Sears, Roebuck & Company Blimp

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Title

Sears, Roebuck & Company Blimp

Alternative Title

Sears & Roebuck Blimp

Subject

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

Description

A Sears, Roebuck & Company blimp on the roof of the Sears store located at 111-113 North Orange Avenue in Downtown 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.

Source

Original black and white photograph: Orlando Remembered Exhibit, Regions Bank, Orlando, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1931-1979

Contributor

Daily, Mrs. Garrett E.

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original black and white photograph.

Is Part Of

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

Format

image/jpg

Extent

87.4 KB

Medium

1 black and white photograph

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Sears, Roebuck & Company, Downtown Orlando, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Donated to Orlando Remembered by Mrs. Garrett E. Daily.

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

Curator

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. http://www.sears.com/.
"About Sears Roebuck, and Co." Sears Holding Corporation. http://www.searsholdings.com/about/sears/.
"A Narrative History of Sears." Sears Archives. http://www.searsarchives.com/history/index.htm.

Transcript

Sears, Roebuck & Co. blimp on roof of Sears Building
From Mrs. Garrett E. Daily

SEARS DAYS

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