Overview

From 1908 to 1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold nearly seventy-five thousand homes through its mail-order Modern Homes program. Families across the nation set about assembling the kits, using the thick instruction manual to puzzle out how twelve thousand pieces of house might fit together. The resulting dwellings were as durable as they were enchanting, swiftly becoming icons of the American landscape. Follow leading expert Rosemary Thornton through a lavishly illustrated history of the homes many Illinoisans ...
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Sears Homes of Illinois

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Overview

From 1908 to 1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold nearly seventy-five thousand homes through its mail-order Modern Homes program. Families across the nation set about assembling the kits, using the thick instruction manual to puzzle out how twelve thousand pieces of house might fit together. The resulting dwellings were as durable as they were enchanting, swiftly becoming icons of the American landscape. Follow leading expert Rosemary Thornton through a lavishly illustrated history of the homes many Illinoisans don't know they are living in. Recognize your own front porch on a page in the Neo-Tudor section of the style gallery and tell your plumber he's helping to preserve a Barrington.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015007725
  • Publisher: The History Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/26/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 508,105
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Rose Thornton is the author of several books, including The Houses That Sears Built (2002), Finding the Houses That Sears Built (2004) and The Ugly Woman's Guide to Internet Dating (2009). She's the coauthor of California's Kit Homes (2004) and Montgomery Wards Mail-Order Homes (2010).
Rose has traveled to twenty-four states to give two hundred lectures on Sears homes, from Bungalow Heaven in Los Angeles to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. She has addressed a wide variety of audiences from architectural preservationists in Boston, St. Louis and Chicago to kit home enthusiasts in small towns across America.
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