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1902 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog Paperback – October 12, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1162 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy (October 12, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517009226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517009222
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jeezer on May 27, 2009
Nice "sampling" of the 1902 Sears Catalogue BUT the original has over 1162 pages and this "Facsimile Of The 1902 Edition" has only a little over 700 pages. So what's that mean?
Well, the folks @ Gramercy Books who reprinted it kept what THEY thought would be quote "the continuity and the flavor of the original" and then "we have omitted those pages" which (THEY thought) weren't needed.
If your getting the book to take a fun peak at 1902 items for sale , it's OK . You probably won't even notice that lots of pages are are missing.
But you will be sorely disappointed if you are looking to find that rare old item that is offered in the actual index, cause likely the folks at Gramercy cut those pages out. The editors kept a lot of womens fashion pages, wallpapers and lace, and even a small section on the old firearms.
But things like large sections on the old steam & gas engines are missing. Old electrical items ....gone. I guess that the editors thought the average reader would be more interested in a "taste" of the thousands of fantastic items offered in the original version.
If your into a "sampling" of the real catalogue, this is OK. If you were expecting the COMPLETE catalogue it is NOT and it is pretty hit-and-miss if you will find the old advertisment you may be looking for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MAV on August 22, 2012
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I suppose this was a bit my fault as I usually read reviews before I buy something from Amazon which is the reason for the 2 stars as opposed to 1. I bought this item to replace an authentic 1902 catalog given to me by my Great-Grandmother when I was a teen that has since been lost to time. I thought it would be interesting for my son to see some of the things that were not only legal (heroin and such,) things that were still in some use today (electric remedies) as well as buggies and firearms which could all be ordered via the mail. I was disappointed when I discovered that not only was this a 1986 reprint but an incomplete catalog as well. There is nothing in the description to denote either a reprint or the abridged body. Lesson learned: read the reviews and do not buy from this seller.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By milesk on November 4, 2009
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This is an abridged copy of the original. For what I needed a complete edition would have been better. It was however; useful in that it showed items that were used in the late 19th century and would be helpful for reenactor's of that time period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. O. Ritter VINE VOICE on February 13, 2011
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This is a fun book to browse if you are a history buff. Full of surprising things modern people never dreamed existed. This catalog gives insight into the lives Grandparents and Great Grandparents lead and the tasks our ancestors faced before the laptop and internet - - - or most other things we take for granted today. In 1902 Radio was cutting edge and the first successful transatlantic radiotelegraph message was sent in 1902. Just a lot of fun to look at the pictures and read the claims for the products.
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By Marilyn Reed on June 20, 2014
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I ordered this Sears Catalog to put into our downstairs bathroom, which we're building to look like an old "outhouse." It's just a novelty item, but fits right in! Plus, it's really interesting to look at!
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By Dee Shamburg on November 30, 2013
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It was perfect for our 1900's Christmas play where the children are looking at the "Sears, Roebuck." Thank you for a special prop.
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By Kindle Customer on November 5, 2013
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As a Blacksmith and Woodworker of the old style, I love to review the types of tools and implements that were available in the early 20th century. Also helps me to find tools that are no longer in producation that will assist with my work so I can fabricate them myself.
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