11 Cringeworthy Pictures from The Golden Days Of JCPenney Catalogs

A JCPenney Christmas catalog from 1990 reveals how long it’s been since the retailer was a dominant force in American shopping. 
JCPenney enjoyed a heyday in the 1990′s, when it was the top catalog retailer in the U.S. Since then it’s closed hundreds of stores and laid off thousands of people.
This week, embattled CEO Ron Johnson stepped down after a disastrous, 16-month reign. 
These images, compiled by user Wishbook on Flickr, show the retailer in happier times. 
Before the Internet and freely-available pornography, many teens learned about sex from the lingerie section of catalogs.

This outdated camera was cutting-edge technology back in 1990.

Gold was cheap, so it was the standard for jewelry then.

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