Clinton, Iowa. 1933.
Thin card portfolio of glossy single sheets, 12 x 9 inches, picturing, in black and white, small homes together with floor plans. The plates are numbered 1 through 46, with sheets 34, 36, 37, 38, 41 and 42 not present (interestingly we have received information from a collector with several copies of this that these sheets are also missing in their copies, suggesting that they may not have been issued at all.) On the verso of the plates are full page advertisements for nationally known manufacturers (American Radiator, Clinton Lock Company, Glenwood Gas Ranges, General Electric, etc.) whose goods are integral to the "Key Homes" concept that Curtis seeks to advance. Portfolio is toned and spotted with, in bottom right corner, imprint of a lumber company. The plates are in very good condition. A four page introduction to the plates states that plates 1 thru 4 are one bedroom houses; plates 5 to 24 are two bedroom homes, and plates 25 forward are slightly larger and not easily classified. The house plans and illustrations are finely drawn, giving a rather refined look to the publication. Plates 31 onward feature advertising for Curtis Companies interior and exterior woodwork. Advertising for other manufacturers is found on verso of plates 1 through 30. Limited research indicates three WorldCat listings for this item, but none of the three libraries lists the number of plates in their catalogue descriptions. Definitely an uncommon item; despite its flaws, certainly a worthy addition to an architecture library's collection. Item #51584