Oh. My. God.
I just stumbled across an amazing site - wishbookweb.com
Talk about a priceless resource! Complete catalog scans from Sears, Spiegel, Wards, and JC Penny. The dates run from 1944 to 1985, and it looks like they have a huge list of catalogs still left to add. It does seem like it has been about a year since they updated, and I couldn't get the Forum page to load, but no matter - there is so much goodness there it makes my heart hurt.
All the catalogs are Christmas editions, meaning they are chock full of everything you could ever think of - clothes, shoes, toys, dolls, jewelry, perfume, accessories, household items... the list goes on and on! I think the men's clothing pages are really invaluable, vintage men's fashion doesn't get enough attention. Here is one example - helloooo, Hugh Heffner!
And here is one I can't resist sharing... *swoon*
I could go on and on and on with the goodness, but you get the idea. Before you click over, be sure you have a few free hours and plenty of snacks!