My Vintage Dollhouses

Schoenhut Beverly Hills 1939

My Keystone of Boston houses



# 1   1938




# 2  1938



# 3   1939



 Furnished with Kage  (bath Strombecker)




# 4  mid 1930s



 Furnished with Realy Truly furniture except for bathroom



#5   mid 1930's, larger version of #4



# 6   early 1930s



 Furnished with Tootsie Toy



# 7  1935



# 8  1935



# 9  1935



# 10    1935



# 11   1938, missing extension



# 12   1938



# 13   1942



# 14    a later version of the above model, mid 1940s



# 15   1942



# 16   1942, larger version of one above



Furnished with Menasha Woodenware




# 17    1942



# 18   mid 1940s 





 Furnished with Strombecker  



# 19    1947





Furnished with various brands



# 20   1947...like my childhood dollhouse





 Furnished with Ideal furniture



# 21   1947




 Interior with large Strombecker



# 22    1947



# 23    1947



# 24   War years?



 Furnished with Strombecker




 # 25    1949, small Put-a-way



# 26    1949, large Put-a-way



# 27     early 1950s



#28    early 1950s



 Furnished with Marx Little Hostess circa 1964.



# 29   early 1950s


Furnished with Kage, Realy Truly and Lundby



# 30  1955





 Furnished with German furniture.




# 31  year of production debatable



 Furnished mostly with Bodo Hennig




# 32     1942




 Furnished with Lynnfield Blockhouse and Strombecker





#33  Early 1930s




Furnished with Schoenhut




#34 1950



THE NEXT 4 ARE FROM 
MY "WORKS IN PROGRESS" PAGE:




#34    1938
Same house as #11 extension included 




#35   1939



#36   1942





#37     1942-43


OTHER KEYSTONE TOYS IN MY COLLECTION




Keystone Fort, probably around 1940




Keystone Shooting Frontier Set, 1950s



Keystone Wood Block Village #712, 1950s 




Keystone Wood Block Village #718, 1950s



63 comments:

  1. Some of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen! You have a collection that is really awesome!

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  2. Thank you! I rather like them myself!

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  3. Where do you put all these houses? and do you have furniture for all of them? donna

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  4. Donna, my little houses have stolen my guest room! I have the furniture...some of it just hasn't made it into the houses yet....working on it however...that's called "playing dollhouse"!

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  5. Yours and other sites inspired me toward these wonderful Keystone dollhouses.

    With my new house decor of 40's traditional kitchen/family room .. The Keystones with their size, substance, and lithography are so charming - and beautifully colorful..

    Started out impatient and purchasing a few that I shouldn't have, but have now leveled off to four of my best .. until I'm drawn toward still another.

    Also was happy to find in this new age of scanning, perfect paint matches can be found at paint centers..

    Thank you so so much for sharing and inspiring..

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  6. I have a schoenhut house that I can not find a picture of. I'm thinking early 20's or 30's. Has fron door,shades,porch, end opens up,roof is removable, most of original furniture inside,upholstered chairs,sofa etc. Any one see one like this ?
    e-mail me at db2751@aol.com

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  7. If you get tired of walking around all of these you can send them to me!!!

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  8. I think I've been in dollhouse heaven!

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  9. Diane, for a person who doesn't like to dust there are days that give quite the opposite feeling....glad you enjoyed it! Flo

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  10. Is there a dollhouse collector's club? I think I have a Keystone dollhouse,unfurnished and in good condition for its age that I would be willing to part with. I will send photos if someone is interested.

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    1. iris @ hrnedza@yahoo.com Please, a picture & price.

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  11. Hi Anonymous! Send me pictures front and back and your contact information and I will post a blog about it! Unless it is one I don't have...and desperately need! Flo
    email to fbettge@gmail.com

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  12. Just purchased a Keystone dollhouse and was trying to find out which one i have. Looked through your wonderful collection but noticed the one i purchased was not in your collection. Would you be interested in taking a look at it?

