving around shopping looking for some sexy maternity clothes that do not look like hospital gowns. No luck!

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P.U.

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These maternity clothes are the pits!

Luckily, things have changed. We don’t have to feel like sexless birthing appliances any longer. Free to be you and me.

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“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”

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She looks so cute. This was before the pink explosion that permeated little girl culture. My little sister wore Oshkosh, too. There were more flowery choices in later years to be more accommodating to all tastes.

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My personal favorites are the dark materials with flower print. My sister had black corduroy overalls with little posies on them.

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Probably a popular google search…They did not have google then, so they had to rely on things like books from the Reader’s Digest library.

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Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor anything you want to.

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This picture was part of a checklist of things you may want to bring to the hospital when you go into labor. Um, those headphones are not going to work if you can’t plug them in.

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Where did she shop at? She looks jazzy compared to the other women and also, her kid matches. Probably at Younkers.

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We had one of these for a minute. It is an alternative to a glass thermometer.  They must have been trendy. They sort of died out. Maybe they were easy to lose. Maybe they were inaccurate. I am leaning toward easy to lose because I am sure we lost ours.

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I dig how he has tucked his sweatpants into his socks.

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I love sweatsuits.

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These yuppies don’t look happy.

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All you need is love.

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XOXOXOXOXo