Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Thumbellina Would Be Quite at Home

Today, I'm just going to let the picture do the talking. Below is a photo of Fairy Castle, a 9-foot tall dollhouse, created by silent film star Colleen Moore. The 83-year old castle's ornamentation includes jewels dated at over 500-years old, original artwork by Walt Disney, himself, and, in 1947, was estimated to be worth almost one-half million dollars. Obviously, that estimate would be considerably higher in today's economy, but it hardly matters, as this piece resides in a museum, where it rightfully belongs. You can take a mini-tour of the castle here, and I promise, you'll be breathtaken. If you're in Chicago, see it yourself for only $15 (discounts for kids, seniors, and residents).

Photo Credit: Mail Online

 **Edited to Add--I just found out that during the Great Depression, Ms. Moore sent her beautiful Fairy Castle on tour. It graced toy stores and county fairs, all in the name of charity. Between 1935 and 1939, Moore's Fairy Castle raised more than $650,000 for children's charities. Now that's really beautiful.

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