At the turn of the century, a significant number of households in the United States only had two books--the Bible, and the Sears Catalog. Many people remember learning how to read with both...although the grammar in the Sears Catalog was a bit easier for the toddler to digest. The catalog also one other benefit: pictures--important stuff for those learning to read! The point of this little story is to illustrate that the Sears Catalogs contained just about everything. Sears issued a special "Home Builders Catalog" containing everything one needed to outfit a home--minus furniture. (That could be found in the main catalog.) Below are some interesting grabs from the 1910 issue.
|"Acme Tropic"? Who's buying this? Wiley Coyote???|
And what's with the "hot air" rising into that woman's skirt?
The boiler I put in last year did NOT cost $80...
|Historical toilets are like historical clothing--interesting, but uncomfortable.|
Look at the "hopper" on the bottom...did Rube Goldberg design it???
|Mantles. Many non-Sears homes had Sears mantles. The home I grew up in had the one on the top right.|
$30 new. At the architectural salvage shops today, expect to pay at least ten times that. Probably more.
|Art glass--sold by the running foot and the square foot. The one on the bottom|
right is a DIRECT Frank Lloyd Wright rip-off--he was very popular in 1910.
|Need light? Here you go! You had to specify gas or electric.|
...Pity to those who "chose poorly".