Posts Tagged ‘Modern Home #106’

Gosh I Wish I Could Find This House! (It Might Be Ohio Somewhere)

September 12th, 2012 Sears Homes 4 comments

More than 10 years ago, I was sitting in the basement of my home in Alton, Illinois looking at photos of houses on eBay when I found a picture of a Sears Modern Home #106. The picture-postcard was being offered for $3.00.

There was no mention on the listing that this was a Sears House. I suspect that part of this card’s history had been long forgotten.

I bid $25.00 on the card. I really, really, REALLY wanted to win that postcard.

And I did!

The card was supposedly found at an estate sale in Ohio. That was all the information the owner could share. Unfortunately, the back of the card is completely blank.

It sure would be fun to find out where this little house is now. And what a genealogical boon that would be for the descendants of this family to have a picture of Great-grandma and Great-grandpa with great Aunt Alma in the front yard of their newly built Sears Home.

Back in the day, Sears asked their customers to take “a snapshot” of their newly built kit home and send it into to them. Some of these photos were then featured in the catalogs. I suspect that this was the reason this picture was taken.

Each month, more than 30,000 people visit this website. Have you seen this house, or these people?

If so, please leave a comment below!

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I suspect this photo was taken soon after the house was built. Sears asked new homeowners to send in pictures of their newly built Sears kit home. This photo may have been a response to that request.



Close-up of the little family. Father looks rather ill. Mother looks very well coiffed.


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Modern Home #106 as seen in the 1908 catalog.



Floor plan for Modern Home #106.


dlowe up

Close-up of the dormer with its marginal lites.



The full image of the post card. Note the house next door.

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Who Are These People?

June 7th, 2011 Sears Homes 2 comments

Years ago I was poking around on eBay, looking for Sears House ephemera and I discovered this post card under the heading of “Old house photo.” Instantly, I recognized this as Sears Modern Home #106. I bid on the post card and won the item. My cost: $3.

I was a happy camper.

Since then, I’ve wondered where this photo was taken. It could have been taken anywhere in the 48 states. Judging by the house, the photo was most likely taken sometime between 1912-1916 (the years that #106 was offered).

If you’ve any idea where this photo was taken or who these people are, please drop me a note. I’d love to know.


Modern Home #106 in picture perfect condition. If only all Sears Homes looked like this, it'd be easy to identify them! Unfortunately, most 80-90 year old houses go through many changes and remodelings.

Closer look at the house

Closer look at the house and the people.


Modern Home #106 from the 1916 Sears Modern Homes catalog.


The full page featuring #106.

Floorplan, first floor.


The second floor is pretty simple.


Have you seen these people? Or this house? Photo is circa mid-1910s. When I showed this picture to my husband, he said, "That guy looks kinda cadaverous, doesn't he?"

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Have You Seen This House (Or These People)?

August 5th, 2010 Sears Homes No comments

Identifying Sears Homes would be a lot easier if they retained their original appearance. Unfortunately, most of these homes are 80 and 90 years old, and have endured countless generations of substitute siding salesmen, bad weather, the occasional fire, economical rehabs, expensive rehabs and other unfortunate events.

Below is a picture of a Sears Home (#106) that I purchased on Ebay. I paid $3 for this photo, which was a swinging deal for me. However, I’m sure that only three people in America would have known that this was a picture of a newly built Sears Home. (That’d be me, Rebecca Hunter and Dale Wolicki.) It’s since become a cherished photograph and I’m sure this little family was tickled pink to have their little kit home finished.

If you know where this house is, or if you know the people pictured herein, please drop me a line? The photograph was sent to me from an ebay seller in Ohio, so it’s possible that this is where the photo came from.

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Happy family in front of their Sears Modern Home #105

Happy family in front of their Sears Modern Home #106


From the 1910 Sears Modern Homes catalog, heres model #105

From the 1910 Sears Modern Homes catalog, here's model #106