Submitted by Michael Ely June 15th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

This is a 1950’s Marx “Pretty Maid” tin litho toy kitchen. The kitchen is complete with appliances including a refrigerator, dish washer and stove (with inset deep fry cooker and an oven that opens up) as well as cabinets and a broom closet. This set also includes all of the original miniature accessories including cookware, dishes, utensils, toaster, mixer and toy food (plus a handful of modern accessories I have added such as the candelabra, birdcage and Monroe calendar). I display this toy kitchen in my real kitchen on a shelf above the stove (a kitchen within a kitchen)! Just for fun, I have also included a photo of my real kitchen. As you can see, I love color!

6 Responses to “Kitschenette”

  1. Allee Willis

    I’m almost positive I had the same toy tin kitchen when I was a kid. I loved doll houses but the kitchens were never big enough in them for me so I always looked for standalones.

    This looks like it’s in pristine condition and SO complete!

    I’ve scoured your actual kitchen (which I’m salivating over) but I don’t see the tin ltho kitchen. Where is it? Needless to say, I’d love you to start at one end of your actual kitchen and start photographing everything to put in AWMOK!

    • Michael Ely

      Tin litho kitchen is on shelf above the stove (not fully seen in photo). If you look at red teakettle, you can see a liitle bit of toy kitchen up above and under the stove hood.

      I have always been fascinated with things in the mimiature dating all the way back to my childhood. When I was a little boy, it was not deemed appropriate for boys to play with toy kitchens, so I had to wait until I was an adult in order to collect and fuss over such things!

      When I get a chance, I will try to take better pics of the actual kitchen. It is so cluttered with treasures that there is very little room to prepare meals, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

      • Allee Willis

        I have very little room to cook in my kitchen as well. The room itself is very small to begin with as my house was built as the party house for MGM so no one was ever meant to stay there longer than a weekend. It’s also filled with kitchen memorabilia but a lot of that is high up so it actually creates the illusion of space. I never really learned how to cook so there’s not much conflict with the fact that there’s not a whole lot of room for meal preparation.

  2. k2dtw

    This is wonderful… I have always loved the detailed litho marx toys.. This kitchen is stunning.. Who knew there were so many accessories???… The Marilyn calendar is so great… I love everything from the Blender to the Bakelite radio…
    Your own kitchen is really wonderful too…is that shelf of color Fiesta bud vases??…wow..
    Thank you for sharing…This is a very happy post..

    • Michael Ely

      Thank you very much. Yes, the toy kitchen came with a lot of accessories (and I spent a lot of time and money searching them out), and some of the pieces are from other vintage doll collections as well such as the little pink and blue Irwin dishes (which have tiny little flower designs on them) and the Renwal lamp and radio.

      You have a good eye….Yes, those are Fiesta bud vases. I have one in every color ever produced from the 1930’s to the present (except the vintage ivory color). I just love the bud vases. They look like little art deco rocket ships to me.

  3. Nessa

    Oh, it’s beautiful! I want one of these so bad, yours is in such great shape! I always find them rusted and empty, when I see them, which is rare. Your real kitchen is fantastic as well.