Note: This is an archive of "Papa" Ted Althof's online tribute to cardboard Christmas "putz" houses and their history. At Ted's request, this archive was established in early 2012. Except for critical updates and announcements, it will remain exactly as Ted left it in October, 2012.
For more information, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

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Reproduction Parts

Note from Editor: The text and photos on this page are exactly the way "Papa" Ted left them. Although he had not edited this page for more than two years before his death, Ted had reported elsewhere that he was running out of windows and doors and would not be able to order more once they were gone. Ironically, we have since learned that Ted was too ill to keep filling orders, but he didn't want people to feel bad for him, so he said he was running out.

Since Ted's death in October, 2012, several other hobbyists have attempted to fill the gap:

No matter what resources become available (or unavailable) in the future, we plan to leave this page up because it is still the best reference anywhere on these things. We now return you to Ted's words and pictures.

- Paul Race and the rest of the Cardboard Christmas family.

This is mainly a hobby site, but we are currently the WORLD'S ONLY SOURCE of these little doors and windows - and are endeavoring to make available what we can (at just about cost) to help bring back as many of these fragile "five-and-dime" treasures as possible from the brink of oblivion. We began with the paper types and now have more than 20 different kinds, including the surface "stick-ons" for the tiny ornament sizes and the old candy-surprise boxes. The cellophanes have been completed,too, - a MUCH more difficult proposition technically speaking - and we have 23 varieties of those ... so keep checking back often as new items may be added!

Paper Doors and Windows

NOTHING brings an old house back to life more than replacing lost or busted doors and windows. Like sewing new eyes back on the old Teddy Bear, the face just comes alive again!

EBAY SELLERS: Your houses will get much better prices with doors and windows all intact. Just watch the listings! Ours are virtually indistinguishable from the originals, once installed.
Be sure to include the UNDERLINED item number and the quantity of each type desired. Please make sure your address is typed or clearly printed.

- at -
..about about any questions you may have.

(We do not have a printed catalog. Some people just make a print-out of this entire section for a handy reference.)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ACTUAL DOORS ARE BRIGHTER AND MORE COLORFUL THAN MY POOR PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWS. These are digitally restored versions from originals and appear brand new. You can age them to match a particular house if you wish, but it's just not practical for us to try to get all possible degrees of aging.


Most often borders will not show either. These are all the exact size of the originals, but for some reason the Japanese made their doors and windows larger than the openings and just stuck them in.

Repairs/Rest oration

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Paper Doors

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PreWar door,standard opening -
1"high by 1/2"wide - to - 1 5/16 X 3/4"
(These openings will vary somewhat.)

3/4-size version of PWD-1,

fits opening 7/8 X 3/8" - to - 1 1/4 X 9/16"
(These are also often found as "stick-ons" on the candy boxes and small ornament-sized houses.)


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Standard opening -
1" by 1 /2".- to - 1 5/16 X 3/4"


3/4-size version of PWD-2, fits same as PWD-1s.

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Pre-and PostWar
Quite often found door, fits standard opening -
1" X 1/2" - to - 1 5/16 X 3/4"

3/4-size version of PWD-3:
- fits same as PWD-1s.

Though less commonly encountered, this is just about our favorite prewar door, because if you look closely at the thin orange bead around the frame you'll see that it is composed of literally hundreds of tiny four-point "flowers!" PWD-4 fits the standard door opening range of-
1 X 1/2" - to - 1 5/16 X 3/4"

3/4 version of PWD-4: - fits same as PWD-1s.


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POSTWAR: Most commonly found door for houses ca. late '40s thru the '50s.
Standard 1" by 1/2" - -to - 1 5/16 X 3/4" opening.

3/4 version of PSTD-1: - fits same as PWD-1s.

Sorry about the photography. These are just as bright as the rest.


All the paper doors are the same price:

65 cents each - 6 for $3.50 - $6 per dozen (of the same type)
- except where noted. -

Add - $.75 flat-rate for first class mailing costs all orders, including both paper and CEL types.

