Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Links to WishBooks Past

When we were younger, my sisters and I used to peruse the Sears Wish Book and Spiegel's Christmas catalogs every fall.  We would check off the dolls that we wanted and imagine how we would play with them. If you have similar memories of sitting or want to investigate vintage dolls, click this a link to online catalogs.


Happy viewing! Link courtesy of Maynard G from the Power-Team Yahoo Group.

14 comments:

Frannie said...

Thanks for posting the link. I have seen this site before. It is a great site for dating when a doll came out.

D7ana said...

You're welcome, Frannie. Yes, it is a good way to find dates for different dolls and action figures. I'm going to add it to my reference links. Thanks for giving me that idea ;-)

Georgia Girl said...

I use to do this! I would circle everything that I wanted. Thanks for sharing the link.

D7ana said...

Hi Georgia Girl! You are welcome - my pleasure to find stuff and bring it to other doll enthusiasts. SmidgeGirl had also posted about the Sears Wishbook in her youth. Guess a lot of us have that pleasant, fun memory. Glad that you did, too ;-)

Vanessa said...

Now that's a fun link Thanks. I don't remember looking at those particular catalogs, but I did my fair share of circling.

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: the Christmas postal page is wonderful. I did not know it and everything in red color enchants the one to me of year 1962 with the girl in the room. My favorite color is the red one… We follow in contact of blog blog

D7ana said...

You're welcome, Vanessa! Isn't it fun that via the Internet we can browse old catalogs we missed before?

Okay, I do need to quit the enabling.

Hi Marta! I am glad that you enjoyed seeing the Christmas catalogs. The best part of the holiday catalogs was the toys section for me.

sarahwillman said...

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D7ana said...

Hello, Sarah Willman!

Thanks for inviting me to join your Barbie and fashion-focused website.

However, before I join your site or invite my friends to your site, I need to know what your site is about. There are lots of sites about Barbie and fashion. I belong to some, but not to all. I do not see any posts in your blog yet so I cannot determine what your writing or photography skills, etc. are like. Your profile does not mention which Barbies interest you.

I am not sure if you "follow" my blog. Do you follow any of the blogs I read? If you "follow" other bloggers, it's like you have invested in them. They will often return that interest and follow you. Send comments about stuff you like, so we can get to know you.

Hope these suggestions help

Sincerely,

Dana aka D7ana
d7ana@yahoo.com

Super Cool Doll House said...

Dana,
Did you have Best stores in Philly when you were little? Down in Baltimore we had them. Their catalog's back pages were toys and usually on the back page or close to it was a Barbie offering! It had their newest Barbies and accessories laid out like a giant diorama :) (houses, cars, pools etc) I would give my left Barbie arm to see a few of these again. Any leads?

happy Festivus...-Mark

D7ana said...

Hi, Mark! Hmmm ... now that's an interesting challenge ;-D

Best catalogs ... the name sounds familiar. We got Sears mostly, Spiegels sometimes, and occasionally J.C. Penneys. I heard of Montgomery Ward via the Barbie circuit. Best ... aha! Wikipedia to the rescue. I think we might have received Basco advertisements in the Sunday supplements. They seemed to be mostly about jewelry though ...

I'll check with my Mom tomorrow. Thanks for a new puzzle.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

D7ana said...

Sorry, I missed your question, Mark. No, no leads on how to get the Best catalogs of our youth.

Eyebrow lifted ... but I'm thinking on it.

I've been thinking about another old catalog though. More recent than Best. Remember Small Blue Planet? SBP was the last word in playscale stores in the Philly suburbs.

AilanthusAltissima said...

I used to pore over dolls in the Christmas catalogs, too! Those were the days!

D7ana said...

Yes, I enjoyed those days, too, Kim. Rushing home from school, throwing down my books and calling dibs to be the first to view it. Fun.