The Aladdin Florence

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Pride of ownership in the Aladdin Florence!  To the lover of simplicity the Florence has a strong attraction, its well balanced and commodious porch, finely proportioned roof and dormer window, wide front windows and shingled gables all being in perfect harmony.

Let’s look at two great examples of the Aladdin Florence shipped from Bay City Michigan to  Oklahoma and New Hampshire.

The Aladdin Florence from my 1916 catalog, offered from 1914-1922.

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This Aladdin Florence is in Erick, Oklahoma.

 

Built by Grover Boyd Toon, a farmer, in 1920. This once farm home was home to Grover, his wife Emma, and their two daughters Mildred and Ruth and son Elmer for many years.

 

This Aladdin Florence was built in Haverhill, New Hampshire by Ray Bailey a railroad brakeman.

 

Ray Bailey of Woodsville, New Hampshire extended an invitation to see his Aladdin Florence in this testimony I found in an Aladdin Magazine from my collection.

 

The Aladdin Florence, home of Ray Bailey , his wife Alice and their three children Kenneth, Marjorie and Eleanor in Haverhill, New Hampshire.

 

Are you living in a kit home?  Know of one?  Need help identifying one?   If so, please contact me!

There are three ways to contact me.  By email: searshomes@yahoo.com (photos welcome and encouraged)

You can contact me through Sears Modern Homes on facebook.

Or, you can leave a reply at the end of this blog.

To see two very early Aladdin homes click here. The earliest confirmed Aladdin that I am aware of!

To see two of the earliest Sears homes click here.

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

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The Aladdin Emerald, A 5-Room Cottage Home

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The Aladdin Emerald was a 5 room cottage measuring 16×30 feet. I think today we might call that a tiny house.  🙂

The Emerald was constructed of the same grade of materials as the larger more expensive homes that Aladdin offered.

In 1920 a hardware salesman, Frank Foote, ordered this Aladdin Emerald.  It was shipped to Pawhuska, Osage County, Oklahoma.

If you click on the image and zoom in you will see that the Aladdin Emerald in Pawhuska, Oklahoma still has the original mullion frame casement windows mentioned in the catalog description!

This Aladdin Emerald was the home of Frank Foote, his wife Grace and their daughter Bessie. Bessie married in 1934. Frank and Grace were still living here in 1940.

Frank passed away in 1947 and Grace passed away in 1973. Bessie was an honor student at Pawhuska. She went on to college, married an accountant, Leroy Hayden, and they eventually ended up in Dallas, Tx. Bessie passed away in San Antonio in 1997.

I stopped by the train depot in Pawhuska. It is now the Osage County Historical Society. I didn’t have time to go inside, it was the end of the day. Next trip! I also learned that Pawhuska is the home of the first Boy Scout Troop in America!

 

This monument is outside of the train depot in Pawhuska. It lists the first Boy Scout Troop members. The name at the top on the right column is RD Foote. I bet he is related to Frank Foote.

This statue is located at the train depot too. It commemorates the first Boy Scout troop in America.

On my next trip, I’ll visit the museum and eat at Ree Drummond’s new place!

 

Are you living in a kit home?  Know of one?  Need help identifying one?   If so, please contact me!

There are three ways to contact me.  By email: searshomes@yahoo.com (photos welcome and encouraged)

You can contact me through Sears Modern Homes on facebook.

Or, you can leave a reply at the end of this blog.

To see two very early Aladdin homes click here. The earliest confirmed Aladdin that I am aware of!

To see two of the earliest Sears homes click here.

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

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Sears Modern Home Number 164

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The Sears Modern Home number 164 is a colonial with gambrel roof. The entire house is sided with shingles including the porch columns. I have two to share in this blog. Maybe you have seen this rare house!

The Sears Modern Homes No 164 was offered from 1911-1917. The 1913 catalog tells us this model was built in Miami, Fla. Closter, NJ. Beach Haven NJ. Dunkirk NY. New York, NY. and Rochester, NY.

 

The Sears 164 that was built in Dunkirk, New York .  It still has the shingle siding!

 

The Sears 164 that was built in Dunkirk, New York .

The Sears 164 that was built in Dunkirk, New York .  Here’s a look at the back, something we don’t always get to see!

 

This Sears 164 was built in Closter, New Jersey.   It also still has the wood shingle siding!

This Sears 164 was built in Closter, New Jersey.   You can just barely make out the living room bump out.

We can’t see the back of the Sears 164 in Closter, New Jersey but we can see the left side this time.

 

Have you seen a Sears number 164?    If so, please contact me!

There are three ways to contact me.  By email: searshomes@yahoo.com (photos welcome and encouraged)

You can contact me through the Sears Modern Homes on facebook page.

Or, you can leave a reply at the end of this blog.

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Sears Modern Home 64 in West Haven CT.

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The Sears Modern Homes number 64 was one of the first models offered by Sears in 1908. I was able to locate one with the help of a testimony from 1911.

To see the Sears 1908 Catalog of Modern Homes click here.

With this testimony I set out to find a Sears Modern Homes 64. This was the home of Louis and Alma Streitlein and their daughter and adopted son.

With this testimony I set out to find a Sears Modern Homes 64. This was the home of Louis and Alma Streitlein and their daughter and adopted son.

 

This is the Sears Modern Home number 64 that the Streitleins lived in in New haven CT.

This is the Sears Modern Home number 64 that the Streitleins lived in in New haven CT.

 

This is from my 1908, 4th edition of the sears Modern Homes catalog Model 64 was offered until 1913 and as model 211 too.

This is from my 1908, 4th edition of the Sears Modern Homes catalog.  I’m not too fond of that room arrangement.  The largest room is the dining room and not really any place to add a bathroom if needed or when needed.   I’m sure that addition solved that problem.

 

Model 64 was offered until 1913 and as model 211 too.

 

Louis and Alma Streitlein's Sears Modern Home number 64.

Louis and Alma Streitlein’s Sears Modern Home number 64.

 

Have you seen a Sears number 64?    If so, please contact me!

There are three ways to contact me.  By email: searshomes@yahoo.com (photos welcome and encouraged)

You can contact me through Sears Modern Homes on facebook.

Or, you can leave a reply at the end of this blog.

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

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Henry Wilson Number 167 in Nova Scotia

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A few months ago I received an email asking for help from someone who was researching her home. She thought it might be a kit home but couldn’t find anything that would match. I was told the house was in Nova Scotia. That didn’t rule out a kit home but the first thing that came to my mind was a pattern home. I told her to email me a few photos and I would take a look. I immediately recognized the house! The Nova Scotia bungalow is a good candidate for a Henry Wilson number 167.

 I believe this Nova Scotia bungalow was built from Henry L Wilson plan number 167. Photo copyright Debra Brose

I believe this Nova Scotia bungalow was built from Henry L Wilson plan number 167.

 

Photo copyright Debra Brose

 

This is from my 1907 Henry L Wilson catalog. I think this may be the earliest publication for Henry L Wilson designs. It's the earliest I've seen anyway. The bungalow in Nova Scotia was built reversed, an option offered to homeowners.

This is from my 1907 Henry L Wilson catalog, The Bungalow Book. I think this may be the earliest publication for Henry L Wilson designs. It’s the earliest I’ve seen anyway. The bungalow in Nova Scotia was built reversed, an option offered to homeowners.

 

Click on the image to read that small print and see the catalog page in full resolution.

 

I couldn't help her as far as who built this house or who lived here but I'm pretty sure that this bungalow was built with the plan that Henry L Wilson designed in 1907. It's a good candidate anyway. Wilson's plans were sold throughout the US and Canada. Photo copyright Debra Brose

I couldn’t help her as far as who built this house or who lived here but I’m pretty sure that this bungalow was built with the plan that Henry L Wilson designed in 1907. It’s a good candidate anyway. Wilson’s plans were sold throughout the US and Canada.

 

Photo copyright Debra Brose

 

It looks like the fireplace was omitted. Photo copyright Debra Brose

It looks like the fireplace was omitted.

 

Photo copyright Debra Brose

 

The back of the bungalow with an addition and newly added dormer. Photo copyright Debra Brose

The back of the bungalow with an addition and newly added dormer.

 

Photo copyright Debra Brose

 

 And the view from the deck! Beautiful! Photo copyright Debra Brose

And the view from the deck! Beautiful!

 

Photo copyright Debra Brose

 

To see another Henry L. Wilson bungalow click here.

Are you living in a Sears kit home or a pattern home?   Need help identifying your house?   If so, please contact me!  There are three ways to contact me.  By email: searshomes@yahoo.com (photos welcome and encouraged)

You can contact me through Sears Modern Homes on facebook.

Or, you can leave a reply at the end of this blog.

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Sears Modern Home No 135

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Using a testimony from 1914 I was able to locate a Sears Modern Home No 135. A quick internet search doesn’t turn up anything on the Sears 135. The Sears Modern Home 135 was offered from late 1908-1915.

If you recognize this house as a house you have seen please contact me!

This is the Sears 135 from my 1914/15 catalog. This model was first offered in fall of 1908 and last offered in 1915. You can see a testimony for a 135 built in Huntington, West Virginia. To see the Sears Modern Homes 1914/1915 catalog click here.

This is the Sears 135 from my 1914/15 catalog. This model was first offered in fall of 1908 and last offered in 1915. You can see a testimony at the bottom of the page for a 135 built in Huntington, West Virginia.

 

To see the Sears Modern Homes 1914/1915 catalog click here.

 

This Sears Modern Homes 135 is in Huntington West Virginia. It was the home of a railroad employee Jay Innis and his wife Zella Mae and there three sons.

This Sears Modern Homes 135 is in Huntington West Virginia. It was the home of railroad employee Jay Innis and his wife Zella Mae and their three sons.

 

Are you living in a Sears kit home?  Know of one?  Need help identifying one?   If so, please contact me!  There are three ways to contact me.  By email: searshomes@yahoo.com (photos welcome and encouraged)

You can contact me through Sears Modern Homes on facebook.

Or, you can leave a reply at the end of this blog.

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints from a house I identified for someone recently click here!

To see Sears blueprints click here.

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Aladdin Bungalow, The Romeo

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Featuring an Aladdin Bungalow, The Romeo.  A homey modern type.  Offered by Aladdin 1913-1916 from a borrowed California bungalow design.

Aladdin was a kit home company located in Bay City, Michigan selling kits from 1906 – 1983.

This testimony in my 1915 Aladdin catalog lead me to an Aladdin Romeo built in San Diego.

This testimony in my 1915 Aladdin catalog led me to an Aladdin Romeo built in San Diego, California.

 

The Aladdin Romeo was a modern and homey bungalow design that Aladdin borrowed The Los Angeles Investment Company.

The Aladdin Romeo was a modern and homey bungalow design that Aladdin borrowed from The Los Angeles Investment Company.

 

This image is from my 1913 Aladdin catalog.

 

 The 1915 testimony led me directly to this house. This was the home of Ananias and Susan Boughman.

The 1915 testimony led me directly to this house. This was the home of Ananias and Susan Boughman.

 

The Boughmans lived in this homes from 1914-1918. Susan passed away in March of 1918. Ananias moved out and away. He passed away in 1924.

The Boughmans lived in this home from 1914-1918. Susan passed away in March of 1918. Ananias moved out and away. He passed away in 1924.

 

The Aladdin Romeo had a couple of minor changes in 1915, can you see them? Not just the physical appearance either. This house may be a model built in Bay City, Michigan. I don't know.

The Aladdin Romeo had a couple of minor changes in 1915, can you see them? Not just the physical appearance either. This house may be a model built in Bay City, Michigan. I don’t know.

 

I mentioned that Aladdin likely used a design from Los Angeles Investment Company for the Romeo. Here's that design, 537B. There were often 2-3 floor plans for each design. The 537A is the same floor plan but a slightly different facade.

I mentioned that Aladdin likely used a design from Los Angeles Investment Company for the Romeo. Here’s that design, 537B. There were often 2-3 floor plans and/or facades for each design. The 537A is the same floor plan but a slightly different facade.

 

This is a 537B in Los Angeles California, Deeble Tract I believe. I went through the tracts that LA Investment developed and identified the houses and found the models used in their catalogs. Yeah, I know. I need a hobby. LOL

This is a 537B in Los Angeles California, Deeble Tract I believe. I went through the tracts that LA Investment developed and identified the houses and found the models used in their catalogs.

