I say yes.
Not the weather related type of Cyclone, of course. We never get those here in Ohio. But today, while out and about, hunting up Sears Houses with my research buddy Marie, we stumbled upon what may be a Sears Cyclone!
Some of you, who follow this little blog, and those of you who know something about Sears Houses, may already be saying – WHAT is Cindy talking about?
Because there was no Sears Modern Home that was named The Cyclone.
BUT…….there was a…….BARN!!!
Sears, as you know, sold all kinds of stuff through their mail order catalogs. And farm supplies were a big part of their catalog business. I’m not exactly sure when Sears started selling barn kits (houses started in 1908) but we know they were actively marketing them at least through 1928.
EDIT – Andrew from my research group pointed out that Sears was still mentioning barn kits in their last Sears Modern Homes catalog, which was published in 1940. I then checked my own resource materials and found barns were shown as early as the 1912 catalog. Since they were sold for such a long time, surely there are many more out there just waiting to be found.
Here is a link to the 1928 Sears Roebuck Modern Farm Buildings catalog, where I got the images and information for this post.
After reviewing the basic information and comparing the details of the barn we spotted today, I am 99.9% sure it was purchased from Sears.
Sears was well aware that farmers had different needs for their barns, and they were ready to step in and help you get exactly the right one.
The catalog offered about 20 different designs, and each design was offered in a variety of widths and lengths.
The Cyclone No 3024 isn’t listed on the chart, for some reason, but the catalog details do state it can be ordered in different sizes.
Prices on Any Length Quoted on Request
Here it is! It’s a beauty….even if it does need a little paint.
Here’s a few of the defining details
Check out the brackets!
The base of the barn we saw today is block of some kind, which may be the reason it is still standing strong today. While the Cyclone isn’t pictured that way in the catalog, the Country Gentleman is, so we know that was an option that could be added when you special ordered your barn.
Marie and I sure never expected to find a barn today, which is kind of the Holy Grail among serious Sears House researchers, so it sure made up for the one lonely little mortgage record that we discovered in Fayette County. But……that mortgage record led us to a really nice Sears House, which I will share in my next post.
Thanks for following along!