1897 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue [Facsimile]. $24.95, 650+ pages. Black and white.
The 1897 Sears Catalogue is the blueprint for the 20th century, pages and pages of products with amazing hand drawn illustrations, basically the only honest bible for the United States and what would happen over the next 100 years. Pure information, hundreds and hundreds of pages of products that Americans would order through this massive tome. Thousands and thousands of drawings designed to sell the products...a visual treasure trove. See it to believe it. Chris Ware's primary inspiration for Acme Novelty Library.