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    Posted 7 years ago

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    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 :-)
    Pullman inventor of GeorgePullman cars history

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      I LOVE THIS!!! I had no idea that any such item existed. This is absolutely amazing!!!!!!!
    2. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Thank you jscott0363 I appreciate you stopping and few people knew of this great toy :-)
    3. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Thank you so much Nicefice :-) always nice to see you .
    4. pajrr pajrr, 7 years ago
      Truly an amazing item! Sure beats Barbie's jet plane!
    5. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Thank you nutsabot :-) I appreciate your comment
    6. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      pajrr, I agree this is way cooler than Barbie's airplane that was mass produced :-) Nice to see you on my post it is much appreciated
    7. bladerunner22 bladerunner22, 7 years ago
      The condition is stellar, rare and as good as it gets !
    8. walksoftly walksoftly, 7 years ago
      Impressive, Sis!
    9. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Thank you bladerunner I appreciate you stopping and leaving such a nice comment :-) Always nice to see you .
    10. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Thank you bro ! I hope all is going well for you and will write soon xo
    11. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Daddy_Nobucks many thanks for stopping ! I am sure they served coca-cola in this car :-) always a pleasure to see you .
    12. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Incredible wonderful toy!
      Manikin, thank you for posting this rare piece and all information related to its story :-)
    13. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      kyratango Thank you so much always a delight to see you :-)
    14. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Many Thanks to all of you that clicked on my post I appreciate each of you
      auraaura loves this.
    15. Alan2310 Alan2310, 7 years ago
      I love this... very impressive was the story around it, great research, always love and learn.

    16. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Thank you Alan and I always love your posts too :-)
    17. inky inky, 7 years ago
      So delightful..great post Mani! xoxo
    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Mani, I just had to comment on this again. I'm just fascinated with this. I've searched the web and found only one other. But, it's nowhere near the nice condition of yours (and VERY expensive!!!). This is just wonderful!!!
    19. Rick55 Rick55, 7 years ago
      What a fantastic collectible Mani! Wonderful condition, and I wouldn't think the handle would detract from its value. I'm sure the leather on most of them would have dried up and deteriorated over time.
    20. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Thank you Rick :-) I did replace it and I think your right the ones I have seen all handles are gone the leather dried up. Many thanks for stopping to make a nice comment :-)
    21. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Thank you inky !! Glad you stopped always happy to see you xoxo
    22. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 7 years ago
      Oh this is wonderful my friend! Great write up on it too...I was at an estate sale yesterday and you would have loved it! I thought about you thru a whole section...lots of dolls, paper dolls mini ringer washer and other doll house furniture along with old box 45 record players and so much more. I got a Fox Knapp Pea Coat that is in excellent condition and fits like it was made for me! 20 bucks!!!
    23. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Hi share :-) sounds like a great sale and would have loved to be there , I imagine you will look stunning in your new coat too ! What a super find . Glad you stopped and gee I need a miniature porcelain doll house toilet for my Pullman I suppose they had one too :-) xo
    24. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Many thank to all of you !! Much appreciated
    25. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 7 years ago
      how cool is that ...I'll tell ya,.. very coollllllllll..
    26. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Thnak ya kindly Roy ! I rather love it too . Glad you see how cool it is and was glad to find one in such amazing condition. Always glad to see you :-)
    27. pickrknows pickrknows, 7 years ago
      A very Merry Christmas to you and yours Mani, hope you have the best Christmas ever!!
      Best wishes for 2016 also!!
    28. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Many Thanks Bernie and wishing you a Merry Christmas !
    29. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Thanks to all of you for stopping on this post it is much appeciated !
    30. mcheconi mcheconi, 7 years ago
      Merry Christmas Manikin! Have you been a good girl? What a nice piece of history you have here. Here in Brazil the sleeping cars are still known as Pullmann cars too. I never suspected why..."vagão Pullman" in Portuguese.
    31. kerry10456 kerry10456, 7 years ago
      Big Hugs Mani and wish you and Doc a Happy New Years xoxo
    32. Celiene Celiene, 7 years ago
      Love, love, love it!
    33. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Thank you Celiene so glad you stopped and made such a nice comment :-)
    34. Celiene Celiene, 7 years ago
      LOL - is that Paddington Bear, I wonder? The little boy looks so surprised to see him!
    35. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      lol Celiene I guess he does look ready to defend himself from bear :-) My Friend is a Teddy Bear artist and can make these tiny mohair bears so well and also large ones . He is able to make them look like a antique bear with finest detail so I let him ride along on the train :-)
    36. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      Thank you brunswick :-)
      Many thanks PhilDMorris this is a very hard piece to find .
    37. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      Thank you my mydearroy always nice to see you drop by :-) this is a rare piece

      Many thanks Thomas for stopping nice to see you stopped on my post much appreciated :-)
    38. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
      Many thanks MacDaddyRico so nice to see you stopped at this post :-)
      Newfld Many thanks for stopping much appreciated
    39. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Thank you Vynil33rpm for stopping today at my post and putting some love on it :-)

      Licorice1977 Thank you and appreciate you stopping and giving a little love :-)
    40. Lata Lata, 4 years ago
    41. stephy, 4 years ago
      I have the Pullman Car toy that belonged to my mother - and that I remember carefully playing with when we visited my grandparents. I'm so happy to know others who love theirs as much as I do mine and to see that all the contents are original. The only thing I'm missing are the dolls, something I'm hoping to find soon.

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