About - Christmas Catalogs & Holiday Wishbooks

General Information
This website has been created to freely share with the world a vast archive of collected Christmas Catalogs and Holiday Wishbooks, from the retail department stores of Sears, Montgomery Ward and JCPenney. All catalogs, catalog images and content featured on this website are from a privately-owned catalog collection. The catalog images presented on this website have not been copied nor taken from any other Internet website or similar resource. Simply stated, this website is another resource for Internet visitors to browse and enjoy, and will always remain an ongoing, free and independent creative effort.

Catalogs for Purchase
In the past several months there have been many requests by visitors to this website, asking if it is possible to purchase the catalogs. This website was created with the intent to always freely share its content, and that will never change. That said, this website also has its limitations -- no current ability to download large amounts of content (bandwidth limitations) and no current capability to show larger or higher resolution images.

To address the desires and wishes of those wanting to purchase catalogs, and to have and experience them in higher resolution and larger image format, Ebay listings have been created for some of the catalog collections to offer them in PDF file format. To see the Ebay listings of available catalogs for sale, please go to the following link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/catalogqueen1970/m.html

Technical Information
This website is powered by Microsoft technologies in combination with Microsoft's Azure Cloud. The latest generation of Windows Server, Microsoft.NET and SQL Server comprise the foundation and technology stack of the website. All components are fully virtualized, designed to be portable and scalable, and compact enough to completely fit on a single thumbdrive.

Each catalog image on the website has been scanned and processed through an open-souce Tesseract-based optical character recognition application, using up to two dozen virtual machines in a custom-built server farm for parallel processing . The text extracted from each catalog image is incorporated into the database and made available to the search engine on this website. All catalog images shown are dynamically scaled and rendered in real-time from the database with each page request.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019 9:16:21 AM PDT