Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Three Muses - Home Sweet Home


There was a day when a young couple could get married, and order their home from Sears & Roebuck! From 1908 to 1940, many a young couple chose their home from the pages of a Sears catalog. For $650 to $2500 ($35 to $65 a month), their new home would be delivered via rail, all packaged down to the last nail and ready for construction. Many of these homes continue to be sturdy houses today. In the 90's, while on vacation in Virginia, my friends and I drove down a street of Sears & Roebuck homes, still tidy and welcoming. My collage shows one of the homes and a newspaper ad. The bridal couple are from Flickr Collage Images, but they may well have lived in a Sears & Roebuck home! Thanks for listening, and Merry Christmas!

18 comments:

  1. What a simple and wonderful world it must have been to be able to order the plans and materials from a catalogue and build something that has lasted so many years. Bev, this is one of your most beautiful and very best pictures. Exquisite! I love the framed collage and I love the words that go with it. Wonderful work. (And I am so relieved that you are perfectly OK).

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  2. Wow- home plans from sears- those were amazing days! Bev your artwork has been wonderfully inspirational to me this (first year of blogging). Thank you for all of your lovely comments- I have learned a lot from you and so enjoy the muses 'workouts'. Hope the New Year finds you busy as ever at your wonderful digital art!

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  3. Oh wow this is absolutely beuatiful Bev. Fantastic vintage and romantic piece. Love them.

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  4. What a great piece of history! I've got to agree with Marie's comments. This IS one of your most beautiful, and might I add, meaningful pieces. Take a bow!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  5. This is a great theme, Bev, and your home presentation is great. Super idea and love your images. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Bev, and may the new year bring you all good things. Hugs, Gayle.

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  6. thanks for the info, bev! i also love that aboriginal term for home...
    your collage is exquisite and unique - i love when pictures go along with a story!
    wish you peaceful days!!

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  7. Bev, your collage is really lovely, and it depicts very well the feeling of having a home of one's own! It's wonderful that they used to build homes to last for a century or more - that's really an example of the sustainable way of building and living! - I wish you a peaceful and beautiful Christmas time!

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  8. Well, I agree with all the comments and can only add that now I have a warm heart and can continue on for the day with the memories of 'the good 'olwoo days' in my thoughts. Thanks

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  9. My goodness Bev, I am amazed that it was possible to order a home via a catalogue and then I suppose build it themselves. It got me to thinking about how couples now request their home contents from those attending their wedding, just imagine if someone asked for a house. Bev this is one of your very best, you do vintage so well.

    Merry Christmas Bev, and thank you for introducing me to blogland.

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  10. Very interesting piece, Bev, thanks for sharing the history of the homes! Thanks also for your lovely comments on my blog this year - blessings for the festive season!

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  11. Very nice. All goes together so well. That is a great term for home. I hope you find lots of time for your art in the upcoming year. Thank you for all your comments and have a wonderful holiday. Cheers!

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  12. Wonderful piece and so perfect!!! I wish you and yours a wonderful and magical holiday season!!!


    Merry Christmas!!!

    Hugs,
    Diana

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  13. Wanted to send along some wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Hugs, Gaby

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  14. Merry Christmas to you too Bev! I love that these homes are still standing - how very cool. I bet they cost a lot more today though!!

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  15. Merry Christmas to you, Bev! ~Lori

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