Saturday, August 24, 2019

The remodel of a mid-century modern Gottschalk dollhouse

I found this wonderful mid-century modern dollhouse on German Ebay several years ago. 
The company that produced this dollhouse wasn't known to the seller. 

Later, I saw this dollhouse on German ebay 
and decided that the company that made my dollhouse
 also made the same design in a single story house. 

I wanted to be able to name the company that produced  this dollhouse before posting about it, so I contacted Astrid at her diepuppenstubensammlerin  blog. As gracious as always with answering questions about German production dollhouses and furniture, she told me that my dollhouse was the original single story Gottschalk dollhouse shown above that had been remodeled by adding the second story. Astrid thought the remodel had been done very nicely because of what it entailed...first lifting the roof with terrace railing, adding the self-made second floor with the self-made window and fake balcony door, then replacing the original roof on top. 

Astrid said that the red brick paper on the balcony and  the ground floor on my dollhouse is not Gottschalk paper and would have been added during the remodel. The bottom floor of my house has the original floor and wallpaper, however, wallpaper in the bedroom is of West German origin and often used in Kibri houses.  The bedroom floor paper is a textured-surface wallpaper, and the "tile" floor in the bathroom is a sheet of wallpaper that came with the house.  

Comparing the houses, you can see that the remodel added lovely climbing vines to the trellis. 
I added the flower box before finding out there was not an original. 

The remodel continued the curved corner of the house....

with the curved balcony following the line 

of the curved "glass" window of the lower floor.

The left side of the window on the lower floor slides open while the smaller side remains stationary. Real glass was used for windows in this dollhouse.

The window on the upper floor is also glass, but is non-opening. 

The porch features a side-opening front door and flower boxes under the window 
and at the edge of the porch. The mailbox was added to cover up holes 
left by a switch box that had been installed previously. 

Here you can see how the construction of the upper floor is not  finished as professionally as the original lower floor.  Also, the lower floor has a stucco finish, while the upper floor does not.

Finn and Hannah Weber are here to show us their remodeled home!
(Finn and Hannah are Ermey dolls standing 6" tall.)

This is the  interior of this mid-century modern 
Gottschalk with 2 floors.

The kitchen has the sliding glass window that fronts onto the porch.

The left side of the kitchen holds  a fridge, a cabinet with work space and a broom closet.

The right side of the kitchen holds the sink underneath the window,  
a cabinet of drawers, and a stove....
with the table centered in the room under a bright yellow shade. 

 To the right of the kitchen is the living room, with plenty of light 
for growing plastic plants in front of the large window. 

Finn and Hannah have a TV/stereo combo facing the sofa. 
They also find enjoyment watching the large fish tank. Yes, they lead an exciting life.

 A good reading lamp is found beside the sofa.

 An original watercolor by California artist Kathy Smith hangs over the sofa. 
(Sorry, Kathy, I had to hang it sideways to get the effect I wanted.) 

Located above the kitchen, the large bedroom holds 
a very large wardrobe, a king-sized bed and a vanity and stool. 

Matching bedside tables are on either side of the bed.

And still room for Hannah's (or Finn's) vanity and stool.

The bathroom is large enough for the 3 fixtures set it holds. 
I like the choice of the aqua wall tile the remodel added.

The over-the-sink mirror came with the house, 
which explains why it is positioned so low. 

The towel rack was also attached and not movable. 

The builder installed a privacy window in the bathroom during the remodel.

The six piece bedroom set is a product of Germany....
and a perfect fit for this large dollhouse. 

If I scrolled thru diepuppenstubensammlerin's website, 
I am sure I would discover which company made it! 

Astrid, of diepuppenstubensammlerin website has just shared
 that the bedroom furniture was produced by EMS in 1955!
EMS is the logo for VEB Erzgebirgische Möbel- und Spielwarenfabriken 
in Niedersaida (Erzgebirge).
VEB stands for Volkseigener Betrieb = Nationalized firm, 
meaning "owned by the people of East Germany" 

Astrid has also identified the makers of several other 
pieces of furniture displayed in this house. See below.

The bathroom fixtures were made by Bodo Hennig.

The chair and sofa were also made by Bodo Hennig.
The standing lamp was produced by Beco,
 and the living room table is a product of Wichtelmarke.

More German productions.

I was very happy to add this aquarium to my collection. 
It was made by Rudolf Süß.


This TV / stereo combination is a product of Edmund Müller.

Bodo Hennig produced all of the kitchen pieces, 
all with functioning doors and drawers! 

"Guten tag" from Hannah and Finn!

A sweet thought from Astrid:  "I think it is possible to rebuild the original Gottschalk house if you want to....or you keep it as a reminder of creative fathers who react to their daughter's wish for more rooms in their dollhouses. :)"

This dollhouse will stay the way the creative father remodeled it!

A big thank you to Astrid for identifying so many of the 
wonderful German-produced pieces used in my dollhouse!

PS:  I am currently unable to reply to your comments because I am technically unable to determine what the problem is! 

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'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! 

Here is a room box holding my set of 
Klein school desks with Ermey dolls.

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



Children's room


Outdoor furniture
(the flower box is not Dora Kuhn)

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