Long before the era of online shopping and next-day delivery, Americans experienced a different kind of retail wonder.
It was a time when massive catalogs were the mainstay of every household, offering everything from tools to home goods.
Families would send thousands of dollars to Sears and eagerly await the delivery of their new home. Imagine the excitement as 12,000 pieces of a house arrived by train, ready to be pieced together by the new homeowners. Nestled in Carlinville, Illinois, lies a unique testament to this era- an entire neighborhood comprising over 150 houses ordered from Sears catalogs.
Among these homes is one owned by retired teachers, Ben and Mary.
They purchased their Sears home in 1962 for $6,500.
They even celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in the same house, standing as strong and proud as the day it was built.