Sunday, September 23, 2018

A Tale of Two City Buildings – The Flatiron

These two souvenir building replicas of the famous Flatiron building in New York City may look the same, but they are miles apart. One was made by Microcosms of California during the 1990s. The other was made by Cornell Creations about the same time. Can you tell which is which? At first glance, you might not be able to tell them apart, but when you look closer you realize the quality is in the details. Size of both are approximately the same - 5 inches tall. Text on both sides of each base say about the same thing but one text is larger than the other. Microcosms replica, on the right, says New York, N.Y.  If you also look closely at the details the microcosms replica as much crisper. Most telling aspect is the weight - if you had them both in your hand. The Microcosms' quality replica is much, much heavier and solid feeling than the cheaply made Cornell Creations version. Do you have one or both of these replicas?  Do you have other miniature buildings which were made by two different manufacturers?

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