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Minis Magnified Issue No. 59 The 1/144 Scale Buildings of Pat Russo

With regard to dollhouses, the use of a standardized scale is a relatively modern idea. Although the concept of dollhouses have been around for a few centuries, it was not until the 20th century that standardized scales began to slowly take root, due largely to the toy industry. The popularity of 1/12 scale – now…
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Minis Magnified Issue No. 58 A Gallery Tribute to Walter Arnell

Although Walter Arnell wasn’t a miniature artisan himself, he encouraged his wife, Pat’s interest and always supported her in her hobby. As Pat’s collection grew he helped design appropriate lighting for viewing the pieces in their home. Walter was very involved with the building of the museum and documented it’s progress as well as miniatures…
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Minis Magnified Issue no. 57 Sue Ann “LadyBug” Thwaite

[caption id="attachment_7963" align="alignnone" width="750"] Fairy by Sue Thwaite, photo by Amy Haskell[/caption]   When visitors come to our museum, they may find themselves astonished by the skill and craftsmanship of the artisans, or swept up in the romance of the love-worn antiques, or simply intrigued by the ancient history of humanity’s fascination with miniatures. But…
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Minis Magnified Issue no. 56 The Painted Bronze Miniatures of Robert Olszewski

February always ushers in a sentimental air, and visitors may find their gaze lingering on the softer details of our collection. Wandering the galleries with an appreciation for an artist’s hints of tenderness leads to countless joyful surprises: the capricious sweetness of children’s bedrooms, the feminine warmth of delicately stitched gowns, or the fragile petals…
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Minis Magnified Issue No. 55 Daneway House

Our Museum’s History Gallery is filled with artifacts that seem to breathe; their wooden frames and faded paper skins are saturated with untold memories of touch, sounds, and smells. These small houses and miniature rooms are repositories of the past, acting as three-dimensional studies of cultural trends and human ingenuity. Many of the pieces have…
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Minis Magnified Issue No. 54 Bliss Houses

It’s hard not to feel the warm glow of nostalgia during the holiday season, when traditions which have been passed down through generations are once again celebrated with loved ones and friends. For those who celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah, this time of year also brings swells of generosity, manifesting in kind deeds, thoughtful words, and…
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Minis Magnified Issue no. 53 Great Hall

Peter Westcott’s Great Hall (1983) captures the immense, airy space of early Tudor halls in a way almost inconceivable on the small scale. He magnificently recreates the high, arch-braced hammerbeam ceiling, drawing the eye upwards to the heavens in architectural wonder. The long, dark timber of the floor draws the gaze inward, just as the…
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Minis Magnified Issue no. 52 18th Century Violin Maker’s Shop

W. Foster Tracy, known as Tracy to his friends, was a well-known American miniaturist who specialized in making miniature instruments, primarily string instruments. This piece is titled 18th Century Violin Maker’s Shop, and it is registered as number 2 of 6 identical works which he constructed in 1979. The subject of this piece is a…
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Minis Magnified Issue no. 51 Fairy Caitlin

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is bustling with visitors as we celebrate our 5th anniversary. The staff have been reminiscing over many joyous memories, the creative solutions to new challenges and pride in our continuing development of educational and inspirational programming. It is the perfect time to reflect upon the original dreams of…
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Minis Magnified Issue no. 50 Three Bears’ Cottage

One walk through our Enchanted Realm Gallery can bring out the child in anyone. The gallery is fueled by imagination, a colorful neighborhood of fantastical beasts and storybook creatures. There are wizards and dragons, fairies and elves, mischief-makers and wandering souls. Our Enchanted Tree, filled with the burrows of precocious city mice, greets visitors with…
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