Do you ever wonder where Sears got the name for their house models? I do! Some, we know, are named after cities in Illinois, where Sears was based. A lot of them, in fact. And some are named after cities where the style of a particular model was popular, like “The Pittsburgh”, and “The Norwood”.
But what about “The Clyde”? Why in the world did Sears use that name, for not only one model of house, but two?
Sears Clyde from the 1918 catalog (known as the No. 118 in earlier years)
The Clyde from the 1925 catalog
In some years, The Clyde was offered with two floor plans.
Floor plans available in 1928
But to me, an even more pressing question, why are there so many of this model (the later one) in Dayton, Ohio?
Well……I may never know the answer to my questions, but I can still share the Sears Clyde models that have been located, to date (Dec 1, 2017), here in this little blog.
Currently (see date above) there are 108 Sears Houses in Dayton, Ohio on the Master List my group of researchers is keeping for historical purposes. Of those 108 in Dayton, 10 are Clyde models. The later one, not the early one. Almost 10 percent.
Huh. Odd. I guess the Sears Clyde was popular in Dayton. And…..because I have way too many photos of Sears Houses in my files, (hundreds) and they are not organized, I mostly will be posting the Auditor’s photos.
Here they are
My own photo of the Sears Clyde at 145 Samuel St., Dayton OH ( documented) Testimonial house of H E Mackrodt ( see below)
Page from the “Honor Bilt Make Happy Homes” brochure that was inside the 1927 Sears Modern Home catalog I purchased on Ebay a while back. I tracked The Clyde model built by H E MACKRODT to 145 Samuel St using Montgomery County property abstract records.
My favorite Clyde in Dayton! I need to get there and get my own photos of this house before they change the house colors. LOVE!!! 264 Huron Ave., Dayton OH (Auditor photo)
Sears Clyde at 348 Brooklyn Ave., Dayton OH (Auditor photo)
Sears Clyde at 400 Verona Rd., Dayton OH (Auditor photo)
Sears Clyde at 1404 Watervliet Ave., Dayton OH (Auditor photo)
Sears Clyde at 1409 Arbor Ave., Dayton OH
Sears Clyde at 2805 Grace Ave., Dayton OH (Auditor photo)
Sears Clyde at 3249 Ridge Ave., Dayton OH (Auditor photo) This Clyde has an addition which looks original
My own photo of a Sears Clyde at 3433 Wellington Ave., Dayton OH. I took this photo in July of 2014. Since then the house has been rehabbed and has a new owner. Yay!
My own photo of a Sears Clyde at 3439 Wellington Ave., Dayton OH. This one also has an addition on one side. It’s also right next door to the Clyde I posted above.
If you want to own a Sears Clyde model in Ohio, Dayton might be the place to look!
Thanks for following along.