bought a 1969 edition of the Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s Christmas Wish Book off of 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 are a few of the pages the
I scanned. 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'
to see what items cost
in today's dollars. That $189.95" 2-speed mini-kibe would cost $1,139.82 in 2011 money.