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Gordon Van Tine 539, An Inexpensive Home of Good Appearance

Brought to you from Gordon Van Tine of Davenport Iowa we have an inexpensive home of good appearance. Gordon Van Tine began offering home plans in 1907, a year prior to Sears. To learn all about the Gordon Van Tine … Continue reading

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Sears Modern Homes Number 210, a Colonial Bungalow

In the last two blogs I featured the Sears Modern Homes number 124 which was offered in late 1908-early 1909 until 1917. And, I featured the rare Sears Modern Homes number 178, the quirky cousin which was offered 1910-1915. In … Continue reading

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A Sears Avalon in Perry, Oklahoma

While google driving around Perry Oklahoma a few years ago I happened upon a Sears Avalon.   And what a sweet Avalon it is! Thanks to one of my college classmates who was kind enough to take photos for me since he lives … Continue reading

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Oklahoma’s Tower House On The Prairie

The Gordon Van Tine company from Davenport, Iowa  introduced house plan #143 in 1912 as “Our new tower house, a little gem, something new, something original.” Much to my surprise there is one in Oklahoma, located on north western prairieland … Continue reading

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A Rare Sears House in Bristow, Oklahoma … Route 66

On a trip through Bristow a few years ago I explored an area of town I missed, evidently, on other trips.  I have found a handful of mail order houses in Bristow and Bristow is the home to an absolute … Continue reading

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Radford 553 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma

Sallisaw Oklahoma is home to a beautiful Radford 553! Continue reading

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The Three Lewis San Pedros of Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Lewis Company of Bay City Michigan published their first catalog of pre-cut homes in 1913. They were one of three kit home companies located in Bay City for several years, Aladdin, Lewis which later became Liberty and Sterling. Tulsa … Continue reading

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John Patton’s Elmhurst, A Sears Modern Homes 1930 Testimonial Home

A Sears Elmhurst, and not just “a” Sears Elmhurst but “THE” Sears Elmhurst. This is the Elmhurst that was used on the cover of the early 1930’s Sears Modern Homes catalogs! Continue reading

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My Google Trip to Florida Update, Sad Tragic Update!

I am a nut for searching for mail order homes, kit homes, or even plan book houses. I spend hours just “google driving” the countryside and visiting cities. I do that while watching the news or during inclement weather.  We … Continue reading

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My Google Trip to Florida

I am a nut for searching for mail order homes, kit homes, or even plan book houses. I spend hours just “google driving” the countryside and visiting cities. I do that while watching the news or during inclement weather.  We … Continue reading

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