The Playtown pieces have a devoted fan base, spurred both by nostalgia and the considerable charm of the toys' design.
Here's the luncheonette, which I found unplayed with in its original box, its accessories still sealed in a brittle cellophane bag. (Which is not the case any longer...)
The luncheonette measures 10 inches wide by 6 high, and came packed in this cardboard box.
The diner came with wooden stools, bowls, plates, cups, and bottles; an assortment of plaster food items; a plastic Renwal radio; and metal accessories including a cash register, toaster, and waffle iron. I added the pastry case, coffee pot, soda dispenser, and plate of donuts (a diner has to have donuts.)
The diner features very authentic stencilled signage advertising its specials, including grilled cheese, pancakes, and a banana split (only 25 cents!) along with very vintage images of a waitress and chef. The Coca-Cola logo is original to the luncheonette, and makes this Playtown set also sought by Coke collectors.
The plastic Renwal radio is the same one used in dollhouses of the period.
What's to eat? Hot dogs and hamburgers, of course! These examples are of molded and painted plaster.
The plaster desserts in the display case are also original to the set, but a bit mystifying. Are they Jellos? Cakes? A Jello and a cake? I suspect the yellow one on the left may be an apple dumpling.
While the Playtown shops are fantastic toys on their own, and loads of fun to set up and accessorize, they also make great display props for miniature dolls and bears. The little dolls made in this same era by the Flagg company are perfectly sized to staff the luncheonette.
|Order up! A slider and two dogs on a bun.|
Bears get hungry too. This miniature Steiff is just the right height to eye the pastry case.