Last night, I sat down to write a blog post about the latest set of Linda furniture I have acquired - and discovered that I had not blogged about the earlier ones! I thought that I had, but I only showed two chairs in my Blue-Box rooms with the Dolly Darlings.
The first sets I got came in these boxes:
I'm glad to have these sets, as they have the brand name, Linda, as well as Made in Hong Kong, on the front, side and back of the box.
Also, the back of the box shows photos of the sets available:
So, the sets I got in these boxes are -
A dining room set in orange, brown and white:
A living room set in red and brown:
And a nursery set, which, strangely, comes with a TV:
I have other sets which I acquired without their boxes, and probably wouldn't know the maker of if I hadn't found the boxed sets.
The chairs that the Dolly Darlings are using come from a yellow and white living room set, which has a table with a cardboard surface imitating tiles:
Anna-Maria has a yellow and brown living room set, which I photographed when I visited her earlier this year:
I have another dining room set, in red and white - the dining table also has a cardboard surface, probably imitating formica:
And I have a single sideboard, which came without a table and chairs. It has a cardboard desktop on it:
I wonder what colour the table and chairs would have been, if it was part of a dining room set?
The only piece I have from the bathroom set is a bath, missing its tap. It's blue, as shown on the back of the box:
I don't have any pieces from the bedroom set, as far as I know - and until recently, I didn't have the kitchen either.
Then I found this:
The kitchen is in the same colour combination as can be seen on the first box, with yellow chairs, yellow and brown stripes on the doors under the sink, a pink towel, and a blue stove top. (I will try to remove the black marker pen from the plastic covering the set.)
The box is quite different.
The back shows an ordinary girl - and a boy (I think) - playing around a large dolls house, rather than the Holly Hobbie style figure on the other boxes.
This box doesn't show the brand name, it just says Made in Hong Kong, and has a letter E in a flag. However, the sides of the box depict the same 6 sets of furniture as on the marked Linda boxes, although they are drawn, not photographed, and they are rather different colours:
The living room set is purple and yellow, and the bathroom is purple and green, blue or white!
The bedroom looks more red than pink, and the dining room looks like my red and white set, but with a sideboard that is coloured all over.
Which box do you think is earlier? I'm not sure whether photographs of the sets available would have replaced drawings, or whether the Not Recommended for Children under 3 Years Old indicates more regulation of toys, and hence a later date. As for the design of the boxes, I don't know. Perhaps they weren't from different years, but rather produced for different markets? What do you think?
As for the design inspiration for much of the furniture, compare this ad for Modella roomboxes at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg in 1968:
You can see photos of the room sets in diepuppenstubensammlerin's article about Modella roomboxes and on her blog here.
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