Prefabricated homes have been in use for a long time in one form or another. In the United States, prefab houses were a quick and convenient housing option during the Gold Rush in California, for example, and Sears, Roebuck, and Co. sold more than 70,000 of their kit homes between 1908 and 1940. Sometimes the homes were mostly put together in a factory, like the ones in this article, but they were also shipped as materials that needed more assembly work on the home site.
I have a nice collection of WWII-era magazines and have never come across an article about prefabricated or modular homes before. I wanted to share this article from the September 1941 issue of The American Home. The article mentions the need for more defense housing, and several other articles from this issue show that the United States was definitely preparing for war at this time.
There are two different floor plans included in the article. Note that the furniture was sold with the home. I really like the images showing everything from the home site, to moving the home, to move-in day.
There are a lot of images in this post, but I wanted to make sure you could see them clearly. The binding in this issue was very tight, so it was hard to get good pictures of the entire page. Please keep scrolling to see individual parts of the article.