Preparation The Doll House

Fig. 21 shows the general appearance of the doll house on the table. The table has a double purpose. One is that it supports the doll house up off the floor and the next is that it helps to conceal the girl. To conceal a girl in such a small house would be difficult, but to conceal part of her in the doll house and part in the table solves the difficulty of concealment.

Fig. 22, next page, shows how girl is concealed. The steps also help to carry on the illusion. The lower floor of the house is on the level with top of upper step. The upstairs floor is held in place with four pegs. When the doors making up the front of

house are opened, Fig. 24, the audience thinks they see clear to the back of the house. In reality they do not. They see a false partition which hides the girl. Fig. 22.

The inside of the house is lined with fancy varicolored cretonne which fools the eye on depth. There are nine inches of space between the back of house and the partition. There is a space of 8 1/2 inches between floor of house and bottom floor of table top. This holds an assistant nicely as in Fig. 22.

The partition in front of the girl is in reality two doors which hinge to sides of house. These doors also hinge so as to occupy less space when opened. Figs. 23 and 24.

Fig. 25 shows how doors fold up against side of box.

The floor of house also has a panel in rear which folds up. This panel enables girl to get in and out of compartment easier. This opens up after partition doors are swung open against sides of doll house.

The roof consists of two parts, each hinging to a side of house. There are special cleats or boards on inner side of roof to fit into front and rear sides of house. Figs. 26 and 27, next page.

A wooden chimney with groove at bottom rests on the house. It can be slid back and forth.

The side of roof has a special cleat on inside to push partition in place against when concealing girl.

The furniture for the house consists of a miniature bedroom set for the upstairs and a living room set for the downstairs. These can be made to order or purchased in the doll department of a department store.

The legs of table are on castors.

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