Toys and Ideas Fill Kids’ Rumpus Room (Nov, 1947)

My siblings and I would have loved a room like this. I do have a minor quibble with the characterization of a 12×18 as “minimal”. That’s bigger than any room in my house by quite a bit.

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Toys and Ideas Fill Kids’ Rumpus Room

A MODEL playroom—a child’s dream world from floor to ceiling—has been designed by architect Joseph Aronson for the American Toy Institute, research division of Toy Manufacturers of U.S.A., Inc. The idea of the 12- by 18-foot model room is to get the most out of maximum play area in minimum space in a way that the average home owner can duplicate, either in a whole room or in a corner of a bedroom. The model emphasizes elevated play areas and ample, easy-to-reach toy-storage space. A linoleum floor with inlaid patterns avoids the splinter hazard and doubles as a hopscotch field. Dust-catching decorations and sharp corners are eliminated, and bright colors add the finishing touch.

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