The Thrift Book of a Nation

Earlier this week, my friend Rachel posted a picture of this 1922 Sears catalog in our Facebook group “Sears Homes.” I found it utterly enchanting. The cover shows a little girl dashing out to the mailbox to retrieve the goodies that just arrived from...

The Bellewood: A Happy Combination!

“The Bellewood is another happy combination of a well laid out floor plan with a modern exterior” (1932 Sears Modern Homes catalog). And it’s also a real cutie-pie of a house.  With only 1,000 square feet of living area, it’s not surprising...

SAVE the Westly in Lewisburg, WV!

When “Back to the Future” first came out (1985), I was a lass of 26, and yet my sympathies readily fell to the Clock Tower Lady (Elsa Raven) and the Hill Valley Preservation Society. Heck yeah, they needed to save that Clock Tower in Hill Valley! It was an...