Monday, April 12, 2010

Instant Doll House!


Again, I am swayed by the portable, collapsible doll house. I recently posted on the vintage Fold-Away doll house from1949, and I have added a similar house (in concept), but more "house-like" and from the 1960s. This gem was made by an American company, Winthrop Toys, and is in excellent condition, purchased for $29.99 (BIN on eBay). It is constructed of heavy duty fiberboard that is coated in lovely, vibrant colors with fun designs of the time. The house comes with matching, pop-up furniture and all but one piece looked like it was barely used. I added a few accents and then took a spin around the house.

The sitting room/dressing area...love how the mirror is framed by the recessed objects






A dancing/grooving entertainment room...check out the jiving couple!





And a kitchen...ahhh, the retro clock!





As well as a lovely outdoor area...dig the lamp!



The house came in its original box, too:


So...dress up, party, eat, and rest. And then fold it up and put it away!

Credits: All flower pots are vintage German and accessories are Re-ment, Topper Toys, and from eBay.

Re-ment: I have written about the Re-ment in this scene except for the record in the entertainment room. It is from Natalie's French Goods #5 and is great for 1:12.

24 comments:

  1. hey callsmalls, that's a great piece showing the history of dollshouses! have a look at this dollshouse, I found it while searching on ebay. it easy to carry too and I love the shape. it just came to my mind when I saw the last picture "...ready to play".
    perhaps you'll like it too. or do you know it allready?

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  2. This house is great fun! Love the style and colours of the house and also your little accents here and there, they blend in perfectly.

    Have you seen this?

    http://blog.flickr.net/en/2010/04/12/small-is-the-new-big/

    I didn't even know Flickr had their own blog :-)

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  3. Wow! I just did not know. Thanks! I will expand my search words on eBay so I can find other vintage doll house items. This house is so retro. Just love it! Love all the art work too. Really good condition too. Thank goodness it wasn't played with too much. Great post!

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  4. What a find! It is really lovely - so sweet with the combination of the really cool dancers and the soda bar, and then Puss in Boots on the tv, and the sweet faun above the dressing table! It has a really happy feel to it. Thanks for sharing it with us. Do you have any dolls who will live in it?

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  5. This reminds me of the dollhouse my mother made with my six year old niece. They first made the house from old cardboard boxes that they painted and papered over with images from magazines.

    Then they made all kinds of tiny doll furniture from cardboard and other items. They really used their imaginations, and it had a very nifty vibe to it when they finished.

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  6. hi, I am looking for a first time modern dollhouse whats great to start out with? Thanks

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  7. Hi CallSmall, Do you have any floorplans of the Citdeal, I am building my own. Thanks Bailey

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  8. Hi Oese! There is no link included in your message. Try sending it again and I will have a look!

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  9. Hi Pubdoll! Thanks, and I did see the Flickr blog -- how cool! I, too, had no idea that they had a blog and I am proud to be featured with you :)

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  10. Hey, Amy! Yes, expand your search to "cardboard" or "pop-up" and you'll see all sorts of things come up. I was very pleased with the condition of this house and the seller packaged it so well, what a pleasure.

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  11. Hi Rebecca! Thus far, no dolls call this their home. Since I don't use dolls often in my scenes, they tend to be wanderers who don't take root anywhere (unless I need them to!). I love all the colors and details as well, and they are very well-preserved.

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  12. Hi Anonymous! Well, what a great idea for a house and it sounds like it was a rewarding project. I am sure the results were fab and the hard work well worthwhile!

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  13. Hi other Anonymous! Well, that's a big question. What scale? 1:12? Price range? Style (other than modern)? Lots of windows? One floor? Two? A good starting point is a POD or two by Paris Renfroe. They are manageable, industrial, very cool, and you can really decorate it as little or as much as it will hold. In 1:16, there's the new Emerson House and the Lundby Stockholm, both of which are lovely and fun. And then there's room boxes, also manageable, don't take up a lot of space and you can practice with furniture. Good luck!

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  14. Hi Bailey! Unfortunately, I do not have floor plans of the Citadel. As you may know it was created from a kit by Lolly's a doll house store in the Chicago suburbs. I bought mine built, so I do not have plans. You can try contacting Lolly herself...she still runs the store her parents founded years ago. She is at: lollys1@ameritech.net and their website is: http://users.ameritech.net/jbayer/LollysHomepage.htm. Let me know if you get them!

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  15. sorry! this is the missing link. http://www.fitforkid.eu/Shop/catalog/spielwaren-holzspielzeug-grimms-puppenhaus-bauhaus-natur-p-1192.html
    I put it on my blog-sidebar too and I'll show some german links there from now on.

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  16. No, of course you don't! I knew that ... I guess I was curious, as even when there are no dolls at home in your scenes, there's often a really strong sense of their personalities - and I can't quite picture who would live here. A couple with a young child, perhaps - hence Puss in Boots? A single mum with a young child, who loves to go out dancing? Or maybe a girl who's halfway between childhood and adulthood, and has her own apartment under/behind her parents' house? Actually, not knowing kind of adds a bit of mystery to it :-)

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  17. My grandparents have a very similar version, but constructed of tin (also from the early 60s). My sister and I used to play with it for hours when we visited their house!

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  18. Hi Oese! Thanks for the link -- I saw this great little house recently on ohdeedoh or another modern kids website. I love it, very fabulous, and the pieces could definitely be used in 1:12. Will you get one? ;)

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  19. Hi Rebecca! Even though I don't often use dolls in my scenes, I always think about who might live in a scene. And this one is a little tricky. I like your last suggestion the best!

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  20. Hi Margaret! Sounds like you played with a tin Marx house, which are still quite popular with collectors. And they are indeed similar, with their bright colors and simple, play-ready construction. I know I could play with my houses for hours, too...!

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  21. Wow very practical and decorative, too! And you could use it for Tutti - I would have loved this for my Tutti in the 70s!

    *Nicola

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  22. Hi Nicola! It does have a lot of decorative qualities. I will perhaps try a doll or two in it soon :)

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  24. Thanks for the tip, Anonymous!

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