Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Looking for DOLLY DEAR accessories!

Patty Cooper is working on a book about Dolly Dear Accessories, made in Tennessee from 1928 to 1961. Because no catalog was produced until 1958, it is difficult
to document all of their production, but they can often be recognized by the use of thickened paint piped on to ornament….everything from cakes to lampshades to spaghetti.

She would be very grateful to hear from anyone who has Dolly Dear items (or suspected ones), especially those in original packages. 

She can be contacted at

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Wisconsin Toy and Menasha Dollhouse Furniture: a new book for dollhouse collectors

During the 1920s and 1930s, two Wisconsin companies made dollhouse furniture which is highly sought by collectors today. The Wisconsin Toy Company, in Milwaukee, was a family operation but produced furniture of a quality that rivals Tynietoy. A hundred miles away, the huge Menasha Woodenware Company briefly ventured into the dollhouse market as a way to keep its workers employed during the Great Depression. Their furniture is a delight to find and works well with the dollhouses and furniture made by other companies of the time. This book provides a way to identify the hard-to-find furniture made by both companies. It is the eighth book in a series of complete guides to vintage and antique American dollhouse furniture. The book can be purchased for $30.00 plus shipping by emailing

Patty Cooper has done it once more!  Along with George Mundorf and Tracy Surrell, she has produced a superb book detailing the wonderful dollhouse furniture made during the 1920s-30s by two companies in Wisconsin. If you are a fan of vintage dollhouse furniture, this book is a must have!  And, of course, it will make you want every piece both firms created for your own little houses.  Purchase the book....and good hunting! 

Examples of WisconsinToy furniture....

Examples of Menasha furniture....

post script:  I am hoping to soon have a complete list of all the wonderful dollhouse furniture books produced by Patty Cooper and friends listed under Pages in the right had corner. Watch for it!