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Dollhouse, 1900-1950Dollhouse, 1900-1950

Representing the home of a large, affluent American family of about 1910, this dollhouse was built by Faith Bradford, who spent more than a half century accumulating and constructing the miniature furnishings for its intricately detailed rooms. When she donated the dollhouse to the Smithsonian in 1951, she wrote a lengthy manuscript describing the house and the lives of its residents and for years afterward kept up a "correspondence" with the doll family, sending them holiday cards and letters. When Bradford died in 1970, curators paid tribute to her by placing miniature flowers and a memorial ribbon in the dollhouse exhibit.

See also: Dolls, Toys

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