I didn’t know this, but at one point in America, Sears sold material to build pre-fab kit houses with instructions printed in Popular Mechanics. The magazine has written up quite an interesting backstory about this short-lived phenomenon and even detail how some of those houses still exist today — built entirely by relatively unskilled would-be home owners.
If you’re curious, here’s a website that details some of the most popular Sears home styles you could buy at the time. Also, the Internet Archive has a fully scanned catalog you can look at.
Super sad about this news: Collective Quarterly magazine has made the tough decision to shut down the print version of their amazing food, travel, and lifestyle magazine.
In their short but amazing run, they have brought some of the best stories and photographs to the front of the magazine publishing world. You can buy their back issues now if you don't already have them all. Better do it quick though because once it sells out, it's OUT!
I never read this as a kid but the part of me that wants to digitize everything is really amazed that The Internet Archive now has every issue of Nintendo Power magazine available online for free. Go ahead and have a look.