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Friday, January 14, 2011
We all want our tiny houses Built-Rite
In the early 1930's the company began producing dollhouses made of paperboard, colorful picture puzzles, paper forts, gas stations and other paper toys.
Many houses were built as replicas of actual homes and were marketed though Life Magazine as a selling tool for the magazine's house plans.
The first three pictures show the box tops.
This house has only three rooms as the upper floor is not divided and is one big room.
A cardboard car was included with this model.
Each of the houses has movable shrubs and pets that fit into slots in the base.
Mr. Man-About-Town is lounging on the Tootsietoy sofa while he chats with his cloche-hatted hostess. He is painted bisque in a felt tuxedo, and she is an all bisque doll with a molded, glazed hat. She is wearing her original dress and still has her wrist tag that says "Made in Germany".
I love the daffodils on the base of the box.
It looks like it has marigolds on the base.
I choose furniture for it from the Rooms-in-Miniature sets that were sold in the 1964 Sears Christmas Catalogue. The furniture is wood and fabric. It was made in Japan for the Miner Industries.
The furniture is very Mid-Century-Modern.
Finally they are off for the evening in the cardboard car.
Posted by Shale at Friday, January 14, 2011