Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fisher Price Play Family A Frame House

The Fisher Price people in the previous post (1960s Nifty Station Wagon) might be traveling to this lovely vacation resort, the Play Family A Frame house, made in 1974. These kitschy structures were all the rage as holiday homes across the United States in the 1960s and '70s, and Fisher Price's 11 inch tall version is absolutely adorable. From the aqua green roof tiles to the faux-Bavarian balcony, built-in kitchen, cozy fireplace, and comfortable patio, they got all the details just right.

The roof opens to form a patio, revealing the two story rustic interior:

The patio includes a picnic table and barbecue grill, and I've added an umbrella table from a different FP set:

Inside, the built-in kitchen is done in classic '70s orange, and there's a cozy fire and braided rug (well, sticker versions, anyway):

Outside, there's a balcony and a deck on each end. You can see bunk beds through the doorway on the top floor. I've added a FP checker table and a couple of visiting cousins to the deck.

 It all looks so inviting, it makes me wish I could visit!

To see more (real-life) a frame homes and learn about their fascinating history, take a look at the book A-frame, by  architectural historian Chad Randl: 

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