8 hours ago
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Two generation Schoenhut Dollhouse
"Well, David," I said. "Santa hides my Christmas presents in thrift shops all over the city and it's my job to find them."
The next thrift shop we hit offered up a rare 1600-era barbie outfit on a cheap plastic doll. I bought it for 50¢. The outfit sells on eBay for $150.00. This was just one of the presents Santa had hidden for me that year.
Apparently, it works for birthdays too.
A few weeks ago a dollhouse showed up on Toronto Kijiji just in time for my birthday. How did the birthday fairy know I was craving an early Schoenhut dollhouse? I don't know. Maybe Santa told her.
I did a little research on Schoenhut houses and found that they made over 80 different styles in the late 20's and early 30's. The earlier ones opened on the sides, as mine does.
This is one of the smaller houses made by Schoenhut. Tootsie Toy furniture is about the right scale, so I believe it is a bit smaller than 3/4" scale - maybe 1/2" scale.
Maybe I can find replacements or reproductions. Does anyone know?
I love the locks that hold the sides closed.
This idea delights me. My mother would have cherished this dollhouse when she was a child. And I would have cherished it a generation later.
This beautiful house did not belong to my mother or to me in the past, but it could have, and it belongs to me now. I plan to keep it safe and pass it along to a new generation who will appreciate it as I do.
Posted by Shale at Sunday, September 05, 2010