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. In 2009, London-based insurance broker Willis Group Holdings obtains the building's naming rights, rechristening it Willis Towers. In 2013, the 108-story, 1,451-foot skyscraper is surpassed as the tallest building in the United States by New York's One World Trade Center, which rises 1776 feet.
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."