Chicago. [National Plan Service, Inc. (?)], No date. Ca. 1925.
Oblong illustrated catalog picturing and describing "summer cottages," 11 x 8 inches, 16 pp., pictorial paper wrappers. Catalog held together with staples (not as issued) and REAR COVER is MISSING. Pages are dog-eared and thumbed. Black and white line drawings of the cottages, plus floor plans for each model and descriptive text comprise the catalog's format. Most of the cottages lack bathrooms, while others lack kitchens or offer combined kitchen/living rooms. The cottages' water supply remains a mystery. A number of cottages provide a built-in garage for the owner's vehicle, suggesting the circa 1925 date of publication. Condition is best described as prodigiously used. Interestingly, WorldCat provides two listings for the 16 page catalog, dating one 1910 and the other 1930. Both belong to Columbia University. Lacking substantiation, but acknowledging the presence of a garage for the owner's vehicle, the pre-depression date 1925 seemed reasonable. Certainly the florid text does not hint of hard times: "A half hour's motoring will bring you into the fragrant-smelling countryside - the cooling breeze of the water's edge, or the pungent, health-giving air of the shaded woodland... Build your cottage now!" A 1932 publication put out by National Plan Service, Inc. includes similar illustrations for many of the same cottages pictured in this catalog, with one major difference--a flush toilet has been attached to the back of the cottages in the later publication. (See "Summer Homes and Lodges.") Publisher information is not present in this catalog, but its correspondences to the 1932 catalog support the National Plan Service, Inc. attribution. Item #53828