A Complete Set of 50 Early Stereoview Cards Scenes Of The Operation of The Sears Roebuck & Co. Chicago Illinois
Description: This is a complete set of 50 Stereoview cards depicting scenes from the operation of the Sears Roebuck & Co. of Chicago Illinois. The set, which has 50 cards starts with the image of Mr. R.W. Sears the president and founder of the company at his desk. There are images f employees reviewing orders, filling orders, telephone operators working the phones and accepting orders, buildings including the administrative building. The images are full of people and equipment. They show some of the most modern machinery at the time such as printing of the catalogs, trimming the catalogs, and the power house providing the electricity to the operation. There are images of people eating in the Cafeteria, being tended to at the Sears Hospital, Cooks cooking in the kitchens of the cafeteria, women being trained in training school, and the fire department conducting a drill. The back of each card has a description of what the card represents, making the set a great historic record of one of the giants of the consumer retail business and possibly the originator of the concept of the department stores. The cards come in part of its original box (we say part since the box lost its lid). Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Additional Information: According to Wikipedia "Sears, Roebuck & Company is an American multinational department store chain headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, in Greater Chicago. The company was founded by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck in 1893 as a mail order catalog."
Date: Uncertain but most likely late 1800s or early 1900s.
Size: Each card measures about 7" by 3 1/2" including the fringes.
Maker: Unknown, but could be the Sears Roebuck company itself.
Marks: Unmarked as to the maker.
Condition: The cards are in general good condition and clean with minor soiling. The images are sharp and very well defined. There are several (three or four cars) that have been creased, but are still intact and all there. There are also a few cards (three or four) that have stains or soiling, bit these do not interfere very much with the images. The majority of the images have no damage and are in excellent condition. The cards are flat and not as curved as most Stereoview cards are. As we indicated earlier, the cards come in their original box, which lost its lid and shows considerable wear and soiling, but still protects the cards. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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