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Old 03-24-2011, 08:32 AM   #21
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It's on my list of favorites Rose.

That's a great blog and a good example for others to follow with there own blog. Great content!

Keep typing away Rose.

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Old 03-24-2011, 08:37 AM   #22
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Hey Rose

You posted a house called the "burbank" http://www.searshomes.org/index.php/blog/

Imagine if people built these instaed o the monster homes in the last 25 years. I bet we would be happier and I bet we wouldn't be in this financial mess. Homes like the ones you have on your website were homes that raised a lot of baby boomers.

It's funny how we have gone away from that....sad really.

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Excellent work there Rose, and thank you for the link to my "chimney flashing/cricket" webpage. I don't have a link page on that site so I have added you to my link page at http://www.roofingcontractorreview.c...fing-Websites/
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I LOVE the History...

But now I have yet another drive-time distraction.

My Auto Insurance is gonna go up!
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A few cool images from the Aladdin catalog.







Aladdin kit homes get their name from the mythical genie who built his master a "house in a day." In this picture, I think the genie is headed back into his bottle, having finished his little Aladdin Marsden.

Notice the post-apocalyptic orange sky.

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Rose

I just received your book in the mail today. What a wonderful book you wrote. My wife is reading it as I type this.

We want to build a new house in the next year or so and we want it to be small. The prints in the book are giving us all sorts of ideas....as well as you website. It's amazing how much detail went into the older small houses of the day.

Just wanted to say thanks!

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I live 4 miles from Bay City Mi. Alot of those kit houses are still around town. My first house I bought in Essexille, had a pile of old lumber yard bills from 1904 - 1911. I will try to find them and get them posted.
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Yesterday, I was in Rocky Mount, NC and found these AWESOME houses. Now tell me that *this* looks like a mail-order house?

It's a Sears Elmhurst, and it's pretty rare. I've only seen ONE other in my 11 years on the road! The Elmhurst in Rocky Mount (below) has had some additions (left and right), but it's still an Elmhurst.





This is an Aladdin Williamette, and I've never seen any of these before. Huge house with many distinctive features.





Aladdin Detroit:


And a perfect match:


And a Lustron that wants only to be euthanized and put out of its misery. As I said on my blog, Lustrons were made of 2x2 20-gage metal panels with a porcelain enamel coating. Painting a Lustron is akin to painting the top of a 1960s Lady Kenmore washing machine. It never turns out well. The are only about 2,500 Lustrons in the country. They were true prefabs and were sold in 1948-1949.





More pictures here.


Let me know if you guys are getting tired of looking at the pictures. I never get tired of it, but then again, I am *truly* strange.

Really.
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I was thinking more along the lines of more pictures Rose.

I'd like to see examples of every kit home out there. I know there are some in my neck of the wood. I just need to be able to identify them.
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If anyone does not like these threads, then too bad. I know I am speaking for many of our members when I say your posts are interesting and the pictures provide a fascinating insight and are worthwhile....very worthwhile, so please continue.

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What Jay said I like this type of thread.
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Rose, I'm curious. Were any of the kit manufacturers offering reverse plans to suit site conditions?
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Rose, I'm curious. Were any of the kit manufacturers offering reverse plans to suit site conditions?
Oh yeah! All you had to do was write "reverse" on the order form, and Sears (or Aladdin or Gordon Van Tine or whomever) would send you the "mirror image" of whatever house. Ordering a "reversed" kit home floor plan was very common.

Back in the day, people liked to have their house situated on the lot in such a way that a sun porch or sun room would have a southern exposure.

Don't hesitate to send me photos or post a picture here. I'd love to help you find some of the hidden treasures in your own neighborhoods!

Here's more from Rocky Mount:







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I will just have to take the time this morning to drive out to the place my neighbor told me is a Sears home, and post the picture to check out.
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I have to agree with the others, these are the most interesting pics.

I'm sure there are some of those houses around here, but I find myself looking when I should be driving.
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I love the history in these threads Rose... KEEP THEM COMING!!



There's a little air-base town near here that has some lustron homes that look like new... (well, at least they didn't paint them)

I'll try to snap some pics if I get over there
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Please just keep posting Rose. I know many of us share a common curiosity of the building practices of our predecessors.

I understand Sears would catalog many parts to add architectural details to houses. I suppose individual parts predated the availability of full kits?

I had always been amazed at the houses from around the turn of the century and their wonderful exterior elements. Then I came across (I don't recall where) a page from a Sears catalog from which these parts could be ordered.

I remember seeing substantial corbels for something like $1.05 each.

When doing restoration work it's challenging to copy parts one by one. Having pieces run out of a mill/factory at an affordable price must have been great.

Sorry to have drifted a little off topic.

Thinking about the factory behind the scenes, what a set up these kit home providers must have had to offer such a complete package. It's a stretch but you wouldn't have any photos of construction or manufacture of these kits by chance?
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And here is the house I was told is a Sears home. I can remember when people lived in n this house when I was a kid....but it looks bad now....bet it won't be there in a few years.
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There was a Lustron house down the street from me.

She had someone screw furring strips on it and then hardie plank it.

I pretty much told her it looks like a sack of barf now.

I could never ruin a unique house like that.
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Great information Rose and thanks for sharing your pictures and knowledge with us. I actually have a two volume set of books (Steel Square and Its Uses-- Radford) from Sears and Roebuck published in 1915 and in the back of the books it shows pictures of the houses and prices for the plans. An example one is the price of plans is $3.00 The specs of house (this is one of the smaller ones that is listed) 16 feet 6 inches wide with a length of 28 feet 6 inches, exclusive of porches. Cost of the house is appx $300 to $450, according to the locality in which it is built. But I dont think they are kit homes---they are just selling the plans and the carpenter gets material locally and builds from the plans. Did these compainies in addittion to selling kit homes--- did they also sell plans for the homes that weren't kit form--or was it an option to just buy the plan portion of a kit home and not the material---or was plan sales only a completely different style of home that wasnt offered as a kit??

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