Harriet Carter Photo Zen

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Wow, what happened? Last thing I knew, I was flying to Austin to be a panelist at SXSW — an awesome experience and genuine honor for which I owe Rands and the other panelists many thanks — then I return to work (which is a little more intense than usual) and BAM it's all weeks later up in here!

Before you ask: yes, I am preparing a (final) Part Three of my DS Lite video review series!

But today, I'm here to talk about Harriet Carter.

I have no idea why I get her catalog in the mail. The primary focus seems to be novelty clocks, trains, pets, pet mobility, relief, convenience, and old.

But it's totally awesome. You should order it! Most importantly, the pictures are incredible: sometimes illustrated, sometimes photographic, surreal, amusing, bizarre, and often terrifying. When stripped of the accompanying item description, even more so.

So, dear reader, I present to you: my favorite Harriet Carter catalog items/illustrations.

(PS: If you're wondering what to get me for Christmas, might I suggest a freaky-ass tree-face?)


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I don't think I could handle the sheer mental stimulus of having this catalog delivered to my home even somewhat regularly. But it was entertaining, just this once, nonetheless.

P.S. Dave Barry found the tree faces first.
Anonymous mDuo13 4/04/2006 8:11 PM  
Wow. I love how in her picture, Harriet's eyes seem to follow me around the room wherever I go. That's great.

And I'm going to start adding "SET OF 3" to everything.
Anonymous Anonymous 4/04/2006 8:51 PM  
4 steps also available... LOL!
Anonymous Joris 4/05/2006 12:04 AM  
I don't know why you didn't include this cotton ball dispenser:
Anonymous Regina 4/05/2006 7:21 AM  
I'm a long time subscriber! I have been using images from her catalog for mix tapes and my own album covers since I was in Jr. High.
Anonymous M.e. 4/05/2006 8:46 AM  
Must one use all three bags to repel squirrels, or can the bags be distributed throughout the tree for maximum squirrel repelling?
Anonymous Zach 4/05/2006 10:54 AM  
Holy Molly!
Anonymous Macintouch 4/05/2006 11:11 AM  
My mom got approximately 7 different catalogs of this nature. They were all sort of different from each other, but the one ultra-consistent thing was that cats always look completely miserable in these catalog pictures.

Poor old slobs.
Anonymous Anonymous 4/05/2006 11:33 AM  
thank you for sharing this. I'm enlightened. her site is a goldmine as well. was especially interesting.
Anonymous hth 4/06/2006 6:29 PM  
Apparently, it is more important to keep the dog outta the rain than yourself..
I guess the person in the pic is wearin' one of those ultra-cool umbrella hats..
I stopped recieving mine a few years back, realize now I need it to line the bottom of my bird cage..
Anonymous Anonymous 4/08/2006 4:25 AM  
Y'know, someone in my neighborhood actually has two (count them: two) of those tree faces in their front yard. The palm trees are so personable now.

Anonymous Molly 4/12/2006 3:59 PM  
It was very disturbing to realize how many of those products I recognized from reading through Ms. Carter's catalogue.

I also really like the massagers that are cleverly very phallic and demonstrated on the model's neck. Uh, yeah.
Anonymous Emily 4/20/2006 10:06 AM  
"Similar To Others Sold On TV"

Now that's good advertising.
Anonymous Mirko 5/16/2006 6:34 AM  
They've recently relaunched their web site...
Anonymous JHill 10/12/2006 8:34 PM  
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the various and sundry toilet games that Harriet has to offer such as Toilet Fishing, Toilet golf, and yes my friends Toilet bowling. You know for those real enthusiastists. Oh and you should also check out the Toilet Monster. The one gift to ensure that you never have friends over to your house again.
Anonymous Anonymous 5/30/2007 6:13 PM  
I found the toe flexers amazing! They actually help my neuromas.
Harriet sells them for $12.98 - and Yoga Pro sells the same exact thing for $49.95. You go Harriet!
Anonymous Anonymous 2/14/2008 7:56 PM  
Why don't you try the versacart on for size? Harriet Carter will not offer this product.
Anonymous Robbin 5/07/2008 7:53 PM  

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