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awhite

My dad also worked for JCP for about the same number of years. I don't remember these treasures, but I do remember reading through the catalog for Christmas ideas. If it was in there, then I had a chance of getting it.

BTW, it was the same year that Sears had the "Man on page 602" debacle: http://www.snopes.com/business/hidden/sears.asp

Billy Fezzi

Fantastic find!

fatrobot@gmail.com

awesome!
those outfits go well with rifles
and bongs
classy

Lesley

My first car, a 1973 VW Bug purchased in 1988 had those ladybug floormats in them--I loved them!

Bret

that page of men's underware. Oh my god! I bet that got a number of my gay brothers who were teenagers in 1975 through some very long nights. That makes me both very giggly and very sad.

Chris

What a great time, albeit tacky.

Bonnie

Yea for hookas, pimp suits and fuzzy toilet seat covers. In fact, I think I still have a fuzzy toilet seat cover in storage. Thanks for the reminder!

bobby

J.C. Penney's recommends you *only* use our guns to kill for food. Same goes for our underwear.

Bill Peschel

I sooooo want that crossbow!

John

Seeing these pictures made me realize that it wasn't just disco that turned me into a hardcore punk anarchist in the 80's. I must give some credit to the J.C. Penney's catalog. And to a lesser extent; the Sears catalog. Bad flashback. So... much... polyester...

su

I laughed out loud at this. As a current JCPenney associate, I love pulling out those old catalogs and looking at the merchandise. Gives everyone a good laugh. It's also fun to play find the celebrity (before they were famous).

Adam

That guy in the baby blue pantsuit looks like Denham from the IT Crowd.

flazzard

I feel so nostalgic when I gaze upon the men's underwear section... if only I could find my husband a set of the meshies; we could really relive the Boogie Nights glory days!

Julie

I don't know what's funnier, the catalog or your hilarious comments!

Schratboy

I'm digging the suburban pimp attire! "Yeah, baby!

brian r johnson

Jancee,
I caught your bio regarding your book and comments in the Sunday's Star-Ledger! It's great the buzz you've recieved for your work! I can't wait for the new book! I continue to check your ethical section in Oprah's mag! I didn't know she is the richest woman in the world!
Sincerely,
Brian

Brian M

Hey...I have the blue-clad International Male undies!!!

Aden

Who knew that JC Penney's had a Pimp Department?

Perplexio

HILARIOUS! Thank you for sharing. Those images were almost as much fun as watching reruns of 70s game shows on GSN.

Perplexio

PS: I never got the "carpeted bathroom" thing. It just seemed like a bad idea all around as far as mold/mildew growth are concerned. Although in the 70s I don't know that they were paying as close attention to that.

ann

From the looks of the merchandise (guns, underwear & water pipes) JCPenney has become much more wholesome and wiser in it 100 plus years.

STEPHEN CARTER

YEA..JC WAS A BOY SCOUT AND A CROSSING GUARD BUT THAT STILL CAN'T EXPLAIN HOW HE TALKED THE ALABAMA BEAUTY INTO MARRIAGE. YOU FAVOR YOUR MOM. AS MARTHA WOULD SAY "AND THATS A GOOD THING".

carbuzzard

Hmmm, the same year that the AMC Pacer was released. Good times, pimp hats and Pacers!

Sarah

I actually really coveted that burger king hut as a child.

Sad, and true.

King Bushwick the Toity Toid

Aahh,the'70's!!Weird Clothing Styles;Cheap Prices!!

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