Tuesday, November 11, 2008

CHRISTMAS, 1958

'Tis the season to . . . receive a bunch of catalogs. I am sure that the postal employees everywhere lament the coming of the Christmas season. In addition to having to tote the cards and packages shipped, they are also bringing armloads of catalogs. Just by judging from the amount that we receive, I can only surmise that most American households are being bombarded by the retailers. One of the catalogs we received in today's mail was from Lillian Vernon. This catalog is the third we have received from that company in the last two weeks. As Maggie was working on her homework, I sat at the kitchen table with her and leafed through the catalog. Apparently the Lillian Vernon is still under the impression that it is 1958. Need proof?
Check out the following pictures, taken straight from their catalog:

The following are toys that are apparently acceptable for boys to play with. I guess in Lillian's world, boys can aspire to be:
DOCTORS


POLICEMEN

FISHERMEN

BASEBALL PLAYERS



HOCKEY PLAYERS



Meanwhile, for the girls in "Lillian's World," there are apparently far lower expectations. Girls can aspire to do the following:

COOK

DRESS UP IN LACE AND SEQUINS

WORK AT MCDONALD'S

CLEAN THE HOUSE

I kid you not, the caption by this picture states, "She'll feel like the queen of clean."

Thank you, Lillian Vernon, on behalf of the working women of America for working so dilligently to set up back about 50 years.

3 comments:

Karen R said...

NNNNOOOOO! That is SO not cool!

/WOHM (that's a Work Out of the Home Mom)

papadale said...

Humm, could it have anything to do with the name 'Lillian'?....anyway, I'm still trying to figure, what is the down side you were talking about?

The Queen of Clean said...

Sorry - can't post for long - - I have to run and get my mop!