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Posted on 01 August, 2017


National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

History (from the website)

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures opened in 1982 as the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City featuring the collections of Mary Harris Francis and Barbara Marshall. Operating in a building on the corner of 52nd and Oak on the University of Missouri – Kansas City campus, the 7,000-square-foot museum had two full-time staff members.
Over the next thirty years with expansions in 1985 and 2004, the museum grew to 33,000 square feet. During that same period, the collection increased to over 72,000 objects. In 2012, the museum embarked on its first public capital campaign to support building and exhibit improvements.
 On August 1, 2015, the museum reopened as The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures with the world’s largest fine-scale miniature collection and one of the nation’s largest antique toy collections on public display. The Coleman Dollhouse, pictured above, is a fine example.

Let The Great Images Roll

I am sure the museum is marvelous and I hope to visit someday. In the meantime, I will content myself with what I think is one of the best-looking websites on the Internet. When it’s time to let my mind roam free, I fill half of my 24” monitor with the Museum’s Home page, then click on Collections in the top nav bar. The working space fills with two squares – nice color combo, soft orange for Toys and aqua for Miniatures. Click on either, poke Next when needed, and you get seemingly endless slideshows of wonderful pieces in the museum. Very relaxing, if I don’t have to concentrate on what’s I’m doing on the other half of the screen.

Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


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Posted on 29 January, 2017


Frans Bosdyk and the Dollhouse, on exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney

The Bosdyk Dollhouse

It took 15,000 hours and many thousands of dollars for materials spent on the work. Frans Bosdyk made most of the furniture, which he researched in ‘Antique Furniture in Australia’ by Anthony Hill, and developed special lathes to turn the tiny wooden parts. He also fashioned his own tiny hand tools from 75-100mm concrete nails to make it easier for him to handle the small pieces. He used silky oak, cedar, myrtle and


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Posted on 15 October, 2016


Robert Heard and his dolls houses

Robert Heard Artisan

Following is the text from The Creative Process page of Robert Heard’s website. Click on either Bough House photograph for more great pictures of Bough Houses.

“Once I start creating, I do not know where the structure will end.”


Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: artisans, dollhouses

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Posted on 26 September, 2016


The Large Dollhouse Greek Revival dollhouse facade, found on the Jack English Flickr photostream

The Large Dollhouse

The Large Dollhouse is a replica of the 1847 Greek Revival home owned by New Jersey State Senator George H. Large. It is located at 117 Main Street in Flemington, N.J. His granddaughter, Josephine Large Talbott, commissioned the dollhouse and had additions made by Goliath Miniatures.


Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: dollhouses, Greek Revival

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