Replacement Doors And Windows

Replacement Stick-on (Candy-Box) Doors

The mid-1900s illuminated cardboard Christmas "putz" houses that most Depression-era and Baby-Boomer kids grew up with were not the first putz houses. In fact they were preceded by tiny cardboard candy boxes shaped like houses. Unlike the later illuminated houses, which had the doors glued inside openings so that they could glow when the house was lit, the doors on the old candy boxes were simply glued onto the side or end of a house. And more often than not, instead of using separate graphics for the windows, the Japanese manufacturers simply cut apart the doors to get window shapes.

The late "Papa" Ted Althof loved helping folks restore old putz houses of all eras. So he had replacements for the most common candy-box doors developed, along with the Cellophane Replacement Windows and the lighted-era Printed Doors and Windows that he offered to his readers.

Through a special arrangment with Ted's supplier, we are now able to offer the same "stick-on" doors that Ted offered, professionally printed on 100-year-old paper.

About Pricing - Thankful for this opportunity to carry on Ted's tradition of authenticity and care, we want to continue making these doors and windows available as reasonably as possible. All of the doors on this page cost the same amount; from $1 to $0.40 each, depending on quantity. Please check the Order Form for details, as well as a list of product IDs you can use to keep track as you shop.

And, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Note: To make the graphics big enough to see, we have made all the pictures about the same size. You can click on each picture to see a blowup, but those are about the same size, too. Please measure the place where the door is supposed to be on your house carefully and pay close attention to the measurements in each description when placing an order.

To Quote "Papa" Ted:

This very rare candy-box castle is undergoing a complete restoration. Notice how it's face just appears and the whole piece comes to life with the addition of it's STICK-ON door and windows.
christmas castle restored

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(Left) Large door in olive.

(Right) Large door in green.--

Two color variations of the same large door.

1 3/4 X 15/16" w. black border

1 5/8 X 13/16" black border trimmed

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An often encountered small stick-on window. The Japanese often also trimmed these down in various ways to make smaller square windows.

1" high X 1/2" wide

SO-3s: Small version of same.
13/16" high X 7/16" wide

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1 1/4" high X 3/4" wide.

SO-4s: Small version of same.
13/16" high X 7/16" wide.

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Another arched stick-on window in blue,black and dark orange.

1" high X 1/2" wide

SO-2s: Small version of same.
13/16" high X 7/16" wide

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Shown here is the small version of PWD-1 a regular pre-war door, since this tiny version is very often found used as a stick on and is also found cut into various sections to make smaller doors and windows.

13/16" high X 7/16" wide

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In the photos above these are some very tiny houses for which pieces have been trimmed from larger doors to make smaller stick-on doors and tiny windows. Here we have a full PWD-1s, two cut down PWD-1s, and two tiny windows taken from a full sized door such as PWD-1. The largest of this tiny trio from a pair of MULTIS is one inch high. (these are originals.)

Please contact us if you have any questions. We'd much rather answer questions up-front than try to sort things out after you've gotten the wrong items.

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