Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fairy Princess Doll Furniture

What little girl didn't dream of being a Fairy least for a day...or for every day she played with this small cardboard doll house furniture made in the mid 1930s by The American Crayon Company? This company  was one of the premier manufacturers of school art supplies and originally grew out of the need for a high quality chalk. Gradually absorbing other companies, they produced a myriad of other this cardboard doll furniture.

The marketing brochure enclosed with the box was written by someone who knew how to pique the interest of the child...and more important, the parent buying it.

This box contained furniture for a living room, dinette, kitchenette and bedroom, although  they did sell  a set of the dinette separately. There is a currently a dinette set listed on eBay, still new in the box...ending mid January.

My set was unused, and I did feel a little guilty when punching out the pieces that had stayed so pristine for the last 75 years. But the instructions were included so I made a go of it......

Most of the pieces stay together okay, but if intended for a child to play with, it definitely needed a touch of glue as suggested.

My favorite room-set is probably the bedroom. I love the way the pillows are slanted on the bed just like real bedding.

The red and black living room inclued matching sofa and chair, an end table, a wing back chair, radio, and grand piano. The scale of the piano is a bit larger than the rest of the set.

In the kitchen we find a stove and hutch, and a table with big wide chairs. No sink, no fridge!

The dinette set, which included candles for the buffet,  was a much larger scale than the other 3 rooms of furniture.....

.....and here is a comparison of scales between the kitchenette and dinette sets.

Here are  pictures of the Fairy Princess doll furniture in a Play-Time cardboard house made by the Sutherland Paper Company about the same time the doll furniture was produced.





and a picture of the Play-Time Doll House No. 200 with removable front panel.....

Zillner's International Dollhouses & Accessories shows an advertisement for this house from the 1933 Montgomery Ward catalog. The house was furnished with 36 pieces of wood Jaymar Happy Hour art deco furniture...and sold for $1.89 complete. 

Here's my house with Happy Hour furniture.....



  1. Your post was great and I like it. Wonderful craft. I am impressed with you. Thank you for sharing.

    Charles A

  2. I hope you felt like a young girl assembling your great treasure. I think it is fantastic how clean all the pieces are. Oh what fun you must have had. Thanks for sharing these precious minis with all of us.

  3. Thank you Charles and's wonderful that we can still enjoy the toys of yesteryear!

  4. At first, thanks for your post. I loved your blog so much. Wonderful!