Archie McPhee Catalog 18, 1990

Archie McPhee Catalog Cover, Catalog 18, 1990

Here’s another scanned catalog – Catalog 18 from 1990. This catalog featured the muddy black and white pictures and awesome writing our customers had come to expect. Also included was a statement of purpose that is as true now as it was then. Except for the part about robots, we now welcome our robot overlords.

OUR PURPOSE IN LIFE
We are folks who have a great time finding, creating and providing you with hard-to-find, hard-to-beat, wonderful things. When we select something for the catalog, we think about quality, fun, astonishment, aesthetics, and the object’s place in the History of the World. If we may go on a bit more, we’d like quote an excerpt from The Siege of Krishnapur, by J.G. Farrell (Set in India, Sepoy Uprising, 1857): “…we are raising ourselves, however painfully, so that mankind may enjoy in the future a superior life which now we can hardly conceive! The foundation on which the new men will build their lives are Faith, Science, Respectability, Geology, Mechanical Invention, Ventilation and Rotation of Crops!”

We work hard, the old-fashioned way, without robots, and every order gets personal attention. We try our best to ship fast and correctly. And if we screw up, we will make it right! We appreciate your business and our mission is to make you laugh or exclaim with wonder and to deliver good value fast. And to remind you to rotate your crops.

Click here to see McPhee Catalog 18.

5 thoughts on “Archie McPhee Catalog 18, 1990

  1. Shawn Struck

    Ah, old catalogs.

    I miss the Gumapalooza the most. It’s the very first gift I ever sent to my at-the-time long-distance girlfriend.

    We’ve been married for four years now. :D

  2. Uncle Archie Post author

    That is awesome!

    Our candy collections were good, but the Tiny Treasures were great.

    I’m going to post today about the rarest of rare McPhee items. In fact, no one bought it. Jabba Jam.

  3. audrey the librarian

    I agree — I miss Gumapalooza SOOO much!!! It was the only place you could get such a great variety of novelty gums — it was fabulous. After i gave birth my husband tried to order one for me, but Archie had quit selling it. I was heartbroken, and still look for it whenever I order, just in case ….

  4. darkmatterphile

    Sometime in the 90’s I purchased a pocket protector. Most of them had the traditional slugs, etc, but I purchased the only one with a slogan, “Glutinous with Self-Approbation”. Over two moves, I eventually lost track of it, but one night very late I was watching Alfed Hitchcocks’s “Frenzy”, and one policeman turned to the other and said “I’m simply glutinous with self-approbation!” I ran around the house shouting “It’s my pocket protector!” No one was very impressed. I have searched to this day to find another, to no avail.(sigh) Keep up the good work of providing the products we never knew we needed but now can’t live without.

  5. Uncle Archie Post author

    I wonder where that pocket protector came from? Sometimes when we order things the factory includes of few of something from another customer’s order. That sounds like a one off! I’ll ask around and see if anyone remembers.

    In any case, that’s a great phrase.

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