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
Christmas catalog, too. Enjoy!
Here on page 251 of the Sears 1969 Christmas Wish Book is something I wanted in the worst way as a kid, but my parents
could not afford to buy me - a mini-bike. Literally every other boy in my neighborhood who wanted on had ones. As
with my second-hand bicycle, I would have settled for any mini-bike. Understandably, the other kids' parents
warned them not to let anyone else ride their mini-bikes because they were expensive commodities in the day. The
woods behind our house were wiled with
that wonderful 2-cycle lawnmower engine sound all afternoon after school and on weekends, but alas, I was not to join
in on the reindeer games.
Occasionally, someone would give me a ride on the back of his. Once, a guy promised
to let me ride his mini-bike if I helped him deliver papers for a week. I did so, and after a week we went out to
a field where I was to get to ride. He said he was going to take a short ride and then come back to get me. I sat
there for about an hour before realizing I'd been shafted. If he hadn't been a lot bigger than me, I'd have knocked
the crap out of him.
Use the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics'
inflation calculator to see what items cost in
today's dollars. That $189.95" 2-speed mini-kibe would cost $1,139.82 in 2011 money.