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    1. I would love to see it!! You can send a picture to me at florinebettge@comcast.net. Can't wait to ssee it!!

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  13. I got my mom's dollhouse when I was a little girl as my own, and I have just gotten it out of storage to restore (sadly-its pretty badly damaged), so I can play with it, and have it out for some young visitors to play with too. I was really thrilled to find your website, and find out when it was made (and by who)!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/selkie30/sets/72157634883928917/

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  14. I was thrilled to find this blog. I am fixing up my mom's 1955 Keystone dollhouse, and you pictures helped me find out, well, that it was made by Keystone in 1955.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/selkie30/sets/72157634883928917/

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  15. Hi, I bookmarked your blog site some time ago when I Googled "dollhouses" and particularly enjoyed it because my first house in 1947 at age 7 was the "Birches" That house is now entertaining my sister's grandchildren after giving mine much enjoyment. Just bought a 2nd Keystone with front damage & couldn't quite figure out what it should have looked like. You had it-an early 1950's blue roof Cape Cod. Thanks so much! Linda G

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  16. I have a K red shut front dollhouse from the mid 40's. I would like to sell it but do not know what kind of price I could get. Can you help me determine this?

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  17. I just found your wonderful website. Love your collection. How did you find your collection? Do you shop E-Bay. I need windows for my 1947 Keystone 6 room house. Any suggestions as to where I could find them? Thanks for your website.

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    1. All but 2 of my little houses were found on ebay. Windows can sometimes be found on ebay but not often. A collector in Wisconsin makes resin windows but normally only once a year. I will check to see if she has any in stock. Back at you. Flo

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  18. I have recently purchased one from http://dollhousesstore.com/

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  19. I am about to deliver my 1947 dollhouse (same as picture 28) to the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale as a donation. I really did enjoy your pictures! It is amazing to think of these houses as toys for so many across America.

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  20. ....for so many older "girls"! I am sure your little house will go to a good home!

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  21. I just bought my childhood doll house on Etsy.com from and antique shop. I was born in 41 and go it in about 1946. How do I tell the difference between Kestone and Rich houses. Mine is the Plantation one with six windows, red chimney, painted on shingles and flocked carpets, painted kitchen and bathroom floors. plastic windows.It is in great shape for being around 68 years old. I really would like to know which it is. Can you tell me what to look for to distinguish one from the other?. Thanks so much. Jim71341@aol.com

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  22. Keystone didn't make the stereotypical plantation house....but Rich Toys made many in different sizes. Keystone houses had an interior wood support system while Rich houses usually had metal L-brackets supporting the walls. Rich almost consistently used pine trees on their shutters while Keystone used several different designs including a pine tree. Keystone floors, starting in the 40s, were painted to look like hardwood flooring....Rich started using the flocking and the painted graphic flooring in the kitchen and bath about the same time. The graphics on Keystone and Rich are distinguishable once you have looked at several...including the graphic roof designs. There are some rogue houses in Keystone and Rich that are so similar it is hard to tell who made them, but they are from the late 1930s. I am quite sure your house is a Rich Toys house. I have 2 Rich Plantation houses listed under "my Rich Toy houses", and Dollhouse Shenanigans http://dollhouseshenanigans.blogspot.com has 3. Check to see if yours is included.
    Three friends are compiling info on Rich houses and plan to have a book published; they have already identified over 100 different Rich houses.
    WARNING: I found my childhood dollhouse on ebay in 2005. I have since bought 3 more....always upgrading to a better house. Now down to 2....the Keystone Tudor of 1947.
    You will enjoy your little house tremendously...they are even more fun now that we are "mature". Cheers! Florine

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    1. Hi, I looked on your blog site. It is fun. My house is not there, but two are similar. Mine has the 6 windows, red roof, not red chimneys as I mentioned. They are white. The patterns on the roof are similar to the 2 plantation houses on your site. It is held together by the brackets and It has painted drain spouts and pine trees on the green shutters. I would say for sure that it is a Rich. I am re-doing my youngest daughter's house for her at her request. It is 37 years old. It is wood also. Thanks again. Jim71341@aol.com

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  23. I have what looks like the early 1950's house in good condition.
    Can you let em know what the value of this house is - even a ball park ?

