Now online - the 1985 Argos catalogue. Obviously.

As you’re probably aware, today is the 25th anniversary of it being 1985 and helpfully, someone called Anthony Voz has commemorated this notable event by scanning an entire Argos catalogue from that year.

It’s an amazing insight into how we used to live a quarter of a century ago – people used to have hat stands! And nests of tables! And calculators! If you’re of a certain age, it’s almost like going for a ride in a time machine. This is our favourite page...

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Now we want to see someone go further and upload the Littlewoods catalogue from the same year. Apart from the lingerie section – that’s already permanently emblazoned on to our brains.


  • jo
    ahhhh the lingerie section back then was brilliant, before they started to airbrush out the nips and bits
  • Nick T.
    This - THIS - is what the internet was invented for.
  • brian
    Brilliant! toy section is complete joy!
  • Mike U.
    Ahh the Spectrum 48k with Kempston Joystick interface, quick pass me a tissue reliving some moments from my youth
  • Yoshimi
    I was 10 years old and got a ZX Spectrum for my Christmas that year! Loved it!
  • piggy
    I feel old now...
  • Phil
    I'd forgotten about screen filters. No one bothers with them now - I can't even remember what they did (Can't you just adjust the brightness?).
  • Lovely R.
    Totally forgotten about Rainbow Brite until now. She was quite a fox.
  • Tom
    Wow things where cheap back then!
  • Bazinga
    I always say I'm going to keep stuff that will be interesting in the future but never do. He must have a tolerant partner.
  • Bazinga
    Also, it seems to have been scanned 5 years ago. Why has it not been a sensation since then?!
  • The B.
    Unless of course you bought the 16k version being cheap and then had to upgrade to a 48k version by chucking an expansion pack on the rear port, and then had to chuck a Kempston expansion pack on the memory expansion pack at which point the slightest wobble pulled them out (Daley Thomson's Decathlon was a bloody nightmare). Ah, thems were the days, damn you Clive Sinclair, you balding, ginger, MENSA member.
  • FFS
    This is pure gold. It's quite amazing seeing numerous items we used to have at home when I was growing p!
  • Dave
    C64 FTW!
  • tappy
    If you look through his other albums, he also has the '76 and '86 catalogue.
  • At P.
    Multiply the 1985 price by 2,27 to get the retail price today.
  • Tim
    Highlights (other than the lingerie of course) are the Spectrum, Atari and the awesome Star Wars section. So many of the ships that I wanted but could never get. Had loads of the figures though. Parents have still got them somewhere I think.
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  • Numpty
    @Jo: I don't know what branch of Argos you went to, but they never sold lingerie...
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  • token
    how wonderful! the Toys section is awesome
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