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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Memories Growing up in the 50's

If you grew up in the 50's...Raise your Hand!

I had this very same doll house!  Oh, the HOURS I spent pretending, rearranging the furniture...
I loved the tiny pink bathtub and toilet.  I even dreamed of growing up and building this very house.
Where is all the tiny furniture?  Someone actually found this in a thrift store.  Be still my beating heart!  If any of you find one, PLEASE tell me.  It is one of my Bucket List items.
I saw...I copied...I had to Share...
Aaah, such Good Memories?

What about Betsy McCall??
She came in every issue of my Mother's McCall's magazine.  I adored paper dolls...did you? I even *made* my own paper dolls out of the SEARS and J.C. Penny Catalogs.


Remember licking these little stamps, putting them in booklets and saving them up to buy "stuff".  My Dad bought a lot of my necessities for setting up housekeeping from the S&H catalog.
Grocery stores and Gas *filling* stations gave out the stamps according to how much you purchased.

Green Stamp Booklet

This was almost as good as looking through the SEARS Catalog.
Of course all of these items are primarily American.  I would love to see some items from the 50's those of you in Canada and other parts of the world remember!
Psst...I've ordered an USB camera cord that  will allow me to take current pictures of my sewing projects.  My current cord got chewed by our Beagle, Copper and I've had to rely on my daughter for current photos.  This is not convenient for either of us and I certainly am anxious to show you some creations coming forth from "The Sewing Cave".  I had a major cleaning frenzy in my cave so I'm ready to "get busy".  I clean when I get nervous!


  1. I think my doll house was the generation before. My dolls were my family. I had storybook dolls that came with only one set of clothes so I needed to sew for them all. I still have a doll house that is now over 100 years old with all the trimmings, many of which I made.My husband had it sent to storage when we moved back to the rabbit hutch and I have been fretting over it ever since. I doubt he understands what you must know.

  2. I think we had the same doll house! And yes, those paperdolls were like gold to us. And the Green Stamps were a big bonus in our house. Thank you for some fond memories.

  3. I grew up in the UK so my memories are slightly different. I never did get a dolls house, but I remember paper dolls and the excitement of getting new clothes.... can you imagine giving them as a present today LOL. We had green shield stamps too! when we cleared my Father in Laws house out a couple of years ago, we found books and books full of them...maybe they should be in a museum!!!! Linda

  4. Yes, yes and yes! Same dollhouse, Betsy McCall and green stamps. We must be close to the same age. I remember Mom having me lick those darn stamps and sticking them in the books!

  5. But you could design a quilt called Doll House that was the rooms from THAT doll house.. and then a little doll could travel from room to room and play. It would be spectacular!!

  6. Well I didn't grow up in the 50's, but my daddy made my dollhouse and I do remember McCall's paper dolls -- I love them -- and green stamps! But it was definitely the Sears catalog I remember thumbing through for Christmas present ideas!!

  7. Thank you for that trip down Memory Lane.
    I had that very same doll house, too!! A gift from Santa, of course. And my Grandma Quist always saved her McCall's magazine for me, so I could cut out the Betsy McCall paper dolls.
    And YES, I remember green stamps. My parents saved many books to get electric blankets from my brother and me (the old farmhouse was a bit drafty). Thank you!!

  8. We saved S&H Green Stamps, too. I remember we got a card table and chairs, and went to the store and looked a lot. Do any of you remember getting the dishes from the "filling Station"?

  9. Green Stamps were often used to buy some of our Christmas presents

  10. gee, i had one like it in the forties. i made little blankies and pillows. my little girlfriend got one for her birthday and we were neighbors! we carted those things back and forth for a couple of years. between us, our papper dolls were an enviable collection. sigh...those were the days!

  11. I had/have a doll house just like that one!! I was surprised to see it on your blog. I received mine for Christmas when we were stationed in Germany. On one blog, they had their doll house hanging on the wall, it looked cute - seems like they had ribbon or sewing notions stored in the rooms. Anyway, I like your blog and enjoyed all the old pictures.

  12. I love the doll house but never had one my Mom was a single parent but paper dolls and using the catalog and having a whole house of furniture on floor of living room playing for hours was my thing. I remember the green stamps to but I don't think they were quite as big in Canada. We bought Jonah a doll house last Christmas and it has all wooden furniture. I will take a picture of it for you. It helped him a lot to know the different furniture was by feeling it. He played with a lot for about 3 months. So many memories your blog brings back to me Jane. Blessing Sandra

  13. Aah, the memories! We lived in Michigan until I was almost 7 (then we moved to Ontario), but I remember the S&H green stamps. We used to fight to be the ones pasting the new ones in the book! And, with 3 girls in the house, we had no shortage of paper dolls. We also would cut pictures of people out of the Sears and Roebuck catalogues to use for our made-up stories. There was always a mom and kids, but not always a dad, because he always seemed to be at work...
    I bought paper dolls for my daughters too - it was fun reliving my childhood through their eyes.

  14. Oh yes! I HAD that doll house myself.

    And I think I can still taste those nasty S&H Green stamps to this day. YUCK! Those were just horrible.

    The paper dolls were SO much fun.
    I wonder though, did you know about this website?? I ran across this a few years ago. Have fun

  15. I was little in the '60's and had this exact doll house too! I really wish I still had it! I actually ran across some of the furniture for it at my Mom & Dad's a couple years ago. What a find for the person who got it at a thrift store!

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