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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sears Roebuck & Co. 1897 Catalogue Review

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Sears Roebuck & Co. 1897 Catalogue Review

About the Book: 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. The 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue is both a wonderfully fascinating collector's item and a valuable piece of American history. For every recognizable item included, there are plenty of others 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. It's amazing to see that a Princely Shirt for Princely Men cost $0.95 or three for $2.75 or that a Complete Violin Outfit (with bow and case) cost only $2.00.

Our Take: We're absolutely in love with these re-prints of the vintage Sears catalogues!  They're huge black and white volumes that are literal re-prints!  It includes the vintage descriptions, prices and drawings of the various products.  It features everything you could want back in the day from tailor-made clothing to pocketwatches and tools.  These catalogues are not only great looks into the past and some of the odd inventions that existed, but also an entire way of life.  These are great for educational purposes, but can also be used as great art references, especially if you're into steampunk.  We highly recommend this one.

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