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Pictures From the Golden Days of JCPenney

Ashley Lutz

A JCPenney Christmas catalog from 1990 reveals how long it's been since the retailer was a dominant force in American shopping.

JCPenney enjoyed a heyday in the 1990's, when it was the top catalog retailer in the U.S. Since then it's closed hundreds of stores and laid off thousands of people.

This week, embattled CEO Ron Johnson stepped down after a disastrous, 16-month reign.

These images, compiled by user Wishbook on Flickr, show the retailer in happier times.

These acid-wash jeans were in.

The Chicago Bulls and the San Francisco 49ers were the most-celebrated professional teams.

These girls rocked out to a boombox.

The girl cradling the landline phone looks very trendy in her vest.

New Kids on the block were a hugely popular singing group.

People still wore scrunchies and LA Gear sneakers.

This man's overalls were considered fashionable.