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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.
Copyright 2013 by Zendelle Bouchard