Tuesday, November 23, 2010

H & H Sales Cottage

*****UPDATE: 1 Oct 2012****
I've been meaning to do this for some time but just never got around to it.  This house, made by H&H Sales and Manufacturing of Pittsburgh, PA was part of a line called 'Twinkletown Houses'. There weren't that many in the series and were basically differentiated by different colored walls and roofs. The house posted here is the Model 20 Oak Lodge

When compared to the Big Guys in the field of tin-litho toys,  H & H Sales is not a very well known company and only had a small output.  Their small tin-litho houses, made for the 3-rail O-gauge market, all share the same stampings but with different color variations.   Typical of tinplate houses, the walls are made using one piece of metal, with stamped-out opening for the windows.  The sheet of metal is bent to form four walls and joined.  The roof is a one-piece construction bent in the middle to form the peak and joined to the walls using tab-and-slot joinery.  The artwork is nicely done however and they can stand proudly next to any Marx or Skyline house on the same train layout.  Many times they are missing the chimney and today's example, the white house with green roof, is no exception.  Enjoy!