In 1886 there were only 38 states in the United States.
Electric power was still cutting edge technology that few people had ever seen.
The Statue of Liberty hadn’t even been dedicated yet.
But it was that year that a man named Richard Sears founded a small retail company in Minneapolis, Minnesota that would grow into a retail juggernaut.
Sears was truly the Amazon of its day.
Even in the late 1800s the company was able to deliver just about any product you wanted right to your doorstep.
This was no small feat considering the first delivery truck wouldn’t be invented until 1895. There was no transportation infrastructure.