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Publication numberUS3363360 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 16, 1968
Filing dateJun 11, 1964
Priority dateJun 11, 1964
Publication numberUS 3363360 A, US 3363360A, US-A-3363360, US3363360 A, US3363360A
InventorsRyan John W
Original AssigneeMattel Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Doll house structure including foldably connected portions
US 3363360 A
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BY Q M Jan. 16, 1968 J. w. RYAN DOLL HOUSE STRUCTURE INCLUDING FOLDABLY CONNECTED PORTIONS 3 Sheets-Sheet 5 Filed June 11, 1964 United States Patent 3,363,360 DOLL HOUSE STRUCTURE INCLUDING FOLDABLY CONNECTED PORTIONS John W. Ryan, Bel Air, Calif., assignor to Mattel, Inc., Hawthorne, Calif., a corporation of California Filed June 11, 1964, Ser. No. 374,433 13 Claims. (Cl. 46--12) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A cardboard doll house includes (1) a basic wall memher in which closet simulating means, a simulated outdoor barbecue and a sliding door are provided; (2) a room divider which is swingably connected to the basic wall member and simulates a kitchen; (3) a single-thickness wall member which is swingably connected to the room divider and has a normal portion forming an interior corner; (4) a triangular fireplace which is mounted in the interior corner; and (5) a cover means which underlies the basic wall member and is long enough to swing over the basic wall member, the room divider and the single-thickness wall member and be secured thereto after first positioning said divider and said single-thickness wall member adjacent said basic Wall member, thereby forming a package.

This invention relates to a new and useful doll house; and more particularly to a doll house which may be conveniently folded into a suitcase-type package having a carrying handle incorporated therein to facilitate carrying the doll house from a point of storage to a point of use.

Although many prior art doll houses are available, they do have certain disadvantages. One disadvantage with some prior art doll houses resides in the fact that they are compartively expensive to manufacture because of the many separate parts which must be cut out and assembled.

Another disadvantage resides in the fact that the walls of many doll houses are of a single thickness and are arranged in such a manner that rooms are provided on but one side of the walls.

Still another disadvantage resides in the fact that the walls of most prior art doll houses assume but a single fixed position when the house is assembled.

A further disadvantage resides in the fact that such doll houses cannot be readily folded into a compact suitcase-type package for storage after use, but must be disassembled into a number of different component parts.

In view of the foregoing factors and conditions characteristic of doll houses, it is a primary object of the present invention to provide a new and useful doll house not subject to the disadvantages enumerated above and having a plurality of walls with at least one of the walls being of two thicknesses so that it can include shelves and so that it lends support to other walls.

It is a further object of the present invention to pro vide a doll house of the type described which can be readily folded into a single compact package when not in use.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a doll house of the type described having walls which are swingable to different positions to make different types of houses.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a doll house of the type described which includes a fireplace.

A still further object of the present invention is to provide a doll house of the type described having a cardboard panel which simulates a patio and which is attached to the doll house in such a manner that it can be swung up over the top of the doll house when it is folded for storage and serve as the lid or cover for the suitcase-type package formed thereby.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a cardboard doll house which can be fabricated from a minimum number of separate pieces of pre-cut cardboard.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a doll house of the type described which includes a threedimensional, built-in simulated cooking range, cupboards, wardrobes and the like.

According to the present invention, a doll house is provided with a plurality of walls which may be folded together into a single compact package when the doll house is not in use. One of the exterior walls is provided with a double thickness so that an outdoor barbecue may be provided on one side of the wall and wardrobe closets can be provided on the other side of the wall. A sliding door is also provided in this wall and leads out onto a simulated patio. The simulated patio is hinged to the lower edge of the exterior wall so that the patio can be swung up against the exterior wall and across the top of the remaining walls when the doll house is folded into a package. The simulated patio then serves as the cover for the package and includes a carrying handle so that the package can be carried like a suitcase.

One of the interior walls of the doll house is also made of a double thickness so that it can be provided with shelves and the like. One side of this interior wall is provided with a simulated built-in range and kitchen cupboards. The other side of this wall is provided with a series of shelves. The interior wall is hinged to the fold of another interior wall having a single thickness. The interior wall having the double thickness may be swung with respect to the portion of the wall having the single thickness while it, in turn, can be swung to various positions. Thus, a number of different types of homes can be set up by merely swinging the walls of the basic home to different positions.

