Wow, Dave! I did not know Sear’s even existed any more.
The Sear’s store in the town I grew up in closed long ago, and the Sear’s mail order catalogues, which I studied quite carefully, while growing up, have not been published in years. We need to show these youn’uns how it used to be.
Sears was a huge mail-order house that also had b&m stores all over the US. Sears sent out a great mail order catalogue a couple of times a year. It was about 2-3 inches thick. You bought the item in the catalogue by sending a letter by USPS mail to Sears, which was based in or near Chicago, as I recall. Delivery time for the items you ordered by mail was 4-6 weeks.
Everything was in the Sear’s catalogue. Looking at it was an education in itself, and I have been told, a source of wiping paper if one used an out house.
How else would I have known what a truss was when I was 9?
Sears is part of American history. My grandparents, who lived on a farm some of the year, depended on Sears for everything they could not buy locally. Now, they would be avid Amazon customers!
Wikipedia Sears. I am sure the mods would disallow a link. It is an interesting read.