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  24. Florine, I need some help. Since I e-mailed you in Feb. about my childhood doll house purchase, I have purchased three more. I have the 1947 Tudor, a 1950's cottage type and most recently the 1936 Keystone on your above blog. Mine has a green roof, however. I do not know what size of furniture to buy. I thought the house was bigger than it is. The downstairs is only 5 inches high. The floor may have been moved up I inch for support. Also, what means do you use to match paint for touchup.? Now to theTudor house. The metal widows are pitted. Can they be painted and if so -with what? I guess this is for awhile. thank so much for your anticipated help. jim71341@aol.com

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  25. Hi Forine, I need your help once again. I purchased another small, doll house this morning at a junk shop. I have seen it on the internet, but now cannot find it. I think you will know it by the tin , green solders in the upper left hand bed room. It is very small-22x14x7. It has 4 windows in the front and a circle window in the middle. It has a red porch with 4 fluted pillars. The roof is green brick and has a red chimney with white lines like stone painted on the front of it. The widows open , but are cardboard. Inside all of the rooms have green something or other on them. It has wood supports in each of the corners, but the house is glued. The floor is lifted up about one inch from the base wood.. The shutters are red and red around the front door. Paintings on the outside are vivid now that it is cleaned up. the man has had it in a shed for 20 years, he said. I had to beg him to go get it. I seem to remember seeing the tek houses and am wondering if it is one of these. The front is just painted on wood.Hope you can help. jim71341@aol.com thanks so much.

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  26. What a great collection! I was just given a dollhouse from a friend that had to part with it, because she was moving. It strongly resembles a few of yours from the 1950's. I have no idea what company made it. Is it the style that determines who manufactured it, or is it signed somewhere? Mine is very solid-not particle board, but "chip board". The awning and window sills are real wood. Any ideas?

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  27. Keystone sometimes marked their little houses on the side at the bottom. Both Rich and Keystone houses are made of Masonite and have specific things that help identify them. FAO Schwarz sold houses during the 30s-50s that were higher end than the Keystone and Rich brands. Your house could be one sold by them...or it could be a home-crafted house. Send me a picture at florinebettge@comcast.net and I will try to help identify it. cheers!

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  28. I was looking at your dollhouse pictures, trying to determine what type I had. Right off I recognized that it was a Keystone. My parents gave it to me in the early 1950's. It appears to be a large put-away. I need to do some minor repairs, especially to the roof. Any ideas how to repair these?

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    1. I make repairs quite often on my little houses. If you contact me at florinebettge@comcast.net I will see if I can be of help. cheers!

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  29. hi
    i hv one of the keystone dollhouses circa 1948 that i played w as a child (i am now 68).
    i am missing the double doors for the closet, the chimney & one of the meetal window shutters...do u know if these parts are still available? thanks
    shirley

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    1. JoAnn in Wisconsin makes replacement parts for Keystone and Rich houses. She now makes a nice resin replacement for the shutters, not sure about the closet doors but would probably be willing. If you will contact me at florinebettge@comcast.net , I will forward her email address to you. cheers!

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  30. hi
    luv yr website!
    I hv a 1947 keystone of boston dollhouse...English 1/2 timbered tudor...6 rms/center door/gray roof...I am trying to repair it as it was mine as a child...I am now 68....
    can u pls tell me what scale furniture it requires...also can missing pieces be replaced?
    it needs a chimney, fireplace & one yellow metal shutter.
    thank u
    shirley

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  31. 1947 Keystones take either 1":1' or 3/4":1' scale furniture....Renwal or Ideal plastic furniture from the 50s, Strombecker from the 30s-50s, or any of the Shackman style furniture from the 70s will do great. JoAnn Belanger makes replacement parts for Keystone and Rich Toys dollhouses. She can be contacted at joannbelanger@frontier.com
    Good luck and have fun with your little house!