A corner fireplace is provided at one end of one of the walls. The fireplace is three-dimensional and may be of any shape, but is shown as triangular. The doll house may be set up for use merely by opening the lid of the package and folding it over backwards to form the outdoor patio, after which the various walls may be swung to any desired position to form the exterior and interior walls of the house.

The features of the present invention which are believed to be novel are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. The present invention, both as to its organization and manner of operation, together with further objects and advantages thereof, may best be understood by reference to the following description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings in which like reference characters refer to like elements in the several views.

In the drawings:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view showing a doll house of the present invention as it appears when folded into a compact, suitcase-type package for storage;

FIGURE 2 is a perspective view, on a reduced scale, of the doll house of FIGURE 1 showing the relationship of the parts thereof after the cover of the package has been swung back to the floor to provide a simulated patio for the house;

FIGURE 3 is an enlarged cross-sectional view taken along line 3-3 of FIGURE 2;

FIGURE 4 is a perspective view, on a reduced scale, of the doll house of FIGURE 1 showing the walls thereof swung to a first position to form the interior and exterior walls of the doll house;

FIGURE 5 is an enlarged, exploded perspective view of a fireplace forming a part of the doll house of FIG- URE 1;

FIGURE 6 is a partial, perspective view, on an enlarged scale and with parts broken away to show internal construction, of a portion of the fireplace of FIGURE FIGURE 7 is an enlarged perspective view of one of the Walls ofthe house of FIGURE 1 showing details of construction thereof;

FIGURE 8 is a cross-sectional View taken along line 88 of FIGURE 7;

FIGURE 9 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 9-9 of FIGURE 7;

FIGURE 10 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 10-10 of FIGURE 7;

FIGURE 11 is an enlarged, perspective view of another wall of the house shown in FIGURE 1;

FIGURE 12 is an enlarged, cross-sectional view taken along line 12-12 of FIGURE 11;

FIGURE 13 is a partial, cross-sectional view taken along line 1313 of FIGURE 11;

FIGURE 14 is a perspective view similar to FIGURE 4, showing another position for the walls of the house of FIGURE 1; and

FIGURE 15 is a view similar to FIGURE 14 showing yet another position for the walls of the house of FIG- URE 1.

Referring again to the drawings, and particularly to FIGURES 1-4, a doll house constituting a presently preferred embodiment of the invention, generally designated 10, may be made from a number of different materials employing a number of different manufacturing techniques. However, it will be described for purposes of illustration, but not of limitation, as being made from cardboard by certain manufacturing operations to be hereinafter described. The doll house 10 may be assembled into a compact, suitcase-type package 12 which may be conveniently carried from one place to another by a tion or room divider 64. The tabs 60 hinge the extension 58 to the partition 64 and the partition 64 is hinged to a wall 66. In addition, the extension 58 is hinged to the wall 56 so that the extension 58 can be swung at right hangles to the basic wall member 52 to form one end of the package 12 while simultaneously the partition 64 and the wall 66 may be positioned at right angles to the extension 58 to form the front of the package 12, as shown in FIGURE 2.

The basic wall member 52 also includes an interior wall 68 having an extension 70 hinged thereto so that the extension 70 can either be positioned at right angles to the front wall 68, as shown in FIGURE 4, or folded back against the wall 68, as shown in FIGURE 2. The wall 66 also includes a short extension 72 which may be folded at right angles to the wall 66 to form an exterior wall of the doll house 10 and to serve as one wall of a triangular fireplace 74. The fireplace 74 includes an inner wall 76 having an edge 77 which abuts an extension 78 hinged handle 14. The handle 14 is afiixed to a cover member 16 which includes a top wall 18, a rear wall 20 and a bottom wall 22. The bottom wall 22 includes a lip 24 which is folded up over the front, lower edge 26 of package 12 and secured thereto by a pair of snap fasteners 28. Likewise, the top wall 18 includes end and front lip members 30 and 32, respectively, which are folded down over the upper peripheral edge of the package 12 and secured thereto by a plurality of snap fasteners 28. The top wall 18 is provided with a pair of spaced, parallel creases 34 and the front lip 32 is provided with a tab 36.

