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Past & Present

A website and ezine about dolls' houses: antique, vintage and modern.
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Rebecca Green (Admin) commented on Flat & shop

Topic title: Flat & shop


No, you're right, Zoe, we haven't established that all Dolly Mixtures were made in Wakefield Prison, and as you say, the features of various Dolly Mixtures indicate that they probably weren't. So my comments about what might be original, or not, are wrong (or at least based on a false comparison).


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1 week ago

Rebecca Green (Admin) commented on Flat & shop

Topic title: Flat & shop


There is an identical one on our old website, in an album called Little Folks Stores, as it has that name on a sticker across the front:

https://www.dollshousespastandpresent.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=15996895

On the first photo, there's the comment that it was identified as a Dolly Mixture (which we now know to have been made in Wakefield Prison). I'm not sure if it was discussed in the forums on the old site - and I'm not sure if the member who owned the shop and posted the photos has joined this new website yet (not under the name she used on the old site, I think).


I don't know if all the pieces would have come with the house when it was first sold - possibly some did, if Wakefield Prison supplied the shops to a maker of miniature groceries. It was not unusual for foods and boxes to be larger scale than the toy shops that held them. The Grecon dolls would not have been sold with the shop/house originally. I think the floorpapers aren't original - Wakefield Prison did use floorpapers, but I haven't seen these in any of their houses before.


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1 week ago

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Rebecca Green (Admin) commented on Mystery house

Topic title: Mystery house


Yes indeed it's German - made by Theodore Heymann Holzspielwarenfabrik, Grossolbersdorf, in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) in the 1920s. This looks a fantastically big model! although I wonder if two storeys have been added between the lower two floors and the roof. The lower two floors have original floorpaper and stairs, which are absent from the higher floors. Very nicely done on the outside, though.

There are no albums in this category on this new website yet, but there are 3 on the old website. One is mine, so I am remiss in not adding it here, sorry ! This one looks like a larger version of mine, which is in a 1927 catalogue.

https://www.dollshousespastandpresent.com/apps/photos/category?id=1510582



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Rebecca Green (Admin) commented on Cliff Brown - Edwardian Elegance

Topic title: Cliff Brown - Edwardian Elegance


I have directories of makers put out by some dolls house magazines - I think some are from the 1990s/2000s. They're in Darwin - I can check when I get home again in about 3 weeks. All I've found so far online is some ads for a Cliff Brown, artist, in Wells in 1988 and 1990, and some large cut-out Dickensian figures he made for a Christmas display in Wells in 1990. I don't know if that was the same Cliff Brown - if it was, he must have moved. Anyway, I'll check the directories when I'm home.


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Rebecca Green (Admin)created the topic: Magazine articles wanted!

Topic title: Magazine articles wanted!


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I'd like to invite all members and readers to think about contributing an article to the magazine. On a strict 3 month schedule, we'd have one coming out this month (January). However, your administrators are still learning how to do things like create new magazine pages and send emails to all members, so we are thinking that February is more realistic.



As soon as we've worked out the email system, I will send an email to all members. For those of you reading the website, this is an advance request to put your thinking caps on about things to write about - whether that is your collection or restoring/building/furnishing one of your dolls houses, a visit to a museum, a particular maker or type of miniature/dolls house, dolls houses in fiction - there are many possibilities, and the likelihood is that if it interests you, it will interest and inspire other members too!



Please either contact me through the Contact Us form, or leave a comment here about your ideas for an article, and I'll get in touch with you. I look forward to hearing from you!



1 month ago

Rebecca Green (Admin)created the topic: Happy New Year!

Topic title: Happy New Year!


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Wishing a peaceful, safe and healthy 2020 to all members and their families! I hope we can meet the challenges the year brings, and find time to enjoy our love of miniatures, on this website and in our own collections :-)



1 month ago

Rebecca Green (Admin) commented on Christmas wishes

Topic title: Christmas wishes


Happy Christmas, or Happy Hanukkah! I came down with a heavy cold at the end of last week, so my trip south (a 4 hour plane flight), and my Christmas celebrations, have been postponed. Hope everyone has had a safe and peaceful day!


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1 month ago

Rebecca Green (Admin) commented on How do I make white paint colour less white?

Topic title: How do I make white paint colour less white?


Have you looked at the ideas on the Restoration Tips page, particularly Celia Thomas' on how to achieve an aged paint look?


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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Rebecca Green (Admin)created the topic: Giveaway winner

Topic title: Giveaway winner


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The winner of the giveaway competition in the last magazine is Judy! Congratulations!



Please could you let Brooksey know your address, Judy?



 



I apologise for the confusion with the day and the date in the magazine and my forum post (Sunday was not the 30th of November ....) If I make a mistake like that, I will always go with the later day, in this case Sunday - and I will try to do a better job of checking the calendar!



2 months ago

Rebecca Green (Admin)created the topic: Giveaway competition closing

Topic title: Giveaway competition closing


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Just a reminder that the giveaway competition for members closes this Sunday, 30 November (when that has ended all round the world).



You can find it on the last page of the current magazine.



2 months ago

Rebecca Green (Admin) commented on Eve Dawnay room setting

Topic title: Eve Dawnay room setting


It does indeed look like her dolls, and probably her setting too. I hope it goes to an appreciative home!


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2 months ago

Rebecca Green (Admin) commented on Hello

Topic title: Hello


Hi Trish, welcome! Downsizing can be difficult, so I admire you for doing it. I hope we'll see some of your houses and miniatures, whether the ones you're keeping or ones you've had to let go!


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3 months ago

Rebecca Green (Admin) commented on Mecast

Topic title: Mecast


No, but I'm intrigued! I will see if I can find any info.


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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Rebecca Green (Admin) commented on For sale album

Topic title: For sale album


It's there, Valerie, I just looked and saw it. There are other houses for sale too.


Were you looking under the For Sale/Wanted tab at the top of the page? The For Sale photo album is in the Photo Galleries, under Other Categories.


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3 months ago

Rebecca Green (Admin) commented on Wednesday: site down for maintenance

Topic title: Wednesday: site down for maintenance


Just to add: the site will be down between about 9am and 1pm (13:00) UK time, on Wednesday 23 October.


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4 months ago

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