Sears Kit Home

This post is in response to the Photography 101 prompt “architecture.”
Which do you prefer – black and white or color?

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Early in the twentieth century you could order most all the essentials for modern living from the extremely popular Sears, Roebuck and Company Catalogue. It was like the Amazon.com of 1910. From the catalogue, you could order clothing, livestock, sporting goods, sewing supplies, appliances, medicinal remedies and more… even Kit Homes.

A Kit Home came with plans for assembly along with most of the materials needed to build a house. I took these photos of a Sears Kit home, in Sugar Loaf, NY. If I’m not mistaken, this one is model number 118 which was eventually called The Clyde. It was first offered in the Sears, Roebuck Catalogue in 1908.

I found a photo of a catalogue page offering this model here.

I also found a couple of blog posts about this particular model on oklahomahousesbymail.com, and on searshomes.org.

In my opinion, the Sears Kit Homes were the forerunners of modern prefabricated structures and Ikea furniture!

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