We love love this old ad for Schlitz beer--from 1945. It says alot about the times--and how supplies for the fighting men came first during WWII.
Greenleaf makes a number of small village kits—the parts are a light weight wood—and instead of putting them together, a friend has used them to create her own modified patterns for cardboard houses. They have three kits available; they are also the right size for under the tree or for an HO train layout:
Not long ago we featured a link to mid century putz house patterns at Retro Renovation; here’s a link to some that Lee made; click on the link, scroll down the page http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=300
Dasher’s Diner—you have to read about and see this one; super cool—and begging to be putz-ified http://www.toyconnect.blogspot.com/2013/02/new-marx-ameritrains-dashers-diner.html