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 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