Jun 062013
 
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Ideal Cardboard doll house 1963

This cardboard doll house is very similar in style to Barbie’s original Dream House, but it folds out to make three separate rooms, with the living room in the center, the kitchen on the left, and the bedroom on the right. It was made by Ideal in the early 1960s, and I believe that by not putting Tammy’s name on it, they meant it to be used for either Barbie, Tammy, or any of the other similar sized fashion dolls of that era. A couple of years later, Tammy came out with her own house, but that one was quite different.

When it’s all folded up, the house measures 24″ x 13.5″ x 8″. When you open it up, it folds out to be about 52″ long and 21″ deep. The furniture is all cardboard, with tab and slot construction. This house is a wonderful display piece for any ’60s fashion doll, if you have the room.

I have not been able to find a mint in box or complete example to know exactly what pieces came with this house. It is not documented in any book that I am aware of. If you have further information, please leave a comment.

Ideal Cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal Cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Ideal cardboard doll house 1963

Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard





  4 Responses to “Ideal Doll House for Tammy, Barbie & similar sized dolls (1963)”

  1. I bought this exact dollhouse about 15 years ago in a hobby shop for $10. It was mostly unassembled. Once I put all the furniture together, I found out I was missing the bed, vanity, and bedroom chair. I was also missing the chaise lounge, the BBQ grill, and the table with umbrella that went outside. I just bought another doll house to get the pieces I’m missing. The real reason I’m writing I want to share with you the instruction booklet that came with this house. I think you are missing only the projector and its stand/table, along with the outdoor pieces. Oops I don’t see how I can a photo. I’ll try your facebook page.

  2. My father designed this house in the early 60′s. I put many of these together!
    He worked for Deluxe Reading (same as Topper Toys), so he may have free-lanced or they had Deluxe Reading do it. Deluxe did all the toys with great displays that were above the produce in Grocery stores.

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