This dollhouse was my Grandma’s. She was born in Ohio but immediately moved to New York. I’m not sure how old it is or exactly when and where it was built (my Grandma died at a very young age so no one had the opportunity to ask her). I do know it was shipped out from New York to California in the 50’s.
My mom used to play with it—in New York and California, when she was little. To me, it appears to have great detail. It looks like the lights used to really work when it was first built. I love the stained glass window over the fireplace. The staircase goes all the way through and all the doors open and close. I have a lot of old furniture and things and things that go with it (some of them are in storage because even I wasn’t allowed to play with them when I was little because they were old back then). When I was little, and the dollhouse was moved from my Grandpas to my room, my aunt put in new wallpaper and carpet and my Grandpa fixed some of the broken pickets on the fence—other than that I don’t believe anything has been changed…it’s always been black and white—though the green base is original I do believe that has been painted.
I LOVE to picture my mom and Grandma playing with it when they were young girls! And it's amazing to see my daughter play with it now...and someday I may get to see my granddaughter(s) play with it...I find it comforting and extraordinary to think about four generation of little hands and big imaginations running through that old dollhouse.
I find it remarkable that this dollhouse, such a simple objet, can reap such use and pleasure over lifetimes…I often think about the person who built this amazing dollhouse and wonder… as he was building, creating, and finishing each and every detail did he consider the young girls who would enjoy his work of art…did he hope it would last for generations…did he ponder that his dollhouse would bring enjoyment and history long after he was gone….
Can you see the address? I used to think about this address when I was a kid...I wondered if it was my Grandma's old address...as you can see I've always had an active imagination!
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