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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Star Wars, Fisher-Price, & Tomy.. Oh My

I dug out my box of "Star Wars Furniture"  today.  During the late 1970's and early 1980's, these were my favorite toys.   I was a big Star Wars fan growing up and when I discovered that these furniture sets were the same scale as my Star Wars action figures, I had a blast.  I saved money from my paper route each month to purchase room sets from our local Montgomery Ward store.  I used pieces of wood as a base (from my old toy-box), and built many houses/space ships from my Legos, then furnished it.  It slid around just fine on our shag carpet floor.  You can read more about my toy-box HERE

Here we see Han Solo and Luke Skywalker relaxing in the living room.  The "smoke glass" tables and sectional sofa were pretty stylish for the day.  I used the black piece of rubber as a console table after rescuing it from my dad's mechanic shop.  

Here we find Luke being served by a Death Star Droid.  The stove, sink, fridge and table set are by Fisher-Price, the oven/microwave was by Tomy.  The cast iron high-chair is a Durham piece.  The plant was some plastic leaves that I glued into a toothpaste lid.  I really liked the antique style table mixed with the modern chairs.

The music room had a grand piano and a high-tech looking stereo with some big speakers for effect.  I had several "rugs" like the brown one shown here.  My grandmother would get clothing catalogs in the mail with fabric swatches glued-in.  She would save them for me and I would use them as rugs.

This Jawa character is in the green Fisher-Price bathroom set.

Luke is getting ready to take a snooze in this Tomy canopy bedroom set.  
I used the old brass drawer knobs as night stands.

Here is a vintage print ad for the Tomy furniture and house from the early 1980's
It was roughly 3/4"=1'-0" scale.  Both the Tomy furniture and the Fisher-Price furniture are made from plastic.  

Here is a vintage print ad from an early 1980's Montgomery Ward Christmas advertising the the house, furniture sets and people.  The house sold for $39.99, the furniture sold for $29.99 and the people sold for $7.99.  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sears Vintage Kitchen Set NO.49-14135

While doing some organizing in the miniature studio, I came across a kitchen set that I had purchased at a flea market several years ago.  It was an old wooden miniature set sold my SEARS back in the late 1970's - 1980's and is 1"=1'-0" scale.

The box has a simple illustration of all of the contents.

Everything is still in its original packaging - straight from Taiwan

The furniture is all painted wood with paper decals on the dishwasher and stove.  The sink and knobs are metal.  It is pretty crude compared to today's standards.  
I found it interesting that the set did not include a refrigerator.

The decal for the controls on the stove is upside down!

While doing some research on the set, I came across a web site that has old Sears Catalogs  and found the kitchen set in a Christmas catalog from 1980.
The set is advertised as nine pieces and also included dishes and food and sold for $12.99.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Retail Display - hue

I ran across this display at Best Buy the other day when I was getting yet another ink cartridge for my printer.

I was impressed that they utilized miniature room settings for the display.  
The product is called Hue Personal Wireless Lighting.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Playsteel Colonial Dollhouse

While at an antique mall today on my lunch break, I came across the perfect "starter" home for my collection of plastic furniture.   Click HERE to see the pieces that I have collected so far.

The Playsteel Colonial dollhouse was manufactured by the National Can Corp. of New York and arrived on the market in 1948.  I don't know how much money this house sold for in 1948, but I was able to negotiate the price of mine to  just $17!

One of the things I love about old lithographed houses is the graphics and this house is not exception.  The living room has wood floors and a large area rug.  The paneled walls are white with some built-ins around the fireplace wall.  

The kitchen is bright yellow and red with a striped linoleum floor.

The upstairs has three rooms, this is the master bedroom in teals and yellow.

The nursery is decorated in pinks and pale blues and nursery rhyme characters.

My favorite room in this house is the bathroom.  It has a linoleum floor complete with fish and bubbles and mural of a majestic swan above the area for the bathtub.

No nursery furniture yet, in fact if you look close, there is only a twin bed - I guess it is a bachelor pad for now.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Kage Furniture Revisited

Kage Co. 3/4" to one foot furniture was manufactured in Manchester, Connecticut between 1938-1948.  Living room, dining room, bedroom and kitchen furniture were all manufactured and accessories such as fireplaces, lamps, and clocks were also sold. From what I can tell my collection is only missing a few pieces - the grandfather clock and the coffee table.

Early pieces had legs manufactured with straight dowels, but later more ornate turned legs were used.  None of the pieces has working doors or drawers. 

I have been working on a townhouse for my Kage collection.  It is a work in progress.
To see more pictures of it, click HERE

This last picture shows one of the first Kage pieces that I acquired.  The table and chair were part of my great grandmother's and currently reside in the nursery of this house that my daughter and I built.  To see more pictures of this house click HERE

Thursday, January 7, 2016

My Strombecker 3/4" Painted Furniture

Strombecker started manufacturing 3/4" to one foot scale wood furniture in 1934.  They continued to manufacture variations of the 3/4" scale furniture into the 1950's.  There were updates to the designs in the 1940's and again in the 1950's.  The furniture was sold in box sets for each room.  According to Dian Zillner's book Dollhouse Furniture & Advertising, the sets sold for .47 cents in the 1930's, $1.39 for each room set in the 1940's and $2.49 for each room set in the 1950's.

These pieces are from the MODERN SUN ROOM SET and were part of the "New Modern Design" which rolled out in 1938.

These are some of the accessories that I have.  All of the pieces are made from wood.

My Living Room set consists of pieces from the 1930's and 1940's 
The grandfather clock and the radio both have great graphics.

This bathroom set dates from the 1930's.  

The Kitchen set dates from the 1930's

The light blue Dining room table and chairs dates from the 1930's

This teal bedroom set dates from the 1930's

This pink bedroom furniture dates from the 1930's and the 1940's

My Strombecker 3/4" pained furniture resides CLICK HERE in a Play-Town cardboard dollhouse from the 1930's.

To see my other Strombecker collections click on the links below:

3/4" Strombecker collection

This dining room table and chairs are 3/4" scale and date from the 1950's.

This child's bed and dresser or 'chifforobe' are part of the NURSERY SET and was introduced in 1938. An advertisement from 1939 states that it is  "beautifully enameled in cream and colors"