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Historical costumes: I love to make vintage & ethnic clothing. For your "longfellow" shirt, visit http://www.old-cowtown.org and scroll to the bottom of the links page to find links to clothing or pattern suppliers. You will find enough descriptions and / or drawings to figure out how the gathering is done. This is also a good place for those of you that make period clothing for your dolls.

Reva in beautiful Loveland, Ohio

1940's Schoolroom: Once you have determined exactly what you want in your 1940's schoolroom, visit our site. You will find everything you need there. We offer the largest selection of school furnishings and accessories on the market. http://www.stockton-miniatures.com


One-room school: I am also doing a one-room school and I found my greatest help was just on the internet. I just typed in "one-room school" on the search and a whole list came up. There is one site there called "Iron Hill School" which would help you because it was an all black school. It showed what type of floors they had, what colors they painted their walls and everything. Also under "American Schools" you can find all black schools. From what I read the only light they had was from the windows. Students sat on long wooden benches with their work on their laps. Blackboards were just boards painted black. Erasers were rags glued to small blocks of wood. Hopefully this is of some help

Teresa in Calgary

1940's school: I started school in a poor mixed race neighborhood in Canada in the 40s, so it may not have been very different from your model. There were blackboards along the front of the classrooms, and they were black slate, each about 4' high and 8' wide. I don't remember coloured chalks being used; only white. The blackboard erasers were flat brushes of 1/4" felt strips - red, white and blue strips about 3"x6" with a wooden back. They were cleaned by "good" students who were allowed to take them outside and thwack them against other brushes or on the brick walls. We kids sat at individual desks -the old fashioned all-in-ones with metal frames, wooden seats and a "box" desk with a lift up lid. There was a groove about 1/2" deep all along the width of the desk, just above the hinged lid. This was for pens and pencils. There was a circular hole about 2 1/2" in the top right corner for your inkwell. The desk lids were deeply carved with assorted initials and mottoes. We sat in straight rows facing the teacher - none of these democratic circles! We used straight pens or fountain pens with the little levers and rubber bladders; very messy! And blotters - envelope sized pieces of thick white felted paper. We had math sets in metal boxes -with protractors and set squares, very like those still used today, and pencil crayons in packets of 8 colours or crayons for colouring.

Some of us carried satchels to put our books in; most of us carried them loose. Girls always wore skirts and blouses or pinafores, NEVER trousers, even in the dead of winter. There were cloakrooms near the entrance for coats and galoshes. We carried lunches in brown paper bags, or went home for lunch. (12 - 1:30)

The teacher had a large oak desk at the front of the classroom, and a matching oak chair. No cushions! There were pull down maps like window blinds - with extensive red areas representing "the empire", and a twirling metal world globe on a stand. We all had our own exercise books, small "readers" and "Think and Do" books featuring Spot and Puff and Dick and Jane. Although the classes were mixed sex and one grade to each room, sexual segregation was the rule. Girls and boys had separate entrances to the school. We had to line up in front of our specific door before school began, and spelling "bees" and math quizzes were always divided boy vs. girl.

I don't think fluorescent lights were available back then. I seem to recall long flexes with bare bulbs, some with the upside- down cone shades that were green on the outside and white on the inside.

Donna from Devon

1940's school: I went to school in the south in the mid to late 1950's and 1960's. I went to 3 different elementary schools. We lived way out in the sticks in AL for a couple of years where there were only 2 elementary schools, one for white and the other for AA students. The AA students had the newer building, but I never went inside, so I couldn't tell you about that, but I can tell you about the inside of our much, much older school.

We had the green chalk boards on 2 walls, the one behind the teacher's desk, and along the inner wall that was adjacent to the hallway and there was narrow bead board wainscoting painted white and the walls were very pale green. There were two doors into the hallway, one at each end of the room. They were 1/2 glass doors with transom's. There was a cloak room across the width of the room at the back of the classroom with a door at each corner (a total of 4 doorways into each classroom, 2 into the hallway and 2 for the cloakroom). The ceilings were very high, the windows were tall and narrow with a row of them along the outside wall about every 2 feet. Under the windows were bookshelves with encyclopedia's and other reference books. These shelving units were of dark wood.

The desks were the row type that bolt to the floor where the fold up seat for the desk in front is attached to the front of the desk behind, the was a hole in the desk top for an inkwell and a groove across the top edge for a pencil. The support structure for the desks were ornate iron.

Rusty in Ky

Castles: Anyone who may be interested in suits of armor, candlesticks, pewter articles etc. Take a look at Tony Knott's web site. He has made pieces for film sets and the like, all beautiful stuff! http://www.tonyknott.com

Peter and Annie

Asian (oriental) style minis: http://www.simbatta.net/ made in Korea

Alice Zinn

Folding chairs: Tom Wolfert of Mayberry Miniatures, in the Cleveland area, makes very nice wooden folding chairs.  cw0719@aol.com  


Antique Magazines: I found some at the following site: http://www.efn.org/~variscom/page15.html

Linda from Michigan

Photographs of New York Interiors at the Turn of the Century: I finally got a copy of a book I've wanted for ages: Joseph Byron's Photographs of New York Interiors at the Turn of the Century. It's one of those Dover books, with 131 full-page, very crisp, black and white photos of "interior views of New York City homes, businesses and public places as they looked between 1893 and 1916." Parlors, libraries, bathrooms, kitchens, bars, offices. Any one of these photos would make a fantastic roombox if you're looking for inspiration. The book even includes a couple of slum dwellings if you're bored with the high-falutin' style. And each photo is precisely dated and placed, so you know exactly what you're looking at.

