Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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


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Dolls' Houses Past & Present

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You can see some of my houses and my photos of other old dolls and toys at

I have loved dolls' houses since getting my first and for many years only house for Christmas 1974 - a Gee Bee DH10C "collapsible" house that has had many makeovers over the years.

I can remember really really wanting a dolls' house and am not so sure why - none of the other children I knew had one. I was only six, and hadn't yet read Rumer Godden's "The dolls' house" or been to the wonderful Museum of Childhood in Palmerston Park in Dublin, now sadly closed.

The only possible inspiration that I can think of is the Sesame Street minifilm "Two little girls in a little doll house" which I could have seen - we got our first (rented) television early in 1974 I think and Sesame Street was one of the few things I was allowed to watch. According to the film was made in September 1970. I know it was shown many times on the programme, so I could have seen it sometime in 1974.

But whatever the initial trigger was, it was the beginning of a long, fruitful and rewarding relationship with miniature homes!

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Reply Badger
5:27 PM on November 24, 2017 
Hello Edel, the woman?s name is Julie Hall (Heasman) on Facebook. I haven?t seen any posts from her recently though, but I?m pretty sure she is a member of the ?All Things Mini? group.
We have a BT fault at present and have no phone or internet. I am squandering my mobile data on this site. If you have difficulty, my email is I?ll be able to check those quicker than this site. Best Regards, Abby.
Reply YorkshireLass
4:22 AM on April 28, 2017 
Thank you Edel, I'm keen to get started :)
Reply Ana
4:29 AM on September 17, 2016 
So glad to have a friend here :)
Reply Ana
3:09 PM on September 14, 2016 
Thanks for the support Edel, I saw your gallery in flickr so many adorable little treasures, but I'm really in love with Winebox dolls' house 04!
Reply Ana
12:27 PM on September 14, 2016 
Hi Edel, Sorry I missed you message, but as a new member I'm still pretty lost on the website :) I'm sure you horse stable is also very beautiful, can't wait to see it! Toys from this period are so charming. I'm also a foreigner who lives in Germany, so nice to meet you! :)
Reply Tortula
3:10 PM on September 5, 2016 
Danke fuer das nette Angebot. Bitte sage mir unbedingt, wenn meine Fehler zu schlimm sind.
Und bitte erklaere mir, wie man Freunde bekommt.
Reply IrishKitty
9:55 AM on June 22, 2016 
Hi Edel or should I say " Dia Duit" to you in Germany :-) Thank you for your warm welcome and nice to see a compatriot on here. I will certainly try and upload some images of my dolls house...currently running after a 2 year old so bare with me. I also have older photos of it when I was a child so it would be interesting to compare the images. I lived in Dublin for over 15 years and only left the capital recently. I was so upset when the Dolls Emporium& hospital closed as I used to love popping in to see the displays.
Reply Jan
1:21 PM on June 6, 2016 
Thank you Edel, I had put the reply on my own page.
Reply George
12:12 PM on December 2, 2015 
Thanks Edel for the warm welcome. It is lovely to find a place with so much information about dollhouses and people with a common interest.
Reply Fran
8:08 AM on December 2, 2015 
Hi Edel. Thank you for commenting on my house. I've just spent a very pleasant hour looking at your photos on Flickr. Your houses and interiors are FANTASTIC! Where do you get everything? Like the little dolls, the vases, furniture, i love the corner table, and curtains. There's so many things needed to fit a room out! Where to start!? Lol
Reply Starr
11:02 PM on November 30, 2015 
Hi Edel,

I am happy to take photos of my little dollhouse though the camera is pretty basic. Perhaps in the next few days! :)
Reply Starr
2:22 AM on November 30, 2015 
Hi Edel,

Thanks, yes I agree. Vintage miniatures and dollhouses, with each little item, I realize how much joy they brought others. I have acquired them but only possess for a short time in the grand scheme of things...there is a joy in knowing that these are to treasure for now and eventually will be passed down to others to continue that good feeling.
Reply Starr
8:25 PM on November 27, 2015 
Thanks so much Edel! I am really enjoying DHPP - so interesting, I love it!

By the way, yes, I was feeling so emotional looking at your photos while listening to some Chopin, thinking about all the beauty that others in the distant past have created and shared with us. And while they are gone we remain to enjoy the fruit of their labour. Such a beautiful legacy for others and now you have shared these with so many with the photos, I love them, thanks so much!
Reply Starr
2:35 AM on November 26, 2015 

Hi! And WOW!!! So smitten by your outstanding photo collection from the link you shared! I feel so moved - laughing and crying here - thanks so much, so heartwarming!