Sears Chronology
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General Credit Office opens.

Employees receive group life insurance.

Sears launches Allstate Insurance Company.


Julius Rosenwald, chairman of the board since 1924, dies. His son, Lessing, succeeds as chairman.

Original Chicago-State Street store opens.


Sears issues its first Christmas catalog.
First windowless department store opens at the Chicago-Englewood location.

Sears News-Graphic, an employee newspaper, debuts and is later forwarded to draftees when World War II begins.

Sears celebrates its 50th anniversary (the "Golden Jubilee").


Robert E. Wood is named chairman.
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