Posted 2 years ago
I believe it is safe for me to call this the world's greatest cardboard folk art house. Certainly there are professional models done better, with precise exacto knives and carefully drawn "blueprints" done on the computer and no longer blue…but his heartfelt little fellow wins my prize for best of show in the Michigan Tour of Houses.
Complete with a toilet paper roll, TWO tiny soap holders with soap, comfortable miniature beds with ticking and enough seating for the whole neighborhood! Corrugated life is seldom as comfortable. The heavily painted miniature craftsman is twenty inches long and a foot high, and features actual screen windows, two porches, numerous rooms and a christmas wreath on the front door! Dated 1951…so we learn if you slather cardboard with house paint, it will last a long time.
The toilet seat is less than an inch wide. The soap is tweezer size.
Delineated bricks, well-worn front steps, and the entire living space slides out like a drawer…unlike most dollhouses the roof is stable.
Yes, there is a light, yes it plugs in and yes it works…after 60 years. I am not sure some of the houses being built today will last as long.
A folk art construction which would make Frank Gehry jealous…or humble.
Handmade Cardboard House Model, 1951 Collection Jim Linderman
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