Black Friday shoppers line up outside a Sears store in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in 2007.
The cover of a Sears Roebuck and Co. catalog in the fall of 1900. The Sears catalog was the way many Americans first started to buy mass-produced goods.
A Sears, Roebuck and Co. store in El Paso, Texas, circa 1940. Sears’ stores helped reshape America, drawing shoppers away from the traditional Main Street merchants.
Sales clerks go on strike in Chicago circa 1946.
A Sears store in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1949.
People vote inside a Sears store in Tucson, Arizona, in 1953.
A woman receives a cosmetics consultation at a Sears store in Caracas, Venezuela, circa 1953.
A worker goes over files in Sears’ catalog office.
Cars fill a parking lot outside a Sears store, circa 1958.
Sales clerk Lucille Jagusch shows drapery samples to shopper Arlene Hardt at a Sears store in Niles, Illinois, in 1961.
People shop inside a Sears store in Morton Grove, Illinois, in 1961.
Soldiers guard a Sears store in Baltimore after riots broke out following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
People watch the Apollo 11 rocket launch at a Sears store in White Plains, New York, in 1969.
An iron worker helps construct the Sears Tower in Chicago. Sears’ new headquarters, built in 1973, was the world’s tallest building until 1998. Sears sold the building in 1994.
A customer shops in Woodfield, Illinois, in 1991.
A woman works at a Sears in Hicksville, New York, in 1994.
Seth Meyers, left, and Hugh Jackman play Sears photographers during a “Saturday Night Live” skit in 2001.
Kaylin Wilson sets up children’s clothes in a Kmart in Nashua, New Hampshire, in 2005. The store was the first Kmart in the country to begin receiving Sears merchandise after stockholders voted on a merger to form the nation’s third largest retailer.
Black Friday shoppers duck under the opening door of a Sears store in Mentor, Ohio, in 2011.
A woman in Mississauga, Ontario, looks at used store furniture for sale in 2008. The Sears location was closing forever.
A dismantled sign leans outside a Sears store in Nanuet, New York, one day after it closed in 2019.