The hunt for the Merry Mushrooms of our Northern Neighbors continues! Earlier this year, I snagged the 1976 Spring/Summer, 1978 Fall/Winter, 1979 Fall/Winter, and 1980 Fall/Winter Simpsons-Sears catalogs for decent prices.
Based on the catalog listings so far, the Canadian collection wasn't nearly as extensive as the US one. However, the difference in style and coloring is lovely and compliments any mushroom collection. For more on the Canadian Merry Mushrooms, see Family Album: Canadian Connections and Family Album: Meet the Canadian Cousins.
In the Spring/Summer 1976 catalog, the white enamel cookware with bright red lids and straight sides, both the hanging planter, a Teapot (short) and Beverage Server (tall) are offered. In the background, the same embossed wall clock with yellow numbers can be seen. So, not everything is different in Canada!
In this catalog, the cookware hasn't changed although now there is a matching whistling teakettle. In the ceramics department, the Beverage Server has disappeared, but now there is a utensil holder and a pair of "Plant Tenders," kin to the Plant Watering Spike in the US.
Gone are the bright red cookware covers. Instead, covers are solid brown and the pots have curved sides, just like the US cookware at this time. While most of the embossed ceramic items remain the same, more US items appear: the dinner plates, the sale and pepper mill set, and the cheese board with knife.
Like the 1981 Fall/Winter catalog covered in the Family Album: Canadian Connections blog, this catalog uses Merry Mushrooms as display items on the woodenware pages. Unlike it, the items are listed elsewhere in the catalog.
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