About Those Photos You Love So Much…

Sears Homes are my vocation, my passion and my joy.

And if you see a photo here that makes your heart go pitter-pat, I’m flattered and honored and pleased.


Please do not lift the photos from my website without first asking permission. That’s just good manners, proper etiquette, common decency and a lovely way to honor the eighth commandment.

And if you suffer from some significant mental disability that does not enable you to take the necessary 74 seconds to leave a comment and ask for permission, then at least – at the VERY least – give attribution for my photograph.

Something like, “Photo is copyright 2013 Rosemary Thornton, from her website Searshomes.org, and may not be reproduced without written permission.”

I have invested tens of thousands of dollars in obtaining many of these photos. I have traveled the height and breadth of this great country, documenting and photographing these kit homes. I have spent 13 years seeking and finding (and photographing) these old kit homes.

So please, do not take these photos and claim them as your own (which is what you’re doing if my name doesn’t appear near them). Please post my name and a copyright notice wherever these photos are used.

AFTER you ask permission to use them.

From a beleaguered historian, thank you.

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You have to admit

You have to admit, a copyright notice on each photo would take away the fun.


To see one teensy example of how many of my photographs have been removed – with no attribution – click on this link and make a note of the images there – and then google  “identifying Sears Homes” and see how many times my photos have left home, sans consent.

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  1. Lois Lane

    Those pink letters really detract from that photo of Superman standing in front of the train.

  2. Jan

    What is wrong with people?? Have we lost our moral compass as a society?

    Unfortunately, many people just don’t even consider your view as an “issue”. I consider it theft.

    I must admit that you almost never fail to leave me without a hearty laugh, no matter the topic and you were successful in your last picture, driving home the point of this posting.

  3. Sears Homes

    Thanks for understanding, Jan. It is frustrating.

    And disappointing, too, as it’s often “professional” people who do the lifting.