the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Catalog: The Illustrated History of Mail Order Shopping

I’m loving this collection of mail-order catalog snapshots from the likes of Sears, Neiman Marcus, JC Penney, and Marshall Field as both a source of design inspiration and a history of American consumerism. My two favorite clippings are one, a full page spread for bathroom shag carpet that includes a toilet covered entirely in orange carpet, and two, a page from a Sears catalog showcasing a variety of men’s underwear including a bodysuit made with a python print. This book will probably bring back some fond memories along with a few nightmares.

Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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