Classic Dollhouse Inspires a Generation
The Fisher Price Play Family House (circa 1969) was THE dollhouse for young children from a different generation to have. It also may have been the very inspiration for those children becoming involved in the miniatures world as adults.
The house was occupied by the Little People Family and arrived with a number of pieces of colorful plastic miniature furniture, most of which had slots to hold the Fishers safely in place. The family members almost always rolled clumsily off the beds which did not unfortunately have slots to hold the Little People in place.
The Fishers were mostly made with wooden heads and bodies (no arms or legs...awkward!) along with plastic (or drawn) hair and other accessories. The family dog was the most awesome family member and had the most character and personality.
The best accessory was the removable staircase which had an opening door on one side which led to either a closet or a bathroom, depending on your imagination. The front door had a working bell!
The entire house opened to reveal two stories and four large rooms along with a garage and included a handle on top of the roof for easy transport.
The second floor round carpet (illustration) was one of the more memorable design elements
If you're longing for a bit of nostalgia, this house is available on Etsy for $65 and can be ordered here.
ABOUT D. THOMAS MINIATURES
D. Thomas Miniatures is a retail and gallery destination featuring top quality collectibles including 1/12th scale structure, furniture and accessories. The concept, designed to appeal to collectors, crafters and enthusiasts was created, in part, to raise awareness of miniatures as a decorative art form and to introduce the discipline not only to a new generation but to those who may just be discovering it! The gallery space showcases work in miniature by well-known artists from all over the world.