That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

July 15, 2006

They’ll Never Forget The Christmas When They Had To Clean Up Popcorn Puke

Filed under: 1983 JC Penney & Sears Catalogs,Christmas — Anita @ 4:30 am

You guys remember last summer when we moved and my dad found those 1983 JC Penney and Sears catalogs my mom saved for me to look at when I got older?

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Sorry the little boy with his toy hair dryer is on the crease of the page. I think the 70’s and the 80’s were the only times that blow dryers were in toy grooming kits.

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Sweet Christ No! I so remember the page devoted to marionette dolls and “old timey dolls” in the JC Penney and Sears catalogs. I always thought, “No who buys those for their kids?”. I didn’t know any kid who got a Howdy Doody or Bozo doll for Christmas. This must be the “toys for adults page” in the cataloge. Although I am kinda crushing on the Bozo doll. I wouldn’t mind having one today. Oh yeah, and what’s up with the Huck Finn Doll?

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I have wanted a Mickey Mouse phone since the beginning of time. They’re always so expensive though. Like almost a hundred bucks. Even at antique stores they’re like $50-$80. The Kermit phone is interesting as well. I still haven’t found a photo of the Olive Oyl phone that I want so badly. When I was five, we’d go to this Salvation Army thirft store and they had a red rotary phone, and Olive Oyl was laying on the cradle. This phone was not for sale.

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If every family didn’t get these in the 1980’s then they shure did in the 1990’s. Almost every year I would always get a popcorn tin from mom. I threw out all the other ones but kept a Peanuts one that I keep my old newspaper clippings in.

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Of all the promo crap they made for the remake movie last year, I wonder why they didn’t make a kiddie bedspread set.

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This is 1983, correct?



  1. THEY STILL had rotary dial phones in the 80’s!?

    wow,I would’ve thought they’d be phased out by then!

    Comment by Mark — April 20, 2007 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  2. Not only did they still have rotary dial telephones in the 1980’s the telephone company charged you EXTRA to have touch-tone service – like a buck or two a month. There were also still areas (Gum Spring, Beaverdam, and Montpelier in Hanover County, Virginia come to mind) that didn’t have touch tone service at any price. Folks who lived there that adopted the early alternative long distance copmanies like MCI had to get a gizmo that attached to the phone to generate the touch tone beeps through the mouthpiece.

    Comment by Dave McGrann — April 22, 2007 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

  3. Hi,
    I came across your blog while I was researching an Vintage Doll by Sears. I was wondering if your Sears catalogs had a “Ken” type doll named Craig? I have an old ACTIVE CRAIG SET that doesn’t have a year. It is still on it’s cardboard and looks like it is from the 70s or 80s. It doesn’t say Mattel only Sears on the back.

    If there is any info you have that would be great. Please email me at:

    Thank you for your time,

    Comment by KV Creative Designs — June 3, 2010 @ 10:52 am | Reply

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