From PRETEEN to TEEN in the 1950s

Before there was the internet or 800 numbers there was shop through the mail. A box arrived with something you'd ordered out of a catalog. There was no overnight shipping. You waited anxiously for your order to arrive. Catalogs were wish books. And what better thing to do than go through the wish book with a friend, each pointing to things you want and will never have. Shopping and teenagers just seem to go together.

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