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PostTue Apr 15, 2014 10:19 am 
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Stylish sweaters

still have mine. still in great shape 45 years later. toasty!
too bad they're so damn bulky!  wink.gif

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PostSun Apr 20, 2014 8:52 pm 
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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My moms camping kit for us in the early 70s included that Bluetz stove in picture 10. smile.gif
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PostSun Apr 20, 2014 9:03 pm 
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There are a lot of great things in the catalog.  The one thing that really made me stop was the order form. 'Washington residents add 4% tax' frown.gif
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PostSun Apr 20, 2014 10:53 pm 
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What a shame that REI doesn't sell lederhosen these days!

thanks for sharing - this is awesome.
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PostMon Apr 21, 2014 1:18 am 
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That feels a little bit like "The Whole Earth Catalog", which wouldn't come out for another 4 years. REI was definitely part of the "access to tools" movement. It's been a while since I've heard people comparing their REI numbers! What's yours Randy?

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PostMon Apr 21, 2014 8:02 am 
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It's been a while since I've heard people comparing their REI numbers! What's yours Randy?

It's not that low - it's a 5 digit number
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PostMon Apr 21, 2014 11:09 am 
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Thanks for those catalog pages - interesting stuff.

The prices seem cheap until I recall what I was earning ( good summer jobs) in 1964 - anything over $1.25/hr was good! smile.gif

It was a bit of an eye-opener when I saw something that is still on my gear shelf (somewhere) in that catalog!
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PostMon Apr 21, 2014 3:36 pm 
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Thanks for posting.

Based on some U.S. Commerce Department information posted on the St. Louis Fed website it looks like the price level has increased by a factor of 5.91 since 1964.  Multiply the catalog prices by 5.91 and they seem high in some cases but knives appear to have been a good deal back then.  Or divide today's prices by 5.91 to get a basis for comparison.

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PostMon Apr 21, 2014 4:11 pm 
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I still have an REI McKinley sleeping bag, two Cruisers, and there's probably two or three of those old model ice axes around here someplace, too.  I still use one of them.
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PostMon Apr 21, 2014 5:37 pm 
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Really cool catalog. Thanks for scanning and posting, Schroder.  up.gif

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PostMon Apr 21, 2014 5:39 pm 
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I joined in 67 but lots of those items were still there then, feeling old frown.gif

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PostMon Apr 21, 2014 5:51 pm 
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camut wrote:
I still have an REI McKinley sleeping bag, two Cruisers, and there's probably two or three of those old model ice axes around here someplace, too.  I still use one of them.

The McKinley bag.  If  I'd had another $15 in my meager bank account back when I was in 5th grade,  I would have bought one.  As it was I bought a less expensive one at Jonas Brothers. up.gif  up.gif

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PostMon Apr 21, 2014 7:21 pm 
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I still have one of those McKinley sleeping bags.

I thought I had a low REI membership number but when they opened the store last year in Silverdale the Central Kitsap Reporter said member number 25 lives in the area.

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PostThu May 08, 2014 12:23 pm 
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I was born in 64, and my dad's number was 3700-something.  So we had quite a bit of that gear around the house.  My mom had one of those Nordic-style sweaters, and Dad had one of those Cowichan ones (plus hat).

I'm pretty sure I rode around in the Kelty combination kid carrier/car seat.  Amazingly, I survived.

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