Dover (1995) republication of Aladdin Homes “Built in a Day” Catalog No. 29, published by The Aladdin Company, Bay City, MI, 1917. 375 black-and-white illustrations, including 120 black-and-white photographs. Extensive prefatory material. 128pp. 8.125 x 11 inches. Paperbound. ISBN-10: 0-486-28591-X. ISBN-13: 978-0-486-28591-7.
In the early 1900s, when land and building materials were cheap and plentiful, most Americans could dream of owning a home of their own. To meet this exploding demand, enterprising firms such as the Aladdin Company of Bay City, Michigan, created, stocked and sold plans, specifications and materials for a wide variety of comfortable homes.
Aladdin's 1917 catalog, reprinted here from a rare original edition, shows over 60 homes, from a simple four-room cottage with a front porch to a comfortable two-story home with four bedrooms, a reception hall and pantry. Landscaped exteriors of each design are depicted in photographs or in detailed illustrations. Floor plans for each are included, and many homes are shown in overhead cutaway views that display furnished interiors. A detailed commentary on each homes points up the features that make it especially appealing.
Aladdin offered its customers many optional built-in fixtures, and they are included here as well — buffets, bookcases, medicine chests, furnaces, light fixtures and more. Enhanced with over 370 illustrations, including 120 photographs, this rare catalog gives readers a close-up view of home design and construction in the early years of the 20th century. Architects, construction specialists, home restorers, decorators, social historians and anyone with an interest in the history of American domestic architecture will watn this fascinating document for their libraries.
Cover designed by Frank J. Moore.
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