Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/11/18

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Dorothea Lange - revisited
From: "bdcolen" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 10:23:44 -0500

The house we live in here in Brookline - right on the Boston line -
built in 1890, is one of a row of five Georgian brick row houses...all
of which have interiors out of the Sears catalogue...doors, moldings,
etc. etc.....

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[] On Behalf Of Steve
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 9:04 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Dorothea Lange - revisited

> Well, the internet is great but it's tough to use an 18 inch monitor 
> as a substitute for toilet paper - which is what the pages of the 
> Sears catalogue were used for in rural areas...:-)
> B. D.

the Sears catalogue of 100 years ago was a very important part of the
American landscape that you could buy practically anything, Autos, guns,
washing machines, tools, clothing, cameras and even pre-fabricated
houses. Even into the 1960's -- I remember as a little boy drooling over
many of things available in the catalogue. Montgomery Ward had an
equally impressive catalogue.

But there was a dark side to Sears & Roebuck on the business side: they
would contract with a manufacturer, lets say washing machines, Sears
would place huge orders with the company to the point that the washing
machine manufacturer would become dependent on the Sears orders. Then
suddenly Sears would cancel all orders, the manufacturer would go on the
verge of bankruptcy, Sears would buy them out for not much money and
then put their own Sears name on the product.

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