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Wish Books: Residents Go Down Memory Lane in the Pages of Sears Catalogs


December 15, 2022

It’s late fall, the mid-1950’s, an early cold front has brought snow flurries and sharp wind to the region.

A group of little girls huddle at a front window of an old farmhouse waiting for the mailman to stop.

This certainly has to be the day that it arrives. It’s been anticipated for so long. And arrive it does, the latest edition of the Sears Roebuck Christmas catalog.

It was filled with a cornucopia of wonderfulness that, for the little girls, would never find its way to their house, but it was so much fun just to look and dream.

This scenario unfolded in thousands of homes each...

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