Faith Bradford's Dollhouse
When Faith Bradford was 7, she acquired a dollhouse from her older sister. This hand me down sparked a lifetime of fascination with miniatures, and required her mother to build some shelves for displaying and playing with her new family: the Dolls.
As the Doll family grew, so did the display of 1,354 miniatures. Finally, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Doll, their 10 kids, 2 grandparents, 20 pets, and staff moved into a 23 room mansion.
In 1951, Faith donated her dollhouse to the smithsonian museum. You can look at it for hours and not see half of what's in front of you. Thankfully, she also kept a journal documenting every miniature in the house, details of the interior design for each room, and elaborate back stories for every member of the family.
Even after donating it, she still came to the museum to decorate it for the holidays and do the spring cleaning. Her miniature world has been depicted in the amazing book America's Doll House: The Miniature World of Faith Bradford. Check it out to get an in depth view of all the magic.