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A Little World Under the Christmas Tree
by Bob Brooke

The Germans began the tradition of putting little houses under their Christmas trees. They called it a "putz." In the early part of the 20th Century, many Americans created their own Christmas villages under their trees. To meet the need, German toy manufacturers began to produce small, inexpensive, cardboard houses covered with bits of mica to represent snow. The Dolly Toy Company of Chilicothe, Ohio, started making these houses in the mid-1930s. They’re known as "printies" because the details were printed on them. Makers used wire brushes for evergreen trees and at first pink tissue and later colored cellophane for the windows since the houses were meant to be lit from inside.

After World War II, Japan began producing cheaper Christmas houses. These are the ones most found at flea markets and antique malls today. While individual Japanese examples can begin as low as $4-6, a complete boxed set of eight German ones can sell for as high as $795.

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