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Gee Bee Dolls House

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I recently came across a fascinating  article on the history of Gee Bee dolls houses by Rebecca Green on the excellent  "Dolls Houses Past & Present" website.

Gee Bee based in Hull were started around 1946 by 2 veterans using their army payment to finance the  business. They sold their doll houses, farms and garages  almost exclusively through a local toy distributor  who traded under the name Tudor Toys.

The article reminded me that I gave my sister an  early Gee Bee dolls house quite a few years ago. The DHPP article has a photo of my sisters actual house captured from the original ebay listing, so for Gee Bee  dolls house fans everywhere here are some recent photos of it, still in it's original condition.

The house has flat painted flowers rather than the "raised plastic" flowers and "green flocked" grass described by a Gee Bee worker but these were clearly painted by the same hand that painted "Sally L's" house also pictured in the article.

It is made of hardboard, plywood and another softwood  with chisel marks clearly visible on the back base slot. I am not sure if this was an "offcut" reused, or hand chiseled to size  by the joiner who made the house.

These early examples are  described as having no back - this one originally most likely  had 2 sliding hardwood backboards  that slotted into the groves and could be slid independently. Alternatively, perhaps "add on" rooms could be purchased seperately that were slotted into the groves?

Gee Bee Dolls House - Front


Gee Bee House - Back



Gee Bee House - Front Side view



Gee Bee House Back Side view



Gee Bee House - Garden and path view



Gee Bee House - base view

The house has lost it's "GB"label that would have been on the front wall, but it is initialed with "G B" for Gee Bee in pencil on the base. There are other initials that look like "F1 DB" and "E4" I would love to know what or who these other initials stand for.



It is likely that there was some variance in size between individual houses, but this one is approx: Length: slightly over 18 inches Height: 14.5 inches Total depth: 10 inches, with 4 inches for the garden. The tall chimney is 5 inches in height.

As Rebecca Green highlights in her article, Gee Bee evolved different variations of their original core designs through the years, as well as introducing new models.  This first cottage had a few  variations before it was re-invented  as the more well known "DH8" Tudor cottage during the 1950's that continued to be made until the company folded at the beginning of the 1980's.

Variations of the Gee Bee Cottage

Photos from  various ebay sellers - just like full size houses, these are often re-modeled, updated and repainted, so not always easy to date them


    geebee_cottage_sallyl_dhpp       gee bee       dh8 tudor cottage gee bees_ebay                

      Cottage - right hand door          Cottage - curved gables           DH8 - right hand door

      geebee_cottagedh8 tudor cottage gee bees small house side view_ebaygeebee litho hardboard1977

            DH8                                         DH8 left hand door             DH8 - 1970s


You can read the full history of Gee Bee by Rebecca Green on DHPP here:

Rebecca has written another good article  about the handmade dolls  houses that were  constructed from designs and plans available in woodworker and other hobby magazines. I have a woodworker house together with the original edition of the 1935 magazine containing the design which  I have owned for many years. Rebecca's article also has a photo of a different house built to the same design. Mine is still on my list of projects to re-decorate!.

 My 1935 Woodworker Dolls House



You can see more photos of the inside  on my instagram page.

 1935 dolls house from wookworker plan


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  1. P.winkworth

    Thank you so much for a very interesting post. I would very much like to buy a book or articles printed, about the makers and the history of the firm. Can you point me in the right direction to where I might get such a thing please?! Once again, thank you for your very enjoyable and professional post. Pauline.

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  2. Jenni aka Trumblesmum

    How surprising. I just loaded some photos and a request for info about early Gee bees to Dolls' Houses Past & Present, then searched by Google and found your post here. It is odd because I was looking at some of your d/h items on Etsy yesterday! I read Rebecca's article again - knew it was in one of the e-zines there but couldn't locate it. She says the two men who begn the company were Charles Goodeve and Richard Bell, so I guess that their surname initials were used for the company name. Thanks for a very interesting post. Jenni

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