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  32. Thanks for the photos! I was inspired to make a little paper model of the 1955 pink roofed one (bottom of the page).

    http://extremecards.blogspot.com/2014/11/vintage-dollhouse-paper-houses-part-1.html

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  33. How adorable! I will make one to go in my big little house! Have also shared your Rich Tudor creation with 2 ladies who are currently preparing a book on Rich Toys dollhouses.
    Feel free to use any photos you wish.

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  34. Oh thank you so much. I am enjoying making these--I am just guessing about what the sides and backs MIGHT look like. I imagine most people will use them on a shelf and only the front would be visible, anyway.

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    1. Email me at florinebettge@comcast.net and let me know which houses you need pics of the sides. Little houses must be shown in all their glory! Cheers!

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  35. thanks for pics...i have the 1942 plantation..smaller version. i want to recreate it but don't know the correct scale. the 1" parts are just a little too big. the 1/2" are too small. any ideas the scale and where to find parts and furniture?
    susan thomas
    email torqueostrarn@yahoo.com

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    1. Susan, I have the 1950's house. I had a hard time finding furniture to fit it. As you have found the majority are too big or too small. You need 3/4" scale. Go on ebay and search for Renwal doll house furniture. It is what I have purchased to furnish my dollhouse and it is just the right size.

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  36. Hi my name is Bonnie and I truly believe you have my doll house from 1947, the number is 32. I am 75 right now and when I saw this my heart almost stopped. This house had a spiral staircase in the center of it and a real light. The side of the house has heavy green ivy (not that pretty) but I can remember it well. The original plastic furniture was white. The inside closet doors opened and shut. We moved a lot so my Mother had to sell things off to make ends meet. But this was the one "toy" that I really loved. I feel so sad that I can see it but can't touch it. I do think you are taking good care of the thing that took me away from a lot of grief in my early years of childhood...I will be in touch with you on your e-mail..Thanks for listening..

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  37. I just bought a Keystone Tudor dollhouse for five dollars. I bought it for my granddaughter but my son did not want it. I never had a dollhouse so I decided to keep the house for myself. It is missing two shutters, a chimney, and a door but it has the fireplace and the closet doors. My question is what brand of a dollhouse family should I look for and what size? I am finally realizing a dream that I had as a young girl and I am so excited. I saw a family of renewal dolls (1940's) for sale would that be a good choice size wise? Dad is four inches and so is mom. Brother and sister are 3.5 and 3.75 inches.

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    1. Oh how wonderful for you! I had a Keystone Tudor as a child and they are still my favorites. I also had a Renwal family that lived in my dollhouse...so of course I think selecting that little family would be perfect. JoAnn Belanger in Wisconsin makes replacement parts for both Keystone and Rich Toys dollhouses. Contact her at joannbelanger@frontier.com if you are interested. Occasionally you can find parts on ebay. I know that you will have many hours of enjoyment with your new little dollhouse!

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  39. How do I contact you. I would like to send you a picture of my dollhouse which I believe is a Keystone 1947 furnished.

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  40. My email contact is listed under my profile....but to make it easier for you....florinebettge@comcast.net ! Can't wait to see the picture of you little house!! Florine

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  41. Hi Florine - I was wondering if you knew how common it was to have a Kensington outfitted with electricity. I have the 1935 tudor style picture above with working lighting fixtures in all the rooms, both overhead and wall mount. I was also wondering if the historic value would be ruined if I added wallpaper as there is no wallpaper or flooring in the dollhouse. Thanks for your time.

