Houses by Mail

Houses by Mail

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It was the American Dream by Mail Order a€”Smithsonian Americans have ordered from Sears, Roebuck just about everything they have needed for their homes for 100 yearsa€”but from 1908 to 1940, some 100, 000 people also purchased their houses from this mail-order wizard. Sears ready-to-assemble houses were ordered by mail and shipped by rail wherever a boxcar or two could pull in to unload the meticulously precut lumber and all the materials needed to build an exceptionally sturdy and well-designed house. From Philadelphia, Pa., to Coldwater, Kans., and Cowley, Wyo., Sears put its guarantee on quality bungalows, colonials and Cape Cods, all with the latest modern conveniencesa€”such as indoor plumbing. Houses by Mail tells the story of these precut houses and provides for the first time an incomparable guide to identifying Sears houses across the country. Arranged for easy identification in 15 sections by roof type, the book features nearly 450 house models with more than 800 illustrations, including drawings of the houses and floor plans. Because the Sears houses were built to last, thousands remain today to be discovered and restored. Houses by Mail shows how to return them to their original charm while it documents a highly successful business enterprise that embodied the spirit and domestic design of its time. qAfter decades of obscurity, Sears houses have become chic.q a€”Wall Street Journal qThese were a€b spacious, solidly built homes.q a€”Parade qDona€™t be surprised if your own cozy bungalow turns up [in the book].qa€”Philadelphia Inquirer qA nostalgic and informative look at the tastes of Americans in the years before World War€”Publishers Weekly qThe bible to researchers of Searsa€™ ready-cut€”Saturday Evening PostBetween 1908 and 1940 Sears was the place to find not only everything to fill an American home; it also manufactured and sold the houses themselves a€” approximately 450 ready-to- assemble designs from mansions to bungalows and evenanbsp;...

Title:Houses by Mail
Author: Katherine Cole Stevenson, H. Ward Jandl
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 1986

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