Chicago. National Plan Service Inc., 1932.
Copiously illustrated catalog, 11 x 8 1/2 inches, 32 pp., pictorial paper wrappers, featuring black and white photographs and line drawings of summer vacation homes of various sizes. The common denominator appears to be the presence of a "screened porch" on virtually all of the "summer homes and lodges" featured in the catalog, although "suburban home" might be a more appropriate term for several of those depicted. At the back of the book are four pages illustrated with line drawings of "lodges," more rustic versions of those pictured and described earlier in the catalog, with the early listings having up to four bedrooms. Text in the catalog doesn't mince words when it describes the designs as ranging from "the most complete summer lodge to the tiny woodland shack." Catalog overall in very good clean condition, some light pencil check marks on selected pages, two loose centerfold spreads. An uncommon item; WorldCat lists only two library holdings for the 1932 edition. In an earlier and much shorter iteration of the catalog, ("Summer Camps and Lodges," with an emphasis on "Lodges,") bathrooms were conspicuously absent in floor plans for many of the structures...a deficiency corrected in this edition, where a toilet has been appended to the lodge, most often at the back, adjacent to the kitchen. Rapturous language, however, continues to hold sway, as was the case with the circa 1925 publication: "Why spend the long, hot days and sultry, sleepless nights in the tiring city, when less than an hour's motoring brings you into the cool, sweet-smelling air? How refreshed you will be..." In the earlier catalog, the "cool, sweet-smelling air" was but a "thirty minute drive." Times have changed, with progress evident in the form of toilets and sprawl. Item #53831