Sears, Roebuck & Company Intercom Telephone

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Sears, Roebuck & Company Intercom Telephone

Alternative Title

Sears & Roebuck Phone


Orlando (Fla.)
Sears, Roebuck and Company
Department stores--Florida


An intercome telephone from the Sears, Roebuck & Company store, which was located at 111-113 North Orange Avenue in Orlando, Florida. Sears moved into the first floor of Philips Apartments in 1931. Before Sears arrived, the building, as well as the city of Orlando, was experiencing economic decline. However, Sears proved so successful that the building had to expand and the property value of the entire building increased by 25 percent. In 1939, F. Monroe Alleman and Kenneth Kraft bought the Sears building for $300,000. Twenty years later, Alleman sold the building for $1.1 million, but Sears was kept open with 12 years left on its lease.

In 1962, land on East Colonial Drive was bought to open a freestanding Sears store and a year later construction started. In 1973, the Sears on Colonial was incorporated with the Fashion Square Mall and it remains open today. On May 4, 1974, due to the expanding city and regional malls, the downtown Sears store closed its doors. Ten years later, the building was renovated and became what it is today, a bronze-colored glass tower nicknamed the Copper Whopper.


Original intercom telephone: Orlando Remembered Exhibit, Regions Bank, Orlando, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1931-1979


Meeks, Curtis

Is Format Of

Original color digital image by Rachel Williams, 2014.

Is Part Of

Orlando Remembered Exhibit, Regions Bank, Orlando, Florida.
Orlando Remembered Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection. RICHES of Central Florida.




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1 intercom telephone


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Sears, Roebuck & Company, Downtown Orlando, Florida

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History Teacher
Economics Teacher


Donated to Orlando Remembered by Curtis Meeks.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Orange County Regional History Center and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project


Williams, Rachel
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Orlando Remembered

External Reference

Bacon, Eve. Orlando: A Centennial History. Chuluota, Fla: Mickler House, 1975.
"Sears." Sears.
"About Sears Roebuck, and Co." Sears Holding Corporation.
"A Narrative History of Sears." Sears Archives.

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Original Format

1 intercom telephone



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