Friday, October 18, 2013

Update on the Rich Toys Book!




JoAnn Belanger, Rita Goranson, and Patty Cooper are still busy working on a book about the fiberboard dollhouses and buildings made by Rich Toys of Clinton, Iowa.

So far, they have been able to identify more than a hundred different models made by the company between 1935 and 1961.

They are hoping to show actual examples of each house as well as documentation from catalogs and advertisements. If you have (or think you might have) a Rich Toys dollhouse (or other building) and are willing to have it included in the book, please contact JoAnn at joannbelanger@frontier.com or Patty at Gardenmont@aol.com.

They are also looking for any additional information about the company and their products, including catalogs, advertisements, and old photographs.

Your help would really be appreciated!
 

3 comments:

  1. I have been very slow about getting together information on Rich Toys, but finally started writing it up a week ago. Reading it over this evening, I see there are some discrepancies, so I'll check them out and hopefully have it ready to email Patty very soon.
    Did they only start making dolls houses after the move to Iowa? I have been looking mainly at census and city directory info, and Rich Bros had started making toys in Morrison, Illinois, by 1930 - but perhaps that didn't include dolls houses?

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  2. Have you written your book yet? I have a Rich Toys dollhouse from 1952. I just started researching the dollhouse when I found your blog. I'd love to have my dollhouse included!

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  3. The ladies writing the book are still in the process....Please contact Patty or JoAnn (emails listed above) with a picture of your house. They have found over 100 different models of Rich houses...it is possible they do not have a picture of yours yet! Cheers, Florine

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