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A rare bungalow sales booklet from the Arts and Crafts era, Attractive Bungalows is a 1914 catalog published by Curtis Lumber and Millwork Company of Clinton, Iowa. This 10 x 7 inch document has 31 pages, and to call it a catalog is really doing the document an injustice -- it is more of a promotional booklet. It is printed on heavy, almost glossy, paper stock, and vellum paper separates the text block from the cover stock.

Curtis Lumber and Millwork Company produced standard-sized built-in furniture and woodwork that was intended to coordinate with the house plans presented in the book. Presenting the floor plans with examples of how the built-ins would look was a clever way to sell woodwork. The introduction of the book states: "The homes shown in the following pages are, in most cases, not pretentious, but are entirely practical, substantial dwellings." That is an excellent summation of the nature of bungalow homes.

The booklet presents the homes by showing an exterior rendering and floor plan on one page, and a rendering of the interior woodwork on the opposite page, along with a listing of Curtis products needed to achieve the interior appearance. The engraved renderings are fabulous and detailed -- the woodwork is depicted in a beautifully and fully furnished home. It is a treasure trove of Arts and Crafts style bungalow design and decor.

Stunning and absolutely rare, this is a wonderful collector's item that is meant to be treasured and preserved.

BOOKLET CONDITION

The soft exterior cover has some rubbing and soiling around the edges. Someone also wrote their name and address on the front cover -- a salesman, I presume. The interior is remarkably clean and unmarked. There are no rips or tears. The only flaw is that pages 15 through 18 have detached from the staples used to bind the book.

Attractive Bungalows - 1914 - Floor plans and woodwork - Arts and Crafts - Curtis Lumber and Millwork Co., Clinton Iown

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