Monday, April 12, 2010

Vintage Kitchen Playset

I have several of these vintage tin toy kitchen playsets: they line the counters and appliance tops in my real kitchen, which I never use. I think I've used my Easy Bake Oven more than I have my real oven, now that I think about it...It's futile to expect real food, or even coffee, at my house, but if you want to play kitchen, I can totally hook you up.

Anyway, here's my latest set, scored at an antique show last weekend. All made of lithographed tin in the late 1940s - early 1950s, the stove is by Marx while the fridge and sink are by Wolverine. For scale, the stove measures 12 1/2 inches high.


The fridge features great lithography on the inside door, revealing well-stocked shelves, and houses some unique pressed tin food items:


The stove has an opening oven door with a bright red rack inside:


And the sink actually works: a reservoir on the back can be filled with water, which then pours out through the tap!


A very retro kitchen set, indeed. Makes me want to go to Grandma's for some pie.

9 comments:

  1. I have a set of "life-size" brand kitchen toys made out of metal. I cannot find them anywhere online. Have you heard of Life-size brand. I have the stove, cupboard, sink and refridgerator. They are pink and look like maybe 1960's or 70's.

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    1. Your set is probably a Wolverine Tin Life Size Kitchen Set frm early 60's. You are missing the washing machine. Sets in good consition can bring up to $500.

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  2. Hello,

    I'm sorry, I've not seen that brand either. I looked in some of my reference books last night, but no luck. I have a pink set too, but its 1950s and made by Wolverine.

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  3. This is totally not fair. I had to wait 43 years to get MY retro kitchen... and here kids are getting them now! What is the world coming to? 8-)


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  4. I adore your kitchen items. Like you, I to have a passion for children's items. I have the old (doll size) stoves, ref, stepback cupboards, mixers, blenders, tea sets, dishes etc. I never get tired of seeing what other people have.

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  5. I have a brown set myself. Found nothing about it. Had coca cola bottles in fridge among other items. Purchased for $60 for my children.

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  6. I actually have the brown set of Life Size brand metal -- fridge, stove, oven. It is also likely early 60's as I played with them as a kid. I'm trying to find out more information about them. My set is not is great condition, but dealers at my yard sale last week were VERY interested. Anybody have any info???

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  7. Reviving this thread - I picked up the Life Size brand play kitchen in pink, probably from the 60's, for $10 total. Would love to know more about it!
    Photo:
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/166072_10100317171043684_1880112747_n.jpg

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    1. For $10?! Wow, you got a great deal! I don't know much about that set, but from the comments here it seems there's a lot of interest in them. Great find!

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