Best thing about Creo-Dipt is that their catalogs featuring model homes always has the owner, city and state, not to mention the architect most times. That is how I found out a lot of the information on the proto-type of my Radford American Builder house (which was also probably sided with Creo-Dipt cedar shingles originally).
I'm always finding print ads and postcards and various other ephemera on eBay and other sites and www.archive.org has a few full catalogs to peruse. My favorite is Creo-Dipt Stained Shingle Homes circa 1920.
One of the most enchanting houses is "The Music Box" of Professor H. G. Cox in Omaha, Nebraska. Not only is the house charming, it has a mini-me birdhouse out in front. It was used heavily in advertising campaigns. Here are just a few examples:
|From the Creo-Dipt Stained Shingle Homes catalog, 1920. Courtesy archive.org.|
|Creo-Dipt flyer 1926. Courtesy archive.org|
|Magazine ad, 1926 courtesy eBay auction|
|Creo-Dipt advertising pack, 1920s. Courtesy eBay|
Professor H. G. Cox is Henry Givin Cox, music professor and violinist. Born in 1880 in Iowa, he and his wife, Queene, are listed in the 1930 census as living at 5665 Marcy Street in Omaha, NE. His occupation is listed as "teacher school of music".
He was not living there in 1920 and in 1940 he seemed to be widowed and living in a residential hotel. Here is a little newspaper clipping from The Sunday State Journal in 1919:
|The Sunday State Journal April 20, 1919 Omaha, NE.|
Here is a snap from the 1930 census placing him at 5665 Marcy St.
|1930 census for Omaha, NE. Prof. Cox is listed at 5665 Marcy St.|
And here is 5665 Marcy Street as it appears in a recent Google Streetview. The charming bird house is no more.
|Screen grab of Professor Cox's charming Music Box which no longer has its bird house out front. Courtesy google streetview.|
This house was also in line drawing form in a local Tonawanda News newspaper blurb on Creo-Dipt.