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Screen printed plywood dolls house July 1950

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Screen printed plywood dolls house July 1950
I found this image in the Australian toy trade journal, July 1950 issue. Does anyone recognise it? Ayers & James were mainly wholesalers and importers, although during the war they did also publish books etc themselves. I'm not sure if these were imported (in which case why say the plywood was imported?) or made by Ayers & James, which would be really interesting! This ad mentions 4 different dolls houses, so there would have been two others in addition to the two I found. This one presumably was not the cheapest, as it has the porch and gable front, and printing on the sides ...
Posted by Rebecca Green on April 26, 2018 Slideshow

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Rebecca Green
12:02 AM on April 28, 2018 
Thanks for your comment, Trumble's Mum. Yes, I wondered too if they had printed the features onto ply. If they did, they still might have copied them from another manufacturer's designs - it seems that most of the dolls house furniture made in Australia in these years was made under licence from overseas manufacturers - nothing original!
Trumble's Mum
12:33 PM on April 26, 2018 
Very interesting, Rebecca. I am guessing that, if the company printed books, it would be fairly simple for them to print the house walls onto ply. Is it possible that they began to do so during the war when shipping anything was a risk, perhaps on card at first and then when trading across the ocean got easier post WW2, they continued making them for a while with imported ply board?
I tried Googling the company but, American-centric as Google searches often are, all I got was stuff about James Ayers.

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