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Sears, Roebuck & Co., General View No. 2

A work made of gelatin silver print, stereo.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print, stereo.




Artist unknown
American, early 20th century

About this artwork

Text printed on reverse of stereocard:

This picture gives a general view of the great mercantile institution of Sears, Roebuck & Co., Chicago, Ill., as approached on Harvard Street from the East. The first building to the left is the great Printing Building, with its numerous perfecting presses, great bindery, and the Advertising and Mailing Departments, where we handle every day more printing and more mailing than any other concern in the world. The second building is the Administration Building, where the clerical force performs its daily labor, handling the correspondence and orders received from our customers. The big building in the distance is the Merchandise Building and in this structure will be found almost every conceivable merchandise item and a stock valued in excess of $8,000,000.00. The distances in this picture are so great that the lens of the camera gets but a portion of the great buildings in which are more than fifty acres of floor space devoted to our business. This picture was taken in the morning just before the commencement of business.

These buildings are located in the residence section of the great City of Chicago and they are so large, towering so far above all other buildings in the immediate neighborhood that they may be seen for miles from almost any direction. Many of the railroad lines running in and out of Chicago pass within five or six miles of this great plant and the buildings may be seen from the car windows. From the observation tower on the Merchandise Building a birdseye view of the whole City of Chicago may be had on a reasonably clear day.


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Sears, Roebuck & Co., General View No. 2


United States (Artist's nationality)


Made 1906


Gelatin silver print, stereo


Each image: 7.9 × 7.6 cm (3 1/8 × 3 in.); Card: 8.8 × 17.6 cm (3 1/2 × 6 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Helen Harvey Mills

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