by Florine Bettge
These two houses are the smallest of my six Schoenhut dollhouses. They sit on a shelf side by side….making them neighbors. I can blame this particular collection of houses on blogger Carol Morehead for suggesting I get a Schoenhut dollhouse for my Schoenhut dollhouse furniture when I blogged about it back in 2010. Both of these houses were made between 1931-1934, and are from the Schoenhut inexpensive line of heavy cardboard dollhouses with plastic windows, wooden floors and wooden support beams.
The A. Schoenhut Company was founded in 1872 by Albert Schoenhut, a German immigrant to America, but it wasn’t until 1915 that dollhouses were introduced by the company. Dollhouse furniture was added in 1929; but sadly, the company went into bankruptcy in 1934 ending the production of dollhouses and dollhouse furniture. Schoenhut Manufacturing Company was established in 1936 by a son of Albert Schoenhut and manufactured dollhouses from 1936-40. My last dollhouse shown in this article, the Schoenhut Beverly Hills, was manufactured by this company.
This house, with the centered front door and four rooms, measures 17½” x 10½” x13½”. It has the original curtains that came with it and was originally electrified. It houses the smaller line of Schoenhut furniture made from 1930-34.
Schoenhut’s 1930 line of dollhouse furniture produced the fireplace, which was part of the of the Apartment House Rooms living room. In 1931 Schoenhut produced the living room chairs, sofa and library table, the twin beds and bedside table. The paper used to resemble bed covers was missing and has been replaced. The bedroom dresser was produced in 1932. Production in 1933 included the radio (missing the top shelf) and the newly designed kitchen set. The last production in 1934 included the bathroom set. The chair is a Kage product (1938-48) and all lamps are Strombecker.
German Caco dolls, dressed as an older couple and produced most likely during 1950-60s, live in this house with their Schoenhut furniture.
This slightly smaller Schoenhut dollhouse measures 16” x 9½” x 13” with a front door situated to the side. It also contains four rooms.
This is how it looked when I purchased it from Ebay. It is evident that it had paper attached, most likely looking like this picture below.
I was unable to find a similar paper to restore my house, and after selecting paper, I decided the roof would look better green than the original red. I also wallpapered the interior to cover the stains from many years of play.
I've furnished this house with Jaymar Specialty Company Happy Hour dollhouse furniture circa 1933. Jaymar was associated with the toymaker Louis Marx and Company. Five rooms of this furniture were produced in a ¾” to 1’ scale, with an Art Deco look in red and black, simple lines and with one moving part.
Pieces Included in Jaymar production are shown; however, missing from my collection are carpet sweeper, pair of candle holders, a bathroom stool and two towel bars. The only moving part produced is the commode with a lifting lid. The Happy Hour furniture is the perfect size for this small house!
Dol-Toi dolls in national dress, made in the United Kingdom in 1960, live in this house. These dolls came to me as a pair, but representing different countries. Now they have immigrated to America....and are accepted and welcomed in my Dollhouse Village.
This 1934 Schoenhut dollhouse, purchased on Ebay with all the original Schoenhut furniture from their 1934 production line, came to me looking like this.
The seller packaged it in a box that was too small and sadly it was damaged. It is at the bottom of my bucket list to repair.
My three other Schoenhut houses are furnished but not accessorized. That’s the fun part, but it takes me a long time to finish.
This is a six room Schoenhut dollhouse produced in 1934. It has a stair well and a French door leading into the fenced yard. My brother is currently repairing the fence for me.
I have furnished it with Schoenhut furniture from several of their production lines.
Schoenhut produced this four room dollhouse in 1930. It also has two attic rooms and a stairwell.
The four lower rooms are furnished with Schoenhut’s larger dollhouse furniture produced from 1932-33.
This eight room Schoenhut dollhouse is similar to others produced by them in 1930. In addition to the eight rooms, this dollhouse has stairs and two rooms in the attic.
With this house being two rooms deep, the front and both sides are removable. It is large enough to be played with by several children at one time.
This wonderful Art Deco dollhouse was named The Beverly Hills and was produced by the Schoenhut Manufacturing Company in 1939. It is 41” wide, 21” deep and rises to 20” tall. It has its own lawn and molded shrubs in the semi-circular planter. It also has a side porch, two balconies and a roof top deck.
I have furnished it with Lincoln and Miniaform Furniture, both in the Art Deco style. J.L.Wright, Inc. produced the Lincoln furniture for a short time about 1936-37; they were most famous for their building sets called Lincoln Logs. Miniaform was produced by the Hugh Specialty Company of Chicago from about 1939 to 1941.
All the information on the Schoenhut dollhouse furniture comes from Schoenhut Dollhouse Furniture 1928-1934 by Patty Cooper. Information on the Jaymar Happy Hour furniture comes from American Art Deco Dollhouse Furniture by Patty Cooper and George Mundorf. Both books can be found on the Blurb.com website in softcover or instant PDF version.