Picks and Pans Main: Etc.
updated 12/02/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/02/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST
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: