During the 1910s and 1920s, customers could order their homes from mail-order catalogues. The house type was selected from free Plan Books. Then blueprints could be ordered for a nominal fee. From the blueprints, house materials were ordered and shipped by rail.

Eaton's was just one of several companies active in selling houses through mail order in the 1910s and 1920s. Sears Roebuck was huge in the United States but did not have offices or mills in Canada. Other companies active in Western Canada included B.C. Mills Timber and Trading Co. of Vancouver, which shipped prefabricated houses and commercial buildings, mainly banks, from 1904 to about 1911. The United Grain Growers and its precursors were in the mail-order house business from about 1914 to 1926. The University of Saskatchewan and the Manitoba Agricultural College supplied catalogues of house plans but were not in the lumber business. The main competition to Eaton's in the mail-order house business was the Canadian Aladdin Company.
by Les Henry

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