Childhood Memories Friday: Marx Metal Dollhouse

Childhood Memories Friday

Today, let’s take a look at my childhood dollhouse:

Marx vintage metal dollhouse

From a little searching, I see that it is most likely made by Marx. I don’t remember how I came to get it, but it was part of my life for as long as I can remember. This is the front, although honestly, I spent very little time looking at this side. So let’s get to the good part …

Marx vintage metal dollhouseI don’t know if the dollhouse came with people, but even if it did, it doesn’t matter: my sister and I had our Little People live there. Most of this furniture came with the house, although some did not — the little dresser in the bedroom didn’t, and I remember well the many times I spent putting each little drawer back into place after it tipped over. Likewise, the cool-but-not-to-scale loveseat in the living room came from another place as well.

But what good times I had arranging the furniture and having the Little People living life here! The second-floor balcony was oh-so-cool.

And just like Fisher Price, the dollhouse’s details were the best part of all:

Marx vintage metal dollhouse

Here’s what we would have called the “utility room” in my childhood (interesting; I haven’t said the words “utility room” in years now!). Check out the wonderful scene out the side window, and the details like the plants and the ’50s prints on the walls.

My girls played with the house a bit, but never to the degree that I did as a child. Still, it has held up well and I should probably find someplace to enjoy it other than the basement, where it now resides.

Did you have a favorite dollhouse as a child?

5 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: Marx Metal Dollhouse

  1. You apparently do not look in your Wee Me Book very much. Dad & I gave it to you for your birthday. We bought it at Seymour Hardware – where Martha Kamman worked. That dollhouse is near to 50 years old. What a testimony to how we take (took) care of our things – ALL our things! I have a picture I cut out of a magazine where they attached an old wooden dollhouse to a bathroom wall and inside it, they stored towels/wash cloths, etc.

  2. I love this! It shows you what’s outside the windows! Mine was made by my engineer grandfather and I still have it and the furniture. My niece and nephew would do ANYTHING to earn a chance to play with it. [My own were too destructive at the age best for playing with it–Barbies were tougher]. My “people” were an eclectic mix of the ones my mother had made for her doll house [I inherited some of her furniture and hand sewn quilts she made too] plastic ones and a little soldier boy who’d been a Christmas package decoration!! Hours of play time. The best part though was the annual birthday trip to Marshall Field to pick a new piece of furniture–a very modern swivel chair, a tv on a table, a carpet sweeper and other things were chosen on those trip.s Great memories!

  3. I believe we had a dollhouse, but if we did, I’m sure it probably perished in the fire.

  4. I know we Schulte sisters had a dollhouse. I’d think it was some type wood particle board. I remember Daddy buying us doll house furniture at a Jasper Dime Store. We had some treasures. I especially remember a treadle sewing maching and a cool piano, to name a couple!

  5. I had the same house but no utility room. Instead was a attached garage. My house had a staircase that connected the first and second floor. I had it for years. Nowhere I outgrew it my sister did not ant it so I gave it to my young cousin Carol.

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