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by E.L. Doctorow


This novel tells the story of Edgar Altshuler, a 9-year-old boy from the Bronx, and his adventures at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. On his first visit to the fair, Edgar is enthralled by industry's vision of the futuresafe, secure and prosperous cities, speedy and cheap transportation and modern invention to make life easier. On his second visit, he sees that the exhibits are constructed of gypsum whose paint is peeling and that the displays are really toys.
                                   
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A Little World Under the Christmas Tree
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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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