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Mail Order Catalogues

For most of the twentieth century, mail order catalogues were a critical link to the outside world for rural Canadians. Furthermore, they were an important retail model for selling just about anything–from seeds to tea sets to lawnmowers. The National Library of Canada has scanned and catalogued an incredible variety of these catalogues. The site includes interesting articles on alternative uses for catalogs and remote personal shoppers.

Bonus Canadiana link: A Fark Photoshop contest whose theme is Photoshop Geddy Lee of Rush on a toboggan. The winning entry is viciously incisive.