Posted 6 years ago
This is an American toy of an American Co Playskool , the Pullman Railroad Car. Designed by a preschool teacher in the late 1920s and made around 1930Playskool was founded by a former Milwaukee schoolteacher, Lucille King, in the 1920s. King apparently had abandoned her teaching career and was working at the John Schroeder Lumber Company in Milwaukee when she came up with the idea for Playskool toys., the Playskool Pullman was reportedly only manufactured for a very brief time, perhaps only a year, before the Great Depression put a stop to the toy's production. It was designed to resemble both a Pullman train car and a little suitcase. The leather handle made it easy to carry on a real train trip.
1938 Playskool Pullman Sleep Dolly Sleep Dollhouse. It is a toy train dollhouse, made of metal, that unfolds into a section of a pullman car with opposing seats, folding table, upper berth and porter's closet. It will snap closed to be stored or carried. It is painted a Pennsylvania sort of tuscan color- burgundy with the logo "Sleep Dolly Sleep" and "Playskool" in gold. Inside the compartment it has green cushions for the seats - 2 sets of 3 each. 2 green mattresses for making up the beds as well as 2 sheets, 2 blankets, and 2 pillows. There are 2 green pieces of a cardboard type material to cover the windows. To cover the compartment there are 2 green curtains.
Pullman invented the sleep cars on trains . Often found missing pieces and very scratched up . Mine has one minor scratch . I did have to replace handle as most the leather broke and rarely found with a original carry handle . It has a piece of leather that that snaps it shut that is original . The boy bisque doll is missing his girl so I gave him a teddy bear. The closet had a option to buy a porcelain toilet or used to store blankets and mattress's . This is a desired piece by a variety of collectors from dolls to train collectors . My camera is acting up hope photo's are clear enough to see this rare toy which was very expensive to produce and costly new , The depression and low sales made it only available a short time most documentation believe about a year on market. Measures 9 1/2"x 11 1/2"x 5 . Another Milwaukee based Toy :-)
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