Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kellogg's UK - Paper Village - J.S Winch and Sons Filling Station

We have been looking at some nice paper buildings the past couple of months. We started with the Marx paper village that was included with some of their train sets and last week Thursday I started a post on Kellogg's foray into paper models back in 1948. 

Paper/cardboard buildings had been popular for some time.  In 1897 McLoughlin Bros. issued 'The Pretty Village' a full color cut-and-assemble set which allowed children to set up nearly a whole town. In 1980 Dover Publications reproduced the set as 'The Pretty Village': A Ready-to-Assemble Antique Toy Town (and still available at During the early 1900s Built-Rite Toys produced a series of popular cardboard buildings that were pretty compatible in size to The Pretty Village offerings. Keystone made quite large, heavy cardboard toys, often times Service Stations, comparable in size to the large T. Cohn and Marx Service Stations. And today, paper remains a highly popular modeling medium with many websites devoted to paper modeling, kits offered by companies like Schreiber-Bogen (Germany), model railroading software offered by Evan Designs, and a new Yahoo discussion group devoted to 3-rail compatible paper models: PapervilleUSA.

Today we'll begin a short series on yet another Kellogg's Paper Village. This set was offered by Kellogg's UK as a mail-in premium in 1948, the same year the US version was offered, and I was fortunate enough to obtain an entire set, unpunched and on the card.  There were three large sheets which folded out into approximately five sections. All these buildings are compatible with OO or O-gauge toy train layouts but of course they can be built for use in other projects. Also, as I look at these offerings from the UK, it's apparent that they could also be used on American layouts as much of the same architecture is present on this side of the pond. I will present one segment or building per week until we complete the set (that'll also give me some time to build and photograph other paper structures I have around here). Let's begin with J.S Winch and Sons Filling Station. Enjoy!

P.S. If you have built any of the structures presented here on the blog I would really enjoy seeing your work. In the not to distant future I will present some buildings other modelers have done based on items featured in this Blog.