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03126-M0294AKEE- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., Chicago, Bicycles, No.91R, 1st ed, 1902. Front cover has very elaborate graphics of cherub and bicycles atop the Sears globe. Back has another engraving of the Desplaines Street bldg with nice street scene. Page numbers indicate it was compiled from components of the general catalogue, a somewhat standard practice. 7pp of large bicycle engravings, 5pp accessories including tires, gas lamps, seats, bells, railroad attachment (bars and rail wheel enabled rider to ride the railroad with bicycle!), and much more. Also a velocipede and a tricycle. 4pp testimonials, cover 3 has large ad for "4 pound, 1200pp catalogue". (This one is offered under general catalogues.) Covers age toned, some foxing. Another rare beauty! 8-1/2" x 11" x 20pp. $285.00


THE WOODSTOCK AND ALVA ROEBUCK
"Alva Roebuck cared little for the pressures of catalogue merchandising, so he sold out to new Sears partners in 1895. He stayed on to work happily at salary running the Sears lantern slides and movie projector ‘entertainment division.’

"Four years later Roebuck quit to form his own movie projector manufacturing company--with Sears becoming one of his best customers. In 1909 Richard sears made ‘friend Roebuck’ president of the Emerson Typewriter Company, which had been given him in repayment of a loan. While with Emerson, Roebuck invented an improved typewriter called the Woodstock. When Sears died (in 1914), Roebuck returned to his projector company and in 1924 sold it for a handsome sum which he invested in the Florida land boom. He was a busy, happy man until the 1929 stock market crash came and he lost everything.

"Roebuck returned to Sears in 1933 and worked for wages until 1940 (as sort of a public relations man-- attending store openings, etc. Ed.). He died June 18, 1948, never publicly regretting the fortune he missed by not staying with Sears, Roebuck and Co from the beginning." (From SEARS, ROEBUCK & CO. 100th Anniversary, 1896-1996 by Lorin Sorensen. Cprt 1985, Silverado Pub Co.) See item #3483.

SOLD 01654- Sales Packet-  WOODSTOCK TYPEWRITER CO, Chicago, IL, 1916. Nice, 7 piece sales packet consists of: 1) well preserved mailing envelope w/nice graphics of machine and two color typography and 1¢ Wash stamp; 2) two page sales letter w/beautiful engraved head showing typewriter and bldg; 3) tabloid sized sales piece 10¼" x 16" x 4pp folded twice: "The Golden Opportunity Last Chance at 1916 Price; 4) another tabloid same size containing numerous testimonials w/photo of the testifier and ads offering premiums to those who acted as sales agents for the typewriter (pianos, phonographs); 5) 3-3/4" x 6-3/4" card w/two color graphics and recap of features; 6) 8-1/2" x 12" two color illustrated discount certificate and trial application; 7) return envelope. Very good to excellent. SOLD


05829-M0497ECCU- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO, All areas. 1972-73 Craft Center Kits & Supplies. Needle work, yarn items, Christmas ornaments, rugs, floral, handbags, toys, candle making, painting, decoupage, leather, glass, resin, beads, macramé, books, etc. Part of address label panel stuck to cover, otherwise very good. 8-1/4" x 11" x 54pp. $32.00


04052-M0895EEEE- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO, Antioch, CA. 1973. Parts For Automobiles and Trucks. Lt vertical fold. 8-1/4" x 11" x 114pp. $18.00


06668-M0900ECUU- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., No place given. Western Catalog, 1978-1979. Full line of western fashions including some square dancing dresses, jewelry, hats, belts, boots, saddles and tack, vet supplies, grooming equipment, etc. A few small silver fish chews on cover edges, otherwise very good condition. 8-1/4"x 10-7/8"x 47pp. $32.00


04558-M1095EEKE- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO, Chicago. Woodworking Tools, 1986-87. Nice color presentation. Pages wavy from being stored in damp. No pages stuck, however. 8" x 10-1/2" x 46pp. $12.00


06572-M0999EEKE- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. Woodworking Tools, 1986/87. Colorful, excellent condition. 8-1/8"x 10-5/8"x 46pp.  $12.00


05890-M0595EEKE- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO, Chicago, IL. Catalogue BF, 1987. Farm & Ranch Specialog. "From Bees to poultry, dairy supplies to saddles . . . over 750 hard-to-find products." Inscription on cover, light folds, otherwise very good. 8" x 11" x 32pp. $22.00


05831-M0497ECCU- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO, Chicago. 1987. Women's and Half Sizes clothes. Very good. 8-1/4" x 11" x 88pp. $12.00


06570-M0999EEKE- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. 1987-1988. Sears Heating Specialog. "America's largest catalog assortment of heating products and accessories." Excellent. 8-1/16" x 10-7/16" x 24pp. $8.00


06571-M0999EEKE- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. 1987-1988. "Sears Heating Specialog. "America's largest catalog assortment of heating products and accessories." Excellent. 8-1/16"x 10-7/16"x 24pp. $8.00


06574-M0999EEKE- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. Sears STRATUM Specialog 1988 S/S for Big and Tall men. Chicago Bear, Jay Hilgenberg featured on cover. Excellent. 8-1/8"x 10-7/8"x 70pp. $12.00


06575-M0999EEKE- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. 1988. Sears ZEPPELIN Catalog of upscale fashions for the "with it" young male. Nice photography. Almost like new. 10-1/8"x 10-1/8"x 22pp. $12.00


06569-M0999EEKE- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. MOTORCYCLE ACCESSORIES AND APPAREL. 1988. "For most bikes including Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph, Yamaha, BMW." 8-1/16"x 10-7/16"x 24pp. $24.00


05605-M0297ECKS- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO, Style Premier Edition, Spring 1989. Excellent. 8" x 10-3/4" x 346pp. $25.00


06876-M0402ECLL- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., STYLE Catalog, 1989, Vol.4. Clothing for family and nursery goods. Clear stain of front cover. 8"x 11-1/4"x 458pp.  $20.00


05606-M0297ECKS- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO, Style Vol. 3, 1990. Excellent. 8" x 10-3/4" x 186pp. $20.00


07453-M0694EE- Catalogue- SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO., Sears Shop At Home Service, Right Touch, Hanover, PA. Spring 1995. FEATURING STYLE AND VALUE FOR THE HOME BY TAPESTRY®. Easter and home accent pieces, furniture, kitchen things. This period saw Sears casting about trying to figure just what to do to shore up their sagging sales. This seems to be an effort like that. Lots of nice pieces offered here. Colorful in excellent condition. 8-1/4"x 10-3/4"x 56pp. $16.00


 

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