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Advance Is Contrary to Com
mon Impression, Says
Realty Board.
During the 20 years ending with 1930
there was an Increase of ^
In the number of homes in the cities ι
of the United States which were owned
bv the families living in them. In 1910
the number of such urban homes was
5 245,380. According to the 1930 census
the figure by that year had risen to
10.503.386, showing an increase of
' *There was an increase of 5.2 per cent
In home ownership in the urban cfn~
ters of the country during the 10 years
ending with 1930. During that decade
the number rose from 7,041,283 owned
dwellings in 1920 to 10.503.386 in 1930.
These figures, gleaned from the re
cent report of the results of the last
census, present an encouraging picture
of the trend toward home ownership,
according to an analysis of the situa
tion by the National Association of Real j
Estate Boards. It pointe out that the
Increase in home ownership m the past
10 years Is contrary to the common im
pression and believes that It will ha\e
a bearing on the business future.
Increase Important.
Because of the tremendous increase
In apartment house construction that
preceded the slump in building opera
tions of the country during the past
four years, this increase In home own
ership among families living in the ur
ban centers is important, the national
realtors' association states.
The Importance of the trend in tnis
group of families, it declared in a state
ment released this week, is clear when
it Is realized that the single-family ur
ban residences constitute by far the
largest single class of the Nation s
housing. It finds that such housing
outnumbers the farm homes by much
more than 2 to 1, and the apartment
residences by well over 4 to 1.
With the Census Bureau compilation
the association ties in certain figures
lor the same years compiled by the Bu
reau of Labor Statistics, since the lat
ter give a measure of apartment use as
compared with use of single-family
dwellings. This topic was Included In
the census of 1930, but was not cov
ered in previous census tabulations.
Ahead of 1910 Percentage.
Home ownership of all classes, while
showing an increase in total, showed a
slight decrease in proportion in the
census of 1920. That tendency is now
well overcome, the 1930 census reveals.
Moreover, we are now ahead of the 1910
percentage. The totals are as follows.
Families owning their own homes:
In 1910, total number, 9,083,711, or
44.8 per cent of national total.
In 1920, total number, 10,866,960, or
44 6 per cent of national total.
In 1930, total number, 14,002,074, or
46 8 per cent of national total.
The total number of families in the
United States is 29.904,663. the recent
announcement reveals. This means
that nearly half the families In the Na
tion now own their own homes.
Housing types, as shown by the 1930
Non-farm homes in one-family dwell
ings. 16.164.429.
Non-farm homes In multi-family
dwellings, 3.615,379.
Non-farm homes in two-family dwell
ing. 3.615.379.
Total number of non-farm homes,
Farm homes (nearly all presumed to
be one-family dwellings), 6.668,681. *
Total number of homes in the United
States. 29.904.663.
It is the non-farm home group that
the steady increase in ownership has
taken place. Such homes total 23,
235.982. Of these 10.503,386 or 45.2
per cent are owned homes. This skele
tonized table shows how urban home
ownership has been increasing over the
past 30 years:
Owned homes of the non-farm class:
In 1910, total number. 5,245,380, or
37.1 per cent of national non-farm
In 1920, total number 7.041,283, or 40
per cent of national non-farm total.
In 1930, total number 10,503.386, or
452 per cent of national non-farm
Nation of Cliff Dwellers.
"But while this has been going on
there took place a marked increase in
apartment house construction and
apartment living, a movement so strong
as to bring out the constant comment
that America was becoming a Nation
of 'cliff dwellers,' " the realtor associa
tion states.
"There are no figures available for
this period which show the total num
ber of families housed in multi-family
or apartment structures. Such figures
■were collected for the first time in the
1930 census. However, figures of the
Bureau of Labor Statistics as to new
eonstruction, which date back to 1920,
give a measure of the trend.
"The year 1920 marks a time when
apartment building was just beginning
to reach the smaller cities. Out of the
total number of families provided for by
new residence construction in that year
multi-family construction accounted for
only 13.34 per cent. This is for the
191 cities for which figures were that
year gathered by the Labor Department.
The year 1921, when full percentage
analysis began for 257 cities, marks the
first big jump for the country as a
whole toward apartment living. In that
year rsulti-family structures furnished
34 per cent of the family units added
by new construction. Single-family
structures furnished 44.2 per cent. Two
family dwellings, then stronger in popu
larity than they have been at any time
since, furnished 21.7 per cent. The
movement grew and in 1926 for the
fir et time the number of families pro
vided for in new apartment house con
struction was greater than the number
provided for in new one-family struc
tures in the 257 cities studied. Apart
ment construction held top place ior
1927, 1928 and 1929. In 1929, the peak
of the movement, apartment units made
up 48.5 per cent of the family units
provided iox by new residence con
struction, nngle-famlly dwellings only
40.2 per cent.
Tide Turned in 1930.
"In 1930 the tide turned. New mul
ti-family dwellings made up only 42.4
per cent of the total, new single-family
dwellings, 45.7 per cent.
"Figures for 1931 and 1932 are, of
oourse, strongly affected by depression
conditions. Nevertheless it is interest
ing to see to what degree they empha
size the turn back to the detached sin
gle-family house. For 1931 the pro
portion was: Multi-family units, 36.5
per cent; single-family units, 51.7 per
cent. For the first eight months of
1932 the divergence is striking. Multi
family units made up only 16.6 per cent,
single-family units 71.4 per cent of the
year's new residence construction. The
1931 figures cover 359 cities, the 1932
figures cover 363.
"The gain in urban home ownership
marked in the 1Θ30. census has, there
fore, come about despite the large de
velopment of modern apartment living
which took place during the decade.
Since total urban home ownership
shows an increase of 5.2 per cent over
the 1930 figure, it is clear that home
ownership among urban families living
in detached single-family dwellings
must have increased in an appreciably
greater proportion."
Announcement of Details Is
Made in Architectural
The third annual small house archi
tectural competition conducted by Bet
ter Homes in America, Inc., in co-op
eration with a committee on awards of
the American Institute of Architects,
was opened this week with announce
ment of details of the contest
Houses entered in the 1932 competi
tion are to be those the construction
of which was completed finally between
the years 1927 and 1931. Designs of
houses which have been submitted pre
viously cannot be resubmitted to the
committee this year. The awards will
be announced about January 1, next.
Exhibits, shipped to Better Homes in
America, in care of the American In
stitute of Architects, 1741 New York
avenue, are to be received not later
than December 1. next.
The purpose of the competition is
to discover the best examples of small
house architecture, through the sys
tem of awarding medals and honorable
mentions to the architects whose de
signs of houses erected during the past
five years attain the highest standards
in the estimation of the Awards Com
Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, Secretary of
the Interior, is president of Better
Homes in Americk, which is an educa
tional institution which has organized
more than 9,000 committees through
out the country to stimulate home im
provement by means of contests, lec
ture programs, exhibits and house
"The great majority of small houses
built in America are still ugly in design
and inconveniently planned," declares
Mr. James Ford, executive director of
Better Homes in America. "The build
ers and buyers of small homes know
little of architecture and fail to realize
that architectural beauty and distinc
tiveness are qualities which are within
their command."
Awards cf three gold medals are to
be made to practicing architects for the
best design submitted for each of three
types of houses, a one-story house, m
which storage space but no living ac
commodations may occur in roof space;
a story-and-a-half house, with living
accommodations partly in a second
story, which is actually a "half story,"
and a two-story house, it is announced
by E. J. Russell, institute president.
JUDY smiled at Dick. "I'd like to
feel I didn't have to Impose on
you any more," she said. "You've
done so much more for me
already than you ought to have
done, Dick. Don't worry about an
nouncing me. Don't you understand?"
"Yes." Dick said slowly. "I under
stand. Judy. But—impose "
"I didn't mean that, Dick. When I
try to talk I always get the wrong
words. I just meant I don't think it's
fair to worry you any longer when
you've so much on your mind already."
Having said that, she could have
bitten off her tongue. For the dark
flush showed on Dick's face again: the
flush that said, "I made a mistake. I
told you a secret I'd kept from every
body. And now you keep feeling sorry
for me about it."
Men love to have women feel sorry
for them, Judy's mother had said; but
phone and play something soft and
lazy, maybe 'Meditation.' Probably ran
all the way from the taxi. Nice as
signment, playing a violin when you're
so out of breath you can barely stand."
Judy giggled. "Do many of them
miss programs?" she asked.
"Not very often. Lots of times they
Just get under the wire. I've had to
ad lib a lot of times, though, filling
time until the guest star showed up."
"Ad lib?"
"Keep talking without having any
thing to talk about. Nobody's supposed
to ad lib on the air, except the Three
Doctors, that is. But lots of us have
to. You know, the Three Doctors al
ways ad lib. Never have a script. Never
know exactly what they're going to say
an a program."
Judy, thinking of the terrible micro
phone. of the fright that raced through
her veins such a little while before,
"Something new, Dick?"
Judy revised that rule. Men don't want
a woman to show she is sorry for them;
they want to feel she is hiding her
pity. A great difference ihat some
women never learn, and yet Judy was
sure it was right.
"Well," she attempted nov·, "what's
next on your schedule, Dick"
"Oh—a dramatic show. David Owen
is doing it. Smart director. He stages
'Skippy,' too. I—Hello, Harlow."
A tall, dark-haired man said, "Hello,
Dick," and went on into one of the
studios. Judy's eyes looked questions
and Dick, glad to talk of something
new. answered. "Harlow Wilcox. One
of .the best announcers in the business.
Does all kinds of programs. You ought
to see his fan mail."
"Oh. I've heard of him, of course.
He's good." .
Dick had none of the jealousy the
stories had taught Judy you must ex
pect from actors. But. then, she* re
membered, he had insisted he wasn't
an actor, really.
Down the hall came a tall man, run
ning headlong, tugging to open a violin
case as he ran. Perspiration streamed
from his face, his breath came jerkily,
he tumbled past them, shot through
I a door, disappeared. Dick laughed. I
"He was due on the air just exactly
two seconds ago," he said. "And he's
; got to stand up in front of the micro
gasped at the poise and confidence of
men who could go on the air without
having every word written and ready.
"How can they do it, Dick?"
"Lots of other acts wish they knew.
Judy. But most of them don't. One
night I introduced a famous actor, who's
been on the stage ever since 1851. And
yet the first tme lie went oil the radio—
doing a scene he's done thousands of
times on the stage—he went absolutely
cold. Couldn't say a word. Just gasped
and choked and shivered. Scared to
"And what happened?"
"I asked questions. And answered 'em
myself, until time was up. And then
got a lot of letters telling me what a
conceited fool I was for talking when a
really great man was supposed to be on
the air."
"Of course, not, Judy. You mustn't
talk back to people. When you're on
the air you're working for them, and
they've rot a right te tell you how
awful you are as often as they feel
like It."
"Oh! And maybe IH get letters like
"Maybe, Judy. But I dont think so.
Walt for tomorrow's mall. That'll tell
the story. And—well, until then "
He glanced at the clock.
"No," Judy said quickly. "I've got to
go, Dick. I promised to meet Elsie for
"Oh!" Disappointed. Hurt a little
"Well," he said. "I'll stay here, then.
Got to work on an idea, anyhow."
"Something new, Dick?"
He grinned. "Can't tell you a thing,
Judy. Only, half the program writers
in the business are ex-saxophone play
ers or ex-announcers. Never wrote a
thing In their lives till radio came
along. And if they ran do it, maybe I
can. too. Anyhow, I'm trying some
"You're writing?"
"The jury's still out Judy."
"Won't you let me see?"
"No. Can't."
"But "
He nodded past her. "Friend of ours
coming." he said softly.
Judy saw Elton Day, smooth, polished,
begging somebody's pardon, dodging
somebody else who caught at his coat
lapels, tapping a nervous rhythm on
the wall with his fingers as he walked
along the corridor toward them.
"Morning." he said brightly.
"Hello." said Dick.
Judy said nothing at all.
