Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Countdown #12:
Horrors from the gift guide

The 1967 Top Value Stamps catalog post has been a popular one here on Papergreat.

Now, to satisfy your catalog cravings again, I have come across another stamps catalog from the same era -- the August 1968 Colonial Stamps Gift Guide.

And this gift guide has some images inside that are definitely worthy of the Halloween Countdown, including the chilling picture at right of a mannequin with an unnecessarily long neck.

Continuing the hair theme, the picture below shows the Beauty Pillow Case (which costs a mere one book), which is described as: "Keeps hair in place while you sleep in comfort. Made from fine quality, chemically treated satin acetate fabric."

What the product listing does not indicate is whether the only way to keep your hair in place while using the Beauty Pillow Case is by sleeping with your head like this...

Finally, it's hard not to feel horrible for -- and be horrified by -- the young man on the left in this last photo. He was probably so excited that he was going to be a famous catalog model ... until he found out that he had to strip down to his skivvies and pose next to another boy who had the luxury of being fully dressed. Also, what the hell is up with the book?


  1. Umm, a family that reads together, stays...no, that can't be right.

  2. I think picture #2 is actually printed sideways. She's holding the pillow up while leaning against the wall. That will keep her hair in place.

  3. That book ... what is this? Who styled that photo? What became of skivvies boy? We shall probably never know.

    1. I'm still more worried about the lady who doesn't understand how to pillow.