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.