This past weekend daughter and I patroned a local antique store, typically located in the basement of an old musty building downtown. Whilst there I spotted something I simply had to have... an Eaton's Christmas catalog from 1975. I know. I'm weird. I bought a 35 year old catalog.
Now for my non-Canuck friends I'll explain. Eaton's was one of only two major department stores that existed when I was young. This was eons, erm, some time before the creation of the beast known as "The Mall"; everyone shopped at Eaton's and The Bay back then. And the Eaton's Christmas catalogue was a prized possession once it landed with a heavy thud on your doorstep each Fall. My siblings and I used to
fight over scour that thick tome for hours, carefully researching our Wish List in preparation for the momentous visit to Santa.... on the eighth floor of Eaton's Department Store, natch.
So many memories came flooding back as I flipped through the cracked yellowing pages. So be forewarned, there will definitely be more posts to come inspired by what I've found inside.
One of the first things that struck me while perusing the book was the popularity of "Paisley" at the time. You know, that twisted teardrop pattern that was so prevalent in the Sixties and Seventies. Yes, it's still around today, but nowhere near the popularity it had back then.
In nearly every section of the catalog there is something sporting the psychedelic Paisley design.
Now I must admit Paisley gives me the willies. I always had a sneaking suspicion it originated from some artsy-fartsy scientist after discovering them scurrying about on a microscope slide. Yeah, I know that it's really a very old pattern; but that doesn't stop me believing that they are simply creepy-crawly.
I mean, lookit!
It's like they were swimming all over women's dresses, flagella whipping about in every direction!
Multiplying paramecium-like on men's dressing gowns!
Utilizing their exterior cilia, they even crawled onto previously-deadly-dull striped ties!
Amazingly, household appliances didn't escape the invasion of the little buggars either...
Ahhhhh! Paisley was epidemic! * Shiver *
Holy crap. I just remembered I even had a teacher in 1975 who was infected:
Gak! Is that Paisley on his TIE too???
No wonder I did so bad at Dreaded Math. I couldn't concentrate with all those squiggly protozoans Freaking.Me.Out.
Mystery solved. Thank you, Eaton's catalog.
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