Picks and Pans Main: Etc.

updated 12/02/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/02/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

Specialty shopping: The mail of the species

Montgomery Ward, which originated mail ordering in 1872, is getting out of that business this month in an effort to cut costs. But elsewhere the catalog subculture is flourishing—$44 billion a year in orders by the most recent count (1983). Retailers are catering not so much to general interests as to singular fancies. A sampling of who's selling what:

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