Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Bletchley Circle

I am a fan of the BBC production "The Bletchley Circle". It tells the story of  the women who worked in this famous WWII code breaking department in England and the lives they faced after the war as they returned to the more restricted roles of housewives and office workers (or not). I was delighted to see this scene of Mother and Daughter playing with a Triang Dollhouse. What a clever touch to make a current drama seem so of it's period. Kudos to their prop person.


Triang Dollhouses made in England by the Lines Brothers are quintessentially English. There is a lot written about them and as they were one of the first mass produced dollhouses many are in existence today. There are many models. To see more go to Flicker: and enter Triang Dollhouse.





I used Doltoi furniture in this one and some Deco looking Strombecker.







I liked the scale of Tootsietoy for this smaller scale even though it is American made.

Their rooms were made of heavy wood and their facades were of metal. Originally they had cardboard roofs with later styles being made of plastic. They came with decals for decoration.
Fellow bloggers Rebecca, The Shopping Sherpa and Beatrice have wonderful ones in their collections.
My cardboard roofed one has the name "Judith" scratched into it so to honor that past child we call it Judith's House.
My favorite inhabitants of these houses are of course The Grecon Dolls,

There is more on Triangs than I can put here but I was so excited to see it in The Bletchley Group scene. (used with absolutely no permission of the BBC, SHHHH, It's very hush, hush...)

Code name: Dollhouse  Lover
UPDATE: today is 12/7/14 and I found this on ebayuk have a look and drool,
http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/triang-dolls-house

Dollhouses Past and Present ezine also has a time line with pictures 
 http://www.dollshousespastandpresent.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=5852895


13 comments:

Shale said...

I haven't watched that show yet, but I have been planning to, so this is some extra incentive. I love the Triang dollhouses and have a couple in my collection too. Thanks for sharing yours.

My Realitty said...

Which do you have? C

The grandmommy said...

I always get excited when I see a dollhouse in a movie or tv program...or anywhere for that matter LOL

My Realitty said...

I know and this gave me a feel for the reason for the utility of the furniture and the lack of ostentation as it was post war. XO C
I mean... the Dollhouse Lover

D7ana said...

I'd forgotten this scene. Will have to check it out next time I view that show.

Aside: did you know there is a second season?

My Realitty said...

It is in Season one episode one. Easy to find. :) CM I mean DHL

Night Owl said...

Hi, I don't know this show, I hope they will broadcast it here in Belgium too. The interiors on the last pictures are so great, and the details, like the clock, are amazing!

My Realitty said...

Hi Night Owl. It is on Netflix if you have access to that? Whoo, Net flix :)
CM

Troy said...

great post. I really like the art deco room and the Tootsie Toy room ( and Tynietoy mirror!) I will have look out for that program.

Ysé said...

Thanks for the tip ! I missed that when it came out back in 2012... (If I may, just a little precision after looking for it : it's the "Bletchley Circle" and it's ITV channel)...

My Realitty said...

Hi Troy! Aren't the strombecker art deco lamps wild! Is it cold in Texas? C

My Realitty said...

Hi Yse, Season one, episode 1. xo CM

My Realitty said...

Yse Thanks I stand corrected, :)