National Mail Order Catalog Day
National Mail Order Catalog Day is celebrated on August 18 of each year. People will choose for items from the printed catalogue, order and pay for them via post, email, or over the telephone. Mail Order Catalog is an old-fashioned way of shopping that includes both buying and reselling the goods directly to the customers. A catalogue is nothing but a publication or pamphlets that display a list of items along with their prices. Benjamin Franklin considered being one of the first people in America to print a catalogue in 1744, from which people could choose to purchase books and scientific publications. The old mail order catalogue is replaced now by the current online or e-shopping. Celebrate the National Mail Order Catalog Day by ordering some goods from the catalogue.
“There were no mail-order catalogues in 1492. Marco Polo’s journal was the wish book of Renaissance Europe. Then, Columbus sailed the ocean blue and landed in Sears’ basement. Despite all the Indians on the escalator, Columbus’ visit came to be known as a ‘discovery.’ ” – Tom Robbins
History of National Mail Order Catalog Day
Despite the claim of Benjamin Franklin, the history of National Mail Order Catalog Day dates back to 1872. Aaron Montgomery Ward, of Chicago, was the very first person to produce Montgomery Wards mail order catalogue. The same day is marked as the anniversary date for the Mail Order Catalog Day. Mail Order Catalog means buying the goods and then reselling them directly to the customers. Thus, Montgomery Ward had removed the middlemen at the general store and thus benefitted the buyer drastically with the lowered prices. The very first catalogue was found to have an eight by 12-inch single sheet of paper. It carried the commodities for sale, the price list along with the ordering instructions. Later, Montgomery Wards single page listing of products expanded into a 540 page illustrated book retailing over 20,000 items. Soon Montgomery Wards catalogue was copied by other enterprising merchants, and the most notable one is the Richard Warren Sears. In 1896, the first general Sears catalogue was mailed. The sales of the catalogue grew due to many others entered in the field.
Other Celebrations on August 18
August 18, 2018, is also celebrated as
- National Pinot Noir Day
- National Bad Poetry Day
- Serendipity Day
- World Honey Bee Day
- Break the Monotony Day
- International Geocaching Day
- International Homeless Animal’s Day
How to Celebrate National Mail Order Catalog Day
One of the best ways to celebrate National Mail Order Catalog Day is by signing up for a few mail order catalogues. There are still some firms publish mail order catalogues, and you can order items from the catalogue. You can also go to the nearest local thrift shop to see for the vintage mail order catalogues. Post your photos with the item you have bought via mail order catalogue. Share your celebration of Mail Order Catalog Day with the hashtag #MailOrderCatalogDay on the social media sites.