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A website and ezine about dolls' houses: antique, vintage and modern.
Plus furniture and accessories.

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Hi Jackie, there should be a reply button below each comment posted under the photos, if there isn’t, then it probably means you are logged out and need to log in again as only logged in members can post comments, reply to comments etc. 


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Yes, I’ve read it a few times now and the end of it gets me every time. 


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          Zoe H (Admin) commented on Flat & shop

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          I don’t think that we have established that all Dolly Mixtures were made in Wakefield prison (or open prison/Borstal), only that such houses were made there and in similar institutions around the country, as well as hospitals for long term patients (such as those with mental health issues). 

          If we assume that George B was positive that Jenni’s actual Dolly Mixture was from Wakefield prison (and wasn’t just similar to the ones they made there), then this shop has different windows, which might indicate that it was made elsewhere, or not (it could have been a different year when different windows were used, for example), but I don’t think we can be certain. Prior to Jenni’s wonderful article, we had observed that there were a number of different styles with strikingly similar characteristics but slightly different elements too, so that it was suspected that they were connected but perhaps didn’t all come from the same place - a theory upheld by what George B told us. In fact, Marion Osborne’s own Dolly Mixture (which I have recently, to my great delight, discovered is the one that I now own) from which the term ‘Dolly Mixture’ was coined, has different windows and is of a slightly different style to the one that was shown to George B.

          I stand to be corrected on this but I wouldn’t like what I believe could be a misconception to become ‘fact’.



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