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1949 Keystone Put-a-Way Dollhouse by Susan Hale

 

The Stone Family is very happy. They have just moved into their new home.

 

Mrs. Stone holds the baby, Sally, and the children, Dick and Jane, stand in front of their parents.

 The family poses outside the front door for their official portrait.  Their new maid, Maddie, isn't sure that she was invited to be in the picture.

But she inches closer and smiles for the photographer.

 

This dollhouse is called a Put-a-Way because the right and left wings on the lower level can be put away inside the house. The wing on the right side of the house has a covered patio on the front and a garage with a metal door that slides up on the back. The roof of this wing is another patio.

It is a lovely outside space for the family.

 

The foldout wing on the right is the kitchen, and also has a roof patio.

 

The garage is quite narrow and the door is very small, so the family will have to buy a tiny car. Will it fit all 6 of them (if the maid goes too)?  There are lithographed tools, licence plates, and tires on the wall, so I guess it is good for storage, at least.

 

Now that the picture taking is over Father and Mother decide to relax with a drink.

"Yikes," says Father, "We are out of Scotch. By the way, did you see that giant cat outside?"
"It must belong to the neighbours." says Mother. "I will go out and get some more scotch. Will you keep an eye on the children?"

Mother gets her purse and prepares to go to the store.  Father is reading the paper, but looks up to comment,

"That cat seems to have found a giant bottle of water."

"That's nice, dear." Mother says. She is preoccupied with trying to remember where the store is.

"By the way," says Father, "whose dog is this?" 

 

 

While mother is out shopping we can take a tour of the house.

Upstairs, we find the girls are in the nursery, Jane's doll is almost as big as her baby sister.

 

Jane wishes her brother would come play checkers with her.  If she could find some checkers - and her brother.

 

The bathroom is a bit small, but it has a built-in shower.  The shower curtain is original to the house.

The parents' bedroom is cozy too.

  

The furniture is Strombecker.

 

Maddie the maid seems to be asking the cat to jump into her arms. She should probably be getting the baby's bottle ready.

 Wake up Maddie. There's work to do.

 

The dining room has Strombecker furniture too. It suits the house well.

Both the dining room and the living room have built-in shelving. The doors under the shelves in the dining room open.

Here is the built-in shelving in the living room. It has lithographed sconces on each side.

Here is the house from the back with the wings open.

Another view of the bathroom. A previous owner of the plastic Renwal furniture has painted it beige.  I find it gives it a more realistic look.

Mother's finally home. She not only found the store, but she found Dick too. He had been out riding his tricycle.

 

Mother notices that the house looks smaller than it did when she left. What happened to the kitchen and the garage? And the patios are gone, too. She wonders if Father has noticed.

Here is the back of the house with the wings are folded in. It may be good for storing the house, but it's not good for the dolls who live in it.  I wonder how the children of 1949 dealt with it.  

 

I was excited to find this house in such great condition. I had been wanting a Put-a-Way house for quite some time. I have a soft spot for Keystone and Rich Toy houses because they are such fun to play with. This one was first sold in 1949. Thanks for visiting. 

See more of Susan Hale's collection at Susan's Mini Homes here: http://susanshouses.blogspot.ca

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