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I was not even one year old when this catalog came out. I had so much fun looking through it. I recalled some of the dolls and toys, as they were still being made four and five years later. I recalled being dressed like the little girls in this catalog and how my mother was dressed as well. The women DID look this good in those days. My mom was quite the hottie. I love the men's clothing and the men modeling with their chiseled jaws and short hair cuts. The sporting goods section is really neat--(shades of the film, "Anatomy Of A Murder" where Jimmy Stewart is in his plaid shirt and waders, constantly fishing).
Everything is in this catalog. If you are a mid-century decor fan, this catalog will show you how the bed was made, what curtains were hung, the furniture used, and show prices, makers, dimensions. If you are a mid-century doll collector, this catalog shows ads and prices. Mid-century fashion your thing? This catalog brims with them. Household goods, personal items. There are bras that puts Nurse Ratchett's to shame in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest".
Nineteen hundred and fifty-two. A generation spent, almost. My older brother--first wave of boomers--is 71. I'm 66. We're getting old. In fact, I was thinking, the other day, that we Baby Boomers are the last generation to have actually known people born in the 19th century--like our grandparents. I could have known, but did not meet, a great-grandmother--born in the 1878. She lived until the 1950s. My children were toddlers when my grandmother, born in 1899, died. My grandchildren will have never spoken to anyone from the 19th century. The memory of that age grows ever more dim.
But the 1950s still rock. Please ask any questions. I'm pleased to answer. Thank you for stopping by.
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1952 Spiegel Catalog
$50 USD SOLD
Wonderful things at reasonable prices.
If I love it, I hope you will too.