Merchandise Spotlight-Galileo's Thermometer (1,026 words)
The Edge has a different, more "high-tech" style than the rest of the catalogs featured here, and its description is telling of this fact: It not only promotes the thermometer as a thing of beauty, but is a bit sarcastic about Galileo's troubles with the church (the inquisition). The catalog recounts how only the intervention of a rich benefactor saved Galileo from a "church barbeque."
The two thermometers featured in The Edge, 11˝ and 17˝models, share a catalog page with such oddities as a truth machine, a Nascar knife and a Solar Air Field Sculpture.
The Lillian Vernon Personalized Catalog is a treasure trove of every possible item imaginable—all available with your initials. This was the only catalog to offer personalization of the Thermometer, by etching initials into the blown glass. The catalog, packed with all sorts of kitschy stuff includes such items as a jewelry case, a golf towel, a money clip, and pet bowls, all of which can be personalized.
Known for its practical and personalized gifts, Lillian Vernon positions the Galileo Thermometer as suitable for the business or home office, as it is included in a spread of business products—a multiplying mouse pad, a paperweight and an office-on-the-go kit. Its spin: Make a favorable impression by giving this work of art to your favorite business professional. Lillian Vernon offers the thermometer in only one size—11˝.
This catalog for fans and friends of public television offers products that are way off the beaten track. The catalog describes its customers as intelligent, thoughtful, witty and fun—just like the products it features. The catalog is filled with amusing and unusual products, including a "Got Milk?" baby outfit, a string of Dilbert lights, and a barbeque kit.
A 15˝ Galileo Thermometer is positioned as an object "out of this world," as it shares the page with like items: a stellarscope and star theater. Signals' take on this product: This is a conversation piece for your home.