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Aladdin "Built In A Day" House Catalog, 1917



The Aladdin Company, located in the Michigan lumber town of Bay City, began selling their "Ready-Cut" houses in 1906 and continued as a family-run business until 1981. They shipped their kit houses throughout the country by railroad from their lumber mills throughout the United States and Canada. Two boxcars were usually sufficient for a typical house. Among the 60 plus buildings found in the catalog, no doubt the two-car garage ($258) and maybe the four room vacation cottage ("The Drayton" for $207.10) could fulfill the company slogan of "Built In A Day" but it's highly unlikely that the slogan could have applied to Aladdin's 2,280 square foot colonial, "The La Salle." ($1985.50)