First up, wow...yes...every time we look at this great old toy, we are speechless... featured in a previous auction at SeriousToyz, the "Rocky Mountain Trains" #312, 1950s, Technofix, West Germany.
The 22 x 15" colorful molded plastic base runs 2 tin w/u train cars at once, w/ options for stopping, starting, & switching tracks; artwork features Shell Gas & Continental Tires. It would be at home in any putz village.
Close-up provided for your viewing pleasure too!
It's followed by a curious bit of architecture, no longer standing sadly...from 1897,,,The Webb Academy of Shipbuilders, The Bronx..AND MORE WAS ADDED ON TOO. Fascinating story and more here.
And finally one of our favorite "Dolly Toy Co" houses (repro/interpretations) by Lynn. Again, click on the photos and enjoy.
And for those who have asked: While most cardboard Christmas houses a.k.a. putz houses were made in Japan and or Germany, the Dolly Toy Co. here in the U.S. did produce a line of houses (among other things)--that have become collectible today. Fast forward to the not-so-long ago------putz artisans Howard and Lynn put together patterns including the doors and windows for the Dolly Houses--so the more adventurous among us can make our own true to the original copies. YOU CAN READ MORE HERE bit.ly/1OJnkMT
THE 1982/1983 MATCHBOX CATALOG; more here
A LOOK BACK AT THE STRANGEST CHRISTMAS LIGHTING project you have ever read about--from 1929--hope the link is viewable; click here
HOWARD'S LATEST FAUX FLATTIE, SANTA AND THE ELVES; MORE HERE
SEE THE LAST EDITION OF MORE FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC. FROM EVERYTHING CROTON HERE.
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