Welcome to the final issue for 2012 of the Dolls Houses Past and Present magazine! This issue brings dolls houses from countries we have not encountered in previous issues. Our cover photo is from The Lala House, an antique dolls house of four storeys, which currently has its home in Switzerland, and may perhaps originate in Austria, or Bavaria, or France .. In any case, it is magnificent, and I'm sure many of you will be entranced.
Titania's Palace is the subject of a book we review. It was created in Ireland in the early twentieth century, but its home since 1978 has been Denmark. Denmark is also the origin of Hanse and Lisa dolls houses, built on a very different scale later in the 20th century. This issue provides both a survey of their dolls houses, and a history (as far as is known) of the companies.
In my email inviting contributions, I mentioned dolls houses in different shapes, made of different substances, and with different inhabitants. Tracy has a tree house in which two mice live - and I very much relate to her reflections on the attractions of small dwellings. Karin created a roombox in a suitcase, and Susan shares her cardboard candy container furniture.
Among the other topics covered are Caco women dolls - not what we usually think of as "fashion dolls", but definitely fashionable! J & H Glasman were one of several toy manufacturers producing dolls houses, under their Betal brand, in 1930s England. They are not as well recognised, and rarer, than those by the better known firms such as Triang and Amersham - we'd love to know of more Betal dolls houses. DIY topics include Christmas miniatures - perhaps you'll still have time to make some! - failsafe wallpapering, and ageing a dolls house. Valerie shares how her collection started - perhaps not how you'd expect!
Many thanks to all who have contributed articles, photos and information for this issue. I hope everyone will find something to enjoy in it.
I’d like to wish you all a happy, safe and peaceful holiday period. A Happy Hanukkah to those of you concluding that celebration, and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!