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Left To Their Own Devices

May 2024
1min read

There can be no question of Martha Drake’s pride in her splendidly furnished Victorian nursery (opposite). Martha’s childhood coincided with the apogee of the American dollhouse. She has two of them, as well as a china tea set, a tea table, and a miniature bed. The trolley is obviously a homemade vehicle and must have been a pallid source of amusement compared with Laurita, the parrot. But, for all these wonders, there are days when everything palls, even at Grandfather’s (center); across the lawn and the ages comes the cry “What can I do now?”

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