The rise and fall of Sears

Black Friday shoppers line up outside a Sears store in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in 2007.

The rise and fall of Sears

The rise and fall of Sears

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.

The rise and fall of Sears

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.

The rise and fall of Sears

Sales clerks go on strike in Chicago circa 1946.

The rise and fall of Sears

A Sears store in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1949.

The rise and fall of Sears

People vote inside a Sears store in Tucson, Arizona, in 1953.

The rise and fall of Sears

A woman receives a cosmetics consultation at a Sears store in Caracas, Venezuela, circa 1953.

The rise and fall of Sears

A worker goes over files in Sears’ catalog office.

The rise and fall of Sears

Cars fill a parking lot outside a Sears store, circa 1958.

The rise and fall of Sears

Sales clerk Lucille Jagusch shows drapery samples to shopper Arlene Hardt at a Sears store in Niles, Illinois, in 1961.

The rise and fall of Sears

People shop inside a Sears store in Morton Grove, Illinois, in 1961.

The rise and fall of Sears

Soldiers guard a Sears store in Baltimore after riots broke out following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

The rise and fall of Sears

People watch the Apollo 11 rocket launch at a Sears store in White Plains, New York, in 1969.

The rise and fall of Sears

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.

The rise and fall of Sears

A customer shops in Woodfield, Illinois, in 1991.

The rise and fall of Sears

A woman works at a Sears in Hicksville, New York, in 1994.

The rise and fall of Sears

Seth Meyers, left, and Hugh Jackman play Sears photographers during a “Saturday Night Live” skit in 2001.

The rise and fall of Sears

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.

The rise and fall of Sears

Black Friday shoppers duck under the opening door of a Sears store in Mentor, Ohio, in 2011.

The rise and fall of Sears

A woman in Mississauga, Ontario, looks at used store furniture for sale in 2008. The Sears location was closing forever.

The rise and fall of Sears

A dismantled sign leans outside a Sears store in Nanuet, New York, one day after it closed in 2019.

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