This is the Joneses house, a 1936 Rich Toys Tudor.
But don't tell the Joneses it's a dollhouse,
because they think it's a real house. *1
And these are the Joneses....
Gerald, Marilyn, Teddy (Theodore), and Butch (Gerald, Jr).
And of course the dog, Lester (Lestershire).
They are Caco dolls from Germany. *2
This is the back of the Joneses house, with living room,
kitchen and dining room on the first floor
and two bedrooms and bath on the second floor.
A stairwell connects the two floors.
Then there is an attic apartment with no access.
On the first floor we find the living room,
entry hall, kitchen and dining room.
The living room is furnished with Strombecker DeLuxe
living room furniture in 1" scale from 1935-36.
it is new construction still featured on Ebay.
I liked that it had stone similar to the outside of the house.
The stairwell between the living room and kitchen....
open the front door and right up the stairs!
No feng shui here.
Marilyn's first try at antiquing, and my first try at
straightening a 100 year old flower stand. Fail, Fail.
The kitchen opens at the back of the stairwell.
This room is furnished with 1" scale
Strombecker Modern Kitchen furniture from 1938.*3
One exception is the refrigerator from Strombecker in 1955.
Another is the hutch, a new product which closely resembles
the hutch sold with the 1931-33 Stombecker kitchen.
A third is the small cabinet with the red counter that was made in Chicago exclusively for Marshall Field and Company.
The fireplace is orginal to this house
but was attached to the wall in the living room.
I added the fire box and hearth.
The bedroom set is a 1" scale Strombecker
DeLuxe Bed Room from 1935-36 , all in walnut.
The chaise in the corner is unidentified.
The stairwell is between the two bedrooms.
I like to add portraits of the family that live in my dollhouses,
like this one of Butch and Teddy.*4
Opening off the right side of the stairwell
is the room that Butch and Teddy share.
In the bedroom are Schoenhut beds from 1928
and a German dresser from the same period.
The German dresser is similar to the one produced
by Schoenhut in 1928, but larger in size.
The Schoenhut beds came with the original pink print mattresses.
This model of Schoenhut bed measures 5¼" long,
while the almost identical German bed
made in the same era measures 6½" long.
I added the circular shower curtain and rod to the bathtub
to cover up my mismatched tiled wallpaper. Mea culpa.
Marilyn has added a cozy lounging nook to the bath area
with a Stuart Perfume Novelty "Sa-Chaise" for seating.*5
In the attic space is a 4 room apartment that houses the parents of Gerald Jones.
Alas, there is no connecting staircase to the apartment.
Good thing they are just dollhouse dolls.
The bright yellow and green kitchen,
where Grams makes her chocolate chip cookies,
has a German table and chair set from 1940s,
a Strombecker sink from 1931-33,
a Schoenhut Dining Room small buffet from 1930,
and a Strombecker fridge and stove from
the Deluxe Kitchen of 1935-36.
And Polly the parrot.
Strombecker end tables and radio, German red-stain sewing stand
and sofas and chair with a European vibe.*6
In Furnished Dollhouses 1880s-1980s by Zillner and Cooper,
the same desk chair is identified as being very similar
to pieces thought to be made by Gottschalk. *7
A German dresser from the 1920-30s is found in the bedroom.
The bed is unidentified.
Grandad's chair is labeled Scott, while
Gram's chair was made by Dixie Doll Chair Co.
The tub and surround is Menasha Woodenwarefrom 1934-36.*8
were produced by Strombecker from 1931-33.
The window casings in this dollhouse are removable. They came in the form of four individual pieces of wood that sloted into the open window space. The silk-screened insert was sloted into narrow groves in the side pieces. One reason why several of the pieces were missing with this house.
and now, when you least expect it, a silly story....
Meanwhile in the unaccessable attic....
Hmmm, did we miss a whiff of something between
boozing and munchies.....
1. This large dollhouse, produced by Rich Toys in 1936,
measures 40½ wide, 16" deep (17½" including front porch),
24½" tall at peak of roof (chimney 28½"). It originally sold for $18.70, a high price for a dollhouse during the Great Depression years.
2. German Caco dolls: approximate production dates,
Dad: 1958, Mom: 1955, Boys: 1945-51
3. There are 7 interior doors in this house; one of the original doors is missing.
4. The stairs in Rich houses of 1935-36 were made of thin metal. By 1938 the stairs were made of wood with metal (wire) handrails.
5. The seat of the "Sa-Chaise" in the bathroom lifted to show an area for Stuart Perfume bottles or sewing notions.
6. I had one of the sofas and planned to use it in this house then discovered a set of sofa, chair, desk and desk chair on Ebay. The chair/sofas have the design of 1920s European pieces, and suprisingly, the color is not unusual for that period. It is in perfect conditon, but I have not been able to identify this set.
7. I found the chair referred to in Moritz Gottschalk Dollhouses - Doll Rooms - Kitchens - Stores - Furniture 1892-1931 listed under 1909.
8. The electric type heater and waste basket (listed as a hamper) was introduced by Strombecker in 1935 with their ¾ scale bath furniture. The scale appeared in 1938 with the Strombecker New Modern Furniture bath set.
The information on the Strombecker and Schoenhut dollhouse furniture in this post comes from The Complete Guide to StromBecker Dollhouses & Furniture 1931-61 and Schoenhut Dollhouse Furniture 1928-1934, both by Patty Cooper, and published on Blurb.com.
Information on Caco dollhouse dolls was found on the blog