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“Interesting...all levels” --Choice

“Lavishly illustrated...meticulously researched...strongly recommended” --E-Streams

“Wealth of information...interesting facts” --Press Publications

About the Author

Writer and researcher Thomas T. Fetters lives in Lombard, Illinois. Contributing author Vincent Kohler is a visiting professor of American Studies at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers; 2nd edition (January 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786426551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786426553
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alice P. on March 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is definitely a "niche" book...one would probably either need to have a direct interest in the Lustron home or have an interest in researching American housing types. I fall into the category of one who is interested in the Lustron home. My husband & I are in the process of purchasing a Lustron home...until about a month ago we had never even heard the word "Lustron". This book has proven to be highly enlightening & has allowed us to make an informed purchase.
I found it to be not only informative but also quite interesting reading. Mr. Fetters' extensive research allowed him to include many tidbits of information that made the story of the Lustron Company come to life. It is a somewhat bittersweet story; Mr. Fetters gives just due to a product that was years ahead of its time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Rogers on October 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
An exceptionally well-researched and informative study of these historically-significant all-porcelain-enameled-steel houses. Fetters documents just about every aspect of Lustron's amazing history, from design & company background to manufacture & marketing to the political machinations that led to Lustron's demise. The text is supplemented by important company documents, useful diagrams and photos, and a valiant first attempt at listing all known Lustron addresses by state. (An updated online inventory, supplemented with the author's help, is available at "Lustron Locator".)

My copy of this book sees constant use as a valuable reference work, and the wealth of information collected in one place has provided a great resource for the ongoing nationwide effort to publicize & preserve Lustrons throughout the eastern U.S. (Many Lustrons have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but many more are demolished each year due to real estate pressures; fortunately, there is a growing community of concerned Lustron owners and a formal Lustron Home Preservation Society is taking shape.)

Every Lustron owner or enthusiast should have a copy of this important book. It will also appeal to architectural historians, recent-past preservationists, and those interested or involved in the current pre-fab housing trend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Thornton VINE VOICE on January 15, 2006
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And I learned a lot of curious and odd little details that I thought were utterly fascinating. Tom Fetters is *the man* when it comes to Lustron Homes. Plus, the book is filled with dozens of vintage photos and brochures and ephemera. As an architectural writer, I loved the vintage graphics and old-fashioned 1950s advertising copy. What a hoot!

The only drawback is that the text is a little dry and a bit too technical in places. A small complaint, I know, but that aside, it's a good book and remains the definitive book on Lustron Homes.

Rose Thornton

author, The Houses That Sears Built
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Boesch on December 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a must-have book for anyone interested in American Architectural History, history of pre-fabricated housing or offbeat/innovative design that has been overlooked by conventional residential builders.

Every university with an architectural design degree program should include this text in its curriculum and/or reference library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James J. Varela on January 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Hopefully this book will do more to bring awareness to Lustron. So many are being demolished. These homes were years ahead of their time and should be treated as national treasures.
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By willsumner on August 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
A little-known chapter in architectural and social history is given a thorough examination in this meticulously researched book. I became intrigued after watching "A Lustron Legacy" on YouTube, about the preservation of a Lustron home in Arlington, Virginia, which is not too far from where I was born. The video prompted me to search for a book on the subject and I found this one. It's solid and well-crafted, just like the housing structures it documents.
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