“Coming Out of the Mud”

If you could spend a day in the early 1900s, you might have a little trouble understanding what people were saying! Some words had radically different meanings. For instance, there’s the word “slacker.”  A slacker was any able-bodied young man who...

Sears and Wardway

What’s the difference between Sears kit homes and Montgomery Ward’s kit homes? Sometimes, not a lot. Sears was in business from 1908-1940. Wardway started in 1909 and jumped ship in 1932. Sears sold about 75,000 homes, and Ward’s probably sold about...

All Things Vallonia

The Sears Vallonia was the classic Craftsman-style bungalow, with its lone gabled dormer sitting atop a side-gabled bungalow. It’s a cutie for sure and one of the most enduring designs that Sears offered. It was first offered in the mid-1910s and also appeared...