Twenty-two-year-old Richard Sears starts selling pocket watches out of Redwood Falls. Encouraged by his quick success, he opens a mail-order company in Minneapolis. He then moves to Chicago, takes on a partner, and in 1893 forms Sears, Roebuck & Company.
By the turn of the century, only the Bible has more readers than the Sears, Roebuck catalog. From its pages people order everyday items and oddities including clothing, harnesses, buggies, bicycles, guns, pianos, and parlor organs.
1897 – Sears, Roebuck sends 318,000 catalogs across the Midwest.
1908 – 3.6 million people receive Sears, Roebuck catalogs in a single mass mailing.*
G-d bless Richard Sears, and his embrace of the imagination You gave him. Thank You for fulfilling his vision to provide people with a new way to acquire needs, and wants irregardless of geography. Thank You that his catalog was a bridge builder between urban and rural, mountain and…
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