Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Bradford Doll House

When I was a little girl I always wanted a doll house but my parents couldn't afford to buy me one. I suppose it was never that high up on my own priority list, probably when I realized that I wasn't going to be getting it, so I quietly forgot that I ever wanted one. When we went into the Museum for American History there was my doll house, except this was the all time queen of doll houses. The one I remember I coveted all those years ago had one floor and was a tiny little thing. This had four or five floors, plus a basement and an attic area. Would I have loved this old doll house but it would probably have taken up half of my bedroom. My eyes went wide as did many others. I was not alone. There were little girls and big girls, children, mothers and grandmothers with faces lighting up like it was Christmas at the sight of this doll house.

The is "The Bradford Doll House". As I read online: It was donated to the Smithsonian in 1951 after Faith Bradford spent more than a half century building and collecting its furnishings, the house is inhabited by Peter Doll, his wife Rose Washington Doll, and their ten children.



I took a short video and I will start out by apologizing for the roller coaster motion you will find in it. My problem when taking videos is that I move way too fast, but I was conscious of the fact that I was holding up the line of little girls and big girls, children, mothers and grandmothers who wanted to take my place, so that they could get up as close as they could to see this mangificent doll house.

23 comments:

  1. that is the Buckingham Palace of doll houses isn't it? I never ever had a doll house.......no idea why?

    Gill in Canada

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  2. How amazing! I can tell you really enjoyed yourself.

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  3. WOW! I think that says it all.

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  4. I always wanted a doll house, too. This one is just spectacular. Wow. Any size girl would be enthralled.

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  5. That is one big doll house. It seems like many women wanted doll houses as children. Do little girls still like doll houses?

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  6. a very raining wednesday night here in daleville. i too, loved doll houses as a young girl. was always fascinated by them. guess we could treat ourselves to one now, couldn't hurt?
    take care

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  7. This is why I enjoy reading blogs.
    1. To share your wonderful memories.
    2. to feel your excitement and remember my own.
    3. to see and hear your discovery, rich with the patina of your passion for it.
    4. your generous friendship in sharing it all with us!

    Just lovely!

    Comfort Spiral

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  8. My sister who collects dolls would definitely have the time of her life there.

    I also recently visited a Teddy Bear expo in Hong Kong and really enjoyed at these creations.

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  9. I can feel your excitement writing this. A very tedious work and assembly. My crocheted Barbi bed dolls won't fit in this.
    Take care!

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  10. What a stunning doll house! How marvellous. I did have one as a little girl and lately have been thinking that it is a project that I might enjoy now I am retired. Not on that scale of course, but a "downsized" version which would be fun to decorate and furnish. I thought your video was great Denise. A

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  11. That is lovely. All the details are so carefully attended to. I particularly liked the attic.
    Queen Mary's doll's house is on display in Windsor Castle and that is fascinating too. It even has working plumbing but it hasn't as many floors as the Bradford. I bet you'll visit it again!

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  12. Our daughter bought a doll house kit to put together and paint, etc. It began with great fanfare and got some of it poked out and even painted a couple of windows and it ended up like that on my work bench. I doubt it will ever get finished. It would be empty when done.

    This doll house to saw is really something elegant. I can imagine a lot of fathers looked at it too.

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  13. The video was great! What an enchanting doll house. I don't think we ever get too old to feel that magic pull of a doll house. And one like that-- wow. Thank you for sharing. I'm going to go have another look.

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  14. Its too beautiful to play with.

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  15. Amazing! I don't think I would know what to do w/ all those rooms! I didn't have a doll house either for some reason - I'll have to ask my mom about that one.
    I had a open up barn for play animals, but no doll house. I had doll furniture, but no house.

    Anyway, that's a beautiful one & so nicely furnished!

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  16. Which little girl didn't want a dollhouse? I remember my sister and I wanting one... we never did get one but we always dreamed of one as well.

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  17. Isn't that just spectacular ?
    My doll house was just a little tiny one, with a handle so you could carry it around with you.
    I was never into dolls that much...more the pet mice and frogs girl ;)
    Lovely pictures as always Denise, i'm sure you thoroughly enjoyed yourself !

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  18. Now that is a beautiful doll house, I am glad you enjoyed seeing it, thanks for sharing it with us. Thank you for coming by and wishing us a happy special day. Hope you have a nice weekend.

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  19. What a wonderful doll house! I enlarged it to see more details and found it most interesting. Thanks for sharing! Have a nice SWF.

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  20. ya know I always wanted a dool house too, so compensated and got one for my girls and they played time and again with it.

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  21. What a wonderful thing to spend time looking into and wondering about. My little friend across the street from me had a "doll house" that really should have been called a play house, that is what I was thinking when I asked for one. It caused me to always ask my children to describe what they wanted. Not that I could always get what they described but I learned quick how to turn their desires around to fit my buget. But ultimately a true doll house became a favorite place for me to "get lost" in when going outside to my camp was not possible.

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  22. My eyes went wide too. Wow! So detailed, and the amount of time it took to complete with all the miniatures is mind boggling. I love the dog in front of the fireplace.

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