I have not had a computer this week and, shortly after I have uploaded this, I will not have a computer / internet connection until Wednesday, 6th March. Everyone who has been leaving me comments and messages –
Thank You ! I will try to reply as soon as possible.
Some time ago, I blogged about my version of the McLoughlin Folding Doll House, and I feel I should repeat here some of what I said then –
- I do not have, and have never had, a complete example of the Folding Doll House, and I have only ever handled rather worn and battered examples. For this reason, my miniature version also looks slightly faded and worn.
- I was born and live, and work, in the UK.
- McLoughlin toys are comparatively unknown here and so, rather than seeing them as iconic cultural items, my interest in them veers towards the technical expertise involved in their manufacture.
This being so, a large part of me wants to write at length about lithographic printing processes and modular manufacturing as applied by mid to late 19th Century toy makers, particularly large companies like The McLoughlin Brothers.
However, I suspect that no-one, except me, is even remotely interested in this and so I will keep this short –
The McLoughlin Folding Doll House is one of the things that makes me wish that time travel was possible.
At school, we were taught that Henry Ford invented the production line – my guess is that The McLoughlin Brothers beat him to it by a number of years.
Finally, just a few more things before I leave you to grab the pdfs and start having fun –
- If you make up this house, please be aware that the weight and type of paper that you use will make a huge difference to the result.
- The printer and the ink will make a big difference too.
The walls and floors are here
Papers for finishing the backs of the floors (one spare) are here
A walkthrough for making the house is in the slideshow below.
To escape from the slideshow at any time, press the Esc button on your computer keyboard.
This is a page for those who like to Make and Do.
I am going to repeat here what I say there
- If you want to save the pdfs to your computer / a CD / data stick etc. you may do that.
- You may use the contents of the pdf for yourself – and if you would like to make 10 of something and try selling them please go ahead, but do think first of all the other people who will be doing exactly the same thing.
- You may share these projects with your friends and family, and miniature club.
- You may link to them from your website / blog / satellite station, if you have one
- You may customise them.
- You may use them / the design ideas, in whole, or in part, as for inspiration for making your own things.
You may not copy the pdf, or the contents of the pdf, in whole, or in part, and resell them.
A 24th scale version of this house (I have not yet tried this out !) is at the bottom of this post