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1897 Sears, Roebuck Catalogueby Fred L. Israel
Synopses & Reviews
A complete replica of the consumer's guide that revolutionized America.
This facsimile of the entire 1897 Sears, Roebuck Catalogue brings to life a bygone era. Originally called the Consumer's Guide, the catalogue features illustrations of more than 6,000 items, from abdominal corsets to zulu guns, and more than 700 pages of delectable copy that, according to legend, was written entirely by the company's founder, Richard Sears.
Millions of Americans in 1897 considered the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue required reading, its pages filled with the stuff of dreams. Nearly a century later, the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue remains, like a treasured family album, a browser's delight.
"Here, in the Sears catalogue, was a fairyland for kiddies from nine to ninety, a garden of wonders appealing to every taste." S. J. Perelman, from the Introduction
"A dazzling trove for students of Americana, it is certainly one of the happiest publishing ideas in years." Time
- A facsimile of the original catalogue- Contains hundreds of illustrations and intriguing text describing more than 6,000 items- Presents a unique glimpse of America at the turn of the century and brings this bygone era to life- Ideal for collectors of Americana, social historians, and browsers
Table of Contents
Browsers' Delight by S. J. Perelman ix
What America Was Like: 1895-1905 xv
Ordering Instructions 1
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