1930s Blue Snowy House with chimney, Putz House by Jason Sargenti 2020$80.00
1930s Snowy blue house with chimney. Architectural Putz House handmade by Jason Sargenti in 2020. With light-hole for Christmas lights.
House: Width 2.5 " x Height 2.5" x Depth 2.5"
Box: Width 3" x Height 2.65" x Depth 3"
"The 1930s inspiration seems to express the Christmas Americans appreciate the most, back when winter arrived every year" J Sargenti.
Each house is delicately textured in snowy super vibrant color pigments.
Celebrate the nostalgic charm of mid-20th century Christmas decorations with this ornament crafted by artist Jason Sargenti. Inspired by the American tradition of Putz Houses, popular from the 1930s to the 1970s, these tiny buildings harken back to the era when department stores showcased sets of miniature paper houses illuminated with tiny lights, creating charming villages.
Rooted in Christian and German European customs, the term "Putz" means to decorate or organize. Families would arrange these little houses around their nativity scenes, transforming the display into a personalized setting looking like their own village. Initially originating in Europe, Putz Houses found their way to America through merchants. During World War I, when trade with European manufacturers ceased, American production adapted and reinvented the concept.
Facing a surging demand, American manufacturers outsourced production to Japan, where the innovative idea of folded paper emerged, making these decorations more affordable and easier to mass-produce. Today, the market is filled with remnants of this bygone era—often showing signs of wear and tear, but resiliently standing as nostalgic symbols of a different time.