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Old 04-27-2011, 07:45 PM   #81
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did you help produce step brothers?
Jimmy miller was in the credits and your picture was one of the guys before
That was JWilliams, no?
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:14 PM   #82
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That was JWilliams, no?
oh ya, i knew it was a J something

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He's an OSHA compliant creepy silouhette guy.

Got his hard hat on.
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Back to the topic at hand...

Those are great photos of Lustrons. So many of them have really had a hurting put on them through insensitive remodeling.

Here's another cool chapter in the story of kit homes: DUPLEXES.











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That's cool! I had no idea they did duplexes.
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And fourplexes, too!

Imagine building *this* from a kit!






And can someone explain to me just what a "light shaft" is? Is it really just a big opening to provide ventilation, because that seems like a waste of space.

And then there's my personal favorite: The Magnolia







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I think the light shaft is a great little feature, ventilated or not.

I had a bathroom in the center of my second floor with only a fixed skylight for natural light. It was one of my favorite features of the house.
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Can anyone help me identify this home in the northern subburbs of Pittsburgh, PA? County records indicate that it was built in 1932, but locals think it was built earlier (and adjacent houses were built in 1922). Is this a Sears, Alladin, or other kit home maker prevalent at the time? Thank you for your assistance.
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Can anyone help me identify this home in the northern subburbs of Pittsburgh, PA? County records indicate that it was built in 1932, but locals think it was built earlier (and adjacent houses were built in 1922). Is this a Sears, Alladin, or other kit home maker prevalent at the time? Thank you for your assistance.
There are many Sears Homes and Aladdin Homes in Pennsylvania, but I don't recognize that house as a kit home.

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Jim!

Those pictures of the Lustrons are AWESOME!!

I'd be grateful if you'd email me those photos, together with permission to use them at my website.

Here's a blog I wrote on Lustrons. They're fascinating little houses, built in a post-war plant that had been manufacture bombers during the war.

http://www.searshomes.org/index.php/...uture-in-1948/

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I grew up in a little town that had several Lustrons. It was kinda unusual because there's 7-8 of them, all within 3 blocks..

We were always told that they were supposed to be 'bomb proof', and since there used to be an air force base there, it seemed to make sense

Here's a few pics I snapped last year while visiting...











and here's a nesting pair



It's amazing how good the roof's look, and a couple of well maintained ones look like new.
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Did a little searching for more info

there's 9, they are 'newports', only 39 were made of that model..

Here's a website with better pics and more info...link
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This is a very interesting thread! I am glad you started it!
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This is a very interesting thread! I am glad you started it!
Wow, this thread has been around for two years!

And so have I.

Does anyone else have any photos to share, that they'd like help with identifying?

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Glad to see you back Rose
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Glad to see you back Rose
Oh I'm still around, but mostly a lurker these days.

I'm getting ready to start a new thread, but still screwing up my courage to do so.

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Oh I'm still around, but mostly a lurker these days.

I'm getting ready to start a new thread, but still screwing up my courage to do so.

Start it, its getting pretty boring....

Nice to hear from you again, Rose
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It's good to see you on hear again Rose.

Here are a couple pics for you.

I worked across the street from these houses, the neighborhood has quite a few Sears homes in the area. This is a duplex.

I recall you said once that Sears produced some duplexes, what is your opinion on these?





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Richard Nixon's childhood home was a kit home, built by his father, and was long thought to be a Sears. But apparently historians haven't been able to find it in the Sears catalog. It's on the grounds of his presidential library, or maybe it's the other way around. Fairly humble beginnings.
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Richard Nixon's childhood home was a kit home, built by his father, and was long thought to be a Sears. But apparently historians haven't been able to find it in the Sears catalog. It's on the grounds of his presidential library, or maybe it's the other way around. Fairly humble beginnings.
The folks that oversee the old Nixon homestead contacted me several years ago. I told them then that it is definitely NOT a Sears Home, and suggested that it was probably a kit home from Pacific Ready Cut Homes. PRCH was a big deal in Los Angeles, and sold 40,000 kit homes in and around California.

Nixon was born in California, as I recall.

Glad to see they're no longer claiming it is a Sears kit home because it is NOT.

Tom, that big old duplex is a massive house, but it's not a Sears kit. The house looks to be older than 1910. Sears started selling kit homes in 1908, but didn't have their first sale until 1909. And they didn't sell many that first year (as in, less than 100). It wasn't until the end of the Great War (1918) that sales really took off.

How about a Westly? Surely someone's seen a Westly in their travels! This was one of Sears most popular homes.






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