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Friday, January 14, 2011

My Bookhouse

The BookHouse

I discovered the wooden bookhouse at a garage sale a while back and decided it would be a great miniature room box.  At first I had no idea what it was, I assumbed it was some sort of multi-level dollhouse.  After closer inspection, I discovered a bronze name plate on the bottom which reads "Cabinet by Churchill, Chicago"  I began doing some research and found that the company manufactured radio boxes back in the early part of the century.  Some more internet research helped me to discover what the "My BookHouse" decal was on each side of the structure.

A close up of the decal above the painted window, note also the small window cut into the gable.
A close-up of the bronze plaque on the bottom.

This side of the house has a lot more paint ware.  I have left it in it's original state.  More research led me to the purpuse of the house.  It was designed to promote and hold a series of books called My Bookhouse.  My Bookhouse was originally published in 6 thick volumes bound in black cloth with pictorial paste-ons and gilt lettering, which I later found at a local estate sale.  In 1927 the six volumes were sold as a set in a wooden house  with a red roof, two red chimneys, gray walls, and a window at each end. Included were three volumes of the taller My Travelship series, consisting of Little Pictures of Japan (by Katharine Sturges, 1925, dark blue), Tales Told in Holland (by Maud and Miska Petersham, 1926, red) and Nursery Friends from France (by Maud and Miska Petersham, 1927, light blue).

I collected the three large books to complete the collection.

Needless to say, I didn't end up with a miniature room box afterall, but a great conversation piece and I learned something in the process!