When the snap fasteners 28 are removed from the upperperipheral edge of the package 12, the rear wall 20 may be swung from a vertical position to a horizontal position along a path defined by the arrow 38 in FIG- URE 2. Then the lip 32 may be folded back upon the rear wall 20 and the tab 36 inserted into a suitable slot 39 provided in the rear wall 20 to provide a simulated hedge 40. The hedge 40 provides the rear boundary for a simulated patio which is formed by the rear wall 20. The illusion of a patio may be increased by providing a simulated brick wall 42 having a pair of tabs 44 at one end and a single tab 46 at its other end. Suitable slots, such as the one shown at 48 in FIGURE 3, are provided in one of the end lips 30 for reception of the tabs 44'to lock the simulated brick wall 42 to the hedge 40. The tab 46 is engageable with a slot 50 provided in a basic wall member 52 to connect the other end of the simulated brick wall 42 thereto.

The wall member 52 constitutes the basic wall of the doll house 10 and is afiixed to the rear portion of the bottom wall 22 by suitable tabs, such as the one shown at 54 in FIGURE 8. The basic wall member 52 includes an exterior, rear wall 56 which faces the simulated hedge 40 and which includes an extension 58. A plurality of tabs .60 are provided on one vertical edge of the extension 58 (FIGURE 11) and are engageable with slots 62 which are provided along one edge of an interior partito extension 72. The extension 78 can be folded to the position shown in FIGURE 2 to accommodate itself, in the package 12. The various parts forming the package 12 may be expanded from the position shown in FIGURE 2 to the position shown in FIGURE 4 by unfastening the lip 24 and swinging it down to the position shown in FIGURE 4 where it forms a continuation of the bottom Wall 22 simulating a rug or the like in front of the basic wall member 52. The wall 66 may then be swung out away from the member 52 whereupon the extension 70 can be swung around to a position at right angles to the front wall 68 to simulate a room within the doll house 10. Other simulated rooms may be formed by swinging the partition or divider 64, the extension 58, the wall 66 and the extension .78 to various positions. For example, it will be noted in FIGURE 14 that the extension 58 is in alignment with the wall 56 while both the partition 64 and the wall 66 are positioned at right angles thereto. In FIGURE 15, on the other hand, the extension 58 is folded over at right angles to the wall 56 and the wall 66 is reversely bent back upon the extension 58 so that it lies parallel thereto while still remaining at right angles to the wall 56. The partition 64 may then be swung on tabs 69 to any suitable position.

The doll house 10 has three primary wall units comprising the basic wall member 52, the partition 64 and the wall 66. The basic wall member 52 and the partition 64 each have walls of double thickness while the wall 66 is of a single thickness. The walls of double thickness not only lend support to the other walls and extensions of the walls, but make it possible to provide the doll house 10 with shelves, a built-in range and the like.

Referring now to FIGURES 7-10, the basic wall member 52 includes a foyer leading from the simulated floor covering represented by the bottom wall 22 through a sliding door 81 onto the simulated patio represented by the rear wall 20 of the cover member 16. The basic wall member 52 also includes a linen closet 82, a clothes closet 84 and a dressing table nook 86. The foyer -80, linen closet 82, clothes closet 84 and nook 86 are all built into a space which is provided between the front wall 68 and the rear wall 56. This space may be provided by fabricating the wall 56 and the extension 58 from a single sheet of cardboard which is pre-cut to form a short flap 88 near its end remote from the extension 58. A long flap 90 and a pair of tabs 92 are formed along the wall 56. The portion or member 94 of the wall 56 which includes the short flap 88 may then be folded over at right angles to the remaining portion of wall 56 so that the portion 94 forms an end wall or panel for the member 52 which corresponds to the exterior wall of the doll house 10. A short strip 96 at the end of the portion of panel 94 is then folded at right angles to the panel 94 so that the strip 96 lies parallel to the wall 56 forming a face to which one edge of the wall 68 may be secured.

The sheet of cardboard from which the front wall 68 and its extension 70 are made is also of sufiicient length that it can be bent as shown in FIGURE to form a wall or member 98 at the other end of the member 52 which is provided with a short cover 100 corresponding to the short flap 88 (FIGURE 7). The sheet of cardboard may then be folded at right angles to the wall 98 to form a strip 102 which constitutes a suitable surface against which the wall 56 is secured by a suitable adhesive, not shown. The remaining portion of the sheet is again folded at right angles to the strip 102 to form an inner wall 104 for the foyer 80 after which the end 106 of the strip 102 may be folded over at right angles and secured to the wall 68. This not only reinforces the wall member 52, but also enhances the foyer 80 by adding thickness to the end wall thereof.

A pair of openings 108 and 110 are provided in the front wall 68 for the foyer 80 and the dressing table nook 86, respectively. In addition, swinging doors 112 and 114 are provided for the closet 84 and the linen closet 82, respectively.

The front wall 68 also includes an upper extension 116 which is folded over the top of the wall member 52, as shown in FIGURES 8 and 9, to form a header for the upper ends of vertical partitions 118, 120, 122 and 124 forming walls for the foyer 80, linen closet 82, clothes closet 84 and the nook 86, respectively. The header 116 also engages the inner wall 104 to further reinforce the wall and anchor the upper ends of the partitions. The partition 124 includes a strip 126 which is folded over at right angles thereto and secured to the strip 96, as shown in FIGURE 10, by any suitable adhesive, not shown.

The partition 124 forms one wall of the dressing table nook 86 while the other wall 127 thereof may be formed integrally with the partition 124 from a single sheet of cardboard. This cardboard may be stamped to provide a back panel 128 the lower end of which may be folded upwardly and placed on a tab 130, as shown in FIG- URES 7 and 9, to form adressing table.

A'floor 131 is provided in the 'linen closet 82, the clothes closet 84 and the dressing table nook 86 and is formed from a single sheet of cardboard by bending its longitudinal edges 132 over at right angles, as shown in FIGURES 8 and 9, so that they engage the cover member 16 and support the floor 131 in spaced relationship therewith. The lower end of the partitions 122 and 118 may be secured to the floor 131 by tabs 134.

The partitions 118 and 122 are preferably formed from a single sheet of cardboard having a back wall 136 (FIGURE 8) the upper edge of which is folded downwardly to form an upper track 138 for the sliding door 81. The lower edge of the'back wall 136 is folded upwardly to form a lower track 140 for the door 81.'

The linen closet 82 is formed integrally with the partition 120 by folding the materialforming the partition 120 back upon itself to form a wall 142 having a double thickness. The material may then be folded over at right angles to form a back wall 144 (FIGURE 8) after which the material is again folded over at right angles and brought forward to form a wall 146 which is spaced from the partition 118. The shelves 148 in" the linen closet 82 are formed from a single sheet of cardboard which may be folded substantially as shown in FIGURE 8. The shelves 148 are supported by a first set of tabs 150 which engage slots 152 provided in the wall 146 and by a second set of tabs 154 which engage the wall 142. The closet 82 also includes a cover 156 which is supported by tabs 158 and 160 engaging the wall 146 and partition 120, respectively.

The closet 84 is formed by the partition 122, the back wall 136 and the partition 120 and includes a clothes bar 162 which is supported by the partitions 122 and 120. The closet 84 also includes a shelf 164 under which a sweater drawer 166 is slidably mounted. A tab 168 extends from the front edge of the shelf 164 and is engageable by notches 170 provided in doors 112 and 114 6 to maintain them in a closed position. An aperture 172 is provided in each door 112, 114 through which a childs finger may be inserted to open the doors 112 and 114.

A simulated outdoor barbecue 174 (FIGURES 2 and 9) is provided in the wall member 52 and is accessible through an opening 176 provided in the rear wall 56. The back panel 128 in the dressing table nook 86 serves as the back wall for the barbecue 174. A shelf 178 and a simulated grill 180 may be provided in the barbecue 174 by folding over the material cut away to form the opening 176 and attaching it to the wall 128 by tabs 182.

A pair of slots 183 are provided in the front wall 68 and are engageable by the tabs 92 to secure the cover in position over the wall member 52 after the flaps 88 and have been folded inwardly on top of the header 116.

Referring now to FIGURES ll-l4, the interior partition or divider 64 and wall 66 together with its extensions 72 and 78, with certain exceptions to be hereinafter noted, may all be fabricated from a single sheet of cardboard. This sheet of cardboard is folded in such a manner that it forms the divider 64 having side walls 184, 186 and end walls 188, 190. The end wall 188 includes a strip 192 which may be folded over a right angles to the wall 188 and secured to the side wall 184 with a suitable adhesive, not shown. The upper end of wall 188 includes an extension 194 which is folded down parallel to the inner surface of wall 188 to receive a tab, not shown, supporting a shalf 196 near the top of the divider 64. Thus, the shelf 196 is supported without exposing its tab through the wall 188 to the exterior thereof. The end wall includes a flap 198 which may be folded inwardly over the upper end of the divider 64 in the manner that a lid on a box is closed. The wall 184 also includes a flap 200 which may be folded over the edge of the divider 64. The wall 186 is likewise provided with a flap 202 which may be folded over the flaps 198 and 200 and secured to the flap 200 by a pair of tabs 204 which are engageable in a pair of slots 206 provided in the wall 184.