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Paper Windows

The "AW" series are found mostly on the PreWar "Hacienda" family - a very large family indeed! The originals were on white bond paper, like the doors above. "AW" stands for "Arched Window."

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Popularly found "stained glass" effect window for prewar houses & churches - occasionally used as a door, too.
1 3/8" high X 7/16" wide - to - 1 5/8 X 11/16" opening.

$.75 each - 6 for $4 - $7.50 dozen

Smaller version of above. Fits openings 1 1/8" high X 1/4" wide - to - 1 7/16" X 1/2"

$.65 each - 6 for $3.50 - $6 per dozen


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Same dimensions as AW-1- different pane color pattern.

$.75 each - $6 for $4 - $7.50 per dozen

Same dimensions as AW-3

$.65 each - 6 for $3.50 -$6 per dozen

The "AW" series of arched windows is now also available on the same semi-translucent vellum as used in the "RY" and "RP" types below. While not strictly original, they nonetheless have a slightly aged look and shine brighter when illuminated from within.


.....if you wish your AWs in the vellum version.
The prices are the same as the corresponding white bond paper types.
AW-3T will be available soon.
( "T" stands for "Translucent" )
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Special Item

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Seldom seen, but nonetheless authentic "stained glass" pinwheel. About the size of a dime, fits any size round opening up to 3/4" diameter.
Seen in peak of the roof above the front door if seen at all, more often these round peak windows are paned with either plain cellophane or colored foil and you can use the foil wrappers from Hershey's Holiday "Kisses"
to do the job very nicely.

- $1.00 each.

Sorry, - no quantity discount due to limited supply.

Translucent Vellum Series

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Back in stock as of Jan, 2009!
Small round-top gold-on-red window found on a zillion houses both pre and post war.

Openings 3/4" high X 5/16" wide - to - 15/16" X 7/16" .

Printed on special, tough semi-translucent vellum, the effect is perfect! The Japanese would sometimes cut off the lower pair of panes or the round top to fit smaller window openings, or just glue them in whole, so these fit even more than just the obvious applications.

PreWar version of RYr, - darker red.... same dimensions.

Either - $.65 each - 6 for $3.50 - $6 per dozen
Back in stock as of Jan, 2009!

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Medium pointed-arch window also found on a wide variety of houses..

1 9/16" high by 9/16" wide outside; 1 3/16' by 3/8" inside.

Printed on the same special translucent vellum paper as RYr.

Darker PreWar version of RYp: - Same dimensions.

Either - $.75 each - 6 for $4 - $7.50 per dozen
Back in stock as of Jan, 2009!


clock window

This is the rare "MERRY CHRISTMAS" round CLOCK found on just a very few prewar houses. One customer has even found a use for these as ornament scrap replacements.
15/16" diameter. Printed on white bond paper, as per the original.

Now offering the clock on semi-translucent vellum paper, too. This is not original, but looks somewhat aged and the light shines through more brightly.

- $1.50 each.

(Sorry, these are not included in the #GP-1 sampler due to our very limited supply, nor are there quantity discounts.)



True cellophane has become available again -after a long absence - through a very few sources, but we wanted something tougher, longer lasting. These windows appear absolutely perfect when glued in place, but are of a non-stretch acetate 100 times stronger and 5 times thicker than the orginals. No little "pokey-fingers" are going to punch through these! Nor will they shrink or detrioriate through oxidation.

Giant windowless church
awaiting installation of
the new set of cellophane doors and
windows waiting just outside.
This will take 10 of type CEL-3windows
and 2 type CD-A large doors.

The subsequent 3 photos show the same church with it's new doors and windows. Better than new, because of strength and sturdiness. Poke proof! The acetate can be creased deliberately, so be careful not to fold it, but once in place will never shrink or deteriorate as did the old, true cellophane.

of a great looking job - whether installing paper or cellophane - is to clean off all the old glue and debris from the inside edges of the opening and smooth it down. A common nail file will usually do it.

CONTACT CEMENT! - the gummy stuff with the brush cap - seems to do the best job of holding our acetate "CELs." A bit tricky to work with, but worth it. I often spot blobs around the inside edges of the opening - not usually necessary to apply to both sufaces as the instructions always say, or make a solid bead around the entire inside edge, where I recommend it be applied.

Plain old white glue is fine for the paper and vellum.

The shiny, transparent windows are extremely hard to photograph, especially when the subject is white, as is this church. These shots just cannot do them justice. The whole piece looks like I just brought it home from the store.
It is at least 60 years old!

Due to high developement and materials costs, the "CELs" are individually priced, as noted.



Commonly found semi-pointed-arch windows - also used as a door -

Fits openings from 1 1/4" by 3/8" - to - 1 5/8 X 5/8".

( Judge by how much the top of the opening is rounded or pointed.)

- $1 each - 6 for $5

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Most commonly found postwar arch window with the fully rounded top. Sometimes also used as a door. Fits openings from -
1 1/4 X 5/16" - to - 1 9/16 X 5/8"

- $1 each - 6 for $5

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Commonly found prewar pointed arch window. Sometimes also used as a door. Openings from -
1 1/4 X 3/8" - to - 1 5/8 X 3/4".

- $1 each - 6 for $5

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Slightly larger version of CEL-3 with somewhat different paning pattern, too. Also used as a door on some houses. Fits openings from-
1 3/8 X 7/16" - to - 1 3/4 x 3/4".

- $1 each - 6 for $5

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A frequently found smaller sized arch window (or door). Opening sizes from 3/4" x 3/8" - up to - 1 3/8" X 1/2"

- $1 each - 6 for $5

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CEL-4S: A narrower version of CEL-4 but just as often needed. For openings from 15/16" X 3/16" - up to - 1 3/16" X 7/16"

- $1 each - 6 for $5

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VERY often found prewar round-top window. Fits openings from-

9/16 X 9/16" - to - 7/8 X 7/8"

(height measured to to highest point of the arch)

- $1 each - 6 for $5

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Slightly smaller version of CEL-5. Fits openings from-
1/2 X 1/2" - to - 3/4 X 3/4".

- $1 each - 6 for $5

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Slightly larger version of CEL-5. Fits openings from-
5/8 X 5/8" - to - 1 X 1"

- $1 each - 6 for $5

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Clear cellophane version of RYp. Fits same opening:
1 3/16 X 3/8" inside - to - 1 7/16 X 9/16" outside.

- $1 each - 6 for $5

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Clear cellophane version of RYr and fits the same openings:
3/4" X 1/4"- to - 1 7/16 X 7/16".

- $.75 each - 6 for $4

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Small rectangular window. Fits opening sizes from -
1/2 X 3/16" - to - 3/4 X 3/8"

- $.75 each - 6 for $4

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Smaller rectangular window. Fits openings sizes from -
7/16 X 1/8" - to - 5/8 X 3/8"

- $.75 each - 6 for $4

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There are several sizes of these small rectangular windows, but they are found on so many houses that we felt it was essential to have them all. CEL-8 fits openings from-
7/16 X 3/16"- to - 5/8 X 3/8"

- $.75 each - 6 for $4

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Larger than CEL-8, this is for openings-
9/16 X 5/16" - to - 7/8 X 5/8".

- $.75 each - 6 for $4

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Middle sized between CEL-8 & CEL-9, this fits openings from-
1/2" X 5/16" - to - 13/16 X 5/8"

- $.75 each - 6 for $4

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This very popular size fits openings from-
5/8 X 1/4" - to - 15/16 X 9/16"

- $.75 each - 6 for $4

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This teeny-tiny little guy is found in many many houses both pre- and postwar. Fits openings from-
1/4 X 3/16" - to - 1/2 x 7/16".

