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by FordPrefect @, North Florida, Thursday, May 11, 2017, 20:01 @ chazzz

The Sears Roebuck catalog had everything. You could get:

Clothes and shoes for Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Baby, Grandma, Grandad, and all the hired help.

Furniture for the living room, dining room, bed room, kitchen, and upstairs sleeping porch.

Knives, forks, spoons, pots, pans, your Sunday best china, an apple peeler, a cherry pitter,and a strawberry huller.

A number 10 washtub and a new scrub board for Mom.

100 Rhode Island Red chicks, 25 ducklings and a few baby rabbits thrown in.

A new grain binder, horse collar, manure spreader, moldboard plow, grain drill, and two row corn planter.

Shotguns, rifles, and about 37 different sizes of muskrat traps.

And much much more.

The observatory where I worked some years ago had what they called the Grain Bin Dome. It was a Sears grain bin that was made into a shelter for a solar telescope.

The Big Book came out twice a year, spring and fall with the old one winding up in the outhouse. You knew the season was about to change when you got down to the farm equipment.

This was a time when real people made real things for real people to use and enjoy and Sears played a big part in the whole scene. Now the company has got off to play financial engineer and may just wind up on the trash heap of history. So Sad!!!

I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. (Galileo Galilei)

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