DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Bradford Dolls' House:
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SIAHDH_100212_18.JPG: The Miniature World of Faith Bradford:
The Doll's House (1951):
The scale of this 23-room house is one inch to one foot, accommodating the miniature furniture that Faith Bradford (1880-1970) played with as a girl and collected as an adult. She imagined the dwelling as the turn-of-the-century household of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Doll, their ten children, two visiting grandparents, five servants, and twenty pets.
Bradford's fascination with miniatures began at age seven when she inherited her older sister's collection and four-room dollhouse. When the dollhouse fell apart from wear and tear, her mother had shelves built into Faith's bedroom clothes closet -- a new dwelling with plenty of play space.
In 1932, Bradford created a shelf-like model to display her "house" at a charity toy fair in Alexandria, Virginia. The same figures, fixtures, and furnishings inhabit this model, which Bradford created and presented as a gift to the US National Museum in 1951.
Faith Bradford purchased miniatures in Washington-area toy and specialty stores, and received others as gifts. She also imaginatively contrived some necessities -- buttons became stacked dinner plates in the pantry, and matchsticks became shelved books in the library, from parts of electric plugs, she made ceiling fixtures for the nursery and nurse's room.
Local stores donated wallpapers. A friend contributed ceramic bathtubs made by a potter, and a model maker produced a tiny goldfish aquarium and water-filled bowls for the Doll family pets. Bradford acknowledged these gifts in the scrapbook she used to document her materials and methods.
The Dolls' House reflects a world of associations and social relationships that were quite real. The largest room recalls Bradford's long career as a librarian. The model's most poignant space, the attic, is filled with items no longer in daily use but too precious to discard -- like objects displayed in the National Museum that she visited often as a child.
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Description of Subject Matter: The Miniature World of Faith Bradford: The Dolls' House
Opened 1951 – Indefinitely
This dollhouse represents a romantic view of the life of a large and affluent American family in the early 1900s. Its 23 rooms contain more than 800 miniature items, including furniture, linens, toys, and other household items. The late Faith Bradford, a records expert at the Library of Congress, spent more than a half century designing and building the miniature furnishings; it was donated to the museum in 1951. Also on view is Ms. Bradford's scrapbook, which shows her methods of creating the house.
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2010 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs until the third one broke and I started sending them back for repairs. Then I used either the Fuji S200EHX or the Nikon D90 until I got the S100fs ones repaired. At the end of the year I bought a Nikon D5000 but I returned it pretty quickly.
Trips this year:
Civil War Trust conferences (Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN), and
my 5th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Los Angeles).
My office at the main Commerce Department building closed in October and I was shifted out to the Bureau of the Census in Suitland Maryland. It's good to have a job of course but that killed being able to see basically any cultural events during the day. There's basically nothing of interest that you can see around the Census building.
Number of photos taken this year: about 395,000..
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