Back in the day… you know, when I was a kid! In Beaver Valley. I only had one toy for Christmas, and that was a doll, ordered from The Sears Catalogue. It came in a trunk with a couple of outfits. That was it.
But… we had imagination. And with a catalogue to work with, that’s all we needed. I had paper dolls… cut from that catalogue… and the dresses were cut out from there as well, taking special care to leave tabs on the shoulders and elsewhere, to hold them on the “doll!” It was good if you had a bit of cardboard and could paste the doll on that, before cutting it out!
That catalogue was a source of inspiration when you made out an order for all the things you wanted. We spent many hours with mom, going through the catalogue and picking out what we wanted to order this time, then we tore it up as there was no money to send along to Sears.
And when the new catalogue came, the old one went to the out house for reading material, and it was useful for after doing “the job.”
Besides, who needed toys when you had your own horse?