A place to share ideas and thoughts about miniatures, scale models, architecture and display my collections of Tynietoy, Strombecker, Tootsietoy, Halls, Kage, Kilgore &; Arcade cast iron, and a few other antique miniature finds and projects.
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.
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.
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
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: