I'm not sure exactly which year was the first for version No. 2, because I don't have access to a 1929 Sears catalog, but my 1928 catalog shows the earlier look, and my 1930 catalog shows "look No. 2".
(EDIT: Cindy Catanzaro has a 1929 catalog, and she left a comment below, telling us that 1930 was the first year of the new style -- the'29 catalog still shows the old-style Fairy.)
Everyone's favorite "go to" Sears models book, Houses By Mail, only shows an image of the first version (page 50), but lists the catalog years through 1933, without mentioning the change in style. Curiously, HBM mentions that the Fairy is "similar to" the Culver, a 1933-only model, whose description matches the second version of the Fairy. In fact, though I don't have access to a 1933 catalog, I've seen the Culver shown in a blog post by someone else, and it was, in fact, the exact same model as the Fairy No. 2. So, it seems that the "look" changed for 1930, stayed that way through 1932, and then was re-named the Culver for one year (1933)... and then discontinued.
No matter what the exterior looks like, the floor plan remained the same throughout the years this house was offered (with the exception of the front door and right-side front window being switched).
|(EDIT: The 1929 catalog also has the old-style Fairy; the new style begins in 1930.)|
Authenticated Fairy Models in St. Louis
I discovered all of this while I was looking for houses whose mortgages I had found in the city and the county of St. Louis (MO), this past June (2015).
The first Fairy mortgage I found was for this older-style one, at 318 W. Rose Hill, in Kirkwood, MO. Oddly, though, the mortgage was in 1930, when the new style was in place, but this is the old-style "look".
|Authenticated Sears Fairy • 1930 • 318 W. Rose Hill, Kirkwood, Missouri|
|This house has had a small addition on the back, but you see the expected 3 side windows on this side of the house.|
|Mary Lacy in the 1930 census.|
|Mary Lacy in the 1940 census.|
First, we have 936 Simmons, in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb in St. Louis County. Simmons is just two streets away from Evans, where I found a mortgage for a beautiful Sears Cedars that I had read about a number of years ago.
|Authenticated Sears Fairy • 1930 • 936 Simmons, Kirkwood, MO (St. Louis area)|
|Sears Bartlett model garage, maybe?|
|The little half-moon vent window in the peak, was another small difference when the model's "look" changed.|
|And, here's the right side of our Fairy. The fireplace wasn't a standard feature of this model.|
|When I found the mortgage, I still did a footprint check against the tax records, and posted about it in our Facebook group.|
|Authenticated Sears Fairy • 1930 • 3470 Macklind Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri|
|The windows are right.|
|The columns holding up the front porch should be |
doubles on each side, but they must have changed that over the years.
|The mortgage was for Lot 12, City Block 4747, and that's what we've got here.|
|1932 City Directory fo the City of Saint Louis, MO|
Here's what the catalog says came standard with the little Fairy model:
|From the 1928 catalog: "What our price includes."|
I'm guessing that "eaves trough" is a gutter?
|You had to pay more for some things, including all of the plumbing, heating, wiring, and electric fixtures.|