Friday, November 19, 2010

Putz Village - Vintage Inspiration Friday



Putz Village

After WW II Putz Villages became very popular and were mass produced in Japan for export to the U.S.A.
Similar villages had been popular before the war but
due to rationing of materials some of the businesses
closed. These buildings all came from Japan.


This particular one is only about 2 1/2" high.
People became very creative with them placing them
underneath Christmas trees, on mantels and
even dining room tables.... much like our
very popular Department 56 Snow Village.
Handmade pieces such as people, animals, vehicles
were made to accompany the tiny buildings to
create wintery Christmas scenes.
They are very nostalgic sets and when I saw them
at an antiques store that has (sadly) closed now,
I fell in love with them. Just seeing these colorful
little buildings brought back memories that I
long-ago forgotten.
I hope that these stir up some memories for you as well.

I am selling my set in my booth at a local antiques mall.
I just don't have the time for setting this up anymore.
One nice thing about the Putz village pieces is that they
are all small and easy to store. They don't take up
much space when displaying either.

I am joining up at Common Ground for
Vintage Inspiration Friday.


9 comments:

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

So cute!! I seem to remember my mom having a couple of the little houses when I was young. I have no idea where the ended up. I hadn't thought of them in years.....

Deb said...

so cute..can understand why you are selling...takes time to set up and take down...but sure is pretty

Pam said...

I have a couple of them that my Mom used to put under our tree. They are sort of delicate, but I like their history.

Rita said...

I always thought that the villages were so cute, but I just don't have room for them. I can imagine how much time it takes up setting them up. The older I get, the less I want to deal with. Thanks for telling us about them and their history.

Miss Sandy said...

I love the cotton candy colored beauties. So adorably sweet. I am sure they will be snapped right up. Have a wonderful weekend.

Theresa said...

So beautiful:) You will sell them for sure! Enjoy your day my friend! HUGS!

SALTBOX TREASURES said...

I just love these vintage houses! Thanks for the history. I didn't know anything about them.
Thanks.
~ Julie

vintagesusie & wings said...

What a wonderful memories friend!! Thanks for sharing, I'm visiting from Common Ground & I love your blog!
Smiles,
Susie

From the Kitchen said...

I remember those villages. My mother would arrange them around an oval mirror under the tree. She would dust the mirror with snow and put skaters on it. Thanks for such a lovely reminder!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

Best,
Bonnie