Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Visiting the Friedrichs in their Karlheinz Klein home


This is the home of Klaus and Frida Friedrich
and their children Horst, Elke, Berta and baby Oskar.
The front door is on the left. On the second floor
Klaus and Frida have a private balcony leading from their bedroom.


This is the back of their home with a balcony and stairs leading from the children's bedroom. 



The sides of their house are open to the weather...it's a good thing they are not really in Germany....but in warm Texas....with air conditioning.  

Let's meet the family....


Klaus and Frida are bisque dolls from Germany. 
The Friedrich children are Ermey dolls also from Germany.


Breakfast in the kitchen, with Frida taking the freshly baked bread from the oven 
and Klaus telling Horst and Berta to sit down on their benches. 


After breakfast, Frida clears the table 
and Klaus starts on the dishes.


Klaus is slow doing his chores.


After breakfast  Horst, Elke and Berta play 
in their room because it is Saturday and there is no school. 


Horst likes to play with his toy train.


 Elke likes to sit on Horst's top bunk and read.


 Berta is happy watching Horst play with his train... 
because when he is at school she gets to play with it,
 and he doesn't know that she plays with it.


 This is the Friedrich's cozy living room and dining room. 
Cozy or crowded, your choice.


Seating for at least five in the living area....


and seating for five in the dining area. 



Frida and Klaus had planned for an evening out....


but instead decide to stay in and enjoy a good book. 




This is the bedroom shared by Klaus, Frida and baby Oskar.



Frida tucks in baby Oskar for the night
while Klaus hangs up his clothes that he will wear again tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that ....because they are dollhouse dolls and have no change of clothes.


Lights out and every one tucked in for the night....



...including baby Oskar! 



Spielwarenfabrik Karlheinz Klein manufactured this dollhouse in Wiesloch, Germany, in 1954. Thanks to Maureen who identified the maker of this rare dollhouse from the information below.







Maureen's mother had a duplicate of this dollhouse as a child, and Maureen still has the furniture that came with it. Soon this lovely vintage German house will go to live with Maureen and house the furniture that was made for it. Maureen plans to share pictures of the furniture in this house, so watch for that later on this blog. 






Karlheinz Klein also made a school roombox. The German dollhouse blog, diePuppenstubensammlerin, shows this roombox and she has kindly given me permission to show it in this post. Be sure to follow the link to view her post! 





I also have a set of the school room desks 
that I am currently using to create a school room. 



The furniture in this dollhouse was made by Dora Kuhn; it is in 1:10 scale. With the exception of the red flower box, I think that all the pieces shown are original Dora Kuhn. 
If I have labeled an item of furniture that is not Dora Kuhn, please advise so I may correct the information.

 Here are views of the furniture by room... 


Living room


Dining room


Kitchen



Bedroom


Children's room



Bathroom



Outdoor furniture
(the flower box is not Dora Kuhn)

Now, I can't wait to see Maureen's Karlheinz Klein furniture 
in this dollhouse!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Dolly Dear Accessories....A New Book in Town!

Patty Cooper has done it again....this time with an absolutely wonderful book on the Dolly Dear accessories that collectors of vintage dollhouses love to add to their little houses to make them a complete home.


"Dolly Dear Dollhouse Accessories is the story of Rossie Turner Kirkland, a talented artist, living in a small Tennessee town, whose kitchen table business expanded during the Great Depression and World War II to sales in major department stores across the country. The tiny items she created were intended to complement dollhouse furniture sold by companies such as Schoenhut, Strombecker, Tynietoy, and Lynnfield. They are highly collectible and findable, but were difficult to identify until the publication of this book which contains more than 350 examples, most in the original packaging."

Rossie Kirkland provided accessories for every room of the dollhouse....and even items for the man of the dollhouse!

A few of the items produced for the living room....with the fascinating "piped frosting" effect....were

vases and bowls....







floor lamps...

  

and table lamps.... 


pictures for the dollhouse walls....



bookcases....


and even floor length curtains.



Among the items for the dining room that were available were.....

matching sets of table and wall decorations....

a set of dessert dishes with dessert and utensils included.....


accessories for the dining room mantel.....



and many lovely tea sets in white, yellow, pink and blue.


 

Moving on to a selection of the bedroom accessories available we find.....

a carded set of lamp, vase, picture and rug...

         






a variety of vanity accessories.....


and vanity and bedside table lamps.





Some items for the nursery that were produced included.....

adorable little nursery chairs which included a potty bowl....


nursery sets for both boys and girls......






a baby products basket.....



and pictures for the nursery walls. 

 
   



Lovely bathroom sets produced included....

sets with towels, mats, towel bars, tissue holder and shower curtain with ring....

 


For the dollhouse kitchen Dolly Dear made many different items.  Some are shown below....

a set of cleaning items and a carpet sweeper...
  


a vacuum cleaner (just like the Electrolux my mom had that I liked to ride on when she was cleaning)....



a set with mixing bowl and wall shelf, kitchen clocks....


















Canisters galore....




Food for the table.....many complete table settings of luncheons/dinners/breakfast were also available




and pastries that look good enough to eat!



Lawn, garden and garage tools for the man of the dollhouse were also available....

a lawnmower and shovel....

and other tools for dad.




There are 188 pages in this amazing book profiling the history of Dolly Dear creator Rossie Kirkland and the wonderful dollhouse accessories she and her staff created from 1928 through 1961. All of these items are still being collected by those of us who love our vintage dollhouses. 

Warning:  you will want one of every item you see in this book!

Dolly Dear Accessories can be found on Blurb.com along with Patty Cooper's other amazing and  informative resource books on vintage dollhouses. A list of her other resource books can be found in the upper right hand corner of this web page under Resource Books & Guides.