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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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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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!

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!

 

2001 Changes News

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This still is from a 1999 broadcast of CNN. Notice anything missing?

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After September 11th, 2001, Americans were more hooked to the news than ever. 24 hour news stations like CNN added the ticker tape of current event blurbs so we could stay up to the minute on as much as we could.

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The Bush Administration was creating a heavy load of news.

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Often there wasn’t much air time for anything else.

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Thus, the birth of the ticker tape.

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“I’d rather be painting.”

These two cell phone slings served as little pouches some kept mobile devices in during the same era. Today, we do not put down our phone long enough to store them away like this.

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Finally, you won’t see any of these out on telephone poles any longer. It is assumed everyone has their own pocket sized mode of emergency contact. These used to be a common sight. Inside was a phone receiver resembling a payphone’s. One could pick up the hand piece and be directly connected with emergency services.

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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Retro Technology

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She knew for sure.

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Y2K was supposed to be a cataclysmic event. This text was from a telecommunications textbook published in 1998. I am not sure why it is written about as some big secret.

The media was trying to get everyone excitable about the “millennium bug”. No, not the kid that serves you coffee at the cafe every morning.

This was when all of the computers were supposed to crash on 1-1-00.

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It was a little bit of a let down when nothing happened. Anarchy did not come to the United States of America that day.

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Business as usual.

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And then we started relying on technology more than ever before.

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Farewell, landlines.

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“Hello, Moto!”

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Where u at?

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At times, we were rushed into certain technologies and they just never panned out. Too much screen time is just too much.

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But other certain conveniences were appreciated by many.

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Beep!

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Sadly, some favorite places could not keep up with changing paces.

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Then other places were hip hangouts for a while, as seen above, only to crash and burn.

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Damn you, big box stores.

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Mrs. Fields still continues to have a monopoly on mall cookies.

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It’s an Internet World.

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