The wall 186 may be stamped on a punch press to form upper cupboard doors 208, a lower cupboard door 210, an oven door 212 and the inner walls 216, 218 of a simulated food preparation area 220. Thewalls 216 and 218 may be folded back at right angles to the wall 186, as shown in FIGURE 12, and secured to the front wall 184.

The wall 184 may also be stamped on a punch press to form accordian pleated doors 222 which may be folded back for access to the simulated food preparation area 220. A plurality of bookshelves 224 may be struck from the front wall 184 and folded over horizontally, as shown in FIGURE 13. A tab 226 is provided on each bookshelf and engages the rear wall 228 of an upstanding member 230 which, in turn, engages the shelf 196.

A separate sheet of cardboard simulating a cooking range 232 and a kitchen sink 234 is inserted into the simulated food preparation area 220 and is supported by an upstanding partition 236. Also, a separate piece of cardboard is used to form a cooking hood 238 which is attached to the wall 186 by any suitable means, not shown. 7

Referring now to FIGURES 5 and 6, the wall 66 and extension 72 are provided with flaps 240 each of which has a slot 242 provided therein so that the front wall 76 of the fireplace 74 may be attached thereto in a manner to be hereinafter described. The wall 76 is provided with an opening 244 which is formed therein by striking out a portion of wall 76 and folding it over horizontally to form a hearth 246. A cardboard member 248 simulating logs and a pair of andirons includes a plurality of tabs 250 which are engageable with slots 252 formed in the hearth 246 to attach the member 248 thereto. The hearth 246 is provided with a depending flange 254 which is engageable with a pair of tabs 256 to connect the lower end of fireplace 74 to the wall 66. The upper end of fireplace wall 76 includes a pair of tabs 258 which are engageable with the slots 242 to connect the upper end of the fireplace 74 to the wall 66.

The various walls of the doll house 10 may be provided with suitable designs to simulate windows and the like. For example, a simulated picture window 260 may be painted onto the inner surface of the extension 70. Likewise, a simulated valance 262, curtains 264 and windows 266 may be painted onto the inner surface of the wall 66 and the illusion of windows 266 and curtains 264 may be increased by also painting them onto the outer surface of wall 66, as shown in FIGURE 1. Suitable brick patterns are applied to other walls and portions of the doll house 10, as shown.

In use, a child may grasp the handle 14 and carry package 12 (FIGURE 1) from a place of storage to a play area. The child may then unfold the package 12 as previously described and arrange the wall 66 and the extensions 70, 58, and 78 together with the divider 64 in any suitable pattern, such as those shown in FIGURES 14 and 15. Assuming the component parts of the doll house are in the positions shown in FIGURE 15 at the end of a particular play period, the doll house 10 can be quickly prepared for storage by first swinging the extension 70 in a counterclockwise direction, as viewed in FIGURE 15, up against the basic wall member 52 so that the extension'70 assumes the position shown in FIGURE 2. The extension 78 may then be swung in a clockwise direction approximately 90 degrees so that it is substantially parallel to the wall 66 whereupon the wall 66 may be swung in a clockwise direction approximately 270 degrees until it lies parallel to the basic wall member 52, as shown in FIGURE 2. As the wall 66 is swung to this position, it carries the divider 64 with it so that the divider 64 comes to rest in the position shown in FIGURE 2 where it is also parallel to the basic wall member 52.

The simulated brick wall 42 may then be removed from engagement with the simulated hedge 40 and the wall member 52 and inserted into the space between wall 66 and extension 70. The hedge 40 is then unfolded by removing tab 36 from slot 39 (FIGURE 3) after which the rear wall is swung up against the simulated barbecue 174. The cover 18, which results when the hedge 40 is unfolded, may then be brought down over the top of the components shown in FIGURE 2, after which the lips 30 and 32 are folded down around the upper peripheral edge of these components and secured thereto by means of fasteners 28, The lip 24 can then be folded upwardly to the position shown in FIGURE 1 and secured along the bottom edge of package 12 by fasteners 28. The child can then grasp the handle 14 and carrythe package 12 back to its place of storage.

