Collection of American home building trade catalogs from the first half of the twentieth century, including examples of catalogs focused on kit and readi-cut houses, stucco house plans, California Colonial house plans, small or modestly priced homes, wood and steel portable garages and other buildings, complete garage sets, lock-joint columns, birch woodwork, heating and air conditioning, small pedestal tables, and vanishing door wardrobes, from companies located in Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and California. Profusely illustrated throughout from photographs, drawings, floor plans, and elevations, including some in color. Various sizes, 8vo. to 4to. All with original wrpps., most illustrated, some scattered toning, minor abrasions, handling wear, etc., overall good to very good condition. Various cities, circa 1903-1956.
Several of the catalogs in this group belong to the category of "kit houses", a type of housing developed largely in Michigan in the early 20th century. Companies like Aladdin and Sterling helped pioneer the technology that sent homes in thousands of pre-cut pieces to be constructed on site. Michigan became the center of kit-home manufacturing.
Other catalogs focus on selling homes through key phrases such as "amazing home values", "homes of moderate cost", and "homes of originality and economy". Dating from the 1930s and 1940s, these home catalogs spoke to the financial concerns of home buyers during the Great Depression and the war years, assuring Americans that "better living" could still be achieved with "practical economy".
The full listing of catalogs included in this collection are:
The Findlay Table Manufacturing Co., Manufacturers of Pedestals and Tabourets. Findlay, Ohio: The Findlay Table Mfg. Co., 1903. 18 pp.
Koll's Patent Lock-Joint Staved and Turned Columns. Price List and Catalogue 40. Architects' Edition. Chicago: Hartmann-Sanders Company, 1913. 48 pp. One column photograph has been cut out.
McKinney Complete Garage Sets For All Types of Entrances including Swinging, Sliding-Folding, and Around-the-Corner. Pittsburgh: McKinney Manufacturing Company, circa 1922. 18 pp.
Beautiful Birch for Beautiful Woodwork. Oshkosh, Wisconsin: Northern Hemlock and Hardwood Manufacturers Association, 1926. 44 pp.
Brooks-Skinner Co., Inc. The largest manufacturers of Wood and Steel Portable and Permanent Garages, Bungalows, Cottages, Hospitals, School Houses, Factories, Etc. in the Eastern States. Quincy, Massachusetts: Brooks-Skinner Co., 1926. 12 pp. with loose price list.
Evans Vanishing Door: "Millions Hang their Wraps in Evans Vanishing Door Wardrobes". Washington, Indiana: W.L. Evans, 1928. 48 pp.
Liberty's Amazing Home Values. Bay City, Michigan: Lewis Mfg. Co., 1930. 40 pp. with order sheet and payment plan bound in.
Wood and Steel Buildings for Every Purpose. Quincy, Massachusetts: Brooks-Skinner Company Inc., 1930. 96 pp.
Sterling Homes. Bay City, Michigan: International Mill & Timber Co., 1932. 48 pp. with order form and payment plan bound in.
Dream Homes. Los Angeles: Cleveland Publications, circa 1940. Unpag. 32 pp.
Enchanted Homes. Los Angeles: Cleveland Publications, circa 1940. Unpag. 32 pp.
Selected Homes. Los Angeles: Cleveland Publications, circa 1940. Unpag. 32 pp.
Small Homes Year Book. Fall Winter. The Standard Guide for Home Builders. New York: National Home Builders Bureau, 1940. 82 pp. with painting on back cover done especially for this yearbook by Howard Chandler Christy.
Homes of Moderate Cost. Ravenna / Garrettsville / Kent, Ohio: The P.L. Frank Lumber Co./National Plan Service, 1941. 40 pp.
Heating, Winter Air Conditioning, Plumbing for Your Home. Pittsburgh: American Radiator & Standard Sanitary Corporation, 1945. 48 pp.
Your Home Planned for Today and Tomorrow. Syracuse, New York: National Plan Service/Chapman Lumber Company, Inc., 1947. 48 pp.
The New Look in Homes for 1950 as presented by Aladdin Designers in the New Aladdin Catalog for 1950. Aladdin Readi-Cut Houses are not Prefabricated. Bay City, Michigan: The Aladdin Company, 1950. 16 pp.
Aladdin Readi-Cut Homes (Not Prefabricated) Sold by The Golden Rule. Our 50th Anniversary Issue. Bay City, Michigan: The Aladdin Company, 1956. 69 pp. with loose Freight Paid Price List.
Book ID: 51320