Hobbies Annual 1968

Hobbies Annual 1968
Hobbies Annual 1968

The Hobbies 1968 Annual states that it sells ‘The newest and best ideas for every hobbiest’ this included plans and kits for making Dolls Houses and furniture. They also sold wall and floor papers, windows and doors.  Some of the furniture was manufactured by various well-known makers such as Triang’s Jennys Home Range and Dol Toi, also Romside doors, windows chimney pots etc.

Hobbies Annual 1968
Roomside Hobbies Annual 1968
Hobbies Annual 1968
Wall and Floor Papers Hobbies Annual 1968

The description on this page of wallpaper makes very interesting reading ….

Use these papers for decorating the new Doll’s House you are making –  or give your daughter a dozen assorted sheets and let her redecorate her Doll’s house while you are doing a mansize job in your own home.

The images of the Triang/Jenny’s Home furniture in this Hobbies Annual are photographs, rather than most of the Triang Catalogues that were mainly coloured drawings.

Hobbies Catalogue 1968
Hobbies Annual 1968
Hobbies Annual 1968
Triang/Jennys Home Dining Room Hobbies Annual 1968
Hobbies Annual 1968
Jennys Home Bedroom Hobbies Annual 1968
Hobbies Annual 1968
Jennys Home Kitchen Hobbies Annual 1968
Hobbies Annual 1968
Jennys Home Living Room Hobbies Annual 1968
Hobbies Annual 1968
Jennys Home Playtime Hobbies Annual 1968

This collection of Room Box Sets, seems to be a mixture of Triang and early pieces of the Jennys Home Range.

ROOM FURNITURE SETS [in Plastic] JENNY’S HOME Furniture Sets By ROVEX INDUSTRIES

Modern furniture in self coloured high grade plastic.  Beautifully modelled with details carefully reproduced  Perfect reproductions!

The Jenny’s Home Range does not mention the Triang or Spot-On name, now it states they are by Rovex Industries.

Hobbies Annual 1968
Dol Toi Furniture Hobbies Annual 1968
Hobbies Annual 1968
Dol Toi Furniture Hobbies Annual 1968

The Hobbies Annual also contained Dol Toi Furniture, it is described as …

DOLL’S HOUSE FURNITURE [WOOD] by HOBBIES. A completely new range of wooden furniture sets, designed specifically to furnish Hobbies’ range of Dolls’ Houses.  Sturdy but light in weight built to last and will provide many hours of enjoyment.  Painted or varnished finishes.

The Dol Toi Sets were priced at 7/11 [40p] for each set, while the Jennys Home Range were priced from 12/11 [65p] to 15/11 [80p] the average wage at this time was about £18 a week.

 

Hobbies Annual 1968
Dolls House plans Hobbies Annual 1968

‘READY-TO-ASSEMBLE’ KITS.

Like the models on the opposite page, [these were toy forts and farms for boys] these doll’s houses have all the difficult work already completed.  They are sturdily constructed from wood and/or hardboard.  Each kit contains materials for finishing, such as papers and enamels.  The completed kit will give hours of playtime pleasure.

Hobbies Annual 1968
Triang and Dol Toi Furniture Hobbies Annual 1968

‘LINDY’ PLAY HOUSE [RTA.12] by HOBBIES. A strongly constructed play house with 3 floor levels standing 2 ft. 9 ins. when completed. Sliding doors give an overall width of 2 ft. 4 in.  Decorating materials included – no furniture.                                                                  The cost of this house is 76/6 [£3.38]

I chose this house, because it shows inside  Triang/Jennys Home furniture not shown for sale in the Annual, there is a Radiogram and a washing machine.

 

 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. What a great find. I love these old photographs. They would be great for anyone trying to ID furniture. I suppose that Lindy’s Playhouse must have seemed expensive at the time but don’t you wish you could go back in time and buy some of these houses for those prices now?

    Like

    1. Lee Higgins says:

      They really are houses of their time. When you think the average wage in 1968 was about £900 a year [£18 a week] these were quite expensive toys.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t collect doll houses or miniature furniture, but I’m still drooling over these fabulous doll houses and detailed furniture. Thanks for sharing – I think we’d all like to do a little bit of time travel back to 1968.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. These look so delightful! I used to live near a dolls house museum and it was so wonderful, I could look at them for hours. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

Please spare a moment to comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.