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  42. Keystone provided lighting for their dollhouses in 3 different ways: interior lights mounted on metal plates on middle room divider which is then connected to a transformer inside a fireplace; a tree type bulb and socket on a metal bracket attached to inner front wall behind the bathroom; and in later 50s houses a bracket on top of interior walls that held batteries to light bulbs mounted on same walls. If your house has other than these, then it was probably wired by a former owner to please some little girl ! Consensus among my friends who collect vintage dollhouses is to add paper to plain walls or floors but not to stenciled ones. I think the brown Masonite walls beg to be covered with paint or paper. If Masonite is in good shaper but stained, I often use art pens to add "hardwood" designs to floors. Very few of these vintage houses are found in pristine condition, so unless they are, I think refurbishing to as original as possible is the key to value.

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  43. Stumbled onto your site while trying to identify a dollhouse I picked up at a local thrift shop. Wow, love all the pictures, info & comments from others - super helpful! What I have is exactly like your #21 1947 on the exterior except for the wood door - it's the same as #23 (rounded w/columns). Your pic #20 is the exact same interior: wall colors/patterns, staircase, dbl doors at top with the exception that my wood fireplace is in the center room. The only things that seem to be missing are the metal grids in the downstairs window, the chimney & whatever was 'inside' the wood fireplace. She's old & a bit dusty (but aren't we all). Reading so many interesting comments I think I found a little gem. Just wanted to thank you for such great info & pics!

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    1. Hi! How wonderful you found a Keystone dollhouse! Contact me at florinebettge@comcast.net and I will send you a scan of the fireplace insert and graphics/size to make the chimney. I also have the graphics for the shrubbery on top of the round porch. You can often find the missing metal windows on ebay, or JoAnn Belanger joannbelanger@frontier.com makes them of resin...contact her if you are interested. cheers! Florine

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  44. I have a 1947,I believe to be #21. It is missing chimney, front door and some of the shutters and the stairs are partly missing. Other than that it is clean and good shape. what would be a fair offer from someone wanting to purchase it. I had it as a child and have no granddaughters or greats so decided to get rid of it.

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  45. With all the parts missing and not seeing the house itself, I would say $50-75. Parts for Keystone houses can often be found on Ebay, and JoAnn Belanger makes replacement parts for Keystone and Rich Toys dollhouses. She can be contacted at joannbelanger@gmail.com. Cheers!

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  46. I have a dollhouse which looks like your #21. Do you have the inside set up? I can't figure out how it needs to go, with spiral stairs and double doors on the second floor. Do you have a picture?

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  47. I have a KeystoneBoston Dollhouse in good condition. However I can't figure out the inside. It looks like your #21. Inside there is a fireplace in the middle room and the spiral stairs go from the right side room ( looking from the open side) to the second level in the middle where there are double doors between the stairs and a small room open to the viewer. Do you have such a house and do you have a picture for me to see how it is set up?

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    1. I just posted a picture of the interior of #21 right below the picture of the house. It is furnished with large Strombecker....no accessories or family have been added. I have had 2 models of this house, the other had the fireplace in the middle downstairs room; this one has no fireplace. Sears sold a model of this house in their catalog in the late 1940s; in order to sell it inexpensively they had Keystone produce them without a closet or fireplace. The double doors in this house open to a closet with a cardboard backing...it may be missing from your house. The stairs in my house [and in the other 3 model Keystones with the same interior but larger rooms #20, #22, #23] lead to the brick-walled room on the left upstairs. Hope this information and the picture are helpful.
      Cheers! Florine

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  48. I have a 1950 rich dollhouse that has battery operated lights. I bought new batteries and lightbulbs, but the lights do not work. Any suggestions? I would love to get them working. I did sand of alot of rust by the battery connections. Thanks

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  49. I love the new addition on this page! The one with yellow trim and shutters. It is so pretty. You did great job of restoring her. But you always do! Love it!

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  50. I have a dollhouse like #29 - what is the scale of the furniture for that size? 1:12???

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    1. I have posted a picture of the interior of my house...all Kage and Realy Truly with the bunk beds by Lundby. So yes, basically 1:12. My email is rather squirrely right now and I lost your email address...so had to answer here!

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