I’ve become a bit a retro catalogue addict lately, largely thanks to the wonderful collection of Argos catalogues available from Flickr user trippyglitters. Argos is a British chain of high-street stores that can sell you almost anything, as long as it’s in their bi-annual catalogue. When I was young I would spend hours looking at every page, highlighting the many many items that I wanted, and quite a few that I didn’t too!
These two pages for the Personal Stereo’s available in 1986 would have had me in a frenzy. Can you guess why?
As a British catalogue, the exclusion of brands more familiar to an American audience isn’t too surprising, but there is one brand that really should be here – SONY! Why Argos excluded the founder of the Walkman from these pages is a mystery to me but a look through other Hi-Fi equipment in the catalogue gives the same story, Sony are a no-show. Perhaps the brand was simply too expensive for the audience?
If I did have a choice back then (I was 8 at the time), then I would have highlighted number 14, the Toshiba – who wants one of the inferior Sanyo models when you can have something that ticks almost every box in a checklist?
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