Mail Order Madness…Gifts and Guns Galore

vintage Xmas catalogues covers

Christmas catalogs have long been a cherished  staple in the American home.

Just like today, the mid-century housewife flipped through the pages of her favorite catalogue  and enjoyed the ease of shopping the telephone way with  a whole department store at her fingertips.

Smart, practical gifts. A Brownie for Jr, a Beretta for Dad.

Ordering that 12 gauge shot-gun was as easy and painless as ordering a pair of roller skates or a cuddly plush stuffed animal for your youngster. 10% down, free shipping, no waiting, no fuss no muss.

Guns as gay as Xmas itself as low as $4 a month.

catalog phone guns

A sampling from mid-century catalogs from Sears Roebuck,  Montgomery Ward and Alden’s.

Vintage Xmas catalog guns rudolph the red nose reindeer

vintage catalogue  guns cameras 1950s

vintage gift catalog guns kitchen appliances

vintage Xmas catalog gun dolls

vintage catalog guns nativity scene

Vintage Xmas catalogue guns dresses

vintage Xmas catalog guns bikes 1950s

vintage Xmas catalog guns robes

vintage Xmas catalog guns and stuffed animals

vintage catalog guns bibles

Christmas still remains a “gunfest” for many Americans. Last Christmas, even after the tragic Newtown massacre, gun owners happily posted photos of themselves with their new “toys” under the Xmas tree.

Its time to stop the meaningless madness of school shootings and take meaningful action about gun culture in America.
It’s still way too easy to purchase guns.

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  1. The murderer of the Newtown children, school staff, and mother had a gift check from the mother he murdered to go buy himself another gun, for Christmas. I barely keep my breakfast down thinking about this madness!


  2. Whereas a gun in the home and knowing how to use it may have saved these two ladies. Prior to 1968 guns were available mail order in the US. We had much less crime, no school shootings, in fact the rash of that sort of thing only started after the film The Basket Ball Diaries, with the scene with Leonardo DiCaprio shooting up a school, hit the screen. A lot of our social ills can be traced to liberalism and Hollywood.


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