Deluxe Reading Toy Corp produced this wonderfully detailed candy-colored kitchen set in 1963. The Deluxe Reading Dream Kitchen was on every little girl's Christmas list that year, along with Mattel's Barbie Doll, who fit this kitchen set perfectly.
Included here are all four original appliances -- refrigerator, sink, oven/stove and dishwasher -- and table with four chairs. They are made of hard plastic, rendered in retro-kitchen colors, turquoise blue, lemon yellow, bubblegum pink and smart tan. The appliances are lavished with "chrome" accents and have many moving parts. As shown, all of the cabinets and doors open easily and close tightly. The refrigerator has pull out shelves and a hinged door on the butter compartment, the stove has a removable turkey on a spit, the dishwasher has a pull out dish rack, the sink has moveable faucet and handles, and there is even a "chrome" towel rack on the cabinet door under the sink. All of the water tanks, original rubber tubing, rotisserie motor, and original wiring are present and intact. The table and chairs are bright and sturdy, clean and undamaged, with no breaks or melt marks.
Most of the original accessories are included here. You will receive all of the items pictured, listed below:
* Row of frozen food (for rack on freezer door) * 4 forks * 2 knives * 2 teaspoons * 6 green saucers * 6 red cups * 8 red tumblers * 6 blue plates * 5 red plates * 5 green plates * 4 blue platters * 3 milk bottles * 3 red soda bottles * 11 boxes food items * 11 boxes cleaning supplies and food wrap * 1 dish drainer * 1 terry dish towel * 1 large pot with lid * 3 saucepans * 3 frying pans * 3 serving utensils * plastic eggs and egg crate * butter and Swiss cheese (for rack on refrigerator door) * 19 pieces molded food * 2 ice trays (with remove-able ice) * 1 turkey on a spit
This set is clean and bright. It displays beautifully and is in very good condition. There is wear to the painted plastic "chrome" overall. I believe that the red knob on the dishwasher is a replacement. No other damage or repairs. I have not tested the motors or lights for functionality, nor have I run water through the appliances. I have inspected the mechanisms and they appear to be all-intact. The battery area has no door cover but the contacts appear undamaged. The original stove light bulb is intact.
The original box is in very good condition with wonderful bright original graphics. There is some age-related wear and a few pieces of old tape. The box is still sturdy and displays quite well.
This is a fantastic set to display with your vintage Barbie, Tammy, or similar-sized dolls.