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I've come across a few mail-order homes that I assumed were Sears homes. I can't say with certainty that they were, but in either case they are interesting. You will find part numbers stamped on visible components such as rafter ends. They have a uniformity to framing member size and spacing that is usually missing in other homes of similar vintage.

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There were lots of kit-house vendors in the early 20th century, including but no limited it: Sears, Radford, Alladin, Gordon Van Tine, Lewis-Liberty, Sterling, Pacific Homes and Montgomery Ward.

A little Googling will turn up much interesting info.

There's an excellent Sears house a block from my house. And my house might be a kit house; there are two others on my street that vary only slightly from mine (ca. 1914).


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