Jefferson City, Missouri. No date. Ca. 1939.
Booklet, black and white illustrations of homes accompanied by floor plans, unpaginated (8pp plus covers), 12 x 9 1/8 inches, pictorial wrappers. Black and white centrefold picturing over two dozen houses (including the White House) most of which have nothing to do with the booklet's small home emphasis; horizontal crease from having been folded, otherwise very good condition. Text on the first page of the booklet states that the houses pictured in the booklet "are divided into two basic groups... The first offers variations of the two-story, five room plan..; the second group offers variations of the one story, four room house." The booklet provides a list of "tips" when buying a lot: "Neighborhood's status (developing, deteriorating, standing still)"; "Freedom from undesirable situation (as nearby cemetery)"; further bland considerations ("Desirability of lot" etc.). The publication appears to be a joint effort involving the National Small Homes Demonstration Inc. (a non-profit), and various advertisers, including the Jefferson City Building & Loan Association and the Capital City Building & Loan Association, the intention being to develop "low cost home designs without loss of efficiency." Blue prints for the homes pictured in the booklet are available for $1.00. Shunned by libraries everywhere; no WorldCat listing. Item #51427