Christine in NYC (formerly of San Francisco)

In the Victorian Style: While I'm recommending books, in case you don't know about this one, the very best book I've found on San Francisco Victorians is In the Victorian Style, by Randolph Delehanty and Richard Sexton. Tons of excellent color photos of interiors and exteriors, plus text detailing the history of San Francisco and its architecture. Well worth the money. The Painted Ladies books are good but don't come close to this one.

Christine in NYC (formerly of San Francisco)

Irish pubs: I'm American, but I live and breathe Irish culture and have spent LOTS of time in various pubs! I think they come in categories -- at least they feel like categories.

There's the working class pub that is purely functional and pays little attention to decor. The floors are usually slate or possibly wooden, and the two drinks of choice are Guinness and Harp. There really wouldn't be a huge variety of bottles behind the bar, but there are always standard non-alcoholic drinks like Lucozade and white and red lemonade, which come in tall, plastic bottles. Look up "sugan chair" on the web, and you'll find a typical style of chair. Tables are small and round or else rectangular and low, and the wood tends to be dark. Upholstery has some shade of maroon but can also be a simple dark, muted print. Lots of bars have pool tables and/or dart boards and always a cigarette machine and a pay phone, which often sits on the end of the bar and looks more like a normal phone but with a slot to put the money. Almost all have an area that can be cleared out for the seisun musicians who amble in for an informal set or two.

If you live anywhere in the U.S. that has the "manufactured" Irish pubs -- constructed in Ireland, deconstructed, and then reconstructed here -- they'll be much cleaner and will have beautiful wood and antique pieces. There are bars like that in Ireland, but they seem to be more for tourists. Another thing -- most have an area called a snug, which is really an intimate corner. Also, lots serve food, so menus of sandwiches, fish and chips, and lasagna would be appropriate!


Irish Pub: Don't forget the dart board in your Irish Pub.

MAP in Puyallup

Pubs: I saw the post from the lady who is doing the scottish pub but is someone doing an Irish or English one too. Sorry, if I missed something. Anyway here are some ideas for pubs. I made a room box one some time ago and had a great time with it. For a typically English pub try:
1. Beams on the ceilings and walls
2. A real coal fire with coal scuttle nearby
3. Dartboard
4. Dominoes on table
5. The mandatory old man who has been using the pub for years and years, who gets grumpy if someone is using 'his' seat when he arrives (strange but very true), oh and not forgetting his old dog, who sits patiently under the table - - usually to be found with big doe eyes and that 'don't you feel sorry for me' look on his face so that others will feed him crisps/peanuts for the duration.
6. Beer would be traditionally handpulled - you can make these by cutting up staircase spindles set on a plinth
7. This last one is a bit more recent, but a must in any self respecting brit pub - PUB GRUB!!!!!. Just use your imagination for this - sandwiches, crisps, peanuts, chicken in a basket, scampi, even the traditonal Sunday roast. Just generalised a few things here but if you want any more info, just email me, I'll be happy to help.

Also, must tell you about my latest addition. I went to my local (ish) dollshouse shop on Monday and came away with a fab new house. It is the latest in their range and very reasonable price wise. Its called Victoria Street. You can start of by getting, say, the house, then there are pubs, shops etc and they can all be joined together in such a way that you can run a drainpipe between them and make the whole street. PLUS, you can get back yards too. Its a really great idea and a good way for continually extending (space allowing). They also have a village school and.....wait for it........a Church with mini gravestones!!!!!!! yuk, not my idea of a fun project but he did say he had sold one or two. Have a look at them at http://www.miniaturescene-york.co.uk

Vee (Scarborough UK)

White House Presidential Home Replicas: The White House link does have pictures of all the replicas.   The URL is http://www.whitehouse.gov/president/presidential-homes

Emily in MD

Carlisle Miniatures: Bob Carlisle is elderly but still producing his wonderful 30s and 40s miniatures. The address is:

Carlisle Miniatures,
703 North Elm,
Creston Iowa 50801
Phone #515-782-5201

Jan in SoCal

WAC Uniforms-Buttons and Insigna:  I found two sites that may be helpful. http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/uniform.html and http://www.awm.lee.army.mil/index.html

Rusty in Ky

When I dressed a doll for my light house as a Merchant Marine Officer, I looked up Merchant Marine on a search engine. I then used "save as"on the pictures of the buttons and insignia I wanted. I Reduced them in size, then glued them on card touched them up with a tiny bit of gold paint and cut them out and behold-- Authentic Uniform!   Good luck. I did the same thing with   campaign ribbons.


WAC doll circa WWII: My husband works in the museum field and has a special interest in Military History.   So I asked him for help with your WAC doll research.  He says this may be the only source you need: http://www.AWM.lee.army.mil

This is the web site for the US Army Women's Musuem.  It shows both uniform and insignia in detail.  I am sure you could contact them if the web site doesn't answer all your questions.

One piece of info he did give is that early in the War the WACs were an auxillary corps and had their own insignia. The insignia was an Athena for officers, enlisted wore an Anthena on a brass disk. Cap badges were a strutting eagle for officers, enlisted wore a strutting eagle on a brass disk.  Later in the War they became an army corps and wore the same insignia as men.

Jeri Moriarty

Prairie Schooner in 1:12 scale pictures. Had a lot of fun making the wheels and spokes. Also the barrels on the side of the Prairie schooner. In case it gets missed the "bonnet" for the wagon was an old undershirt ready for the garbage and was given a new lease on life in a prominent position. Can be found at: http://community.webshots.com/user/drbob92031

DrBob...Delray Beach, FL

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