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A Taste for Shrinking: Movie Miniatures and the Unreal City

A Taste for Shrinking: Movie Miniatures and the Unreal City I live in a city where a special show on “the miniature” (Small Wonders) was on display at the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum for two years, the leavings of a woman obsessed by dolls and dollhouses. I was born in a city where the Narcissa Niblack Thorne Miniatures and the Colleen Moore Fairy Castle are prominent items at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science Copyright © 2001 by Camera Obscura Camera Obscura 47, Volume 16, Number 2 Published by Duke University Press 1 Camera Obscura and Industry, respectively. I grew up in a city within easy reach of Disneyland’s “Storybook Land,” which floats you past Mr. Toad’s miniature house; “Mott’s Miniatures” at Knott’s Berry Farm; Andrew Leicester’s Zanja Madre, a stylized miniature cityscape; and the impressive Carole and Barry Kaye Museum of Miniatures, featuring such famous exhibits as Pat and Noel Thomas’s Greene and Greene Craftsman Bungalow and the Golden Train from Copenhagen a with its little cargo of rubies and emeralds. I’ve known from the start that the wealthy have the best miniatures (c.f. the famous Queen’s Dolls’ House, built by numerous craftsmen and presented to England’s Queen Mary in 1924), the most http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Camera Obscura Duke University Press

A Taste for Shrinking: Movie Miniatures and the Unreal City

Camera Obscura , Volume 16 (2 47) – Jan 1, 2001

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2001 by Camera Obscura
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1529-1510
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Abstract

I live in a city where a special show on “the miniature” (Small Wonders) was on display at the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum for two years, the leavings of a woman obsessed by dolls and dollhouses. I was born in a city where the Narcissa Niblack Thorne Miniatures and the Colleen Moore Fairy Castle are prominent items at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science Copyright © 2001 by Camera Obscura Camera Obscura 47, Volume 16, Number 2 Published by Duke University Press 1 Camera Obscura and Industry, respectively. I grew up in a city within easy reach of Disneyland’s “Storybook Land,” which floats you past Mr. Toad’s miniature house; “Mott’s Miniatures” at Knott’s Berry Farm; Andrew Leicester’s Zanja Madre, a stylized miniature cityscape; and the impressive Carole and Barry Kaye Museum of Miniatures, featuring such famous exhibits as Pat and Noel Thomas’s Greene and Greene Craftsman Bungalow and the Golden Train from Copenhagen a with its little cargo of rubies and emeralds. I’ve known from the start that the wealthy have the best miniatures (c.f. the famous Queen’s Dolls’ House, built by numerous craftsmen and presented to England’s Queen Mary in 1924), the most

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Camera ObscuraDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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