Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The return of Wish Book Web!

I got a surprising email the other day from Jason, Mr. Wish Book Web himself! Remember my last post fawning all over his amazing vintage catalog site? Well apparently he saw it, and wrote to tell me they added new catalogs!

Jason says:

"It's so gratifying to read about how much fun people are having with the site, and it's especially cool to see positive reviews and such. That really is the end goal of all of this -- to make these
old catalogs easy to access and enjoy. It came about because I was hoping that something like it existed. When I found it didn't, I figured I'd give it a try. Knowing that people are getting use out of it makes the grueling task of scanning the things worthwhile.

My desire and ambition is that it we'll keep adding catalogs to the site, and eventually make it text-searchable, and all the other wonderful things that should be possible."

The forum on the site is also back up and working, but only has a few posts. Maybe we should all sign up over there and show Jason we care?

Of course I haven't had time to look at all the new stuff yet, so I concentrated on checking out the pre-1945 Sears and Spiegel catalogs. I am now suddenly and totally in love with 40's pumps and slippers/house shoes:

There is just something slightly more classy and feminine about these than my current pair of slippers:

I also found the robes and stockings I would wear with my new elegant slippers:

See how much fun this site can be? I hope to be able to spend some more time over there later this week, I will report back then on what I fall in love with next...

11 comments:

Mama Brook said...

Oh I am so excited!!! I could spend hours on that site!

Kristen said...

Oh wow... I shouldn't have looked here! I think I'll be obsessed too!
LOVE those shoes!

Monica said...

I love this site!!!!

Mitzi said...

Everyone who sees this site has the same reaction - *~LOVE~* - and Jason emailed me today and said he just added a new catalog - Sears 1958!

Heidi Ann said...

I am totally drooling over those shoes, slippers, and robes! I went to the site and spent WAY too much time looking through an entire catalog! I want to be a time traveler, go back , and buy a ton of stuff! Guess I'd have to find a huge barn that hadn't been touched in 50 years to store it all in, buy the property and hope it stays in the family.

Bearride - Raymond said...

What story could those stockings tell????? Great post

Vaudeville Vintage said...

Isn't that site great! I use it to date my merchandise! I'm so happy to have that site as a reference!

Vaudeville Vintage said...

Hey! I should mention the wish book site in my newsletter!

The Nostalgic Nugget said...

My great grandmother wore those shoes all the time! She still had pairs with the tags on in the 70's when I was growing up!

Funny, how come their feet are shaped the same?? Seriously. I thought my grandmother had very oddly shaped tiny feet...I am guessing from cramming them into those tiny shoes! She used to shop in the kids section at kmart for things to fit her!

elponk said...

Great images..Love your blog

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