Antique and Vintage Christmas Houses, Villages, and Putz

The tradition of building miniature Christmas village landscapes ("putz"), including houses, animals, and other hand-crafted wooden figures, began with the Pennsylvania Dutch in the late 1800s. Mass-produced cardboard putz houses, sold in dimestores, became popular in the mid-20th century, and have also become highly collectible. Prior to World War I, Germany had been the go-to source for Christmas goods sold in American five-and-dimes....Continue Reading