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Early Kit House near Burnsville, NC.
Segment of the Jean Shepherd 1976 movie, “Phantom Of the Open Hearth”. Sears Roebuck Kit House.
Back in the 1930’s this is one of the houses that you could order from their catalog. This one is located in the city of Palmetto Florida. http://www.searsarchives.com/homes/1933-1940.htm
A fascinating excerpt from a UK TV documentary from 1995ish about catalogues. You could even buy complete houses!
ALVAH ROEBUCK OF SEARS , ROEBUCK & CO . HOUSE BUILT IN 1925 .THE COST OF THE KITS RANGED FROM 8-20 THOUSAND . THIS JUST SOLD FOR $337800.00 .IT WAS ONE OF 20 HOMES LAUDED AS MODERN HOMES WITH WINDOWS THAT ALLOWED FOR PASSAGE OF FREASH AIR ON A PAVED STREET 2 BLOCKS FROM A BATHING BEACH AND THE STREETCAR LINE .THIS IS A 3000FT HOME ALL MATERIALS WHERE SHIPPED BY TRAIN THEN ASSEMBLED WITH A 75 PAGE DIRECTION BOOK .YOUR ROVING CUB REPORTER , KRAZY45CAT LIVE IN GULFPORT FL