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Flower Windows by diepuppenstubensammlerin

The fifties were famous in Germany for their luxuriant flower windows, as well as window boxes, window sills with plants in decorated ceramic pots, plant stands, and plant tables in many designs.

Just look at this Schönherr dolls house, which I display at the top of my blog:

 

 

Dolls houses certainly had to display plants, too, and very often they were integrated into the architecture. The photo at the top shows a very striking flower window, which is certainly the most important part of this room box.

 
These plants are a feature of many Albin Schönherr dolls houses, as this catalogue image and trade fair ad show:
 
 
 
 

 

This later Schönherr roombox gives even more space to the flower window. There is barely a place for a cabinet left. On the other hand: these elements are admittedly the most attractive ones in a dolls house of that time. So I will not complain.

 

 

 

Even more plants in the patio of the same room box:

 

 

Other manufacturers also incorporated flower windows into their dolls houses. Here are some Gottschalk roomboxes:

 

Moritz Gottschalk roombox ca 1960 - Sammlung Katharina 

 

Moritz Gottschalk roombox ca 1965  

 

An ad for a flower window in real life:

 

Ad in Das Haus (The Home), 1962, for the German Horticulture Company's flower windows

 

Mosaic tiling was a feature of some flower windows in Gottschalk dolls houses:

1960s Gottschalk dolls houses

 

 

This also replicated a popular way of decorating flower windows in the real world:

 

Das Haus (The Home), 1958

 

Flower windows decorated with mosaic tiles can be seen also on dolls houses made by VEB Grünhainichen:

 

Another example from VERO, the nationalised East German company into which first VEB Grünhainichen was integrated, and later also Gottschalk and Schönherr:

 

 

The firm Häfner & Krullmann not only incorporated flower windows into their plastic dolls houses and roomboxes, as we see in this picture of a bungalow released in 1962:

 

It was announced in a trade fair report of 1958 that Häfner & Krullmann were now selling their doors and windows as fittings for those building dolls houses themselves. Here we see them in a home-made dolls house:

 

 

They were also exported to the UK, and sold by the mail-order firm Hobbies from 1964-1968 under the name "Hobbiholme". Perhaps there are also some home-made English dolls houses with these flower windows?

 

 

Hobbiholme windows in the 1964 Hobbies Annual

 

Hobbiholme windows and doors in the 1964 Hobbies Annual 

 

What became of flower windows in the following years? Here is one example from 1973:

 

Detail of a 1973 Modella roombox

 

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