Friday, December 17, 2010

Maury Place Putz Houses

This year, Jeff decided to unpack and display his holiday paper houses on a mantel.  He has eight paper or “putz” houses, they’re called, and they are in mint condition.  You may not be able to tell from these photos, but the windows are the tiniest pieces of cellophane and Jeff’s “putz” windows are intact. He says most of the houses he sees in antique stores are missing the cellophane.  There are avid “putz” collectors out there, it appears from googling, and many take the time and trouble to replace the cellophane, particularly if they are buying and selling their “putz.”  Also called “dimestore houses,” paper houses date back to the early 1900’s, and according to at least one avid collector and putz historian named “Papa Ted,” they were manufactured in Kobe, Japan.  Indeed, we checked, and all of Jeff’s putz houses are stamped on the bottom “Made in Japan.”  Papa Ted’s is a colorful and updated website if you’re interested in “putzing” around.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument