One of my favorite things to do is read through the kit home catalogs I have been collecting. It is a chilly day here so I decided to sip hot chocolate and Bailey’s, a winter favorite of mine! Some folks curl up with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa, and me…..well, I just vary it a little haha. To me a good book is a book about old homes and the construction of them. I can spend hours and hours reading building trade journals and catalogs.
I spent the morning researching the Aladdin Pomona because there just happens to be an Aladdin Pomona in Ponca City, Oklahoma. I was able to find this wonderful bungalow with the help of a sales record that another researcher friend sent to me.
The Pomona was first offered by Aladdin in late, probably fall, of 1914. I have a first edition of the 1914 catalog and the Pomona is nowhere to be found yet it is in the third edition of their 1914 catalog. The Pomona was offered until 1924. It disappears in the 1925-1927 catalogs. Then, in 1928 it returns as the Sherbrooke with a few changes mainly to the interior. Once again it disappears in 1929 and 1930 and voila it returns in 1931-1935.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is true then this blog is the equivalence of a book! I hope you enjoy all of the photos and catalog images. I hope you find the little history lesson about the family who originally owned this home interesting as well.
Fast forward to 1919. Leroy Drake, a young 70-year-old semi retired farmer, from Ponca City, Oklahoma sees the Pomona in the 1919 catalog (below) and places an order for one.
And here is the Aladdin Pomona in Ponca City as it looks today! I didn’t drive to Ponca City to get photos. As luck would have it one of my college classmates lives in Ponca City. He did an awesome job, he got the perfect catalog angle! Thanks Kendale.<img class="size-large wp-image-546" title="
An Aladdin Pomona at 801 E Grand in Ponca City, Oklahoma. This house was built in the spring of 1920. ” alt=”” src=”https://oklahomahousesbymail.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/dsc_0135.jpg?w=1024″ height=”681″ width=”1024″ />
An Aladdin Pomona at 801 E Grand in Ponca City, Oklahoma. This house was built-in the spring of 1920.