Saturday, December 25, 2010

Vintage American Dollhouse Grocery Shop

For Christmas this year, I received a couple of old dollhouse shops, the circa 1900 German example described earlier, and this, a 1950s American model of the "modern" grocery store. Measuring a full two feet wide, it's made of wood and fibreboard, and came filled with many of its original products along with its cash register, check out counter, meat counter, and striped awning.

This overhead view gives an idea of the store's layout:

Through the window, the checkout and dairy cooler are visible:

The meat counter features hanging hams, made of flat fiberboard with printed detail:

Most of the products are made of wood, wrapped with paper labels. I'm especially intrigued by the "Snappy Brand Cheese" in a can: whatever was this like?!


  1. This is a fabulous find! But, oh my, the very idea of canned cheese...

  2. I enjoy seeing all the wonderful Christmas surprises, thanks for posting for us to drool over! The miniature shop and products are all fabulous. You were on Santa's "very nice" list!

  3. This is the best. Oh, that awning...oh those hams. It's all wonderful.

  4. Glad you all liked it! I'd never seen anything like it before, but since I found it, I've seen another on eBay. That one is missing its front panel and the accompanying awning, but it has a fruit stand, and a little grocer doll with an apron and a mustache.