While the particular doll house herein shown and described in detail is fully capable of attaining the objects and providing the advantages hereinbefore stated, it is to be understood that it is merely illustrative of the presently preferred embodiment of the invention and that no limitations are intended to the details of construction or design herein shown other than as defined in the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

1. In combination with a doll house, a basic wall member comprising:

a rear wall having an extension swingably connected to one end thereof and simulating at least one building wall; the other end of said rear wall having an integral end member extending normal thereto;

a sliding door mounted in said rear wall;

a front wall having an extension swingably connected to one end thereof and simulating another building wall, the other end of said front wall having an integral end member extending normal thereto;

first means connecting said end member of said rear wall to said front wall at the connection between said front wall and its extension; and

8 second means connecting said end member of said front wall to said rear wall at the connection between said rear wall and its extension; said end members being of equal width whereby said walls are maintained in spaced parallel relation, said extensions being selectively swingable to different angular positions relative to said basic wall member.

2. In combination witha doll house, a basic wall member comprising:

a rear wall having an extension swingably connected to one end thereof and simulating at least one building wall, the other end of saidirear wall having an integral end member extending normal thereto;

a front wall having an extension swingably connected to one end thereof and simulating another building wall, the other end of said front wall having an integral end member extending normal thereto;

first means connecting said end member of said rear wall to said front wall at the connection between said front wall and its extension;

second means connecting said end member of said front wall to said rear wall at the connection between said rear wall and its extension;

said end members being of equal width whereby said walls are maintained in spaced parallel relation, said extensions being selectively swingable to different angular positions relative to said basic wall member; 7

and

a foldable means defining a simulated patio swingably connected to a lower edge of said basic wall member, said simulated patio being swingable and foldable from a position extending outwardly of said basic wall member, to a position substantially encompassing said basic wall member to constitute a storage cover therefor. i

3. In combination with a doll house, a basic wall member comprising:

a rear Wall having an extension swingably connected to one end thereof and simulating at least one building wall, the other end of said rear wall having an integral endmember extending normal thereto;

a front wall having an extension swingably connected to one end thereof and simulating another building wall, the other end of said front wall having an integral end member extending normal thereto;

first means connecting said end member of said rear wall to said front wall at the connection between said front Wall and its extension; 7 second means connecting said end member of said front wall to said rear wall at the connection between said rear wall and its extension;

said end members being of equal width whereby said walls are maintained in spaced parallel relation,

said extensions being selectively swingable to dif ferent angular positions relative to said b-asicwall 7 member; and

means defining a simulated outdoor barbecue mounted in said basic wall member between said front and rear walls, said rear wall being provided with an opening providing access to said simulated outdoor barbecue. 4. In combination with a doll house, a basic wall member comprising: i

a rear wall having an extension swingably connected to one end thereof and simulating at least one building Wall, the other end of said rear wall having an integral end member extending normal thereto;

a front wall having an extension swingably connected to one end thereof and simulating another building wall, the other end of said front wall having an 'integral end member extending normal thereto; first means connecting said end member of said rear wall to said front wall at the connection between said front wall and its extension; second means connecting saidend member of said 9 7 front wall to said rear wall at the connection be tween said rear wall and its extension;

said end members being of equal width whereby said walls are maintained in spaced parallel relation, said extensions being selectively swingable to dilferent angular positions relative to said basic wall member; and,

means defining a room divider comprising spaced inner and outer walls and end walls; one corner of said room divider being swingably connected to that end of one of said extensions remote from said basic wall member.

5. The combination of claim 4 including means mounted between said inner and outer walls of said room divider and defining simulated kitchen furnishings.

