Friday, November 24, 2017

1991 Electronics Boutique Winter Catalog

This is considered the biggest shopping day of the year so I thought it would be a good day to check out an old holiday catalog for games. I've got a few Electronics Boutique (EB) catalogs and I chose the one from 1991 primarily because it's the smallest one (it doesn't actually have a year on it but based on the games advertised it must be 1991). Some of the other years are actually as big as 70 pages! EB was among my favorite stops when I'd visit a shopping mall in the late '80s and into the '90s. It wasn't a very large store though it had lots of games and some computers. That mall also had a Software Etc. that didn't have prices as good as EB's, and eventually a Babbage's opened that I liked quite a bit too. EB stores do still exist in some locations, such as Canada and Ireland, though in the United States I believe all of the stores were renamed after being acquired by GameStop in 2005.

A few of EB's catalogs have high quality paper but this one is the thin paper and the pages can bleed through during scanning. To reduce that I adjusted the brightness and contrast which affects some colors slightly. The pages with the computer software have an orange border that now look yellow in the scans and page 31 was in rough shape but I fixed it up enough that it looks okay, perhaps not as clean as the others though.
















Insert from the center of the catalog.

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