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November 14, 2018

The Darling Dollhouse

By Julia

Today’s story is about another one of my mother’s beloved toys: her dollhouse. It is a Marx tin dollhouse originally sold at Sears in the early 1960s. Hers has lost the wings and the furniture to the ages, but that did not stop me from enjoying it as a child as well. I had hours and hours of endless fun with my fictional little family. The dollhouse has no rust, still fits together well, and the colors in the interior illustrations remain true. The front door has also vanished over time, but the frame is still intact.

The design is a classic colonial with a bay window and awnings to shade the windows and keep them cool.

The little flick-tab doorbell still works! I love how the shrubs and landscaping were included in the illustrations.

The house still has all of the main rooms.











The missing wings would have been the kitchen and the garage. I love the calendar and the cabinets in the kitchen!

That fireplace looks like it would keep the family warm and cozy on a chilly winter day.

The dining room came with built-ins, plate rails, and a fun pattern in the flooring. We’ll gloss over the window that would have pointed straight into the kitchen.

The children’s room has fun toy soldiers. This family must’ve been expecting a boy.

The adults’ room also has a cozy fireplace for cool evenings.

The bathroom vanity is just missing some Hall-Mack accessories to be complete!

I love the little details in each space. I can just imagine relaxing in the tub in this bathroom, even though the tub is missing.

How about you dear readers? Have any of you stumbled across any nostalgic toys?

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4 Responses to The Darling Dollhouse

  1. Barbara Grandy Reply

    November 14, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Oh my goodness. I wondered why you were asking about the wings and the furniture. I loved that dollhouse. I remember seeing it in the “Sears Wishbook” and dreamed that Santa would bring it. I could think of nothing else. I am so glad you were able to enjoy as well!!!!

    • Julia Reply

      November 28, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      The dollhouse provided lots of entertainment!

  2. Susan Halla Reply

    November 16, 2018 at 10:58 am

    I had (and still have) a beautiful dollhouse made by hand by my father. (It was the 1970’s so not quite mid-century). The lower level was a general store with the upper two levels being living quarters for the family. The children shared a room (a boy and a girl) and I vividly remember my grandmother telling me that that wouldn’t happen in real life. I never fully understood that, because their room was lovely and a neutral green. Come on, Grandma, get with the program!

    I covet these old metal dollhouses, though, and have to stop myself from buying them whenever I see them in vintage shops. (I have no room, or I’d hoard them like I do everything else!)

    • Julia Reply

      November 28, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      How cool! I love handmade things!

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