 

Yeah, I know. I need a hobby. LOL

 

Can you see how frustrating it can be identifying kit homes? So many kit home models were borrowed designs...especially the early bungalows! I have a handful of blogs featuring these houses, just search California bungalow and my blog and they should pull up. I get emails frquently from folks in California who think they have a Sears home and think that the bungalows were inspired by or designed by Sears. Actually, it's vice versa!

Can you see how frustrating it can be identifying kit homes? So many kit home models were borrowed designs…especially the early bungalows! I have a handful of blogs featuring these houses, just search California bungalow and my blog and they should pull up.

 

I get emails frequently from folks in California who think they have a Sears home and think that the bungalows were inspired by or designed by Sears. Actually, it’s vice versa!

 

Well, you’ve got a good idea of what an Aladdin Romeo looks like and a Los Angeles Investment Co 537B. If you know of one or find one let me know and I’ll see if I can figure out which it is…kit or pattern. It’s a pretty distinctive bungalow and should be easy to spot if you happen upon one!

Are you living in a Sears kit home?  Know of one?  Need help identifying one?   If so, please contact me!  There are three ways to contact me.  By email: searshomes@yahoo.com (photos welcome and encouraged)

You can contact me through Sears Modern Homes on facebook.

Or, you can leave a reply  at the end of this blog.

To see two very early Aladdin homes click here. The earliest confirmed Aladdin that I am aware of!

To see two of the earliest Sears homes click here.

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

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Two Sears Modern Homes Model 101 Built in 1908

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Sears began offering house plans in 1908.  The first Sears Plan Catalog was published in 1908.   According to the Sears Archives the first bill of sale for a complete “modern home” was in 1909.  I know that isn’t accurate because the homeowner of the Sears 132 in Colorado Springs  shared with me copies of all documentation with exception of the original blueprints which no longer exist.

Because of a few testimonials from 1908 I have more Sears Modern Homes built in 1908 to share.

 Modern Home No 101 was one of the first plans offered by Sears when Sears Roebuck began offering homes plans in spring 1908. This model was slightly altered in 1910 when they clipped the gables. The last catalog that offered model 101 was the 1914 Modern Homes catalog.

Modern Home No 101 was one of the first plans offered by Sears when Sears Roebuck began offering homes plans in spring 1908. This model was slightly altered in 1910 when they clipped the gables. The last catalog that offered model 101 was the 1914 Modern Homes catalog.

 

This is the first of two Sears Modern Homes No 101 built by a carpenter, William Shannon.

This is the first of two Sears Modern Homes No 101 built by a Brighton Michigan carpenter, William Shannon.

 

This is the second Sears Modern Home No 101 that carpenter William Shannon built in 1908.

This is the second Sears Modern Home No 101 that carpenter William Shannon built in 1908.

 

The two houses were built across from each other in brighton, Michigan. The build dates in the county records are 1908. Click here to see the testimony from William Shannon.

The two houses were built across from each other in Brighton, Michigan. The build dates in the county records are 1908.  the testimony is from 1908.

 

Click here to see the testimony from William Shannon.

 

Are you living in a Sears kit home?  Know of one?  Need help identifying one?   If so, please contact me!  There are three ways to contact me.  By email: searshomes@yahoo.com (photos welcome and encouraged)

You can contact me through Sears Modern Homes on facebook.

Or, you can leave a reply  at the end of this blog.

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints from a house I identified for someone recently click here!

To see Sears blue prints click here.

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

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The Gordon Van Tine 129, A Popular and Beautiful Bungalow

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Bungalows are built along original lines, and with this point in view we call your attention to Plan No 129.

Bungalows are built along original lines, and with this point in view we call your attention to Plan No 129.

Featuring another rare and never seen model!

 

This 1912 testimony from Isaac Vance lead me to a lovely Gordon Van Tine in Missouri!

This 1912 testimony from Isaac Vance lead me to a lovely Gordon Van Tine in Missouri!

 

 In 1912 Isaac Vance built this beautiful bungalow in Wellington, Missouri. Isaac, a farmer, along with his wife, Leila and their sons Ray and Rodney lived here. Isaac and Leila lived here for 30+ years!

In 1912 Isaac Vance built this beautiful bungalow in Wellington, Missouri. Isaac, a farmer, along with his wife, Leila and their sons Ray and Rodney lived here. Isaac and Leila lived here for 30+ years!

