A few months ago I wrote about one of the first Sears houses built in 1908.
Tonight I want to share with you a couple of the earliest Aladdin Homes built. They are not only the earliest Aladdin Homes but the earliest kit homes built! Probably not actually THE first but in the first to be erected.
The Aladdin Company in Bay City Michigan was the first to offer kit homes, actual ready cut kit homes. Aladdin began in 1906 and their buildings were pre-cut from day one, Gordon-Van Tine in 1907 but not pre-cut until 1916 and Sears in 1908 but not pre-cut until 1915. Aladdin made sure that everyone knew they were first!
All of the catalog images in this blog are from the earliest Aladdin catalog in my collection, 1911. The early years are hard to come by!
What comes with an Aladdin House?
About the Aladdin lumber.
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An Aladdin House will last for generations. Yes, it will! I have found two Aladdin homes that were built in 1906. In my 1911 catalog there is a two page spread that features several testimonies. I was able to find one of the homes still standing! When I figured out where they were located I was pleased to find TWO of them side by side.
Here is that Style M-2 today, 107 years later! The photo is from the New Haven assessor files.
It appears it has lasted for several generations just like they said an Aladdin house would!
According to the 1910 Census Charles Wilcox was a civil engineer for the telephone company. He was married to Julia and they had no children, yet. They were both 29.
Imagine my pleasant surprise to find this 1906 house right next door to the Wilcox’s!
You can see the Wilcox house on the right side. Here is a photo of the house on the left which shows the second house’s left side window arrangement.
The second house is at 95 Parker Pl. It was the home of Bertus Powers 36, his wife Elmira 35 and their 12 year old son Ralph. I’ll give you ONE GUESS where Bertus worked! That’s correct, he was an engineer at the telephone company as well! I’m betting that these two houses were ordered by the telephone company. Aladdin sold a lot of houses to companies for employee housing.
Here is the Style M-2 from my 1911 catalog. I think it might be the opposite side of Charles Wilcox’s house.
What were Aladdin’s terms? Cash or credit? They made that very clear as well!
Terms, plain and simple. Cash with a 5% discount if paid in full upon order. You couldn’t get yourself in debt with Aladdin! I like that. But, then again, I’m frugal.
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