Yesterday, I talked about the CLH, which is an acronym. Sometimes, it meant, “”Cute Little House”!
Other times it was short for “Compact Little House.”
And other times it was our abbreviation for “Crummy Little House.”
Sears offered quite a few of these very modest, very plain and tiny bungalows but finding them today is quite difficult because they were so modest, so plain and so tiny.
Further complicating the issue was that all the major companies (Sears, Lewis Manufacturing, Wardway, Gordon Van Tine, Aladdin, Sterling andHarris Brothers), all offered several versions of the CLH.
Because these homes were so small (less than 600 square feet), homeowners would add additions to the sides, the front, and the top, making identification even more difficult!
Because of this, I don’t have any photos of CLHs, but thanks to Mark Hardin, I have now seen a photo of a Wayside (featured in yesterday’s blog). He found it in Stockton, Ohio.
Click here to read CLH, Part I.
Want to learn more about how to identify these homes? Click here.
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"Four Rooms - Two Porches." What more do you need? Maybe an indoor potty? You'd think that a house named "The Rest" would have a Rest Room, wouldn't you?
The living room is 10 by 12. That chair must be about the size of a dinner plate. (1921 catalog)
Oopsie, where have we seen this living room before? Why it's the same photo as is seen in the 1919 catalog image for The Wayside.
In fact, comparing these two side by side, you'll see that just about the same house. The Wayside is on the left and The Rest is on the right. That back porch (with cellar entry) is about the only difference.
Why, even the shrubbery is the same! The Rest is on the left.
Several of these same cities were shown as having a "Sears Wayside" as well. Did Sears just decide that these two houses were close enough to consider them the "same model"?
The Rest, like the Wayside was a very simple little house (1921).
Are you near the cities listed above? Would you be able to get me a photo of a Rest?
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