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1908 To 1975 Aladdin Home Kits And Plans { 54 Catalog } On Dvd For Sale

1908 To 1975 Aladdin Home Kits And Plans { 54 Catalog } On Dvd

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VLR is pleased to offer this wonderful piece of architectural history, Aladdin Homes - Built in a Day, home plans catalogs. This listing is for a DVD republication of the 1908 to 1975 aladdin homes catalogs. A wonderful library of almost every catalog from 1908 to 1960 (missing 1911, 1960 and NON-published war years), PLUS a selection of catalogs from 1961 to 1975 PLUS the 1915 Aladdin Home Furnishings catalog AND collection also includes the 1918- 1920 - 1921 Canadian Aladdin Home Kit catalogs. (A total of 54 complete catalogs on one DVD!). Attractive, homey, healthful communities of Aladdin Houses that were erected as if by magic.... The Aladdin catalog tempted would-be homeowners with dream homes they could build themselves. These were affordable homes for the average American, but they carried upscale names such as the Jasmine, the Brentwood, and the Pasadena. Aladdin began when William T. Sovereign, a lawyer by training, took note of a friend's success in selling "knocked down" boats by mail. Sovereign reasoned that if the parts of a boat could be machined ready-to-ship and nailed together by an amateur, houses could be sold the same way. Sovereign enlisted the help of his brother, Otto, who worked in advertising. Although they weren't designers, the Sovereigns were comfortable as entrepreneurs: Their father made his money in Michigan's booming lumber business. Taking over their mother's kitchen as a design studio, the brothers sketched out a simple wooden building that could be put to a variety of uses. They contracted with a local sawmill to produce this precut building, printed a two -page catalog, and were in business. As with any small business, money was tight. Boles tells the story of how Otto realized that if he got an advertisement to a newspaper right on its deadline, the paper had no time to do a credit check and, rather than lose the business, would run the ad anyway. The Sovereigns took advantage of that insight to place a small, one-time ad in the Saturday Evening Post. A week later they heard from their first customer -- a man from Detroit who needed to build three houses and three barns for his family on their new land in Idaho. The Sovereign brothers had both order and payment by the end of the day, and the Aladdin home was on its way. Aladdin quickly expanded to become one of, if not the, largest mail-order house companies. By 1915 sales surpassed one million dollars. The 2,800 homes Aladdin sold in 1918 constituted 2.37 percent of the housing starts in the nation. In 1926, production reached a peak of 3,650 units. The company's greatest success came from sales to industries which constructed company towns around new plants, mines and mills. The town of Hopewell, Virginia was largely developed by the DuPont Company using Aladdin homes. Aladdin also shipped 252 houses to Birmingham, England for the Austin Motor Company. Aladdin's output fell below 1000 homes in 1928 on the eve of the Great Depression, and never recovered. The company continued to produce catalogues, and maintained sales of a few hundred homes per year through the 1960s. During the 1970s sales fell further and by 1982 the company ceased manufacturing. The company ceased all operations in 1987. The Aladdin company, along with other catalogue-home businesses played a key role in providing affordable housing to Americans in the period between the turn of the twentieth century and World War II. They also made key advancements in the prefabrication of housing which would enable the post-war housing boom. Finally, they helped to propagate nationwide preferences for common architectural styles such as the Craftsman, Bungalow, Four-Square and Cape Cod homes. FORMAT FOR THIS ITEM: All files are in .pdf format
A total of {54} fifty-four catalogs from 1908 to 1960
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Catalog & book pages in our collections are in .pdf format {Unless otherwise stated}, so you can easily view, copy, print, as you see fit. Please note the product format in the above description. You may use our scanned images for research or school projects, all pages are originally scanned at 300 DPI or more. View directly in Adobe Reader - perfect for reprinting in newsletters, magazines or art projects, use as clip art in any graphics program, scale it, edit it, print it to suit your needs. Image and photo collection disks are intended to be used on any computer/software program capable of viewing .gifs & .jpgs. CD is not intended for TV DVD Player viewing, thru some newer models do offer this option. Audio books and Old Time Radio Shows are typically available in .MP3 format, usually on DVD disk to offer you the most shows on the least amount of disks. These files may be recopied to CD for play back on your home or automobile audio system. Please verify your equipment to ensure disk will in fact play on your device. The format of each product is listed in the above description. Before offerding on this item, please note the shipping location. We ship from multiple locations, CD/DVD's are shipped immediately ~ usually the SAME day we receive payment. Custom vintage giftware is Special Order, and will ship factory direct - during the busy holiday season please allow 10 to 14 days production time BEFORE item is shipped. Shipping ~ Save on shipping, purchase additional items and pay only $1.00 for each CD/DVD! Please wait for invoice prior to remitting payment - we are happy to combine your purchases to save on shipping costs. Did you know that many of our reproduction catalog covers are now available on great gift items such as posters, mouse pads, clocks, jewelry and more? Please check out the VLR on store to see all these all original gift items. Most of all, a big THANK YOU for your interest in our products. Any questions or concerns please contact us via messaging system, we will usually respond within a few hours.


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