"Good show," Elton went on. "Very
good. Heard it up in my office. Client
heard it, too. Just phoned me. Says
it's fine. If the mall comes—If no
mail "
Repetition of that phrase made Judy
"Is the mail so Important?" she
"Tell her, Dick." Elton suggested
suavely. "Tell her about the mail."
Dick said only: "Well, mail Is the
way the client tests a program." But
Elton added: "You see, we all know mail
doesn't mean a thing. There are some
people who'll always write for any kind
of free sample. All right. Never tell a
client that. He believes if he gets a
lot of mail it's a riot, and if the mall
isn't big it never occurs to him his
sample is no good; he just decides the
program is to blame. So the mail boy's
a big shot around here. So, Dick?"
"Yes," Dick said curtly. "Going,
"Yes, Dick."
Day smiled casually.
"I have some points in the program
to talk to Miss Allison about, Dick," he
said. "Better wait a couple of minutes,
Judy. Unless I'm interrupting some
"Of course not." Judy said quickly.
"Dick, I'll see you at the house this
"Yes." he Said, not looking at her.
Jealous! But why should he be, Judy
wondered? Ho ought to know how she
felt. Ought to know what she thought
of Elton Day. But men forget. And
Dick walked away, quickly, leaving
Judy with Day.
Leaving her to hear him say. very
softly. "Too bad our lady listeners can't
see you, Judy. They'd never get over
It If they could."
"Thank you."
"Oh. don't thank me. Don't thank
anybody. Just be glad about It." .
"Υσα wanted to tell me something
about the program?"
"But you said "
He waved a deprecatory hand.
"Never can tell what a Day will say.
Old family custom. Say what pops
into the mind. If it doesn't pop, say It
anyhow. Get the old words going and
people go away and then everything's
She nodded. "Yes. You've said bo
before, haven't you?"
"Many times," he agreed calmly. "Al
ways say something like that to get the
conversation started. And then when
the lady is angry "
"But the lady isn't angry."
"That's a comfort. So "
"The lady isn't angry," Judy repeated
as she walked past Elton Day. "She's
merely bored. Good-by, Mr. Day."
She left him. And did not look back
to see on Elton Day's face an expression
that was not usual for him. A look of
sorrow, almost. As if Elton Day wished,
for the moment only, that Elton Day
were not what he always had been.
The mail came. Letters in pink en
velopes, and letters in square, white en
velopes, and letters scrawled with pen
cil on brown wrapping paper stuck into
envelopes painfully made at home.
Letters asking the Beauty Builder for
help. Letters telling strange, pitiful
stories with naive abandonment of reti
cence, with complete confidence in the
Beauty Builder that made Judy sud
denly ashamed and r little afraid.
"My husband is going to leave me,
because he says I'm getting old and
ugly. I've tried. But there's so much
work to do and I've no money, and I
spend what I have on the children in
stead of buying things for myself.
And . . . Please tell me what to do.
Letters like that. Letters that Elton
Day displayed amusedly, holding them
in a basket, shuffling them with his thin
hand. "Minneapolis," he announced.
"South Bend, Joplin, Kansas City, Sioux i
City. Milwaukee, St. Paul. All points
"Who answers them?" Judy asked.
"Some correspondent."
"But shouldn't "
"You shouldn't do anything but talk.
That's where your job begins and ends,"
he said. "Let somebody else worry
about the rest of It."
"But they're supposed to get personal
"They will."
"Prom a correspondent?"
"Prom me, Judy. Don t I know the
answers to all the little problems of
life? Of course I do, Judy. All the an
swers. All the questions, too."
With that he went on his way.
(To be continued.)
At Atonement Lutheran Church to- !
morrow Rev. H. E. Snyder will preach :
on "Excuses, Ancient and Modern."
The evening subject is "The Life I Now
The confirmation class will meet for
instruction October 21 at 4 p.m. The
Ladies' Aid will give a îauerkraut din
ner October 20. The 300th anniversary
of the death of Gustavus Adolphus will
be celebrated with appropriate services
in November.
