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Genuine Original 1909 Sears Roebuck Catalog - Huge Complete Tightly Bound Fine For Sale
Genuine Original 1909 Sears Roebuck Catalog - Huge Complete Tightly Bound FINE
Genuine Antique Original 1909 Sears Roebuck Catalog - Huge Complete Tightly Bound. Amazing to find a catalogue over 100 years old as intact as this one. It does have normal soiling and edge wear, I found just 1 page with a tear, no loose or missing pages. Many pages in full color - check my photos. Thee old Sears catalogs were often reprinted and sold as curios and collectibles but this is the real thing - guaranteed a genuine 1909 era Sears Roebuck catalog.
Thanks toJohn Lienhard, at the University of Houston for the following:Sears-Roebuck and Montgomery Ward catalogs were the great cornucopias of material goods for the early 20th century. All the new things that were changing American life danced across their pages. Here's a 1909 Sears-Roebuck catalog. Through it, a huge Chicago warehouse offers to modernize the farms and small towns of the Midwest.
We're astonished by the buying power of the 1909 dollar. A pair of shoes for a dollar and a half -- a dozen work shirts for four-fifty. All kinds of fancy chairs and bedsteads for less than ten dollars. The most expensive item is their best piano -- $138. Violins vary from 2 to 20 dollars. None of their horse-drawn buggies cost as much as the $45 top-of-the-line gramophone. (It played the new disc records. The older Edison cylinder machines were cheaper.) There's no sign of the automobile, nor of anything electric. Radios, light bulbs, and motors all came later. The most expensive high-tech area is photography. You could spend over $100 on the new Reflex Camera. The catalog offers only one typewriter. It costs $22.95.
Whole sections of the catalog offer the amenities that turn a frontier into civilization: musical instruments, ornate lamps, pretty clocks -- small items that lift life beyond minimal needs.
Richard Sears began selling mail-order watches in 1886. He soon joined with a watch repairman named Alvah Roebuck, who could service their goods. They rapidly grew and diversified. In 1891 they issued a 32-page catalog.
It'd be easy to call the 1909 catalog frivolous. We don't like to think of an America built on Dr. Rose's Arsenous Complection Tablets. The Princess Bust Developer looks more like a delicate plumber's friend. But such things are always with us, and if we look at them too closely, we miss the point. Historian Joseph Bronowski once said of the men who built the Industrial Revolution:
What ran through [them] was a simple faith: the good life is more than material decency, but the good life must be based on material decency.
And here are those material goods that made a hard life bearable: a hand-cranked washing machine for three-fifty; an enameled steel cooking range, with gleaming nickel trim, for $25; silk neckties for 29 cents. For a century, your grandmother's first electric refrigerator, my first bike, and a great hope for America all flowed from those fat old books of cheap newsprint.