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Gordon Van Tine 517 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

If you read my last blog you are familiar with the charming Gordon Van Tine bungalow no 517-B and if not click here to read that fun blog so this post will make more sense. Like all kit home companies … Continue reading

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A Very Special Christmas for an East Granby Connecticut Woman (Gordon Van Tine 517-B)

It was a typical New England winter in East Granby Connecticut and most assuredly a Christmas that Anna Viets would remember forever. The year was 1920 and Anna and Charles Palmer Viets had been married for 32 years. Anna and … Continue reading

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A Cosy Six Room Cottage by Gordon Van Tine not Sears Modern Homes

Gordon Van Tine was a competitor in the mail order kit home ‘business’.  Sears Modern Homes first offered homes in 1908, Aladdin Ready Cut in 1906 and Gordon Van Tine in 1907. The Gordon Van Tine Company was located in … Continue reading

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A Sears Hillsboro Testimonial Home in Madison New Jersey

Several years ago I bought a Sears Modern Homes catalog from 1930. When it arrived I was surprised to find that it wasn’t what I thought it was! The catalog only showed homes from customers who were pleased with their … Continue reading

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A Sears 124 in Clayton Georgia

About five years ago I started searching for testimonial homes as a way to help me learn all of the models offered by the kit home companies. Two weeks ago I got a new laptop and as I was going … Continue reading

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