Dating the age of Sears, Roebuck and Co. fabric samples?

Hi-In a box of old quilt patterns and quilting templates, I found an envelope stamped with “Samples Enclosed” on the outside.  Inside I found six smaller envelopes with fabric samples inside.  The samples include:

Cotton Broadcloth Catalog No. 36 D 5110 Serviceable Quality Width, 35 inches, Thirty choice for shirts, shorts, smocks, childrens clothes.

Fifi Plain Colors Catalog No. 36 K 5122 Washfast, Boilfast Width 36 inches Fine 68 by 72 thread count cotton Soft Finish Loverly Color Galore

Value Leader Percale Catalog No 36 D 5130 Washfast, Boilfast, 36 inches wide — Serviceable Quality

Smart Style Percale Catalog No. 36 K 5140 Washfast Width 36 inches Standard 64 by 60 thread count cotton For Trimmings, Dresses, Curtains, Aprons

Plain Color Paradise Catalog No. 36 K 5155 Washfast, Boilfast Width 36 inches Extra Fine Cotton 80 by 80 thread count Famous for Wear Rich in Color

Sophomore Broadcloth Catalog No. 36 K 5180 Washfast, Boilfast Width, 36 inches Soft Lustered, Strong Serviceable Texture 100 by 60 cotton threads to square inch

All envelopes have SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. printed at the bottom along with F-6006.

Included in the larger envelope is a letter from the Personal Service Dept. at SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO.  There is no date.

Is there a way to date these samples?  Do the catalog numbers provide any information?Thanks for any help you can provide-


By: Karen Powers

One Response to “Dating the age of Sears, Roebuck and Co. fabric samples?”

  1. Judith says:

    What an exciting find, Karen! Finding the date of these samples will take lots of time and patience. Look at the quest as though you are solving a mystery and there are just clues and not answers in the information you posted. Wish I could give you a quick, easy answer but I can’t. Maybe some of our readers can be more helpful?