Nostalgia is a great thing! Isn't it why some of us collect the old Sears tractors? For me, to hear the old Tecumseh HH motor barking to a start always makes me think of days long gone by when the Suburbans were common on many larger lawns in my neighborhood. Of course those memories are focused through rose colored glasses. It all comes to reality when it's ten degrees outside and that old starter/generator isn't spinning the Tecumseh fast enough to get it to start. Well, the Nostalgia part is more fun anyway. :-)
Another part of the Nostalgia for me was seeing the tractors at the local Sears store. In the store near me we (kids) were allowed to play on the tractors. I remember the wonderful red paint of the Customs. The tires would squeak on the tile floor when you turned the wheels. Wow! Then they had brochures for the tractors you could have. And I had plenty of them. Of course they were either thrown out or burned in the fireplace as I got older and moved onto other pursuits.
The magic of E-Bay brings the brochures back within reach....and view. I've had the chance to purchase many of them over the years. A good part of this website I've cobbled together over the years is made up of images they contain and other printed Sears material from the good old days. I particularly enjoyed the splashy artwork on the 1968 brochure. Here they are:
Note that the original Sears images hosted on this site are intended to be used for educational or reference purposes only. Owners of Sears tractors often are interested in what year their tractor was manufactured. Also of interest to owners are the color schemes and decals originally applied to the tractors. It is the hope of the owner of this site that the images may be of use to those interested in restoring their tractors to their original condition or who are merely curious as to when they were made. This site is strictly non-profit in nature. The funds used to purchase the material on E-Bay and to host this site are contributed by the site owner at his personal expense.