11 Bizarre and Dangerous Items Sold by Sears in 1902

Long before Amazon, there was Sears and Roebuck. If you lived anywhere the postal service delivered to, you could order everything from farm tools to lingerie to opium. The opium has since been dropped from the catalog. Mental_floss has a look at some of the more bizarre items you could have ordered in 1902. Shown here are the magical Arsenic Complexion Wafers that would improve “even the coarsest and most repulsive skin and complexion." I first thought it was a bar of soap, but its likely that these were sold to be ingested. Link


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The Meriden Firearms Company was formed when Sears, Roebuck & Co. purchased the Andrew Fyrberg & Sons firearms manufacturing plant and moved the plant and machinery to Meriden, Connecticut, 1905 in the Malleable Iron Company's plant. The company started manufacturing firearms mid 1905. They sold their guns through the Sears catalog.

I have no problem with guns, but in the wrong hands they are dangerous. Everyone should consider a training course in their safe and proper use, and the ethical and legal aspects of ownership and their use in self defense. Please keep your firearms secured.
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My bother and I would go nuts when that arrived! Camping, fishing, hunting, tools, hiking boots, even cabins and small houses! We needed all of it. But Dad said no, we did after all, live in suburban Long Island,NY. But we were dreamers!
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