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merry christmas 2014 sassy jane genealogy[2016 update: sadly, wishbookweb is no longer available on the Internet.]

No long post today, just a nostalgic trip back through the Sears Wishbook from 1964, when I got a Skipper doll – Barbie’s little sister for those of you not up on your Barbie trivia – along with a carload of other longed-for Barbie stuff for Christmas.

If you’d like to look at your Christmas Past, you can visit and find Speigels 1933, Sears 1940, Lord & Taylor 1941, Sears 1942-1944, and dozens of others all the way up to Sears 1988. (You can also laugh at the god-awful clothes from the 1970s.)

I don’t know who is digitizing those giant vintage mail order catalogs, but I’m glad they are.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”

One Comment

  1. Miriam 24 December 2010 at 9:29 AM

    Wow! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I just got through looking at Sears Wishbook 1975 and recognized many clothes and toys I had, as well as those my little brother and our neighbor friends had. Growing up in Southeast Alaska, everyone ordered what they needed from Sears and Wards, and later Penney’s and Jafco.

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