1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue: A Window to Turn-Of-The-Century America
ISBN: 1602390630
EAN13: 9781602390638
Language: English
Pages: 736
Dimensions: 1.5" H x 10.94" L x 8.5" W
Weight: 3.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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They were Amazon and Walmart combined--the one place to shop for Americans who needed everything--clothes, furniture, tools, jewelry, musical instruments, books, and more

Imagine it's the end of the nineteenth century, and, with one catalog, you can buy everything from beds and tools to clothing and opium. (Yes, opium.) Not to mention ear trumpets, horse buggies, and Bibles. For every recognizable item included in the 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue, plenty of others are guaranteed to confuse or interest 21st century readers--like Bust Cream or Food and Sweet Spirits of Nitre. What was once standard household fare is today a sometimes strange, often funny look at what life was once like for the average American family.

Sears, Roebuck & Co. has defined and innovated American retail for years. As the company grew from humble beginnings, its catalog selection exploded to include all sorts of categories and encompassed almost everything imaginable; eventually you could actually buy a house right along with everything you needed to furnish it. Flipping through the pages of seemingly endless items, huge and small, readers will find it impossible not to marvel at such early American ingenuity and determination to allow people in the farthest reaches of a still-growing nation to Read More chevron_right

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