I 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 1969 Montgomery Ward
, too. Enjoy!
Here on page 512 of the Sears 1969 Christmas Wish Book is a model of the
Saturn V rocket that had, on July 11 of the same year, safely
delivered American astronauts to the surface of the moon and back home again. There is also a Visible V-8 Engine model.
Someone gave me one of those for Christmas, probably into the 1969 timeframe, but I did such a lousy job of assembling
it that the pistons and valves wouldn't budge by the time I was finished with it. Little did I know at the time that
it would be an accurate replica of 350 cu.in. engine that I had in my 1969 (ironically) Camaro about seven years later
- yup, it blew a ring and locked up on me :-(
Use the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics'
inflation calculator to see what items cost in
today's dollars. That $9.99 Erector Set would cost $59.53 in 2010 money.
Here is a YouTube video
of a Visible V-8 Engine
running at over 5,000 rpm!
Posted November 20, 2010