Who Are These People?

Years ago I was poking around on eBay, looking for Sears House ephemera and I discovered this post card under the heading of “Old house photo.” Instantly, I recognized this as Sears Modern Home #106. I bid on the post card and won the item. My cost: $3. I...

“Give The Kiddies A Chance!”

In the early 1900s, America’s cities were a dirty place to be. We were burning coal for transportation (trains), and for home heating and cooking, and also for industry (to power large machinery and heat large buildings). Cities were filthy and the ubiquitous...

Is it Really a Magnolia?

For years, it’s been widely believed that only six Sears Magnolia kit homes were built in the country. Six. They’re located in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Alabama, North Carolina, and Ohio. There was a Magnolia in Nebraska, but it burned down many years ago....