Dollhouses continue to be an enchanting and popular toy valued by both children and adults. Miniature homes filled with furniture and tiny people have been around for thousands of years. The oldest examples are found in the Egyptian tombs nearly five thousand years ago. Created to represent all the cherished belongings in one’s life, these miniature homes were almost certainly made for religious purposes. The more modern dollhouses that we are familiar with today, date back to the 16thcentury in Europe. These were built by wealthy individuals as cherished replicas of their family home. Dollhouses, in this period, were also a popular way to study fashion and décor. Women in Holland and Germany created miniature houses for the purpose of interior design, and it was not until the 18th century that dollhouses started being created for play. Early dollhouses were all handmade, but following the Industrial Revolution, they became mass-produced. This mass production made them more accessible to the average person. They also became standardized and more affordable which turned them into an accessible toy for children. No longer were they only seen in the hands of collectors or wealthy citizens. Dollhouses have become a well-loved addition to children’s playrooms, along with furniture and miniature toys, which are also popular.
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