Not exactly ... but
when I walked in Home Depot yesterday and saw what they were selling
out front, it gave me this idea. It definitely illustrates how
much things have changed over 60 years.
Charles Ammon was
the sales manager for Home Guardian in the 1930's & 40's.
He was involved with the free
bungalow promos they ran during the depression. In the 40's
several of the original Home Guardian salesmen set up shop in
the Mastic area. Charlie continued with the bargain bungalows.
Here are two in 2002
that probably sold with the land for between $480 - $500 sixty
years ago. The white one is located on Elm Rd near Polk on the
former Knapp Golf Course. The gray one is on Jefferson near Dogwood.
Now here is what
you can get at Home Depot today
a two story job 16
x 16 x16 and its only
or $106 a month land
two BIG rooms
Life Expectancy 40
TOO PRICEY YOU SAY?....
something more modest
Well you can get
the one below made of vinyl in brown or white
for the same price
you could of bought a Mastic
3 room job with the
land in 1940
$490 + tax
Kind of makes the Knapp Mansion a STEAL at $4950 with
it's 15 large rooms, 6 Baths, 50' x 25' living room with $7,000 at 1915 prices worth of wood panels AND three and a half acres doesn't it?