First called, ‘baby house’ or ‘cabinet house’, but they were made as a toy, complete with all the trimmings, for adults.
Egyptian tombs in the Old Kingdom were found with them, and that was nearly five-thousand years ago. They had miniature animals, servants, and all the housewares of the day and time.
The dollhouses that we think of today began about four-hundred years ago in Europe. These houses are more in tune with what we’d think of for today.
The first dollhouse, Cabinet House, which were almost like a china cabinet that held only dishes, place settings, etc, and were not built to scale. These were owned by the upper class of society and were handmade.
After the world wars, European manufacturers sprang up, designing them to fit scale. Soon, they cost almost as much as a new home. They were built on a grander scale with multi-levels. Germany was in the forefront before WWII as the lead manufacturer, but the war interfered. By 1950, they were made of painted sheet metal with plastic furniture, which is EXACTLY like what mine looked like!
My series, A First Lady Mystery Series, weaves modern day characters with historical attributes. The first in the series is titled, THE BLOOD SPANGLED BANNER, which features Dolley Madison.
WORDS COULD KILL, which features Mary Lincoln will be published in September.
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