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"Deanhaven" - a 1960s UK holiday camp

Bed-sitting room, closed season

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Bed-sitting room, closed season
Mainly Barton wooden furniture but Jenny's Home double bed. No Barton bed I've seen has ever been long enough for a 1:16 adult! Non-working lights. I added the "Lazy Betty" pull-cords to the Lundby wall-lights (bought cheaply, as non-functioning). Note the ashtray on top of the television set. It seemed as if everyone smoked in the 1960s - and there were no bans on smoking indoors, anywhere. If a family with a baby books, the second single bed can be replaced with a cot, and a high-chair is provided.
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Brooksey
5:12 PM on July 24, 2013 
Barton furniture wobbles between 1:16 and 1:18 (excluding some very early pieces which are larger than 1:16!). Just a few examples: assuming that Tri-ang's Spot-On furniture is true 1:16 (which I believe it is), the red and white Barton kitchen sink units (as in the kitchenette in this house) are the same dimensions as the Spot-On ones, but the Barton plastic bath is much smaller than its Spot-On counterpart. Much of the living-room Barton furniture seems to be 1:16, apart from the upholstered suites which are 1:18 when measured. Bedroom furniture varies a lot - beds and wardrobes are consistently small but some dressing tables and chests of drawers are 1:16. A lot of the accessories, on the other hand, are larger than 1:16 and often don't look out of place in 1:12. The Barton dolls varied in scale, too!

The argument usually put forward for these scale anomalies is that these were originally produced as toys for children and that, to them, scale did not matter.

As for Lundby's scale - I believe that feelings can run high on that one. It's a topic best avoided!
Joy .
2:09 PM on July 24, 2013 
I have always thought (measuring my own things) that Barton - Caroline`s Home and furniture was really 18th. scale. If taken as 16th. the people are too short and the furniture, too small. Lundby, strangely, now claims to be 18th. but is clearly at least 16th.
Rosemary
8:17 AM on May 14, 2013 
I have just been looking in my houses and two of the Pit-a-Pat beds are fit for dwarves, but tow others are much bigger.
Zoe H
6:49 PM on May 13, 2013 
Julie Hardy says...
Whilst the accommodation is similar to your summer cabins, or even some motels, I don't think the USA ever had anything quite like our British holiday camps. They started in the 1930s but almost all have gone, now. There were several companies, of different sizes, which offered cheap, all-inclusive holidays to working families. Being a small island, they were all on a coast. Their heyday was the 1960s. During the summer season (May to September) in 1963, the largest firm, Butlin's, accommodated 1,000,000 people, in camps which could cater for up to 2000 guests at a time. In 1963, the population of the UK was around 53 million, so 1 in 53 of us had a holiday at Butlin's that year! The website butlin's memories shows just what these camps had to offer.

This room does have a bit of a vintage US motel family room look about it, if you forget for a moment that it's in a holiday camp.
Brooksey
6:26 PM on May 13, 2013 
Shanni says...
Oh I love how the bedroom is full of beds and a couch. Just like renting an up north cabin for the famdamily summer vacation! And now I know my coveted wood furniture is most likely Barton. Whadayaknow!


Whilst the accommodation is similar to your summer cabins, or even some motels, I don't think the USA ever had anything quite like our British holiday camps. They started in the 1930s but almost all have gone, now. There were several companies, of different sizes, which offered cheap, all-inclusive holidays to working families. Being a small island, they were all on a coast. Their heyday was the 1960s. During the summer season (May to September) in 1963, the largest firm, Butlin's, accommodated 1,000,000 people, in camps which could cater for up to 2000 guests at a time. In 1963, the population of the UK was around 53 million, so 1 in 53 of us had a holiday at Butlin's that year! The website butlin's memories shows just what these camps had to offer.
Brooksey
6:14 PM on May 13, 2013 
ilenalana says...
You think of everything Julie !


I spend most of my time thinking, Eileen - that's why it takes me forever to get a house done!
Brooksey
6:11 PM on May 13, 2013 
Rosemary says...
There are a few Barton beds which can take 1/16th. Without trekking up and measuring, I think the four-poster would, and the dark bed that goes with the two dark wardrobes and dressing table. Marion acquired one a few weeks ago for the book, and I have one, but until then, was not sure if it was Barton's or not.


Yes, of course, the four-poster and the early dark wood stuff WAS bigger - I was thinking of the beds from the later bedroom suites. I don't think I'd get away with a four-poster in either a holiday camp chalet or the bedroom of my 1965-set No 50, LOL!
Shanni
6:03 PM on May 13, 2013 
Oh I love how the bedroom is full of beds and a couch. Just like renting an up north cabin for the famdamily summer vacation! And now I know my coveted wood furniture is most likely Barton. Whadayaknow!
ilenalana
2:44 PM on May 13, 2013 
You think of everything Julie !
Zoe H
1:59 PM on May 13, 2013 
Yes, you can just imagine the smell of cigarettes lingering all season.
Rosemary
12:31 PM on May 13, 2013 
There are a few Barton beds which can take 1/16th. Without trekking up and measuring, I think the four-poster would, and the dark bed that goes with the two dark wardrobes and dressing table. Marion acquired one a few weeks ago for the book, and I have one, but until then, was not sure if it was Barton's or not.
lallyp
10:56 AM on May 13, 2013 
Everyone DID smoke in the 60s except! I always felt a bit odd about it being the exception!
Brooksey
9:34 AM on May 13, 2013 
You're not the first to have said that, Patty! Family and friends who have had holiday camp holidays often remark on how evocative it is.
Patty W
9:23 AM on May 13, 2013 
the realism here is slightly un-nerving, Julie. Glad we don't have to spend our hollibobs here any more!

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