Starting to develop a worrisome cough? What you need, Sir or Madame, is Dr. Hammond’s Tar Expectorant. It cures influenza and dozens of other ailments with equal efficacy… Continue reading Virus got you? Sears ships you the cure.
What was Christmas shopping like 120 years ago, sometime between Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol, the Wish Book, and the zillion gadgets that we augment our lives with these days? Continue reading Turn of the (19th) Century Toys
Excuse me, low down closets. Water Closets. Such a misleading term. A water closet should be where you store your Dasani bottles. Continue reading High Class Low Down Toilets
Once upon a time, Sears was so ambitious they built their own automobile: the “Sears Motor Buggy” Continue reading “All Speeds from 1 to 25 Miles per Hour”
This early postcard-sized specialty catalog is charming on multiple levels. You can enjoy just how extraordinarily fancy ladies’ hats could be at the dawn of the 21st century – just how many variations and hat accessories there were. Or… Continue reading Spring and Summer Hats, in Assorted Colors
The back cover of this ca. 1903 Spear & Company catalog is rather sweet, in both copy and illustrations. The tyke is happy, and so is the copywriter: “Nine people out of ten when they look at this picture will think of days when wagon coasting…. Continue reading “Makes every boy who owns one happy.”
Rather that show you a page from a catalog, this time we have pictures of catalogs being created…back in 1906. Continue reading “Where the Big Catalogue is Printed”
To start the new year, a catalog from the very start of a new century – January 1900 Continue reading The seedlings of a new century
For many of its 125 years, Sears had you covered from cradle to grave. As proof: tombstones for that final act. Continue reading The End of the Line
Some catalogs are huge productions: thousands of pages, plenty of color, tremendous variety. Some catalogs are not. They are simply serviceable, solid, and sturdy. If your product is screen doors and windows… Continue reading Screen Doors & Nothing More.