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Kalamazoo Complete Home Show Booklet

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: RH-A-4355

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of one booklet created by the Kalamazoo Real Estate Board Kalamazoo Michigan, for a Home Show from February 16-21 of 1925.

The booklet contains mostly advertisements for a variety of Kalamazoo businesses to help in home improvement, with some articles every few pages, which include one on the history of the Kalamazoo Real Estate Board, the history of Kalamazoo, what Kalamazoo was like in that moment, tips on decorating, help with home financing, a program of the home show, show exhibitors, the Kalamazoo Real Estate Board code of ethics, and information on the cover design.


  • Creation: February 16-21, 1925


Biographical / Historical

Established in 1910, the Kalamazoo Real Estate Board sponsored the Kalamazoo Complete Home Show with the first one held in 1924. The booklet comes from the second Home Show held from Monday, February 16 until Saturday, February 21 at the Armory on East Water Street between North Burdick and North Edwards Streets. The event had over fifty display booths that would cover building, remodeling, furnishing and decorating your home. Hours were Monday from 7:00p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 2:00p.m. to 10:30p.m. with admission at .25. A number of companies had displays ranging from appliances, furniture, equipment, home décor, plumbing supplies, radios, home hardware, decorative items and real estate. The Kalamazoo Gazette had both articles and advertisements about the event. People were encouraged to acquire the booklet which said, “This book is valuable and contains much interesting and useful information. If you will look it over, you will be glad to file it away for future reference.”

It is not known how many Home Shows were held during these years. The Kalamazoo Gazette has articles about two other ones in 1926 and 1931. There is no other article about any other shows during other years.


.05 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase for the collection from the Starring Endowment.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet and is composed of one booklet, 6x8.5inches produced by the Kalamazoo Real Estate Board for the 1925 Kalamazoo Complete Home Show held from February 16-21, 1925. The seventy-two-page publication has a cover with the title, “Kalamazoo Complete Home Show” with the dates February 16-21, 1925 along with an illustration of a house. Designed by high school senior Clifford Weirs, cover is in blue, yellow and green. The pages are printed in black ink on white glossy paper. The booklet contains a great number of advertisements from local companies dealing with real estate and home improvement along with some articles on the history of the Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Real Estate Board.

Overall, the booklet is in good condition. The pages are slightly yellowed and the front and back cover are a little stained and creased slightly, but there is a slight tear at the cover and all of the writing is legible.

Kalamazoo Complete Home Show Booklet finding aid
Leo Gingerich; Lynn Houghton; Stephanie Chapman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490