Sears modern homes catalog 1908 4th edition with images kit. Aug 12, 2016 in 1908 sears started offering homes through their mailorder program called modern homes. These authentic plans offer a wealth of information on building materials and other details, along with external views, floor plans, descriptions with prices. This plan, later named the corona, is a substantial craftsmanstyle bungalow with beamed ceilings, four bedrooms, a cozy second floor alcove, sleeping porch, and a. Modern homes catalog featured models of mount vernon and new york citys federal hall. This is a reprint of a 1912 sears modern homes catalog. The present volume, a meticulous reproduction of a rare sears, roebuck catalog of 1926, provides a thorough, accurate record of the companys honor bilt modern homes. First modern homes sales office opened in akron, oh. Can you imagine being able to flip through a sears, roebuck and co. From 1908 to 1940, the sears modern homes program offered. With three bedrooms and a bath, conveniently arranged living spaces and a modern floor plan that included abundant builtins, this modest californiabungalow house with tons of craftsmanstyle charm, would have suited all but the largest families. Each kit contained 10,00030,000 pieces of house and the framing members were marked to facilitate construction. Then, mail order companies were developing as marketing of goods by mail became possible with the. Sears, roebuck catalog of houses, small houses of the twenties an unabridged reprint.
Homes in a box modern homes from sears roebuck, is a facsimile reproduction of the sears modern homes catalog. Sears reported that more than 70,000 of these homes were sold in north america between 1908 and 1940. Sears modern homes were catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by sears, roebuck and company, an american retailer. Homes in a box modern homes from sears roebuck is a facsimile reproduction of the sears modern homes catalog. Sears roebuck kit homesmail order houseshistoric house plans. Sears is fading, but memories of its mailorder homes endure. Book of modern homes and building plans vintage catalog in my etsy store. See more ideas about kit homes, old houses and vintage house plans. The pieces that arrived in the mail were meant to fit together sort of like.
These homes were offered either as simple kits with only the blueprints and billofmaterials or as complete homes with all. May 16, 2016 from 1908 to 1940, you could choose from over 400 styles of homes to purchase through sears, roebuck and co. Sold under the sears modern homes brand, the kits soon became a huge hit. For thousands of americans, catalogs such as sears modern. Sears modern homes were catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by sears, roebuck and co. Sears ends modern homes program, having sold more than 100,000 units, not including cabins, cottages, garages, outhouses, and farm buildings. Sears appears to be going out of business, and in a few months, my little book business will follow suit.
Modern homes from sears roebuck schiffer design book. Like this page to learn about homes purchased as kits through mail order catalogs. To meet this need, sears advertised houses without bathrooms well into the 1920s. Now i want books on 20s through 60s, seeing how the houses change. Does sears holdings give permission to reproduce catalog pages or images. Sears sold 70,000 homes from their catalog, are you living in. In 1908, sears issued its first specialty catalog for houses, book of modern homes and building plans, featuring 44 house. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read sears modern homes, 19. Fill out the blank you will find in the back of this book. The searsroebuck catalogue colorado county citizen. Each kit contained between 10,00030,000 pieces with which you could build your house. Sears modern homes 19 by sears roebuck staff 2006, paperback at the best online prices at ebay. In 1999, i started working on a book about sears kit homes. Reproduced from a rare 19 edition, this volume features 112 designs for homes of comfort and refinement.
It appears to be the 1908 catalog but it has 52 pgs. Sears craftsmanstyle house modern home 264b240 the. With 447 styles to choose from, the kits came with everything from nails to varnish for building a home from the ground up. Electricity and municipal water systems were not available in every locale where sears homes were sold. Sears modern homes, 19 dover architecture sears roebuck and co. More than 370 different home designs in a wide range of architectural styles and sizes were offered over the. It gives a nostalgic look at the more than one hundred home kits sold by sears roebuck in the early 1900s. Sears catalogue was a book of bargains, and the cheapest supply house on earth, assuring the lowest prices and best values. For this weeks listing of the week, we decided to find seven charming sears catalog homes you can actually buy. These many decades later, those same markings can help identify a home as a sears kit home.
Dec 26, 2018 what made sears modern homes modern was the use of new building materials such as drywall and asphalt shingles and the option to include amenities such as electricity, indoor plumbing, and central heating, all of which were somewhat novel for typical residences of the time. Sears considered closing its unprofitable building supplies department. Modern homes catalog featured the standard oil housing community. Sears homes were shipped via boxcar and came with a 75page instruction book. Doubtlessly, there were eagle lake and county houses which came from the sears home catalogue and the modern homes program, lasting for 32 years with 447 designs. A reprint of the 1919 catalog rebecca hunter, 2005, the preface coauthors, hunter and dale wolicki, explain that sears, roebuck and co. Sears sold modern homes kits like this one between 19081940. Also sears robuck home catalogs, packed with historic house plans.
In some cases, sears houses were more modern than the communities in which they were built. In the 1900s, sears, roebuck and company started the homeinabox trend with its catalog kit homes. Jan 14, 2018 davenport from 1908 to 1940, between 70,000 and 75,000 homes in the united states were built through using the mailorder sear, roebuck and co. Sears catalog home sears modern homes sears modern homes was the brand name that sears roebuck used for their homes sold through mail order catalog as well as through retail stores and modern homes salespersons. This was another catalog in the list of catalogs offered by sears. For thousands of americans, catalogs such as sears modern homes were the first step in realizing their dreams of owning a home. Over 300 photographs and illustrations, with full descriptions, offer views of 86 different houses and cottages of widely varying sizes and designs. Sears began offering house plans, and later kit houses, to the american market in the first two decades of the 20th century and continued until 1940.
In early 2002, it was selfpublished, and i used 50% of my net worth to produce 1,000 copies. Sears grew into one of the nations largest corporations, redefining the. Just like ordering a pair of slippers or a mixer, sears published a catalog that allowed you to pick standard plans and order the home for delivery. The name more accurately reflects the extent of homes that were sold as they were not limited to just the homes sold through. Building supplies are sold through sears, roebuck and company general catalog 1906. Oct 20, 2018 the sears modern homes catalog debuted in 1908, and it offered all the material and blueprints needed to build a house.
Sears, roebuck and company is a retail giant with 19thcentury roots as a mailorder business operating in rural america. Throughout the 1920s, housing sales brought tremendous profits to sears. All the lumber will be precut and arrive with instructions for your dad and uncles to assemble and build. Antique collectors, home hobbyists, and fans of traditional design will find this book a bountiful resource for valuable tips on building and restoration. In 1895, sears, roebuck and company began selling building materials in.229 1128 144 1042 770 625 527 416 78 291 31 1010 1143 667 281 61 1136 675 1473 727 328 1278 597 1267 1115 581 675 93 869 1447 1339 1425 599