It's a small world

It's a small world

Miniatures Club collection on display at Cortez library
Karen Severn displays her mini flower shop and infamous hollyhocks at the Cortez Public Library. Severn has been collecting dollhouses and creating miniatures for 18 years.
This display of 1/4-inch holiday miniatures, was made by club members during one of their monthly meetings. A quarter on the right shows size comparison.
Club member Jan McGrath holds up a 1/144 of an inch scale miniature. The club put together several displays that used Altoid mint cans as backdrops.
A cigar box was used for this 1-inch scale miniature to represent an attic scene. For each inch scaled it represents one foot.
History of Miniatures

Sometimes referred to as a miniature house or toy house, dollhouses were originally designed for adults and privileged children.
The first known dollhouse was built for a Bavarian Duke, Albert V in the 16th Century.
1600s European dollhouses were made to show the way people lived and were dependent on an architectural scale.
With industrialization Germany became the leader of dollhouse production prior to World War I.
In 1894, The McLoughlin Company in New York City began producing dollhouses that children could actually play with.
Sir Edwin Lutyens designed a dollhouse for Queen Mary in 1924. The house included electricity, a water system, original paintings, marble tiled floor, two elevators and hand carved ceilings.
After World War II, dollhouses were made of plastic and sheet metal.
The 1970s saw a miniature movement that focused on architectural interiors and exterior desgin.
Miniature furnishings are now more elaborate with outdoor scenes, inlaid wood, crown moldings and life-like dolls.
Today dollhouses are made on a half inch scale and in some countries a 3/4 inch scale.

It's a small world

Karen Severn displays her mini flower shop and infamous hollyhocks at the Cortez Public Library. Severn has been collecting dollhouses and creating miniatures for 18 years.
This display of 1/4-inch holiday miniatures, was made by club members during one of their monthly meetings. A quarter on the right shows size comparison.
Club member Jan McGrath holds up a 1/144 of an inch scale miniature. The club put together several displays that used Altoid mint cans as backdrops.
A cigar box was used for this 1-inch scale miniature to represent an attic scene. For each inch scaled it represents one foot.
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