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Had a fancy for a vintage catalogue...a trip down memory lane and probably a document which gives a window into the past more than any other...fashions, household goods, the toys we had. The cost of stuff, be it a bit inflated as catalogues always were.

Something like John Moores autumn winter 1970/71. Had a brief search and although some of these old books are for sale as scanned material onto DVDs, damned if I can find a single hard copy for sale from that era.

Amazing really that something that found its way into million of homes has somehow become virtually extinct.

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What do you with last season's Argos catalogue when you get the new one?

I knew somebody who kept all old newspapers etc. in a cellar but they were all junked when she moved.

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Still surprising that more people didn't see the value in these as a window into the time and kept for posterity.

Guess I will have to settle for one of these to get my memory lane trip into early 70s weirdsville.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/JANET-FRAZER-1970-71-Autumn-Winter-Mail-Order-Catalogue-ON-DVD-PDF-JPEG-FORMATS-/111551177963?pt=UK_BOI_Office_Office_Supplies_Stationery_ET&hash=item19f8f7e4eb

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Still surprising that more people didn't see the value in these as a window into the time and kept for posterity.

Guess I will have to settle for one of these to get my memory lane trip into early 70s weirdsville.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/JANET-FRAZER-1970-71-Autumn-Winter-Mail-Order-Catalogue-ON-DVD-PDF-JPEG-FORMATS-/111551177963?pt=UK_BOI_Office_Office_Supplies_Stationery_ET&hash=item19f8f7e4eb

Old Next directories seem to sell well for some reason. I can imagine these things being useful for film and TV props buyers, see what was available at the time.

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There must be others having the same thoughts as me.....

Back in pre internet days - with porn mags lucky to be found down the woods - the lingerie section of Kay's and Goodman's was a *****fest.

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There must be others having the same thoughts as me.....

Back in pre internet days - with porn mags lucky to be found down the woods - the lingerie section of Kay's and Goodman's was a *****fest.

Ha ha.

Yes indeed, although I wasn't actually thinking it before you posted.

With their glossy pages they should be resistant to decay and provide a treat for a future archaeologist.

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Google old argos catelogue - plenty of links.

A bit limited in 1972 when it was founded. i guess it started out on a few electrical goods.

The modern era started for me in 1980 when I started work, anything ten years earlier a whole lot more interesting, not least because we were in old money, fashions were weird and we were about to get a near quadrupling of prices over the neaxt ten years, so the prices would be more interesting too.

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There must be others having the same thoughts as me.....

Back in pre internet days - with porn mags lucky to be found down the woods - the lingerie section of Kay's and Goodman's was a *****fest.

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When I was a lad - mid 1980's I noticed that in the back of The Sun porno baron David Sullivan ran lots of ads for porn mags (Parade, Adult Fantasy etc) which large involved sticking a fiver or tenner in an envelope and signing the over 18 declaration as Joe Bloggs . Luckily my gran was on a long term holiday with relatives so I was able to arrange for a dinothorian quantity of porn to be sent to her house which I picked up when visiting to water the plants. The mark up rate for a fresh porn mag in 1985 aged 13 was 700%

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When I was a lad - mid 1980's I noticed that in the back of The Sun porno baron David Sullivan ran lots of ads for porn mags (Parade, Adult Fantasy etc) which large involved sticking a fiver or tenner in an envelope and signing the over 18 declaration as Joe Bloggs . Luckily my gran was on a long term holiday with relatives so I was able to arrange for a dinothorian quantity of porn to be sent to her house which I picked up when visiting to water the plants. The mark up rate for a fresh porn mag in 1985 aged 13 was 700%

The magic of "Escort" and "Fiesta"! All named after Ford cars! :blink:

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The magic of "Escort" and "Fiesta"! All named after Ford cars! :blink:

From the Desmond stable of smut mags I seem to recall Fiesta, Razzle and Escort being full of rough girls. Club and Mayfair more upmarket. Men only more upmarket and more flesh if you get my drift....

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From the Desmond stable of smut mags I seem to recall Fiesta, Razzle and Escort being full of rough girls. Club and Mayfair more upmarket. Men only more upmarket and more flesh if you get my drift....

I don't think there was a Ford Razzle. However there was a Mini Mayfair, and a Clubman model!

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I don't think there was a Ford Razzle. However there was a Mini Mayfair, and a Clubman model!

It was only available in LHD as an import but the short-lived ZAZ Zaporozhets Readers' Wives was a corker.

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It was only available in LHD as an import but the short-lived ZAZ Zaporozhets Readers' Wives was a corker.

I think these old "wonk mags" would be a collector's item now Frank! Mind you I bet the British Library bought them all!

I distinctly remember Club as being the "posh" one, along with Mayfair! And I am older than Kurt! "Men Only" was a bit too much over made up, and the girls didn't always look quite real. The other ones kurt mentioned were a little more "amateur", and sometimes the ladies looked too bl**dy real! :blink:

I direct you to "The Valley of the Long Lost Women", by John Cooper-Clarke.

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but which came first?

Fiesta Magazine 1966 ford fiesta 1976

Mayfair Magazine 1965 Mini Mayfair 1982

Ford escort 1968 Escort Magazine 1980

I see you have been reading the Internet again! I was always amused at the unintentional name match! :unsure:

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No, but someone has excerpts of Kays 70s catalogues here http://www.voicesofeastanglia.com/2013/07/seventies-kays-catalogue.html

1973 was a strange year for clothes...colour blind comes to mind. There's a picture of me at a wedding wearing the all purple outfit from the boys range 4-14 years with long unruly hair...couldn't have made a worse choice.

This scene from 1973 is a de ja vu moment for me as I was about that age at the time..very authentic footage of what kids were wearing with feather cut hair. Bright, loud and damn right weird.

https://vimeo.com/65040858

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From the Desmond stable of smut mags I seem to recall Fiesta, Razzle and Escort being full of rough girls. Club and Mayfair more upmarket. Men only more upmarket and more flesh if you get my drift....

Was there a Ford Razzle?

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