Aladdin Raymond found in Covington, Oklahoma

What housewife would not be pleased with the plan of the Raymond? This small but roomy bungalow boasts of a step saving arrangement that is sure to make doing one’s own work a real pleasure. This small and roomy bungalow was modern and attractive and for less that $1500.00 in 1920 it could be yours!

The Aladdin Raymond from my 1919 catalog.

The Aladdin Raymond from my 1919 catalog. Roomy enough for a set of twin beds in the master bedroom because every husband and wife wants to sleep in the same room 😉 and my favorite, a piano in the living room.

In March of 1920 William Bateman of Thayer, Mo ordered an Aladdin Raymond to be shipped to Covington, Okla. Here is that very sales order. Thanks to Cindy Catanzaro for sending me this one too! Without this sales order I am sure this house would go unknown.

Aladdin Sales Order for the Raymond shipped to Covington, Oklahoma in spring of 1920

Aladdin Sales Order for the Raymond shipped to Covington, Oklahoma in spring of 1920

Mr Bateman ordered a couple of extra things for his Raymond. He ordered Arch 2A-60 to put between the living room and the dining room, a simple colonnade. The cost was a whopping $26.00.

Aladdin Colonnades and Arches form my 1919 catalog.

Aladdin Colonnades and Arches from my 1919 catalog.

Something else that Mr Bateman requested was the Stanhope Style front porch, 18 x 6 and that was an additional $94.54. So imagine the porch from the house below on the house above.

The Aladdin Stanhope  from my 1919 catalog

The Aladdin Stanhope from my 1919 catalog

Put the Stanhope porch on the Raymond and the house looks like this:

Aladdin Raymond in Covington, Okla.

Aladdin Raymond in Covington, Okla.

This photo is from the assessor website and I hope to replace it soon. Do you live in Covington? I would be forever grateful for a few photos of the house.

The measurements of the Raymond are 22 x 30. One of the ways to determine if your house matches a catalog image if you do not have a sales order, this is rare by the way, is to check the exterior measurements which are often found on the assessor’s website. Here are the assessor’s measurements. The house was added on to at some point but you can see the measurements of the original part of the house.

Raymond footprint from the assessors website shows the original part of the house to measure 22 x 30.  That's another sign that your house might be a kit when it matches a catalog image as well.

Raymond footprint from the assessors website shows the original part of the house to measure 22 x 30. That’s another sign that your house might be a kit when it matches a catalog image as well.

Do you think you live in a mail order house in Oklahoma? Please message me if you do. I would be happy to help you identify your house. If you have a mail order house anywhere I would be a happy to help you as well!

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About Rachel Shoemaker

I've been hooked on finding and or identifying mail order homes since 2008. I'm not picky, kit homes from Sears Modern Homes, Aladdin Ready Cut, Gordon Van Tine, Wardway Homes, all of the major companies as well as the popular pattern and plan book homes built from about 1900 and on. Could you be living in one of these homes? Send me an email: searshomes@yahoo.com
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