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Pamphlets, journals, magazines and, on occasion, books published by a manufacturer to publicize their product lines. Though they have become harder to find, we look for older (i.e. 19th to mid- 20th Century) examples of the genre.

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Hodgson, Fred T., Arranged and Edited, Hodgson's Practical Bungalows and Cottages, Chicago, Frederick J. Drake & Co., 1906, first edition, 8vo (7.75" x 5.5"), HB, sky blue cloth with illustrated title in white, VG+/ none. Wear at head and foot of the spine. Minor loss to white spine titles; light soiling to cloth boards. Age-toning to copyright/preface pages (looks to have resulted from once laid in paper).

Subtitled: One Hundred and Seventy Five Designs. Unpaginated (each design is presented on two facing pages). All typical of the brief, uniquely American "shingle style" period of domestic architecture. Profuse illustrations: verso b&w photo engravings or renderings of the numbered house designs and correspondent floor plans on rectos; followed by 10 pages of illustrated adverts for additional titles about home building and contracting offered by the publisher.

By the author of "Modern Carpentry," Volumes I and II; "Practical Uses of the Steel Square", Volumes I and II; "Common Sense Stair Building," "Architectural Drawing Self Taught", "Modern Estimator and Contractor's Guide," and others.

"Full and complete working plans and specifications of any of these houses will be mailed at the low prices named promptly. Send orders for Plans to Frederick J. Drake & Company, Architectural Department Chicago U.S.A."

One index page at the front carries a lightly penciled note saying that the book was given to "mother to cheer her with plans of a bungalow in California - she was confined in a plaster cast reaching to the waist on account of a fracture sustained in the ladies retiring room...October 19th 1909...being a spiritualist, she said she wished she could have died rather than live through it. The book was not very cheering".

Would that the cost estimates quoted for each of these charming Arts & Crafts style dwellings were still possible - the most expensive being $4800. If so today, perhaps "mother" would have been more cheered!

Today, the preservation architect, architectural student, builder, contractor, those looking to build/restore a bungalow - or anyone having an interest in the study of early 20th C plans of American domestic architecture, may be more well cheered.    [Book ID # 1312]


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