Despite the skyrocketing heat & humidity
this weekend, I had to think
It's that time of year for me
to get my display ready for
Luckily, this year, I'm only doing one display case,
but it's the largest one, 74" long X 28" wide & 40" high.
I decide my "theme" will be Victorian. In the case,
I'll be using a small feather tree decorated with Dresden
ornaments, 19th scrap paper & candy containers. Plus
a clockwork nodder Santa and various
In the center will be my
McLoughlin Brothers folding dollhouse.
Since I don't own any "real" Victorian
dollhouse furniture, I've decided to use
a collection of late 19th c. paper dolls
made by the Lion Coffee Company.
(the dolls look faded in my photos,
but that's just the way the light was
These were giveaways, in sets of 4 pieces,
included in bags of Lion coffee.
The company was located in
Toledo, Ohio (my home town!), and their
holiday trade cards are very collectible these days.
Here's a close up of
"The Library" set.
Notice how each piece is slotted
so they can be interlocked
to make one unit.
There were 16 different sets of dolls
that were produced. I'm not sure if
the company also made a dollhouse
for these to used in.