Sunday, August 23, 2009

Real Life Versions: Volume 1

Front and balcony yellow doors. L-O-V-E it!

Just west of downtown Palm Springs, California, in the good ol' US of A.

Exposed brown beams. A little crispy from the 118 degree temps we get here in the summer.

Verticle wood beams.

I recently moved to Palm Springs in Southern California, and took these pictures. I was excited to see real life examples of my toy passion. There are better examples out there I will be posting in the future, but for now these are what I have. They are by a renowned architect (Alexander?) and were constructed in the late 1950's in the mid century modern style. One even shows real life exposed beams (they would be better if the owner painted them white or cream) Enjoy.

Talk about living in a real life 1978 A Frame Dream house!!!

What a cute patio and yard, too! 

Kind of a stretch, but what the heck, its a super cool house. 

Furniture: The Lost Furniture Knockoffs

12" scale

3" scale

In this rare photo you can see the 'knock off' line of Arco brand furniture. Clearly, these were knockoffs since the style, color and inventory was nearly identical in every way, living room set not withstanding. There was a clear blue dining room table not shown here. I know because i had the dining room set as a kid, circa 1983. I cant believe Mattel didnt sue them (unless Mattel was a parent company or had some deal with Arco). This scale would just about fit the 3-D paper centerpiece posted below as they are approximately Marx scale. UPDATE: the two top photos i just found online and is a full 1:6 scale. extremely rare, each went for about $40 and are dated 1984.

Customs: Conglomerations Volume 1

In these never before seen photos, you can see the possibilities of constructing more than one together. The top photos are of my current inventory. I just keep finding good deals on evilbay and recently scored one for $9.99 plus shipping. In those photos are approximately 3 and a half a frames and one partial cottage. They are in what used to be called a bedroom. The pink one is not mine, btw.

1978 Mattel A Frame Barbie Dream Doll House Red roof yellow floors mod groovy 1970s 1980s custom OOAK 

Other Products: A Frame Birthday Party Centerpiece: Volume 1

Initially, I thought this was contrived and unecessary. But if you think about it, its a birthday party, and the big gift is the A frame house, what better decoration, especially since most birthdays have a significant portion of the time at the table eating cake facing the center of the table. I do like that it shows different characters in a cartoon likeness. They sure did remember to have lots of potted plants around and it does show a banister and staircase absent in the real house. It probably didnt cost alot when new, but being so rare now it is an intersting find. I think it only went for about $10 on ebay.