Bay City, Michigan. Aladdin Company. Copyright 1953.
47th annual edition. Booklet, color and black and white illustrations of homes accompanied by floor plans, 64 pp, 10 1/4 x 7 inches, in color pictorial paper wraps. A few short tears to covers; paper loss to spine; fold to rear cover. Overall, good condition, with useful insert "Freight Paid Price List" detailing costs. Aladdin's well illustrated catalogue of "Readi-Cut" homes also pictures Aladdin kitchens and ideas for colorful treatments of living rooms, bathrooms, etc. The statement on the cover of the catalog notes: "This is the 47th annual edition of the Aladdin catalog. It contains the accumulated experiences and knowledge of 47 years designing and manufacturing Aladdin Readi-Cut Houses for American Home Builders." There are a number of interesting photos (many in color) of home interiors. A two-page spread features photos of 40 year-old Aladdin homes which look brand new; also pictured a street scene in Birmingham England lined with 200 Aladdin homes constructed in 1917 ("Austin Village") as World War I factory-worker housing. A loose folded price list shows homes ranging from $2,000 (the "Honeymoon House") to the pink "Flamingo" at $7,300. A fascinating booklet featuring a wide variety of homes together with optional features (picture windows, kitchen cabinets, garages, etc.). By the 1950s Aladdin was suffering a decline in sales; they ceased operations in the early 1980s. Item #51391