The Aladdin Stanhope was one of Aladdin’s more modest homes, but it was apparently fairly popular. And really tiny.

Not one of the three bedrooms in the Stanhope had a closet. Not one. It seems they expected you to put a massive wardrobe within one of those tiny bedrooms.

And the bathroom was ten by five feet. That’s a tiny space. You’d have to step out into the hallway to change your mind.

In the kit home business, Aladdin was a competitor of Sears, but today, the name is not as well known as Sears.

Sears kit homes were sold from 1908-1940. These 12,000-piece kits were shipped by boxcar, and came with a 75-page instruction book and a promise that a “man of average abilities” could have the house built and ready for occupancy in 90 days.

Here in Southeastern Virginia, we also have many kit homes from Aladdin. They were based in Bay City, Michigan, but Aladdin had a large mill in Wilmington, NC. Aladdin started selling kit homes in 1906, and continued until 1981.

Sears sold about 70,000 kit homes during their 32 years in the kit home business. Aladdin sold more than 75,000.

Stanhope

Stanhope, as seen in the 1919 Aladdin catalog.

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Look at the size of those rooms! The "big" bedroom was 10 x 10.

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These were small homes, but they were well built.

These were small homes, but they were well built. Aladdin promised to pay $1 for every knot found in their siding materials. Pretty strong words!

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The Aladdin Stanhope, as seen in the 1919 catalog.

The Aladdin Stanhope, as seen in the 1919 catalog.

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Heres a Stanhope in Scotland Neck, NC.

Here's a Stanhope in Scotland Neck, NC.

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And just last week, I discovered this Stanhope in Norfolk!

And just last week, I discovered this Stanhope in Norfolk!

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