I have several books that open to portray or become dollhouses, but this one is probably my favorite...and the oldest. This book was published by Atlantic Book & Act Corporation in New York, but I haven't been able to determine the publishing date. To me, the artwork in the room scenes and clothes on the dolls reflects the 1905-1915 period. The art work is by Else Wenz-Vietor, one of the most productive and well-known illustrators in Germany during the first half of the 20th century. With a German illustrator, I am assuming this book was first published in Germany, and it was recently on eBay with a German title.
My book has 2 Christmas stickers on the front....one says "please do not open until Christmas", the other says "Jolly Xmas". It is nice to think it was a present left under the Christmas tree for some little child of that era!
It is a large book and when opened is 26" wide....if you click on the pictures you will better be able to see the wonderful artwork of Else Wenz-Vietor.
Next comes their sitting room....all ready for tea...or is it a birthday cake we see on the table? Both the curtained door and the heater in the corner have doors that open. With the exception of one door in the house, there are no pictures or designs behind the openings. Slots to help decorate this sitting room are on the table and the corner hutch, plus a slot for a kitty on the pillow by the chair. All three chairs have slots for seating members of the family....but none of the people were drawn to be sitting!
Two doors open in the parent's bedroom and it also has several slots for placing people or other items. It looks like mother is getting ready to take baby out in his stroller, but she has forgotten to take the baby bottle in the crib....I hope she doesn't need it!
Oh what a wonderful children's nursery...with beds for three and lots of toys to entertain the little darlings. With three babies sleeping, our little girl just had a quiet tea party with two dollies and little sister and is joining her mother to take her baby doll for a stroll. Her doggy is waiting patiently to see if she left some tea cakes for him to snatch. An opening door and slots in each bed, on the floor and the chairs help to decorate the nursery.
On the right is the pantry with lots of fruit, vegtables, cheeses and bread that the cook's helper is preparing for the next meal. Quite a few slots are available to help stock this nice pantry. On the left is the door leading to the yard where we see chickens pecking at their feed. Wonder what's behind the white door?
It's the bathroom with a tub full of bubbles for the next bather! Yes, there is a slot in the tub to place one of the children...or maybe the doggy.
What? Is that Peter Rabbit in the cabbage patch?