 

 This Gordon van Tine 129 looks to be in great condition and the garage is even still there!

This Gordon van Tine 129 looks to be in great condition and the garage is even still there!

 

The Gordon Van Tine 129 was offered from 1910-1914.

The Gordon Van Tine 129 was offered from 1910-1914.

 

Click catalog image to see in full resolution.

 

Have you seen this rare bungalow, the Gordon Van Tine 129?   If so, please contact me!  There are three ways to contact me.  By email: searshomes@yahoo.com    You can contact me through Sears Modern Homes on facebook.   Or, you can leave a reply  at the end of this blog.

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints from a house I identified for someone recently click here!

To see Sears blue prints click here.

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

For more information on the Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport, Iowa visit the website of Dale Wolicki , here.

My friend Rosemary Thornton has featured several Gordon Van Tine homes on her blog.

To see more Gordon Van Tine catalogs online click here.

And, to see the beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.

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A Cosy, Family Home in the Gordon Van Tine 123

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As promised, I am featuring another ‘rare’ never before seen Gordon Van Tine model. This is another unique looking home. I recognized it immediately when I recently happened upon it!

A practical family home, the exterior design is one of simplicicty in every respect. No dormers or bracket work are grafted on the cornice an roof to add in reality nothing but expense. It is a design which obtains the best possible results in appearance and economy of construction.

A practical family home, the exterior design is one of simplicity in every respect. No dormers or bracket work are grafted on the cornice and roof to add in reality nothing but expense. It is a design which obtains the best possible results in appearance and economy of construction.

 

When I happened upon this house I immediately recognized it! It's just around the corner from the 118 featured in my last blog.

When I happened upon this house I immediately recognized it! It’s just around the corner from the 118 featured in my last blog.

 

 This Gordon van Tine 123 in Davenport, Iowa was the home of Ira Burch, his wife Laura and their three children, Ira, Beatrice and Everett. Ira was a pressman.

This Gordon Van Tine 123 in Davenport, Iowa was the home of Ira Burch, his wife Laura and their three children, Ira, Beatrice and Everett. Ira was a pressman.

 

This catalog image of the Gordon Van Tine 123 is in what I believe to be the catalog published around late 1909 and through 1911. This is the only catalog it appears in so it was only offered for a couple of years. To see the catalog page in full resolution open the image by clicking.

This catalog image of the Gordon Van Tine 123 is in what I believe to be the catalog published around late 1909 and through 1911. This is the only catalog it appears in so it was only offered for a couple of years.

 

 

To see the catalog page in full resolution open the image by clicking.

 

Have you seen this rare and unique model, the Gordon Van Tine 123?   If so, please contact me!  There are three ways to contact me.  By email: searshomes@yahoo.com    You can contact me through Sears Modern Homes on facebook.   Or, you can leave a reply  at the end of this blog.

To see a set of Gordon Van Tine blueprints from a house I identified for someone recently click here!

To see Sears blue prints click here.

To learn more about kit homes and meet other enthusiasts as well as home owners join us in the Sears Homes Group on facebook!

For more information on the Gordon Van Tine Company of Davenport, Iowa visit the website of Dale Wolicki , here.

My friend Rosemary Thornton has featured several Gordon Van Tine homes on her blog.

To see more Gordon Van Tine catalogs online click here.

And, to see the beautiful covers from Gordon Van Tine catalogs click here.

Come back for my next blog to see another early and  rare model, the Gordon Van Tine 129.

I’m still polishing my GVT identification skills and knowledge right now as well as bringing you never seen models.   I’ve not forgotten you Sears or Aladdin.  🙂

Coming soon,  a Gordon Van Tine house, barn and poultry house with documentation, order forms, correspondence letters, vintage photos, construction photos too!   I’m gathering images and info now.

I have several awesome homes to share from blog readers,  a Sears 119 in Iowa comes to mind, a Lewis Vitello that Mark Hardin found, a Henry Wilson bungalow in Nova Scotia that I identified for a reader.  A Wardway Barcelona shared by a reader.  It just never ends!  I love hearing from readers.  searshomes@yahoo.com  Send me your homes and your questions.

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