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Tri-ang Dolls Houses Database, Vol. 3, 1946-1971

Bungalow C 1961-67. Dimensions: 46 inches [117 cm] wide, 33 inches [84 cm] deep and 12.5 inches [31.5 cm] high

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Bungalow C 1961-67. Dimensions: 46 inches [117 cm] wide, 33 inches [84 cm] deep and 12.5 inches [31.5 cm] high
This is the largest of the short series of three flat-packed bungalows, designated A, B and C. Their materials and method of construction are similar to that of the U and V houses, including colourful lithographed walls depicting external architectural details and internal furniture, light fittings and other accessories. (Please see the captions to pictures 61 and 62, subsequently, for a description of the U's construction). Bungalow C was the first of the three to be issued. Compare it with its prototype/precursor, the "My Home" magazine offer version, in the previous two pictures. (Bungalow C is actually listed in the 1961 catalogue as the "My Home" Dolls House - the designation changed in 1962, with the introduction of the two smaller models in the series, A and B). From 1962, Bungalow C was supplied with an ornamental pool to be displayed on the baseboard - this wasn't offered with the 1961 version. The car port is described in the catalogue, somewhat surprisingly, as "the main feature". The rear of the carport wing is very similar to that of Bungalow B - please see picture 57, later in this Album. The chimney in the central section is very similar to that of Bungalow A, but that model has a lithographed stone wall at the rear, with two much smaller windows. (The rear view of the A is shown in picture 60). (This photo courtesy of the Spielzeugmuseums in Nuremburg, Germany. Used with consent, via diepuppenstubensammlerin). Access to the model shown above is gained by removing the three roof sections, revealing six rooms and a hall. There is no complete interior view of an actual house available on site, but the full interior is illustrated in a line drawing in the next picture. The rooms from the left wing of the house above may be seen in picture 54; those from the right wing, in a different Bungalow C, may be seen in picture 55.
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1:07 AM on February 28, 2016 
Oh my! This is it! This must be the model my girlfriend used to design and build her dream house, the scale is exactly right, I'm sure of it! It is interesting how it works, the original idea for this dollhouse is based on the Roman villa, which inspired a lot of modern homes, which inspired this doll house, which was how my girlfriend first came to see it and then used it as the basis for her home. Much like clothes were designed from doll's clothes for real-life clothes, where European fashions were brought to the new world.

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