Saturday, January 9, 2016

Arcade Toys for the Dollhouse - A 1920s Kitchen


Recently I have been collecting cast iron toys from the 1920s. This is the kitchen from the Arcade Manufacturing Company of Freeport, Illinois.

There were two kitchen sets shown in the 1929 brochure. An electric kitchen and a gas kitchen. This one is the gas kitchen, but it has the electric sink.
This is the Roper gas range. The electric kitchen had a very similar stove, but it was a Hotpoint brand with electric burners where the gas ones are.

I believe that Arcade produced these toys under license and authorization from appliance and furniture companies. Each piece has a brand name on it.






The electric sink has a built in dishwasher - very advanced for the 1920s. I have not seen the real life equivalent, but it seems to be just a deep covered sink with an electric agitater on the bottom.

Mother and Ethel, the maid, are busy preparing dinner. The dolls are German dollhouse dolls from the 1920s.  The furniture is a large 1/12th scale, and I find it makes the dolls look small. But perhaps they are just petite ladies.
The butter churn on top of the fridge is just like the one my mother had when I was a child. It took some muscle to crank it until the butter was made. A computer keyboard doesn't give one the same kind of muscles.
It looks like the chicken is almost ready. Time to make the gravy,

I also added some Arcade pieces to the kitchen in my large Mystery house.  They are preparing dinner as well.



The Crane sink is in this kitchen and the ice box is an Alaska brand.

The Arcade company was founded by 2 brothers in 1896. Initially, they made spring hinges, coffee mills, and other household items.

1908 they began to make cast iron toy banks, and in 1921, Arcade brought out their first car - a Yellow Cab Taxi, under license and authorization from the cab company. The car was such a huge success that the company began to produce more toy vehicles, farm items and dollhouse furniture.

These toys were advertised as looking just like the real thing. This is the thing I really love about this furniture, Unfortunately most of the pieces suffer from paint loss - they are about 80 years old after all - so I love to find pieces that are in good shape.

I will try to collect other rooms of furniture as well. When I do I will share them. Thanks for stopping by.

Susan

14 comments:

  1. What a lovely old kitchen

    Kind regards Xandra

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  2. This kitchen is fabulous, what a great job you did of using the furniture, I love it so much. The pieces work well in you mystery house too!! Mini Hugs, Jean

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    1. Thanks Jean! I am in love with this kitchen too. I makes me feel like I am back in my Grandmother's kitchen when I was a child.

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  3. How wonderful. It's like being transported back in time, looking at these photos. Beautiful pieces!

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    1. Thanks Farrah Lily! It is so nostalgic. I love to look at it. I will need a really big dollhouse to put it in. It is in a home made room box right now.

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  4. Hello Shale,
    those are great pieces. the rooms look perfect!
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thanks Giac! I had a lot of fun setting it up. Hugs!

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  5. A great collection - I really like all of your period accessories. Great photos too!

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    1. Thanks Troy!! I love your Arcade collection too. You inspired me.

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  6. A wonderful nostalgic kitchen. Thanks for sharing these great photos.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Thanks Dora! It's a bit like time travel - in miniature. lol.

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    1. Thanks! I am so pleased with them.

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