6. A cardboard doll house comprising:

(A) a basic wall member comprising:

(a) a rear Wall having an extension swingably connected to one end thereof, the other end of said rear wall having a member extending normal thereto;

(b) a front wall having an extension swingably connected to one end thereof, the other end of said front wall having a member extending normal thereto;

(c) first means connecting said front wall to said normal member of said rear wall at the connection of said swingable extension on said front wall;

(d) second means connecting said rear wall to said normal member of said front wall at the connection of said swingable extension on said rear wall, said normal members of said walls being equal in width, whereby said front and rear walls are maintained in spaced, parallel relation;

(e) closet simulating means mounted in said basic wall member between said front and rear walls, said closet simulating means being formed from a single sheet of cardboard having a back wall and upstanding partition means extending at right angles to said back wall, said back wall defining at least part of a trackway for a sliding door;

(f) a door slidably mounted in said trackway;

(g) a simulated, outdoor barbecue mounted in said basic wall member adjacent said closet means, said barbecue being mounted in an opening in said rear wall and said closet means being mounted in an opening in said front wall;

(h) an opening provided in said front wall in alignment with said sliding door;

(B) a room divider swingably connected to the end of said extension of said rear wall, said room divider comprising:

(a) encompassing wall means forming side and end walls;

(b) means defining simulated food preparation area mounted in said divider between said encompassing side walls;

(c) folding door means mounted in said encompassing side wall for access to said food preparation area;

((1) cupboard means mounted in an upper portion of the said divider;

(e) swingable door means mounted on said divider providing access to said cupboard means;

(f) simulated cooking range means mounted in said divider below said food preparation area;

(C) a single-thickness wall member swingably connected to said room divider adjacent its connection to said rear wall extension, said single-thickness wall member including a normal portion forming an interior corner at its end remote from said divider;

(D) a triangular fireplace mounted in said interior corner; and

(E) cover means comprising:

(a) bottom wall means underlying said basic Wall member;

(b) rear wall means swingably connected to said bottom wall means;

(0) top wall means swingably connected to said wall means, said rear wall means being swingable from a position which is normal to said basic wall member to a position overlying said rear wall, whereupon said top wall means can be swung over said basic wall member, said room divider and said single-thickness wall and secured thereto after first positioning said divider and said single-thickness wall member adjacent said basic wall member, thereby forming a package which can be stored in a minimum of space.

7. In combination with a doll house, a basic wall member comprising:

an outer wall having an extension swingably connected thereto at one end, the other end of said outer wall having a member lying normal thereto;

a front wall having an extension swingably connected thereto at one end, the other end of said front wall having a member lying normal thereto;

first means connecting said front wall to said normal member of said rear wall adjacent the connection between said extension and said front wall;

second means connecting said rear wall to said normal member of said front wall adjacent the connection between said extension and said rear wall, said normal members being equal in width, whereby said walls are maintained in spaced, parallel relation; and

closet means mounted in said basic wall member between said front and rear walls, said closet means being formed from a single sheet of material having a back wall and upstanding partition means extending at right angles to said back wall, said back wall providing a trackway for a sliding door.

8. In a doll house, the combination comprising:

rear wall means having an extension swingably connected at one end, the other end of said rear wall means having a member lying normal thereto;

front wall means having an extension swingably connected at one end, the other end of said front wall means having a member lying normal thereto;

first means connecting said front wall means to said normal member of said rear wall means at the connection between said extension and said front wall means;

second means connecting said rear wall means to said normal member of said front wall means at the connection between said extension and said rear wall means, said normal members being equal in width, whereby said front and rear wall means are maintained in spaced, parallel relation;

room divider means swingably connected to one of said extensions, said room divider means including an outer wall, an inner wall and end walls; and

closet means mounted in said space between said rear wall means and said front wall means, said closet means being formed from a single sheet of material having a back wall and upstanding partition means extending at right angles to said back wall, said back wall providing a trackway for a sliding door.

9. The combination of claim 8 including a sliding door mounted in said trackway.

10. The combination of claim 9 including a simulated, outdoor barbecue mounted in said space between said inner and outer wall means.

11. The combination of claim 10 including a singlethickness wall member swingably connected to said room 1 1 divider means means adjacent its connections to said one of said extensions.

12. The combination of claim 11 including a wall panel connected to the end of said single-thickness wall member remote from said divider means and at right angles to said single-thickness wall member and a triangular fireplace mounted in the corner formed by said single-thickness Wall member and its associated Wall panel.

13. The combination of claim 12 including cover means underlying said inner and outer wall means, said cover means being adapted to form a simulated patio when swung to a first position and to form a substantially encompassing cover for said doll house when swung to a second position after said room divider means and said single-thickness wall member have been swung into a 12 position parallel to said inner wall means to form a storage package.

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F. BARRY SHAY, Primary Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification446/478, 446/480, 446/481
International ClassificationA63H3/00, A63H3/52
Cooperative ClassificationA63H3/52
European ClassificationA63H3/52