HO Scale Diorama & Christmas Village

The Johnson Family



Oak Valley is an imaginary small town in northeast Illinois in 1912, and I like to believe that in 1912 there was a small, but growing, black middle class in Oak Valley.  All manufactures of HO scale figures include black and Asian figures.  Early 1900s figures are becoming scarce, and there are NO black figures in this era.  I have “converted” several individual figures over the years, but always longed for a middle class African American family for Oak Valley.  I need a little more practice with color, but  hope to have more AA residents in the future. I took this photo in the middle of town, so it is fairly dark.  Here’s an image of the daughter, Emeline. Johnson_Daughter


2 responses

  1. Elaine Davis

    I love the red coat! Do you have a real town in Illinois that you model Oak Valley on? Looking at a 1910 census for that town would you you an idea of the inhabitants.

    August 7, 2017 at 3:54 am

    • Sort of, Elaine. Our New England families migrated through New York to Naperville in northeast IL in 1833. Our great-grandmother was sent “north” from Jonesborough TN to live with relatives in Naperville and attend college. Things were still very dicey in East TN for years after the Civil War ended. Guy Sabin met Nannie Sevier in college in Naperville. He kept a diary for many years, through college and beyond, so I have a real affection for him and Nannie. Guy was killed in an accident before his 34th birthday. Forever young.

      August 7, 2017 at 8:13 pm

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