Baptism and Consecration of Homes
to Be Followed by
At Albright Memorial Evangelical
Church tomorrow Family Sunday will
be observed. At the morning service
there will be a reception of members,
baptism of infants and the consecra
tion of homes. Awards will be given to
the largest family in attendance and to
the oldest and youngest persons present.
The minister. Rev. George E. Schnabel,
will preach at 11 o'clock on 'That Old
Fashioned Institution We Call Home."
The Senior Christian Endeavor will
be led by Miss Anna Copeland. and the
Intermediates by Thomas Henderson.
At 8 p.m. the minister will be assisted
by the choir in presenting "A Modern
The Brotherhood will meet Tuesday
at 6:30 o'clock for a dinner.
2 Outstanding
Home Buys
3722 Windom
English Colonial. 6 rooms,
glass-Inclosed breakfast and
sleeping porches; nice yard,
garage, etc.
3612 Veazey
St. N.W.
Semi-detached brick. 6 rooms,
2 baths. 3 porches. Modern in
every detail. Large yard. Brick
The*· Home· Represent Real
Value·—Hare Been Greatly
Reduced—and Are Priced to
Open Sunday and
Daily to 9 P.M.
Drive up from Conn. Ave by
Bureau of Standards and north
to houses, or two and cne-half
blocks east from Wisconsin Ave.
208 Inveit. Bldg. Diit. 6093
Wm. H. Saunders Co., Inc
New Exhibit Home Now Open
Frank Michelbaeh—Alex.
Commanding a gorgeous view of Washington City and Potomoc River.
Stone and Brick. Vermont colored slate roof, steel windows, mahogany doors,
gum trim, quartered sawed oak flooring. 2 all-stone fireplaces, gas heat Base
ment—Large amusement room, laundry, garage. Pirst floor—Large hall, living
room, dining room, sun parlor, den. breakfast room, kitchen, two large porches.
Second floor—Pour large bed rooms, two colored tile baths. Large attic.
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A. F. CAMPBELL, Owner and Builder.
Phone Alexandria 2263.
5509 I
Chase, D. C.
A REAL home of unusual distinction—brand-new—brick construc
tion. Spacious living room with fireplace. Large dining room
and model kitchen. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, recreation room with fire
place. Trees.
Open for Your Inspection
I —a new brick house that has every
ι modern convenience plus high elevation.
I distant view and within 15 to 20 min
utes of the new Government building**.
I Come to OVER-LEE KNOLLS today
and inspect this moderately-priced home.
I Terms.
Motor over Key Bridge, turn right on
Lee Highway and drive about four miles.
! then turn left on Berkshire St.. which
is three blocks past the Robert E. Lee
School, and fellow Model Home signs.
Clarendon Realtor» Clarendon
2212 Va.
— 1
5201 Colorado Avenue N.W.
^ VALUE seldom offered in this community at
the price. Situated on a triangular lot 106
feet on two streets. The house contains 6 bed
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Here is an all-brick home that
from an architectural expression
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ultra-modern kitchen with latest
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Directions—Drive out Wisconsin Ave. to River Road, thence to
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s™.* J. E. DOUGLASS CO. £?{·
1506 Van Buren
St. N.W.
One-Half Block Off 16th St.
The Finest Location in the City
. . . here you will find just the
home you have been looking for ... a center
hall plan, semi-detached brick home with 8
big cheerful rooms, 2 tiled bathe, a finished
room in the attic, parquette floors throughout
the entire first floor, beautiful, big lot, garage
... at a price that will amaze you!
Was $17,500—Now $12,750
You Can't Find Its Equal!
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Bldg. 0853
My Nature Endowed

.llong the District Line
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A designed from the
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them at cost plus a fair
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Without prohibitive price
limitations, desired en
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Westmoreland Hills is
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Address inquiries to
Director of Sales
1518 Κ Street NAtional 6370 1
St. N.W.
Six large rooms, one bath, attic, open fireplace, side porch, beautiful
kitchen, with electrical refrigerator; lot 50 feet wide with 1-car detached
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NA. 4600
Think of It!
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The Chevy Chase of Nearby Virginia
Fine, cheerful rooms and bath with shower—large studio type room on
second floor—open fireplace—large screened living porch—model kitchen
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