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This is a Paper Palace to Cut Out and Color - Evaline Ness

This is a Paper Palace to Cut Out and Color
Designed by Evaline Ness
ISBN 0-684-14708-4

My mother gave this book to me way back in the mid 1970s.

She had come across it in a cut-price bookshop that used to be on the Kilburn High Road (in London).

Shops like these are the last chance for a book that has been remaindered.

If a book doesn’t sell there it is pulped, and I have always been glad and grateful that this one, at least, was rescued.

I have never taken the book apart in order to turn it into a 3d palace, but I have decorated (and re-decorated) again and again in my imagination.

One of the things that I find particularly pleasing about it is the way the shape of two of the rooms is changed by the triangular supports.

This is a Paper Palace to Cut Out and Color - Evaline Ness - back cover

Then there is the way that it is possible to allow furniture to spill out of the rooms, not to mention the way that the owner of the palace is encouraged to use their imagination – and plenty of gold !

This is a Paper Palace - Evaline Ness

Whenever I need to make something fine and golden for a dolls’ house, this is one of the first places that I visit for inspiration.

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The book is still in copyright, so I can’t share it it great detail here –

This is a Paper Palace - Evaline Ness

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– but if you are inspired to make a Paper Palace of your own, and would like some furniture to go in it, I would suggest having a look at the digital copy of The Girl’s Own Toy-Maker that is available from Google books.

It has some rather nice furniture patterns (as well as suggestions for a couple of small houses and other paper toys) that can be made from paper / card and I think that all of the designs could be worked up into something more substantial – with a little bit of work.

Here are a few of the simpler items –

The Girl's Own Toymaker - Dolls' HouseChair

The Girl's Own Toymaker - Dolls' House Chair with Arms

The Girl's Own Toymaker - Dolls' House Table

The Girl's Own Toymaker - Dolls' House Fireplace

The Girl's Own Toymaker - Dolls' House Washstand

I was delighted to discover that there is a companion volume for boys too –

The Boy’s Own Toy-Maker

The Boy's Own Toy-Maker - soldiers marching out of a fort

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Robert Opie's Victorian Scrapbook - endpaper

Robert Opie’s Victorian Scrapbook.

ISBN 1872727735

62 pages, full colour throughout (photographs by Paul Forrester)

Copyright 1995 Robert Opie and  New Cavendish Books

(and if any of the above ask me to remove these photographs I will do so immediately)

Robert Opie started to collect ephemera at an early age.

The collection grew steadily to embrace toys, magazines, technology, travel, souvenirs, fashion and design – and a very small portion of it is now featured in a series of books

These are very generously sized – 38cm x 26.7cm – and I have found them to be an invaluable reference for getting the “feel” of a period right.

The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising  ( in London) now houses Robert Opie’s collection and it is very well worth a visit.

Sadly, the website for the museum is not very exciting, although it is clearly laid out and does provide details of access, opening times and an opportunity to buy the books – and I would encourage anyone who is interested in historical detail to add these to their collection immediately.

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I like to imagine that Robert Opie’s parents Peter and Iona Opie encouraged their son in his efforts, as they were dedicated researchers and collectors too.

 

10th May, 2013

The Londonist has a podcast interview with Robert Opie.

The pair tour the museum, discuss the history of product advertising and to what extent brands reflect contemporary culture and lifestyle.

http://londonist.com/2013/05/londonist-out-loud-a-podcast-about-london-10-may-2013.php

I enjoy the Londonist podcasts and I hope that you will too

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