Home Planetarium
1969 Sears Christmas Wish Book

Sears 1969 Christmas Wish Book CoverI bought a 1969 edition of the Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s Christmas Wish Book on eBay. It was the year I turned 11 years old, and was also the year of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Remembering how I eagerly awaited those pages filled with advertisements for model airplanes, boats, guns, Erector sets, and countless other things, I figured it might be nice to look through one again. Here is the 1967 Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog, the 1969 Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog and the 1969 Sears Christmas Wish Book. Enjoy!

Home Planetarium from the 1969 Sears Christmas Wish Book - Airplanes and RocketsHere on page 544 of the Sears 1969 Christmas Wish Book is a home planetarium setup. The 7" diameter star projector had over 60 constellations. For an extra $19.99 you could buy a plastic hemispherical dome that would actually make the star projector useful.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' inflation calculator, the total cost of the star projector and dome ($35.98 in 1969) would equal $224.61  in 2012 money.

Home Planetarium from the 1969 Sears Christmas Wish Book

 

 

Posted September 9, 2012

Sears 1969 Christmas Wish Book Pages:

.22 Caliber Rifles & BB Guns
AM-FM Clock Radios
Billy Blastoff
Color Televisions
Cox F4U Corsair
Cox Dune Buggy
Cox Sea Bee Boat
Erector Set
G.I. Joe Astronaut
Lite-Brite

Major Matt Mason
Minibikes
Peanuts, Astronaut Snoopy Toys
Planetarium
Slot Car Race Track Sets
Telescopes
Televisions
Visible V-8 Engine
Wish Books from Sears, Ward, JC Penny