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Sears Millwork & Building Materials Catalogs on DVD

VLR is proud to present this wonderful collection of Sears Millwork & Building materials catalogs spanning the years 1908 to 1935. This collection provides a rich advertising history, and provides an ideal reference library for any vintage home builder or renovator. Gives you a good idea of all the wood mouldings and trimmings used in Sears homes, or for that matter any home of this era. Hundreds of pages of information - well illustrated, and the prices may just blow you away!
Sears Catalog Homes (sold as Sears Modern Homes) were ready-to-assemble houses sold through mail order by Sears Roebuck and Company, an American retailer. Over 70,000 of these were sold in North America between 1908 and 1940. Shipped via railroad boxcars, these kits included all the materials needed to build an exceptionally sturdy and well designed house. Many were assembled by the new homeowner and friends, relatives, and neighbors, in a fashion similar to the traditional barn-raisings of farming families.
Sears helped popularize the latest technology available to house buyers in the early part of the twentieth century. Central heating, indoor plumbing, and electricity were all new developments in house design that "Modern Homes" incorporated, although not all of the houses were designed with these conveniences. Central heating, for example, not only improved the livability of houses with little insulation but also improved fire safety, a worry in an era when open flames threatened houses and even entire cities, as in the Great Chicago Fire (1871).
As demand decreased, Sears expanded the product line to feature houses that varied in expense to meet the budgets of various buyers. Sears began offering financing plans in the 1920s. However, the company experienced steadily rising payment defaults throughout the Great Depression, resulting in increasing strain for the catalog house program. Over the program's 32- year history, 447 different house models were offered. The mortgage portion of the program was discontinued in 1934; the entire program ceased altogether in 1940.
A supreme collection of five (5) catalogs on one "Gift Quality" DVD - 1908 - 1915 - 1927 - 1931 and 1935 plus a bonus book - How to Paint.


1908 Sears Millwork Catalog


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1915 Sears Millwork Catalog


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1927 Sears Millwork Catalog


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1931 Sears Millwork Catalog


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1935 Sears Millwork Catalog


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Bonus Book:

:: Sears How To Paint a House Book (1929)
Loads of information on proper painting techniques, many of which hold true today. Also provides color choices for both interior and exterior, providing a valuable reference to any one trying to duplicate vintage paint colors. 36 pages.

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