Sears has been one of the most popular stores since 1886. The company has gone through a lot of changes over the years, but through it all it has remained one of the most recognizable companies in the country. Sure, they are currently going through some financial difficulty, but the history of the store is so insane it's hard to connect it with the current retailer.
Check out these 5 fascinating facts about the company that has been around for well over 100 years!
The government paid spies in Sears products
The Vietnam war started in 1955 and ran for almost 20 years. The government spent the entirety of the 60s focused on ways to gain advantage against the Vietnamese. They had to use some interesting tactics to get information, including employing spies to get recon. The issue was that paying them in American money was pretty much useless to them.
Instead of paying them in American money, the spies were sent Sears catalogs that they could pick items out of to have shipped to them. Apparently they would order things like vests, jackets, belts and other clothing items. The product shipments continued until it was no longer safe to do so.
Sears used to sell cocaine
In the 1880s Sears & Roebuck catalog (what Sears used to be called) sold cocaine and opiates in syringes. You could by a small syringe of cocaine for $1.50.