I have a Sears check that states "Pay to the Order of
Bearer" for $.03. It was issued by the First National Bank
of Chicago and signed "Crowdus Baker, Treasurer." Can
you tell me how old this is?
The check you describe, which is most likely a reimbursement
check for overpayment of merchandise or shipping cost, likely
dates from the late 1920s to 1930s, when Baker was Sears'
treasurer. Incidentally, Crowdus Baker later served as Sears'
president from 1960 to 1968 and as vice chairman from 1968 to