#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

J. Peterman is back

Who, you ask, as you well might, is J. Peterman?

He’s the founder of the J. Peterman Company.  (Doesn’t help much, does it? :)

Since reading “Simple Abundance” many moons ago, I’ve been a fan of this unique mail order company–I especially love the catalogs, and sometimes, I’ve even bought something.  :)  (Today, for instance, I ordered two coats, which has started me thinking about the D.I.E.T. again.) 

What makes the Peterman catalog so special?  The items on offer are beautifully hand-drawn, rather than photographed, and there’s a little story to accompany each garment.  (“I bought this robe in Cairo and here’s what happened…”)  There are great little quotes at the top of each page, like “Fortune favors the bold” and “Favorite things” and “Do you really want to live forever?”  One day, the whole operation just vanished, and that was several years ago.  Imagine my disappointment.  (Little things can mean a lot to a person.)  Now, imagine my JOY at receiving a J. Peterman catalog in the mail–followed a few months later by another!

Some of you have already guessed where I’m going with this.  My plan is to cut up these lovely pages and glue them into my art journal or on artist trading cards.  They are just too fabulous to toss away, and they’re printed on very high quality paper, too.  I can’t bear to waste them–call it recycling.  :)  (Mom, Sally, please save these little treasures for me if you receive them.)

Hence, J. Peterman is back.  To stay, I hope.

I’m appearing at two different Spokane libraries tomorrow–the Moran Prairie branch at twelve noon, and the North Spokane branch at three.  If you live in the area, please join us.  I’ve been under the weather for a while, but I’m back in the game, thank the Lord.

Have a good weekend.

I’ll be here on Monday morning, good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.


5 comments to “J. Peterman is back”

  1. Juanita Rice
      · August 10th, 2012 at 2:14 pm · Link

    Oh, my goodness! On the old Seinfeld sitcom one of the characters, Elaine, worked for a J. Peterman cataloge. I always thought it was a purely fictitious company. :) On the show Mr. Peterman was a truly eccentric man.

    Glad you’re on the mend, Linda. Wish I could see you at one of the libraries but, alas, I won’t be in your area until the 24th. Bummer!!

    • Sal
        · August 10th, 2012 at 4:20 pm · Link

      I am with you Juanita! I thought she was going to write about a Seinfeld episode!! I’ll be watching for the catalog!!

  2. Norma Stanforth
      · August 10th, 2012 at 5:32 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Yes, when you get something good or a place you can get something good, you hate for them to no longer excise,like your J.Peterman catalog.
    My mom always said if the good Lord is willin’ and the creek don’t rise.
    Norma :wink:

  3. Gloria
      · August 10th, 2012 at 7:29 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m so glad you’re feeling better and I pray you continue to improve. I also pray you have a good weekend.

    I remember when Elaine worked for J. Peterman on Seinfeld, and he was funny.

    I’ve always use that expression, too, and have heard 2 versons of it…One was the actual creek water because back in the day, if the creek rose, you couldn’t ford it to get where ever you wanted to go.

    The other version was the Creek Indian Nation, and if they didn’t rise and go to war, then…you could go, or do, whatever.

    Does anyone know for sure, which is the original version?

  4. C. C. Harrison
      · August 19th, 2012 at 12:12 pm · Link

    Yes, Linda, I too love J. Peterman. I was so happy when I found out they were back in business, and I quickly got back on their catalogue mailing list. Lovely drawings and compelling, mysterious little stories about each item. I’ve orderd a couple of things, but mostly I don’t have anyplace to go to where their fabulous clothes.

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