Wednesday, September 30, 2009

1960 Wards Spring and Summer Catalog

So, I made it home from my Federal Programs Conference.  Lots of information that stresses me out.  Oh well, cross one bridge at a time and everything will be fine!  The resort that the conference was held at was beautiful, and my room was right on the Lake of the Ozarks.  I had a hard time tearing myself away from the beauty of the lake and the nice cabin to go to the meetings!

I managed to find some time to go to some antique stores and flea markets while I was away, and on my drive home today I found a great little antique store that a couple privately runs at their home just outside the little town of Macks Creek, MO.  It is in a small building in the side yard (they live in the country, so they have a large yard).  Most of the items were out of my price range, but I found this great Montgomery Wards catalog (or as I fondly remember them "Monkey Wards").  I opened it up and was amazed at the things inside.  Not only did it have clothing and curtains, the type of things that you still find in a JCPenny's catalog (or at least those little ones they mail out) but there was a little of everything in there.  Vinyl floor covering, window awnings, heaters, washing machines, vinyl wall tile, and the list goes on.  I haven't had a chance to really sit down and look through it yet (it's so much work to come home from a conference and get things done at home), but I am sure that since it was published just a little over a year after my house was built that it will be a great resource in finding period correct items for the house.

For those of you who haven't run across their site yet, even though Montgomery Ward's declared bankruptcy and closed all of their stores, they are back.  As far as I know, they are online only, but it's great to see they are building up again.  Check them out here:

For some interesting information on Macks Creek, MO see this Wikipedia article:,_Missouri

Have a great Wednesday!


  1. Ooh! That looks like a wonderful resource! It would be so great if you could scan it bit by bit and post it on Flickr! Our house was built in 1959 too, and I would love to see it!!

  2. I'll work on scanning it into the computer and posting it on Flickr...might be a winter project! It has 938 pages, so I'm sure that I'll just have to choose some of them to share.

  3. Thanks! Anything you can manage would be great! I have yet to getting around to any scanning, so no finger-pointing from me. This just looks like it would have such cool stuff inside, I'm dying to see!

  4. Oh, and I just added you as a Flickr contact - I'm TikiLisa there.


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