26 January 2018

Play/Me typewriter


Some of you who are my age may remember that in the seventies typesetter's cases filled with miniatures were all the rage. Play/Me, a Spanish company, made pencil sharpeners that were very popular to collect for the cases. The die-cast sharpeners were formed in the shape of old telephones, safes, stoves, lamps and many more. Not all are a good size for 1/6 dolls, but the typewriter is.





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This is the scale compared to my hand.


Some other examples:

(photo: 2dehands)
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Doll: Made To Move Skateboarder Barbie, Mattel
Dress: Integrity Toys
Shoes: Barbie Basics, Mattel
Table: Lanard Toys

38 comments:

  1. Oh, that's a great typewriter! :) I found some of this sharpeners on a flea markets. I have telephone, old radio, sewing machine and lamps. There are many of them on the flea market I'm visiting from time to time, but I buy only these which fit 1/6 scale or my Tonner dolls. :) But I'm always very happy witch such finding. :)

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    1. Hi Kamelia, it's something people now are selling on flea markets here too, it has the right age :-). Oh, I like the telephone, isn't it the right size for Tonner 16 inch dolls? I would like to find the sewing machine as well, I love it!

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    2. Yes, telephone is right size for Tonner 16" dolls. Sewing machine is perfect for 1/6 scale. I checked and I was wrong - lamps I have are no sharpeners, they just look similarly, but I have two telephones. :) I forgot I bought one few year ago, and now I found it.

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    3. Hi Kamelia, good to know! Now I definitely am going to look for the sewing machine. And the telephone too, I have a 18 inch fashion doll and I think it will work for her as well :-).

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    4. Sure it will. It looks good with my 18,5" Evangeline, I just checked. :)

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  2. Wow...those are soooo cool! I can't get over how the scale of the typewriter is so close to the doll's fingers. When I was a kid, I was always fascinated by typewriters...in part because my mother started out as a typing teacher! That little typewriter is amazing!!!!

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    1. Hi April, it's really a very good scale :-). I remember our typing lessons in high school very well. We had to type on the rhythm of marching music! With a cloth over the keyboard :-). And on a manual typewriter, I remember that some force was needed to type!

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  3. i love that typewriter! there's a typewriter in real size similar to that one in my grandmother's house. the other vintage miniatures are cute too.
    barbie is typing a text in dutch, i can see. ;)

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    1. Hello Chema, it's really cool isn't it :-). I wouldn't mind finding some more of these pencil sharpeners!
      Ah, yes, Barbie is typing on a Dutch form from the postal services :-D.

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  4. Extra gadżet! Wygląda jak prawdziwa maszyna i pasuje idealnie do skali lalek.

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    1. Witam Eunice, jestem szczęśliwy, że znalazłem to :-). To jest naprawdę dobrze zrobiony w miniaturze!

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  5. Pamiętam te maszyny do pisania w skali ludzikowej :)Uczyłam się na nich pisać hehe... to były czasy ...
    Śliczna lalka w pięknej sukience :)
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie :)

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    1. Witam Swiat, nauczyłem się w szkole na ręczne maszyny do pisania wpisz :-). Z marszowe muzyka rytmu!
      Pozdrawiam serdecznie :-)

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  6. How Marvelous that the typewriter is exactly the right scale for your fashion dolls. I certainly do remember these heavy metal pencil sharpeners but have never seen so many in a group shot like yours.

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, I had a few when I was a kid, I loved them! I don't know how many models there are, but there were so many :-).

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  7. Miniatures great, and the typewriter looks very realistically. Super pictures.

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    1. Hello Dlubaniny, it is really well made, it looks like a real typewriter. I'm glad you like the pictures :-). Hugs

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  8. Wow, that's a really well made and detailed typewriter.
    I have an old typewriter myself and I was using it many year ago.
    The other miniatures are also nice, especially the lamp.

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    1. Hi Nana, I love that paper can be put in it :-). Old typewriters are great and decorative. Some of the pencil sharpeners would maybe work for Akira, the scale is not always 1/6.

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  9. Such a fantastic miniatures, so full of details (I love the phone and sewing machine)! When I was little, I was dreaming about such a typewriter :)!

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    1. Hi Chiriann, yes, the details are very well done! There are more cool ones, like an old fashioned safe and a cash register. I had that when I was a kid and was fascinated by the working drawer :-).

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  10. znam te miniatury - ale nie udało
    mi się upolować tych, na których
    mi zależało, no cóż, innym razem...

    na maszynie pisałam karty biblioteczne,
    gdy pracowałam w Szkole Podstawowej :)

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    1. Witam Inka, niektóre są bardziej łatwe do znalezienia niż inni tutaj.
      Oh tak, był używany dla kart w bibliotece książek! Teraz wszystko jest z skanery i komputery :-)

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  11. Hello Millicent,
    That is a great find. I am really impressed with the detail in the typewriter.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hello Giac, it's nice to find such things for my dolls. The detail is realistic isn't it :-).
      Big hug back!

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  12. Fabulous find! Love that you can roll in paper! It reminds me of typing class in the 80's ughh.. I hated that class! lol.. Probably because I was terrible at it. My puny fingers weren't strong enough to bang down those manual keys. :D

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    1. Hi Sam, oh yes, I know what you mean :-D. Isn't a computer keyboard a wonderful invention! I'm still not good at fast typing myself, despite all those lessons!

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  13. First, I LOVE that dress your Made-to-Move Skater doll wears. The shoes match that dress perfectly.

    I remember having similar metal pencil-sharpener miniatures that came in green-and-blue cardboard box. I don't remember the manufacturer though so I don't know if they were the same miniatures. They look good though.

    Oh, and I, too, remember typing and manual typewriters. Sigh. So glad that we have computers now because although the training helped me use computers easier, I don't miss the typos and the need to retype pages.

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    1. Hello D7ana,
      The dress is a bit too small for MTM bodies, but I like it very much too. I should put some Fray Check on the unfinished seams, I see on the pictures that it's necessary :-).
      I guess the miniatures were very popular all over the world, and possibly made by multiple companies, or distributed in different boxes.
      Oh yes, computers make everything so much easier! We used a white powdered ribbon to correct typos, and I remember I had to use it a lot lol!

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  14. This looks so real, really well made! Perfect size too <3

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    1. Hello Jewel Snake, the size is so great, the fingertips of Barbie fit really well on the keys of the keyboard :-).

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  15. I love items like that. They are historical and precious. I remember when I was a little girl on my grandfather's typewriter ... Beautiful pictures.
    greetings

    leticiaamapollys.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Leticia, me too, I'm always happy with such finds! I like the design of such old things, they look so elegant and beautiful. This miniature is made well :-).

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  16. I had that piano. Might still have it somewhere. If they were around today, I would probably want the sewing machine. It looks like different countries had those items; maybe they were licensed out to different companies? Was the Liberty Bell available in Spain? That would be interesting, if so.

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    1. Hello Barb, I think that you have an interesting point, the Liberty Bell was available in Spain, so the original producer could be an American Company that licensed out their products to foreign companies. It was very popular to collect them back then, everybody had them :-).
      I didn't had the piano, or I can't remember. I did have the cash register, which has probably also a good scale for 1/6 dolls.

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  17. The typewriter is perfect! I will bet many a youngster doesn't even know what that is! I taught typing in my first teaching assignment, when I graduated from college. I don't know if they teach it anymore even though computer Keyboards are the same as typewriter Keyboards!

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    1. Hello Phyllis, I always have had trouble with the weight of the keys, so I was very glad with computer keyboards lol! I think young people see typewriters as dinosaurs :-D.

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