Bay City, Michigan. The Aladdin Company. Copyright 1919.
Extensive color (including four fold-out double page illustrations) and black and white illustrations of homes each accompanied by floor plans. Color pictorial endpapers, 116 pp, index, 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches, color pictorial cloth covered thin boards (hardbound). WITH FOLDING PRICE LIST (homes and garages) loose at rear of volume. Overall very good clean condition. An interesting Aladdin catalog depicting numerous "built in a day" homes, both large and small. Includes information on "The Lumber We Use", General Specifications, and Aladdin Service; plus several pages of Aladdin Colonnades, Arches, Built-in Buffets, Book Cases, Kitchen Cabinets, Popular Aladdin Garages, and Summer Cottages. Of particular interest is the diversity of size and luxury offered, well demonstrated in comparing The Leota (page 65), a house with a total of five rooms with The Villa (page 66-67) a two-story house of thirteen rooms. It is interesting to compare the optimism and sense of design conveyed by this post-World War I with catalogs published in the aftermath of World War II where the home a returning veteran might hope for was considerably more utilitarian in size and design. Item #54797