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Popular Homes.: 1960s HOUSE PLANS)

1960s HOUSE PLANS)

Published by National Plan Service. Chicago. 1960. (1960)

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From: old imprints ABAA/ILAB (Portland, OR, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: National Plan Service. Chicago. 1960., 1960. 32 page brochure, 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, featuring contemporary home plans illustrated with line drawings of exteriors. Obligatory leafy surrounds on all home illustrations. Most of the homes feature single level floor plans that include "with" or "without basement" options. A garage or car port figures in most of the plans, and several of the homes feature a second floor with bedrooms and bath. What appears to be a coffee stain the size of a silver dollar is on the booklet's last page with some further staining to verso of rear cover. Owner's name in ink on front cover. Good condition overall. Photo illustrations (black and white) on verso of front cover and page 1 depict aspects of various homes' interiors and exteriors (butterfly chair, LP record player, flying saucer ceiling light, big box tv, wheeled outdoor grill, etc.) The images bring to mind Joseph Conrad's succinct: "The horror! The horror.". Seller Inventory # 53849

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Aladdin Readi-Cut Homes (Not Prefabricated). ARCHIVE OF: 1960s HOUSE PLANS)

1960s HOUSE PLANS)

Published by Aladdin Company. Bay City, Michigan. 1962. (1962)

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About this Item: Aladdin Company. Bay City, Michigan. 1962., 1962. wrappers. 56th Annual Edition.. The Aladdin catalogs described below, all from the early 1960s, are of particular interest in that they suggest troubled times at the long-established (circa 1906) Michigan business that for decades had advertised "readi-cut" homes shipped "complete at one time.from our mill." The evident reversal in the firm's fortunes becomes clear with the "supplement" of 1964 and is amplified by that of 1965. Surprisingly, the business endured for another 17 years, closing in 1981. The six catalogs provide a compelling, and troubling, chapter in the history of the company: FOUR illustrated catalogs (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963) 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, 71 pp., providing color and black and white illustrations of homes, together with floor plans, for an extensive variety of "Readi-Cut" homes. Also offered are "Optional Materials and Equipment" including Arches, Cellar Windows, Oak Flooring, Kitchen Cabinets, Doors, Aladdin Readi-Cut Garages, Plumbing Fixtures, Aluminum Siding, Folding Closet Doors, and more (although all items listed do not appear in each catalog). Most of the homes are single floor ranch style dwellings, although other styles are represented, including contemporary split-level designs. Some models appear to have been pulled from catalogs issued in past decades. Featured in all four catalogs are extensive color illustrations of homes, and occasional photos in color of home interiors. Inserted loose in each catalog is a "freight paid price list" for the various homes offered. Catalogs have (very occasional) notations in pencil. The 1960 catalog has creasing and repaired tear to rear cover; the 1961 catalog shows light rippling at top corner of a dozen pages at spine edge. In the 1962 catalog page 44/45 loose (torn out but present) with pencil notations and light wear and soiling to front cover. The 1963 catalog shows damage to cover, with a split along spine, creasing, and short tears. It is evident all four catalogs were diligently perused in the search for the ideal home, despite the faults noted, the catalogs are in good condition overall, and enormously interesting in the number and variety of homes illustrated and described which clearly reflect the popular home designs of the 1960s. The firmâs motto appears on all four catalogs: "Sold by the Golden Rule." plus TWO illustrated "supplements" (1964 & 1965), which appear to have replaced the annual catalog: "Aladdin Readi-Cut Homes." 1964 Supplement Showing Aladdin's Newest Designs. Illustrated catalog, 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, 15 pp., providing color and black and white illustrations of "4 new designs - 6 new floor plans," a decided reduction in the number of pages as well as the number of homes featured from those present in earlier catalogs. This catalog is labelled "1964 Supplement"; it appears to reflect the fact that the long-established Aladdin business is experiencing hard times. In addition to house plans, offered in the catalog are bathtubs, toilets, furnaces and sinks. The last two illustrated pages are given over to "gadgets" (automatic clothesline reel; golfer's half-glove; senior-size pogo stick) and other odd merchandise. Several of the home plans have notations in pencil. Homes featured are one floor ranch style dwellings, split levels, or two story structures, while one page lists Specifications for "Readi-Cut Houses." Contents overall in good condition with short tear along spine and some notations in pencil. Aladdin Company. Bay City, Michigan. 1964. The catalog is an unsettling publication so far as Aladdin's future prospects are concerned. Inserted loose, a "freight paid price list" (pencil notations) and a one-page letter announcing price cuts "up to $1,300.00!" The letter closes with "Yours for an exciting, surprising 1964!" and the offer of a free copy of the prior year's 71 page catalog for "any of your friends." "Aladdin Readi-Cut Homes." 1965 Supplement. Illustrated catalog, 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, 11 pp., providing color illustrations of four new home d. Seller Inventory # 53879

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