Hammacher Schlemmer marks 125 years of innovation by introducing a wave of product offerings that had never been available for home purchase: the Rovaphone-the first cordless telephone, the first coffee machine - Mr. Coffee, and the portable computer.
On May 3, 1973, the Sears Tower in Chicago is completed, becoming the world's tallest building - a distinction it will hold until 1998. The 108-story, 1,451-foot skyscraper is still the tallest building in the United States.
The Electric Closet organizes clothing and accessories on a revolving lazy susan type mechanism. The device operates via hand switch or foot pedal so "you never need to move from the doors to reach a particular garment." The eight-foot wide closet sells for $2,500 without installation.
Our 125th anniversary edition features an assortment of unique kitchen and entertaining products from a "provision cabinet" with clear plastic containers to a gourmet serving cart with an integrated wine rack. Curiously, our gnomes are replaced with tin man figurines, available for $135 each. In a full-page letter on the opening spread, we reaffirm our commitment to customer service, pledging to continue "loyal, dedicated, trained: bent upon serving you. Now as in 1848, things are on the move. We are in busy-ness now as we were 125 years ago, under our policy: COMPLETE SATISTACTION GUARANTEED."