- $ .65 each - 6 for $3.50

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This one -with its wide paning bars - is found in 1950s-early '60s houses of the type still most often found. The size range is :
5/8 X 3/8" - to - 3/4 x 9/ 16".

- $.85 each - 6 for $4.50


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Very commonly needed cellophane door found on later prewar and early postwar houses. Fits the standard paper door opening size of roughly :
1" high X 1/2" wide - to - 1 1/4 X 3/4"

- $1 each - 6 for $5

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Late postwar cellophane door of the opening sizes -
7/8 x 1/2" to 1 1/8" high X 3/4"" wide.

- $1 each - 6 for $5

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Very large cellophane door found in the huge churches and such. Fits size ranges of-
1 1/2 x 5/8" - to - 1 7/8 X 7/8"

- $1.50 each.

Special Item

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The very rare cellophane "pinwheel" window - will fit any diameter round opening from-
1/4" up to 3/4" (See comments on "AW-PW" for alternatives.)

- $1 each:
No quantity discount due to very limited supply.


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We realize how difficult it can be to judge sizes from a photograph, and so are offering our:


- with an example of 21types of the 23 cellophane windows and doors we make.

YOU ALSO GET - one each of all of the paper doors and windows - except the "Merry Christmas Clock, the CEL-16, the "AW-PW""pinwheel" and the very large door CEL-DA are not included because these are so very rarely encountered that we have only put very few of each on our master printing sheets.

NOT SHOWN - but NOW ALSO INCLUDED - are one each of the CANDY-BOX GLUE-ON types shown below.

A total of over 50 pieces.

A fullscale black silhouettes sheet with small window sample for measuring cellophanes, and another scale-size color sheet for the paper doors and windows are also part of this kit.

The idea is NOT TO USE these in houses, but rather to keep them as a tool for comparison every time you are repairing an old Christmas house to be sure of ordering exactly what you need with no chance of making a mistake.

Due to our own high costs to produce these better-than-original replacements, we just can't offer them for free, but the price is less than half what the regular prices would add up to.

Sorry, but we must limit these to 1 per customer. Please don't order one of these kits unless you are really serious about fixing up a lot of old houses. This is a special tool for collectors, and they are a time-consuming, losing proposition for me.

GP-1: ... $15.00 per set -


An economical alternative to our GUIDE-PAK, this kit consists of the two printed scale-sheets and 3 actual samples. All the windows and doors we offer in paper, vellum and CEL are represented in actual size for measurement purposes.

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The first is a color sheet with exact scale representations of all the paper doors and windows.

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The second is a sheet of black silhouettes of all the CEL types in actual size to enable measurement for the correct choice.

Finally, one actual sample of our gold-on-red heavy gauge acetate "CELs", one paper door and one vellum type are included to give a clear idea of what they are really like.

PRICE OF GSK-1 KIT: $4.00 -

PLEASE NOTE: If you buy the large Guide-Pak Sampler (GP-1), you do not need the GSK-1 since everything in it is also in the GP-1.

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These are the paper doors and windows that don't fit into openings, but rather are simply pasted on. They're found on most of the candy-box types and very many of the smaller cardboard ornament houses.

christmas castle restored

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.

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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

- $1.00 each - 6 for $5 - 12 for $9.

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

1" high X 1/2" wide

- $.65 ea. 6 for $3.50 $6 per dozen

SO-3s: Small version of same. Same size as PWD-1s. Same price.

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

- $.65 ea. 6 for $3.50 $6 per dozen

SO-4s: Small version of same. Same size as PWD-1s. Same price.

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

1" high X 1/2" wide

- $.65 each 6 for $3.50 $6 per dozen

SO-2s: Small version of same. Same size as PWD-1s. Same price.

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window PWD-1S:

Shown again is the small version of PWD-1 a regular prewar 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

- $.65 ea. 6 for $3.50 $6 per dozen

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Tiny houses showing pieces 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.)


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