Playskool Holiday Inn Play Set, 1975

Summary

By the 1970s, with more than 1,400 locations worldwide, Holiday Inns were universal. Playskool produced a playset version of the ubiquitous roadside motel for its "Familiar Places" line, complete with an enclosed courtyard and customizable Great Sign -- two iconic features of real-life Holiday Inns.

By the 1970s, with more than 1,400 locations worldwide, Holiday Inns were universal. Playskool produced a playset version of the ubiquitous roadside motel for its "Familiar Places" line, complete with an enclosed courtyard and customizable Great Sign -- two iconic features of real-life Holiday Inns.

Artifact

Play Set

Date Made

1975

Subject Date

1975-1979

Creators

Milton Bradley Company 

Playskool 

Sears, Roebuck and Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

Creator Notes

Made by Playskool, a Milton Bradley Company; distributed by Sears, Roebuck and Company, Chicago, Illinois.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2011.48.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Jeff Myers.

Material

Plastic
Cardboard

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 7.75 inches  (play set, when folded)

Width: 12 inches  (play set, when folded)

Length: 15.5 inches  (play set, when folded)

Width: 12.25 inches  (box)

Length: 19.25 inches  (box)

Inscriptions

On box edge: PLAYSKOOL, INC., A MILTON BRADLEY COMPANY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60651 / MADE IN U.S.A. / COPYRIGHT 1974 PLAYSKOOL, INC. Box side: 480 / FAMILIAR PLACES / ACTIVITY TOY / FOR AGES 3 TO 8 YEARS / INCLUDES: HOLIDAY INN AND 38 ACCESSORY PIECES, ALL MADE OF STURDY, SMOOTH, COLORFUL PLASTIC/ COLORS MAY NOT BE THE SAME AS PICTURED. [...] Box flap: CONTAINS: / 1 HOLIDAY INN BUILDING / 1 HOLIDAY INN "GREAT SIGN" / 6 CARDS FOR SIGN / 6 PLAY PEOPLE / 1 DOG / 2 BEDS / 2 RESTAURANT BOOTHS / 1 LINEN CART / 2 CARS / 2 SUITCASES / 1 PATIO TABLE / 1 SWING / 1 SLIDE / 4 CHAIRS / 2 TABLES / 1 BUFFET TABLE / 4 FLAGS / 1 FOLDING PLAY BOARD / BUILDING IS HINGED; WHEN CLOSED, FORMS ITS OWN CARRYING CASE WITH HANDLE. Price tag sticker: $14.00

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