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Mail Order Catalog Day

Published on 8/17/2017
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Mail Order Catalog Day

Mail Order Catalog Day, August 18th - Do you remember those little 5x8 or 6x9 books we got in the mail?  I would sit for hours and hours looking through them.  Sometimes I ordered things but most of the time I talked myself out of ordering something.

Some of the ones I can remember is:  Harriet Carter Gifts, Carol Wright Gifts, Lillian Vernon and I just found online where you can order a Montgomery Ward catalog (I thought they closed up years ago).  

I guess they just moved online.  Now we have the vast internet as our "Mail Order Catalog."   Mail Order Catalog Day

Are you feeling a little nostalgic?  Take a look at an article I found on the Huffington Post titled; 15 Catalogs That Make Us Nostalgic For Mail-Order Fashion by Dana Oliver.

I guess the most famous mail order catalog is Sears and Roebuck.  This is a copy of a vintage jewelry page from one of their catalogs. As I'm sure you have also heard many, many stories of people dreaming while looking through a new catalog to see what they could afford to buy for their family in terms of clothing and items for the house. This short video tells some of the history of "Mail Order Catalogs."


The mail order business has undergone quite a few changes since its creation. In 1845, Tiffany's Blue Book was the first mail-order catalogue ever and as you see in this video below, there are many other options in the way of mail order today.


A couple of ideas to celebrate "Mail Order Catalog Day" are:

  1.  Find a Mail Order Catalog online and order the catalog or since you're already online, make your order then.  You can save the actual catalog for your collection.
  2. Go to a thrift store. You can still find old magazines and catalogs there and take a trip back to your youth when you used to browse the catalog and plan on what you would like to buy.

Just came across this. I had totally forgotten that Sears, Roebuck also sold houses through their catalogs.  Take a look at a few of them below.  Some are still standing and in existence today. Mail Order Catalog Day   If you've enjoyed this little trip down memory lane, make sure to share by using the social icons at the top of this post or below the post.  


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