|Lettie With Her Reed House|
|Katy With Her Folding House|
|Reed House Furnished With Decalco Lithos|
Their most successful business gave artists like Thomas Nast, William Momberger, Palmer Cox and Ida Waugh a legacy of beloved artistry in illustration that is highly collectible today. In 1905, John Jr. passed away creating a huge loss of artistic and commercial leadership, and the company was sold to Milton Bradley in 1920. While the company continued to make books, they were no longer in the business making board games.
Other printing companies were also thriving in the 1900's producing beautiful paper doll houses like Lettie Lane's Doll House for the Ladies' Home Journal readers, while companies like Decalco Litho (1926), another New York based company, were creating pages of printed doll house furniture (among other toys as well). I could find very little information on Decalco Litho, but I do know they also printed paper dolls in the 1920's.
|The Open Roof Plan|
|My Marble Columns|
I began working on the 3" Folding Doll House reproduction. Of course the original was not this tiny. From what I could tell from a photo Jean sent to me, it was roughly 15" x 15". This doll house would fold into a sort of album to be stored in its presentation box. When taken out to play with, you'd fold down the floors of the rooms creating a four room doll house complete with a breezeway through curtains. Being who I am, I begged Jean to make up sheets of furniture for this tiny house. She'd not considered it priority, because who would go to the trouble of cutting out such tiny pieces? ME! And, so sets of the tiny furniture pages are now available for the 3" Folding Doll House.
|A Side View|
|Home, Sweet Home|
With the Reed House, I painted the columns (wood dowels), to resemble marble. We must have elegance! And, when you make up the furniture, what you choose to put in your dolly house personalizes it as well. The wooden homes have three sides to sit furniture up against, while the folding one only provides two highly decorative walls. Sitting paper furniture against an open space bothers me some, but I'm sure Katy with her Dolly Dingle and Kitty Cucumber paper dolls won't mind!
The folding house comes with a cover graphics for a small box, and I purchased a set of 3.5" x 3.5" jewelry boxes to use one to store the "album" in.
|Folding Doll House in Box|
|How the Story Unfolds|
During the two weeks I slaved over these beautiful dolly doll houses, I did some research, a little Internet hunting and pecking, to see what other goodies those two McLoughlin brothers had produced. Incredible! How I would love to find a color catalogue of all that they made. You'd think Theriault would have done this! Since this journal writing is about doll houses, I'll stick with that, but the books and toys are simply amazing. I would urge you to do a little "image search" and type in McLoughlin Bros. on Ebay. Its a world of antiquity like no other.
Jean has produced other reproduction doll houses, one being the Keyhole Bliss House. Just this morning I found an antique one on Ebay for the low price of $1900 (wink, wink). I just about fell over! It was incredible in design, and made me resolve to make up Jean's kit at some point. She told me she is currently working on a new house for her line, with Ken, and I can't wait to see what they come up with.
Follow your heart, follow your dreams, and keep playing dolls!
Love, Miss E. Mouse
|Antique House Plans|
|Furnished With Decalco Lithos|
|A Penny For Scale - Still Rubbing My Eyes!|
|Another McLoughlin Bros. Wonder!|
|With a Fold Down Front|
|Antique Orig., Keyhole Bliss House|
|One Last Look|
|Katy With Her Dolly Dingle and Kitty Cucumber Paper Dolls|