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 415A of the Sears 1969 Christmas Wish
Book is something that, if you are under 25 years old, might be unbelievable - the ability to buy .22
caliber rifles and BB guns from the Sears Christmas Wishbook! I can remember when you could walk into
a Sear, Montgomery Ward, Western Auto, and many other stores and buy rifles and BB guns. I don't recall
whether handguns were available then (1960s & 70s). As kids, we could walk to the local sporting
goods shop and buy .22 ammo, but couldn't buy cigarettes without a note from our parents (I didn't smoke,
but often was sent, note in hand, to buy them for my parents).
Nowadays, the anti-2nd Amendment Nazis want to confiscate all firearms. Doing so makes it easier
to impose martial law on the populace and for a totalitarian government. It has worked out quite well
for Russian, Cuba, China, and all the other most wonderful countries, right? Oh, wait, not so much.
Use the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' inflation calculator to see what items cost in today's dollars. That $69.00" Ted
Williams .22 would cost $414.04 in 2011 money.
Posted February 20, 2011