RICHARD W. SEARS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 281333
RICHARD W. SEARS Remarkably rare sepia-toned bust photo of Richard W. Sears, co-founder of Sears, Roebuck & Co., signed "Sincerely Yours" Photograph signed "Sincerely Yours/Richard W. Sears". B/w sepia-toned, 3¼x5¼, printed on cardstock.
Sale Price $4,250.00
RICHARD W. SEARS
Remarkably rare sepia-toned bust photo of Richard W. Sears, co-founder of Sears, Roebuck & Co., signed "Sincerely Yours"
Photograph signed "Sincerely Yours/Richard W. Sears". B/w sepia-toned, 3¼x5¼, printed on cardstock. Sears (1863-1914) was co-founder of retail and mail-order powerhouse Sears, Roebuck & Co. His father had lost his shirt to speculation, so Sears had to start working at a young age to help support his family. He became a railroad station agent and gained a small fortune after a jeweler in Redwood Falls, Minnesota refused a shipment of watches. Sears sold the watches and used this grubstake to start his first mail-order watch and jewelry business in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1886, hiring hired future business partner Alvah C. Roebuck a year later. After briefly leaving the mail-order business in 1889, he founded A. C. Roebuck & Co. with Roebuck, the basis of Chicago-based Sears, Roebuck & Co. (now based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois). The company published a 196-page mail-order catalog in 1893; by next year, their catalog had grown to over 500 pages, with most of the copy written by Sears himself, and was sent to 300,000 or so homes. The catalog for Sears, Roebuck & Co. catered to rural customers with little access to other forms of shopping. Roebuck sold his interest in the company to clothier Julius Rosenwald in 1895, and Sears resigned in 1909 as president of Sears, Roebuck & Co. due to a disagreement over advertising. Sears opened its first walk-in retail store in 1925 and still has does mail-order; however, its "Wish Book" catalog shrank to about 100 pages in 2007. Lightly toned, foxed and bowed. Corners are lightly worn and rounded. Light chipping and wear along edges. Otherwise in fine condition.
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